OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant probably didn’t lie to anyone, as some have framed it. In reality, the former Thunder star, who reportedly told Russell Westbrook he’d be staying in Oklahoma City shortly before leaving, more likely just changed his mind.

NORMAN — For one of the rare times during a calendar year, most Power 5 Conference football players have an abundance of free time. At Oklahoma and most Big 12 Conference schools, the eight-week summer school session is over and preseason practice doesn’t begin until next week.

The Ada Braves and Ada A’s got together for a tune-up for the 2016 Oklahoma American Legion State Tournament Tuesday evening at Ken Turner Field.

NORMAN — Former Oklahoma basketball player Buddy Hield and OU softball player Paige Parker have been named the Big 12 men’s and women’s athletes of the year.

OIL CENTER — Following are the results from races held July 23 at the Oklahoma Sports Park. Races are held every Saturday night throughout the 2016 season at the local dirt track, located 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W. Gates open at 5 p.m., and races begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. For…

Last week, Whit Gastineau felt like he let an Oil Capital Racing Series sprint car victory get away when he lost by a 0.138-second margin to Sheldon Barksdale at Humboldt Speedway in Kansas.

Roff standout Dalton Reed was forced to miss Tuesday night’s All-State baseball game while recovering from Ulnar Collateral Ligament surgery.

VANOSS — During a two-year stint as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Jonathon Hurt never planned to return to the high school scene.

ADA – Fourteen Ada area athletes will display their talents next week in the Oklahoma Coaches Association All-State Games, set for the Tulsa area.

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ADA — The Oil Capital Racing Series sprint cars return to the ultra-fast Oklahoma Sports Park for another round of racing action Saturday night.

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OIL CENTER — Following are the results from races held July 16 at the Oklahoma Sports Park. Races are held every Saturday night throughout the 2016 season at the local dirt track, located 10 miles northwest of Ada on state Highway 3W. Gates open at 5 p.m., and races begin at approximately 7:…

DALLAS — The smile on Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ face remained intact most of Tuesday morning and afternoon. As long as the questions were about his team and his players, he was happy to answer them.

Despite being less than full strength, the Ada A’s American Legion baseball team still had plenty of firepower to shellack Southwest Shockers Gray in a Tuesday afternoon doubleheader at East Central University’s Ken Turner Field.

DALLAS — Ten teams converged at Big 12 Football Media Days. The questions varied. Only one of them was peppered for details about soaring expectations, being a massive favorite to the win the league, a College Football Playoff berth and making room in the national championship trophy case.

OKLAHOMA CITY — Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook will no doubt go down as one of the biggest star pairings ever. And we, as a society, can’t deal with breakups.

NORMAN — The Heisman Trophy won’t be awarded for another five months. Those 13 or 14 regular-season games will decide who wins it. But when looking at preseason favorites to be in New York the second Saturday in December, Oklahoma is in an enviable spot.

OKLAHOMA CITY — After the Thunder lost Kevin Durant to the Warriors, they had an opportunity to open up cap space. Of course, there weren’t many free agents remaining to absorb into that newly discovered room, which could leap up to more than $20 million if general manager Sam Presti simply …

BYNG — The River Valley Tropics scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh innings and stole a 5-4 victory over the Ada Braves Sunday afternoon at Stokes Field in Byng.

BYNG — Just about everything went right for the Ada A’s in an 11-2 win over the River Valley Tropics Saturday night at Stokes Field in Byng.

It feels like Los Angeles Clippers power forward Blake Griffin’s name comes up in possible trades once a week, and it’s always a new rumor. This time, there is a report (though its veracity has been questioned) the former OU star could end up with Boston as part of a larger deal.

ADA – Three area tennis players – Ada’s Mikala Whelchel and Kendal Johnson, along with Byng’s Amanda Daniel – will represent the East Team in the All-State Girls’ Tennis Matches at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 26 at the University of Tulsa’s Michael D. Case Center.

BYNG — Carizma Nelson, who will enter the seventh grade at Byng next month, helped the Oklahoma Lady Bombers Elite win a national title at the 2016 AAU 7th Grade National Championships, held July 3-8 in Kingsport, Tennessee.

MUSKOGEE — Peyton “Beans” Factor defended her Women’s Oklahoma Golf Association Junior State Championship title in impressive fashion.

OKLAHOMA CITY — If there’s one thing Kevin Durant’s absence guarantees us, it’s that Russell Westbrook will be shooting a whole lot.

RUSSELLVILLE, Ark. — East Central University’s Autumn Suydam was named the 2015-16 Great American Conference Female Scholar-Athletes of the Year, the conference office announced on Tuesday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Eric Hosmer and Salvador Perez made sure the Kansas City Royals will start at home, sweet home if they get a chance to defend their World Series title.

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy was one of 24 head coaches named to the preseason watch list for the 2016 Dodd Trophy, officials from the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Foundation and Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl announced Friday.

OIL CENTER — Following are the results from races held July 9 at the Oklahoma Sports Park. Races are held every Saturday night throughout the 2016 season at the local dirt track, located 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W. Gates open at 5 p.m. and races begin at approximately 7:30 p.m. This …

ADA — Following are the results of the 2016 Sooner State Open Challenger tennis tournament held Julhy 8-10 at the Ada Tennis Center.

Missouri Valley tennis players ages 12-18 from all over the state converged on the Ada Tennis Center last Friday and Saturday to compete in the 2016 Sooner State Open Challenger tennis tournament.

KONAWA — There aren’t many jobs that could have piqued the interest of Erin (Fixico) Mitchell enough to lure her away from her job as the head softball coach at Ada High School.

The NBA’s salary cap was supposed to climb from $94.1 million in the coming year all the way up to at least $107 million next season. Now, it appears that 2017-18 projection was too ambitious.

The NBA has released jersey sales numbers from the previous fiscal year, and they came as somewhat of a surprise: Russell Westbrook’s jersey outsold Kevin Durant’s.

OIL CENTER — Following are the results from the 150-lap enduro race held July 2 at the Oklahoma Sports Park. Races are held every Saturday night throughout the 2016 season at the local dirt track, located 10 miles northwest of Ada on SH 3W. Gates open at 5 p.m., and races begin at approximat…

ADA – The East Central University athletic department has announced the 2016 fall sports schedules. The Tigers will also be offering new season ticket packages for individual sports and an All-Sport Annual Pass.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma City Thunder will host its sixth annual coaches Clinic Saturday, Aug. 13, at Chesapeake Energy Arena, inviting basketball coaches at any level from around the state to take part in a day of tips and training.

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