Joe Fusco Shoots in 80s at 93 Years Old


A distinct and discernible thread of harmony is woven into the fabric of Joe Fusco’s singular being.

There’s the red, white and blue pride that continues to accentuate and illuminate his memories of service in World War II.

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Tulsa Shock Most Popular WNBA Team in Nation

The “3 to See” claimed the top three spots on the WNBA’s top-selling jerseys list, based on national merchandise sales including since the start of the 2013 regular season. Rookies Brittney Griner of the Phoenix Mercury, Skylar Diggins of the Tulsa Shock, and Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky ranked first, second, and third, respectively. Maya Moore, who’s held the No. 1 spot for the past two seasons, placed fourth, while the Los Angeles Sparks’ Candace Parker ranked fifth.

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Shock’s Johnson Named to the 2013 WNBA All-Star Team

Shock forward Glory Johnson has been named to the 2013 All-Star team. This will be Johnson’s first appearance as an All-Star. Johnson is the second Shock player to be named to the All-Star team since the team moved to Tulsa following Elizabeth Cambage who appeared in 2011.

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Shock’s Cambage Named WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week

Tamika Catchings of the Indiana Fever and Elizabeth Cambage of the Tulsa Shock were named the WNBA’s Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, July 15 through Sunday, July 21.

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LaFortune Park Gets Tennis Milestone

June 10 was a huge day for tennis in Greater Tulsa when Tulsa County Commissioner Fred Perry, Parks Director Richard Bales and Tennis Director Melissa McCorkle gathered at LaFortune Park to announce that $1 million had been raised to match the challenge from businessman Mike Case in order to further improve the park’s tennis facilities.

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PSO, Tulsa Shock Agree to Sponsorship

Public Service Company of Oklahoma () and the Tulsa Shock have agreed to a sponsorship of the 2013 season, which will ultimately provide funds for PSO’s Light A Life Energy Fund, administered by The Salvation Army. Light A Life provides emergency funds to help individuals in need with their energy bills.

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Patriot Cup Draws Stars for Folds of Honor

The playing field for the 2013 Patriot Cup had all of the major golf championships covered with a record-setting seven former winners of the Championship, British Open, Masters and U.S. Open participating. They include Rich Beem, 2002 Championship; Tom Lehman, 1996 British Open; Larry Mize, 1987 Masters; Corey Pavin, 1995 U.S. Open; Scott Simpson, 1987 U.S. Open; Craig Stadler, 1982 Masters; and Bob Tway, 1986 Championship.

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TU’S Nelson Named to Preseason All-America

The University of Tulsa senior safety Demarco Nelson has been named to the Phil Steele Magazine Preseason All-American Team.

Nelson, a 6’0”, 195-pound safety, enters the 2013 season having played in 40 career games. He has totaled 239 tackles, 14 pass break-ups and eight interceptions during his career. In 2012, Nelson had 80 stops, four tackles for lost yardage, three pass break-ups and two pick-offs.

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Tulsa Sports Charities

WILKINSON FRIENDS: Jay Wilkinson, right, the son of former University of Oklahoma Head Football Coach Bud Wilkinson, was the featured speaker at the June luncheon meeting of the Tulsa Sports Charities organization. Pictured with Wilkinson are former OU football player Chuck Bowman and Fran Evans.

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Polo Match for Charity

MOHAWK ACTION: The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges and the Arrowhead Polo Club hosted the Inaugural Center Polo Classic on May 18 at the Mohawk Park Polo fields. -TV Sports Director Chris Lincoln announced the event, with commentary provided by BJ Tanner, former member of OSU’s polo team. The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges is the only facility of its kind in the region, dedicated to providing an array of services for people with physical challenges and disabilities.

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Trainers Honored

Union’s Athletic Training staff was recognized at the 2013 Oklahoma Athletic Trainers’ Association Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet May 18 in Edmond. Senior Kylie Shentwu was awarded the All-State Student Athletic Training Aide, and she was named the 2013 Scholarship Recipient. Union’s Athletic Trainer, Dan Newman, was named the 2013 Athletic Trainer of the Year.

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Tulsa Tough Brings Racers

NO BABIES: Cyclists raced down Riverside Drive and up Cry Baby Hill on June 9, the last day of the 3-day St. Francis Tulsa Tough event, which began June 7. Each day, cyclists raced on a different course; the first one took place in Tulsa’s Blue Dome District and the second in the Brady Arts District.

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Former Shock and TU Coach Heads to Pittsburgh

Former Tulsa Shock Assistant Coach and Director of Basketball Operations Kathy McConnell-Miller has left the Shock to become the associate head coach for women’s basketball at the University of Pittsburgh. McConnell-Miller, a Pittsburgh native, will be joining her sister, Susie McConnell-Serio, who was named head coach at Pittsburgh last month.

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Drillers Don’t Play, Win First-Half Title

The Tulsa Drillers did not play Monday night, but they still won a championship. The Drillers doubleheader in Springfield was cancelled due to wet conditions at Hammons Field. Because the first half of the Texas League’s split season ended on Monday, the first-place Drillers clinched the first-half title in the North Division with the rain out.

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Tulsa Shock to Host Free Basketball Clinic in Moore, OK

The Tulsa Shock players, coaches, staff and owners will be traveling to Moore, Oklahoma on Monday, June 17 to host a free basketball clinic at Westmoore High School from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. The free clinic is available to any Moore elementary or middle school children whose schools were damaged or destroyed by the May 20 tornado. The Shock will also be touring Briarwood Elementary, Plaza Towers Elementary and Highland East Jr. High after the clinic. The clinic will be conducted by Shock players, coaching staff, and the Shock’s statewide youth basketball organization, the Shock Basketball Academy.

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