Update on the latest in sports:

January 09, 2018 - 9:02 am


Crimson Tide rally from 13 down to beat Georgia in CFP title game

ATLANTA (AP) — A 13-point halftime lead wasn't enough against Alabama. Neither was a 20-7 advantage in the third quarter, or a field goal on the first possession of overtime.

The Crimson Tide earned their fifth national championship since 2009 by outlasting SEC-rival Georgia 26-23 in OT. Tua Tagovailoa threw a 42-yard touchdown pass to DeVonta Smith on the Crimson Tide's second play of overtime to complete the comeback victory over the Bulldogs in Atlanta. The freshman quarterback was sacked for a 16-yard loss on the previous play before sending Alabama to its 11th national championship.

Georgia had the ball first in overtime, and Rodrigo Blankenship kicked a 51-yard field goal. The long kick came after Andy Pappanastos missed from 37 yards out in the final seconds of regulation.

Tagovailoa entered the game at the start of the third quarter with the Tide trailing 13-0. He led Alabama to two touchdowns and two field goals in regulation, including a game-tying, seven-yard scoring strike to Calvin Ridley on fourth-and-4 with 3:49 left in the fourth quarter.

Tagaovailoa was 14 of 24 for 166 yards after replacing Hurts, who completed just three of eight passes for 21 yards.

Jake Fromm was 16 of 32 for 232 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions. He heaved an 80-yard scoring pass to Mecole Hardman to put Georgia ahead 20-7 with 6:52 left in the third period before Alabama came storming back.

Hardman also had a one-yard TD run for the Bulldogs, who end up 13-2. Georgia is still seeking its first national title since 1980.

It's the sixth national title for Alabama coach Nick Saban, tying him with former Crimson Tide coach Bear Bryant for the most all time.


Beamer, Brown head College Football Hall of Fame class

ATLANTA (AP) — Coaches Frank Beamer and Mack Brown have been selected for the College Football Hall of Fame, part of a class of 13 that also includes former players Ed Reed and Calvin Johnson.

The Hall announced the selection of Michigan's Charles Woodson on Sunday.

Other inductees will be Trevor Cobb of Rice, Penn State's Kerry Collins, Montana's Dave Dickerson, Dana Howard of Illinois and Temple's Paul Palmer, along with Georgia's Matt Stinchcomb, Nebraska's Aaron Taylor and coach Matt Tjeerdsma.


Trojans lose Burnett

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California receiver Deontay Burnett has announced that he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

The 20-year-old Burnett was the Trojans' leading receiver this season, catching 86 passes for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns. He is the third skill-position player to leave USC early this year, joining quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones II.


Wolves crush Cavs

UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Timberwolves just sent another message to the rest of the NBA that they are ready to end a 14-year playoff drought.

The Wolves had dropped 12 straight to the Cavaliers before Andrew Wiggins poured in 25 points in just three quarters of a 127-99 blowout against Cleveland. Jimmy Butler had 21 points and helped Minnesota hold LeBron James to 10 points on 4-for-8 shooting.

Karl-Anthony Towns chipped in 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Taj Gibson added 16 points and 13 boards to help Minnesota improve to 26-18.

The Timberwolves have the fourth-best record in the Western Conference and lead the Northwest Division by three games over Oklahoma City.

Checking out Monday's other NBA action:

— Stephen (STEH'-fehn) Curry's 32 points and nine assists led the Warriors to their fifth consecutive win, 124-114 over the Nuggets. Draymond Green added a season-high 23 points and 10 assists to help Golden State win without injured Kevin Durant for the third straight game. Denver forward Nikola Jokic had his first triple-double of the season with 22 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists.

— The Rockets knocked off the Bulls 116-107 as Eric Gordon and Chris Paul each furnished 24 points and nine assists. Gerald Green had 22 points and teammate Trevor Ariza (ah-REE'-zah) nailed six 3-pointers to finish with 18 points and nine boards. Clint Capela added 15 points and 16 rebounds for Houston, which blew a 21-point lead before winning for the third time in 10 games.

— The Spurs beat the Kings for the 12th straight time by coming back from a 13-point, second-half deficit for a 107-100 victory at Sacramento. LaMarcus Aldridge grabbed 12 rebounds and scored five of his 31 points during a game-ending, 10-3 run. Davis Bertans hit six 3-pointers and delivered a career-high 28 points on 11 of 15 shooting.

— DeMar DeRozan converted a three-point play with 26.1 seconds left and finished with 35 points as the Raptors won their fifth in a row, 114-113 against the Nets in overtime. Jonas Valanciunas (YOH'-nuhs val-ehn-CHOO'-nuhs) had 21 points and 13 rebounds for Toronto, which squandered a 10-point lead in the last 4 ½ minutes of regulation. Kyle Lowry contributed 18 points and 11 assists, but had to be carried off the court late in the fourth quarter after landing on his lower back while going for a rebound.

— DeMarcus Cousins scored 20 points and had 10 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Pistons 112-109. Cousins delivered 16 points after Anthony Davis left with an ankle injury in the third quarter. Davis had 30 points and 10 boards in 27 minutes before leaving the game.

