2020-02-27

WATCH: Jalen Hurts Combine Workouts

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Former Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts participated in on-field workouts at NFL Scouting Combine on Thursday.

Hurts earlier weighed in at 221 lbs, measured at 6’1” at the combine.

Former DL Neville Gallimore, LB Kenneth Murray will part-take in on-field activities on Saturday.

Hurts 40:

Throwing skills:



This post will be updated.



WATCH: Trae Young Blocks 7-Footer Mo Bamaba

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6’1” Trae Young blocked 7’0” Orlando center Mo Bamba (University of Texas product) from behind in Wednesday's 130-120 loss vs Orlando Magic.



Young put up 37 (10-27 FG, 4-12 3PT, 14-16 FT) after being doubtful, in initial injury report, suffering from flu-like symptoms.

Young ranks third (30.1) in scoring, second (9.2) in assist, per game, in the association.

2020-02-26

Murray, Gallimore Combine Measurements

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NFL Scouting Combine's measurement portion continued on Wednesday with defensive linemen and linebackers, including Oklahoma's Kenneth Murray and Neville Gallimore.

Here are their official key measurements:

ILB, Kenneth Murray
Height: 6-2 4/8
Weight: 241
Hand: 9 4/8
Arm: 32 6/8
Wingspan: 80

DT, Neville Gallimore
Height: 6-2
Weight: 304
Hand: 9 5/8
Arm: 32 6/8
Wingspan: 77 2/8

See both QB Jalen Hurts, WR Cee Dee Lamb official measurements.

Lamb: It Would Be An Honor To Join Kyler Murray

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WR CeeDee Lamb is onboard to reunite with QB Kyler Murray.

Lamb took questions part of media availability at NFL Scouting Combine, asked of impressions of the  Cardinals staff, adding it would be an ‘honor' to have Murray as a teammate.

“I like the coaching staff. I met with the general manager. (We were) kind of vibin’ a little bit. All great energy, ” Lamb said Tuesday.

When asked about becoming teammates with Murray, “That’s my guy, man. That would be a huge honor on my end,” Lamb added.

Murray, a former teammate of Lamb, has lobbied Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury and GM Steve Keim for the QB, WR tandem to reunite.

“ [If] we pick CeeDee, that would be great. We have a very comfortable relationship. I've played with him, I've been with him for years, so yeah, I don't think that would be a bad pick at all, ” Murray told Arizona Republic's Bob McManaman, via AZCentral.com.

Kingsbury said Tuesday, Murray has been a vocal supporter of the organization selecting Lamb at the eighth overall selection in April's NFL Draft.

"He's his biggest proponent, that's for sure. He would take him No. 1, hands down, ” Kingsbury said, at the media availability.

Before the arrival of Murray and Kingsbury, last offseason, Arizona's offense sputtered, at best.

In 2018, the offense was the league’s worst. Kingsbury, Murray through the Air Raid quickly turned the unit around, ranking 16th last season.

Kingsbury is hopeful in adding an outside playmaker, that’ll stretch the field will propel the Cardinals into the playoffs.

They will have a number of options at wide receiver outside Lamb, including Alabama WRs Jerry Jeudy and Henry Ruggs.

"I'm always looking for a fast outside guy. We're going to do what's best for our organization, but those three guys are definitely in play,” Kingsbury said.

Lamb when asked if he'll participate in all the drills and workouts at combine, including running the 40, Lamb replied: “if I could run it today I would.”

Wideouts will participate in on-field workouts on Thursday.

2020-02-25

Chicago Bears Re-Sign Linebacker Devante Bond

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Chicago Bears re-signed linebacker Devante Bond to a one-year contract, the team announced.

Bond, 26, signed with the Bears on December 9, appearing in a reserve role in three games following his reinstatement to the league.

He served a four-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs), violating the league's policy.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers released Bond on Oct 15 last season, after being taken in the sixth round by the organization in the 2016 NFL Draft. He spent his rookie season on injury reserved, making only six career starts with the team in three seasons.

Bond has recorded 39 tackles in 32 game appearances.

