Garth Brooks to perform at Joe Biden inauguration
He’s got friends in high places. Crossover country star Garth Brooks will perform at Joe Biden’s inauguration Wednesday. The “Friends in Low Places” singer announced his decision on Monday. “This is not a political statement,” Brooks said in a statement. “This is statement of unity." Brooks said Wednesday’s performance gives him an opportunity to serve his country once more. With the exception of Ronald Reagan, he has played for every president since Ronald Reagan. “No matter who the president-elect is, it’s an honor to be asked,” Brooks said. The 58-year-old Oklahoma native didn’t say which o...
New York Daily News
Even after erasing 16-point deficit, No. 6 Kansas falls at unranked Oklahoma State
Kansas’ remarkable winning streak in Big 12 men’s basketball road games has finally come to an end. Freshman sensation Cade Cunningham scored 18 points (with seven rebounds), while Bryce Williams and Avery Anderson had 17 and 14 points respectively as unranked Oklahoma State, which raced to an early 16-point lead and led by 16 with 9:15 to play, nudged the No. 6-rated Jayhawks, 75-70, Tuesday night at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Oklahoma. David McCormack scored 24 points and Ochai Agbaji added 14 for the Jayhawks (10-3, 4-2 Big 12), who had won their last 11 conference road games. The J...
The Kansas City Star
‘Tiger King’ star Joe Exotic’s father dies from COVID: report
The father of “Tiger King” star Joe Exotic has reportedly died after a battle with COVID-19. A funeral for Francis Schreibvogel is scheduled to take place Saturday in Oklahoma, according to TMZ, which first reported his death. Other details about his death have not been released. Schreibvogel’s son, whose real name is Joseph Allen Maldonado-Passage, is a former Oklahoma zookeeper who rose to widespread fame last year when Netflix released its “Tiger King” documentary series about major players in the world of big cat exhibitors. Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year sentence behind ...
New York Daily News
Magic beat Thunder, start 4-0 for first time in franchise history
The Orlando Magic did something Tuesday night that no other team in franchise history has done. The Magic held off the tough-minded Oklahoma City Thunder for a 118-107 win at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City to become the first team in Orlando’s 31-year history to win its first four games. The fourth quarter once again proved to be the difference as the Magic outscored the Thunder 31-22. Orlando led 103-99 with 5:48 to play before getting a layup by Michael Carter-Williams, a 3 by Markelle Fultz, a layup by Aaron Gordon and a 14-foot jumper by Terrence Ross to go up 112-102. Ross later...
Danny Green sees Ben Simmons evolving his game as he learns Doc Rivers’ system
PHILADELPHIA — After Tuesday night, Danny Green will have played a total of six games with Ben Simmons – four in the regular season and two preseason tilts. So Tuesday was the perfect time to ask Green if anything new stood out to him about the All-NBA guard’s game. “I think we all knew how talented he was,” Green said. “I think now it’s just him grasping and understanding the system and forming into, which he’s not naturally as a point guard, you know, he’s a great playmaker as Doc [Rivers] would say. “And he’s good at making plays, but he’s still learning how to put sets together, put people...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Does Oklahoma’s reign continue? Or does Iowa State end a 108-year drought?
As Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby said this week, the sporting public likes a good story. Iowa State is that good story. Matt Campbell has turned the Cyclones into a contender and they have a chance to win their first conference championship in football in more than 100 years. Iowa State (8-2, 8-1 Big 12) and Oklahoma (7-2, 6-2 Big 12) meet for the Big 12 title on Saturday at 11 a.m. at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The last time Iowa State won a conference title? It was in 1912 as a member of the Missouri Valley Intercollegiate Athletic Association (MVIAA). Ending that type of drought is...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Texas roars back into Big 12 race with overtime upset of No. 6 Oklahoma State
STILLWATER, Okla. — When Texas needed it most, on fourth-and-7, Sam Ehlinger delivered.When the Longhorns needed one final fourth-down stop, Joseph Ossai went all out.For any team to have any modicum of success, the star players have to play like stars. That means the Horns’ best players have to deliver in the clutch.As a wild Halloween nail-biter against Oklahoma State went into overtime, it was time for the moment of truth. Were these Longhorns going to answer the bell at winning time or not?Ehlinger threw a critical fourth-down touchdown pass to Jake Smith and then the overtime game winner ...
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have already celebrated Thanksgiving
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton have already celebrated Thanksgiving.The couple have been isolating at a ranch in Oklahoma with a handful of family members amid the coronavirus pandemic, and 51-year-old Gwen has revealed that whilst they had the family together, they chose to celebrate the American holiday of Thanksgiving a month before it’s due to take place on November 26.Gwen said: "We actually had our Thanksgiving here last night because we had to switch around our schedules this year, so we had an early Thanksgiving."It's been a lot of fun being out here. We had like 14 different celebrati...
Is Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's romance on the rocks? They are reportedly 'stretched to the limit'
Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton's relationship has been "stretched to the limit" during quarantine.An insider has revealed that the 50-year-old singer and Blake, 44, are going through a rough patch after spending most of the coronavirus pandemic at his range in Oklahoma.The source told Us Weekly magazine: "They feel suffocated and stressed. They're both stretched to the limit."It has also been reported that the issues between the couple are a result of them moving into a new family home in Los Angeles.The insider added: "Friends say this move has turned into a nightmare. This is the toughest pe...