#1 LSU Battles #3 Clemson For National Championship
(New Orleans, LA) — Number-one LSU faces off with third-ranked Clemson tonight at the College Football Playoff National Championship Game in New Orleans. Both schools enter at 14-and-0 and look to complete an undefeated season and take home the national title. Clemson is chasing its third championship over the past four seasons and has won its past 29 games. The Tigers from Clemson are 1-and-2 all-time against the Tigers from LSU. The Bayou Bengals have a chance to win a title in their own backyard with the game being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the New Orleans Saints. They won their last championship following the 2007 season under the old BCS format. LSU is led by Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Joe Burrow.
Texans Blow Big Lead, Lose To Chiefs
(Kansas City, MO) — The Texans’ season is over. They blew a 24-point lead in the second quarter and lost 51-31 to the Chiefs in an AFC Divisional Round playoff game in Kansas City. Deshaun Watson threw for 388 yards and two touchdowns for Houston, but was also sacked four times. Lonnie Jonson returned a blocked punt for a first quarter score for the Texans, who finish with 10-and-7 record.
Watson Supports Coach O’Brien
(Kansas City, MO) — Texans head coach Bill O’Brien has come under heavy fire after Houston blew a franchise-record 24-point lead in a 51-31 playoff loss to the Chiefs in Kansas City. O’Brien called a fake punt from the Houston 31 in the second quarter that failed, setting up a KC touchdown. Earlier in the period, he kicked a field goal when the Texans had the ball at the Chiefs’ 13 and needing less than a foot for a first down. Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson said he has no doubt O’Brien is the right man for the job.
NFL Divisional Playoff Roundup
(Undated) — The NFL Divisional Round is in the history books. On Sunday, the Packers edged the Seahawks 28-23 and the Chiefs rallied past the Texans 51-31. In Saturday’s action, Tennessee upset Baltimore 28-12, while San Francisco dropped Minnesota 27-10. The conference championship games kick off on Sunday.
Johnson Elected To Pro Football Hall Of Fame
(Undated) — Jimmy Johnson, who coached the Dallas Cowboys to back-to-back Super Bowl championships in the 1992-and-93 seasons, has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He will be part of the centennial class. In nine NFL seasons, Johnson had an 89-and-68 record with the Cowboys and Dolphins before becoming a Fox TV analyst.
Two Cowboys Assistants Won’t Be Kept
(Frisco, TX) — New Cowboys head coach Mike McCarthy will not retain quarterbacks coach Jon Kitna and secondary coach Kris Richard, the Dallas Morning News reports. Texas A&M secondary coach Maurice Linguist, a former safety, is reportedly replacing Richard.
Utah Jazz 127, Washington Wizards 116
New York Knicks 124, Miami Heat 121
Memphis Grizzlies 122, Golden State Warriors 102
San Antonio Spurs 105, Toronto Raptors 104
Brooklyn Nets 108, Atlanta Hawks 86
Phoenix Suns 100, Charlotte Hornets 92
Denver Nuggets 114, Los Angeles Clippers 104
Mavericks Play Tomorrow At Golden State
(San Francisco, CA) — The Mavericks will play tomorrow night at Golden State and Wednesday at Sacramento. Dallas is coming off a 109-91 victory Saturday over the Sixers. The Mavs are 3-and-3 in their last six games and 24-and-15 overall.
Rockets Face Grizzlies Tomorrow Night
(Memphis, TN) — The Rockets are on the road tomorrow night to meet the Grizzlies in Memphis. Houston is 4-and-1 in its past five games after beating Minnesota 139-109 on Saturday at home. The Rockets will return home Wednesday to host Portland to tipoff a four-game homestand.
Stars Will Face Avalanche Next
(Denver, CO) — The Stars will wrap up a four-game trip tomorrow night they play the Avalanche at Colorado. Dallas had its six-game winning streak ended Saturday with a 2-1 loss in San Jose. The Stars will return home Thursday to face Buffalo.
Nashville Predators 1, Winnipeg Jets 0
Vancouver Canucks 4, Minnesota Wild 1
Buffalo Sabres 5, Detroit Red Wings 1
Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Arizona Coyotes 3 (SO)
New Jersey Devils 3, Tampa Bay Lightning 1
Florida Panthers 8, Toronto Maple Leafs 4
Smith Wins Sony Open In Hawaii In Playoff
(Honolulu, HI) — Cameron Smith is the champion of the Sony Open in Hawaii. He outlasted Brendan Steele, winning by one shot on the first playoff hole at Waialae Country Club. The two finished regulation tied at 11-under par. Webb Simpson came in third at minus-10. Ryan Palmer finished in a 3 way tie for 4th place at 9-under.
Report: Rangers Sign Frazier
(Arlington, TX) — Multiple-outlets report the Rangers have signed third baseman Todd Frazier to a one-year contract for three-and-a-half million dollars for 2020 and with an option for 2021. He hit .251 with 21 home runs and 67 RBI in 133 games last season with the Mets. Frazier tuns 24 next month.
Top-25 Men’s Basketball (Coaches’ Poll)
Purdue Boilermakers 71, #8 Michigan State Spartans 42
Minnesota Golden Gophers 75, #19 Michigan Wolverines 67
#22 Memphis Tigers 68, South Florida Bulls 64
#23 Wichita State Shockers 89, UConn Huskies 86 (2/OT)
Oregon State Beavers 82, #24 Arizona Wildcats 65
Baylor Earns First Ever Basketball Win At Kansas
(Lawrence, KS) — Number-four Baylor beat number-three Kansas 67-55 on Saturday for the Bears’ first ever basketball victory in 18 games in Lawrence. Jared Butler led Baylor with 22 points. The Bears’ defense was the difference, holding the Jayhawks to their lowest point total at Allen Fieldhouse since February, 20, 2000. Baylor improved to 13-and-1 and 3-and-0 in the Big 12. The Bears return to the court Wednesday, hosting Iowa State.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In other area weekend college basketball, SMU lost 71-68 at East Carolina to snap the Mustangs’ four-game winning streak. TCU clipped Oklahoma State 52-40 at Fort Worth, North Texas routed Florida Atlantic 81-58 in Denton, UT-Arlington lost 82-77 to Coastal Carolina at home, Texas beat Kansas State 64-50 in Austin in Big 12 play, Texas A&M won 69-50 at Vanderbilt, number-21 Texas Tech lost 66-54 at number-17 West Virginia. West Texas A&M beat Western New Mexico 100-79, the Lady Buffs won 69-52. Tomorrow, TCU will play number-17 West Virginia, LSU will be at Texas A&M and Kansas State will host Texas Tech. On Wednesday, SMU will play at Houston in an AAC game and Texas will play at Oklahoma State. On Thursday, North Texas will play at Southern Miss.