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Bill Haisten: Sellout crowds now are common, but not for 47-game win streak OU

Bill Haisten: Sellout crowds now are common, but not for 47-game win streak OU

It’s common knowledge that Oklahoma has sold out every home football game since the start of the 1999 season. This is unbelievable: During Oklahoma’s national-record 47-game winning streak that began in 1953 and ended in 1957, the Sooners played 20 times at home. As a 12-year-old, he experienced his first OU game -- a 10-0 Sooner loss to Navy in 1965 home opener. As I began the research for this piece, an OU athletic department official recommended Brooks as a source: “Mike is fantastic.” As Brooks’ personal collection of Sooner data is beyond impressive, he shared a look back at previous OU sellout streaks. It started in 1971, with the Game of the Century, and ended with the 1983 loss to top-ranked Nebraska. After the ’83 season, we had a disgruntled fan base.” Third-longest sellout streak: 12 games. As there was no significant sellout streak between 1983 and 1986, that means the 1985 national champion Sooners played home games that were not sellouts. Only three days before the first game of the Bob Stoops era -- OU vs. Indiana State -- about 6,000 tickets remained for the 1999 season opener. The Sooners prevailed 49-0 and OU officials celebrated the program’s largest crowd -- 74,119 -- since Switzer’s final season in 1988. Memorial Stadium now has a capacity of 86,112, and yet the sellout streak was sustained through Stoops’ 18 seasons.
NFL odds, picks for Week 1: Advanced computer model loves Steelers, Packers

NFL odds, picks for Week 1: Advanced computer model loves Steelers, Packers

It's a massive 16-game slate with every NFL team in action. With so many eye-popping games and so many NFL odds on the move, you need to see the NFL picks and projections from SportsLine's advanced computer model. This proprietary computer model went 176-80 last season and beat over 95 percent of CBS Office Pool players in 2016 and 2017. Now it has simulated every snap of Week 1 of the 2018 NFL season 10,000 times and the results are in. SportsLine's model is also loving the Under (45.5) in Steelers-Browns, saying you can back it a strong 62 percent of the time. Another Week 1 NFL pick we'll give away: The Green Bay Packers (-7.5) will get a big victory in Aaron Rodgers' return against the NFC North rival Chicago Bears on Sunday Night Football. However, the model is calling for only 18 points for Chicago and for Green Bay to cover the 7.5-point spread at Lambeau Field. You can also confidently back the Under (47.5) because that hits in 61 percent of simulations. You can get all these NFL picks only over at SportsLine. Check out the NFL odds below and then visit SportsLine to see which NFL teams are winning more than 50 percent of simulations, all from the model that has beaten 98 percent of experts over the past two years.
Why are the Cowboys optimistic about an earlier return for center Travis Frederick?

Why are the Cowboys optimistic about an earlier return for center Travis Frederick?

Going on short-term injured reserve would have sidelined him for the first eight weeks of the season at least, which wasn’t a big deal because the focus was on Frederick, the man. By GBS/CIDP Foundation International Sports Highlights Up Next: Bills vs. Ravens | Week 1 Preview Your video will play in: 5 seconds Bills vs. Ravens | Week 1 Preview NFL Network's Brian Baldinger breaks down what to expect from the week one Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens matchup. 03:17 Bills vs. Ravens | Week 1 Preview NFL Buffalo Bills | 03:17 04:31 Sean McDermott: Nathan Peterman has earned the right to start Week 1 NFL Buffalo Bills | 04:31 01:28 Top 5 Josh Allen Plays | 2018 Preseason NFL Buffalo Bills | 01:28 10:43 Every AJ McCarron throw | Preseason Week 4 NFL Chicago Bears | 10:43 04:22 Bills vs. Bears highlights | Preseason Week 4 NFL Chicago Bears | 04:22 01:45 Preseason Grades: Which quarterbacks hit the mark? “We feel like, with the information we have right now, it was important to keep him on the 53 and give him the chance to come back as soon as he can,” coach Jason Garrett said. With the information that we have right now, we thought that was the right decision for him and for our football team. But we’ll take his situation day by day.” So nothing has changed with the diagnosis, but what has encouraged the Cowboys has been Frederick’s positive response to the treatments. Why Cowboys are keeping Travis Frederick, who is out indefinitely, on active roster Why Cowboys roster game to bring back Deonte Thompson didn’t work for Brian Price? “It’s been positive since he started his treatments,” Garrett said. Garrett said it means a lot to have him around the team and it was his idea to accompany them to Houston for the final preseason game against the Texans and attend the team-bonding session at NASA. Just to have him come in, be at the team meal the night before the game and then be part of the walk through and sit in on the meetings and be engaged with his teammates on the offensive line and throughout our team, I think that’s really, really important.
NCAA Gymnastics 2019 Season Hype: Olivia Trautman Leads The New Sooners