The full terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Trae Young: Kobe Bryant Was My Michael Jordan

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On Monday at Staples Center, the sports world, Los Angeles remembered the late Kobe Bryant, 13-year-old daughter Gianna and the seven other souls lost in January helicopter crash.

Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young remembered Bryant, who he akin to Michael Jordan, on Twitter ahead of Monday’s game against Philadelphia 76ers.


Playing at a level reminiscent of Bryant, Young has been rewriting the record books. The Norman North (Norman, Okla.) product hit a career milestone on Friday eclipsing the 50 point mark for the first time, prior to that, starting in the All-Star game.

Young, 21, in his second season, has either passed or joined the likes of Shaquille O’Neal, Lebron James, Michael Jordan, including Bryant, in multiple achievements, milestones -- playing at a “Mamba Mentality” level.

It would only be appropriate Gianna’s favorite player was Young – like Kobe, Young has an all-out mentality averaging 29.9 points, the league's third-leading scorer.



After winning three of the last four games, Young scored 28 points in 129-112 loss to 76ers.

Hawks (17-42) host Orlando Magic (25-32)  Tuesday.

2020-02-24

Extension Reportedly Last Hurdle For Williams' Return To Washington

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Trent Williams, Washington Redskins have appeared to mended their relationship after heading toward a divorce.

Williams met face-to-face with new Washington coach Ron Riveria on Monday in Indianapolis, Riveria suggested to Washington Posts' Lee Carpenter, “conversations have been positive.”

However, he didn’t elaborate about on-going conversations with, seven-time Pro Bowler, Williams.

“One person with knowledge of the situation said mostly financial issues stand in the way of Williams coming back, suggesting that Rivera and Williams have worked through the other problems that kept Williams away for all but a week of last season,” Carpenter writes.

Riveria wouldn't say an extension would guarantee Williams' return to the organization, “I have nothing new to report, ” he told Carpenter, following Monday's league competition meeting.

Williams, 31, is likely seeking financial security through an extension after the team, last season, levied millions in fines and lost bonuses. After returning to the team, the organization placed him on the team's non-football injury list.

Thus, stripping him of the remaining $11.5M of his non-guarantee contract last season.

Considered among the league's top linemen, Williams will be due $14.5M, this season, which is not guaranteed under the terms of his expiring five-year, $68M contract, according to Spotrac figures.

He will likely seek a contract that aligns him with top earners, such as, former Oklahoma lineman Lane Johnson, who signed the richest contract for a guard last season, a four-year, $72M contract with $55M fully guaranteed.

Riveria, Washington's newly installed front office will have an excess of $55M in cap space to sign free agents or extend expiring contracts this offseason.

Lamb, Hurts Combine Measurements

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The NFL Combine is underway in Indianapolis. The first group of prospects are quarterbacks and wide receivers, including Jalen Hurts and CeeDee Lamb.

Here are their official measurements.

QB Jalen Hurts

Height: 6-1
Weight: 222
Hand: 9 6/8
Arm: 31 6/8
Wingspan: 77 5/8

WR CeeDee Lamb

Height: 6-1 5/8
Weight: 198
Hand: 9 2/8
Arm: 32 2/8
Wingspan: 76 5/8

LB Kenneth Murray, DL Neville Gallimore arrive in Indianapolis tomorrow, and have measurements taken on Wednesday.

2020-02-22

WATCH: Landry Jones Throws 65-Yard Touchdown Completion

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Quarterback Landry Jones put Dallas Renegades firmly in control over Seattle Dragons, 21-12, after a 65-yard touchdown completion to TE Donald Parham midway through fourth quarter.

Jones is 12-of-14, 150 yards, 2 TDs in the 2nd half after Dallas trailed 6-12 in the first.

Watch the remaining of the game on FOX.

RELATED: WATCH: Landry Jones Completes Double Forward Pass

Update: Dallas Renegades defeated Seattle Dragons, 24-12, to advance to 2-1.

WATCH: Landry Jones Completes Double Forward Pass

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Quarterback Landry Jones completed a 15-yard double forward pass to WR Lance Dunbar after his initial attempt was batted down by a Seattle Dragons defender.

