Oklahoma’s Murray edges Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman

first_img At Oklahoma, the tentative plan was sit out the 2016 season to fulfil NCAA transfer rules and then step in for Mayfield in 2016. But Mayfield was granted an extra year of eligibility and returned for 2017 season, relegating Murray to backing up the best quarterback in the country.His brief stints provided glimpses of a potential star. This season, as the focal point of Lincoln Riley’s creative offense, Murray developed into the dominant player he had seemed destined to become while at Allen..Murray fought back tears while thanking Riley.“You pushed me harder than any coach ever has and I just want to say thank you for believing in me and allowing me to be the quarterback of this team. The leader of this team,” Murray said.Murray, a pinpoint passer and explosive runner, surpassed the production of Mayfield. Murray has averaged 380 yards of offense per game and accounted for 51 touchdowns in leading the Sooners the Big 12 title and the playoff. Mayfield finished last season averaging 353 yards of offense and accounting for 49 touchdowns as Oklahoma won the conference and lost a playoff semifinal to Georgia in a wild Rose Bowl. Oklahoma’s Murray edges Alabama’s Tagovailoa for Heisman WSU QB Minshew was fifth overall Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Published: December 8, 2018, 7:01pm Heisman Trophy finalists, from left, Dwayne Haskins, from Ohio State; Kyler Murray, from Oklahoma; and Tua Tagovailoa, from Alabama, pose with the tophy during a media event Saturday, Dec. 8, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle) “This is crazy,” Murray said in his acceptance speech. “This is an honor, something that I’ll never forget. Something that I’ll always cherish for the rest of my life.”Unlike most seasons, the winner was far from a foregone conclusion, but Murray (517 first-place votes and 2,167 points) ended up with a fairly comfortable margin of 296 points over Tagovailoa. Ohio State quarterback Dwayne Haskins, the other finalists, was a distant third with 783 points. Three more quarterbacks followed: Will Grier of West Virginia, Gardner Minshew II of Washington State and McKenzie Milton of Central Florida.Murray was named on 92 percent of the Heisman ballots, third most all time. Tagovailoa’s 1,871 points received was the most for a runner-up in the 84-year history of the Heisman.Tagovailoa was the Heisman front-runner for most of the season, but Murray surged late as the Sooners turned to him and its offense to bailout a leaky defense down the stretch. Meanwhile, Tagovailoa picked a bad time to have his worst game of the season, throwing two interceptions in the Southeastern Conference championship against Georgia and leaving early with a sprained ankle. Share: “The NFL hasn’t had a 5-10 or shorter quarterback have sustained success in a long time, but Murray has a rare skill-set with his arm talent, mobility and instincts,” Brugler said.For the next month though Murray is focused on capping his college career with a national championship. He took a circuitous route to get to a place most always expect him to be.Murray’s high school career alone has already made him a Texas legend. Playing for powerhouse Allen High School, just outside of Dallas, Murray won three straight state championships at Texas’ highest level and his team went 42-0 with him starting.A five-star recruit, he signed with Texas A&M in 2015, looking to follow in the footsteps of Johnny Manziel, the 2012 Heisman winner. Murray spent one tumultuous season with the Aggies, playing eight games before deciding to transfer. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. NEW YORK — Kyler Murray replaced a Heisman Trophy winner by becoming a Heisman Trophy winner.The Oklahoma quarterback won college football’s most prestigious individual award Saturday night, edging Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and setting up a College Football Playoff matchup of Heisman winner versus runner-up.The fourth-ranked Sooners play the top-ranked Crimson Tide in the Orange Bowl semifinal Dec. 29 in the seventh bowl matchup of Heisman winner and runner-up, and first since second-place finisher Vince Young and Texas beat Reggie Bush and Southern California in the 2006 Rose Bowl.This season, Murray stepped into the starting job at Oklahoma held by last year’s Heisman winner and first overall NFL draft pick, Baker Mayfield. Oklahoma is the first school with have Heisman-winning quarterbacks in consecutive seasons and the fifth overall with winners in back-to-back years. Murray’s first season as a starting quarterback in college is set up to also be his last. The junior has already signed a $4.66 million contract with the Oakland Athletic after he was selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball draft in June. Listed at 5-foot-10 and 195 pounds, Murray is small for an NFL quarterback but talented enough to be an intriguing prospect if he ever decided to give it a try.Oklahoma’s late-season Heisman campaign for Murray harkened back Bo Jackson, the 1985 Heisman winner who went on to star in both the NFL and MLB, and his Bo Knows Nike ads.“I’d like to do both (baseball and football) if possible,” Murray said Friday. “But I don’t know how possible that is.”Draft analyst Dane Brugler of The Athletic called Murray a potential top-50 NFL draft pick. Share: Subscribe Today GO Oklahoma’s seventh Heisman matches Ohio State, Southern California and Notre Dame for the most by any school. Murray is the fourth Oklahoma quarterback since 2003 to win the Heisman, joining Jason White, Sam Bradford and Mayfield, and the 16th quarterback overall to win the award in the last 19 years. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. By RALPH D. RUSSO, AP College Football Writerlast_img read more

