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December 30, 2018


Alabama, Clemson to meet in CFP title game again

UNDATED (AP) — For the third time in four years it will be Alabama taking on Clemson for the CFP national championship. The Crimson Tide and Tigers both advanced with lopsided wins.

Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) threw for 318 yards and four touchdowns as No. 1-ranked Alabama beat No. 4 Oklahoma 45-34 at the Orange Bowl. The Heisman Trophy runner-up completed 24 of 27 passes, with scores to four receivers. Tagovailoa helped the Tide take a 28-0 through the first 17 minutes.

Josh Jacobs rushed for 98 yards and Damien Harris had two rushing touchdowns for Alabama.

Heisman Trophy winner Kyler Murray led Oklahoma with 308 yards passing and another 109 yards rushing. CeeDee Lamb had eight catches for 109 yards for the 12-2 Sooners.

True freshman Trevor Lawrence threw for 327 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers ripped No. 3 Notre Dame, 30-3 in the Cotton Bowl. Lawrence was 27 for 39 and did not throw an interception against a Notre Dame defense that had been one of the best on the country.

Freshman receiver Justyn Ross had six catches for 148 yards, including scoring grabs of 42 and 52 yards in the first half. Travis Etienne had a 62-yard scoring run in the third quarter and finished with 109 yards on 14 carries.

Notre Dame was held to 248 total yards, including just 88 on 35 carries. Ian Book was 17 of 34 for 160 and one interception for the 12-1 Irish, who were shut out over the final three quarters.

The CFP championship game is Jan. 7 in Santa Clara, Calif.

In Saturday’s other bowl games:

— Lamical Perine had a 5-yard scoring catch and 53-yard touchdown run to lead 10th-ranked Florida’s strong rushing attack in a 41-15 rout of No. 8 Michigan in the Peach Bowl. The Gators racked up 257 yards rushing while Feleipe (feh-LEE’-pay) Franks ran and passed for touchdowns to help Florida cap a 10-3 season in their first year under Dan Mullen. Chauncey Gardner-Johnson led Florida’s defense with two interceptions, including one returned 30 yards for a touchdown.

— Bryce Perkins threw three touchdown passes to Olamide Zaccheaus and Virginia’s defense dominated a 28-0 shutout of South Carolina 28-0 in the Belk Bowl. Perkins completed 22 of 31 passes for 208 yards and ran for 81 yards as the 8-5 Cavaliers earned their first bowl win since 2005. Jake Bentley was limited to 218 yards on 17-of-39 passing and was intercepted twice.

— Reagan Roberson dove into the end zone on an 11-yard catch-and-run in overtime to lift Nevada over Arkansas State, 16-13 in the Arizona Bowl. Wolfpack QB Ty Gangi was 18 of 34 passing for 200 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. Arkansas State’s Justice Hansen threw for 275 yards but also had three interceptions, two in the end zone.


Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean declares for NFL draft

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn cornerback Jamel Dean says he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

Dean announced his decision to leave Auburn on Instagram Friday night, hours after the Tigers’ 63-14 win over Purdue in the Music City Bowl.

Dean had 30 tackles, two interceptions and nine pass breakups as a junior.


Vols coast

UNDATED (AP) — Tennessee was the highest-ranked men’s basketball team in action on Saturday, and the third-ranked Vols had no trouble improving to 11-1.

Grant Williams scored 25 points on 10 of 11 shooting as Tennessee blasted Tennessee Tech, 96-53. Williams helped the Volunteers shoot 64 percent from the floor in their seventh consecutive victory.

Jordan Bone had 16 points, 10 assists and only one turnover for Tennessee. Admiral Schofield also scored 16 points and shot 7 of 8.

Also in top-25 men’s basketball action:

— Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah az-uh-BOO’-kay) scored 23 points and grabbed nine rebounds in his return from an ankle injury to lead fifth-ranked Kansas to an 87-63 thumping of Eastern Michigan. Quentin Grimes chipped in 16 points and Devon Dotson added 15 as the Jayhawks improved to 11-1.

— Sixth-ranked Nevada is 13-0 for the first time as a Division I program after Caleb Martin scored a career-high 33 points and Jordan Caroline added 17 in an 86-71 victory against Utah. Jazz Johnson went 4 for 4 from the beyond the arc as the Wolfpack made 12 3s and shot 46 percent from long range.

— Cassius Winston matched a career-high with six 3-pointers while scoring 24 points as eighth-ranked Michigan cruised to an 88-60 blowout over Northern Illinois. Reserve Xavier Tillman contributed eight points and matched a career high with 13 rebounds in the Spartans’ sixth consecutive win.

