Best 15 Minutes in Sports–Monday
LSU-Clemson..National Championship Game…Both teams (14-0)…Joe Burrow (55TD) passes this year…WR’s Justin Jefferson-Jamar Chase combined (177R) this year…RB-Clyde Hellaire (1700APY)…..Clemson QB-Trevor Lawrence (29-0) as a starter…..(3431P)-36TD)…RB-Travis Etienne (1536R-8.0YPC)….LSU scored 87-TDs..Clemson scored 82TD…Clemson Def Coord-Brent Venables defense has shutdown Ohio State-Oklahoma-Georgia this year.. Two teams have had 16-days to prepare for this game.
Aztecs..Door open for Rocky Long to return to staff as Def Coord….
Syracuse..Hire Aztecs Def Coord-Zach Arnett on Saturday.
Washington State..Interview Jim Mora-ex UCLA..Graham Harrell-USC…Craig Bohl-Wyoming
Oklahoma State..Hire Tim Rattay-Off Coord-ex Redskins QB coach
UNLV..Hire Dan Langsdorf-Off Coord-ex-Oregon State assistant
UNLV..Hire Jordan Paopao-Special Teams-ex Washington
Arizona..Hire Andy Buh-LB-coach-ex Rutgers
West Virginia..Hire Gerad Parker-Off Coord-ex Penn State
Washington..Hire John Donovan-Off Coord-ex Jaguars QB coach
Syracuse..Hire Sterlin Gilbert-Off Coord-ex McNeese State
Mississippi State..Mike Leach contract (4Y-20M)
Western Michigan..RB-Jax Kincaide-transfers in from Nevada
Western Michigan..RB-Ladareius Jefferson-transfers in from Pitt
Georgia..QB-Jamie Newman-transfers in from Wake Forest
Virginia Tech..RB-Raheem Blackshear-transfers in from Rutgers
Cincinnati..RB-Mike Warren enters NFL Draft
Stanford…15-Cardinal players file for NFL Draftr
UCLA…11-Bruins players enter NFL Draft
1AA Playoffs…North Dakota State-W-James Madison (28-20)..QB-Trey Lance (166R-72P) in Bison win…North Dakota State finishes (16-0)…they are (128-8) since 2011…(34-1) in post season playoffs.
Joe Burrow….LSU QB who gave emotional Heisman Trophy speech-final tally-helped raise (493,000) in Go Fund Me donations for Athens Food Pantry in Southeast Ohio…serves (2100) low income families in Appalachia.
(NFL Playoff Scoreboard)
Chiefs-W-Houston (51-31)…Kansas City rallies from (24-0) deficit….scores 3-TDs in (3:24) in 2nd quarter…and 4-TDs in 2nd quarter….KC reeled off 41-points in a row…QB-Patrick Mahomes (321P-5TD-56R)….TE-Travis Kelce (10R-136Y)…..RB-Damian Williams 3TDs….QB-Deshaun Watson (388P-2TD)-took 4-QB sacks….WR-DeAndre Hopkins (9R-118) in loss…..Houston jumped out to early lead with a blocked punt for a TD…A fumble recovery on another punt that led to a TD…..Chiefs rallied after dropping 6-passes in the first quarter….Chiefs made a tackle on fake punt….recovered a fumble on a kickoff return to trigger comeback. Chiefs host Tennessee in AFC-title game….
Seattle-L-Green Bay (28-23)….QB-Aaron Rodgers (243P-2TD)….WR-Davante Adams 20-40-TD catches….RB-Aaron Jones (62R-2TD)….Adams (8R-160Y)….Packers defense 5-sacks-10 QB-hits….QB-Russell Wilson (277P-64R)-sacks..WR-Ty Lockett (9R-136Y)….Packers play in San Francisco for NFC title game….
Tennessee-W-Baltimore (28-12)…Titans pull off shocking win over Ravens…RB-Derrick Henry (195R)-also threw 4Y-TD jump pass……QB-Ryan Tannehill 2TD passes….Lamar Jackson (365P-2TD) in loss…Ravens piled up (530Y) but lost game-trailed the entire way….Titans defense 2-interceptions..fumble recovery…3-sacks….4-stops on 4th downs…2-tackles for loss…Ravens plagued by 6-dropped passes…2nd year in a row Ravens lost playoff game at home…Lamar Jackson has 6-turnovers in those playoff losses.
49ers-W-Vikings (27-10)…Niners defense holds Minnesota to 7-first downs….SF controls ball (38:16-to-21:33)….gave up just (147Y) offense..held Vikings RBs to (10C-21Y) rushing….RB-Tevin Coleman (105R)….QB-Jim Garoppolo (131P-TD)….
Giants..Owner John Mara says he will talk to El Manning about coming back as backup QB-or a front office job if he retires.
