2020-02-16

Landry Jones, Teammates Chug Beer After Win

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Quarterback Landry Jones made his first professional football start in 777 days on Sunday, giving Bob Stoops, Dallas Renegades their franchise win.

“It felt great,” said Jones, following the 25-18 victory over Los Angeles Wildcats.

Although Jones admittedly struggled at times throwing two interceptions, he became the first quarterback in XFL history to the ow over 300 yards. He finished 28-of-40, 305 yards, one touchdown.

 “We are a gritty team, and I played about as bad as you can play, and I’m very, very thankful for the win and thank God that I got out of here healthy,” said Jones, via Pro Football Talk.

Jones, teammates celebrated the win by shotgunning beers.



Stoops awarded the ‘old man,’ Jones with the game ball, following the game – helping Stoops avoid his first career 0-2 start.



Former Oklahoma WR Jeff Badet caught six passes on nine targets for 53 yards.

Jones, Renegades travel to play at Seattle Dragons, Saturday at 4 pm/CT on FOX.


DeMarco Murray: Adrian Peterson Is Best Running Back To Play

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It was 2006.

DeMarco Murray arrived at Oklahoma in Adrian Peterson's final season in Norman.

At his introductory press conference, Murray spoke about the legacy and longevity of Peterson who he considers the best to play the game.

“Barry Sanders is my favorite running back ever. You know, I consider him the best. But I think Adrian Peterson is the best running back to ever play the game, and it’s not by coincidence that he’s still playing," Murray said, via OUInsider.

"He's a great person, he works his tail off, and more importantly he’s a great human being. You know, he’s a family man. He does it the right way, has a charity, and he gives a lot back to the youth.”

At 34, in his 12th season, Peterson is still a productive workhorse, rushing nearly 900 yards last season.

“But Adrian, he’s a freak of nature. You guys have all seen it. You’re still seeing it a decade later.”

After a successful playing career that spanned 11 seasons at the collegiate, professional levels – Arizona head coach Kevin Sumlin offered Murray an opportunity to embark on a coaching career last season.

When Jay Boulware left the school, Lincoln Riley had a vacancy to fill. Murray jumped to the opportunity to return to Norman. Murray hopes to help the program win more than conference championships but a national championship.

“Obviously Big 12 championship means a lot and playoff means a lot, but the ultimate goal, why you come here and why you play here and why you coach here is to be in the big one,” Murray said.

Twitter Reacts to Buddy Hield Winning 3-Pt Contest

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Sacramento Kings guard Buddy Hield a.k.a. Buddy Buckets outdueled Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker in Saturday's 3-point shootout part NBA All-Star weekend.


"I felt great, " Hield said, via ESPN. "Like I said earlier, as a shooter, this is on your bucket list. You have to come in, and you want to win a 3-point shootout. With a stacked field like that, it makes it even better.

"Pressure is on, and you've got to show up."

Hield outscored Booker, 27-26, in the final round of the contest after the two guards scored 27 in the opening round.

Trae Young, former Oklahoma standout turned Hawks guard, was eliminated in the first round.

Here's how the Twitterverse reacted to Hield's win:


















2020-02-15

President Obama Surprises Young, Others At NBA Charity Event

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Trae Young meets 44.

Former President Barack Obama surprised NBA players, including Trae Young and volunteers who were stuffing backpacks full of supplies for Chicago-area youth at WinTrust Arena on Friday.

Obama spoke privately to Young and New Orleans’ Zion Williamson at the NBA Cares charity event.  The 44th president is among those whose followed the former Oklahoma standout's meteoric rise to whose stardom.

“He just loves watching me,” Young said, via Chicago Tribune. “He watches me all the time and was telling me how it’s going to turn for the Hawks in the future, and it’s crazy that he knew all these different things about me.”



Young, 21, is averaging 29.7 points, third-best in the association, which earned the second-year guard an Eastern Conference starting role in the NBA All-Star game Sunday.

Young, fellow Sooner, Buddy Hield will participate in tonight's 3-point contest 8 pm/ct on TNT.

2020-02-14

Landry Jones To Make XFL Debut

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Quarterback Landry Jones will make his debut when he starts for Dallas Renegades (0-1) on Sunday, head coach Bob Stoops announced.

“We’re planning on starting Landry and playing the whole game and protecting him like we need to,” Stoops said, via Pro Football Talk. “But he’s felt good all week, so we’re anxious to see him out there.”

Last weekend, Jones missed week one against St. Louis Battlehawks after suffering a knee injury at training camp.

“Yeah, Landry’s practiced all week,” Stoops said. “He looks great, feels good, and so, yeah, he’s been working with the ones all week and has felt his knee has held up and felt really good.”

Phillip Nelson, Minnesota Gopher, QB, substituting for Jones threw 33-of-42, 209 yards, 79%, 1 INT in Dallas' 15-9 loss.

WATCH: ESPN First Take: Bob Stoops and Landry Jones

Nearly 20 years after the XFL shuttered many saw Jones as the face of the league when he was drafted by Stoops, Renegades in October. In four-season in Stoops’ at Oklahoma, Jones threw 16,646 yards, 123 touchdowns.

Jones looks to give the franchise their first win when Los Angeles Wildcats hosts the Renegades on Sunday 2 pm/ct.

