A’s, MLB meet with Heisman winner Murray
Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday with Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray, a day before the Oklahoma quarterback’s deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Sunday because the meeting was not made public. Oakland executives remained confident as recently as the baseball winter meetings last month in Las Vegas that Murray would report to spring training this year and pursue baseball. MLB joined the efforts to persuade the dual-sport star, sending someone from its marketing group to the meeting, the source said.
Hirscher gets 9th victory at same venue: Once more in his stellar career, Marcel Hirscher was racing against Alpine skiing’s history book on Sunday in Switzerland.
The Austrian great almost inevitably won a World Cup slalom, his ninth victory at Adelboden, to set a men’s record on the 52-year circuit for most wins by one skier at a single venue.
● World Cup ski champion Anna Veith has ended her season after injuring a knee in training.
The Austrian ski federation said the 2014 Olympic gold medalist tore her right ACL in a giant slalom run Saturday and will undergo surgery.
Latvia won a World
● Cup luge gold medal for the first time, prevailing in the team relay in their home country.
This was the 27th time that Latvia has hosted a World Cup racing weekend, spanning nearly 100 events – yet none resulted in a win before now. Kendija Aparjode, Kristers Aparjods and the doubles team of Oskars Gudramovics and Peteris Kalnins delivered the historic win, one that had fans at trackside yelling “Lat-v-ia! Lat-v-ia!” for several minutes afterward.
Germany is still unbeaten
● in World Cup bobsled races this season, after Johannes Lochner drove to a victory in a four-man race in Germany.
Lochner led after the first heat and needed to finish his second heat in less than 48.95 seconds to hold on and beat the sled driven by Latvia’s Oskars Kibermanis. Lochner crossed the line in 48.77 and posted a two-run time of 1:37.74. Kibermanis was second and the German sled driven by Francesco Friedrich was third.
Maradona undergoes surgery: Argentine soccer legend Diego Maradona has been released from hospital following successful surgery for stomach bleeding.
His lawyer Matias Morla said the 58-year old former Boca Juniors and Napoli player, and current coach of the Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico’s second division, was heading home Sunday “to continue with his recovery.”
Phil Masinga, the
● former South Africa and Leeds United striker who scored the goal that took his country to the World Cup for the first time, died at 49.
The South African Football Association said Masinga died in a Johannesburg hospital from a “cancer related disease” just a month after being diagnosed.
Michigan hires former USA Gymnastics executive: The University of Michigan hired former USA Gymnastics executive Rhonda Faehn as a women’s gymnastics coaching consultant.
USA Gymnastics parted ways with Faehn as senior vice president in May after she was criticized by victims of Larry Nassar, the former national team doctor serving decades in prison for abusing athletes.
WADA panel to rule on Russia doping: World Anti-Doping Agency inspectors’ bid to obtain doping data will head into a sixth day in the Russian capital as a WADA panel prepares to rule whether Russia has kept its word on the issue.
WADA reinstated the Russian anti-doping agency in September on condition Russia provided the data. The information could allow WADA to charge top Russian athletes with past drug offenses.
Marcel Hirscher competes during a ski World Cup men’s slalom in Adelboden, Switzerland on Sunday.