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OU football: Former Sooner Kyler Murray earns NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray speaks at the NFL Honors award show Saturday in Miami after being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]
Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray speaks at the NFL Honors award show Saturday in Miami after being named Offensive Rookie of the Year. [AP Photo/David J. Phillip]


Former Sooner Kyler Murray earns NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year

Top overall draft pick Kyler Murray has joined such other No. 1 overall selections as Earl Campbell and Cam Newton as The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year.

The fast, elusive and creative quarterback is the sixth man to start off the NFL draft and then win the best offensive rookie honor since the 1970 merger. Newton is the most recent, in 2011, one year after Sam Bradford did it. The others were running backs Campbell (1978), Billy Sims (1980) and George Rogers (1981).

Murray started all 16 games, going 5-10-1 with 20 touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He ran for 544 yards and four more scores.

That earned him 26 1-2 votes in balloting by 50 members of a nationwide media panel that covers the NFL. Murray easily outdistanced Oakland running back Josh Jacobs, who had 13. Tennessee wide receiver A.J. Brown had 9 1-2 votes, and the other selection went to Philadelphia running back Miles Sanders.

Ravens' Jackson earns second ever unanimous vote for NFL MVP award

Lamar Jackson joins Tom Brady as the only unanimous choices for The Associated Press NFL Most Valuable Player award.

Jackson's spectacular season drew all 50 votes from a nationwide panel of media members who regularly cover the league. Baltimore's All-Pro set an NFL record for yards rushing by a quarterback (1,206) and led an offense that compiled more yards on the ground (3,296) than any in league history. The Ravens won their final 12 games of the regular season to finish at 14-2, the league's best mark.

John Harbaugh brought home the Coach of the Year award for the Ravens as well. New England's Stephon Gilmore became the first cornerback in a decade to win Defensive Player of the Year, and 49ers' Nick Bosa won the Defensive Rookie of the Year award in a rout.

Safeties first: Polamalu, Atwater heading to Hall of Fame

He grew his hair so long, it flowed out of his helmet and obscured the name on the back of his jersey.

Didn't matter. Everyone knew where to find Troy Polamalu on Sundays.

The Steelers great earned a spot in the Hall of Fame on Saturday along with another hard-hitting safety, Steve Atwater of Denver. Also making it were receiver Isaac Bruce, running back Edgerrin James and guard Steve Hutchinson.

Selected in his first year of eligibility, Polamalu was a four-time All-Pro, was voted to eight Pro Bowls and finished with two Super Bowl rings in three trips.


Tony Finau shoots 9-under 62 to take Phoenix Open lead

Tony Finau shot a 9-under 62 on Saturday to take a one-stroke lead over Simpson in the Waste Management Phoenix Open.

Second-round leader J.B. Holmes and Hudson Swafford were two strokes back. Holmes shot 70 and Swafford had a 66.

Xander Schauffele (66), Adam Long (66) and Scott Piercy (68) were another shot back.

Jon Rahm was tied for 11th at 10 under after a 68, playing alongside Finau. The former Arizona State star can jump from No. 3 to No. 1 in the world with a victory, provided top-ranked Brooks Koepka — tied for seventh with a round left in the Saudi International — finishes out of the top four.

Billy Horschel, a shot behind Holmes entering the round, had a 73 to drop seven strokes back.

Wyndham Clark, the first-round leader after a 61, also was 9 under after a 74 in the final group with Holmes and Horschel.

Fourth-ranked Justin Thomas shot 69 to get to 8 under and defending champion Rickie Fowler was 5 under after a 69.

Tour Champions: Brett Quigley won the Morocco Champions in his second PGA Tour Champions start, saving par on the final two holes Saturday to hold off Stephen Ames by a stroke.


ROCKIES: All-Star shortstop Trevor Story finalized a $27.5 million, two-year deal with the Rockies on Friday, avoiding arbitration. The 27-year-old hit 35 homers and swiped 23 bases last season. He also set career highs in runs (111), batting average (.294) and on-base percentage (.363).

CUBS: Chicago and reliever Jeremy Jeffress finalized an $850,000, one-year contract on Saturday. He finished 2019 with a 3-4 record and a 5.02 ERA in 48 games.

Wire reports