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OKC's new hockey franchise bound to forge a few rivalries


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Jay C. Upchurch
Sharks and Tigers and Bears " oh, my!By the looks of it, the ice at the 29 destinations around the American Hockey League " outside the friendly confines of Oklahoma City " is infested with all sorts ...
 
Thursday, July 15, 2010

Big 12 Conference's survival provides plenty of positives where Oklahoma is concerned


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Jay C. Upchurch
Once the dust settled last week and the wild rumor mill came to a screeching halt, the Big 12 Conference found itself still standing " a couple of teams lighter, but with an upgraded TV deal in the wo...
 
Thursday, June 24, 2010

Aces legitimate part of game for local female golfer


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Jay C. Upchurch
In a few weeks, Margaret Howard will turn 79 years young. She will, in all likelihood, celebrate by playing a round of golf on her home course at Lake Hefner Golf Club.If the golfing gods are smiling ...
 
Thursday, June 10, 2010

City fighter looking to bounce back in a big way


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Jay C. Upchurch
With society's growing appetite for instant gratification, patience barely has a pulse. The faster, the better seems to apply in just about every aspect of life these days, especially in the sports wo...
 
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Traditionally speaking, state's affection for rodeos still runs deep


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Jay C. Upchurch
If you have a hankering for bull riding, barrel racing or team roping, pick any weekend of the year. Oklahoma's rodeo schedule kicks off each January and runs basically nonstop through December.All to...
 
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Thunder's success helps alter perception of OKC


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Jay C. Upchurch
Rise together.Not exactly a battle cry unique to Oklahoma City's still-infant NBA franchise, but one that certainly seems to be a good fit these days, especially with the Thunder rolling into the play...
 
Thursday, April 22, 2010

Former Sooner quarterback Tommy Grady excited about position as Yard Dawgz' starting quarterback


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Jay C. Upchurch
Tommy Grady isn't one to sit around reminiscing about the old days, second-guessing past decisions and wondering what might have been. Truth is, he's focused squarely on the present and his job as...
 
Thursday, April 8, 2010

Former Sooner finding success as PGA Tour rookie


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Jay C. Upchurch
Every collegiate athlete's dream is to become a professional and to make a living doing what he or she does best. But according to the NCAA, only 1 percent of those dreams ever become reality.That is ...
 
Thursday, April 1, 2010

Good or bad, alcohol remains a staple in the world of sports


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Jay C. Upchurch
Alcohol and athletics have enjoyed a long, prosperous relationship. The two, it would seem, are a match made in pro-sports heaven.If this sounds like some sort of revelation, perhaps you haven't notic...
 
Thursday, March 11, 2010

It's official: Pro hockey set to return to town this fall


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Jay C. Upchurch
Local hockey fans, rejoice. Oklahoma City is about to become a hockey town once again, courtesy of the Edmonton Oilers and Prodigal Hockey.The Oilers, one of the National Hockey League's most storied ...
 
Thursday, February 18, 2010

Former Heavyweight contender Tillis to be honored Thursday


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Jay C. Upchurch
Historians will never rank James "Quick" Tillis among the top heavyweight boxers of all time. Although the potential was there, fate had other ideas for the three-time Golden Gloves title winner from ...
 
Thursday, February 11, 2010

National Signing Day arrives for OU football commit Haywood


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Jay C. Upchurch
While the overall recruiting experience can be a mixed bag for many young players hoping to impress coaches enough to earn a college football scholarship, occasionally, everything falls perfectly into...
 
Thursday, February 4, 2010

Legendary Globetrotter began career in Oklahoma


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Jay C. Upchurch
Every once in a while, Marques Haynes allows himself to recount the amount of basketball he played during his professional career " which spanned an unimaginable 51 years " and he just shakes his head...
 
Thursday, January 21, 2010

Local hockey fans may have something to cheer about soon


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Jay C. Upchurch
Barely two weeks into January, a quick check of the Oklahoma City Blazers' Web site is all one needs as a reminder to the long, cold, lonely winter local hockey fans find themselves suffering through ...
 
Thursday, January 14, 2010

Turning down the draft for college makes several Sooners great examples


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Jay C. Upchurch
Loyalty seems to be the exception rather than the rule these days when it comes to collegiate athletics. With so many coaches breaking contracts in order to find greener pastures, and more and more pl...
 
Thursday, December 24, 2009
 
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