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Sports Brief: Nov. 6 – 13

NBA: Butler to 76ers

Shooting guard Jimmy Butler, after verbally expressing his desire to be relocated, has been traded from the Minnesota Timberwolves to the Philadelphia 76ers. The trade will send forwards Robert Covington, Dario Saric and Justin Patton, to Minnesota, as well as guard Jerryd Bayless and a 2022 second-round pick.

With Butler signed only through the end of the 2018-19 season, the Sixers have expressed intent in finalizing a long-term agreement this summer. Philadelphia would be able to offer the four-time all-star a five-year max contract worth $190 million. Butler is likely to make his debut Wednesday in Orlando.

In Oklahoma City, the Thunder come off a loss to the Dallas Mavericks and move to 7-5 on the year. Russell Westbrook is still listed as injured due to a left ankle sprain. The Thunder will play the New York Knicks tomorrow at 7 p.m.

CFB: OU takes Bedlam

No. 6-ranked University of Oklahoma secured the win over rival Oklahoma State University by a narrow margin, winning 48-47 on Nov. 10.

The Sooners’ offense kept them in the game despite the lack of defensive stops. Quarterback Kyler Murray threw for 349 yards, one touchdown and was accompanied by two 100-yard games from running-backs Kennedy Brooks and Trey Sermon, who combined for five touchdowns.

Oklahoma State’s Taylor Cornelius threw for 501 yards and three touchdowns, two of which went to Tylan Wallace, who had 220 yards receiving.

The Sooners have won two back-to-back close games, keeping them in playoff contention. They will play the University of Kansas Saturday at 6:30 p.m. Oklahoma State will face No. 9 West Virginia Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

NFL: Playoff Picture

 Through week 10 of NFL action, an early playoff picture highlights who is locking down their spots and who is on the outside looking in.

In the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs lead the pack but are closely followed by their division rivals, the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers will likely secure a Wild Card spot. The Pittsburgh Steelers rank second in the AFC, followed by the New England Patriots. The Houston Texans hold on to the last playoff position and the Cincinnati Bengals are in possession of the final Wild Card spot. Both the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins are in the hunt for the Wild Card, which is likely to fluctuate in the remaining weeks.

In the NFC, the Los Angeles Rams and New Orleans Saints, both one-loss teams, are safely at the top of the division. The Chicago Bears lead the competitive NFC North, with the Minnesota Vikings in the last Wild Card spot and the Green Packers not far behind. The Washington Redskins hold the last playoff position and the Carolina Panthers will likely take the Wild Card.

MLB: Free Agency

 The 2018-19 MLB free agency features many star-studded names and gives many organizations the opportunity to jump immediately into playoff contention. Outfielder Bryce Harper and infielder Manny Machado headline this year’s offseason campaign.

Harper has yet to make any specific indications for where he wants to call home, but the Los Angeles Dodgers will likely make an aggressive push to sign the left-handed hitter. Alternatively, Harper may resign with the Nationals or consider moving to any other team in the National League East. The 26 year old is likely to sign a max contract panning out $420 million over fourteen years.

Machado is predicted by insiders across the league to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies for a 13-year deal paying $390 million. The gold-glover will also be pursued by the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Cardinals and the Chicago White Sox.

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