BASEBALL: Representatives of MLB and the A’s met with Oklahoma junior QB and Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray in the hopes of convincing him to play professional baseball rather than pursue a career in the NFL, The Associated Press reported. Murray, whom the A’s drafted ninth overall in last year’s MLB amateur draft, reportedly is leaning toward foregoing his senior season at Oklahoma and entering the NFL draft. The deadline to declare is Monday.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Alabama will name Steve Sarkisian its offensive coordinator, ESPN reported Saturday night. Sarkisian, 44, previously was the Crimson Tide’s offensive analyst and coordinator in 2016 after head-coaching stints at Washington and USC. He spent the last two years as offensive coordinator for the NFL’s Falcons but he was was fired after the regular season . ... North Carolina State hired Tony Gibson as its codefensive coordinator and safeties coach. Gibson spent the last five seasons as West Virginia defensive coordinator but he wasn’t retained by new coach Neal Brown . ... Alabama All-American S Deionte Thompson will forego his senior season and enter the NFL draft.
NFL: The Browns will name Todd Monken their offensive coordinator, ESPN reported. Monken, 52, spent the last three seasons as offensive coordinator of the Buccaneers.
SKIING: World Cup leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria won a slalom to set a men’s record on the 52-year circuit for most wins by one skier at a single venue. Hirscher secured his ninth career victory in Adelboden, Switzerland with a second-run charge to victory for the second straight day. Third-fastest in the morning, Hirscher was fastest in the afternoon to finish 0.50 seconds ahead of Clement Noel of France . ... Two-time overall World Cup women’s champ and 2014 Olympic super-G gold medalist Anna Veith of Austria will undergo season-ending surgery after tearing the ACL in her right knee during a giant slalom run Saturday.
SOCCER: Lionel Messi scored in the second half of Barcelona’s 3-0 victory over visiting Eibar to take his all-time La Liga scoring record to 400 goals. Messi, 31, has 575 goals for the club in 658 appearances in all competitions. Barcelona held its fivepoint lead over secondplace Atletico Madrid . ... Karim Benzema broke a finger during Real Madrid’s 2-1 win over host Real Betis . ... Marcus Rashford scored in the 44th minute and goalkeeper David de Gea made 11 saves to lead Manchester United to a 1-0 road win over Tottenham Hotspur, which saw forward and England captain Harry Kane suffer an ankle injury in the match. The victory was the sixth straight for United in all competitions since new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the Premier League club, setting a team record. Sir Matt Busby won his first five matches to start the 194647 season . ... ... Argentine great Diego Maradona was released from a Buenos Aires hospital following surgery for stomach bleeding.