Tributes: Collegiate championship weightlifter Paul Barbee Jr. dies at 62 from heart disease
Downtown Oklahoma City has become a hub for some of sports' future stars in big-time basketball, hockey and baseball.
*3 — Sure bets to make the Edmonton Oilers' roster once the NHL lockout ends. No. 1 draft picks Jordan Eberle and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins will begin the season Friday with the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. Taylor Hall, another No. 1 draft choice, is scheduled to join the Barons once he returns from a shoulder injury. That trio will hop the next plane to Edmonton when owners and the union come to an agreement. Magnus Paajarvi and Alex Plante are other previous No. 1 selections by Edmonton who might get the call, too.
*4 — Olympians on the Oklahoma City Thunder roster this season. Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant and James Harden played for the U.S., which won gold during the London Olympics this summer. Serge Ibaka played for Spain, which took silver after losing to the Americans in the championship game.
*14 — The Houston Astros finished the worst season in the franchise's 50-year history Wednesday with a 5-4 loss to the Chicago Cubs. Of the 17 players who appeared in the box score for Houston, 14 spent part of the 2012 season with the Oklahoma City RedHawks. That number does not include Tony DeFrancesco, who was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City late in the season to serve as the Astros' interim manager.
*Edith Kemp was as an executive secretary for the Oklahoma City Indians and Oklahoma City 89ers baseball teams. She would return to school, earned a degree and start her own tax accounting firm. The Oklahoma City resident died at age 95.
Congrats to Brian Harvey, an NAIA Hall of Famer who continues incredible success as Oklahoma City University soccer coach. The Stars' women's program won its 300th game under Harvey with a 1-0 win Sunday over Western State (Colo.). Include the record of men's program, also coached by Harvey, and the numbers read 671 wins, 242 losses and 53 draws. The Liverpool, England, native has been a soccer fixture in OKC for more than 30 years, leading the development of youth programs or as coach of men's pro teams such as the Slickers and Stampede.
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