Happy Monday, friends and fans!
Former OU women’s gymnast Maggie Nichols aka the GOAT caught up with the Norman Transcript’s Tyler Palmateer to talk about an upcoming Netflix documentary she’s featured in titled ‘Athlete A’. It’s a look into the national sexual abuse case that USA Gymnastics attempted to cover up over decades despite hundreds of testimonies from the same athletes it was expected to protect.
Nichols is one of those many survivors to come forth with her story, and in the original report it was Nichols who was referenced anonymously as ‘Athlete A’. Check out the powerful trailer below, and on Wednesday, June 24 you can stream the full documentary on Netflix.
Now onto this week’s Monday edition of Hot Links! Former OU golf stud comes up just shy of first place in PGA Tour event, Troy Aikman might be a troll (or just a douche), OSU basketball receives great news from the top 2020 prospect and more!
- A group of college football writers over at 247Sports made their 2020 playoff predictions, and four of the eight projections have the Oklahoma Sooners making a fourth consecutive CFP appearance.
- Dawg Nation’s Connor Riley drew parallels between OU and the Georgia Bulldogs’ football programs. Even though the styles and philosophies differ judging by the on-field product, there are quite a few areas within each team that resemble one another.
- Former Sooner golfer Abraham Ancer finished in second place this weekend at the RBC Heritage PGA Tournament. This comes on the heels of a 14th-place finish a week ago at Colonial, so its safe to say that Ancer is in midseason form following the long break from competition. Boomer!
Back-to-back solid tour performances from @Abraham_Ancer as he finished second at the @RBC_Heritage this weekend! The #Sooner fired a 21-under, one stroke off the lead!#BoomerSooner #OUDNA pic.twitter.com/zopOz15fiG— Oklahoma Golf (@OU_MGolf) June 22, 2020
- Cleveland Browns QB Baker Mayfield is part of the growing contingent of high profile persons such as fellow former OU stars like Blake Griffin and Trae Young who are in support of Julius Jones, a man currently sitting on death row in a state penitentiary in McAlester. The 2017 Heisman Trophy winner asked Governor Kevin Stitt and members of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board to re-investigate Jones’ case. Check here for more information on the details of the case.
- I think it’s time we canceled Troy Aikman. I know he didn’t finish his college career at Oklahoma, but he broke rule No. 1 in the Sooners’ Handbook when he sported this burnt orange atrocity. I thought you were better than this, my guy. Let this be a lesson for all you kids, and never meet your heroes. (I’m kidding, don’t take me too seriously)
Around the Sports World
- Cade Cunningham is the No. 1 high school basketball player from the 2020 class, and although he signed with the Oklahoma State Cowboys, many fans feared he would ultimately decide to go elsewhere after the NCAA dropped a postseason ban on OSU for past recruiting violations. On Monday, the talented guard re-affirmed his commitment to his original decision.
Unswerving in allegiance. pic.twitter.com/tuhcIWhTWh— Cade Cunningham (@CadeCunningham_) June 22, 2020
- QB Dak Prescott has signed a franchise tender with the Dallas Cowboys, officially locking him into the 2020 NFL season with his team. A long-term deal is reportedly still being negotiated, and the deadline for an agreement is July 15.
- Washington Wizards forward Davis Bertans has made the personal decision to sit out the NBA season’s restart in Orlando next month, citing a focus on his upcoming free agency. The four-year NBA vet also has a history with ACL injuries, so this move makes sense for him in that regard as well.
Reporting with @TimBontemps: Washington Wizards F Davis Bertans has decided to sit out the Orlando restart, sources tell ESPN. Bertans is entering free agency off of his most productive NBA season – with two ACL injuries in his past.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 22, 2020
- The 2020 PGA Championship will be played in San Francisco’s Harding Park Aug. 6-9, but spectators won’t be in attendance to watch the season’s first major tournament.
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