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Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel

Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist.

Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma City Times, the Norman Transcript and the Oklahoma Journal — and entered the newspaper business at the age of 17, with the Transcript in 1978. His first game assignment was the Lexington-Elmore City high school football game, and he has enjoyed the journey ever since, from high school wrestling duals and regional track meets to Orange Bowls and the NBA playoffs.

Tramel was born and raised in Norman, Okla. He and his wife, Tricia, were married in 1980 and live in Norman near their daughter, son-in-law and three granddaughters.

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Tramel: Kansas State's Chris Klieman joins exclusive club vs. Oklahoma

K-State coach goes to 2-0 against the Sooners, joining Mack Brown & Les Miles in an exclusive club

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Only three Big 12 teams are unbeaten after just two games

OSU, Texas and Baylor have not lost, but everyone else in the Big 12 has

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Miami, as a fifth seed, is the fourth-lowest seed to make the NBA Finals

Only the 1995 Rockets have won an NBA title as lower than a fourth seed

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Tramel: Does OU's loss to Kansas State signal a crazy 2020 season?

Misery loves company, so about four hours after the third-ranked Sooners wilted like August flowers Saturday, they maybe...

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Moore played 13 seasons with the New Orleans Saints

Moore was a mainstay on OU's great 1972 defense

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Tramel: Same old Sooner defense leads to 38-35 loss to K-State

NORMAN — NFL veteran Gerald McCoy, a massive reminder of better defensive days, gave a first-half interview with SoonerVision...

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Tramel: OU football report card produces F's for ball & lead protection

Kansas State stunned Oklahoma 38-35 in a wild college football game at Owen Field on Saturday in which OU led 35-14 late in the...

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OU football: A look at the Sooners' 38-35 loss to Kansas State by the numbers

.333: Spencer Rattler’s fourth-quarter completion percentage (4 of 12). .897: Spencer Rattler’s completion percentage through...

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Tramel: Do not fear the tailback shortage of Oklahoma football

NORMAN — The NCAA suspended Rhamondre Stevenson, apparently over a marijuana test. Trey Sermon transferred to Ohio State,...

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Navy's comeback vs. Tulane bolsters BYU's rout of Navy

Hold on for a wild ride as the pandemic creates crazy times for college football rankings

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Here's a list of 15 great candidates for the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

Who should go into the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame? Here's a list to get you started

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Tramel: Cut Mike Gundy some slack for Oklahoma State quarterback decision

By the time Shane Illingworth threw his second pass as an Oklahoma State Cowboy, a step-up-start-to-scramble dump-off to tight...

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Big 12 leaves some wiggle room in its schedule for makeup games

ACC has played eight of its 11 scheduled conference games so far

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Best quarterbacking leads to victories in the NFL

Of the top eight NFL quarterbacks in QBR, seven are unbeaten

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Morrison's Wes Swinford wore Sayers' number at Kansas for three games, then it was retired

Swinford got Sayers' number because who thought a freshman walkon would ever get to wear the jersey?

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Why did Donovan choose Chicago over Oklahoma City?

Was money a motivating factor in Donovan taking the Bulls job?

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Tramel: As Dallas Cowboys just showed us, onside kicks aren't dead yet

Bobby Proctor sidled up to Uwe von Schamann with barely a minute left in the 1977 Oklahoma-Ohio State game. Proctor, Barry...

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Does having played a game give a team an advantage?

Baylor and TCU make their season debuts Saturday against teams that already have played

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Tramel: Laker cult hero Alex Caruso has come a long ways since OKC Blue days

Alex Caruso threw down a fast-break dunk over Jerami Grant on Sunday night in the Western Conference finals, and the Laker...

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Baylor's Dave Aranda could debut against old boss Miles

Miles' lost his OSU debut and now hopes to pin a loss on Aranda for his Baylor debut

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Tramel: Hold your nose and rank OSU No. 1 in the Big 12

Cowboys or Longhorns? Who's No. 1 in the Big 12?

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Tramel: OSU report card is high on the Cowboy defense after beating Tulsa

Oklahoma State’s 16-7 victory over Tulsa on Saturday was much closer than anticipated and included an uneven performance in a...

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Tramel: How else should 2020 season start for OSU football other than a defensive masterpiece?

STILLWATER — Shane Illingworth won the game in relief of Ethan Bullock. L.D. Brown looked better than Chuba Hubbard. OSU won...

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Bennie Owen's daughter was a Sooner to the very end

Dorothy Ann Bryan had quite the life and quite the legacy, as Bennie Owen's youngest daughter

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OSU names new wheat variety after star-crossed Olympic sprinter

Butler won the 1980 200-meter Olympic Trials but didn't get to compete in Moscow

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Tramel: Tulsa's Philip Montgomery has a tough job guiding Golden Hurricane through pandemic, school leadership turnover

STILLWATER — Tulsa football coach Philip Montgomery has a boss as the Golden Hurricane’s 2020 season begins. Don’t laugh. That...

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Tramel: NFL predictions & can Adrian Peterson catch Emmitt Smith?

Peterson & Gore taking aim at all-time NFL rushing record

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Tramel: If the Big Ten football champ gets in its eight-game schedule, let it into the playoff

Big Ten football plans to arrive fashionably late to the 2020 season. Oct. 24. That’s the startup date for the Big Ten, which...

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Tramel: College football predictions; can OSU avoid the upset bug?

Can Oklahoma State get the Big 12 football back on track?

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Tramel: Denver Nuggets, Miami Heat prove NBA Draft lottery luck not necessary

Just like Toronto a year ago, Nuggets and Heat prove there is more than one way to championship contention

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Tramel: How OU football great Bob Kalsu saved Dan Ruster from Vietnam

Former Sooner Dan Ruster was profoundly affected by Bob Kalsu's death, and they didn't even know each other

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Tramel: Sitting in the seats for OU football vs. Missouri State for the first time in 42 years

NORMAN — I settled into my seat, Section 44, Row 15, just up from Owen Field’s south end zone, and felt at home even though I...

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What's the future for Westbrook in Houston?

Westbrook looked lost & confused with the Rockets

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Tramel: College football rankings should have Louisiana-Lafayette No. 1

College football rankings are going to be dicier than ever in this pandemic season

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Bison produce OBU's first two major-league players ever

Texas' Taylor Hearn and Toronto's Julian Merryweather are OBU alums

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Sooner running game was lacking vs. Missouri State

OU quarterbacks were interesting, but offensive line appeared to need work vs. Missouri State

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Tramel: Big 12 football power rankings after a miserable Saturday

The Big 12 goes 0-3 against the Sun Belt and damages the playoff hopes of OU, OSU and Texas

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Gundy's status dips in Stillwater

Mike Holder has a higher approval rating than does Mike Gundy, among Cowboy fans surveyed

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Tramel: Del City and Bob Kalsu's teammates haven't forgotten their American hero

DEL CITY — Bobby Warmack remembers the big smile and the big laugh. Jack Porter remembers rooming together on the road. Larry...

