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Bevo’s Daily Roundup: Texas alum Earl Thomas reacts after Ravens release him

Plus: Texas baseball alum Mark Payton makes the Majors

NFL Pro Bowl Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images

Last week, the Baltimore Ravens opted to release Pro Bowl safety and Texas Longhorns alum Earl Thomas after he got into an altercation with teammate Chuck Clark earlier in the week.

Reports surfaced on Thomas’ potential release. Then it happened, 247Sports report. From 247Sports: “The Ravens released the seven-time Pro Bowler signing him last March to a four-year deal worth $52 million ($32 million guaranteed).”

Thomas reacted. “I appreciate the Ravens organization for the opportunity,” Thomas wrote on social media following the news, per 247Sports. “Had a great run .. Wish things would have ended different but you live and you learn. Thank you (general manager) Eric DeCosta and everyone else who played a role in bringing me to B-More. Wish you guys the best.”


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  • Longhorn baseball alum Mark Payton made it to Major League Baseball over the weekend, the Austin American-Statesman reports. From the Statesman: “After his contract was selected by the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday, Payton was used as a pinch hitter in a 3-0 loss at St. Louis. In the first at-bat of his MLB career, Payton grounded out to end the game. A seventh-round pick in 2014, Payton spent the past six seasons in the farm systems belonging to Oakland and the New York Yankees. In 2019, the outfielder hit .334 with 30 homers for Oakland’s Triple-A affiliate. Payton seemed poised to make his big-league debut earlier this year. Payton was selected by Cincinnati in last winter’s Rule 5 Draft. He, however, was unable to make the Reds’ roster ahead of this coronavirus-delayed season. Payton was optioned back to Oakland, but Cincinnati re-acquired his services earlier this month.”
  • Texas golf alum Scottie Scheffler made his postseason debut over the weekend, per the Dallas Morning News. From the Morning News: “Scottie Scheffler had the 12th round at 59 or better on the PGA Tour on Friday, and by far the quietest magic number ever shot. There are no spectators at The Northern Trust. There are no scoreboards with each group. Scheffler, a University of Texas and Highland Park High School alum, didn’t notice any cameras until he reached the 17th hole. But he kept pouring in putts, the last one from just over 4 feet for a 12-under 59 that gave him a share of the early lead and a place in the record book. He made 12 birdies, and it was a par that made him think this could be a magical round.”