Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray Declares For NFL Draft
Murray pursuing his choices within the NFL.
Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray has formally declared for the NFL Draft, a transfer that had been anticipated contemplating he has an opportunity to be a primary spherical choice. If that's certainly the case, he'll be the primary athlete ever picked in Round 1 of the MLB and NFL drafts.
Murray, the 2018 Heisman Trophy winner, was chosen ninth total by the Oakland Athletics within the 2018 MLB Draft however he has knowledgeable the staff he will likely be pursuing a profession within the NFL as a substitute, based on ESPN's Adam Schefter.
In his first season as QB for the Sooners this 12 months, Murray handed for four,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for an additional 1,001 yards and 12 TDs whereas main OU to the College Football Playoff semifinal. While he has entered his title into the NFL Draft, he nonetheless has 72 hours to withdraw if the Athletics make him a suggestion he cannot refuse.
Spurs Held Meeting Asking Kawhi Leonard To Return: Report
The San Antonio Spurs reportedly held a players-only meeting recently in an effort to "implore" Kawhi Leonard to return to the lineup, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. Tony Parker "quarterbacked" the meeting after San Antonio's victory over Minnesota on Saturday night, and Woj reports that the conversation was described as tense and emotional at times.
"Several teammates spoke up, expressing frustration and confusion over a growing divide that has created significant tension between Leonard and the Spurs," writes Wojnarowski.
However, Spurs shooting guard Danny Green took to twitter shortly after the story was published today to say that it "couldn't be anymore incorrect."
Regardless what happened during that meeting, the Kawhi Leonard situation is bizarre, especially by Spurs standards. The two-time Defensive Player the Year has played in only nine games this season due to a nagging quad injury, despite reports that he was nearing a return last week. According to Wojnarowski, Kawhi "has impressed his coaches and teammates in 3-on-3 and 4-on-4 workouts," but insists that he has a good reason for sitting on the sidelines while the Spurs fight for playf positioning.
Leonard has averaged 16.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 2.0 steals in his nine games this season.
San Antonio, 42-30, currently holds the sixth seed in the Western Conference but they're just 1.5 games up on the eighth seeded Utah Jazz. The Spurs could just as easily climb up in the standings as they're only a half-game back the Oklahoma City Thunder who are in sole possession fourth place.
Paul George Says Thunder Are "Officiated Differently" Than Other Teams
Another day, another NBA player complaining about the ficiating in the NBA.
Just one day after LeBron James criticized the refs for his lack free throw attempts in a loss to San Antonio, Oklahoma City Thunder All-Star forward Paul George expressed frustration over the same issue.
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Following last night's 112-105 win over the Orlando Magic, in which George attempted seven free throws, he told reporters that he, Russell Westbrook and Carmelo Anthony are "just ficiated differently." Westbrook and Anthony combined for just two free throw attempts in last night's game.
Speaking about the ficiating, George said per ESPN.com's Royce Young,
"It's tough. We're so aggressive; we play at the rim constantly," George said. "We're just ficiated differently, all three us. And it's tough. At least one us should] get the benefit the doubt. But when we're on that floor no one is getting the better side that whistle. But we're going to keep attacking, we're going to keep being aggressive. That's our job, to put pressure on them. At some point it's gotta work out for us."
According to ESPN, the trio are all getting to the line at lower rates than in previous seasons, though Paul George's five free throws a night are above his career average 4.4. Anthony, who has a career average seven free throws a night, is down to just 2.8 attempts per game, while Westbrook's rate is the second lowest his career.
Russell Westbrook Gives Priceless Reaction To Fan Getting In His Face On Court
One Denver Nuggets fan was a little too hype when his team won against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
Here’s what happened…
Right before the buzzer was about to sound, Nuggets player Gary Harris shot a three pointer allowing his team to win against OKC in the nick time.
One fan was so hype about the play, he decided to run onto the court and rub it in Russell Westbrook‘s face. The OKC player was not having it.
As soon as the fan intruded his space, he shoved him out the way and gave the classic Russell Westbrook face.
Russell had more to say about the matter back in the locker room.
Many on social media acknowledged how lucky the fan was to not get hurt.
Next time, they might want to keep their excitement to their seat, or Russell might give them more than a shove.
Joel Embiid Trolls Russell Westbrook After Posterizing Dunk
Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid has made a habit going on instagram after games and sharing a photo from the night with his 1.8 million followers. Often times, including last night, he'll get creative with the location tags on said instagram posts.
Despite the fact that the Sixers suffered a 122-112 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder last night, Embiid took to IG to post a screenshot his posterizing dunk on Russell Westbrook, along with the location: "Crime Scene Investigation."
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After the dunk, as shown below, Embiid made a point to stare down Westbrook as he picked himself up f the court, which is something the Thunder's All-Star point guard won't soon forget.
Embiid finished the night with 27 points and 10 rebounds but it was Westbrook, who posted 37 points, 14 assists and 9 rebounds, who had the last laugh, and the last stare down.
As the clock wound down late in the fourth quarter, Westbrook grilled Embiid on the Sixers bench as he dribbled out the final seconds.
The Sixers and Thunder will not meet again this season, but Westbrook will see Embiid again during the NBA All-Star weekend in just a few weeks. Both players are on separate All-Star teams, Westbrook repping Team LeBron and Embiid lacing 'em up for Steph Curry's squad, so it'll be interesting to see if we can get a Westbrook vs. Embiid one-on-one moment.
