AP Updated 9:29 AM EST Dec 30, 2018 MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Kyler Murray had it all working: pinpoint throws, speedy feet and unflappable resolve all the way to the finish. If this was his football finale, it was a gem. Murray threw for 308 yards and two touchdowns, rushed for an additional 109 and another touchdown, led Oklahoma to scores on its final six possessions — sans for a 25-second one to end the first half — and it still wasn't enough. The Heisman Trophy winner isn't going to play in the national championship game, after top-ranked Alabama downed fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night. So now Murray can begin contemplating his career plan a week earlier than he hoped. Baseball or football? A massive decision awaits. "I haven't really thought about it right now," Murray said a half-hour after the game, still in his grass-stained uniform and with a big welt forming under his left eye. "Sorry about that." The way the Sooners … [Read more...] about Decision time for Murray: Football, baseball or both?
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Major League Baseball is insisting to casino executives that the league should get a cut from wagers placed on the sport following the repeal of a federal ban on sports betting. An MLB executive speaking Wednesday at the casino industry's top trade show in Las Vegas also held that sports books should be required to buy data used to set odds directly from the league. Kenny Gersh is the league's executive vice president of gaming. He says a proposed 0.25 percent fee is essentially a royalty that casino companies should pay if they are going to make money off of the sport. He says MLB believes betting on baseball is not appealing to mass consumers, just hardcore bettors, and the league could help change that. A U.S. Supreme Court decision in May allowed states to join Nevada in having legalized sports betting. Casinos have strongly opposed direct payments to leagues for betting, and MLB and other pro leagues have failed so far to convince any state to build the fees into their laws. … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball wants cut from casinos on sports betting
With the regular season approaching the halfway point, it seems safe to say that this is baseball in 2018: lots of home runs, even more strikeouts—and, relatively speaking, not a lot of people in the stands to see them. League-wide attendance entering Friday of 27,328 per game is down 6.6% from this date last year and 8.6% overall, according to Stats LLC. The sport hasn’t seen an attendance drop of more than 6.7% in a single season since 1995, when the average crowd fell nearly 20% following the player strike that canceled... … [Read more...] about Major League Baseball Sees a Sharp Drop in Attendance
A baseball fan demonstrated some fine multi-tasking abilities as he grabbed an amazing crowd catch while holding a young baby in a sling.The Cincinnati Reds fan was watching his side take on the Colorado Rockies at Great American Ball Park when a foul ball from Gerardo Parra headed in his direction.Not missing a beat, the fan stuck up a gloveless hand and made an impressive over-the-shoulder grab – all the while keeping his left arm around the infant which was sitting in a front-facing carrier on his chest.On Major League Baseball’s website, writer Eric Chesterton compared the grab to one of the most famous catches in baseball history, a Willie Mays effort in the 1954 World Series which came to be known simply as The Catch.As Chesterton pointed out though, Mays wasn’t holding a baby. … [Read more...] about Baseball fan makes all-time great crowd catch while holding baby
Bob Nightengale USA TODAY Sports Published 6:12 p.m. UTC Jun 3, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - It was the baseball draft that was supposed to rejuvenate veteran agent David Sloan’s career, representing a premium high-school pitcher who’s a top prospect today, only to wind up taking on costly legal fees, ongoing court battles, and leading him right out of the business. Sloan, a baseball agent since 1974, says he is leaving the industry, enraged at New York Yankees top prospect Justus Sheffield, furious at the state of Tennessee, and exasperated with the Major League Baseball Players Association. “I didn’t get out of the agent business because I was a bad agent,’’ Sloan tells USA TODAY Sports, “I got out of the agent business because I was tired of swimming in a sewer. It’s a horrible (expletive) business. I probably should have walked away 10 years ago. You sweat blood for these 18-year-old kids who have so much smoke blown up … [Read more...] about Why a baseball agent is leaving the industry over $33,000: ‘Tired of swimming in a sewer’