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Tramel: The Spencer Rattler era for OU football arrives on Owen Field with plenty of hype

NORMAN — Spencer Rattler’s starting debut Saturday night on Owen Field arrives with much hype. Think Beatles 1964. Think...

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Bears haven't made I-AA playoffs since 1990

Missouri State's football success over the years has been meager

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Tramel: Norman fantasy football league keeps the home fires burning

NORMAN — The IIWTCFL — If I Were The Coach Football League — began honorably. Founding father Dave Atkins, who worked at IBM in...

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Tramel: NFL picks for Week 1 in a very strange season

Enjoy this NFL season while you can; we don't know if it will be interrupted

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Blowouts were the norm in Week 1; expect no less in Week 2

Sooners vs. a Division I-AA opponent always means a blowout

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Missouri State quarterback Jaden Johnson finally lands with Bobby Petrino

Jaden Johnson wanted to play for Bobby Petrino. Petrino wanted Johnson to play for him. It seemed a natural fit. Johnson was a...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder lost a good coach in Billy Donovan, but 'it's no one's fault' that this era ends

Bad news for Oklahoma City basketball: the Thunder lost a good coach. Good news for OKC basketball: the Thunder didn’t lose a...

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Will the pandemic disrupt the NFL season? If not...

Saints over Chiefs is the Super Bowl pick

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Tramel: BYU-Navy debacle shows why OSU-Tulsa was postponed

When the OSU-Tulsa football postponement news broke Monday night, it was halftime of the Brigham Young-Navy game. BYU led 31-0...

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Homer Hulme remembers his Chickasha hero, Pete Runnels

Homer Hulme had a hero. Pete Runnels played for the 1949 Chickasha Chiefs in the Sooner State League, in baseball’s Class...

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Coaches must keep teams safe but also need to win

Southern Miss shows us that coaches have to win, even in the pandemic season of 2020

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Tramel: Big 12 coaches more important than ever during the pandemic

At Kansas State, the defensive ends are learning a little defensive tackle, the nickelbacks are learning a little cornerback...

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Big 12 football teams could enter national anthem controversy

Will Big 12 teams be on the field for "The Star-Spangled Banner"?

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Jayhawks have adapted to coronavirus testing

Miles says "This is our sport, this is our time"

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Tramel: Friday night football almost like old times in small-town Oklahoma

NOBLE — Fans stood in three ticket-window lines Friday night. Some ready for football. Some longing for community. Some heeding...

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Tramel: Bedlam’s Star Spencers, OU’s Rattler & OSU’s Sanders, could be headed for a title showdown

Spencer Sanders was born Dec. 15, 1999. Spencer Rattler was born nine months later, Sept. 28, 2000. Spencer was a popular name...

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Gundy doesn't like "blogs," so Pistols Firing doesn't get credentialed for football

OSU's ban on credentials for Pistols Firing needs to end

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Tramel: OKC Thunder's bizarro season ends with bizarro Game 7 but also with renewed hope for future

James Harden won the game with his defense. The best offensive player on the court was Lu Dort. The game-winning shot came on a...

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Tramel: Lu Dort makes the grade, but OKC Thunder report card has some failures in Game 7 loss to Rockets

The Thunder lost to Houston 104-102 in a wild Game 7 of the Western Conference playoffs, and OKC’s report card reflects such a...

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Tramel: College football predictions include Navy over Brigham Young

Here's a reason for watching each college football game this weekend

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Tramel: Rockets' future more murky than the Thunder's

Every NBA team faces an uncertain off-season, but none moreso than the Rockets

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Tramel: OKC Thunder could be the 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates

The Yankees hammered the Pirates in the 1960 World Series -- but the Pirates won the Series

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Tramel: Thunder report card gets high marks for defense, Dort & backup bigs

Billy Donovan pushed the right buttons, and now the Thunder gets a Game 7 against Houston

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Thunder has limited Game 7 experience beyond Paul

Paul has an extensive playoff history -- the Thunder will be the fourth franchise for whom he's played in a Game 7

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40 years ago, Sooners went hard after Thompson with a massive contract offer

John Thompson already was a Washington, D.C., icon in 1980, but OU made him an offer that was hard to refuse

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Tramel: Winning in the Western Conference will be harder than ever for OKC Thunder moving forward

The Western Conference keeps getting better and better, leading to some difficult decisions for Sam Presti

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Tramel: Fate of Thunder offense rests with Lu Dort

Dort has been key to the Thunder defense, but now he must make shots to keep the OKC season alive

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Tramel: Half a century ago, Clifford Ray found social problems at OU but persevered and still loves his school

NORMAN — Clifford Ray arrived in the summer of 1967, from Union, South Carolina, a town of about 10,000. Ray came to OU with...

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Tramel: Thunder report card dismal after blowout loss to Rockets

The Thunder's shooting and ball security were horrible, and defense wasn't exactly spiffy, either

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Tramel: Russell Westbrook's return to face OKC Thunder adds more drama to NBA playoffs

Russell Westbrook bounced into the Orlando Zoom room sporting a wide smile and a basketball that never stopped moving from hand...

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Tramel: Maybe this pause of NBA Playoffs can move us forward

When I speak to Rotary Clubs or journalism classes, one of my constant messages is to remind people that we really don’t know...

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Readers divided on the Thunder walkout in the NBA bubble

Some readers are empathetic with the Thunder players, but others say they are through with the NBA

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Tramel: NBA walkout is a message to people on their side of the gulf

If you’re mad about the Thunder-Rockets strike Wednesday in the NBA’s Orlando bubble, let me ask you a question. Were you mad...

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Tramel: Is Russell Westbrook what the Rockets need vs. the Thunder?

Russell Westbrook stood in the Houston Rockets’ corral. Did he ever sit down? I haven’t seen him sit all series long. Truth is,...

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Odds released on Big 12 title hopes and victories

Sooners a heavy favorite to win the Big 12, but OSU's odds are the same as Texas'

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Tramel: How defense saved OKC Thunder in Game 4 rally vs. Rockets? Lu Dort 'is special'

James Harden seemed on a mission. Maybe he read all the press clippings and heard all the plaudits directed at Thunder...

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Tramel: OKC Thunder report card gives A's for not fouling and bench help

The Thunder rallied from 15 points down to beat the Rockets 117-114 Monday in Game 4 of their Western Conference playoff...

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Byron Scott, Jumpin' Joe Caldwell & Fat Lever join Harden as Arizona State basketball greats

James Harden is the greatest Sun Devil, but Lu Dort is moving up the list

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Tramel: Lu Dort gives OKC Thunder hope against James Harden, Rockets

Department of defense: Built like the Pentagon, Dort gives the Thunder a chance against Harden

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Tramel: Big 12 football status rises during the COVID-19 pandemic

Ten summers ago, Nebraska and Colorado left the Big 12. A year later, Missouri and Texas A&M fled, too. The conference was...