NCAA Gymnastics 2019 Season Hype: Olivia Trautman Leads The New Sooners

That equates to two key spots in the beam lineup (left by Brown and Catour), two spots in bars lineup (Catour and Jackson), and one spot on vault and floor (Jackson). Olivia Trautman | Bringing the Yurchenko 1.5 & A Powerful Floor Routine Former junior national team member Olivia Trautman is perhaps one of the most anticipated freshmen to join the Sooners. Trautman competed at the J.O. She competed a big Yurchenko 1.5 at the 2018 J.O. Nationals — and note that big opening double layout: Although floor and vault are perhaps her best events, Trautman is very capable on bars and beam as well, and she scored highly on both at J.O. Nationals, so the Sooners could really use her on all four events. Stern will be one to watch for the vault lineup; in her first season as a Level 10 gymnast (2017) she won the vault title in her group at J.O. Degouveia has been great for Oklahoma on vault and floor, but was working through an injury for much of last season. Woodard competed in five meets last season on beam and proved she’s capable of scoring big — she hit a high of 9.95 in a meet against Florida and went 9.9 in her last two performances against North Carolina and TWU. There are also a few gymnasts who we haven’t seen much in the lineups yet, such as sophomore Jordan Draper, who competed once on floor for the team last season, and senior Ashley Hiller, who did not compete at all last season after transferring from Florida.
The future is here, and the Jets will never be the same

The future is here, and the Jets will never be the same

And just like that, The Future Is Now for Sam Darnold and his Jets, starting on “Monday Night Football” on the road against the Lions. It is the right call. He chuckled. But he is younger than Namath was when he made his first start. “I mean, whether I play this year, next year, the year after that — even if it’s not me, if it’s Josh [McCown] out there, I know that we’re gonna win football games. “We’re not starting him because he’s a rookie and he’s not ready, we’re starting him because he gives us a chance to win the game,” Bowles said. How the poised, stoic, driven Darnold copes with the inevitable growing pains this season will go a long way toward determining whether Bowles will reap what he and offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates can’t wait to sow next season. “He’s able to throw us open, and that’s something special in a quarterback,” wide receiver Jermaine Kearse said. “I think we have some really good chemistry in this locker room, and I think we’re ready to go showcase that Monday night.” Perhaps this is the end of Same Old Jets. And the beginning of Sam New Jets.
Rangers hitters already had enjoyed a big day. It got better, but here’s why it shouldn’t have

Rangers hitters already had enjoyed a big day. It got better, but here’s why it shouldn’t have

Belisle was stunned. But Molitor’s use of Gimenez wasn’t acceptable Sunday, and here’s why: The Twins have 17 pitchers on their roster. September enables teams do a lot of things with their expanded rosters, and never having to use a position player to pitch should be one of them. Mazara started the eighth and was putting on all his protective gear, until he saw Gimenez. But if he wants to do it ... .” The Rangers have used position players to pitch 16 times in club history, including two in one game earlier this season. The Twins had 17 on Sunday, yet still used Gimenez. Players who are out of options often clear waivers, but 6-foot-4 23-year-old left-handed pitchers with plus changeups probably would be fairly attractive to a number of teams. Mendez will still be young next year. September, the off-season and spring training will still be important for Mendez. The Twins did, but their season has gone in the toilet and injuries have also hit.
OU football notebook: Sooners expect physical test against Bruins

OU football notebook: Sooners expect physical test against Bruins

Basking in the season-opening victory over Florida Atlantic wasn’t on No. 7 Oklahoma’s agenda on Monday. It’s always been a program that’s recruited well, regardless who’s the head coach,” Riley said of the Bruins. Riley never has met Chip Kelly, but he studied the first-year UCLA coach’s offense dating back to when Kelly was Oregon’s offensive coordinator and then head coach from 2009-12. “Some games are going to go like that,” Riley said. “Some games guys get theirs, some games they don’t. Riley emphasized special teams in the offseason with the addition of Shane Beamer as the assistant head coach for offense and tight ends and H-backs coach. “They called right after the game,” Beamer said on Monday. “First thing my dad said was, ‘Awesome blocked punt,’” Shane Beamer said. “You know where his heart is.” Linebacker Curtis Bolton’s six tackles and special teams touchdown helped him secure the Big 12 Conference’s first defensive player of the week for the 2018 season on Monday.
Giants just amped up pressure on 2 stars with Davis Webb move

Giants just amped up pressure on 2 stars with Davis Webb move

With one curious move that felt like an April Fool’s joke arriving five months late (or seven months early), the Giants just ladled a little extra pressure on two of their most prominent players, both of whom were already going to have a blinding spotlight on them anyway. Alex Tanney, who is 30 years old and has played in exactly one NFL game in seven years, is the presumptive backup quarterback. He has artfully avoided devastating injury during his first 14 seasons in the league, which means he is either a) extremely indestructible; or b) extremely lucky; or c) extremely due. The Giants are gambling it isn’t c). 2) What was already down as the biggest shadow certain to dog Saquon Barkley during his career just became a little longer, and a little darker. It’s another to actually avoid them. His players can make Gettleman look awfully smart awfully quick. If Manning looks as sharp starting Sunday as he did in his brief August glimpses, that would help. If not … Well, speaking frankly, if Manning goes down for an extended period of time, the Giants would be staring at the abyss anyway, even if you happened to think much more highly of Davis Webb than either Gettleman or coach Pat Shurmur clearly do. Gettleman does.

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