A’s, MLB meet with Heis­man win­ner Mur­ray

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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.

Win­ter Sports

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.

Two-time over­all

● 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.

Soc­cer

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.

Gym­nas­tics

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.

Olympics

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.

GABRIELE FACCIOTTI AP

Mar­cel Hirscher com­petes dur­ing a ski World Cup men’s slalom in Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land on Sun­day.

Kyler Mur­ray

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