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Watch Kyler Murray's rushing touchdown to end college football career

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Watch Kyler Murray's rushing touchdown to end college football career

Fittingly, the final play of Kyler Murray's electric 2018 season for the Oklahoma Sooners saw him waltzing into the end zone. 

Murray read the Alabama defense and took off for an 8-yard touchdown with 4:23 left in the fourth quarter. He wouldn't see the ball again in Oklahoma's 45-34 loss to Alabama in the Orange Bowl. 

The A's top pick in the 2018 MLB Draft showed off his speed all year in his Heisman-winning season. Even in a loss, Murray made history with his legs. 

Murray and the Sooners started off slow and trailed the Crimson Tide 21-0 after the first quarter, and 28-0 shortly after. After the first quarter though, they outscored Alabama 34-24. On the night, Murray completed 19 of his 37 pass attempts for 417 yards and three touchdowns through the air while adding another score on the ground to go with his 109 yards rushing.

Though he came short of his goal of national championship, Murray put together one of the greatest seasons in college football history. He finished his junior year with 4,361 yards passing, 1,001 yards rushing, and 54 total touchdowns.

Now, will he report to spring training, try his hand at the NFL, or possibly both? 

“I really haven’t even thought about it right now,” Murray said to reporters when asked the NFL draft. “Sorry about that.”

Underclassmen have until Jan. 14 to decide on the 2019 NFL Draft. Until then, A's fans will be waiting, but not so patiently. 

A's minor league coach Webster Garrison tests positive for coronavirus

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A's minor league coach Webster Garrison tests positive for coronavirus

The coronavirus has touched the A's organization.

A's minor league coach Webster Garrison has contracted COVID-19 and is on a ventilator, his fiancé Nikki Trudeaux said in a social media post Friday.

On Saturday, Trudeaux posted an update on Garrison's condition, stating that he hasn't suffered any setbacks.

The A's issued a statement to MLB.com's Martin Gallegos regarding Garrison:

“We want to extend our sincerest thoughts and prayers to our colleague for a speedy recovery. We are committed to providing him and his family with support and care. Every person on our team plays a critical role to our success and we look forward to his return to the field when he is healthy.

“During this pandemic, the health and safety of our players, employees, and community is our top priority. We are in this together and will get through this together. We are following MLB suggested protocols, CDC guidelines, and local public health recommendations for care. Finally, out of respect for this individual's privacy, at this time, we will not comment further regarding his situation.”

Last season, Garrison served as the manager for the A's High-A affiliate in Stockton, and is expected to coach one of the A's rookie-level teams in Arizona this season, The San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser reported.

The 54-year-old Garrison was selected in the second round of the 1983 MLB Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays.

Garrison, a first baseman and second baseman, signed with the A's organization on two separate occasions (1991 and 1996), and appeared in five big league games in 1996.

Former Astro Evan Gattis takes shot at Mike Fiers, lazily backtracks

Former Astro Evan Gattis takes shot at Mike Fiers, lazily backtracks

A's starter Mike Fiers caused a storm this offseason when he blew the whistle on the Houston Astros' sign-stealing scandal.

Fiers, who played for the Astros during their 2017 World Series-winning season in which they used technology to steal signs, has been almost universally praised as a hero for bringing the scandal to light.

But one of his former teammates apparently isn't happy Fiers pulled back the curtain on the Astros' trash-can banging ways.

After Gattis' posting caused a stir, the former Astro backtracked, claiming he has no ill-will toward Fiers.

It was a weird attempt at a flex from Gattis, who, even with the help of trash cans and technology, hit just .097 with a .129 slugging percentage on offspeed pitches in 2017.

Oof.

[RELATED: Fiers details mentality behind two career no-hitters]

Gattis isn't the only former player to call out Fiers for his whistleblowing, as both Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz criticized the A's right-hander for the way in which he went about it.

Astros manager A.J. Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow both were fired after MLB suspended for a season for their role in the rampant cheating.

The season currently is delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. But when the season does begin, the first meeting between Fiers and his old mates will be one for the books.