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No. 10 Oklahoma hammers Kansas 52-7

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No. 10 Oklahoma hammers Kansas 52-7

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Landry Jones threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns, and No. 10 Oklahoma scored on a kickoff return and a punt return in the same game for the first time in school history while clobbering Kansas 52-7 on Saturday night.

Justin Brown made up for a lost fumble on his previous punt return by running his next chance back 90 yards and diving at the pylon for the score. Roy Finch then opened the second half with a 100-yard runback to stretch the lead to 45-0.

The Brown-Finch combo marked the first time the Sooners (5-1, 3-1 Big 12) have had two plays at least 90 yards long in the same game.

James Sims scored on a shutout-preventing touchdown run in the fourth quarter for Kansas (1-6, 0-4), which never presented much of a challenge while losing its 16th straight conference game and 27th out of the last 28.

The Sooners' first-team defense hasn't given up a point in two straight weeks heading into next Saturday night's showdown against No. 5 Notre Dame on Owen Field.

For their part, Jones and the first-team offense scored on their first six possessions - settling for Michael Hunnicutt's 37-yard field goal on their first drive and then scoring touchdowns on the next five.

The streak was finally broken up in the third quarter, after Jones was called for intentional grounding to set up a second-and-26 hole that proved too much to overcome. That ended up being the final series for the starters, who left with a 52-0 lead after just 46 offensive snaps.

Brown and Finch helped that total with their unique double dip. Brown provided the Sooners' first punt-return score since Ryan Broyles did it in 2009, and it had been an even longer drought on kickoff returns - since DeMarco Murray's score against Baylor in 2007.

Oklahoma improved to 14-0 under coach Bob Stoops in games that immediately follow the Red River Rivalry against Texas.

Kansas went with Michael Cummings as its starting quarterback, after he'd been at the helm as the Jayhawks rallied for 14 straight points and had the ball with a chance to go ahead in the fourth quarter of a 20-14 loss to Oklahoma State last week.

He and Dayne Crist, who'd been the starter the rest of the season, were equally ineffective and broke a string in which the Jayhawks had at least been competitive through halftime in each game under first-year coach Charlie Weis.

Crist fumbled away an early opportunity for the Jayhawks to keep it interesting, after Brown fumbled on a punt return and Kansas' Josh Ford scooped it up at the 11-yard line. Crist was off-target on a first-down swing pass to Tre' Parmalee, forcing him to fall down with no one around him in the flat, then threw incomplete into the end zone before Tom Wort sacked him and knocked the ball free.

Defensive tackle Casey Walker picked it up and rumbled 45 yards to give the Sooners a short field for a drive that finished with Blake Bell's 1-yard touchdown run for a 17-0 run.

Cummings replaced Crist on the next ill-fated drive, with Brown weaving from left to right and then diving for the pylon on his punt return TD. Cummings then threw an interception to end the Jayhawks' next possession and create another short field for Oklahoma.

A 4-yard touchdown run by Damien Williams and Jones' 9-yard scoring pass to Sterling Shepard extended the lead to 38-0 by halftime, putting the Sooners well on their way to an eighth straight win in the series.

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

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Capitals deal Philipp Grubauer and Brooks Orpik ahead of the draft

DALLAS—The Capitals have dealt backup goaltender Philipp Grubauer and veteran defenseman Brooks Orpik to Colorado for a second round pick, the team announced shortly before the NHL Draft kicked off Friday at American Airlines Center.

GM Brian MacLellan was widely expected to deal Grubauer, a 26-year-old who wanted the opportunity to be a No. 1. As a restricted free agent with arbitration rights who was also coming off a strong season, Grubauer was due a significant raise.

“We would like to thank Brooks and Philipp for all of their contributions to our organization,” MacLellan said in a statement. “Philipp has been a consummate professional and a great teammate and we wish him all the best.”

Trading Orpik, on the other hand, was a bit unexpected, particularly considering how much 37-year-old’s play and leadership meant to the Caps during their run to the Stanley Cup.

By dealing Orpik, MacLellan shed the 37-year-old’s $5.5 million cap hit for next season—an important development given the Caps’ tight salary cap situation and the number of key players who need new contracts. John Carlson, Michal Kempny and Jakub Jerabek are unrestricted free agents, while Tom Wilson, Devante Smith-Pelly, Travis Boyd and Madison Bowey are restricted free agents.

According to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, the Avalanche are expected to help Orpik land or a preferred spot, whether via trade or buyout. By taking on Orpik in the deal, Friedman reported, the Avs only had to give up one pick.

“Brooks,” MacLellan continued, “was a great leader and a tremendous role model for our young players in his four years with our organization. This was a difficult move, but the one we felt we needed to make in order to give some flexibility moving forward.”

Will moving out Grubauer and eliminating Orpik’s cap charge allow MacLellan to re-sign Carlson, who's set to become the top defenseman on the free agent market? That’s unclear—even with the salary cap ceiling going up to $79.5 million—but it sure helps the Caps’ cause.

Dealing Orpik also opens up a spot for a young and inexpensive defenseman such as Christian Djoos or Madison Bowey to take on a bigger role in 2018-19.

Without Grubauer, the Caps are likely to turn to Pheonix Copley as their backup next season. And if Copley, who is due to earn the NHL minimum of $650,000 next season, starts the year in Washington, that allows 2015 first round pick Ilya Samsonov to take the reins in Hershey.

The second round pick the Caps received in exchange for Grubauer and Orpik is the 47th overall selection.

MacLellan is expected to speak to reporters following the first round later Friday night. The Caps currently hold the 31st overall pick.

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

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Bryce Harper will compete in Home Run Derby, but only on one condition

It’s happening.

When the 2018 All-Star Weekend comes to Washington, D.C. in the middle of July, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper will compete in the 2018 Home Run Derby, but only on one condition: He has to be a member of the 2018 National League All-Star Team.

Though Harper is having a down year, only hitting .213 thus far, he leads the NL in home runs with 19.

In the June 18 update of All-Star game voting, Harper sat second among all outfielders with just north of 1,000,000 votes.

That means he’s not only going to make the All-Star team, but he’ll likely start in the outfield.

Harper, a five-time All-Star, competed in the Home Run Derby once before. He was the runner-up to Yoenis Cespedes in 2013, losing by just one long ball, 9-8.

The 2018 Home Run Derby will take place on July 16 at Nationals Park.

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