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Tramel: Winning a single NBA playoff game is now a tall task for the OKC Thunder, which needs four wins in nine days

The Thunder’s mission is clear. Beat the superior Houston Rockets four times in nine days to advance in the Western Conference...

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Ranking the Big 12's non-conference games

Baylor, Kansas State and Iowa State added potentially dangerous opponents

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Tramel: Chris Paul is right about the OKC Thunder's latest NBA Playoff loss. There are 'no moral victories'

Russell Westbrook stood in the Rocket bench area, his face covered by a mask. James Harden stood there, too, his face covered...

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Thunder has recovered from previous series-opening blowout defeats

Is a series-opening blowout loss to Houston a sign of things to come?

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Reynolds' last hope for Cooperstown approaches

Will Reynolds be included on Hall of Fame's Golden Days Committee ballot?

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Rockets' switch-everything defense makes life rough for OKC in Game 1

Going into the post, with Gallinari and Adams, is the Thunder's best bet

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Tramel: Thunder report card shows poor play from Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and the OKC defense

The Thunder got behind early and was blown out quickly, losing to the Rockets 123-108 Tuesday in Game 1 of their Western...

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Tramel: Is a somber Mike Gundy what OSU football needs?

Mike Gundy wasn’t himself. No Cheshire cat grin. No wisecracks. No old stories about Midwest City or Big Eight days. Not even...

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Finding a house from 52 years ago isn't easy

Breakfast on the deck in Overland Park, then a tour of old times in Joplin

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OKC has lost four straight playoff series

Houston's point differential ranks 15th among the Thunder's 20 all-time playoff foes

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Tramel: Football in a pandemic is not colleges' biggest problem

Assorted college football conferences have postponed their seasons until the spring. Others, including our accustomed Big 12,...

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The Plaza opened in 1923 and still is going strong

The Plaza is a Kansas City landmark

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Tramel: OKC Thunder's original sin of James Harden always shadows franchise

Eve took the forbidden fruit, gave it to Adam and you know the rest. Bad News Bares. But Adam and Eve were fortunate. Wherever...

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Kansas City: great friends, great food, great sites

The Negro League Museum & World War I Museum make for a great day in KC

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The pandemic started in Kansas City, and now it's back to KC

A trip to Kansas City brings some much-needed familiarity during a pandemic

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Not that many NBA teams are trying to win in Orlando

The Thunder beats Miami, but did either team care?

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Tramel: Please, OU & OSU football fans, show some grace on ticket distribution

Think of your worst enemy. Now think of the ultimate revenge. Fire ants and molasses. A Netflix account that shows only...

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Power 5 Conferences have the autonomy they desired

The Power 5 has no centralized leader, because they wanted no centralized leader

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Tramel: Why a temporary Big 12/Nebraska alliance could work

Scott Frost went rogue Monday. The Nebraska football coach suggested that if the Big Ten canceled its 2020 fall football...

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NFL apparently ready to play Saturday games

Could NFL play Saturday quadrupleheaders if college season is scrapped?

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Both West races are fabulously tight

Tramel: Thunder looks likely for fifth or sixth seed

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Tramel: Thunder beats the Washington Generals in the NBA bubble

Jerome Robinson. Isaac Bonga. Jarrod Uthoff. Admiral Schofield. Johnathan Williams. Troy Brown Jr. Good thing the Wizards...

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Tramel: What are we doing? How could college football possibly be played this fall?

I had the television off, my head down and my fingers working feverishly, typing out a really cool basketball story that now...

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Tramel: Grizzlies rout shows how much OKC Thunder needs Steven Adams

Steven Adams is the last man standing from those grand old Thunder-Grizzlies playoff series. He-man basketball. Serge Ibaka...

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Pop succeeds Hubie Brown as oldest coach in NBA history

Baseball has had more elderly coaches/managers than the NBA or the NFL

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Power Lunch: Live chat with Berry Tramel

Chat with Oklahoman columnist Berry Tramel about the Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners at noon. Send in your questions now.

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College football independents are far from their glory days

Independents timeline A timeline of the decline in the number of independent teams in major-college football: 1978: NCAA...

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Tramel: Independence is not all it's cracked up to be in college football

Notre Dame won college football’s 1977 national championship. Also in the final AP poll of that season? No. 5 Penn State, No....

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Tramel: 90-year-old Merrill Green had a profound impact on two OU football dynasties

Merrill Green has lived in Bryan, Texas, for 48 years. So you can understand the parade. Spend almost half a century in a...

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OKC Thunder: Five takeaways from 105-86 win vs. Los Angeles Lakers

The Thunder never trailed and routed the Los Angeles Lakers 105-86 Wednesday night in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, raising its...

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Tramel: College Football Playoff committee will be guessing more than ever

We finally have a plan for the college football season. Ten-game seasons for the Power 5 conferences (the ACC might play 11)....

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Rescheduling college football games never are easy

Rescheduling OU-Army & OU-Tennessee games will be like a Rubik's Cube

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Tramel: OKC Thunder's treasure chest of point guards became scant in loss to Nuggets

Long before overtime, before the Thunder’s legs were gone, it played in second gear Monday. No real reason for it. The Thunder...

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Sooners could need a game for Sept. 12; UNT or Houston are available, for now

Big 12 presidents' decision could ignite a wave of rescheduling

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Tramel: Big 12 Conference can no longer wait on declaring what 2020 football season will look like

Back in the spring, when college football season first seemed imperiled, the thoughtful among us advised no rush. Plenty of...

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Tramel: Attacking Rudy Gobert proved quite profitable for OKC Thunder

Shai-Gilgeous Alexander drove to the basket Saturday, and like usual when the opponent is the Utah Jazz, the French Resistance...

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Tramel: With Shai Gilgeous-Alexander on superstar track, OKC Thunder should avoid total teardown

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander turned 22 three weeks ago. Paul George turned 22 just after his second NBA season, 2011-12. SGA was the...

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From Tom to Antlers, seeing southeastern Oklahoma was a treasure

Highway 3 offers a tour of Oklahoma's southeast corner

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Chat about the Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners with columnist Berry Tramel at 11:30 a.m. Send in your questions now.

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Tramel: Big 12 becomes last league standing, so it's time to decide on football schedule

Earlier Thursday, OSU athletic director Mike Holder suggested that patience is “the buzzword” in this pandemic-stricken...

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Much to consider when factoring in NBA bubble results

Will the Thunder and Jazz meet in the playoffs, too?