2020-02-13

Murray, Mayfield Listed By Oddsmakers To Win MVP

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Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray are among the league favorites to win the 2020 NFL MVP, per BetMGM.

Murray is listed as the favorite among the two former Heisman winners at 33/1 this season, according to the sportsbook. By comparison, Caesars opened Murray's rookie campaign with 75-1 odds last season.

Cleveland quarterback Baker Mayfield is listed at 40/1 odds – drastically down from the 9/1 oddsmakers opened him last season.

Kansas City quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the favorite at 4/1 after winning Super Bowl LIV.

Patrick Mahomes 4/1
Russell Wilson 5/1
Lamar Jackson 6/1
Deshaun Watson 12/1
Aaron Rodgers 16/1
Drew Brees 16/1
Kyler Murray 33/1
Tom Brady 33/1
Baker Mayfield 40/1

Report: Buddy Hield Unhappy With Sixth Man Role

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Does Kings guard Buddy Hield want out of Sacramento?

Hield has grown ‘displeased' with his sixth man role, after Kings coach, Luke Walton benched him in favor of Bogdan BogdanoviΔ‡ in the lineup on January 24.

"If Hield remains displeased with his role, a source with knowledge of his thinking said he might request a trade. He believes he is a starter in the NBA,” writes The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Despite improved numbers – shooting 52.6%, averaging a team-high 22.2 points, including a career-best 43 points off the bench. While Hield believes he's a starter in the league, his relationship with Walton has been contentious often being critical of the first-year Kings coach.

Over the offseason, hopeful the Kings (21-33) would build a stronger roster, Hield signed a (4-year, $94M) less than maximum player extension.

This season he's grown wary, questioning the coaching after a December loss.

“Seems like we’re all over the place — coaches and everybody,” Hield said, via Yahoo!  “Trust issues going on, I guess. Guys stop believing in players. It is what it is. They have who they have playing out there and I just have to be supportive.”

Hield's criticism of Walton has been “problematic,” says Vlade Divac, Kings' general manager.

The fourth-year veteran is averaging 20.4 points, 3.2 assistants, and 43.1% in 33:40 minutes this season.

Hield, alongside, Trae Young will participate in the league's 3-pt contest part of NBA All-Star Weekend on Saturday.

2020-02-12

Washington Likely To Excerise Option In Adrian Peterson's Contract

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A.D. to stay in D.C?

Washington Redskins will reportedly exercise the final year of the 2-year contract with Adrian Peterson, ESPN's John Keim reports.

Peterson, 34, joined the organization after brief stints with Arizona Cardinals, New Orleans Saints in 2017, signing a 1-year, $1.015M with Washington ahead of 2018 season.

In Washington, he rejuvenated his career rushing 1042 yards – his most since 2015. After running back Derrius Guice, 2nd round selection of Washington in 2018 NFL Draft, suffered a season-ending knee injury in the preseason.

The team rewarded him with a 2-year, $5.03M extension with an optional final year. After being used sparingly in 2019, Guice suffered another season-ending knee injury, again.

Keim writes, “The Redskins have until 22 days before the start of the new league year (March 18) to decide if they want to pick up the second year of Peterson's contract. One source said it was likely the Redskins would do so, but nothing is guaranteed.”

With Peterson maintaining his high-level of performance last season rushing 898 yards, and concerns over Guice's durability, the organization will likely exercise their option.

Peterson, a 4-time All-Pro, is due $3.1M if the team exercises their option by February 25.



2020-02-11

Trae Young, Again, Joins Elite Company

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Former Oklahoma standout Trae Young joined elite company in Atlanta’s loss to Memphis on Monday.

Young became the sixth player in NBA History to have 3,000+ points and 1,000+ assists within their first two seasons.


He joins Oscar Robertson, Isiah Thomas, Tim Hardaway, Allen Iverson and LeBron James to accomplish the feat.

Atlanta Hawks travels to play Cleveland Cavaliers Wednesday before the annual All-Star break.

2020-02-10

Trae Young Snubbed From Team USA Roster

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Former Oklahoma standout Trae Young was ‘hurt' after being notably absent from USA Basketball's preliminary 2020 Tokyo Olympics roster, announced Monday.

The likes of Russell Westbrook, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul were among the names on the initial roster.

“I'd be lying if I said I wasn't hurt by seeing it, ” Young said Monday, via Sarah K. Spencer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"Obviously I would have wanted to play on the team."

Young is league's fourth-leading scorer averaging 29.7 points.

Hawks head coach Lloyd Pierce said he wasn't shocked when hearing the news, saying “international basketball is different.”

“No, because honestly I respect the league, I respect the levels and layers you have to go through. Trae’s having a great year. These guys have had great careers, ” Pierce said, USA Basketball assistant, via Spencer.

“And you have to go through certain things and you have to understand when it’s your time, when it’s your opportunity. He’s a first-time All-Star. We’re talking about guys, three-time Olympic appearances, and international basketball is different. It’s different. You don’t just go because you’re good. You go because you’ve earned the right, the honor. You have the right mindset.”

Young took to social media to congratulate the players named to the 44-man roster.


USA Basketball will trim the roster to  12 members when Team USA competes in the Summer Olympics.