Baker Mayfield’s Heisman chances, Oklahoma’s playoff hopes, and other bold predictions for the Sooners
Baker Mayfield's Heisman chances, Oklahoma's playoff hopes, and other bold predictions for the Sooners. Jeff Badet will have a 1,000-yard season When Dede Westbrook left for the NFL, he took 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns with him. 6 in the nation. But the Sooners return what is perhaps the deepest offensive line in the nation with an NFL-caliber left tackle in Orlando Brown as well as several high-ceiling players at the skill positions. OU will have at least four first-team All-Big 12 defenders The Sooners should be much better on defense in 2017 for a few reasons -- better leadership, a new 4-man front and better cornerback play opposite Jordan Thomas, to name a few. With that will come individual accolades. Oklahoma will run the table in the Big 12 -- again Outside of the surprising 2015 loss to Texas, the Sooners are undefeated in the Big 12 in the Lincoln Riley/Baker Mayfield era. They've hardly even been challenged in two seasons. Oklahoma State has the talent to challenge OU's secondary, but it lacks the toughness in the trenches that will be necessary to unseat the Sooners. The Sooners are headed back to the College Football Playoff An early-season loss to Ohio State shouldn't hurt the Sooners too much in their pursuit of a College Football Playoff bid, provided the Buckeyes do their part and win the Big 10.
The Rangers were able to double him up to end the inning. Beltre was tagged out in the rundown, and Mazara ended up being stranded when Gomez grounded out to third and Gallo struck out. He is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in four career games against the Tigers. Some Rangers already have a good idea how they will take advantage of the weekend. Delino DeShields is also going to use his nickname, "Poppa," that weekend, on top of cleats based on his favorite cartoon growing up. "I enjoyed that game a lot," Perez said. It was a good adjustment I made with my hands and I got my timing back. The Rangers were able to double him up to end the inning. Beltre was tagged out in the rundown, and Mazara ended up being stranded when Gomez grounded out to third and Gallo struck out. He is 0-2 with a 7.27 ERA in four career games against the Tigers.
Football: Former OU Sooners running back speaks in Fort Smith. Injuries also cut short his career as a running back in the now defunct U.S. Football League. On Saturday, Dupree was in Fort Smith to serve as the keynote speaker for the eighth annual Gordon’s Youth Foundation scholarship dinner held at Fianna Hills Country Club. Years before the advent of the Internet, social media and numerous recruiting services, Dupree was arguably one of the greatest high school recruits ever, and even a book was published detailing his recruiting. “It was already a madhouse when I (was being recruited), so I can’t imagine how it would have been if we had that back then.” After Dupree chose OU, he was named the Big Eight Conference’s top freshman in 1982. But the following season, after injuries and conflicts with then-Oklahoma coach Barry Switzer, Dupree left the team, which was chronicled in the 30 for 30 movie. “When people got a chance to see it, and coach Switzer apologized and said it was the biggest mistake of his coaching career, that made me feel good, so it all turned out well. Had he stayed for his senior season in 1985, he would have been part of a Sooner squad which went on to win the national title. “I made the right decision. They gave me the opportunity, to play in the right offense, to get national exposure, play with the right talent and had a chance to win a national championship, so no doubt.” Dupree also expressed pride in finally being able to make it to the NFL, where he played for the Rams in the 1990 and 1991 seasons.
The Rangers are having more fun with Beltre beyond the 3,000 hits. Griffin last pitched on Tuesday against the Mets and Perez went the next day. Some Rangers already have a good idea how they will take advantage of the weekend. "I think we're gonna have fun with it," Robinson said. When it was announced Wednesday that special jerseys with nicknames on the back would be worn on Players Weekend from Aug. 25-27, Votto and Choo hearkened back to their season together in Cincinnati four years ago. Choo will have "Tokki 1" on his No. 17 jersey for the Rangers, while Votto will have "Tokki 2" on his No. When the season ended, Votto led the National League with a .435 on-base percentage, while Choo was second at .423. Votto still considers Choo to be one of his all-time favorite teammates. "I'm trying to keep up with Shin-Soo Choo, Tokki 1."
"I was going to the University of Virginia, and I wasn't set on signing [with an MLB team] -- and I obviously wasn't set on going to school. "I had summer school, so basically I kept my options open and weighed them both out. And you could say I'm happy with the decision that I made." Instead, Fisher elected to go to school because he simply felt he wasn't ready for the big leagues coming out of high school. "I think a lot of it had to do with, honestly, as it got closer to feeling like I was going to be in professional baseball, I felt like I wasn't really ready for it as a person," said Fisher. The Astros selected Fisher with the 37th overall pick in the 2014 Draft, presenting him with another decision to make. "It's a little different when you're in college," Fisher said, regarding his decision to sign with the Astros after his junior year at Virginia. I think it was a little bit more set in stone when you come out of college. His first career homer came against the team that first drafted him out of high school back on June 14 in his Major League debut. "The way that whole thing went in high school, there was no bad blood at all," Fisher said.
