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Sports Briefs: A’s, MLB Want Murray to Choose Sport — Source

  • Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, right, greets Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, left, prior to the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer gestures as Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino, left, looks on during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

  • Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea saves on a shot by Tottenham's Harry Kane, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Tottenham's Harry Kane lies on the pitch with an injury after the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Manchester United's Paul Pogba vies for the ball with Tottenham's Kieran Trippier, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

  • Manchester United's Marcus Rashford, center, scores his side's first goal passing Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, left, and Tottenham's Jan Vertonghen, right, during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • Manchester United's Paul Pogba plays a high ball as Tottenham's Moussa Sissoko, right, runs to block the pass during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London, England, Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

  • FILE - In this June 15, 2018, file photo, Oakland Athletics draft pick Kyler Murray looks on before a baseball game between the Athletics and the Los Angeles Angels in Oakland, Calif. Representatives of the Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, with Heisman Trophy winner Murray, a day before the Oklahoma quarterback’s deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

  • FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray (1) looks to pass during the first half of the Orange Bowl NCAA college football game against Alabama, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, with Heisman Trophy winner Murray, a day before the quarterback’s deadline to enter the NFL draft, a person with direct knowledge of the session said. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)



Sunday, January 13, 2019

Oakland, Calif. — Representatives of the Oakland Athletics and Major League Baseball met on 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 on 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.

The 5-foot-10, 195-pound Murray’s Sooners lost in a college football playoff semifinal Dec. 29 to eventual runner-up Alabama.

Drafted last June in the first round as the ninth overall pick, the outfielder signed with Oakland for $4.66 million. There was an agreement between the team and Murray that he would play football this year, then skip his senior season to begin his pro baseball career — and A’s manager Bob Melvin as well as executive Billy Beane and general manager David Forst closely followed Oklahoma football in 2018.

English Soccer

Solskjaer, Man U Blank Spurs

London — Manchester United’s league position hasn’t changed. Everything else has under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Surpassing the great Matt Busby in 1946, Solskjaer has now opened his United reign with a club-record six successive victories after beating Tottenham, 1-0, in the Premier League on Sunday. It was secured by Marcus Rashford’s first-half goal and 11 second-half saves by goalkeeper David de Gea.

United remains sixth in the standings, just as it was when Jose Mourinho was fired last month. But thanks to Arsenal’s struggles, United is now behind the London club on goal difference. Chelsea, in the fourth and final Champions League place, is only six points in front of United and Arsenal.

United is used to far loftier targets — winning the league a record 20 times — but it has failed to do so in the chaotic years since Alex Ferguson retired in 2013.

Everton is now up to 10th in the standings, three points ahead of Bournemouth, which has lost nine of its last 12 league games, after a 2-0 win over the Cherries on Sunday.

Gymnastics

Michigan Cuts Ties With Exec

Ann Arbor, Mich. — The University of Michigan has ended its relationship with former USA gymnastics executive Rhonda Faehn, three days after she agreed to work as a coaching consultant for the women’s team.

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.

Faehn was with the Wolverines for a meet at Alabama on Friday.