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