MIAMI, FL – DECEMBER 29: Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners reacts in the fourth quarter during the College Football Playoff Semifinal against the Alabama Crimson Tide at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray has been a major topic of discussion this offseason. The Heisman Trophy winner has formally declared for the NFL Draft and has left his future plans up for speculation.Murray was a first-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, and the Oakland Athletics badly want him to begin his baseball career. However, he could be first-round choice in this year’s NFL Draft, and if outward appearances are to be believed, Murray wants to give football a shot.Bleacher Report’s Matt Miller stated today that Murray is the player in this year’s draft class that scouts are “most excited about.”The best move the team can make is to identify and draft a starting quarterback early in the first round. That is, of course, easier said than done. The player that NFL scouts continue to be the most excited about is Oklahoma’s Kyler Murray. He isn’t a sure thing, but the buzz surrounding him is unlike anything I’ve heard in a long time.Murray is the second quarterback off the board in Miller’s latest mock. He is one of four quarterbacks to be taken in the first round.The others are Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins, Missouri’s Drew Lock and Duke’s Daniel Jones.You can view Miller’s full seven-round mock here.For comparison, the latest mock draft from CBS Sports doesn’t have Murray in the first round. His stock will be interesting to monitor over the next two-plus months.
London: Swiss legend Roger Federer rallied from a set down to defeat Kei Nishikori 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4 and set up a showdown in the Wimbledon semifinals against arch-rival Rafael Nadal, a contest that will be their first at the Cathedral of Tennis since the epic 2008 men’s singles final. Nadal also struggled in the early going of his quarterfinal match on Wednesday against American Sam Querrey before finding a higher gear to win 7-5, 6-2, 6-2, reports Efe news. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together With his 100th match victory at the Wimbledon, the most he has recorded at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, 37-year-old Federer set up the dream contest once more against Nadal that fans have been waiting for ever since the draw was unveiled. Ahead of that contest, Federer told the media he expected a different match than the ones they played at Wimbledon more than a decade ago. Last month the two met in another epic clash at the Roland Garros, where the Spaniard defeated the Swiss veteran. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open “(He has) improved so much over the years on this surface. He’s playing also very different than he used to. We haven’t played each other in a long, long time on this surface. He’s serving way different. I remember back in the day how he used to serve, and now how much bigger he’s serving, how much faster he finishes points,” the Swiss said. When Federer and Nadal meet in Friday’s match, it will be their first match at Wimbledon since the 2008 final, when the Spaniard held off a thrilling comeback by the Swiss to win 6-4, 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-7 (8-10), 9-7. That contest was the longest final ever at Wimbledon and — considering the occasion and the pedigree of the two competitors — is widely considered the greatest match in tennis history. Prior to that match-up, Federer — winner of a record eight Wimbledon men’s singles titles — had defeated Nadal in the 2006 and 2007 finals at the All England Club. The legendary status of Federer and Nadal has only increased since 2008, with the Swiss now holding the record for most Grand Slam men’s singles titles with 20 and the Spaniard currently in second place all time with 18. The winner of the Federer-Nadal blockbuster though may not even be the favourite in Sunday’s final. Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic was in sublime form in brushing aside Belgium’s David Goffin on Wednesday and will be the heavy favourite when he takes on Spain’s Roberto Bautista-Agut in Friday’s other men’s singles semifinal.