Rams..Owner Stan Kroenke files lawsuit against Insurance Company that failed to pay 5M-it’s share of toxic cleanup cost at Hollywood Park Stadium.
Pittsburgh..Coach Bill Cowher-Hall of Fame names him as first enshrined from Centennial Class list for 2020….Won a Super Bowl…Coached in 2-Super Bowl…played in 6-AFC championship games.
Browns..Hire Kevin Stefanski-Vikings as head coach..chosen from field of 8-interviewed..Surprise hire over Josh McDaniels….Stefanski was finalist a year ago before Freddie Kitchens given the job
Browns..Interview Josh McDaniels-Patriots-7 hours for job.
Browns..Will Interview Ed Dodd-Colts..Dave Zeigler-Patriots…Andrew Berry-Eagles..Scott Pioli-ex Jets..Joe Schoen-Bills for vacant GM job
Denver…Fire Rich Scangarello as Off Coord…Hire Pat Shurmur-ex Giants head coach as Off Coord.
Rams..Hire Kevin O’Connell-ex Redskins-as Off Coord
Rams..Hire-Brandon Staley-ex Denver-as Def Coord
Giants..Interview Freddie Kitchens-ex Browns for Off Coord job
Giants..Interview Pat Graham-ex Miami for Def Coord job
Lions..Hire Brayden Coombs-ex Bengals-Special Teams job
Cowboys..Interview Sean Drayton-U-Texas for RB coach job
Cowboys..Hire Maurice Linguist-DB coach-ex Texas AM
Carolina..Hire Kevin Gilbride-ex Bears..TE coach
Carolina..Hire Pat Flaherty-ex Giants..OL coach
Carolina..Want to interview Joe Brady-LSU for Off Coord job
Buffalo..Hire Eric Washington-ex Carolina-Def Line job
Atlanta..Hire Josh Lupokia-ex-Browns for Def Line job
Arizona..Fire 5-assistant coaches Kliff Kingsbury staff.
Buffalo…OG-Cody Ford-fined (28,000) for blindside block last week
Patriots..WR-Julian Edelman-charged disorderly conduct-jumping on hood of Mercedes in Beverly Hills.
Chargers..Workout FA-LB-Cam Judge-Saskatchwan Roughriders
Eagles…Sign FA-CB-Trevor Williams-ex Chargers starter
Patriots..TE-Ben Watson to retire
Vikings..Workout FA-CB-Terrance Newman-ex Cowboys-Bengals
Colts..Sign Artavis Scott-ex Chargers
Bears..OT-Kyle Long retires
Eagles..Surgery-QB-Josh McCown-torn quad
Jets..QB-Sam Darnold-thumb surgery
Patriots..WR-Julian Edelman to have shoulder-knee surgeries
Vikings..IR-CB-Mackensie Alexander-knee sceope
Cowboys..S-Jeff Heath-shoulder surgery.
Aztecs-W-Boise State (83-65)…Yannie Wetzel (20P)…KJ Feagan (23P)..Malachi Flynn (19P)…Aztcs shot 52%-from floor now (17-0) on season…play at Fresno on Wednesday.
USD-L-Pepperdine (85-78)…Wave hit 11-3’s…also make 24-FTs in holding on for win…Toreros scored 54P in 2nd half still lost.
North Carolina…coach Roy Williams says ‘maybe they should fire me’…after Tar Heels lost at home to Clemson….first Clemson win in Chapel Hill since 1926…59-losses in a row…
New Mexico…Troubled G-Carlton Braggs-arrested DUI at 1am in possession of marijuana….had just rejoined team 9-days after early season suspension…Had been at Kansas and Arizona State but kicked off team for violations…
Clippers-L-Denver (114-100)…Nuggets scored 66-in opening half and led by 19 points early….Kawhil Leonard played (30P)…-Paul George out with injury…Sunday night….Clippers (28-13)
Lakers-W-Oklahoma City (125-110)….Lakers scored 73P in opening half….Kyle Kuzma (36P) in win…Lakers without LeBron James-Anthony Davis in victory…LA hit 15-3’s in Saturday night win….Lakers (32-7)
Lakers..Give Rob Pelinka 3-year contract extension…name him VP-Basketball Operations
Indiana…NBA fines Gp-TJ Warren (25,000) for flagrant foul
Miami..NBA fines Jimmy Butler (35,000) for fight on floor
76ers..F-Joel Embid-surgery-fracture of hand-out 2W
Miami..F-Justise Winslow reinsures back-2nd time
Washington..Release G-CJ Miles
Padres..Hold Fan Fest at Petco Park on Saturday
..Jayce Tingler-Manager..’Excited about depth in pitching staff’…Fernando Tatis rehab-ultra positive
..Manny Machado..’Added winners to roster off season’
..Drew Pomeranz..’Reinvented self into reliever-max effort 2-innings’
..Chris Paddack…’Expect to throw 180-innings this year’
..Zach Davies..’Postseason games-great experience-learn to win’
Padres..Add 18M-to cost of payroll by signing Arbitration eligible players…Kirby Yates goes from(3M-to-7M)…Austin Hedges (3M)…Zach Davies (2.5M-to-5.2M)…Tommy Pham (3.9M-to-7.8M)…Payroll at 144M estimated now-tightest all time.
