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Rickey Dixon, an All-American at Oklahoma, and a first-round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals, has died at 53 after battling the dreaded disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

Dixon was diagnosed with ALS in 2013.

I’m sorry to announce 3 o’clock this afternoon passing of Ricky Dixon! he died in his home in De Soto Texas with his family around him! He was inducted into college football Hall of Fame this past year! He was one of the greatest players ever played the Sooners! @OU_Football

— Barry Switzer (@Barry_Switzer) August 1, 2020

Dixon joined OU in 1984 and was a mainstay in the secondary. Known as a ferocious hitter, Dixon notched 170 tackles, 23 pass break-ups and 17 interceptions as a Sooner. At the time, his 17 picks were second in school history.

The Sooners went 42-5-1 during Dixon’s four years and played in the Orange Bowl each season. The 1985 team beat Penn State in the Orange Bowl to capture the Sooners’ sixth national championship.


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Rest in peace, Rickey Dixon. | #OUDNA

— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) August 2, 2020

Statement from #Sooners AD Joe Castiglione on death of #OU legend Rickey Dixon.

“He should be remembered for his extreme courage and spirit of perseverance.”

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— Bob Przybylo (@BPrzybylo) August 2, 2020

Dixon was drafted fifth overall in the 1988 NFL Draft by the Cincinnati Bengals. He played in Super Bowl XXIII for Cincinnati against San Francisco. He played there for five seasons before joining the Los Angeles Raiders in 1993 in his final professional season.

In all, Dixon played in 82 games, with six interceptions and a fumble recovery in the NFL.

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Rickey Dixon became the 22nd Sooner to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2019.

He was OU's first Thorpe Award winner and his 17 interceptions are the second-most in school history.#OUDNA |

— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) July 31, 2020

“Everybody loves Rickey. Everybody.”

I spent a day with Rickey Dixon a little over a year ago. Battling ALS, he couldn’t walk, talk, eat or go to the bathroom on his own.

Rickey was a great player, but he was a better husband, father and man. RIP:

— George Stoia III (@GeorgeStoia) August 1, 2020

Carlson: Former OU football great Rickey Dixon had a bite much worse than his bark

— The Oklahoman (@TheOklahoman_) August 1, 2020

He is survived by his wife, Lorraine, and four children.


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Underdogs upset John Augenstein, Davis Thompson at U.S. Amateur

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Jonathan Yaun reminded himself of that when he saw his matchup for Wednesday’s Round of 64 at the U.S. Amateur. Yaun, a rising junior at Liberty who just a few months ago was barely ranked inside the top 500 in the World Amateur Golf Ranking, had to begin his match-play run against Georgia’s Davis Thompson, a first-team All-American and the highest-ranked amateur in the field at Bandon Dunes.

“My initial thought,” Yaun said, “I didn't say dang it in my mind, but I was almost like, ‘Wow, I got a tough draw.’”

But his mentality quickly changed: I can beat this guy. And he did.

“It was a David and Goliath type of story,” Yaun said.

Yaun, who didn’t even get into this week’s field until last Wednesday, birdied four of his final five holes in a 3-and-1 victory over Thompson. It was one of two big-time upsets in the opening round of match play, as Charlotte’s Matthew Sharpstene also pulled off a shocker, sending reigning runner-up John Augenstein home early.

“I know he’s a really good player, one heck of a player, and I definitely felt like I was the underdog,” Sharpstene said. “But I’ve always had a chip on my shoulder, and I wanted to prove myself.”

At No. 394 in the world, Sharpstene is ranked 373 spots behind the Vanderbilt star, who led 2 up at the turn. The Charlotte native who recently transferred from West Virginia is used to being overshadowed. He played on a high school team that included several Division-I players.

But after hitting a 2-iron to 10 feet and making birdie at the demanding par-4 11th hole to tie the match, the underdog showed he had serious bite, even against a match-play bulldog in Augenstein, who was 19-6-1 in the format since Spring 2017.

When the TV cameras rolled in on the par-3 15th hole, Sharpstene, who had never played on live television before, made a quick bogey to lose his slim lead. But he got it right back with a safe par at the par-4 16th, where Augenstein hit 3-iron over the green and followed with an equally poor chip. From there, two pars, on Nos. 17 and 18, sealed a 1-up victory for Sharpstene, as Augenstein missed a 15-footer that would’ve extended the match.

“The first match is sometimes the hardest one to get through because you’re trying to get momentum,” said Augenstein, who now turns his focus to the U.S. Open and Masters this fall. “I didn’t feel like I played bad today. He played well, I played well, just didn’t execute a few things. I hit all the shots down the stretch that I wanted to except for 16.”

Said Sharpstene: “I feel like I was a little nervous, but it was fun. I just proved to a lot of people that I can do this.”

Highlights: Best of U.S. Amateur, Round of 64

Yaun’s breakout was perhaps less surprising because of how he’s played this summer. The highlight: a semifinal run at the North and South Amateur, where he shot 28 on the front nine at Pinehurst No. 2 before beating Rasmus Neergaard-Peterson in the quarterfinals, 9 and 8.

The shot-making down the stretch Wednesday was equally as good.

“It was literally a stripe show,” Yaun said.

After six straight pars to open the match and just two birdies through 12 holes, Yaun caught fire. In the past, Yaun remembers hitting balls next to Thompson once and thinking to himself: Wow, he’s hitting balls next to me.

At the par-3 15th, Thompson had to have been similarly awed, as Yaun hit a 5-iron to 3 feet at the ridiculously tough one-shotter. If he wasn’t, he certainly was at the next hole, when Yaun hit 3-wood onto the green at the short, downwind par-4 and made a 15-footer for birdie.

“Best shot I’ve hit in my life,” Yaun said. “I had hit three shots on the range that were identical to that, and I was like, ‘That’s what I’m going to do on 16.’ I had already, in my mind, prepared for that shot. I normally wouldn’t do that, but because of the contact and the strikes on the range, I memorized what I felt and I tried to hit it just the way I felt it.”

If Yaun had ever lacked confidence before, he didn’t after that shot. As soon as the ball left the club face, Yaun delivered a vicious club twirl that all but signaled the match was over.

The most violent club twirl the world has ever seen @USGA @NoLayingUp @TronCarterNLU

— Tony Darby (@TonyDarby88) August 12, 2020

Yaun won on the next hole, 3 and 1, after Thompson lipped out his 15-footer for birdie.

“It was just a great experience for me to play with Davis today because he's probably one of the best players in the country,” Yaun said, “and just to get that battle back and forth, winning holes, losing holes, it was just a great experience for me to move forward in this match play tournament.”

Yaun and Sharpstene both live to see another day at Bandon Dunes. Yaun will face Oklahoma State’s Aman Gupta in the Round of 32 while Sharpstene gets Auburn’s Andrew Kozan.

If anything, both players will be well prepared thanks to their big scalps Wednesday.

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