Mr. Billings was a fine writer and friend


This column is dedicated to a true newspaper man, who inspired me to be the writer I am today. Henry Damon “Hank” Billings, died on June 23, just six days after celebrating his 91st birthday. He died peacefully in his sleep while in hospice care in Springfield, Missouri. Mr. Billings wrote for the Springfield News-Leader […]

The truth about Billie Jean King/Bobby Riggs


Can we put this John McEnroe – Serena Williams debate to rest? Maybe McEnroe was exaggerating when he said Williams is the greatest female player ever, but “would be ranked like 700th in the world” if she played on the men’s tour. Maybe she would be ranked higher or maybe not, however, many feminists and […]

OU, OSU, TU quarterbacks getting attention from the NFL


Quarterbacks from Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Tulsa are having an impact in the National Football League. For decades before Bob Stoops became coach in 1999, the Sooners specialized in running quarterbacks that had little success in the pros. That started to change when Josh Heupel was runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting in 2000 after […]

Russell Westbrook is the NBA MVP


Russell Westbrook, the outstanding guard for the Oklahoma City Thunder, has been named the Most Valuable Player in the NBA for the recently completed season. In New York, Westbrook thanked his teammates (Enes Kanter, Nick Collison, Taj Gibson, Victor Oladipo and Andre Roberson were with him at the ceremony). “I’m very, very thankful to have […]

Riley completes his Sooner staff


New Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley has finalized the responsibilities and titles for his assistants. New assistant coach Ruffin McNeill will serve as assistant head coach and defensive tackles coach, and that second-year assistant Calvin Thibodeaux will coach defensive ends. Defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, starting his 11th year at OU, will coach outside linebackers, […]

Six Big 12 players get drafted


Josh Jackson (Kansas) and Jarrett Allen (Texas) led six Big 12 players that were chosen in the 2017 NBA Draft. Jackson was taken No. 4 overall by the Phoenix Suns. Allen followed at No. 22 to the Brooklyn Nets.  Oklahoma State guard Jawun Evans was chosen at No. 39 by the Philadelphia 76ers (and traded […]

TU great Tony Liscio taken by ALS


Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a terrible disease, not that any disease is any better or worse than the others, but I have personally watched people I know who have battled ALS and ultimately lost that battle. ALS robs the individual of all motor activity, while their mind remains sharp […]

OKC drafts Ferguson; Evans to L.A.


The Oklahoma City Thunder drafted Terrance Ferguson (6-7, 184 pounds) as the No. 21 pick in the June 22 NBA draft. “He has speed, size, length and athleticism and an ability to shoot the ball with range,” said Thunder Vice President Sam Presti. “He’s also a guy who has a great disposition. He’s a really […]

Evans to the Clippers


Oklahoma State All-American Jawun Evans was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 39th pick of the 2017 NBA Draft, and was immediately traded to the Los Angeles Clippers. Evans, who averaged 19.2 points and a Big 12-high 6.4 assists per game, is now the 33rd Oklahoma State player taken in the NBA Draft, and […]

Lincoln Riley to make $3.5 million


New Oklahoma University head football coach Lincoln Riley will make $3.1 million in the first year of a five-year contract that will eventually average $3.5 million annually. The Oklahoma Board of Regents agreed to Riley’s new contract. Included in that contract are incentives that rise up to $425,000 for winning a national championship. This is […]