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Southern cities have a deep history

It's easy to mix up Natchez & Natchitoches, but each has its charm

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The transformation of Laurel by "Home Town" is quite impressive

Reviving downtowns is a cool thing, be it Mississippi or Oklahoma

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Historic Vicksburg has a sobering military park

Antebellum homes dominate Vicksburg

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Tramel: Former OSU sprinter James Butler wished for an Olympics for Broken Bow's sake

James Butler still thinks about the summer of 1980. Still thinks about the Olympic Games for which he qualified but wasn’t...

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A trip to Laurel, Mississippi seems perfect during a pandemic

Buc-ee's is essential while traveling during a pandemic

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Tramel: Can OKC Thunder in the NBA bubble mimic success of Joe Gibbs' Washington teams?

Hard to remember, but the NFL’s Washington franchise once was known for more than scandal. These days, the Washingtons are...

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OKC Thunder's Andre Roberson could join list of great comebacks from injury

Roberson's absence trumps Alex Smith's and Tony Conigliaro's

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Tramel: Del City senior basketball players symbolic of pandemic disappointment

The Del City basketball team sat on a bus in a McDonald’s parking lot on March 12. The Eagles were a few miles and a few hours...

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Oklahomans had a personal attachment to fallen Sooner

50 years ago this week, Kalsu was killed in Vietnam, but many Oklahomans remember him

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Tramel: John Blake remained popular with OU football, despite losing

John Blake had a big personality. Friendly and warm and genuine. If he had any animosity in his bones, no one between Sand...

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Win or Lose, John Blake Is A Good Man

NORMAN - Matt Cottrell vowed he would make the OU-Texas game. The nurses of 4-West knew better.They had seen too many bodies...

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Tramel: Billy Donovan's contract is up, but expect him to be back with Thunder next season

Sam Presti jumped on a digital press conference Wednesday and broke every negotiating rule in the book. From his Orlando bubble...

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By looking at Sept. 26, OSU could find new candidates to fill an open schedule slot

Miami's game at Michigan State was canceled; would the Hurricanes play in Stillwater?

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Tramel: The Oklahoman digital campaign is vital to the city and the state

Don't want to live in a world without newspapers? Buy a digital subscription to The Oklahoman

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Tramel: MLB's return is great, but extra-inning rule an abomination of baseball's order

At age 17, I broke into the business with the Norman Transcript and soon enough was covering lots of baseball. High school and...

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Tramel: Former OU football star Bob Kalsu gave the ultimate sacrifice 50 years ago today in Vietnam

Bob Kalsu will forever be 25. Forever the fun-loving man’s man who exuded confidence. Forever the golfer who drove par-4’s and...

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Orlando is part of the NBA's regular season, so awards voting should reflect that

The NBA should have had voters cast provisional ballots in March if resumption of play wasn't going to be included

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Thunder's schedule rank similar to what it was in March

Jazz among teams treated well by NBA schedule-makers

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Opinion: Oklahoma's small-college football programs are in danger this season

Keith Baxter made a couple of tough phone calls in March. NCAA Division II athletes want to play just as much as their bigger,...

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Opinion: Bobby Petrino gets another chance in the Ozarks. His first game back vs. OU should 'be a lot of fun'

Bobby Petrino is back in the Ozarks. In Springfield, Missouri, the gateway to all of Branson’s jollity. Petrino is 143 miles...

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Opinion: What are Oklahoma State's options for replacing Oregon State in 2020 college football opener?

When the Big Ten broke ranks Thursday and declared it would attempt a conference-games-only schedule, the consensus across the...

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Dr. Jim Kennedye writes letter to Redskins owner Daniel Snyder

Would Washington Warriors work as a replacement for Redskins?

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Castiglione seeks open date after each of OU's first two games

Sooners ask for waiver to play Missouri State in Zero Week

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Opinion: Big Ten's conference-only football schedule is understandable, but Big 12 won't follow for now

In March, during the early days of the pandemic, Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby spoke about the cooperation among the Power 5...

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With no State Fair of Texas, could OU-Texas become a night game?

Sooners and Longhorns always play in the daytime, but that could change in 2020

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Polio didn't stop Clancy's love of sports

From All-State football to the Journalism Hall of Fame, Clancy loved sports

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Some fans agree on Redskins name change; some don't

Readers split on change of Washington Redskins name

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Opinion: State Fair of Texas cancellation casts an ominous feeling for 2020 college football season

When Iowa canceled its State Fair a month ago, we figured the worst. The State Fair of Texas was shaky. Texans are serious...

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Opinion: The Washington NFL team's racial slur finally seems on its last leg

Before OCU dropped “Chiefs” and Southeastern State dropped “Savages” and Northeastern State dropped “Redmen,” I trotted out a...

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Ridgecrest Elementary in Midwest City had quite the field

The love for baseball lasted until age 14

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Gurney says Mark Emmert's time is passed as NCAA president

Former OU athletics chief of academic is harsh in his assessment of Emmert

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Opinion: Moving 2020 college football season to spring might be only salvation in coronavirus pandemic

My pal Carey Murdock asked Lincoln Riley a question near the end of his Zoom press conference Friday. What OU defensive lineman...

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Terry Maxon remembers fondly the Sooners & the Rangers

The Game of the Century & Nolan Ryan's sixth no-hitter is not a bad list of games

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Opinion: Can Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy learn new tricks? Mike Holder is counting on it.

Holder says Gundy/player relationship was "the missing link" in Cowboy football

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Opinion: NBA fairy tales could come true for the Thunder in the Disney World bubble

When the Thunder plays the Jazz on Aug. 1 in Orlando, 142 days will have passed since the same teams took the court in Oklahoma...

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A basketball team can be made up of many different kinds of people

Dale Smith made a difference in the lives of some Prague teen-agers a half century ago

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Suns sign Payne for their Orlando roster

Payne has largely been a lottery bust

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Opinion: Could Mike Gundy and Oklahoma State learn from Mike Leach and Texas Tech?

Maverick Mike. Eccentric. Nationally known for his unconventional style. Didn’t get along with his athletic director. Constant...

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We'll continue the Why I Love Sports series

Sports fans love their memories as much as they love their sports

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Sutton film debuts on ESPN

Sutton movie dives deeply into relationship of Eddie and Sean

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Why I love sports: For Berry Tramel, watching grandkids play are most-cherished memories

The field sat at the bottom of a hill next to our house in Joplin. I was in first grade. We spent two years in Missouri,...

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Opinion: Players' actions could determine college football's fate

Many are the people who will make or break this college football season. With the coronavirus cases surging and the sport’s...

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"Finding Big Country" to premiere on Wednesday

Big Country movie joins Eddie Sutton documentary in ESPN lineup

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Opinion: Major League Baseball becomes a sprint instead of a marathon

Nationals never would have won the World Series under this format

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Opinion: West Virginia football incident shows us that coaches must change

Vic Koenning goes back a long way. How long? Owasso High School, 1970s. Remember Jim Dickey’s grand plan to redshirt prominent...

