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Lake City Playhouse visits ‘Oklahoma!’

Lake City Playhouse is getting traditional this week, opening its 2012-’13 season on Friday with the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “Oklahoma!” Artistic Director George Green said Lake City’s small venue – it seats 170 – allows the theater’s creative team to take big, sprawling productions such as “Oklahoma!” and concentrate on the story.

Heat close within one victory of NBA championship

MIAMI – LeBron James could hardly stand, certainly couldn’t run. Good thing all he needed to do was shoot. Better get well fast, James. You’re one win away from the biggest party of your life.

James gets Miami even with Oklahoma City in NBA Finals

OKLAHOMA CITY – This was Eastern Conference toughness. This was Pat Riley hammer-and-anvil basketball. This was LeBron James finally asserting his brutish and ridiculously unstoppable toughness. Stealing the momentum of the NBA Finals with three consecutive games coming up in Miami, the Heat defeated the Thunder 100-96 on Thursday night at Chesapeake Energy Arena to tie the best-of-7 series at 1-1.

Blanchette: No clap for Thunder

Finished watching the three-part series “Hatfields & McCoys” the other night – a monumental television event in that the History Channel found time to put some history on its channel and not just “Cajun Pawn Stars.” Some irony in that. If the two families were still feuding today, they’d be doing it on some dreadful cable reality series. Would have saved on bullets and blood, if not brain cells.

Thunder end Spurs’ winning streak

OKLAHOMA CITY – The streak is over. The series may only be beginning. Kevin Durant scored 22 points, Thabo Sefolosha set playoff career bests with 19 points and six steals, and the Oklahoma City Thunder snapped San Antonio’s 20-game winning streak by beating the Spurs 102-82 in Game 3 of the NBA’s Western Conference finals on Thursday night.

Oklahoma State tops Stanford in OT

Brandon Weeden threw for 399 yards and three touchdowns to Justin Blackmon in his final collegiate game, and Quinn Sharp hit a 22-yard field goal in overtime to give No. 3 Oklahoma State a 41-38 win over Andrew Luck and No. 4 Stanford in a wildly entertaining Fiesta Bowl on Monday night.

Durant sparks Thunder

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Thunder come into the new season with lofty goals. They looked very much like a contender in their opener. Kevin Durant scored 30 points to help the Thunder win their opener with a 97-89 victory Sunday night over Orlando, a team that has been dealing with Dwight Howard’s trade demands since training camp opened.

Oklahoma State women earn emotional win

STILLWATER, Okla. – An emotionally exhausting nine days for the Oklahoma State Cowgirls ended Saturday with hugs, tears and a few smiles. In their first game since a plane crash killed coach Kurt Budke, assistant coach Miranda Serna and two others, the Cowgirls beat Coppin State 59-35 behind 17 points from Tiffany Bias.

Oklahoma State women’s coaches die in plane crash

The Oklahoma State University women's basketball coach and his assistant were killed when the single-engine plane transporting them on a recruiting trip crashed in steep terrain in Arkansas, the university said Friday.

LSU, Oklahoma State 1-2 in BCS rankings

LSU and Oklahoma State took control of the race to the BCS championship game – but don’t count out Alabama yet. The day after the Tigers and Cowboys stayed unbeaten with their most difficult victories of the season, they also took the top two spots in the BCS standings.

Stoops rewarded with extension, raise

Two days after winning one of the college football season’s early marquee games, Bob Stoops (pictured) was rewarded Monday with a new contract extension that could keep him as the coach of top-ranked Oklahoma through 2018 and pay him $34.5 million over the next seven years. Oklahoma’s board of regents voted to give Stoops a $75,000 bump in his annual salary and a handful of bonuses that will reward him for staying in Norman each June. “I don’t think I need to add anything to the proof that he gave to the national viewing audience that there’s no better football coach in the country than he is,” university president David Boren said. The deal calls for Stoops’ paydays to grow over the years, topping out at $5.15 million in salary and bonuses over the final three years. – AP

AP writers tab Oklahoma as No. 1 in preseason poll

NEW YORK – Being voted preseason No. 1 is a tradition at Oklahoma, and this season is no different. The Sooners will start out top-ranked in The Associated Press college football poll for the 10th time, more than any program in the country.

Young Thunder come up short in Western finals

DALLAS – The young Oklahoma City Thunder keep getting better. They just are not ready to take that next step yet. Despite leading on the road for much of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals, they couldn’t extend their season after giving Dallas Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki a second chance.

Durant’s 39 put OKC in West finals

Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant couldn’t get his shots to fall again. Then he caught a glimpse of his mother dancing around during a timeout and, like magic, the ball started going through the net.

Durant leads Thunder into West finals

OKLAHOMA CITY — Coming off his worst performance in the playoffs, Kevin Durant couldn’t get his shots to fall again. Then he caught a glimpse of his mother dancing around during a timeout and, like magic, the ball started going through the net. Durant scored 39 points for his best offensive outing of the series, Russell Westbrook had his first playoff triple-double and the Oklahoma City Thunder advanced to the Western Conference finals with a 105-90 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in Game 7 on Sunday.

Volunteers down OSU after big second half

DAYTON, Ohio – There are halftime chats and then there are coach’s rants. Pat Summitt hasn’t won 1,071 games by not knowing when to let her team have it. Trailing 42-40 at the break, Summitt absolutely lit up her Tennessee Lady Vols and their regional semifinal game Saturday tilted soon after. With Shekinna Stricklen scoring 14 of her 20 points in the second half and touching off a critical 11-3 run, Summitt and the Lady Vols defeated Ohio State 85-75.

In brief: Durant guides way as Oklahoma City shuts down Miami

NHL: Kevin Durant scored 29 points on 12-for-21 shooting, Russell Westbrook added 18 and Oklahoma City frustrated Miami’s offense all night on the way to a 96-85 victory over the Heat in Miami. Oklahoma City shot just 40 percent, but it didn’t matter as the Heat were held to 38.5 percent shooting.