The A’s first-round draft choice in June didn’t run the 40-yard dash at Oklahoma’s pro day in Norman in front of NFL scouts. Murray said he would have expected to run something in the 4.3-second range. “I’m pretty confident in my abilities as far as running,” he said. “I think the film kind of speaks for itself. I’d love to get out there and run, but it’s just not as necessary. I just don’t think it’s necessary for me. That’s just the decision we came up with.” He threw well enough to add to the buzz that he might be worthy of going No. 1 overall in next month’s NFL draft. He made 66 throws and was impressive enough to get a meeting with the New York Giants afterward. The Giants have the sixth pick. Arizona holds the top pick.
The three-time NASCAR champion headlined the six new nominees eligible for induction into the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Stewart joined Neil Bonnett, a popular member of the “Alabama Gang,” two-time Xfinity Series champion Sam Ard, 1961 Daytona 500 winner Marvin Panch, short-track racer Jim Paschal and mechanic Red Vogt as the new nominees. NASCAR also announced three new nominees for the Landmark Award given for outstanding contributions to the sport: Edsel Ford II of Ford Motor Co., Pocono Raceway founder Dr. Joseph Mattioli and Mike Helton, the first non-France family member to be named NASCAR president.
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