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OKC Thunder: Forget perfect, NBA should go straight to the playoffs

The NBA tried to find a perfect plan for its pandemic restart. The NBA went all Three Bears in figuring out how many teams to...

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NCAA Tournament ban means a team also is ineligible for the Big 12 Tournament

Baylor in 2004 missed the Big 12 Tournament after being banned from the NCAAs

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Sutton documentary to receive multiple showings on ESPN and ESPN2

Director Christopher Hunt says ESPN deal is a dream come true

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Opinion: Oklahoma State football coach Mike Gundy has created quite the quagmire for his school

Mike Gundy’s job status remains unknown. Will OSU keep the hero/head coach and try to weather the storm that struck when...

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Bennie Owen's 98-year-old daughter cherishes the memories of OU football's founding father

Dorothy Ann Bryan’s knees are gone, but otherwise she’s in great health, which puts her ahead of the curve, considering she is...

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OKC Thunder: Has Kendrick Perkins ended feud with Kevin Durant?

The Kendrick Perkins/Kevin Durant beef continues, but perhaps Perk has ended the feud with his emotional soliloquy Friday to...

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Opinion: Mike Gundy's 'heart wasn't right' in 1989, but former Oklahoma State coach Bob Simmons has grace for his former assistant

Bob Simmons, a father figure to Alfred Williams and a Black pioneer as OSU’s football coach from 1995-2000, hadn’t heard about...

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Opinion: Big 12 football coaching jobs rank right with Pac-12, behind on the SEC

Big 12 ranks right with Pac-12, behind on the SEC, in status of football jobs

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Opinion: OSU football coach Mike Gundy needs to give his school some relief

The Chuba Hubbard firestorm seems to have subsided; maybe it can last

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Opinion: Can OU football form a new 'Triplets' leadership team of Lincoln Riley, Joe Castiglione and Joe Harroz?

Bob Stoops coached Sooner football for 18 years and six months. OU had one president during that time. Lincoln Riley had three...

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Opinion: Is OSU football coach Mike Gundy clueless or careless?

Chuba Hubbard says he’s finished with OSU football “until things CHANGE.” And Hubbard doesn’t mean Gundy’s shirt. Hubbard means...

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OU planning for a 'dynamic' ticket experience

Sooners have season tickets available

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OU football: President Joe Harroz calls Sooners' financial impact 'eye-opening and certainly a focus during the pandemic'

NORMAN — Joe Harroz arrived at Georgetown University for law school in 1989, fresh off an OU economics degree. He arrived...

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OU football: For president Joe Harroz, the 2020 college football season is a constant topic for Sooners and Big 12 in pandemic

You want percentages on the upcoming football season? OU president Joe Harroz will give you a percentage. Seventy percent....

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Opinion: Oklahoma State's case with NCAA over Lamont Evans is a cautionary tale for rest of college basketball

The OSU basketball Mikes — coach Boynton, athletic director Holder — showed all the likely emotions last week on a...

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Opinion: If Kirk Ferentz leaves Iowa, would the Hawkeyes try to lure back a Stoops brother?

Kirk Ferentz is one of the more anonymous head coaches in college football history. He’s been Iowa’s coach for 21 years, which...

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Joe C. says he learned much from protesters while marching with them Saturday

Castiglione says we've reached a tipping point in systemic oppression

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Opinion: When Adrian Peterson kneels in September, can we find it in our hearts to understand?

Adrian Peterson says he will kneel during the national anthem this NFL season, and maybe you’re thinking, crap, here we go...

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OU is planning for fans, but making no predictions

Among the changes are digital ticketing and electronic concessions

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Former UAB quarterback now a country music star

Watson Brown coached Hunt with Alabama-Birmingham

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Opinion: This duel in the sun isn't exactly Nicklaus vs. Watson at Turnberry, but it's memorable nonetheless

The human drama of athletic competition has been in short supply since the pandemic hit. So back in late March, during a staff...

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Mid-majors considering more regionalized scheduling

Conference realignment begat some crazy geography; is it time for an adjustment?

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In this time of heartbreak and strife, can churches succeed where sports has failed?

I wrote an NBA column before church Sunday, but it didn’t feel right. Debating basketball’s restart plans is fine subject...

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Could an asterisk come with this NBA restart?

A convoluted plan to restart the NBA seems like trying to please everybody

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College football schedules: USC ranks No. 1 among nonconference slates

Ranking the nonconference schedules of the 64 teams in the Power 5 conferences: 1. Southern Cal: Alabama in Arlington, New...

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Sports' return will be a big boost of normalcy

Do we miss sports? My pal Jeff Lewis is ready for football to return. He said the other day he and his parents were watching...

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Could college football become more regionalized in pandemic's wake? OSU-Tulsa series part of a bigger scheduling trend

College football scheduling is more standard than John Rockefeller’s oil. With few exceptions, each conference has a model. The...

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SEC schedules follow a familiar model

Only Georgia deviates much from the SEC standard scheduling

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Big 12 football: Bob Bowlsby 'bullish' that season will start on time

Bob Bowlsby is not an effervescent personality. The Big 12 commissioner is neither bubbly nor vivacious. He’s one of the...

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Badgers play Notre Dame at Lambeau Field

Some Big Ten schedules fall woefully short

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'I’ve never been more proud of my dad': Eddie Sutton was a rock for OSU after 2001 plane crash

Eddie Sutton stood on the stage at Gallagher-Iba Arena 19 years ago, putting a team and a school and a city and a state on his...

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Trojans play both Alabama and Notre Dame

Visits by Ohio State, Michigan highlight Pac-12 non-conference home schedules

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OSU basketball: Eddie Sutton was a 'Hall of Fame friend'

When Harry Birdwell moved back to Stillwater in 1989 to become his alma mater’s vice president of public affairs, he moved...

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Louisville & Clemson also have representatives schedules

ACC teams generally have better non-conference schedules than does the SEC

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Sooners plan to resume well after many other Power 5 schools

Voluntary workouts are not the traditional organized summer workouts

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West Virginia ranks No. 1 among Big 12 nonconference schedules

Texas, as usual, plays a great schedule, too

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'It’s softball time in Oklahoma': After 30 years in Oklahoma City, the WCWS has forged a bunch of memories

The Women’s College World Series was scheduled to start this week, for its 30th run in Oklahoma City. Alas, the coronavirus...

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Eddie Sutton's legacy at Oklahoma State: Excellence was possible for Cowboys

In the final OSU basketball season before the Eddie Sutton era, the Cowboys’ home opener was against Memphis. A crowd of 6,381...

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Gallinari has mostly started out seasons with healthy stretches

In this rebooted NBA season, can Gallinari finish strong?

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OU football: TV pioneer Johnny Shannon was a Bud Wilkinson-era staple

Johnny Shannon enjoyed doing things nobody ever did. And so Shannon did them, for WKY-TV over four decades. Shannon shot the...