Dallas Renegades' coach Bob Stoops expressed excitement and approval from the sideline after the play.

Jones is 16-of-24, 113 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs in his second start at halftime as the Renegades trail Dragons, 12-6.

You can watch Dallas Renegades vs Seattle Dragons, right now, on your local FOX affiliate.

Update: The Dallas Renegades (2-1) defeat Seattle Dragons (1-2), 24-12, to win their second consecutive game.

RELATED: WATCH: Landry Jones Throws 65-Yard Touchdown Completion


Washington Exercises Option on Adrian Peterson

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 Running back Adrian Peterson will remain in NFC East.

Washington exercised their 2020 team option on Peterson, the team announced on Wednesday.

"Adrian Peterson is the epitome of what it means to be a pro in this league," Washington Redskins coach Ron Rivera said, via the team's official site. "Adrian's leadership and passion towards the game of football will set an example of what is expected of the players in this program moving forward."

Peterson, 34, is entering the final season of a two-year, $5M contract with Washington.

"Going into this season, there's so much more I can do and how I can help this team,” Peterson told ESPN's John Kiem.

The organization is receiving his services at a bargain rate, paying Peterson $2.3M in the final year of the agreement. The contract value makes Peterson the 21st highest paid running back, according to Spotrac.

Peterson, an 11-year league veteran, led the team in rushing with 898 yards, last season, for the second consecutive season.  The four-time NFL All-Pro hopes to build upon his high-level of production, as he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

"Going into this season, there's so much more I can do and how I can help this team," Peterson told Kiem. "My mentality is showing the Adrian Peterson of old and not just flashes; really showing, 'Wow, this cat is on a whole different level.'"



Peterson is the league’s fifth all-time leading rusher with 14,216 yards, 1,053 yards behind the fourth leading rusher, Barry Sanders.

2020-02-21

Trae Young Scores Career-High 50 Points

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Hawks guard Trae Young achieved another career milestone in last night’s 129-124 win over Miami Heat.

Young, 21, scored a career-high 50 points becoming the fourth-youngest player in NBA history to reach 50. His previous career-high was 48 points against Oklahoma State in January 2018.



Young shot well-above his season average of 37.4% from long-range, going 8-of-15 or 53.3% against the Heat. He was nearly perfect from the free-throw line going 18-of-19.

Asked if starting in All-Star game strengthened his play, “I've always had confidence in myself, ” Young replied, via USA Today.

Young’s performance against Miami moved him into second in scoring (30.1 pts) and assist (9.2 ast) in the league. And in the process, he surpassed Shaquille O'Neal for most 40-pt games (11) in player's first two seasons since 1976 league merger.

His one-man wrecking crew mentality this season hasn’t impressed one Skip Bayless, though.



Atlanta Hawks (16-41) host Dallas Mavericks (33-22) Saturday.




2020-02-20

Gerald McCoy: I'll Always Be A Buccaneer

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Gerald McCoy is a free agent, again.

The Southeast high school product turned All-American at Oklahoma hinted he may be entering the final chapter of his career.

McCoy, 31, has yet to play a down in the postseason.

After ten seasons, he wants to sign with a playoff contender and ‘experience the postseason,’ McCoy told Tampa Bay 55 podcast, via Pro Football Talk.

The six-time Pro Bowler was cut by Tampa Bay Buccaneers after the 2018 season ending a nine-year relationship with the team.

He didn’t harbor any ill feelings toward the team after the move, “It’s no hard feelings,” McCoy said while wearing a Buccaneers work gear.

“Technically, I’m a free agent and can wear what I want.”

McCoy would sign with division rival Carolina Panthers, spending only one season in Charlotte.

He learned football is a business, disappointed Tampa Bay allowed free agent Ndamukong Suh to wear his former jersey number.

Buccaneer teammates would continue to show their support for McCoy and his family. Collectively being McCoy's presence – attending his son's Senior night football game at Tampa Catholic High School, while he was traveling with Carolina Panthers.