French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit

first_img 2 Photos Petit will learn from the experience and rebuild, she said.“I think Nic is handling this pretty well, actually. I think he wants to make sure to preserve a good mental attitude with these dogs for the rest of their careers. That’s what he’s looking at — not just today’s race,” Riddles said.For Petit, it’s another bad memory from the stretch between the Shaktoolik and Koyuk checkpoints.He was in command of last year’s race when he got off trail during a blizzard and lost the lead. He wound up finishing second behind Ulsom. By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press Riddle been involved with mushing for 40 years and said she could live 20 lifetimes and not learn everything. But if the dogs get unhappy, they can quit on you, she said.“Sometimes all it takes is just this one sour grape in the team,” Riddles said. “One dog that has a bad attitude, and it infects the whole rest of the team.”Huskies in some ways are more primitive than other dogs, she said. Mushers are dealing with their pack mentality.“It’s like a wolf. Things happen over food. Sometimes if they think a dog is a little wimpy, when they’re crabby, they might want to pick on it,” she said. Published: March 11, 2019, 9:34am French musher was leading Iditarod, but then his dogs quit Share: The checkpoint is 827 miles into the 1,000-mile race across Alaska.Petit said his dogs are well-fed, and there’s no medical issue keeping them from getting up and running.“It’s just a head thing,” he said. “We’ll see if one of these dog teams coming by will wake them up at all.”People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals took issue with Petit’s reasoning. “It’s not the dogs who need to have their heads examined — it’s anyone who supports this merciless race. Illness, injury, or fatigue likely prompted Nicolas Petit to drop four dogs from his team, forcing the remaining 10 to work even harder before they gave up altogether, which he blamed on ‘just a head thing,’” PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman said in a statement.But Libby Riddles, the 1985 Iditarod champion and the first woman to win the race, said the incident demonstrates why dog mushing is a fine art. It requires a balance between being competitive and keeping the dogs happy.“People have this idea that you can force these dogs to Nome,” she said in a phone interview. “It’s not like that at all.”“The amount of intuition and communication and trust and experience you have with your dogs is how it all happens and comes together, and Nic Petit happens to actually be one of the best in the business at this,” Riddles said. By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.center_img ANCHORAGE, Alaska — French musher Nicolas Petit looked like he was in solid control of the world’s most famous sled dog race and about to erase a year of doubts and second-guessing after a last minute misstep cost him the 2017 title.Then the dogs quit on him Monday morning.A dog named Joey had been fighting with another dog on the team and jumped it during a break as the team was making its way to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race checkpoint of Koyuk on the Bering Sea coast.“I yelled at Joey, and everybody heard the yelling, and that doesn’t happen,” Petit told the Iditarod Insider website. “And then they wouldn’t go anymore. Anywhere. So we camped here.”Several mushers passed Petit’s team on the trail, erasing his five-hour lead in the race. Pete Kaiser of Alaska was the first musher into Koyuk, followed about an hour later by defending champion Joar Ulsom of Norway. Kaiser rested for nearly 5 ½ hours before getting back on the trail. Nicolas Petit hugs one of his dogs before they leave Unalakleet, Alaska, during the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race on Sunday, March 10, 2019. (Marc Lester/Anchorage Daily News via AP) Photo Gallery Subscribe Today “Something about right here, huh?” he mused.The race started March 2 in Willow, just north of Anchorage. The course through the Alaska wilderness took mushers over two mountain ranges and the frozen Yukon River before they reached the treacherous Bering Sea coast.The winner is expected to come off the sea ice and mush down Nome’s main street to the finish line sometime in the middle of the week. Share: The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. GO Receive latest stories and local news in your email:last_img read more

