The Norman Transcript

National Sports

May 21, 2013

Sports world keeps eye on Oklahoma

NORMAN — The massive tornado that ripped through a handful of Oklahoma City suburbs grabbed the attention of the sports world on Monday, especially for the players and coaches with ties to the area.

Kevin Durant, a three-time scoring champion for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, posted on his Twitter account that he was praying for everyone involved. He added: “Everybody stay safe!”

Coverage of the tornado damage was on the clubhouse TV as the Red Sox prepared for their game at the Chicago White Sox.

“It’s a tragedy when you see a natural disaster like that take place, so many innocent people that are certainly affected, if not directly by injury or possibly loss of life,” Boston manager John Farrell said. “Having been through something similar back in 1997 that had probably very similar damage, it’s a scary situation. Our thoughts are with all the people affected.”

Farrell played for Oklahoma State in college, and then served as the assistant coach and pitching and recruiting coordinator for the Cowboys for five seasons from 1997-2001.

“The location today is very close to where it was back in ’97,” Farrell said. “Just that area just south of Oklahoma City seems to be right in the path of unfortunately a lot of storm fronts and certainly the tornadoes again today.”

White Sox manager Robin Ventura also played his college ball at Oklahoma State, where he was a three-time All-America. The Santa Maria, Calif., native said he didn’t know anything about tornadoes until a couple passed through the area while he was in school.

“It’s scary,” he said. “There’s nothing you can do about it.”

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