“I’m going to always be a Buccaneer regardless of how people feel. You can’t take that from me, because of the time I put in and how I went about it. I’m always going to feel like I’m a Buccaneer.”

McCoy, while unlikely to play as Buccaneer, again, wants to play his final down in Tampa Bay.

The home of Super Bowl 55.

2020-02-18

Several Teams Likely To Pursue S Tony Jefferson

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A number of teams will likely look to sign safety Tony Jefferson.

After three seasons with the Baltimore Ravens, Jefferson became a casualty of the salary cap last week as the team shredded his 4-year, $34M contract.

"This is the worst part of his business," Ravens' general manager Eric DeCosta said, via NFL.com. "Tony is the consummate teammate and someone who is respected by everyone for his leadership, determination, humility and toughness. He's a friend to all and a true Raven. We know he's going to beat his injury and we will be cheering for him all along the way. We wish the very best to Tony and his family."

Jefferson, 28, was due $11.6M this upcoming season, while ultimately the organization saves over $7M it creates $4.1 in dead cap money.

There are a number of teams Jefferson could land in 2020 – one is Philadelphia Eagles. They played a third safety in their nickel package in 36% of defensive snaps, writes Matty Breisch. At a reduced salary,  he could easily be the Eagles' third option at safety.

Cleveland Browns could possibly pursue Jefferson, again, suggested Dan Justik. Browns were among the finalist for his services in 2017 before signing with the Ravens. General Manager Andrew Berry, who was named over the offseason, could add Jefferson to improve a Browns run defense that ranks third-worst.

Jefferson joining Las Vegas Raiders’ quarter defensive scheme has been described as a perfect fit. Expect Jon Gruden, Raiders to pursue Jefferson if he’s healthy by week one writes Austin Boyd.

Although questions may linger about the timetable of Jefferson’s return after suffering a torn ACL, his unquestionable leadership will allow him to choose where he wants to play in 2020.




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.




2020-02-09

Cale Gundy to Mayfield Hater: Never Heard of Him In 47 Years

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The NFL offseason has officially arrived with players and notable commentators, analysts began their vacations after months season.

It allowed NFL Network analyst Akbar Gbaja-Biamila, an opportunity to channel his inner Skip Bayless on NFL Network, to target Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.

Gbaja-Biamila suggested the franchise should find another player-caller, saying “Baker Mayfield is a bum, as far as I’m concerned, and if anybody’s got a problem with it, they can call me,” on Wednesday's edition of “Total Access” on NFL Network.

RELATED: Baker Mayfield Thought He Might Succeed Tom Brady

In 2019, Mayfield in his second year undoubtedly struggled under first-year head coach Freddie Kitchens, his numbers across the board were negative from his rookie campaign, completion only  59.4% passes, throwing 22 touchdowns and 21 interceptions.

WATCH: Baker Mayfield plants the Oklahoma flag on the Ohio State O

Cale Gundy, Mayfield's former co-offensive coordinator, came to the quarterback’s defense on social media.

2020-02-08

Four Sooners Invited to NFL Scouting Combine

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Four Sooners were invited to the 2020 NFL Scouting Combine, the league announced on Friday.

Quarterback Jalen Hurts, defensive lineman Neville Gallimore including, juniors, wide receiver CeeDee Lamb and linebacker Kenneth Murray are among the 337 invitees.

A notable Sooner absent from the invite list was cornerback Parnell Motley. After recording 41 tackles, five forced fumbles (tied second nationally) last season, the first-team All-Big 12 member expressed shock when he wasn’t among those invited.



The combine provides NFL Draft prospects an opportunity to work out in front of the league's 32 franchises, that includes  interviews with front office and player personnel, ahead of April's draft in Las Vegas.

Those draft-eligible players not invited to the combine will have an opportunity to work out at OU's annual Pro Day in March.

The NFL Scouting Combine will be held February 23 – March 1 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Washington Coach Ron Rivera Is Hopeful Trent Williams Will Return To Team

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Washington Redskins are hopeful that All-Pro tackle Trent Williams will rejoin the team in 2020.

