37: Amount of letters in Abdul-Gafar Olatokumbo Ayodeji Lamar Karim. Friends, relatives and NFL fans otherwise know him as Deji Karim. The former Putnam City North High and Northeastern A&M Junior College running back signed with the starting-from-scratch Indianapolis Colts on April 30, a few days after he was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars. A sixth-round pick by the Jags in the 2010 NFL Draft, Karim had 290 yards on 98 carries over two seasons in a reserve role.
Former Oklahoma City Blazers coach Doug Sauter, now the color analyst on Oklahoma City Barons radio broadcasts, mentioned to play-by-play voice Jim Byers that the parents of defenseman Alex Plante drove from Brandon, Manitoba, to San Antonio to watch the second-round of an American Hockey League playoff series: “That's 1,900 miles. That's a lot of gas. And at $3.65 a gallon, I hope they brought an extra credit card.”
The Oklahoman's three-star awards for making sports news last week:
*1. Chris VandeVelde, forward, Barons: Scored overtime goals in back-to-back games in San Antonio to help Oklahoma City advance to the American Hockey League's Western Conference championship against Toronto. The centerman is one of eight players in the AHL's 76-year history to have two overtime winners in the same playoff series.
*2. Northwest Classen boys soccer: The Knights defeated Tulsa Cascia Hall 3-2 in double overtime for the Class 5A state championship. Senior Juan Campos scored the winner that gave Northwest the school's first team title since 1985.
*3. James Harden, guard, Thunder: Named NBA's Sixth Man of the Year. No duh. We knew this was coming, but a salute to the Bearded One anyway.
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Home Plate Farm, a suburban Boston estate where Babe Ruth lived from 1922 to 1926, is for sale. The current owners are asking $1.65 million, which is more than the baseball icon made during his 22-year big league career. Ruth made $911,000 total while playing for the Boston Red Sox (1914-1919), the Yankees (1920-1934) and the Boston Braves (1935). The 5,000-square-foot, five-bedroom home in Sudbury, Mass., has been renovated, but some personal touches by the Babe remain. One room still has burn marks on the floor where Ruth is said to have dropped cigar ashes.