Good Thursday morning! Let's sports.
Good Thursday morning! Let's sports.
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The Oakland Athletics expect Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray to enter the NFL draft prior to Sunday's deadline, reports Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Be smart: "Declaring for the draft does not guarantee that Murray, an outfielder whom Oakland selected ninth overall, will decide to reject his $4.66 million deal with the A's outright," writes Slusser.
Go deeper: "For the Athletics, who won't receive a compensation pick if Murray decides not to play baseball, it's an unmitigated disaster," writes The Ringer's Danny Heifetz.
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and NBA commissioner Adam Silver at CES. Photo: David Becker/Getty Images
Twitter wants to give sports fans more games to watch in real time, even if it can't air them as they're shown on TV, writes Axios' Sara Fischer.
Why it matters: Everyone's trying to figure out how to marry live sports with social media since, increasingly, users are engaging with both simultaneously.
How it works: Users watching Thursday night basketball games on TNT will vote on a player during the first half of the game that they wish to follow for the second half using Twitter's isolated camera feed.
Our thought bubble: One day a similar voting mechanism could be used for betting, which was legalized in May.
The bottom line: Sports are one of the only types of content that's still watched live, aside from news, so leagues have been reluctant to give broadcast rights to social media or streaming platforms beyond small pieces.
Go deeper: More details in the Axios stream.
1. Broncos ➞ Vic Fangio, 62: The former Chicago Bears defensive coordinator has 32 years of experience in the NFL but this is his first head coaching gig. Fun fact: Remember Jim Mora Sr.’s famous "PLAYOFFS?" rant? Vic had a role in that.
2. Browns ➞ Freddie Kitchens, 44: Cleveland chose to elevate their interim offensive coordinator after watching him click with quarterback Baker Mayfield down the stretch. Seems like an awesome guy. Also, Baker + Kitchens = Brownies.
3. Jets ➞ Adam Gase, 40: The former Dolphins head coach, who Peyton Manning once called "the smartest guy I know" is the first head coach the Jets have hired from the offensive side of the ball since Rich Kotite in 1995.
Bengals, Dolphins ➞ NOW HIRING!
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Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby were the No. 1 overall picks in consecutive NHL drafts — 2004 and 2005, respectively — but because of the labor dispute that wiped out the 2004-05 season, they made their debuts on the very same night.
+ Meanwhile, in Anaheim: The Ducks fell to the Ottawa Senators 2-1 in overtime last night, extending their losing streak to a franchise-worst nine games.
Best team defense: The Milwaukee Bucks successfully deployed an aggressive "force James Harden right" defensive scheme in their 116-109 win over the Houston Rockets last night.
Best news for slept-on prospects: Steph Curry, a former overlooked prospect himself, is launching the Underrated Tour, a series of basketball camps designed to help high school players with a three-star ranking or lower get exposure.
Best thing I read: "The Politics of Kicks" by Bleacher Report's Rich Bucher:
Arike Ogunbowale (left) and Asia Durr (right). Photos: Scott W. Grau/Getty Images; Adam Lacy/Getty Images
At 7 pm ET tonight (ESPN), No. 1 Notre Dame and No. 2 Louisville will battle it out for the number one spot in women's college basketball, Axios' Michael Sykes writes. It's a matchup that has pretty much everything a hoops fan could ask for.
The big picture: Baylor snapped UConn's 126-game regular-season winning streak last week — a historic upset that "set up a fight for the No. 1 seeds that hasn't existed in years," Charlie Creme writes for ESPNW.
Look closely enough and you might see four-year-old Tom Brady in the crowd. Photo: Bettmann/Getty Images
37 years ago today, the San Francisco 49ers beat the Dallas Cowboys 28-27 in the NFC Championship game after tight end Dwight Clark made "The Catch" with 56 seconds left to play. Enjoy.
Rest in peace: Clark passed away at the age of 61 last year after battling ALS. I'll never forget reading this story about his final gathering with old teammates and others he loved. Friendship is everything.
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Imagine taking the best parts of NASCAR, the X Games and motocross, then bundling all of that energy into quick-hit races, none lasting more than 20 minutes.
The intrigue: Eight of the last nine Supercross titles were won by two riders: Ryan Villopoto (2011-2014) and Ryan Dungey (2010, 2015-2017). Now that both have retired, a new crop of young talent has emerged to fill the void they left behind.
The Los Angeles Rams and Dallas Cowboys will meet in the playoffs for the first time in 33 years on Saturday.
Answer at the bottom.
The junior guard exploded for a Big East record 53 points (15-26 FG, 10-14 3PT) in Marquette's 106-104 overtime victory over Creighton. Here are the highlights.
Kendall "PLAYOFFS?" Baker
Trivia answer: Eric Dickerson