Head coach Ron Rivera reiterated he would welcome Williams back, after the relationship between him and the previous front office deteriorated to the point of certain divorce, telling NBC Sports Washington, “he's still our guy.”

Rivera joined the organization in January after team owner Daniel Snyder dismissed Jay Gruden midseason, Bruce Allen, the team's president would soon follow. Rivera maintains the same sentiment, as he expressed at his introductory press conference, wanting to meet with Williams.

While Williams’ relationship with Allen had grown “fractured,” reportedly.  The two parties were in a bitter dispute over the team’s misdiagnosis of a growth on his scalp by the medical staff, Williams claims.

Leaks began to trickle out to favor an organization with a weary fan base.

Williams, Washington relationship had grown toxic. A source connected with Williams, said previously "He's not coming back. Period."

However, Williams is reportedly  reconsidering a return to the franchise since the firing of Guden, Allen and head athletic trainer Larry Hess.

Rivera said, as recent as Wednesday, he wants to sit down with Williams.

"We got to get Trent in, we got to sit him down, see where he is, see how he is, health-wise too," Rivera said. "We have not really had the contact we need to have to know."

Former Washington coach Joe Gibbs believes Rivera will have the ability to reconnect with Williams.

“I think Ron will do a good job of that,” Gibbs said, via ProFootballTalk.com. “I think the thing that you’ve got with Ron is someone who’s played in the NFL, he has real respect from the players when he talks.”

If the organization is able to entice Williams back to the team, a hefty contract extension will likely await the 7-time Pro Bowler.

Williams, 31, will become an unrestricted free agent in 2021.

2020-02-06

Young, Hield Tabbed To Compete In 3-Point Contest

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A pair of former Oklahoma sharpshooters will compete in the three-point contest.

Trae Young, Buddy Hield was named to the annual Saturday night competition part of the NBA All-Star Weekend, the league announced on Tuesday evening.

Young will be making his first appearance in the contest. He was previously named a starter for Eastern Conference in the All-Star game and he is scheduled to play in the league's Rising Stars game – making him the only player tabbed to compete in all three nights of All-Star weekend.

Young, in his second year, is shooting 36.7% making 156 of 425 from beyond the arch.

RELATED: WATCH: Trae Young Gets Emotional After Being Named All-Star Starter

Hield, the fourth-year league veteran, is making his second appearance in the competition after finishing third in last year's contest. He is shooting 37.6% from the 3-pt line, making 186 of 495.

Hield, Young will be joined by six other players including defending contest champion Brooklyn G Joe Harris.

The annual three-point contest will take place Saturday, February 15, at the United Center in Chicago.

2020-02-05

Damien Williams Celebrates Super Bowl Victory on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

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Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams capped off a record postseason with an appearance on the late-night show Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Monday.

Appearing alongside Chiefs superfan Eric Stonestreet, co-star of Modern Family, after Kansas City's 31-20 win over San Francisco  in Super Bowl LIV.

Williams, three-star JUCO transfer, reflected on the winning Lombardi Trophy at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami after a previous stint with the Dolphins saying, “it was great seeing the guys excited for me. They’ve seen me coming into work every day. How hard I work. It was just amazing.”

He had 133 total yards (104 rushing, 29 receiving) plus two touchdowns against top ranked defensive unit.

Williams' six touchdowns in the postseason are the most by an undrafted player in the Super Bowl era, according to Chiefs.

When asked about the team's post-Super Bowl celebration, Williams told Kimmel that head coach Andy Reid was the “life of the party.”

The segment wrapped up with Williams dumping a cooler full of Gatorade on Stonestreet.






2020-02-02

The Path Of The Trio Of Sooners To The Super Bowl

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An unlikely trio of Sooners will make their Super Bowl debut on Sunday in Miami.

Damien Williams, James Winchester and Blake Bell will be on the biggest stage in American sports.

Of the three – only Bell was selected in NFL Draft. Selected 117th overall by San Francisco 49ers in 2015 draft as a tight end after former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops named freshman Trevor Knight the starting quarterback at the beginning of 2013 season.

