This Week in U.S. Sports: Irving apologises, Machado's agent isn't happy
This was a week filled with words.
In Boston, there was a request for forgiveness.
In Chicago, there were words of anger.
And in Alabama, there were words of thanks.
There was also a goodbye in 'Bama where a quarterback decided to move on.
Here is what's happening this week in U.S. Sports.
1. Kyrie Irving apologises to LeBron James
This one was a long time coming.
Kyrie Irving apologised to LeBron James over the weekend for being a young player who wanted everything at his fingertips while the pair were at the Cleveland Cavaliers. He came to the realisation he needed to call James and apologise after his public callout of his Boston Celtics did not strike the right tone.
"Going forward, I want to test these young guys, but I can't be a bully like that," Irving told reporters. "I want to get the best out of them, but I can't do it personally like that. That was a learning experience for me of being in this position of really realising the magnitude of my voice and what I really mean to these guys. I want to see them do well and do that where I empower them."
2. Those are fighting words
Manny Machado's free agency is getting contentious.
Details are starting to surface about an offer the Chicago White Sox made to the four-time All-Star with some saying the deal is for eight years and in the $200-plus million range while another came out Wednesday saying the offer was for seven years and $175m.
The second report did not go over well with Machado's agent Dan Lozano, who called the news "completely wrong".
"The absence of new information to report is no excuse to fabricate 'news' or regurgitate falsehoods without even attempting to confirm their validity and it is a disservice to baseball fans everywhere when the media does just that," Lozano wrote in a statement.
3. Kyler Murray takes important step
This year's Heisman Trophy winner officially did it: he declared for the 2019 NFL Draft.
This matters because he was also the number nine pick in the MLB Draft by the Oakland Athletics in 2018. Many people believe now Murray will have to decide between the NFL or MLB and no one is quite sure what he is going to do.
Murray's declaration for the NFL Draft does not mean he has to go into the NFL or that he will be kept out of MLB, but it leaves his option open to play football as he had to declare by this weekend, which he did.
Murray is projected to be a first-round pick in the NFL Draft this season. He likely will not have to officially decide whether he will play baseball or football until the middle of February as he is supposed to be with Oakland in spring training, but the NFL Combine is around the same time. We will know more about his future then.
I have declared for the NFL Draft.— Kyler Murray (@TheKylerMurray) January 14, 2019
4. Oklahoma sign another Heisman Trophy candidate
With Murray leaving the Sooners for either baseball or football, Oklahoma have to find a new quarterback.
And whether or not he will officially be the team's starter, OU did just get another former Heisman Trophy finalist.
Jalen Hurts, who was a finalist in his freshman year at Alabama, has transferred to Oklahoma to play football. Because he is a grad transfer he can play immediately.
Hurts is 26-2 as a starting quarterback and led Alabama to the National Championship game as a freshman. He also led the Crimson Tide to the championship as a sophomore, but he was replaced at half-time of that game with Tua Tagovailoa.
5. Stephen Curry, Warriors fill week with records
The Golden State Warriors made a statement this week.
First on Friday, Stephen Curry passed Jason Terry for third on the all-time three-pointers made list.
Then on Tuesday, the Warriors dropped 51 points in the first quarter against the Denver Nuggets which set an NBA record.
Finally, on Wednesday, Curry hit nine three-pointers in Golden State's win over the New Orleans Pelicans which gave him his third consecutive game making at least eight three-pointers. No one had ever done that before in NBA history.
Golden State are setting records left and right and they get DeMarcus Cousins back on Friday. Good luck to the rest of the NBA.