*NAMED: National League Player of the Week for a baseball-record third consecutive time last week, Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Matt Kemp. The former Midwest City High star won the final weekly award for the 2011 season, and he's won the first two for 2012. The only other player to open a baseball season with back-to-back weekly awards was American League bopper Tony Armas of the Oakland A's in 1981. Kemp won his most recent award after batting .545 (12 for 22) with four home runs and 26 total bases.
*HONORED: By the Big 12 as its Male Athlete of the Week, Oklahoma senior Luke Bryant, who was the top collegiate finisher in two discus competitions, which included Olympic hopefuls such as Vikas Gowda of India, Russ Winger of Asics and Ian Waltz of the New York Athletic Club. Bryant had a throw of 203-feet at the Old Style Discus Classic, and then threw 202-4 at the John Jacobs Invitational. Bryant's throw during the Old Style Classic ranks No. 1 this season in the NCAA.
*SCORED: First career NHL playoff goal, former Oklahoma City Barons forward Gilbert Brule. He had 18 points in 27 games this season for the Barons, before the parent Edmonton Oilers placed the 25-year-old on waivers. Phoenix claimed Brule, and he has been in the Coyotes' lineup since. He finished the NHL regular season with 14 points in 33 games; Brule beat goaltender Corey Crawford on a second-period breakaway Saturday night, but that was all the Coyotes mustered in a 2-1 overtime loss to the Chicago Blackhawks.
*OFFICIALLY: Retired as Oklahoma State tennis coach, James Wadley. A 40th season at OSU ended with a Bedlam loss to Oklahoma, but Wadley leaves as one of the most successful tennis coaches in NCAA history. Wadley, who announced in January that he would retire at the end of this season, guided the Cowboys to more than 650 dual wins, 17 national tournament appearances and 12 conference championships. He was a two-time state champion player at McAlester High School and then a two-time NAIA All-American at Southeastern State in Durant. He was tennis coach at Duncan High School before taking the position at OSU in 1972.
*DIED: At age 58, baseball-a-holic Robbie Ritchie. He was the father of Heath Ritchie, an exceptional shortstop at Vici High School and Southwestern Oklahoma State. Robbie, a nursing home inspector for the Oklahoma Department of Health, joined his son for several trips to Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals. Once Heath became a summer-league baseball coach, his dad was a team fixture, whether it was preparing the field or driving the squad all over the country for games.
*OTHER: Oklahomans with sports backgrounds who died recently include: Christy Darnell Daniels, 53, a member of the John Marshall High School swim team and Kerr McGee Swim Club. ... Carl Drake, 100, horse trainer. ... Emmett Brents, 80, a retired policeman who played softball for the Statesmen, a team in the 70-and-older senior league at Boomer Sports Complex in Oklahoma City. ... Kenneth Bell, 75, a golfer's best friend. He owned Golf Outlet in Oklahoma City. ...
25: Consecutive losses by the Oklahoma Christian University baseball team before it trimmed a good Central Oklahoma squad 5-4 on Friday. Oklahoma Christian, which had a 7-5 record before the skid, received a complete game from pitcher Luke Sandoval. He limited UCO (29-14) to three earned runs on seven hits and one walk. Sandoval struck out four. Wes Dorough and Heath Steele had two hits and two RBIs apiece for the Eagles.
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*Retired big league shortstop Walt Weiss is selling his Arizona home for $3.999 million, according to TopTenRealEstateDeals.com. Amenities include a baseball diamond in the backyard and an indoor batting cage. The website includes homes on the market by fellow ballplayers Jamie Moyer, Barry Larkin and Adrian Beltre.
*Tim Leone, a hockey writer for The Patriot News in Harrisburg, Pa., picks the Oklahoma City Barons to take the Calder Cup, the grand prize for winning the American Hockey League championship. Leone says it will take the Barons five games to defeat the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Conn.) in the finals. The Patriot News covers the Hershey Bears, one of the AHL's oldest franchises.
*Bids are being taken on eBay for a 1995 national championship ring from the University of Connecticut women's basketball team. The starting bid was $1,850 for the 10-karat yellow gold ring, which was apparently worn by someone other than an athlete. The name “Lawrence” is on the side, and no one with that name was on the player roster. That Huskies team finished 35-0 behind All-Americans Rebecca Lobo and Jen Rizzotti.