Bell, four-star prospect by Rivals, arrived at Oklahoma in 2011 as one of the top quarterback prospects in the nation from Bishop Carroll HS (Wichita, KS).

He has embodied the spirit of a team player, instead of transferring, he moved to tight end.

“A lot of players couldn’t have dealt with (getting benched) mentally,” Alan Schuckman, Bell's coach at Bishop Carroll told Wichita Eagle.

“But Blake is built different. He seems to get stronger and stronger every time an opportunity didn’t go the way everybody else thought it whould go. He just looked at it as a new challenge to get better.”

Bell, as a senior, had 16 catches, 214 yards, 4 touchdowns in his new role.

An offensive teammate of Bell at Oklahoma was running back Damien Williams, a junior college transfer from Western Arizona College. Williams, in two seasons at Oklahoma, accounted for 1,499 rushing yards before being dismissed by Stoops after failed drug tests.

Williams signed with Miami Dolphins as an undrafted free agent. Throughout the years he has continued to show his resilience – only starting four games while at Oklahoma or Miami.

Williams suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in 2017 season, his relationship with Dolphins head coach Adam Gase had grown cold. While recovering from an offseason surgery, the organization refused to return his calls and he was admittedly hurt.

“That really hurt,” Williams said. “I was there four years and gave Miami my all. I still have not spoken to him to this day. That hurt me because me and Gase were cool.”

He knew his time in Miami was likely coming to an end. In 2018 offseason, Williams would become an eventual free agent signing with a two-year, $8.1M contract with Kansas City.

However, Williams doesn’t regret his time with Gase -- crediting him for his growth as a player.

“I feel like he’s kind of the reason I’m here as far as opening me up as a football player, being able to catch the ball out of the backfield. My year with him, I scored my most touchdowns any year being with the Dolphins. I had a great experience,” Williams said, via Newsday.

Ahead of 2019 season, head coach Andy Reid gave Williams the opportunity to become the featured back for the most explosive offense since the greatest show on turf.

Williams, bothered by a hamstring injury this season, enters the Super Bowl with 498 rushing yards, five touchdowns, while accounting for 213 yards, four touchdowns out of the backfield in the air.

If the Chiefs offense can’t deliver first downs, long-snapper Winchester will ensure delivery of the ball to punter Dustin Colquitt.

Winchester, a walk-on at Oklahoma from Washington, Okla., joined the league as an undrafted free agent signing with Philadelphia Eagles in 2013.

Many fans learned of Winchester when his father, Michael Winchester, 52, a Southwest Airlines employee was tragically killed in Will Rogers Airport shooting in November 2016. A special teams specialist has been a constant of the Chiefs, not missing a game since being signed in 2015.

Winchester knows his fellow Sooners, the forty-nine teammates will have to play at their highest levels to bring home the Lombardy Trophy to Kansas City.

“A coach in college would always say, ‘You’re only as good as your next play.’ That’s true. You can let that one define you, or you can move forward with it, ” Winchester told Kansas City Star in November.

“There were some valuable lessons there and it pushed me to get better and continue to perfect my craft, and I’m still doing that today to try to get better.”

Super Bowl LIV kickoffs off at 5:30 on FOX.

2020-02-01

Kyler Murray Named Offensive Rookie of the Year

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Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray added another honor on Saturday.

He was voted AP Offensive Rookie of the Year at the annual NFL Honors ceremony in Miami.

He received 26.5 votes, Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, a native Oklahoman, finished second with 13 votes and Titans receiver A.J. Brown had nine.



Murray threw 3,722 yards, completing 64.4% and 20 TDs. He added 544 rushing yards and four touchdowns on the ground in 16 starts.

He joined Cam Newton as only quarterbacks to throw 3,500-plus yards and another 500-plus yards on the ground in their rookie season.

Murray had 349 completions – third-most by a rookie in league history behind Carson Weintz (379, in 2016) and former Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (354, in 2010).

The Murray-led Cardinals improved to 16th in total offense this season after finishing a league-worst 32nd in 2018.

Cardinals finished 5-10-1.