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Berry Tramel: Eddie Sutton was genuine while building Oklahoma State basketball

Sutton could tell stories, and didn't mind doing just that

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Momentum growing for fans this college football season

Gov. Greg Abbott has talked with Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby

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Shai Gilgeous-Alexander was on fire when the season stopped

Can Gilgeous-Alexander keep up his hot shooting when the NBA resumes?

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Power Lunch: Chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Chat about the Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners with columnist Berry Tramel at 11 a.m. Send in your questions now.

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OU football: Lincoln Riley says players back on campus is 'ridiculous.' Will he bring them back in wake of NCAA vote?

Lincoln Riley took on the Southeastern Conference last week. He’s not the first Sooner coach to take aim at the SEC; Bob Stoops...

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Stephen F. Austin's violations go far beyond basketball

SFA had academic issues over nine sports and six years

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Bazley's bone bruise should be healed by now, but does it matter?

Bazley's improvement had stagnated even before the injury

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OU football: Some optimistic that fans could be in the stands this season

Let’s get straight to the biggest question in these parts since Who Shot J.R.? Will we have football in the fall? I’m generally...

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Walsh sent several Denton Guyer players to OSU

J.W. Walsh now an offensive analyst at Texas

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OU football: Army game at Michie Stadium could be imperiled by pandemic

OU-Army at historic Michie Stadium already was in danger once. Now it’s in danger again. The long-scheduled game, set for Sept....

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Thunder season changed when Schröder started making 3-pointers

Schröder has been a 42-percent 3-point shooter since November rally against Warriors

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Pete Carroll or Bob Stoops: Which was the better hire?

ESPN ranks Saban, Swinney 1-2 in best coaching hires of the last quarter century

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If the Pac-12 eliminates nonconference games, both Oklahoma State and Michigan need a season opener

The Power 5 Conferences all seem to be at least considering a conference-games-only schedule for 2020, but the Pac-12 is the...

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A 'handful' of players expected for Thunder workouts

Thunder among the last NBA teams to open their facilities

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College football: Texas at Oklahoma State figures to be Big 12's most important game

We don’t know if or when college football will start, and we don’t know which games will remain intact, but to remind us of...

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Oklahoma football season: Hope for the best, prepare...

Just like most every college football season, the anticipation is half the fun. Bedlam in Norman, which has become the best...

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Adams doesn't always play better with rest, but it sure seems like he needs it

Adams is not a rhythm player, so he should be ready to go when the Thunder resumes

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OU football: Building players' brands the new order in the NCAA

Endorsements and social-media money are coming to college athletes. Coming very soon. Going to be voted on in January. Likely...

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Ferguson was slumping something awful when the NBA season stopped

Can Ferguson save a season that has been mostly lost?

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If Pac-12 goes conference-games only, an OSU-Michigan game makes a lot of sense

The pandemic could wreak havoc on college football scheduling

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OU football: Pandemic gives football coaches a chance for precious time with their families

When Alex Grinch says goodnight to 10-year-old Tyler and 8-year-old Corbi, the OU defensive coordinator adds a followup. “I’ll...

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'Zone model' could be a test case for the NBA or MLB

Frequent testing figures to be part of any resumption of play

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Eliminating non-conference games would help administrative decisions

Leagues discussing all kinds of ways to save college football

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What if Troy Aikman had caused Mike Gundy to go to OU?

My what-if series of Oklahoma sports concluded recently, and it seems to have been well-received. I enjoyed writing the series...

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Mother's Day: In her darkest hour, Christine stayed strong

Christine’s husband was working his first coaching job, and Christine was trying to be supportive, far from home. “I don’t...

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NCAA's name, image and likeness issue begs this question: What's the going rate for athletic endorsers?

The NCAA’s name/image/likeness debate reached new ground last week when its board of governors approved recommendations that...

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If the NBA goes to a five-game playoff series, odds for Thunder advancement improve

Speculation continues on NBA playoff modifications. Will pro basketball need to play shorter series, at least in the earlier...

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OKC Thunder: Milwaukee and the Los Angeles teams are NBA's biggest losers if season is lost

Many are the reasons we would like the NBA season to resume. Starting with mental health. A good ballgame every other night or...

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New NCAA rule can't harm parity -- there isn't any in college football

A small collection of schools are getting a bigger chunk of the talent

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Referee Mike Defee shares stories from the cauldron of Big 12 football

Outgoing Big 12 referee Mike Defee’s tales from the front: On OSU coach Mike Gundy: “Mike was great. Mike’s competitive. He’s...

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Big 12 football will miss Mike Defee, but retiring referee 'won’t be a stranger'

Big 12 referee Mike Defee noticed Orlando Brown early in Brown’s OU career. Of course, Brown was hard to miss at 6-foot-7, 350...

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OSU football: What if Oklahoma A&M hadn't been left at the conference altar? It cost the Cowboys decades of success.

Oklahoma A&M president Bradford Knapp attended the Missouri Valley Conference’s annual meeting in 1925 and wired back to...

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OU football: What if Troy Aikman didn't break his ankle against Miami? The Dallas Cowboys' dynasty might not have happened.

Miami defenders Jerome Brown and John McVeigh sandwiched Troy Aikman, Aikman’s ankle fractured, football history was changed...

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What if the Chris Paul-led Hornets never had left Oklahoma City? It probably wouldn't match the OKC Thunder's success.

When the Thunder first moved to town, then-Oklahoman sports editor Mike Sherman met with Sam Presti and warned the general...

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OSU basketball: What if Eddie Sutton hadn't returned to his alma mater?

When Eddie Sutton returned to his alma mater in 1990, he ushered in a new era of basketball glory. Sutton and OSU basketball...

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What if Mickey Mantle signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers instead of New York Yankees? It's not far-fetched.

The pinstripes. The centerfield monuments. The mammoth home runs. The World Series year after year after year. Bronx summers in...

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OU football: What if Texas coach Darrell Royal had returned to lead the Sooners?

Darrell Royal had a downhome manner on the order of Will Rogers. A pitbull competitiveness that was the Southwest equivalent of...

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What if the Thunder's trade for Tyson Chandler hadn't been rescinded? It might have cost OKC an NBA title.

On Feb. 24, 2011, the Thunder traded for Kendrick Perkins and got the center it needed for its young core. A tough,...

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With no true wishbone, would Gundy have been a Sooner?

Gundy chose OSU over OU in large part because he wasn't a classic wishbone quarterback

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Athletes' endorsements is coming soon to the NCAA

Establishing a range of market value will be difficult for the NCAA in name/image/likeness reform

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Green coached NEO and ORU women

Green coached Bristow to 1958 state championship

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Undrafted NFL free agents have made their mark from OU and OSU

Wahoo McDaniel had the best pro career among undrafted Sooners. Tony Banfield was a three-time first-team all-AFL cornerback.

