• High school notebook: Purcell football coach Greg Willis won't be retained

    By Scott Wright and Jacob Unruh | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    It was an interesting move considering that the Dragons had exceeded outsiders’ expectations this past season. Purcell won seven straight games, including impressive wins over Washington and Jones, to finish 7-4. All four losses came against teams that made the playoffs.

  • High school wrestling: Stillwater tops Broken Arrow in 6A showdown

    By Trent Shadid | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    The Pioneers improved to 9-0 in duals this season, and are currently ranked No. 14 in the country by InterMat Wrestling. The Tigers, No. 13 in the latest national rankings, are now 7-1.

  • High school swimming notebook: Edmond Memorial girls, Edmond North boys take city titles

    By Scott Wright | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Memorial girls, North boys take city titles With a full team effort that included standout performances from several freshmen, the Edmond Memorial girls won the Edmond City Swim Championship Tuesday night at the Mitch Park YMCA. Micheala Seely, Katie Callahan, Sydney Parker and Kellie Fischer — all freshmen — won individual events for the Bulldogs. Seely, Callahan and Fischer combined with junior Natalie Vorel for a win in the 400-yard freestyle relay. Memorial finished with 660 points, while the Edmond North girls had 624. Edmond North was led by Ally Robertson, who won two individual

  • Chicago Cubs’ Ernie Banks statue moved downtown for tribute

    By DON BABWIN, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    CHICAGO — Ernie Banks fans got their first chance to pay their respects to the most famous and beloved Chicago Cub who ever played after the statue of the Hall of Famer was placed in a downtown plaza Wednesday. One after another, fans stopped in Daley Plaza to take photos of the statue that normally stands at Wrigley Field. The city and the Cubs took the unprecedented step of taking the statue out of storage — where it was being held while the ballpark is renovated — and putting it on public display away from its usual home. The 83-year-old Banks died Friday of a heart attack. A visitation will be held this coming Friday, followed by a memorial service Saturday. By 7:30 a.m.

  • Facebook launching Trending Super Bowl for the big game

    By BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX — As Facebook’s latest step into sports, the social media giant is launching Trending Super Bowl — a real-time hub for content from Sunday’s game between the Patriots and Seahawks. The hub will allow followers to see how the game is going on a scoreboard module, while also viewing Super Bowl-related posts, photos and video posted by professional media, celebrities and friends. The module will also include a running play-by-play from the game, and videos of some of the commercials from the broadcast. Facebook is trying to improve the experience around big sporting events for users. During last year’s Super Bowl, more than 50 million Facebook users had more than 185 million interactions (posts, comments and

  • Ancient Israeli skull may document migration from Africa

    By MALCOLM RITTER, AP Science Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Long ago, humans left their evolutionary cradle in Africa and passed through the Middle East on their way to Europe. Now scientists have found the first fossil remains that appear to document that journey, a partial skull from an Israeli cave. The skull dates from around 55,000 years ago, fitting into the period when scientists had thought the migrants inhabited the area. And details of its anatomy resemble ancient skulls from Europe, Israel Hershkovitz of Tel Aviv University in Israel wrote in an email. He and others present the finding in a paper released Wednesday by the journal Nature. The skull, which lacks facial features and its base, was found in Manot Cave in the Galilee region of northern Israel.

  • Raul Castro: U.S. must return Guantanamo for normal relations

    By JAVIER CORDOBA and MICHAEL WEISSENSTEIN, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    SAN JOSE, Costa Rica — Cuban President Raul Castro demanded on Wednesday that the United States return the U.S. base at Guantanamo Bay, lift the half-century trade embargo on Cuba and compensate his country for damages before the two nations re-establish normal relations. Castro told a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States that Cuba and the U.S. are working toward full diplomatic relations but “if these problems aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.” Castro and U.S. President Barack Obama announced on Dec. 17 that they would move toward renewing full diplomatic relations by reopening embassies in each other’s countries.


    By Anthony Slater | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    NEW YORK — Record-wise, things have been far worse. Standings-wise, there have been far greater holes to climb. But throughout what has been a turbulent Thunder season filled with injuries, losses and more injuries, there might not have been a lower point. Wednesday night was the worst of OKC's 23 losses, which, by the way, already matches the Thunder's total from last season. It came in New York City against one of the league's worst teams. The Knicks entered at 8-37, concerned more about their future draft positioning than their current ability to win games.

  • Morning roundup: Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend

    Compiled by Trent Shadid from wire reports | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    Super Bowl advertisers aim not to offend Super Bowl advertisers are being careful not to offend. GoDaddy decided not to run an ad that showed a dog being sold online so as not to offend dog lovers. The Victoria's Secret angels are fully clothed in its teaser spot, at least, although they reveal more in their actual Super Bowl ad. And an anti-domestic abuse commercial will have a high profile-spot during the game after a year of domestic violence scandals in the NFL. Advertisers have to find a balance between grabbing people's attention and not going too far to shock or offend a broad base of more than 110 million viewers. They want to be sure to make the estimated $4.