Season preview: Oklahoma City Thunder. STAYING: Alex Abrines, Steven Adams, Semaj Christon, Nick Collison, Jerami Grant, Josh Huestis, Enes Kanter, Doug McDermott, Andre Roberson, Kyle Singler and Russell Westbrook. ADDED: Raymond Felton (LA Clippers), Terrance Ferguson (Adelaide 36ers), Paul George (Indiana), Daniel Hamilton (Oklahoma City Blue), Dakari Johnson (Oklahoma City Blue) and Patrick Patterson (Toronto). GONE: Norris Cole, Taj Gibson (Minnesota), Victor Oladipo (Indiana) and Domantas Sabonis (Indiana). STRENGTHS: Star power … Oklahoma City is one of the few teams with two Top 20 NBA players … Russell Westbrook will be an MVP candidate again next season … He can will a team to the playoffs, as proved by his performance in 2016-17 … His incredible stats could translate even better to wins with a great sidekick like Paul George … It’s a super athletic bunch that should once again score a lot of points in transition … No one will be surprised if they lead the league in rebounds for the fourth year in a row … Defensive ace Andre Roberson and Kiwi big man Steven Adams are high-quality role players … Their physical play is a great asset for Oklahoma City … With the addition of George and Patrick Patterson, it’s safe to say they will no longer be the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA … The Thunder have one of the best home-court advantages in the league with raucous fans fully behind the team. WEAKNESSES: Not an awful lot of depth … Billy Donovan will probably have to ride Westbrook and George more than he’d like … While outside shooting is likely to improve, they will probably be average at best in that department … Their backcourt of Westbrook and Roberson shot a combined 29.5 from three the last two seasons … Roberson is a non-factor on the offensive and cannot even be trusted to hit free throws … Hack-a-Roberson was a thing in the playoffs … They are thin at the power forward position … There’s going to be some questions about chemistry … Will George be OK with a role as a No. 2 guy heading into free agency? PREDICTION: 1st in the Northwest Division, 4th in the Western Conference.
Cooper Rush Shines On Lackluster Night For Cowboys' Quarterbacks. One year after Dak Prescott’s coming out party in a preseason loss to the Rams, it was hard not to think about it when Cooper Rush took the field in the same situation. And Kellen Moore, whose injury opened the door for Prescott last summer, is in command of the backup job. “He shows me a lot of poise – we use that word a lot about quarterbacks, but that’s a key thing to have when you’re a young guy.” It might be an overused word, but “poise” fits well for Rush, who completed his first eight passes of the night. “If anything, just put the ball in the air – he’s going to go get it,” Rush said. All told, Rush completed 9-of-11 passes for 104 yards and a touchdown. It might not be a harbinger of things to come, as was the case with Prescott last summer. I think as much as anything else we couldn’t run the ball that effectively. McCown entered in the fourth quarter and lead drives of three plays, five plays, three plays and six plays – one of which ended when he lost a fumble. With three more preseason games to play, though, Linehan said improvement is a matter of persistence “I wouldn’t use the word frustrating, it’s just that you’ve got to be patient through the preseason,” he said.
ARLINGTON -- The Rangers honored Hall of Famer Ivan Rodriguez by wearing their throwback 1999 jerseys on Saturday night. The bewildering American League Wild Card race will make believers out of almost any team, but the Rangers' confidence is on the rise again after they won their second straight over the Astros with an 8-3 victory at Globe Life Park. I felt our guys played a tremendous baseball game." "Really special moment tonight," said Matt Bush, whose 2 1/3 scoreless innings in relief proved crucial to the Rangers holding off the Astros and starter Tyson Ross getting the win coming off the disabled list. The Rangers are one of them, even though they are still three games under .500. We made it tough on ourselves, however there is still baseball yet to be played. He missed eight weeks with neck discomfort and has made three starts since coming off the disabled list, but he's struggled so far in his return. They've lost five straight games, and Houston starters are 2-8 with a 6.62 ERA in their last 16 games. In three starts against the Astros this season, Cashner is 0-3 with a 6.19 ERA. • Five Rangers have faced Keuchel at least 20 times, and only three of them have batting averages over .100 against him.