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

TSX advances amid ECB vow to protect euro currency slowing US economy

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Stock markets surged Friday on further indications that a long-awaited fix to the eurozone debt crisis could be at hand.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 126.61 points to 11,766.36 and the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 9.22 points to 1,190.64 after German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande released a joint statement saying they will do anything they can to stop the 17 countries that use the euro from breaking up. They didn’t offer details.Markets have rallied strongly since the European Central Bank president pledged Thursday to do whatever it takes to save the euro currency union.Mario Draghi suggested that the central bank could intervene in markets to lower the borrowing rates of financially weak countries like Spain.“At the end of the day, the only institution that is critical to resolving the issue is the European Central Bank,” said Patrick Blais, managing director and portfolio manager at MFC Global Investment Management.“They’re the only institution with the capacity and the ability to at the end of the day to monetize part of the debt.”The Canadian dollar rose 0.51 of a cent to 99.56 cents US amid rising prices for oil and metals.New York markets were also sharply higher despite data showing economic growth slowed during the second quarter to its lowest pace in a year. Gross domestic product rose 1.5 per cent, which was roughly in line with expectations. That’s down from a revised two per cent gain in the first quarter. But the data raised expectations that the U.S. Federal Reserve will indicate next week that another round of economic stimulus is in the works.The Dow Jones industrials surged 187.73 points to 13,075.66.The Nasdaq composite index was ahead 64.84 points to 2,958.09 and the S&P 500 index climbed 25.95 points to 1,385.97.Stocks have been depressed in recent weeks as the focus of the European government debt crisis moved to Spain. Traders skeptical over the government’s ability to manage high debt levels have driven up bond yields past the seven per cent level, which is considered unsustainable in the long run.Draghi suggested that the ECB considers it part of its job to keep government borrowing rates at normal levels. It could do so by buying government bonds, which has the effect of lowering their yield, or interest rate.Hopes for central bank assistance in Europe and the U.S. helped push the TSX up 1.23 per cent this week.Commodity prices advanced with September copper ahead three cents to US$3.43 a pound. The base metals sector led gains, up 2.5 per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) improved by 53 cents to $18.60.The September crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange ahead 74 cents to US$90.13 a barrel, helping take the energy sector up 1.84 per cent. Imperial Oil (TSX:IMO) moved ahead 87 cents to $43.64.The financial sector rose 1.53 per cent with Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) ahead 53 cents to $21.40.Shares in insurance and investment giant Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH) shed $2.01 to $377.99 after it said quarterly profit rose 14 per cent, largely due to improved underwriting results and a jump in revenues from premiums written by its insurance and reinsurance businesses.Techs also lent support with shares in electronics manufacturer Celestica Inc. (TSX:CKS) ahead 53 cents or 7.17 per cent to $7.92 after it said quarterly net income fell 48 per cent as it prepares for the end of its relationship with Research In Motion Ltd., for which it had assembled BlackBerry phones. Revenue for the three months dropped five per cent to $1.74 billion, above expectations for $1.69 billion.The gold sector turned positive while August gold gained $2.90 to US$1,618 an ounce. Barrick Gold (TSX:ABX) continued to lose ground after issuing a disappointing earnings report Thursday, down 55 cents to $32.49.Eldorado Gold (TSX:ELD) gained 58 cents to $11.10 after it reported quarterly net income of $46.6 million or seven cents share. That is down 38 per cent from a year ago. Revenues from gold sales for the quarter came in at $214.2 million, down 13 per cent from a year earlier. Eldorado also revised its 2012 production guidance downward.Elsewhere on the earnings front, Facebook shares plunged 11.7 per cent to US$23.70 after the social networking site reported stronger-than-expected revenue and a gain in user numbers Thursday. But investors weren’t impressed with the fact that growth has slowed. Also, Facebook didn’t offer an outlook for the rest of the year.Starbucks dropped 9.4 per cent to US$47.47 after the coffee retailer reported Thursday that net income in its fiscal third quarter rose 19 per cent from a year ago. But analysts expected more, and were further disappointed when the company cut its outlook for the current quarter because of a recent slowdown in U.S. customer traffic and persisting challenges in hard-hit European regions.In Canada, TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP) posted second-quarter net income attributable to common shares of $272 million or 39 cents per share, down from $353 million or 50 cents per common shares in the same period last year. Revenue came in at $1.8 billion compared to $1.79 billion year over year.TransCanada also said it has won final approval on three permits needed to build an oil pipeline to refineries on the Texas coast. Its shares edged five cents higher to $44.85. by News Staff Posted Jul 27, 2012 4:38 pm MDT TSX advances amid ECB vow to protect euro currency, slowing U.S. economy read more