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Grades: Aaron Gordon Deciding to Stay In Orlando Could Stunt His Growth

Grades: Aaron Gordon Deciding to Stay In Orlando Could Stunt His Growth

Aaron Gordon is staying with the only NBA team he’s ever known. The former Dunk Contest champion and No. Gordon played in 58 games for Orlando last season, averaging career highs in points (17.6) and minutes (32.9) per game, as well as three-point percentage (33.6%.) With the deal, Gordon secures his first big-money contract and he has the ability to re-enter free agency at 26. Let’s grade the deal for the Magic. OK, now that we’ve moved past the polite introduction, I want to talk about how much I dislike this signing for both sides. Sure, it would’ve been silly to let someone like Gordon walk out the door. That’s basically four centers and a fifth player (Gordon) who should probably be playing center more often. Sure, Vucevic likely won’t be re-signed, and Biyombo will probably be off the team in two seasons, but that still leaves three young players (Gordon, Bamba and Isaac) who are at best an awkward fit together and should likely never share the court. Playing center is a grind, I get it, so Gordon could’ve at least tried to attach himself to a spacier team that starts another big and finishes small.
Paul George is trying to do to Oklahoma City what he did to Indiana

Paul George is trying to do to Oklahoma City what he did to Indiana

Clark Wade/IndyStar On Thursday, news broke that Paul George had informed the Oklahoma City Thunder that he will opt out of the final year of his contract. Once again, a team in a flyover state is in mourning, or maybe just mad. Wanting to win, it came from the heart and it’s very sincere on wanting to bring that to Indiana. That’s where my heart is going to always be at.” He circled back a few minutes later: “It’s all about bringing a championship to Indiana.” But maybe Indy misread some other words, words that suggested he was feeling trapped in the relationship. There’s no way around that.” Three days later, George's agent reportedly told the Pacers that George would not re-sign when he became a free agent after the 2017-18 season. On June 30, with little leverage and trying to salvage some value, the Pacers traded Paul George to the Oklahoma City Thunder. At the time, no one realized what they had gotten. Accidentally in love Meanwhile, by July 12, Oklahoma City was already in love with the new guy in town. “That's what feels good. Indy has moved on; hope you can, too.
Top 5 safeties in OU history

Top 5 safeties in OU history

There was an error loading the video. This video is not available on your platform. OUInsider.com first presents the top five safeties in Sooner history. “He was a very good quarterback in high school, but we often took wishbone quarterbacks and moved them to other positions. He was drafted by the New York Jets out of OU in 1980 and played six years in the NFL, picking off 21 passes. During his senior year Dixon finished with a school record eight interceptions and finished the year with 156 total tackles. 3 – Brandon Everage The heart and soul of the great Sooner defenses of the early Stoops era, Everage teamed with Roy Williams, more on him in a minute, to form one of the best, hard hitting safety duos in the country. In 2002, with Williams gone to the NFL, Everage had his best year, earning All-American honors with six interceptions, 107 yards in returns and 94 tackles on the year, 65 solos. 2 – Randy Hughes Hughes was so good at safety that he was always in prime position and was one of the great players on the Sooner defense on their National Championship team in 1974. Named to the All Big-Eight team twice, Hughes earned All-American honors in 1974.
Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Will Messi quit the international stage after Argentina World Cup pain?

Tens of thousands of Argentines poured into Kazan hoping to see Messi carry an ageing side over one more hurdle after his solitary goal in Russia helped avoid an embarrassing group-stage exit against Nigeria. "It will depend how we do, how it ends," Messi said before heading to Russia on whether he would continue on the international stage after the World Cup. The last 16 is the earliest he has exited the competition. Having turned 31 earlier in the tournament, it looks increasingly like defeat in the final four years ago is as close as he will come to matching Diego Maradona's feat of leading Argentina to glory in 1986. For all his heroics at club level with Barcelona, Messi -- who left his homeland for the Catalan capital aged just 13 -- is still looked upon unfavourably when set against Maradona by many in Argentina, who compare their records at international level. Messi missed his spot-kick in the 2016 final, prompting an uncharacteristic spur-of-the-moment decision to retire from international football. "It is not easy and has to be appreciated. Trailing 1-0 to Ecuador in their final qualifier, the two-time world champions were on course to miss out on the World Cup for the first time since 1970 until Messi stepped up to score a hat-trick at altitude in Quito. Messi publicly described the Argentine federation as "a disaster" due to logistical problems suffered by the team during the 2016 Copa America. "I think that this World Cup came just in time for us," said Sergio Aguero, who has played alongside Messi at international level since they were teenagers.
Rangers would have to eat money, but here’s why dealing Shin-Soo Choo would be a ‘no-brainer’

