CFP ratings slip...Light sports slate outside NFL...Hurricanes’ coach retires
UNDATED (AP) — Television ratings for the College Football Playoff on ESPN dropped from last season, dragged down by lopsided games and not being playing on New Year’s Day. ESPN says Alabama’s 45-34 victory against Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night drew a 10.4 overnight rating, peaking at 11.8 early in the first quarter when the Crimson Tide jumped out to a 14-point lead. The network says Clemson’s 30-3 victory against Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl earlier Saturday drew a 10.3 rating, peaking at 11.2.
UNDATED (AP) — There’s a light sports slate outside the NFL. Six games are part of the NBA schedule today starting with Detroit at Orlando at 3:30 p.m. Later on it’s Chicago at Toronto, Minnesota at Miami, Oklahoma City at Dallas, Philadelphia at Portland, and Sacramento at the L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. Only one game is on tap in the NHL, Vegas at Arizona.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. (AP) — Miami coach Mark Richt has announced he will retire, a stunning decision made after three years leading his alma mater and with five years remaining on his contract. Richt says he told Miami athletic director Blake James of his decision Sunday. He says the decision was his. Miami struggled to a 7-6 record this season, falling to Wisconsin in the Pinstripe Bowl. The Hurricanes have lost nine of their last 16 games going back to a 10-0 start last season. Richt was 26-13 at Miami, and 171-64 in 18 seasons between Georgia and the Hurricanes.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — In MLB news, veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy has signed a one year deal with the Los Angeles Angels. Yahoo Sports reported the deal is for $3.35 million. The team announced the move Saturday. To make room on the roster, right-hander Austin Brice was designated for assignment. A two-time All-Star, the 32-year-old Lucroy batted .241 with four homers, 51 RBIs and a .617 OPS in 126 games this year during his only season with the Oakland Athletics.
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The University of Florida is losing a second player to the NFL draft. Offensive tackle Jawaan Taylor is forgoing his final year of college eligibility. The 6-foot-5, 330-pound junior announced his decision via social media Saturday night after the Gators beat Michigan 41-15 in the Peach Bowl . Taylor also signed with agent Drew Rosenhaus. Defensive back Chauncey Gardner-Johnson declared for the draft in late November but still played in the Peach Bowl.