— Bryce Brown scored 18 points and made five 3-pointers as No. 12 Auburn rolled to a 95-49 victory over North Florida.

— C.J. Jackson scored 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Kaleb Wesson added 17 points as No. 13 Ohio State beat High Point 82-64.

— No. 14 North Carolina coasted to an 82-60 rout of Davidson as Cameron Johnson scored 17 points and Luke Maye added 11 with 14 rebounds.

— Freshman Dalano Banton had eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists as Western Kentucky beat a ranked team for the second time this season, 83-76 over No. 15 Wisconsin. Taveion Hollingsworth had a team-high 22 points for the Hilltoppers, who also knocked off then-No. 13 West Virginia in November.

— Tyler Herro had a career-high 24 points and Keldon Johnson added 15 to send No. 16 Kentucky past Louisville, 71-58.

— Richmond Aririguzoh (ah-reer-ah-GOO’-zoh) sank two free throws with 24.8 seconds remaining and Princeton held on to stun No. 17 Arizona State 67-66, a week after the Sun Devils beat then-No. 1 Kansas on the same floor. Devin Cannady was 5-for-12 from beyond the arc and scored a team-high 21 points for the Tigers.

— Aric Holman scored a career-high 28 points and Quinndary Weatherspoon had 27 in leading 19th-rated Mississippi State to its ninth straight win, 103-81 against BYU.

— CJ Massinburg scored 22 points and No. 21 Buffalo closed out its non-conference schedule with an 87-72 victory over Canisius.

— No. 22 Houston beat NJIT 80-59 as Corey Davis Jr. scored 19 points and DeJon Jarreau had 13 for the 13-0 Cougars.

— Tyler Cook scored 19 points with 12 rebounds and 24th-ranked Iowa held off lowly Bryant 72-67.


Bucks win again

UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks continue to own the NBA’s top winning percentage after dominating the first half against the Brooklyn Nets.

Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had a triple-double and the Bucks improved to 25-10 with their third straight win, 129-115 over the Nets. The Milwaukee forward had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists for the Bucks, who scored 71 in the opening half to take a 19-point lead.

Khris Middleton scored 29 points despite a quad injury, while former Net Brook Lopez added 24 on 7-of-15 shooting from the 3-point arc.

Checking out Saturday’s other NBA action:

— Jamal Murray nailed a career-high nine 3-pointers and finished with 46 points to guide the Nuggets past the Suns, 122-118. Nikola Jokic (YOH’-kihch) added 23 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for Denver, which blew most of a 23-point, second-half deficit before improving to a Western Conference-leading 23-11.

— James Harden reached the 40-point mark for the third straight game by finishing with 41 in the Rockets’ ninth win in 10 games, 108-104 at New Orleans. Harden hit seven of his 16 3-point attempts and was 14-for-14 from the line.

— Kyrie Irving had 26 points and 13 assists in the Celtics’ 112-103 win at Memphis. Al Horford added 18 points, including a pair of key 3-pointers in the closing 1:32.

— Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) had 25 points and 16 rebounds as the Jazz easily won for the sixth time in their last seven home games, 129-97 against the Knicks. Dante Exum scored 13 points and had a career-high 13 assists in his first start of the season.

— Trevor Ariza (ah-REE’-zah) led seven Wizards in double figures with 24 points in a 130-126 victory against the Hornets. Thomas Bryant added 21 points and 10 rebounds and Ariza had nine assists and seven rebounds as Washington won for only the third time in 12 games.

— Trae Young and Vince Carter each scored 21 points, and John Collins added 14 points and 12 rebounds as the Hawks knocked off the Cavaliers, 111-108. Cedi Osman finished with 22 points for Cleveland, which never led in its sixth consecutive loss.


Wall done for season

UNDATED (AP) — Washington Wizards point guard John Wall will have season-ending surgery to address bone spurs in his left heel.

Wall was told earlier Saturday that surgery was the best option, and he and the team conferred hours later before a final decision was made. The Wizards tried to manage his pain situation by limiting him in some practices and shootarounds, but rest is no longer the best option.


Wild end skid

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Wild were able to end a season-worst five-game losing streak by downing the top team in the NHL’s Western Conference.

Devan Dubnyk (DOOB’-nihk) outplayed Connor Hellebuyck (HEH’-leh-buhk) and Charlie Coyle scored the eventual game-winner as the Wild beat the Jets, 3-1. Dubnyk was perfect until Patrik Laine (LY’-nay) notched a power-play goal 7:21 into the third period, the forward’s first point in five games.

