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Keynote Speakers, Master of Ceremonies Announced for Iba Citizen Athlete Awards

Shannon Miller, the most decorated Olympic gymnast in American History, and Chris Herren, former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics, will be the keynote speakers at this year’s Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards. Sportscaster Chris Lincoln has been named Master of Ceremonies at the prestigious black-tie-optional event to be held at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa on June 26.

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Chris Ratcliff Full Speed Ahead at RSU

By TERRELL LESTER

Chris Ratcliff talks like he’s running a fast break.
Up-tempo. No hesitation. Full speed ahead.
Quick. Quicker. Quickest.
Reach the goal. Make a point.

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Drillers Manager Ready for Season

Tulsa Drillers manager Ryan Garko was at ONEOK Field for a media luncheon recently.
Garko and the Drillers will open spring training workouts next month at the Los Angeles Dodgers minor league complex in Glendale, Arizona.

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Tulsan Turns to Boxing for Midlife Boost

By JULIE WENGER WATSON

Approaching 50 and navigating a divorce, Otis Hurst knew he needed a change. With 20 years of military service, he was accustomed to hard work and discipline, so he took up boxing. It seemed like a good fit.

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Rugby Gaining in Popularity in Green Country

By GLENN HIBDON

Move over football. At last there is another way for Green Country high school athletes to find fame and glory playing a collision sport in college. It’s called rugby and it’s still seeking an identity in Tulsa.

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Oilers Tweak Roster During All-Star Break

The Tulsa Oilers announced a series of roster moves over the course of the league’s three-day All-Star Break. Tulsa traded defenseman Samuel Noreau to the Rapid City Rush for 2015 All-Star defenseman Garrett Haar. The Moose also recalled Oilers goaltender Jamie Phillips and signed forward Kale Kessy to a professional tryout agreement in separate transactions.

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Regent Prep School Becoming Impressive in Sports

By MIKE MOGUIN

One school that has risen to excellence in the athletic realm is Regent Preparatory School, a private Christian institution with high academic standards.

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TPS to Hold Hall of Fame Ceremony Jan. 19

Twelve individuals with wide-ranging talents and a common cultural bond will be inducted into the Tulsa Public Schools Hall of Fame on Jan. 19.

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Flying Tee Hosts Miss United States

FlyingTee, Tulsa’s premier golf entertainment venue, teamed up with Miss United States, Alayah Benavidez, to benefit the No Kid Hungry initiative on Dec. 7.

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Victory Christian Reaches State Football Finals

By MIKE MOGUIN

Victory Christian may have not won the state championship, but making it was a big plus for a program that was expected to be in a rebuilding year since it lost excellent players Keats Calhoon and Jon-Michael Terry to graduation. Instead, the Conquerors went to the state title game for the first time in 12 years.

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BIKE NEWS IN TULSA:

The USA BMX Grand Nationals, presented by the Tulsa Sports Commission, brought nearly 3,000 riders from 47 states and 21 countries to Tulsa over Thanksgiving weekend. Present at Lee’s Bike Shop signing autographs at the table is Olympic Gold Medalist Connor Fields. At left is Nickel Potter, manager of Phat Tire Bike Shop, headquartered in Fayetteville, Arkansas. At right is Adam Vanderburg of Lee’s Bicycles. In bicycle news, Phat Tire has purchased Lee’s Bicycles, which will go forward with the Phat Tire Bike Shop name. To watch video and see photos from the BMX races, visit the Tulsa Sports Commission Facebook page.

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Tulsa Student-Athlete is Rhodes Scholar

University of Tulsa senior cross country and track and field student-athlete Kirk Smith has been awarded a 2017 Rhodes Scholarship, making him one of only 32 recipients in the nation. Smith is TU’s first Rhodes Scholar since 1988, when another TU track and field student-athlete, Peter Bednekoff, was awarded the same prestigious honor.

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Tulsa Jr. Tennis Team Places 3rd in Nationals

A team from Tulsa, representing the USTA Missouri Valley section, finished third at the 2015 USTA Junior Team Tennis 18 Under Intermediate National Championships, held at the Cayce Tennis and Fitness Center in Cayce, S.C., October 20-23.

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Lincoln Christian Cross Country Takes State

By MIKE MOGUIN

A first was made in Lincoln Christian school history when its cross-country teams captured the Class 4A state championships Oct. 22 in Shawnee.

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Tulsa to Face Central Michigan in Miami Beach Bowl

The University of Tulsa Golden Hurricane will face the Central Michigan Chippewas in the 2016 Miami Beach Bowl in Miami, Florida, it was announced today. The game will be played at Marlins Park (34,000) on Monday, December 19, 2016 at 2:30 p.m. (ET)/1:30 p.m. (CT).

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