NFF to honor Bob Barry Sr.
The late Bob Barry Sr. will receive the Chris Schenkel Award, presented by the National Football Foundation to “recognize a sports broadcaster who has enjoyed a long and distinguished career broadcasting college football with direct ties to a specific university.”
“For more than five decades, Bob Barry played an integral role in the fabric of football in the state of Oklahoma,” said Steve Hatchell, the NFF's president and CEO. “He possessed an unmatched passion for his job, and he captured the drama and excitement of the game for legions of fans for generations. Bob was truly one of the happiest men in college football.”
Barry died Oct. 30, 2011, at the age of 80. He called OU football games on the radio from 1961-72, and again from 1991 until his retirement in 2008.
He called Tulsa games on the radio from 1973-74, and Oklahoma State games from 1973-90.
Nixon wins at IAAF Juniors
Former Edmond Santa Fe standout Gunnar Nixon needed a big-time performance in the final event of the decathlon at the IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on Wednesday.
Nixon entered the 1,500-meter run needing to beat Australia's Jake Stein by 14 seconds to win.
Nixon did, turning in a personal best 4:22.36, nearly 24 seconds ahead of Stein, to set an American junior record with 8,018 points and win the championship.
Stein jumped ahead of Nixon, a sophomore-to-be at Arkansas, in the next-to-last event, the javelin, before Nixon pulled off the win in the final event.
Nixon's gold was the first of the event for Team USA.
State players on Nagurski, Outland watch lists
Several Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa players have been named to the preseason watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is presented to the nation's top defensive player, and the Outland Trophy, which goes to the nation's top interior lineman.
Nagurski watch list: Brodrick Brown, OSU cornerback; Demontre Hurst, OU cornerback, Tony Jefferson, OU safety; Dexter McCoil, Tulsa safety; and Tom Wort, OU linebacker.
Outland watch list: Ben Habern, OU center; Gabe Ikard, OU guard; Lane Taylor, OSU guard.
Oil Capital Racing Series to make stop in Meeker
The Oil Capital Racing Series will make its second stop of the points season at 8:30 p.m. Friday at Brill's Motor Speedway in Meeker.
Rose resident Jamie Passmore continues to dominate the local sprint car series, winning seven of the season's 11 features. Passmore, who won OCRS championships in 2008, 2009 and 2010, has a 64-point lead over Danny Smith of Tulsa in the standings.
Smith has just one A feature triumph this season, but he has remained within striking distance behind consistent strong feature finishes. Smith has six top-five finishes and 11 top-10 finishes.
Whit Gastineau of Oklahoma City is fourth in the standings, but he is the only driver other than Passmore to win more than one feature this season. Gastineau has two.
Brill's Motor Speedway is located off State Highway 18. Call (405) 769-6927 for directions to the track.