Eight for OKC: Will any road teams shake up the WCWS field with super-regional upsets?

By Scott WrightStaff Writer swright@oklahoman.comThe field of 64 has been trimmed to 16, and by Sunday night, the Women’s College World Series bracket will be set.
All but one of the top 16 seeds in the tournament advanced to the super-regional round, and the top eight seeds will host best-of-three series between Thursday and Sunday.
Let’s take a look at the favorites to make it to the WCWS in the final edition of Eight for OKC:
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Tuning in for Thursday, May 23

May 23 tuning In
7 p.m.;;Oklahoma City at New Orleans;;Cox 703/KGHM-AM 105.5
11:30 a.m.;;Boston at Toronto;;MLBN (Cox 264)
2:30 p.m.;;Atlanta at San Francisco;;MLBN (Cox 264)
5:30 p.m.;;Tampa Bay at Cleveland;;MLBN (Cox 264) JIP
7:30 p.m.;;Toronto at Milwaukee;;TNT (Cox 31)
7:55 a.m.;;Formula 1 Practice;;ESPN2 (Cox 28)
3 p.m.;;Xfinity Series Practice;;FS1 (Cox 67)
6 p.m.;;NASCAR Series Qualifying;;FS1 (Cox 67)
8 p.m.;;ARCA;;FS1 (Cox 67)
8:30 a.m.;;European Tour;;GOLF (Cox 60)
Noon;;Senior PGA Championship;;GOLF (Cox 60)
3 p.m.;;Charles Schwab Challenge;;GOLF (Cox 60)
9 a.m.;;Big 12 Tournament;;FCS/FSOK
9:30 a.m.;;SEC Tournament;;SECN (Cox 275)
10 a.m.;;ACC Tournament;;FSPLUS (Cox 68)
12:30 p.m.;;Big 12 Tournament;;FCS/FSOK
1 p.m.;;SEC Tournament;;SECN (Cox 275)
2 p.m.;;ACC Tournament;;FSPLUS (Cox 68)
4 p.m.;;Big 12 Tournament;;FCS/FSOK
4:30 p.m.;;SEC Tournament;;SECN (Cox 275)
6 p.m.;;ACC Tournament;;FSPLUS (Cox 68)
7:30 p.m.;;Big 12 Tournament;;FCS/FSOK
8 p.m.;;SEC Tournament;;SECN (Cox 275)
6 p.m.;;Oklahoma State vs.

Sooners’ backs against the wall at Big 12 Tournament

By Ryan AberStaff writerraber@oklahoman.comThe reality is hard to escape for Oklahoma baseball.
After the Sooners’ 8-2 loss to Baylor to open the Big 12 Tournament on Wednesday at Chickasaw Bricktown BallpThe reality is hard to escape for Oklahoma baseball.
Going into the tournament, had the Sooners as the last team out of the NCAA Tournament field, with the chances of a strong tournament pushing them into a regional.
An 0-2 performance — or even a 1-2 performance if it didn’t include a victory over either the Bears or Oklahoma State, two teams in the Sooners’ side of the bracket that are safely in the field — would figure to leave Oklahoma on the outside looking in Monday when the pairings are announced.
“This is a game of failure,” Sooners coach Skip Johnson said.Read more on

Supreme leader criticizes Iran’s politicians amid US tension

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran's supreme leader publicly chastised the country's moderate president and foreign minister Wednesday, saying he disagreed with the implementation of the 2015 nuclear deal they had negotiated with world powers.

The extraordinary comments by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the first time he's criticized both politicians by name, came amid tensions with the United States a year after Washington's withdrawal from the accord.

Khamenei has final say on all matters of state, and his blaming the deal's unraveling limits the influence of President Hassan Rouhani and Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif — relative moderates within Iran's Shiite theocracy who had struck the deal.

It also shows the growing power of hard-liners.

The White House earlier this month sent an aircraft carrier and B-52 bombers to the region over a still-unexplained threat it perceived from Iran.

Since that development, Iran has announced it will back away from the atomic accord.Read more on

High school notebook: Norman North’s Aiden Hayes qualifies for 2020 Olympic trials

By Jacob UnruhStaff writerjunruh@oklahoman.comNorman North star sophomore swimmer Aiden Hayes is one step closer to the Olympics.
Hayes qualified for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials over the weekend in the 100 butterfly, swimming in 53.98 seconds at the TYR Pro Swim Series in Bloomington, Indiana.
The qualifying time was 54.19 seconds.
Hayes, who turns 16 later this month, was The Oklahoman’s All-City Swimmer of the Year for a second straight season.Read more on

Bill to curb 4-day school weeks heads to governor

By Carmen FormanStaff writercforman@oklahoman.comThe Oklahoma House gave final legislative approval Wednesday to a bill that would make it harder for school districts to operate on four-day weeks.
The House passed legislation setting a minimum number of days schools have to be in session, making it harder for schools to operate on four-day weeks — a cost savings and teacher recruitment measure many small and rural school districts have implemented in recent years.
The bill now heads to Gov.

Josh Holliday’s teams solid in Big 12 Tournament

By Ryan Aber and Scott WrightStaff writersThird-seeded Oklahoma State opened play in its 21st Big 12 tournament Wednesday night, taking a 25-37 tournament record into its late game against sixth-seeded TCU.
Despite the lopsided overall record in tournament play, the Cowboys have been trending upwards in coach Josh Holliday’s seven seasons.Read more on