Mayfield meets reporters...2 bowl games in progress...Djokovic’s elbow still hurts
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield showed up about 10 minutes late at Rose Bowl media day, after missing two previous events due to illness. Mayfield says he has been nagged by a “flu or whatever you want to call” the past few days. He says he doesn’t think it will affect how he plays when the Sooners play Georgia Monday night in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Iowa State defensive backs Kamari Cotton-Moya and Evrett Edwards are missing today’s Liberty Bowl game against No. 19 Memphis. The Iowa State athletic department says Edwards was ineligible for the game for an unspecified reason and Cotton-Moya was suspended for a violation of team rules. Both players are fifth-year seniors, effectively ending their college careers.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Today’s game between Louisville and Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl is expected to be Lamar Jackson’s collegiate finale, though the Cardinals’ star quarterback isn’t discussing his plans. The 2016 Heisman Trophy winner hasn’t said publicly whether he will forgo his final year of eligibility and enter the NFL draft.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — If Sam Darnold returns to the home of the Dallas Cowboys in four months, he hopes to leave feeling better than he did after a rough night in the Cotton Bowl. Darnold threw an interception that was returned for a touchdown, lost two fumbles on sacks and misfired on several other throws in No. 8 Southern California’s 24-7 loss to fifth-ranked Ohio State last night. The third-year sophomore is projected as a possible top overall pick in the NFL draft, which will be held at AT&T Stadium in late April.
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has withdrawn from his final warm-up event for the Australian Open. The 30-year-old Serb says he will miss next week’s Qatar Open because he still has pain in his right elbow and isn’t sure when he will return to action. The Australian Open starts Jan. 15. Djokovic hasn’t played a competitive match since the injury forced him out of the Wimbledon quarterfinals.