Orban wins Stilwell race

Claremore's Pete Orban took first place Saturday in the 5k Strawberry Festival Run at Stilwell.

He ran away from the field in his age group, 50-54, posting a time of 16:34. That was seven minutes better than his closest competitor.

In the overall standings, Orban's time was 22 seconds better than runnerup Ryan Deyto of Pryor.

Quarterback club meets tonight

The Sequoyah Quarterback Club will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the high school. Parties interested in entering, or assisting with, the Quarterback Club golf tournament, June 3, telephone, John Row, 341-0929, or 798-9229.

Area runners place third

Rogers County had a pair of third-place finishers Saturday at the 5k Bristow Wildflower Run.

Cooper Widener of Oologah finished third in the 20-24 men’s age group, with a time of 19:56. His age group also produced the overall winner, Bobby Lyons, of Bristow, in 17:20.

Ray Love of Claremore ran third in the men’s 60-64 division, with a clocking of 24:36.

Knicks’ Brown may be in, may be out

NEW YORK (AP) — Knicks coach Larry Brown may be on his way out of New York. His agent insists there’s no truth to such reports.

And Stephon Marbury doesn’t care either way.

The New York Post and Daily News reported Sunday that owner James Dolan is considering buying out Brown’s contract. His possible replacement: team president Isiah Thomas, according to the Post.

Marbury, who feuded with Brown throughout the season, said either Brown or Thomas would be OK with him.

Brown’s agent, Joe Glass, said the team told him to ignore the New York tabloids.

Brown, a Brooklyn native, described his hiring last year as a “dream job,” and the Knicks hoped his happy homecoming signaled a return to the playoffs. But despite a league-high payroll of more than $120 million, New York finished with the league’s second-worst record.

Stern aims to fix NBA flaw

DALLAS (AP) — NBA commissioner David Stern discussed a new seeding system aimed at fixing the flaw the Dallas Mavericks exposed this season.

The Mavericks won 60 games, but were seeded fourth behind the three division winners despite a better record.

That’s why Dallas and San Antonio, both in the Southwest Division, are meeting in the second round despite having the two best records in the Western Conference.

Under the new proposal, the top four seeds would be slotted by record among the three division winners and the team with the next-best record. Had that been in place this season, the Spurs still would have been No. 1, but the Mavericks would have been No. 2. And they couldn’t have met until the conference finals.

Wie taking steps toward men’s Open

KAHUKU, Hawaii (AP) — Michelle Wie moved a step closer in her long-shot bid to become the first female player to qualify for the U.S. Open, shooting an even-par 72 to win a local qualifier.

The USGA believes she is the first woman to get through local qualifying for the U.S. Open. Wie and two other players advanced to sectional play next month, with Wie saying she will play in the June 5 36-hole sectional in Canoe Brook, N.J.

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