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NORMAN, Okla. Odell Beckham Jr Giants Jersey . -- Baker Mayfields quarterbacking style could be encapsulated in two consecutive plays last season against TCU.On the first, Mayfield escaped a collapsing pocket, tucked the ball and took off. Near midfield, TCU safety Derrick Kindred came barreling down upon him. Yet instead of sliding, Mayfield cut in front of Kindred for another 15 yards before eventually being dragged down from behind.The next snap, Mayfield tried to convert another broken play into a big one. Scrambling around in the backfield, he broke one tackle. Then a second. Then a third. But as Mayfield stumbled to the turf, TCU linebacker Ty Summers speared him in the back of the helmet. Summers got ejected. But after a halftime concussion diagnosis, Mayfield was lost for the game as well. With Mayfield on the sideline, the Horned Frogs rallied from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit and were a two-point conversion away from ending Oklahomas College Football Playoff dreams.As a player so valuable to their national championship aspirations, the Sooners have obviously asked Mayfield to rein it in this season, right?Think again.You can only make him play a certain way, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops countered. You can only govern that to a degree. Otherwise all of a sudden hes not Baker, and hes not effective.Baker being Baker is what ultimately transformed the Sooners from a middling squad in 2014 to a national title contender last season.That included Mayfield willing Oklahoma to an improbable fourth-quarter comeback at Tennessee, in which he evaded tackler after tackler to engineer a pair of late touchdown drives that sent the game to overtime, where the Sooners ultimately prevailed.That also included him delivering the game-clinching touchdown pass at Baylor, in which he danced around in the backfield for a full nine seconds before finding fullback Dimitri Flowers in the end zone.But that too included him being lost for the game against TCU. And again for the final minutes against Clemson in the Capital One Orange Bowl, in which he dove at the thighs of Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware after Boulware intercepted him near the goal line. Mayfield made the tackle, but also was knocked out of the game with a head injury that wasnt determined to be a concussion, but caused a ringing in his ear that temporarily offset his equilibrium.Thats the competitive nature I have, said Mayfield, when asked why he rarely slides when more yards are to be had. Always been that way.The Sooners arent looking to change that about their Heisman hopeful, either.Of course we want to keep him healthy. We dont want to do anything thats reckless there, offensive coordinator Lincoln Riley said. But if he doesnt play aggressive, then were not going to score points anyways, and its not going to matter whos at quarterback. Hes got to play aggressive. Weve got to be smart about it, hes going to be smart about it. But thats why we have more than one quarterback here.Riley and Stoops have been raving about the development of true freshman backup Austin Kendall, the only other eligible scholarship quarterback on the roster. But Mayfield is the reason Oklahoma is again the favorite in the Big 12 and looking for a return trip to the playoff.He creates excitement for everyone, Stoops said. Even if were in a two-minute drill, or a third-down sequence [in practice] when were seeing whos the winner and loser, hes agitating the defense so it gets them fired up. He creates energy all the time, which helps everyone. Its natural for him, and thats what I think makes it so special. Those guys want to block for a guy they know is going to scramble until hes out of breath to find a way to make plays. Everyone is going to play harder for a guy like that.They know with him, youve always got a chance.Indeed, the Sooners have fed off Mayfields brashness off the field and relentlessness on it. But theyre also one wrong hit away from becoming the same team that nearly collapsed against TCU.I just want him to be more careful, Oklahoma safety Ahmad Thomas?said. I know as a defensive player, if I see a quarterback running the way he does, Im going to try and hit him, too. So I just want him to be more careful and just know that sometimes its OK to just get down.Stoops is quick to rightly point out that both of Mayfields head injuries last season came off freak plays.If you think about it, he really didnt get hurt being Baker, he said. He got hurt by a cheap shot when he was on the ground. Thatll happen to anybody if youre allowed to dive on the back of a guys head. The other one, trying to tackle [Boulware] -- I told him, next time just grab him around the shirt and try to throw him down or hang on until someone else can hit him.Overall, though, running around being Baker, he handled that really well. Hopefully that will continue. Obviously weve talked that any hits that he can avoid, we need to try and avoid, to get out of bounds or to slide. Lets minimize the opportunities, anyway.Mayfield said that has been a focus of his offseason. To find the balance of being aggressive, while also avoiding unnecessary hits, whether thats throwing the ball away or sliding in front of a defender.But Mayfield added that when the game is on the line, hes going to play the way he always has.Its knowing the situation, the game were in, the score, he said. If were up a couple touchdowns, throw the ball away and live to play the next down.But if its a big game, and we need a first down on third-and-short, Im going to lower my shoulder. Im never going to shy away from that.Thats Baker being Baker. And to the Sooners, worth all the risk. Custom New York Giants Jerseys . -- Chicago Bears cornerback Tim Jennings was selected Monday to his second straight Pro Bowl, while guard Kyle Long made it after a solid rookie season. Deandre Baker Jersey . Aaron Harrison scored a 22 points for Kentucky (6-1), which has won four in a row following a Nov. 12 loss to current No. 1 Michigan State. Julius Randle overcame a scoreless first half and added his sixth double-double in as many games with 14 points and 10 rebounds. . He says so-called TRT is only one problem and he wants to go even further than the ban. "Its about time," St-Pierre told reporters at a promotional event in Montreal on Friday. "I think its a good thing. The surging New York Liberty will return to their home court to face the struggling San Antonio Stars on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in New York City.After going 4-4 to start the season, New York (14-6) has won two in a row, four of its last five and 10 of 11. The Liberty have climbed to the top of the WNBAs Eastern Conference standings and lead second-place Atlanta by 3 1/2 games.San Antonio (5-14) has lost two of its last three games and seven of its last 10. The Stars are last in the Western Conference, 12 1/2 games behind first-place Los Angeles.The Liberty are coming off an 88-85 road win over the Chicago Sky. The victory made coach Bill Laimbeer the seventh coach in WNBA history with 200 wins. Tina Charles put up 29 points and nine rebounds, Sugar Rodgers added 21 points and Tanisha Wright made a late go-ahead jumper for New York.The Liberty shot just 39.7 percent from the field while allowing Chicago to shoot 444. Carl Banks Womens Jersey. 6 percent, but the Liberty amassed a huge 44-30 rebounding advantage, went to the free-throw line 23 times and converted on 20 free-throw attempts.San Antonio is coming off a 78-68 loss to the Seattle Storm. Moriah Jefferson scored 16 points. Haley Peters had 15. Monique Currie and Kayla Alexander added 10 points apiece.The Stars were without leading scorer Kayla McBride. San Antonio announced Wednesday that McBride will miss the rest of the season with a right foot fracture, a devastating blow to a team that was already having trouble competing. McBride was eighth in the WNBA in scoring at 17.1 points per game.Charles leads the WNBA in scoring and ranks second in rebounds, averaging 22.8 points and 9.6 rebounds. Teammate Kiah Stokes is fifth in rebounding at 8.4 rebounds per game. ' ' '