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DiNucci played for Pitt against the 2017 Cowboys

OSU routed Pitt in 2017, when DiNucci got his first real chance in college football

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Power Lunch: Live chat with columnist Berry Tramel

Chat about the Thunder, Cowboys and Sooners with columnist Berry Tramel at 11 a.m.

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Curbside lunch at Ray's barbeque has its advantages

Ray was a cool-dude Sooner, and he remains a prince of a fellow

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Seeing player and team personnel in their homes was a fun way to view the draft

The NFL Draft had become too glitzy; that was fixed by the remote telecast

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NFL Draft: The Dak Prescott story gives OU's Jalen Hurts hope in the pros

The streak is over. A Sooner quarterback did not go No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft. Now we go about the business of seeing if...

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Sutton, Bowman coached together at Tulsa Central in the early 1960s

Filling in some gaps on Sutton's glorious career

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Deaths surpass the bombing total of 168

One hundred sixty-eight. A nondescript number outside Oklahoma. A week contains 168 hours. A few confusing math theorems equal...

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2017 Sooner offense among best in OU history

Only two starters not drafted off 2017 OU offense

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48 years ago, summer football magazines were all the rage

Street and Smith's 1972 yearbook is a nice stroll down Memory Lane

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Steve Zabel says NFL labor agreement will be a 'wonderful deal' for retired players

Steve Zabel was on the front lines of labor negotiations with the National Football League. Fifty years ago, Zabel and the...

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Transfer quarterbacks going first overall the new NFL Draft trend

Mayfield had the best career at his original school

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OU football All-American Zac Henderson, true freshman starter on 1974 title team, dies at age 64

Henderson's 15 career interceptions rank high on all-time OU list

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Bobik's company is giving away a free pair of socks to health-care workers

Cool Chicks Wear Orange and now give away free socks

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Oklahoma City bombing anniversary: 25 years later, OKC is a different place

Twenty-five years. Can it really be 25 years? Twenty-five years since a bomb went off, and we were changed forever. Doesn’t...

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OSU basketball: Eddie Sutton's Hall of Fame induction cherished by Ralph and Daniel Bobik

Ralph Bobik always thought of Eddie and Patsy Sutton as the refined Southern gentleman and the perfect Southern belle. No...

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McDaniel became a wrestling star after OU

McDaniel's run to Chickasha mimicked a Shawnee-to-OKC run

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G League program more lucrative and appealing than college basketball

NBA's pathway program appeals to high school stars

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A condensed playoff format could help the Thunder

Playoff upsets were more prevalent in five-game series era

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OKC bombing: Fire chief Richard Kelley & police chief Wade Gourley worked the bombing 25 years ago

Firefighter Richard Kelley heard the blast from his home in Bridge Creek, about 28 miles southwest of downtown Oklahoma City....

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Kickoff, extra point rules appealed to Stoops

XFL commissioner Oliver Luck liked the 25-second play clock

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College athletics: Coronavirus fallout will alter the look

Dropped sports, cut scholarships could be result of economic fallout

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Oklahoma football: Bob Stoops enjoyed the XFL experience

Bob Stoops doesn’t sound like a coach who finally has football out of his blood. Stoops returned to the gridiron this year...

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Bobby Bell has hunted with more than a century of Sooner football

Bell's hunting partners have included two of the patriarchs of Sooner football

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Murray considered a late first-round pick at linebacker

Hurts and Gallimore figure to be second-day selections in the NFL Draft

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Oklahoma State football: Mike Gundy turns Mike Exotic

Mike Gundy did the state of Oklahoma a solid last week. He got the nation’s eyes off Joe Exotic. Turns out, the Tiger King...

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Wilkinson corresponded with fans after every game for 17 years

Wilkinson tried to provide insight on his Sooners

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Good soldier on furlough: no writing for The Oklahoman

The first week is over; two more to go

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Berry Tramel: OU legend Bennie Owen was a man of many hats and many talents

Bennie Owen is the most underrated figure in OU athletics history. You know him as the name behind OU’s playing surface. Owen...

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Looking for good news about a 2020 college football season? Enter OU's Lincoln Riley.

When college football returns — some say if it returns, but I’m in the when camp — it will be different. With little or no...

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College athletics face a financial storm. Runaway coaching salaries will be first to come under scrutiny.

Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby held a teleconference in late March, and one of the interesting questions asked concerned the...

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Furlough means the blog goes blank for a week

Writing about sports never seemed like work

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Berry Tramel: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt was prepped under the Friday night lights

Butch Peters saw Kevin Stitt on television, running for governor, and had an immediate thought. “That’s him!” That’s the kid...

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March Madness bracket challenge: Vote for the best NCAA team of all-time, including 1992 Duke, 1968 UCLA and more

There is no NCAA Tournament in this coronavirus world of 2020. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be a bracket.

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Umpire Silk O'Laughlin was killed by the Spanish Flu

No active baseball player died of the pandemic of 1918

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Outlook 2020: McLaughlins' Fields & Futures provides OKC Public Schools with pristine playing fields

Liz McLaughlin remembers the days when she and her husband weren’t trying to impact other people’s kids. Their own children...

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Berry Tramel: Basketball Hall of Fame finally shows some grace to Eddie Sutton

Steve Sutton, the oldest of Eddie’s and Patsy’s three sons, put the cellphone on speaker Friday and held it up for his father...

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Riley says abbreviated preseason practices wouldn't cripple the game

Riley says physical conditioning is the first step toward getting the game going

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Colleges clamoring to get into NCAA Division I

Division I ranks are booming in college basketball

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Berry Tramel: College football season could start in January in order to get in a full season

Oklahoman Brett McMurphy, who has forged quite the career as a national college football writer, polled NCAA Division I-A...

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Cyclones trying to make up $5 million shortfall

Iowa State acts swiftly after cancellations of Big 12 and NCAA tournaments creates a financial crisis

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OU football: Sooners have third-best odds to win a Power 5 league

Only Clemson and Ohio State are given better chances than the Sooners to win a Power 5 Conference

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Berry Tramel: Unless the Thunder tumbles when regular season resumes, the 76ers get OKC's pick

If the Thunder finishes in the NBA top 10, it loses its first-round pick

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USOC veteran Mike Moran still bitter over boycott

Jimmy Carter's boycott over the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan still engenders ill will

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'The whole thing was surreal': Bart Conner's career survived the 1980 U.S. Olympic boycott

NORMAN — Bart Conner is like everyone else. These times seem very strange. “I feel so disoriented; just bizarre,” said...

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Oklahoma high schools have produced few outstanding NFL running backs

Gutowsky and Dickie Post head the list of great pro running backs from Oklahoma

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Shelton's sons remember their father and Henry Iba

Star of 1949 NCAA finals team hasn't been forgotten

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Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Neighborhood walks remind us of a time gone by

Trish the Dish and I have embraced the old-turned-new American pastime: Walking the neighborhood. Sounds nice, and it is. But...