  • Sports TV listings for Oklahoma City: Thursday, Jan. 29-Friday, Jan. 30

    | Updated: 4 hr ago

    THURSDAY NBA 7 p.m. Denver at Memphis TNT (Cox 31) 9:30 p.m. Chicago at L.A.

  • Oklahoma scene: Oak Tree National returns to Golf Digest's Top 100 courses list

    FROM STAFF REPORTS | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oak Tree National has returned to Golf Digest’s ranking of America’s 100 Greatest Courses after a 15-year absence. The course, originally designed by legendary course builder Pete Dye, came in at No. 51 among the magazine’s 100 best.

  • Surprise players often star in Super Bowls

    By ROB MAADDI, AP Pro Football Writer | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    PHOENIX — Almost all football fans know Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Marshawn Lynch and Rob Gronkowski. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks wouldn’t be playing in the Super Bowl on Sunday if it weren’t for their superstars. But both teams got here with lesser-known players coming up big at key times. Jermaine Kearse caught a touchdown pass in overtime in Seattle’s win over Green Bay in the NFC championship game. Julian Edelman threw a TD pass in New England’s division-round win over Baltimore. There’s Rob Ninkovich, Michael Bennett and several others. Often, surprise players are the stars in the Super Bowl. Just look at last year when Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith was

  • At farewell, Obama praises Hagel as ‘true American patriot’

    By JIM KUHNHENN, Associated Press | Published: Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    FORT MYER, Va. — President Barack Obama says outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is a true American patriot who devoted his life to the United States. Obama and top military brass are praising Hagel at a farewell ceremony at Joint Base Fort Myer-Henderson Hall. Obama says the country is grateful for military progress on Hagel’s watch. Obama says Hagel strengthened key U.S. partnerships in the Middle East, paving the way for Arab nations to join the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group. He says Hagel launched reforms that have better positioned the military for the future. Hagel resigned abruptly in November under pressure from Obama. His tenure included the U.S. transition out of a combat

  • Bradford 'surprised' Heupel was fired

    Compiled by Erik Horne | Updated: 4 hr ago

    On Wednesday, former OU All-American and current St. Louis Rams quarterback Sam Bradford was a guest on the WWLS 98.1 FM's Middle of the Day Show with Mark Rodgers and Dusty Dvoracek. The duo asked Bradford about plenty of relevant topics including Josh Heupel's firing from OU. Here is what he had to say: Were you surprised for the way the season went for the Sooners this year? You know, I was. I — like everyone else — after watching them in the Sugar Bowl a few years ago had high expectations for this last season, and I think I was a little disappointed with the way things played out. But

  • Oklahoma State women's basketball: Kansas State squeezes past Cowgirls in overtime

    From Staff Reports | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Haley Texada’s free throw with five seconds remaining in OT gave K-State a 52-51 victory.

  • Oklahoma basketball notebook: Wrist not a problem for Isaiah Cousins

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 4 hr ago

    Cousins was 5 of 8 with three 3-pointers for 13 points in Oklahoma’s 81-36 blowout of Texas Tech on Wednesday night at Lloyd Noble Center.

  • Sooners win in record-setting rout

    By Ryan Aber | Updated: 4 hr ago

    NORMAN — That's one way to shake off a tough stretch. Oklahoma finally got a crack at the conference's bottom team and took full advantage, setting a record for fewest points allowed in a Big 12 game in an 81-36 beatdown of Texas Tech in front of an estimated 5,000 fans at Lloyd Noble Center. “Of course you don't ever expect that, to that degree,” Sooners coach Lon Kruger said of the blowout. “But I liked the last couple days of practice — their focus. We've just got to be stronger, got to be more physical. We've got to be tougher. We've got to communicate better. “This league is unforgiving.

  • Oklahoma City school leaders hope tour will give elected officials new perspective

    By Tim Willert
    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    Oklahoma City Superintendent Rob Neu said the controversial grade cards don’t paint an accurate picture of his district’s schools because they are “too focused on one singular snapshot.”

  • Oklahoma Veterans Affairs Department executive director replaced

    Staff Writer |
    Updated: 4 hr ago

    John McReynolds was forced out as executive director of the Oklahoma Department of Veterans Affairs on Wednesday in a move orchestrated by Gov. Mary Fallin.

  • Cirque du Soleil minds the details in creating enchanted world of 'Varekai'

    Features Writer |
    Updated: 5 hr ago

    “Varekai,” Cirque du Soleil’s latest arena touring production, opened Wednesday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena, with performances continuing through Sunday.