NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 01: Quarterback Kyler Murray #1 of the Oklahoma Sooners walks off the field after the game against the Florida Atlantic Owls at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Owls 63-14. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma QB Kyler Murray has the Sooners on the cusp of a Big 12 title, a College Football Playoff berth, and is a possible Heisman trophy candidate. But if you thought that was enough incentive for Murray to play football at the pro level, you are sorely mistaken.In a press conference on Monday ahead of the Big 12 Championship Game against Texas, Murray revealed that he still plans to pursue a career in baseball instead of football.“As of now, that’s the plan,” Murray said, per ESPN, referring to his decision to play baseball.Murray was the ninth overall pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft.The quarterback has already agreed to a deal with the A’s that included a $4.66 million signing bonus.Murray has excelled under Lincoln Riley this year.The Sooners head coach compared Murray’s situation to that of dual-sport legends Bo Jackson and Deion Sanders – who both transitioned back-and-forth between professional football and baseball.“It’ll be an interesting question, what he and his family decide to do,” Riley said. “…There’s different dynamics with it. If he plays QB if he chooses the football route, different from Bo, Deion. But he’s so athletically gifted in transitioning between the two (sports).”In his first year as a starter for the Sooners, Murray led the team to an 11-1 regular season record while completing over 70% of his passes for 34 TDs and rushing for over 800 yards and 11 TDs.
After consultation with partners including those who will join us as co-sponsors, we tabled a draft resolution on Sri Lanka for consideration by the Human Rights Council (HRC) at its 19th Session. We have taken this step upon careful reflection and after extensive dialogue and bilateral engagement at the highest levels of the U.S. government. Three years since the end of the conflict, it is our belief that the government of Sri Lanka must take concerted actions on the ground to foster national reconciliation and accountability. The U.S. Government has provided humanitarian and development assistance to facilitate post-war reconciliation, and we believe that HRC action can further assist in this aim.After consulting broadly with delegations from all regions and incorporating many helpful suggestions to the initial draft, we have introduced a moderate, reasonable, and balanced resolution text as a basis for further discussion and collaboration with our many partners in the Human Rights Council. In this regard, we reiterate our long-expressed willingness to work in partnership with the government of Sri Lanka on this resolution, and on the broader issues of reconciliation and accountability. Full statement: The United States (US) says the draft resolution on Sri Lanka which was presented to the UN Human Rights Council this week, was done so after consulting other countries including those who will co-sponsor the resolution.The US Ambassador to Geneva, Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, told the Council that the US firmly believes that action now in the Council reflects the international community’s ongoing interest in and support for action on the ground in Sri Lanka. This resolution is not intended to condemn; indeed, it acknowledges the contributions of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), which has made many constructive recommendations to the Sri Lankan government. However, many international and domestic observers share our conclusion that the government has not yet promulgated a credible action plan for implementation of those recommendations, nor has it taken the additional needed steps since the war to foster national reconciliation.Our intention is clear: we want the countries of the world to join in encouraging the government of Sri Lanka to take the steps needed to ensure meaningful and lasting national reconciliation after a long conflict, to reach out sincerely to the Tamil population and bring them back in to the national life of Sri Lanka, and to ensure accountability for actions taken during the war.Time is slipping by for the people of Sri Lanka. Together with the international community we want to work with Sri Lanka in order to bring lasting peace to the island. We firmly believe that action now in this Council reflects the international community’s ongoing interest in and support for action on the ground in Sri Lanka. Numerous international and domestic observers have echoed our concern that the government of Sri Lanka must now establish domestic processes that will sow the seeds of lasting peace on the ground. With this resolution, the countries of the world can extend their hand of cooperation to help all the people of Sri Lanka achieve that goal.