November 7, 2013 |
How far can “12 Years a Slave” go at the box office? Look no further than this weekend, when Steve McQueen's acclaimed drama faces another key test as it expands into its broadest national release so far. Last weekend, the story about a free black man sold into slavery in 1841 generated the second-best per-screen average of any film in theaters, with average receipts of $11,688, topped only by the debut of “Dallas Buyers Club,” which had...
November 1, 2013 |
Chris Paul not only led the Clippers to a victory over the Golden State Warriors in their home opener on Thursday night, he did something no other NBA player has done in a game since steals were first recorded in the 1973-74 season: score 40 or more points while having at least 15 assists and five steals, according to Elias Sports Bureau. Paul, who had 42 points to go along with 15 assists and six steals in the 126-115 win, is arguably the best point guard in the NBA. If you disagree, you better at least mention him with the likes of San Antonio's Tony Parker, Chicago's Derrick Rose, Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook, New Jersey's Deron Williams or anyone else you consider among the elite.
October 29, 2013 |
Tuesday vs. Clippers It's a Clippers town! It's a Clippers town! Wait. They swept the 2012-13 season series with the Lakers but have never advanced past the second round? Still, a good early appetizer. Nov. 7 at Houston Too bad Kobe Bryant won't be ready for this one. He'd try to hang 60 on Dwight Howard's new team. Dec. 13 at Oklahoma City Here's the Lakers' last six trips to OKC: 17-point loss, six-point loss, 16-point loss, two-point loss, 29-point loss, 15-point loss.
October 26, 2013 |
CONCHO, Okla. - Darren Black Bear and Jason Pickel hadn't even planned to send invitations to their upcoming wedding. They're small-town people, they said, and planned an intimate, no-frills celebration of their love. "I intended to tell people, 'Hey, we're getting married. Come on down and have dinner,'" Pickel said, laughing. Then, during an interview in his Oklahoma City apartment, his cellphone vibrated: yet another media request. And then came another. Since word about their upcoming nuptials spread, Pickel and Black Bear have been thrust into the spotlight over one of the most hot-button issues in this state.
October 25, 2013 |
Facing the potential of paying millions of dollars in punitive damages after losing an Oklahoma sudden acceleration lawsuit, Toyota Motor Corp. quickly reached a settlement with the plaintiffs. On Thursday, an Oklahoma City jury found that faulty electronic systems in a Camry sedan caused it to accelerate out of control and crash, killing one woman and injuring another. The jury ordered Toyota to pay $1.5 million in compensatory damages to the driver of the vehicle, Jean Bookout, and an additional $1.5 million to the family of Barbara Schwarz, who was killed in the crash.
October 24, 2013 |
An Oklahoma City jury has found that electronic defects in a Toyota Motor Corp. vehicle caused it to accelerate out of control and crash into a wall, killing a passenger and seriously injuring the driver. The verdict, handed down late Thursday, requires Toyota to pay a total of $3 million in compensatory damages to Jean Bookout and the family of the deceased passenger, Barbara Schwarz. They were the sole occupants of a 2005 Camry that crashed in Eufaula, Okla., in September 2007.
October 22, 2013 |
When NBA.com released its annual general managers' survey Tuesday, there were several interesting items regarding the Clippers. The Clippers appear to have garnered one vote to win the NBA championship. Asked to predict who would win the title, the GMs made the two-time defending champion Miami Heat the favorite with 75.9% of the vote. Indiana and San Antonio tied for second with 6.9% each, and the Clippers, Chicago and Oklahoma City were listed as "also receiving votes. " On the question of who would win the Western Conference, the Clippers got 20% of the GMs' votes, behind San Antonio (40%)
October 3, 2013 |
Miami Heat star LeBron James has the top-selling jersey in the NBA, according to numbers released Tuesday. James was followed by the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant, Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant and Miami's Dwyane Wade. "To know that so many people look up to me, so many kids, that's what means more than anything, that I continue to inspire the youth and they look at me as a role model," James told reporters at Heat training camp in the Bahamas. "I understand, when you wear someone's jersey, you actually, like, believe in them.
October 1, 2013 |
The Lakers aren't the only team in the Western Conference with major injury concerns heading into the season. Oklahoma City star guard Russell Westbrook will miss four to six weeks after undergoing surgery Tuesday on the same right knee he injured during last season's playoffs. Westbrook was experiencing swelling in the knee that apparently was caused by a loose stitch left from the procedure he had in April to repair a torn meniscus, Thunder General Manager Sam Presti told reporters.
September 19, 2013 |
Fire consumed a chemical plant west of Oklahoma City overnight Thursday, forcing evacuations but causing no injuries and leaving surrounding areas unscathed, officials said. The fire and explosions at Danlin Industries in Thomas, Okla., about 85 miles west of the capital, according to Michael Galloway, Custer County emergency management director. Gallloway told The Times that the fire started about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday on the west side of the building, although it was unclear what caused the blaze.