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Berry Tramel: At Kremlin-Hillsdale, band members can play more than a tune

The famous Kremlin-Hillsdale band marched onto the State Fair Arena court a few weeks ago, all holding their instruments, all...

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Berry Tramel: Henry Iba's Cowboys and Bruce Drake's Sooners were NCAA Tournament staples

In the first 15 NCAA Tournaments, 1939 through 1953, one of the Bedlam rivals made the NCAA quarterfinals — what we now call...

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Berry Tramel: Bedlam basketball foes Henry Iba & Bruce Drake were pioneer coaches who helped make March mad

Henry Iba and Bruce Drake were bitter rivals. Think Mike Krzyzewksi and Roy Williams. John Calipari and Rick Pitino. Bobby...

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Did you know that Bennie Owen also coached OU basketball and baseball?

Founding father of Sooner athletics was a man for all seasons

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Berry Tramel: Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby says conference must play the waiting game

Bob Bowlsby could have made us all feel a lot better with certain answers to two specific questions. Are you confident that Big...

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Dallas Cowboys: Our two Blakes are the tight ends

Cowboys like their tight ends, now it's Jarwin and Bell who hold those jobs

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Berry Tramel: Ted Owens has a March Madness story to warm your heart

"Hoosiers" inspired a trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse for Owens family

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Berry Tramel: With the coronavirus pandemic, college football season is not assured

In those long-ago early days of the coronavirus interrupting our lives — you know, two weeks ago, when in less than an hour...

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Stephenson, a prince of a man, was a difference-maker in many ways, including Oklahoma sports

Stephenson loomed large in family, business, education, religion, sports and media

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Would Newton be a good fit with Bill Belichick?

Newton could provide the playmaking needed for the weapon-short Patriots

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Berry Tramel: Olympic postponement is a lesson for us all

The IOC was trying to serve two masters; that won't work in a pandemic

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Sooner history full of running backs who transferred

From Marcus Dupree to Abdul Adams to Dexter Bussey, Sooners have lost their share of running backs

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Expect Tom Brady to join Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Joe Montana in succeeding after switching teams late in their careers

Tom Brady turns 43 in August. He’s lived in New England for 20 years. So like countless snowbirds before him, Brady is...

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Berry Tramel: Eddie Sutton documentary is a fathers-and-sons story about OSU coaching legend

Rex Chapman walked onto the Rupp Arena court, where filmmaker Christopher Hunt awaited. Hunt and his crew were in Lexington,...

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Berry Tramel: Turns out, we miss each other more than we ever knew

Funny what you don’t miss until you don’t have it anymore. Sorry if that’s a double negative or a little too much Yogi Berra,...

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Long-tenured NFL quarterbacks becoming more and more scarce

Mayfield, after two just years, is in the upper half of NFL quarterback job longevity

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Berry Tramel: Do college seniors even want an extra season of basketball eligibility?

Seniors galore gathered last week in Kansas City for the Big 12 Tournament. By Thursday morning, they could be separated into...

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UCO coach Todd Steidley proud of how his wrestling team handled the heartbreaking news

‘Wrestling is a grind. It’s six months of beating down your body, and it’s pretty demoralizing to work all that time to...

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NBA players getting inordinate amount of COVID-19 tests

Union chief blames the federal government, but that's beside the point now

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Berry Tramel: With NCAA Tournament void due to coronavirus, players aren't the only victims

Thursday was going to be glorious. Same with Friday. The two days of the NCAA Tournament’s opening round. My two favorite...

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OU football: Joe Castiglione says it's 'silly' to think Sooners will have spring game soon

Baker Mayfield's statue unveiling is among the affected activities

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Could New England fare better without Brady than the Buccaneers with Brady?

Brady, at 43 years old, is not the quarterback he once was

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Before the world stopped, a visit to Independence, Missouri, reminded us of other difficult times

The Truman Library is undergoing renovations but soon will enhance the remembrance of the 33rd president

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Why did coaches want a bracket, with no tournament?

The seasons are gone; no reason to keep the wound fresh with a bracket

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An Oklahoma weekend without sports: Paradise Lost

We just experienced a weekend without sports. We’ve done it before. After the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the NFL postponed its...

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Virus cancellations: With no ballgames, NFL talk will own the sports world

The National Football League loses few battles. The NFL wins the television ratings, against all comers. The NFL wins labor...

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Oklahoma March Madness: Ranking 68 moments that remind us of what we're missing due to the coronavirus

March Madness has gone dark. The NCAA canceled its basketball tournament, because of the coronavirus, and American sports fans...

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March Madness: The month is going to seem very odd without basketball

The Ides of March have arrived. Beware them, Shakespeare wrote so long ago, and indeed Julius Caesar lost his life on the 15th...

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Stoops says XFL made the right decision in canceling the season

Stoops told his players "there's more important things than playing games"

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Berry Tramel: NCAA cancels championships, a sad but necessary move during coronavirus threat

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — At noon Thursday, we lamented the cancellation of the Big 12 Tournament. Fans flooding the Power & Light...

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OSU basketball: Cowboys survive Iowa State horde, now they get the Jayhawks without their fans

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Lindy Waters heard the boos during a second-half timeout. He didn’t know what had stirred the passions of...

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Big 12 media policies make for a strange day at the Sprint Center

Coronavirus scare will change the Big 12 Tournament.

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Oklahoma basketball: Bedlam rivals have lost their one-strong Kansas City mojo

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kristian Doolittle has been around OU basketball for what seems like forever, yet the Sooner senior never so...

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OU football: Lincoln Riley intrigued by XFL kickoff rules

XFL kickoff rules are designed to cut down on injuries

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Berry Tramel: Most teams play their way out of, not in to, the NCAA Tournament

Your guide on who to watch as the NCAA Tournament bubble starts to burst

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Riley's not opposed to an early decision but says he has two quarterbacks he likes

The Tanner Mordecai-Spencer Rattler derby is expected to go into August

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What would an upset of Kansas do for OSU basketball fortunes?

The Cowboys have a 17-14 record; would 20-15 get OSU into the NCAA Tournament?

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OKC Thunder: Ranking the 10 best wins of the season

OKC has had some memorable victories in this 40-24 season

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Berry Tramel: Austin Reaves' 41-point game vs. TCU reminds us that college basketball can be fun

Shaka Smart had the Big 12’s hottest basketball team this side of Kansas. His Texas Longhorns had won five straight, climbed...

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Berry Tramel: Sixty years ago, Wakita won the Class B basketball title, but now the game is played differently

Dolores Gilliland walked into State Fair Arena and haggled over the price of the state tournament program. She wanted it for 15...

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Berry Tramel: Basketball helps keep Leedey alive, and now the Bison play for a state championship

Jack Harrel, whose mother played on Leedey High School’s 1988 state runner-up team, drove to the basket and scored with 4:09...