Trae Young Praised By Steph Curry: ‘He’s Unbelievable'
Oklahoma Sooners freshman point guard Trae Young is quickly becoming a household name. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Young currently leads the NCAA in points per game, 29.4, and assists, 10.6 per game, for the No. 7 Sooners.
He has posted five straight double-doubles, including 27 points and 10 assists in a a 109-89 victory against Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.
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Young's ability to seemingly score at will, as well as his ability to set up his teammates, has some comparing his game to Steph Curry. After Golden State's 125-122 win over the Dallas Mavericks last night, Curry referred to the kid as "unbelievable."
"Just the confidence that he plays with," Curry told reporters on Wednesday night. "I call it the flair, but it seems like he's always composed and knows what he's trying to do every time he has the ball in his hands. He shoots a lot deep 3s and has a creativity to his game that's just so fluid to watch."
Earlier this week, it was Young who spoke about Curry's influence on his game and how he would record Warriors game to watch how Steph ran the team.
He told the Wall Street Journal (h/t ESPN),
"He was changing the game," Young told the Journal, "and the way I played fit perfectly."
"I feel like it's you shoot a 3 or you get all the way to the rim," Young added. "The game has shifted in the direction that I play."
The Sooners, 12-1, will host on No. 6 West Virginia Saturday night at 7:15 pm ET. You can catch the game on ESPN2.
Wisconsin's Jonathan Taylor Breaks Adrian Peterson's NCAA Rushing Record
Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor is now breathing rarified NCAA football air, as he is now the sole owner the AAU's freshman rushing record for a single season, topping the previous mark 1,925 yards last set by Adrian Peterson back in 2004, when he was a member Oklahoma's vaunted backfield.
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Taylor needed just 79 yards in Saturday's Orange Bowl tilt against the University Miami to break Peterson's record, a threshold he crossed on his 12th carry the game. His record-setting run helped advance the ball in a decisive fashion for the Badgers and set the stage for an Alex Hornibrook touchdown pass just a few plays later.
As it turns out, Wisconsin is a school known for record-setting running backs. Taylor joins alum Ron Dayne on the list the NCAA's most prolific rushers, who ranks third following his 1,863 yard season back in 1996. This total may have been understated however, as playf totals weren't added to overall season stats back then. As such, his 246 yards against Utah in the Copper Bowl would have upped him to 2,109 yards, making him the outright record holder.
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The record may also predict a strong pro career for Taylor down the road. After all, Dayne went on to win a Heisman Trophy for Wisconsin in 1999, and Peterson was named NFL MVP in 2012, following a 2,097 yard season for the Vikings. Taylor entered the Orange Bowl game averaging 6.8 yards per carry and notched 13 rushing touchdowns prior to Saturday's action. He helped the Badgers win the Big Ten West division for the third time in four years.
10-Year-Old Girl Raped By Younger Classmate As “His Sister Held Her Down” In Elementary School (DETAILS)
This world can be so cruel, and that’s an understatement.
A 10-year-old girl in Oklahoma City8-year-old boy and his 10-year-old sister in their elementary scho l. According to her mom, the alleged victim ran out Edgemere Elementary school crying and when asked what happened, the little girl replied:
Doctors have confirmed that her injuries were consistent with sexual assault and the police were notified immediately after ficials with the Oklahoma City school district became aware the incident.
An investigation is currently being held and the school is fully cooperating, according to reports. We will keep you posted on any updates regarding this horrible crime and for more details .
OU's Baker Mayfield Makes Lewd Gesture, Says "F**k You" To Opponents
College football fans saw more than they bargained for yesterday, during the Oklahoma Sooners tilt against Kansas on Saturday (November 18th).
At one point during the telecast, OU quarterback Baker Mayfield was shown grabbing his crotch and making a lewd gesture towards his opponents, before appearing to shout "f**k you" in their general direction. As you see in the clip below, the broadcasters were quick to call the act "inappropriate" and going so far as to say that the incident could hurt Mayfield's NFL draft stock in a significant way.
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Baker Mayfield didn't feel like taking the high road today pic.twitter.com/30Q5UFk264— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) November 18, 2017
After the game, Mayfield apologized for the gesture, saying that, while he's a competitor, crossing that kind line is "unacceptable." He apologized directly to the fan bases for both teams, as well as Kansas athletics, for his actions. You can check out a video snippet his response below.
Mayfield apologizes for the gesture. Says he’s a competitor, but that was unacceptable. Apologizes to fans on both sides and Kansas athletics pic.twitter.com/dH9GV1R1i9— Brooke Pryor (@bepryor) November 19, 2017
As it turns out, this isn't Mayfield's first brush with on-field controversy this season. After he led Oklahoma to a 31-16 win over Ohio State on September 9th, he planted the Sooners' flag in the middle the field at Ohio Stadium, a turn events that led to major criticism being thrown his way. After the fact, he held firm on his position, saying what he did was a response to what had gone down the year prior, when Ohio State defeated Oklahoma in Norman.
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Mayfield may regret this latest on-field obscenity in the here and now as well, since he's current being touted as the frontrunner for the Heisman trophy. His stat line, which includes 3,559 passing yards and 31 touchdowns for the fourth-ranked Sooners (taken before Saturday's game against Kansas), is quite impressive, but in an area where social media monitors your every move, there's no escaping his unseemly conduct on the field.