Dodgers..Sign Cody Bellinger to (11.5M) contract-highest 1st year arbitration salary in baseball…Corehy Seager pay raise to (7.6M)
Dodgers…Sign FA-P-Alex Wood to (1Y-4M)..pitched for Reds last year.
Angels..Sign P-Cam Bedorsian (2.8M)
Houston..OF-George Springer asks for (22.5M) in arbitration
Phillies..C-JT Realmuto asks for (12.5M)
Dodgers..OF-Joc Pederson asks for (9.5M)
Milwaukee..P-Josh Hader asks for (6.45M)
Indians..Sign SS-Francisco Lindor (17.5M)
Red Sox..Sign OF-Mookie Betts (27M)..OF Jackie Bradley (11M)
Cubs..Sign 3B-Kris Bryant (18M)..SS-Javy Baez (10M)
Reds..Sign P-Trevor Bauer (17.5M)
Mets..Sign P-Marcus Stroman (12M)..Noah Syndegaard (9.7M)
Arizona..Sign P-Robbie Ray (9.4M)
Twins..Sign SS-Miguel Sano (3Y-30M)
Cardinals-Rockies….Colorado officials confirm St Louis has opened trade talks about deal for 3B-Nolan Arenado.
Cardinals-Tampa…Trade-St Louis deals 1B-Jose Martinez-OF-Randy Arozarena and minor leaguer to Rays for P-Matt Liberatore..a draft pick and a minor leaguer.
Boston-Miami..Trade-Red Sox acquire P-Austin Brice from Marlins
Tampa-Houston..Trade-Rays deal P-Austin Pruitt for OF-Austin Stephenson.
Texas..Sign FA-3B-Todd Frazier-ex Mets
Tampa Bay..Sign FA-Kevan Smith-ex Angels
Milwaukee..Sign FA-3B-Jedd Gyorko-ex Dodgers-Cardinals
Pirates..Sign FA-C-John Ryan Murphy-ex Seattle
Texas..Sign FA-P-Luis Garcia-ex Angels
Pirates..Open contract talks with FA 3B-Brock Holt-ex Red Sox.
Cardinals..Open contract talks with C-Matt Weiters-ex Orioles
Rockies..Open contract talks with C-Jon Lucroy-ex Brewers-Texas-Angels
Royals…Meet with FA-OF-Alex Gordon-will return to team in 2020-not retire
Gulls-W-Ontario (6-1)..Troy Terry goal and assist..Saturday win
Gulls-W-Iowa (4-3) OT..Josh Mahura goal in OT win on Friday.
Kings-L-Carolina (2-0)..Jeff Reimer-41 saves for Canes
Ducks-L-Chicago (4-2)..Dom Kubalik 2-goals for Hawks
New Jersey..Fire GM-Ray Shero…team (16-12-7)…had fired coach John Hynes last month.
Montreal..Claude Julien in jeopardy being fired..Habs lost 8-of-9
Montreal..F-Bfrandon Gallagher-migraine headaches return
Montreal..D-Paul Byron-reinjures knee a 3rd time
Rangers..Suspend #1 pick-Lias Anderson-AWOL from AHL-Hartford team-having mental health issues.
Ottawa..Name Jim Little-CEO of struggling team-was CEO of Shaw Communications in Canada.
Sony Open-Hawaii….Brendan Steele shoots 7-under over 10-hole stretch….hot streak to pull away from field for win.
TEAM USA Soccer….Names Brian McBride as GM of team to work under Earnie Stewart…McBride former star in MLS and with Fulham in England.
English Premier League
..Liverpool-W-Hot Spur..Rob Firmino scores (16′)..now (20-0-1)
..Manchester City-W-Aston Villa..Riyad Marhez 2G-Sergio Aguero 3G in blowout win
..Manchester United-W-Norwich..Marcus Rashford 2G
..Leicester-L-Southampton..Danny Ing 14th goal of year
..Chelsea-W-Burnley..Blue score 2-goals in 11-minutes
..Arsenal-Tie-Crystal Palace..Pierre Aubameyang goal-then-red card
..Sheffield-W-West Ham..Oliver McBirnie scores (54′)
..Newcastle-Tie-Wolverhampton..Castle scores in (7′)
..Everton-W-Brighton..Rihcarlison scores goal
..Bournemouth-W-Watford..Troy Deeney scores game winner