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Kyler Murray has signed a four-year, $35 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals that includes a signing bonus of an additional $23 million. [AP Photo/Matt York]
Kyler Murray has signed a four-year, $35 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals that includes a signing bonus of an additional $23 million. [AP Photo/Matt York]

Cardinals sign Kyler Murray

The Arizona Cardinals have signed No. 1 overall draft pick Kyler Murray to a four-year contract worth about $35 million with a team option for a fifth.

The deal announced Thursday includes a signing bonus of more than $23 million.

The Cardinals used the No. 1 pick on Murray, the Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback from Oklahoma, a year after taking Josh Rosen with the No. 10 overall pick. Rosen was traded to Miami.

McCarthy leads Byron Nelson

Denny McCarthy shot a career-low 8-under 63 for the first-round lead Thursday at the Byron Nelson, where the local spotlight is on Trinity Forest members Jordan Spieth and Tony Romo.

McCarthy had 10 birdies over a 12-hole stretch after a double bogey in his morning round. The former Virginia player was a stroke ahead of Tyler Duncan and Tom Hoge. Three-time major champion Brooks Koepka was among a large group at 65.

Spieth shot 68 during the afternoon when the wind picked up at the rain-soaked course. Romo, the CBS NFL analyst and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback playing as an amateur on a sponsor exemption, had a 76 that included a chip-in eagle at the seventh.

Energy FC adds midfielder

Energy FC signed midfielder Je-Vaughn Watson, the club announced Thursday. Watson joins Oklahoma City after spending last season with the Charlotte Independence of the USL Championship, where he made 21 appearances and scored one goal.

Prior to his time in the USL Championship, Watson played in Major League Soccer from 2011-17, where he made 160 appearances with the Houston Dynamo, FC Dallas and the New England Revolution. Watson also has played for the Jamaica national team.

Energy FC plays on the road Friday against Austin Bold FC. Match time is 7:30 p.m. at Bold Stadium in Austin, Texas.

Dodgers silence Nashville Sounds

Will Smith and Paulo Orlando both homered as the Oklahoma City Dodgers defeated the Nashville Sounds 7-3 on Thursday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Dodgers (11-22) scored four runs in the eighth inning to break a 3-3 tie, highlighted by Kyle Garlick's 2-RBI double and followed by Smith's 2-run homer. Orlando had tied the game with a solo homer in the seventh inning.

The win in front of a sellout crowd of 10.095 fans on Field Trip Day in Bricktown snapped a three game losing streak by the Dodgers. The Dodgers and Sounds (12-22) conclude the four-game series Friday at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. First pitch is 7:05 p.m.

OU's Green finalist for top freshman

Oklahoma softball utility player Grace Green is one of 10 finalists for the 2019 Schutt Sports/NFCA Division I National Freshman of the Year.

Named the Big 12 Freshman of the Year on Wednesday, Green led the league in home runs (9), RBIs (27), total bases (53) and slugging percentage (1.000) during conference play this year.

The top three finalists will be announced May 21.

Maximum Security denied appeal

The owners of disqualified Kentucky Derby winner Maximum Security are evaluating their legal options after an appeal of the decision was denied by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.

The colt crossed the finish line first only to be DQ'd and placed 17th for interference in the final turn Saturday. It was the first DQ for interference by a winner in the Derby's 145-year history.

Staff and Wire reports

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