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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(NORMAN, Okla.) -- Former Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray is committed to pursuing a career in the NFL over Major League Baseball, he said on Saturday.

Murray was honored during the first half of the Sooners' basketball game against Texas on Saturday.

"For me, it was something I've known for a while," he said about his plans to play football professionally. Murray was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2018, but the baseball team allowed him to play one more season of college football.

During that season, Murray won the Heisman Trophy and became a likely first-round NFL Draft pick.

"That organization, being with the A's, was the best possible situation for me," Murray said Saturday. "Just because they were so great throughout the football season, kind of leaving me alone and letting me do my own thing, and at the same time letting me know how much I meant to them and that type of stuff."

Because of that, Murray says, "telling them was tough."

He called the night he was drafted by the Athletics "a great day of my life," but said "I didn't know how the NFL felt about me before this season because I hadn't played."

So he used his junior year at Oklahoma to "put myself in the best position possible. Obviously, when you win, good things happen. A lot of good stuff happened this year."

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Photo by Scott Clarke / ESPN Images(LAS VEGAS) -- Philadelphia Phillies owner John Middleton was in Las Vegas on Friday night to meet with free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, sources told ESPN.

The two sides were not expected to reach a contract agreement during the meeting. But the Phillies have been considered one of the most likely landing spots for the 26-year-old star.

Harper and the Phillies also met in Las Vegas, Harper's hometown, in January.

The Phillies have been active this offseason, trading for infielder Jean Segura and catcher J.T. Realmuto to bolster their lineup. Middleton said early in the offseason that the team was ready to spend money, "and maybe even be a little bit stupid about it."

The team was believed to be interested in both Harper and infielder Manny Machado, but the latter player signed a 10-year contract worth $300 million with the San Diego Padres this week.

Other teams believed to be in the running for Harper include the San Francisco Giants and the Chicago White Sox. The Padres, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Harper's former team the Washington Nationals are also considered possible landing spots.

Harper is reportedly seeking a deal worth more than the 10 years and $300 million that the Nationals offered him at the end of the 2018 season.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Friday’s sports events:

INTERLEAGUE
Boston 6, Northeastern University 0 (7 Innings)
Philadelphia 3, Tampa Bay 2
Detroit 12, Southeastern University 2

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle 8, Oakland 1

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Chicago 110, Orlando 109
Toronto 120, San Antonio 117
Charlotte 123, Washington 110
Indiana 126, New Orleans 111
Minnesota 115, N-Y Knicks 104
Detroit 125, Atlanta 122
L.A. Clippers 112, Memphis 106
Denver 114, Dallas 104
Oklahoma City 148, Utah 147 (2OT)
 
NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Columbus 3, Ottawa 0
Minnesota 3, Detroit 2
Colorado 5, Chicago 3
Calgary 2, Anaheim 1
Winnipeg 6, Vegas 3

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(21) Iowa 76, Indiana 70 (OT)
(25) Buffalo 80, Kent St. 57

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(GLENDALE, Ariz.) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers have shut down ace Clayton Kershaw indefinitely after he reportedly didn't feel right during an early throwing session.

Kershaw didn't elaborate on the issue following the team's Friday workout. He did say that he expects to be kept off the mound for only a few days.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the issue wasn't related to Kershaw's back, which has sent him to the injured list each of the last three years. Roberts called it "just an arm kind of thing," but said "no one is alarmed or worried" because it is still early in Spring Training.

The 30-year-old lefty has won the National League Cy Young Award three times, and signed a three-year contract extension with the Dodgers in November.

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poetic_disorder/iStock(NEW YORK) -- Major League Baseball has announced that it will implement a pitch timer during Spring Training games, with the potential for that mechanism to be used in regular season games as well.

According to a news release, the 20-second clock will be implemented in three stages. Initially, the timer will be used without enforcement as umpires and players become familiar with the rule.

Beginning next week, umpires will be instructed to remind pitchers and hitters who violate the rule with no penalty. And later in Spring Training, batters will be required to be in the batter's box and alert to the pitcher with at least five seconds remaining on the clock. The pitcher will have to begin his windup or come to a set position before the timer expires. A ball or strike will be assessed based on which party violates the rule.

MLB says the timer will not be used on the first pitch of an at-bat. On any ensuing pitch, the clock will start when the pitcher receives the ball back from the catcher.

Negotiations between the league and the MLB Players Union will determine whether the rule will also be used in the regular season.

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Photo by Allen Kee / ESPN Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse head basketball coach Jim Boeheim will return to the sideline on Saturday for his team's game against Duke, three days after he was involved in a fatal traffic accident.

University athletic director John Wildhack announced the news Friday.

"The Jimenez family has suffered a tremendous loss," he wrote. "Our community is shaken. The Boeheim family is heartbroken over what happened, as we all are."

Wildhack explained that "Coach Boeheim's players gain strength from him, just as he gains strength from his players. Our entire community gains strength from each other. With this in mind, and after thoughtful considerations, I have respectfully decided that Coach Boeheim will resume his coaching duties later today and will coach in tomorrow night's game against Duke."