Rangers would have to eat money, but here’s why dealing Shin-Soo Choo would be a ‘no-brainer’

How about a Shin-Soo Choo trade? Choo is not going to help this team win, even if he's playing well, which he is. Choo gets to play for a contender, Calhoun gets to play, and the Rangers actually save money. As for what the Rangers do with Gallo and Odor, I don't think they have any choice but to be patient. He showed a lot of progress last year, and now he seems to have gone back to the same old problems. Kevin Sherrington: When I think of pizza, I don't think of Pudge. So it's not as if Elvis is blocking someone, as Choo is. The only reason to trade Beltre is to let him try to chase a World Series. Kevin Sherrington: Cole Hamels, because that's what teams are looking for: pitching, and someone who has succeeded in the bright lights before. Possible that Mike Minor could bring a nice return, too, because he's pitching well now and is under contract for a reasonable amount.
CFN places four Sooners on Preseason All-Big 12 Team

CFN places four Sooners on Preseason All-Big 12 Team

Oklahoma's most interesting position battles this fall 1:44 Loading This video is not available. x This video is not available. x This video is geo-restricted. There was an error loading the video. This video is not available on your platform. This video is not available for this device, browser, or operating system. x NORMAN, Okla. — Four Sooners found their names listed on College Football News’ Preseason All-Big 12 Team. Anderson exploded over the second half of last season, rushing for 1,079 yards and 11 touchdowns in the Sooners’ final eight games. Battling inconsistencies in both the kicking and punting game the year before as a sophomore, Seibert put that to bed as a junior, connecting on 17-of-21 (81 percent) field goals with a career-long of 51 yards against West Virginia. Samia, like Powers, locks down one of the guard positions and is very dependable on the inside of OU's line.
Woods checking all the right boxes in comeback

Woods checking all the right boxes in comeback

– In the arc of Tiger Woods’ most recent comeback the progression back to competitive relevance has been both patient and predictable. “I think as the years progress, I'm not that far away from putting it together where I can win,” he said on Friday under a blazing summer sun at the Quicken Loans National. Body: Check. “He hasn’t been in too many situations to show that lately,” said Leishman, who was also paired with Woods for the first two rounds in April at the Masters. “He could put himself into really bad spots and make birdie, but he hasn’t put himself in many bad spots the last two days which is a good thing.” Friday’s 5-under 65 was the most recent example of this new version. “From the Masters to here, he’s hitting everything a lot better. His irons are spot on, he’s hitting a lot of 10-foot birdie putts, he’s got his driver sorted out. Against a relatively weaker field than he normally plays on a golf course that is just demanding enough to keep Tiger’s interest, the final check mark could be waiting on TPC Potomac’s 18th green on Sunday. I'm in a similar position to where I was at Valspar,” said Woods, who was tied for 10th place when he completed his round. It will be over 100 degrees and it will be a long weekend mentally and physically.” That seems about right for a player that has grinded his way, both physically and mentally, back into the competitive conversation.
COLUMN: Rushers have to show strength in Cowboy football’s upcoming season

COLUMN: Rushers have to show strength in Cowboy football’s upcoming season

The Cowboys are going through transitions, but they still have a seasoned standout player to lead a squad of running backs with tremendous potential to influence OSU’s season outcome. Unlike last season, there isn’t one passer to give OSU its identity – yet. King and redshirt sophomore LD Brown further contribute to the Cowboys’ strength at the running back position. There will always be quarterbacks with cannon arms, just as there will always be wide receivers who make catches that fans deemed impossible just seconds earlier. Will the Cowboys make up for yards their defense might give up with their own explosive rushing offense? If they can, they have the potential to make a run through the Big 12 standings. The conference’s fast rushers aren’t only at the running back position. On the other side of the Bedlam rivalry, Cornelius, Rudolph’s backup for the past four seasons and a prospective starter for the Cowboys, is a running quarterback, and freshman quarterback candidate Sanders has been touted for his swiftness. On signing day, Gundy characterized Sanders as a pocket passer with running skill and said based on high school film, Sanders is the most complete quarterback he has brought to OSU. As soon as Hill gets tired, expect his backups to play with the tenacity and speed of a starter, too.

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