Update on the latest in sports:

January 06, 2020 - 8:14 pm


Tagovailoa to enter NFL draft

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa (TOO'-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH'-ah) says is entering the NFL draft.

Tagovailoa, who had surgery on his right hip in November, announced his decision Monday. He ended two months of speculation regarding the star quarterback's plans as he tries to return from a serious injury.

Tagovailoa was projected as a potential No. 1 overall pick before the injury Nov. 16 against Mississippi State.

In other draft news:

— Wisconsin's top receiver is joining its top running back and leaving for the NFL. Quintez Cephus is skpping his senior season to enter the NFL draft.


AP source: Cowboys pick McCarthy to replace Garrett as coach

UNDATED (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the decision says the Dallas Cowboys and Mike McCarthy have agreed on a deal for the former Green Bay coach to replace Jason Garrett.

McCarthy interviewed over the weekend before the Cowboys had announced Garrett wasn’t returning. Garrett had an expiring contract coming off a make-or-break season that ended with Dallas missing the playoffs for the sixth time in his nine full seasons.

The 56-year-old McCarthy won a Super Bowl with the Packers on the Cowboys’ home field nine years ago. Green Bay made nine trips to the playoffs in his 13 years.

In other NFL news:

— Veteran defensive coordinator Wade Phillips has been fired by the Los Angeles Rams after three winning seasons. Phillips teamed up on the Rams in 2017 with Sean McVay.

—The Browns resumed their coaching search by meeting with Buffalo offensive coordinator Brian Daboll. He is the fifth candidate to speak with Cleveland. Daboll has spent the past two seasons running Buffalo's offense.

— The NFL wild-card playoff games were the most watched opening weekend in four years. The four games averaged 30.5 million viewers. Seattle’s 17-9 victory over Philadelphia drew the most viewers. It averaged 35.8 million, according to Nielsen and Abode Analytics. That makes it television’s most watched show since last year's Super Bowl.


First three unchanged atop poll

UNDATED (AP) — Gonzaga, Duke and Kansas remain atop The Associated Press men's college basketball poll.

The Bulldogs received 54 first-place votes from a 65-member media panel. The Blue Devils had nine first-place votes and the Jayhawks two.

No. 4 Baylor moved into the top five for the first time in three years and undefeated Auburn rose to No. 5. Butler climbed five spots to No. 6 for the program's highest ranking ever. San Diego State is the only other undefeated Division I team. The Aztecs jumped six spots to No. 7.

Michigan State, Oregon and Florida State round out the top 10.


Moore to have surgery

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski says freshman Wendell Moore will have surgery for a broken bone in his right hand. It’s unclear exactly how long Moore will be out for the second-ranked Blue Devils. Moore was hurt late in the weekend win at Miami. He has started five games and is averaging 7.4 points for the Blue Devils.

In other college basketball news:

— Syracuse says that forward Robert Braswell is out for the season. The sophomore has been suffering from pain in both shins. He has played just 48 minutes in parts of seven games.


— Outfielder Shogo Akiyama agreed to a $21 million, three-year deal with the Cincinnati Reds, the only major league team that hasn't had a player born in Japan. The 31-year-old center fielder was a five-time All-Star during his nine seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan's Pacific League.

— Outfielder Kole Calhoun can earn $23 million over three seasons as part of his $16 million, two-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The 32-year-old Calhoun has a .249 average with 140 homers and 451 RBIs in eight seasons with the Los Angeles Angels. He hit .232 last year with 74 RBIs and a career-high 33 homers.

— The Washington Nationals are bringing back reliever Daniel Hudson and adding first baseman Eric Thames.  The 33-year-old Thames hit .247 with 25 homers, 61 RBIs and 140 strikeouts for the Milwaukee Brewers in 2019. Hudson was acquired in a trade-deadline swap with the Toronto Blue Jays on July 31 and eventually moved into the closer's role with Washington. He got the final out of the World Series.

— Pitcher Shun Yamaguchi is guaranteed $6.35 million as part of his two-year contract with the Toronto Blue Jays. The deal allows the 32-year-old right-hander to earn $9.15 million if he pitches at least 170 innings per season.

— Catcher Martín Maldonado will have salaries of $3.5 million each season as part of his $7 million, two-year contract with the Houston Astros. The 33-year-old spent the second half of the last two seasons with the Astros after being traded in July in both 2018 and 2019. Maldonado hit .219 with 10 homers last season.

— The Baltimore Orioles filled a huge hole in the middle of the infield by agreeing to a $3 million, one-year contract with shortstop José Iglesias. The Orioles desperately needed a shortstop after trading veteran Jonathan Villar to Miami in December.

— Right-hander Kohl Stewart would earn an $800,000 salary while in the major leagues and a $200,000 salary while in the minors as part of his one-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles. The 25-year-old pitched the past two seasons with the Minnesota Twins.

— Second baseman César Hernández can earn $250,000 in performance bonuses for plate appearances as part of his $6.25 million, one-year contract with the Indians. The 29-year-old spent his entire professional career in the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

—The Los Angeles Angels have acquired right-handed reliever Kyle Keller from the Miami Marlins. The Angels traded minor league catcher Jose Estrada to Miami. The 26-year-old Keller made his major league debut last Aug. 4 and pitched in 10 games for the Marlins. He had a 3.38 ERA with 11 strikeouts.

— The Philadelphia Phillies have hired Bobby Meacham as an assistant coach and Greg Brodzinski as bullpen catcher/catching coach to complete manager Joe Girardi's staff. Meacham spent the past three seasons managing Triple-A Buffalo in Toronto’s organization. Brodzinski spent the last two seasons as a coach in Philadelphia's system with Single-A Williamsport.


Red Sox attendant accused of sexual assault at youth prison

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — One of two men charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at New Hampshire’s youth detention center in the late 1990s went on to work as a clubhouse attendant for the Boston Red Sox, which suspended him when it learned of the allegations, the team told The Associated Press on Monday.

Stephen Murphy, of Danvers, Massachusetts, was charged in July with 26 counts of aggravated felonious assault. He and Jeffrey Buskey, of Boston, are accused of sexually assaulting and beating the boy at the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, where they worked as youth counselors.


Trump planning to attend college football championship game

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is planning to attend the Jan. 13 College Football Playoff National Championship in New Orleans.

The game features No. 1 Louisiana State University versus No. 3 Clemson, which is looking for its third national title in the last four seasons. Both teams are undefeated.

Trump has attended a handful of sports events in recent months, including Game 5 of the World Series, a college football showdown between LSU and Alabama, and the annual Army-Navy football game.

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