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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Lincoln Riley, postseason gymnastics and more!

Also, Grace Lyons ended the Texas threat with an incredible catch.

NCAA Gymnastics: Women’s Gymnastics Championships Joe Puetz-USA TODAY Sports

Hello, friends and fans!

There are some major meets on the horizon, and the Oklahoma Sooners are once again in title contention. For the top-ranked OU women’s gymnastics team, an opportunity to place in the final four will be theirs for the taking at the NCAA Championship meet tonight at 6 p.m. CT, and you can watch the action live on ESPN2.

At 7 p.m. CT, No. 1 OU men’s gymnastics squad will take a major step in their quest towards winning another national championship in the preliminary session II. For more information on how you can follow the action, check out the links in the tweet below.

The Sooners have become the leading example of gymnastic excellence in the nation over the last decade. That goes for both the men’s and women’s teams. It won’t be long now before we find out what kind of hardware will be added to the already crowded trophy cases in Norman. Boomer!

Now onto this week’s Friday edition of Hot Links! Grace Lyons made SportsCenter’s top play of the night, Austin Kendall is in a tight QB battle at West Virginia, and today we remember the 168 lives lost in Oklahoma City on this day 24 years ago.

OU Links

  • In related gymnastics news, Oklahoma’s Yul Moldauer was honored as the 2019 Nissen Emery Award winner, which is the equivalent of the Heisman Trophy in the world of NCAA gymnastics. Moldauer becomes the eighth winner in OU program history. Congratulations, Yul!
  • Oklahoma held on in the bottom of the final frame to defeat Texas on Thursday night, 3-1. Game 2 between the Sooners and the Longhorns starts tonight at 6 p.m. CT and airs on the Longhorn Network.
  • In case you missed it, here’s how last night’s softball game ended. Freshman shortstop Grace Lyons made what could be OU’s play of the year with this incredible diving catch in the infield. After watching it live, I’m not surprised it made the No. 1 spot on SportsCenter’s top plays.
  • For the last few years, Lincoln Riley has been as close to Kyler Murray as anybody else, so when he joined ‘The Jim Rome Show’ to talk about his latest star pupil QB, his opinion naturally carries a lot of weight.
  • If you haven’t seen these 2019 NFL Draft ads circulating around, showing current players sending messages to incoming prospects, they’re actually pretty cool. This commercial has Browns WR Jarvis Landry speaking to Marquise Brown. Hollywood to Cleveland confirmed? Not quite, but that would be mighty dope.
  • Oklahoma baseball is in Minnesota today to take on the Golden Gophers of the Big Ten as part of a three-game non-conference series. You can watch the game on BTN+. First pitch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. CT.
  • Speaking of baseball, former Sooner dual-sport player Cody Thomas hit three home runs in one game for the Tulsa Drillers on Wednesday. That’s not something you see every day. Way to go, CT!
  • Former OU QB Austin Kendall transferred to West Virginia earlier this offseason, but the starting spot isn’t his just yet. He’ll have to win it over Miami transfer Jack Allison. The Oklahoman’s Berry Tramel has more on the quarterback derby in Morgantown.
  • Make sure you check out Allen’s projected Sooner football depth chart as spring ball is officially in the books. There is still a lot to be decided on both sides of the ball, but the picture is a little more clear today than it was coming into the spring.

Around the Sports World

  • Ohio State QB Matthew Baldwin has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Georgia transfer Justin Fields will presumably start for the Buckeyes when the 2019 season kicks off, but after him there isn’t much depth to count on.
  • Former Crimson Tide DB Ha Ha Clinton-Dix found out that the University of Alabama was withholding his degree because he still owed a balance of $1, or as he put it, “100 pennies”. Somebody start the GoFundMe, stat!
  • Gregg Popovich is still the best coach to interview in professional sports. I challenge anybody to convince me otherwise.
  • True story, I saw this live and I couldn’t breathe for two minutes. Apparently, somebody totally ripped a ripe one on the 76ers bench, and I think it was James Ennis III because he was standing up in front of everybody before walking off screen.
  • A couple of soccer fans from Portugal were excited to travel to Frankfurt to watch their team play in the Europa semifinal, but they made one huge mistake. You see, they ended up going to the wrong Frankfurt. Instead of Germany, they wound up in Poland, a whole six hours away from their intended destination. They missed the game, obviously, but at least they got to bring home a new and unexpected experience.

Stick to Sports!

  • It goes without saying how important today’s date is, not only for the state of Oklahoma, but for the nation as a whole. 24 years ago, on April 19, 1995, the Murrah Federal building in Oklahoma City was bombed. Tragically, 168 lives were lost, and many of which were children. In its place now stands the OKC Memorial, dedicated to the victims no longer with us. We remember, today and tomorrow, we remember.

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