Boeheim met with the team on Thursday, but did not participate in the team's practice session.

Following the team's Wednesday night win over Louisville, Boeheim was driving home from a restaurant when he struck and killed a man walking along an interstate highway. Accident reports say Boeheim was trying to avoid hitting a disabled vehicle that had lost control and hit a guardrail. Jorge Jimenez, 51, was a passenger in that vehicle.

Sobriety tests for Boeheim and the driver of the second vehicle were negative.

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images(JUPITER, Fla.) -- New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has been charged with solicitation of prostitution in connection to a wide-ranging human trafficking investigation at a Florida massage parlor, police in Florida said at a news conference Friday morning.

Kraft, who was one of 25 people charged in the sting, faces two counts of soliciting another to commit prostitution for acts that allegedly occurred about one month ago, Jupiter Police Chief Daniel Kerr said.

Authorities, who set up hidden cameras at the day spa, said there's video evidence of all of all of the suspects, including Kraft, participating in the alleged acts, said Jupiter Police Detective Andrew Sharp.

"Much of our evidence comes from the businesses, also from body-worn cameras of our officers, and also surveillance that we had been conducting over the last several months," authorities said at the news conference.

Stacey James, a spokesman for Kraft, said in a statement, "We categorically deny that Mr. Kraft engaged in any illegal activity. Because it is a judicial matter, we will not be commenting further."

ABC News has reached out to the NFL for comment but has not immediately heard back.

The charges against Kraft are misdemeanors, said Sharp.

The NFL team owner is not a Florida resident "so there would be an arrest warrant issued," Kerr said.

The NFL said in a statement that the league "is aware of the ongoing law enforcement matter and will continue to monitor developments.”



The charges come three weeks after the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams to win the team's sixth Super Bowl title.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kraft's then-NFL record $175 million purchase of the Patriots in 1994. At the time he vowed to turn the team into a league champion.

This story is developing. Please check back for more updates.


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Photo by Eric Lars Bakke / ESPN Images(AUSTIN, Texas) -- The Texas Longhorns basketball program announced an indefinite suspension for leading scorer Kerwin Roach II on Friday, following a violation of team rules.

Roach, a senior, was averaging 15 points, 4.5 rebounds and 3.1 assists per game.

He was previously suspended for the first game of the season for a separate violation of team rules. Roach was also suspended for the season opener in 2016-2017 for another violation.

The school did not release any further information about Roach's latest suspension. The Longhorns will face the Oklahoma Sooners on Saturday.

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iStock(NEW YORK) -- Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Seattle at Oakland 3:05 p.m., canceled

NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Cleveland 111, Phoenix 98
Philadelphia 106, Miami 102
Portland 113, Brooklyn 99
Milwaukee 98, Boston 97
L.A. Lakers 111, Houston 106
Golden State 125, Sacramento 123

NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE
Washington 3, Toronto 2
New Jersey 4, Ottawa 0
Carolina 4, Florida 3
San Jose 4, Pittsburgh 0
Minnesota 4, N.Y. Rangers 1
SO Tampa Bay 2, Buffalo 1
Montreal 5, Philadelphia 1
Nashville 2, L.A. Kings 1
Dallas 5, St. Louis 2
OT Edmonton 4, N.Y. Islanders 3
OT Arizona 3, Vancouver 2

TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL
(2) Gonzaga 92, Pepperdine 64
(7) Michigan 69, Minnesota 60

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Rich Barnes/Getty Images(SYRACUSE, N.Y.) -- Syracuse University men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim accidentally struck and killed a pedestrian late Wednesday night, according to local police.

Boeheim remained at the scene and is cooperating with the investigation, Syracuse Police said in a news release.

The legendary college coach underwent "field sobriety and alco-sensor tests," which "were negative for any signs of impairment," according to police.

Boeheim released an emotional statement Thursday morning.

"I am heartbroken that a member of our community died as the result of last night’s accident," Boeheim said.

The deadly accident took place around 11:20 p.m., police said.

The victim, Jorge Jimenez, 51, of Syracuse, had been in a car that lost control on the highway, hitting a guard rail, police said.

The car was in the middle of the road when the accident occurred, according to police.

Jimenez and the others in the car with him were walking along the highway when, according to authorities, Boeheim noticed the vacant vehicle and tried to avoid it, according to police.

"As a result, the driver, James Boeheim 74, struck the victim who was standing on the side of the road," according to the police statement.

The coach said he and his wife "extend our deepest sympathies to the Jimenez family."

"Out of respect for those involved, I will not be providing further comment at this time," Boeheim said.

No tickets have been issued, the police department said.

Boeheim's speed was not immediately clear, according to police, but Onondaga County District Attorney Bill Fitzpatrick told ABC Syracuse affiliate WSYR the coach was driving at an appropriate speed.

The crash came shortly after Syracuse won its home game against the University of Louisville.

"We are saddened by the death of a member of our Central New York community," Syracuse Athletics Director John Wildhack said in a statement. "We extend our deepest condolences to all impacted by this tragic accident."

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