Oregon heads to Elite 8 with win over South Dakota State

first_img By signing up you are agreeing to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. GO By ANNE M. PETERSON, Associated Press Share: 2 Photos Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu, right, drives to the basket past South Dakota State guard Tylee Irwin during the first half of a regional semifinal in the NCAA women’s college basketball tournament Friday, March 29, 2019, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer) Photo Gallery Oregon heads to Elite 8 with win over South Dakota State No. 2 seed Ducks to face No. 1 Mississippi State Oregon was spurred on by a big contingent of yellow- and green-clad fans, with attendance at the Moda Center announced at 11,324. Much the same is expected for Sunday when Oregon plays top-seeded Mississippi State (33-2), which beat Arizona State 76-53 in the earlier game.Macy Miller had 21 points for South Dakota State (28-7), which had advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. The loss snapped an 18-game winning streak for the Jackrabbits.“It’s a tough one tonight but that doesn’t take anything away from the phenomenal and special season that this team had this year, and to make it to the Sweet 16 and make history like that is something that none of us are ever going to forget,” said senior guard Madison Guebert.Satou Sabally finished with 14 points and the Ducks led by as many as 19 points in the third quarter. Published: March 29, 2019, 11:13pm Receive latest stories and local news in your email: Hebard had 17 points and 12 rebounds by the end of the third quarter for her 14th double-double of the season.BIG PICTURESouth Dakota State: The Jackrabbits hosted the Ducks earlier this season on Dec. 12. Oregon won 87-79. … No other Summit League team has reached the round of 16.Oregon: Reserve guard Taylor Chavez was a game-time decision after missing the last seven games with a foot injury. While she warmed up with the team, she did not play.FAMILIAR FOES: Oregon has faced all three of the teams at the Portland Regional this season. In addition to the Ducks’ visit to Brookings in December, they beat Mississippi State 82-74 in Eugene, before twice defeating Pac-12 foe Arizona State (77-71 at home on Jan. 18, and 66-59 on March 3 in Tempe) during the conference season. The Columbian is becoming a rare example of a news organization with local, family ownership. Subscribe today to support local journalism and help us to build a stronger community. Subscribe Today PORTLAND — Oregon has been looking forward to this since falling in the Elite Eight last season.The second-seeded Ducks (32-4) are back for the third straight year in the regional finals, where they lost to Notre Dame last year.“This is what we work for, this is what we dream of and now it’s time to make our dreams a reality,” guard Sabrina Ionescu said. “We are going to come out Sunday dialed in, ready to go, and not let this opportunity slip away because it is a great one.”Ruthy Hebard had 24 points and 14 rebounds, while Ionescu added 17 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds in the Ducks’ 63-53 victory over No. 6 South Dakota State in the Sweet 16 on Friday night. Share: Both teams ranked among the nation’s best offenses. Oregon went into the game averaging 86 points (third), while the Jackrabbits were averaging 80 (12th). The Ducks were shooting 51 percent shooting from the floor, with SDSU at 48.While defense seemed to be the theme for both sides, Oregon’s trio of Ionescu, Hebard and Sabally still proved too much for the Jackrabbits.South Dakota State took an early 12-8 lead on Guebert’s 3-pointer. But the Ducks came back to tie it at 12 on the first of Ionescu’s four consecutive jumpers.The fourth gave the Ducks an 18-12 lead at the end of the opening quarter. Sabally’s 3-pointer pushed Oregon’s lead to 29-19 and she had 11 points to lead all players at the break. Oregon led 31-22. “We finished it like champions and that’s what we want to be,” Sabally said.Last season Oregon also was among the final eight but fell 84-74 to top-seeded Notre Dame in the Spokane Regional. The Fighting Irish went on to win the NCAA title.Ionescu, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was averaging 19.7 points, 8.2 assists and 7.5 rebounds going into the game. The junior guard had her 18th career triple-double, an ongoing NCAA record, in the Ducks’ 91-68 second-round victory Sunday over Indiana, finishing with 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds.Oregon easily dispatched No. 15 seed Portland State 78-40 in its first-round game.SDSU was making its ninth tournament appearance in the past 11 years. To reach the Sweet 16 the Jackrabbits beat 11th seed Quinnipiac 76-65 then upset No. 3 Syracuse 75-64.last_img read more