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Oklahoma Sooners Football Hot Links: Bob Stoops throws first pitch at Rangers game, Shay Knighten comes up big one last time, and more!

Also, Gerald McCoy fits right in with the Carolina Panthers.

MLB: Baltimore Orioles at Texas Rangers Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Happy Hump Day, friends and fans!

The one and only Bob Stoops was out for an old ball game on Tuesday, and he was honored by the Texas Rangers with the first pitch.

Not bad for the 58 years young former head ball coach of the Oklahoma Sooners. He was also there to promote his XFL Dallas team that will begin play next year under his dual roles as both coach and GM.

Recently, Stoops hired former Sooners receiver and member of the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz Jarrail Jackson to his coaching staff. Also, check out the names of the current assistants. This list is so XFL. Holy alliteration, Batman!

I don’t actually know how excited I am for the reboot of this league just yet, but I feel like my anticipation heightens with every update.

Now for today’s Hot Links! Gerald McCoy feels right at home in Charlotte, the Baker Mayfield effect in Cleveland intensifies, the Pats cut a player after missing the first day of minicamp and more!

OU Links

  • The record-smashing run by the Oklahoma softball seniors has come to an end, but they went down like champs. Shay Knighten has had a career full of some of the most clutch moments the game has to offer, and she kept her team’s hopes and dreams alive a little longer with this solo home run in her final at-bat in a Sooners uniform. Of course, UCLA came back to walk it off in the bottom of the frame, but still, what a moment this was.
  • There may not be another group of seniors who will accomplish more than this one right here did. I’m glad I was able to watch them grow and leave the program stronger than when they first arrived.
  • The newest members of the football team have been fitted for their own Jordan gear, which is just one of the many perks that’s now included when you sign with the Oklahoma Sooners. Also, after watching a few videos of OL EJ Ndoma-Ogar, I feel like he’s going to be a hell of an interview for a long time. The guy is overflowing with personality.
  • Gerald McCoy is ecstatic about his new home with the Panthers. Those Carolina-Tampa Bay matchups just became a lot more interesting.
  • This time last year, Baker Mayfield had to suppress his normally vibrant self because first he needed to earn his team’s trust and respect. After leading the Browns to their best season in over a decade, he’s finally being more true to himself, and that’s a great thing for Cleveland and the NFL.
  • Class of 2020 four-star tight end recruit Jalin Conyers out of Gruver, Texas has narrowed his college considerations to three, and Oklahoma made the cut. Listed at 6’4” and 220 pounds, he has the potential to grow into a big time weapon at the next level.
  • Earlier in the day, the Sooners made another big list, this time for four-star DB Lathan Ransom.

Around the Sports World

  • Philadelphia Phillies left fielder Andrew McCutchen has reportedly suffered a torn ACL and will not return for the remainder of the season. Get well soon and come back stronger, bud.
  • After missing Day One of minicamp, the New England Patriots cut newly signed TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins. The reigning champs are still looking for a viable option to replace the retired Rob Gronkowski.
  • Five-star recruits are the shiny gold stars to a program’s signing class, but what percentage of them actually turn out to be draft worthy players? SB Nation’s Bud Elliot and Morgan Moriarty take a look.
  • Colorado looked like it was back in college football’s spotlight following a 10-win campaign in 2016, but now it seems like that was more of an aberration than anything else. Now entering the first season of the Mel Tucker era, can the Buffaloes become a contender in the Pac-12 once again? Bill Connelly previews CU.
  • The Chicago Cubs fan base is one that understands hard times and terrible luck. This particular Cubs fan also understands this classic tradition at Wrigley Field.

Stick to Sports!

  • Okay, so this is not an idea I would have ever come up with, nor do I feel like this was even necessary, but an Xbox line of body wash and deodorant has to be the oddest thing I’ve seen in a while. What are we trying to smell like here? A gaming console? A gamer? I don’t want any part of either of those, but hey, it’s a shortcut marketing tactic to sell products, and unfortunately, it’ll probably work.

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