— The Clippers pulled out a 108-107 win over the Hawks on C.J. Williams' 3-pointer with nine seconds remaining. Lou Williams led Los Angeles with 34 points and DeAndre Jordan added 25 with 18 rebounds as the Clippers won despite blowing a 13-point lead in the third quarter. L.A. played without leading scorer Blake Griffin, who suffered a concussion in Saturday's loss to the Warriors.

— Domantas Sabonis (doh-MAHN'-tahs sah-BOH'-nihs) delivered 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Pacers won their second straight since a five-game skid, knocking off the Bucks 109-96. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE'-poh), Thaddeus Young and Myles Turner all scored 15 points for Indiana, which took control with a 20-0 run in the first quarter. Khris Middleton's 19 points led Milwaukee.


Green fined for ripping refs

NEW YORK (AP) — Warriors forward Draymond Green has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating.

Green said after Saturday's win over the Clippers that league referees have personal grudges against several players, himself included. He is averaging just 2.6 fouls per game this season but leads the NBA in technicals.


Nagy new head coach of Bears

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — The Chicago Bears have selected a head coach after going 14-34 in three seasons under John Fox.

The Bears have hired Matt Nagy, who spent last season as the Chiefs' offensive coordinator and has been working under head coach Andy Reid for the past 10 years at Philadelphia and Kansas City. Nagy has received praise for his mentoring of Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith and will have the task of developing Mitchell Trubisky in Chicago.

Fox had a .292 winning percentage that ranks second-lowest in Bears history.


Belichick 'absolutely' intends to return as Patriots coach

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick says he "absolutely" intends to return as New England Patriots coach next season despite reports of turmoil involving himself, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft.

Belichick said Tuesday he had nothing to add to the joint statement from the three last week in response to an ESPN report detailing an array of tension.

Asked about another report of his interest in coaching the New York Giants, the Patriots coach said he is focused on New England's playoff game Saturday night against Tennessee.


NFL, NFLPA to review how Panthers handled hit

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL and NFL Players Association plan to conduct a joint review to determine if the Carolina Panthers followed the correct concussion protocol with quarterback Cam Newton in their 31-26 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints on Sunday.

If the concussion protocol was not properly followed the team is subject to discipline, including a $150,000 fine.

Panthers interim general manager Marty Hurney said the medical staff "did everything the right way" when it came to handling Newton's injury.

Newton took a shot to the head area from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata midway through the fourth quarter. Newton took a knee as he walked toward the sideline and pointed toward his right eye. He sat out one play, but returned on the next series and finished the game.


Ngakoue stands by tweet about Incognito

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue stood by his tweet accusing Buffalo Bills guard Richie Incognito of using "weak racist slurs" during their playoff game. However, he declined Monday to provide more details about what was said.

Ngakoue called out Incognito on Twitter hours after Sunday's wild-card game, referring to him by his No. 64 jersey.

Incognito was not present in the locker room during Buffalo's hour-long media availability Monday. He also did not respond to a text message from The Associated Press seeking comment.


Pink to sing anthem

UNDATED (AP) — Pink is heading to the Super Bowl to sing the national anthem.

The NFL announced Monday that the pop star will perform "The Star-Spangled Banner" before the game on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.

Justin Timberlake is set to headline the halftime show.


Villanova returns to the top of the men's poll, UConn still a unanimous No. 1

UNDATED (AP) — The Associated Press men's basketball poll has a new look after four of the top-5 teams lost last week. The upsets benefited Villanova, which is back atop the poll after falling from first to third last week.

The Wildcats picked up 52 of 65 first-place votes to take the No. 1 position for the fourth week this season.

West Virginia vaulted from fifth to second, its highest ranking since December 1959 in Jerry West's senior season.

Virginia moved up five slots to third and is followed by previous No. 1 Michigan State. Purdue and Wichita State are tied for fifth.

Duke, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Xavier round out the top 10.

Meanwhile, Connecticut remains the unanimous No. 1 team in the AP women's poll. Notre Dame, Louisville, Mississippi State and Baylor fill out the top five.


Blue Jackets rally to beat Maple Leafs

TORONTO (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets were about 4 ½ minutes away from a shutout loss to the Maple Leafs. Three goals later, the Jackets were celebrating a 3-2 win at Toronto.

Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH'-mee pah-NAH'-rihn) completed the comeback by beating Frederik Andersen 3:11 into overtime, sending Columbus to its second straight win since a 1-3-1 skid.

The Blue Jackets managed just four shots in the third period, but Jordan Schroeder started the rally with his first goal of the season before Pierre-Luc Dubois (doo-BWAH') tied it with 2:47 left in regulation.

Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF'-skee) stopped 38 shots to help the Jackets pull within two points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals.

James Van Riemsdyk (REEMZ'-dyk) and William Nylander (NEE'-lan-dur) scored for the Leafs, who are tied with Boston for second place in the Atlantic Division.

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