NORMAN, Okla. (AP) – Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray has announced he’s leaving Oklahoma early to enter the NFL draft. He passed for 4,361 yards and 42 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and another 12 scores this past season. The Oakland Athletics made the speedy outfielder the ninth overall selection last June, signed him and gave him a $4.66 million signing bonus. The Athletics agreed to let him continue playing football.
CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cleveland Browns have introduced Freddie Kitchens as their new head coach and announced his two coordinators. Kitchens began this season as the Browns’ running backs coach and was promoted to offensive coordinator when Todd Haley was dismissed at midseason. Kitchens has hired Todd Monken as offensive coordinator and former Arizona Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks to run his defense.
NEW YORK (AP) – Michigan and Virginia remain the only unbeaten teams in Division One basketball, but they couldn’t move up in the latest Associated Press men’s basketball poll. Duke remains No. 1 for the fourth straight win after receiving 36 of 64 first-place votes, but the Blue Devils will likely fall from the top spot following last night’s 95-91 overtime loss against Syracuse. The second-ranked Wolverines picked up nine first-place votes, No. 3 Tennessee had 13 and the fourth-rated Cavaliers had the remaining six. Iowa is ranked 23rd this week.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – The San Francisco Giants are keeping Derek Holland in their starting rotation after working out a one-year contract with the left-hander. The 32-year-old was 7-9 with a 3.57 ERA in 30 starts and six relief appearances over 171 1/3 innings in his first season for San Francisco. Holland spent the first eight of his 10 big league seasons with Texas.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) – No. 16 seed Serena Williams has won her first Australian Open singles match since capturing the 2017 title while pregnant. Williams looked to be at her dominant best, overpowering Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2. She is pursuing an eighth title in Melbourne and 24th Slam trophy overall, which would equal the women’s record held by Margaret Court.