Defenseman Matt Bartkowski scored in his Wild debut to help Minnesota deal Winnipeg its second straight loss.

Elsewhere on NHL ice:

— The Lightning are 14-0-1 in their last 15 games after Adam Erne scored twice in the third period of Tampa Bay’s 6-5 verdict over the Canadiens. Erne also had an assist and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv), Anton Stralman and Yanni Gourde (YAH’-nee gohrd) each had a goal and two points to help the Bolts improve to a league-best 30-7-2.

— The Penguins hammered the Blues, 6-1 behind Sidney Crosby’s goal and three assists. Pittsburgh went 4-for-4 on the power-play and Matt Murray handled 30 shots in the Pens’ season-high fifth straight win.

— The Islanders won their first game against former teammate John Tavares, as Mathew Barzal recorded a natural hat trick in less than eight minutes of the second period to lead a 4-0 win at Toronto. Robin Lehner claimed his second shutout of the season by making 36 saves in New York’s sixth win in seven games.

— Tom Wilson and Tyler Lewington each had a goal and an assist as the Capitals nipped the Senators, 3-2. Madison Bowey also scored and Pheonix Copley made 31 saves in Washington’s fourth consecutive win.

— The Bruins pulled out a 3-2 win over the Sabres on Sean Kuraly’s (kuh-RA’-lee) goal 3:44 into overtime. Jake DeBrusk and Noel Acciari (ah-CHAH’-ree) scored in regulation for Boston, and Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask stopped 26 shots.

— The Rangers’ three-game skid is over after Jesper Fast scored two goals, including the game winner in a 4-3 verdict over the Predators. Chris Kreider had a goal and an assist for the Blueshirts, who earned their first regulation road win of the season and handed Nashville its sixth straight loss.

— The Sharks hammered the Oilers, 7-4 as Logan Couture (koo-TOOR’) and Melker Karlsson each scored twice in San Jose’s second straight win. Erik Karlsson had a goal and three assists as the Sharks dealt Edmonton its season-high fifth consecutive loss.

— Malcolm Subban (SOO’-ban) stopped 30 shots and the Golden Knights improved to 6-1-3 in their last 10 by dumping the Kings, 4-1. Alex Tuch (tuhk) scored the game-winner in the second period as Vegas handed Los Angeles its first loss in five games.

— Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) scored twice and the Stars routed the Red Wings, 5-1. The blowout came a day after Stars CEO Jim Lites said high-priced forwards Jamie Benn and Tyler Seguin (SAY’-gihn) were underperforming for a team falling short of expectations.

— Patrick Kane’s second goal of the game allowed the Blackhawks to celebrate a 3-2 win at Colorado. Alex DeBrincat (deh-BRIHN’-kat) also scored and Colin Delia (DEE’-lee-uh) stopped 30 shots as Chicago handed the Avalanche their fourth consecutive loss.

— Jonathan Huberdeau (HOO’-bur-doh) scored with 1:06 left to cap a third-period rally that sent the Panthers past the Flyers, 2-1. Mike Hoffman tied it with a power-play goal earlier in the final period, and Aleksander Barkov set up both Florida tallies.

— Rookie Mackenzie Blackwood picked up his first NHL shutout by stopping 37 shots in the Devils’ 2-0 win over the Hurricanes. Pavel Zacha’s short-handed goal broke a scoreless deadlock with 36 seconds left in the second period.


Islanders place F Eberle on IR

UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders have placed forward Jordan Eberle (EB’-ur-lee) on injured reserve due to an upper body injury, and recalled forward Michael Dal Colle (kahl) from Bridgeport of the AHL.

Eberle missed practice on Thursday and sat out the Islanders’ 6-3 win over Ottawa on Friday due to stiffness. The move Saturday is retroactive to last Sunday.

Also in the NHL:

— Canadiens forward Phillip Danault was fined $5,000 for a dangerous trip against Panthers defenseman Aaron Ekblad late in Montreal’s 5-3 win at Florida on Friday.


American Mikaela Shiffrin wins record 36th World Cup slalom

SEMMERING, Austria (AP) — American Mikaela Shiffrin has finished off a record season by becoming the most successful female slalom skier in the 52-year history of the World Cup.

Shiffrin earned her record 36th victory by capturing an event in Austria, the last race of 2018. Only Swedish great Ingemar Stenmark has won more World Cup slaloms, 40, between 1974 and 1987.

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