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Sports consultant urges city to approve tax for NBA

One of the architects of the first MAPS project has a simple message for Oklahoma City on the upcoming sales-tax extension vote: Seize the moment.   Rick Horrow, chief executive officer of Horrow Sports Ventures, a sports business consulting company in Miami, Fla., spoke before a luncheon crowd hosted by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber

City leaders say NBA vote is best hope to secure team

Oklahoma City businessman and Seattle SuperSonics ownership group leader Clay Bennett wants to bring the NBA team to Oklahoma City. But is it a lock that if Tuesday’s sales-tax extension passes, Oklahoma City gets a team? “We have applied to relocate to Oklahoma City. That is specific in our application,” Bennett told Oklahoma Gazette. “You

First sign of hope for black golfers shone in tiny Oklahoma town

More than 30 years before Tiger Woods captured his first PGA title, a little-known golfer named Pete Brown rolled into the tiny Oklahoma town of Burneyville and made history. The 29-year-old Mississippi native bested a tournament-tested field at the 1964 Waco Turner Open. What’s so significant about the final results of some little golf tournament

Tackle show hits fairgrounds

With fishing time right around the corner, the 29th Annual Oklahoma Tackle Show has more than 150 exhibitors ready to get you “hooked” up. From Thursday to Sunday, the biggest tackle show of its kind in the Southwest will be held in the Travel & Transportation Building at State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper. At

Local amateurs to duke it out at Toughman Contest

Toughman Contests fall into the everyman wing of combat sports ” a tradition in pugilism where fighters converge to wail on each other to see who is the baddest amateur fighter in town. The metro will get to find out who’s top dog Friday and Saturday at the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market. “Toughman is

Local blues act slated for TV appearance

Oklahoma City alt-blues rock outfit Blake Lankford and the Coats will be making a TV appearance at 10 p.m. Sunday during KOKH-TV Channel 25’s evening sports show, “The Locker Room.” The band plays regularly in the metro at places like:” Route 66 Road House, ” The Office Club and ” Drinkz in Bricktown. According to

Indoor beach volleyball tourney debuts in city

Trading snow for sand, the Association of Volleyball Professionals will dump roughly 200 tons of the latter onto the floor of the Ford Center on Thursday night. Its members will don their finest bathing suits and kick off “Hot Winter Nights,” an indoor beach volleyball tour in its inaugural season. “We’re bringing summer to the

Nonprofit offers free financial counseling

Financial stress is no secret, but is seldom openly discussed. One organization, Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Central Oklahoma, offers free financial counseling. The nonprofit is committed to giving people the tools to help themselves become financially strong through counseling, debt management and education. “In 2006, we counseled 13,000 people,” said Jennifer Wallis, vice president

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