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Oklahoma Football Hot Links: Baker Mayfield continues to grow as a leader in Cleveland

Also, Caleigh Clifton has been named a finalist for the Honda Sport Award.

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Hello once again, everybody!

2019 captain of the Oklahoma Sooners softball team Caleigh Clifton has been named one of four finalists for the Honda Sport Award, given to the top female athletes in each of the 12 NCAA-sanctioned sports.

Clifton, who wrapped up her illustrious collegiate career on Tuesday night in the WCWS, was named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year and a unanimous NFCA All-American this season. Now she aims to become the second Sooner to claim the Honda Sport Award. Former OU pitcher Keilani Ricketts was a two-time recipient of this honor.

Even though Oklahoma fans will no longer watch Captain Clifton shut down second base at Marita Hynes Field, there’s no doubt in my mind she’ll continue to represent the OU brand at an exceptional level.

Now let’s continue on with today’s Hot Links! Four OU players were picked during the latest MLB Draft, Baker Mayfield continues to impress in Cleveland, West Virginia’s secondary looks severely thin and more!

OU Links

  • Kyler Murray and Marquise Brown look like a couple of pros in their uniforms. Oh wait, they literally are a couple of pros. Nevertheless, my previous sentiment remains the same.
  • It should come as no surprise, but according to FanDuel Sportsbook, the Oklahoma Sooners are the betting favorite to repeat as Big 12 Champs this fall, with Texas having the next best chance and Iowa State and West Virginia following close behind. OU also has the FBS’s fifth best odds to win the national championship.
  • While the OU baseball season was cut short without a berth into the NCAA Tournament, the year proved fruitful enough for the four Sooners who were selected in the 2019 MLB Draft. Congratulations, men!
  • Baker Mayfield has been receiving a lot of praise from around the league, but most importantly he’s earning respect from his coaches and teammates. Browns head coach Freddie Kitchens lauded his QB for showing the type of leadership qualities necessary for becoming a franchise player.
  • Speaking of Mayfield, perhaps the only other guy on his team to eclipse his stardom is Odell Beckham Jr., and recently the former Giants receiver spoke in length about Baker’s surprising arm strength. OBJ also talked about how the two of them plan on building chemistry before the preseason.
  • Former Sooners OL Trent Williams has been one of the top tackles in the NFL over the last several seasons, but recently he vowed not to play for Washington and insisted on being traded after the way the team handled his recent run of medical issues.
  • In case you missed it, you definitely want to check out Allen’s newest post where he delves into which of Oklahoma’s current defensive players are best fits for what DC Alex Grinch wants to do and which Sooners may have a little more difficulty transitioning.

Around the Sports World

  • Toronto beat Golden State in Game 3 of the NBA Finals to take a 2-1 series lead, but one of the stranger stories comes from this Warriors fan shoving Kyle Lowry after he chased a ball out of bounds. On Thursday, it was revealed that the fan was actually a team investor named Mark Stevens, and he has been barred from attending all remaining games of this series.
  • West Virginia has lost three safeties to the NCAA Transfer Portal in just the past few days, including both starters. The first season in Morgantown for Mountaineers head coach Neal Brown might be a rough one on the defensive side of the ball.
  • Jets running back Le’Veon Bell filed a police report stating that more than half a million dollars worth of jewelry was stolen from his home. Police suspect two women who were close to Bell may be behind the theft.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo recorded his seventh hat trick with Portugal and 53rd in his career on Wednesday. The man may be 34 and on the down slope of his career, but he’s still an elite force to be reckoned with.
  • Former Celtics great Paul Pierce came clean (oh, the irony) about his infamous wheelchair departure during the 2008 NBA Finals. Of course he returned to that game moments later, and for the next decade and change fans have wondered what that whole thing was actually all about. Well folks, ‘The Truth’ finally spills all.

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