THE A’S AND HEIS­MAN TRO­PHY WIN­NER KYLER MUR­RAY MEET A DAY BE­FORE HIS NFL DRAFT DEAD­LINE,

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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.

Mur­ray’s Soon­ers lost in a col­lege foot­ball play­off semi­fi­nal Dec. 29 to even­tual run­ner-up Alabama. 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.

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