Another honor for Murray...Dolphins’ Howard sidelined...Nats introduce Corbin
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray is the unanimous pick for The Associated Press Big 12 offensive player of the year. It’s the fourth consecutive season a player from the conference champion Sooners has won the honor. Murray, a Heisman Trophy finalist, has also been named the AP’s national player of the year. He was one of a league-high six first-team picks from Oklahoma on the AP All-Big 12 team announced today.
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — NFL interception leader Xavien Howard has been ruled out of the Miami Dolphins’ game Sunday against New England because of a left knee injury. Coach Adam Gase said Friday that Howard might be able to return for next week’s game at Minnesota. Howard was hurt when tackled following an interception in Sunday’s win over Buffalo. The third-year cornerback has seven interceptions, including two in each of the past two games.
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Coach Todd Bowles says the New York Jets’ starting quarterback against the Buffalo Bills is still to be determined. All signs indicate it will be rookie Sam Darnold, after he was a full participant at practice all week following missing three games with a strained right foot. If Darnold plays, it would be his first game action since being injured against Miami on Nov. 4. The Jets went 0-3 while Josh McCown was filling in.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — Calgary Flames forward Ryan Lomberg has been suspended for a game and coach Bill Peters fined $10,000 by the NHL for a confrontation at the end of a game with the Minnesota Wild. Lomberg went after Matt Dumba when the Wild defenseman steamrolled Flames center Mikael Backlund in the final minute of Calgary’s 2-0 victory Thursday night. Instigating in the final five minutes of the game resulted in Lomberg’s automatic suspension and Peters’ fine.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have announced the addition of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin at a news conference introducing the lefty, who gets a $140 million, six-year contract. It’s the latest in a flurry of offseason moves by general manager Mike Rizzo. Rizzo said the deal with Corbin is “independent” of what might happen with right fielder Bryce Harper, who has played his entire career for the Nationals and is a free agent.