(Santa Clara, CA) — Clemson is the new king of college football after a 44-16 win over defending champion Alabama in the National Championship Game at Levi’s Stadium. MVP Trevor Lawrence threw for 347 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Tigers to their second national title in three seasons. Justyn Ross caught six balls for 153 yards and a score for Clemson, which shut out ‘Bama after leading 31-16 at the half. Tua Tagovailoa passed for 295 yards and two TD’s but was intercepted twice, including a pick-six. Clemson finishes 15-and-0, while Alabama ends its season 14-and-1.
Cowboys Advance, Play Next At Rams
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys will return to the practice field today to begin preparing for a NFC Divisional Round playoff road game against the Los Angeles Rams on Saturday. Dallas advanced with a 24-22 home win over the Seahawks in the Wild Card. The Rams drew a first-round bye as the second seed. Our pregame coverage begins Saturday at 6, kickoff at 7:15.
Cowboys Projected To Pick Up Compensatory Draft Pick
(Frisco, TX) — The Cowboys are projected to add a fourth-round compensatory pick in the 2019 draft. The extra selection comes from linebacker Anthony Hitchens signing with the Chiefs after his rookie contract expired.
Texans Sign Eight, Learn Draft Position
(Houston, TX) — The Texans signed eight players to reserve futures contracts. That included running back Josh Ferguson, tight end Jerell Adams and wide receivers Jester Weah and Isaac Whitney. Houston also learned it will have the 23rd overall pick in the 2019 NFL draft. They own the Seahawks’ second-round pick and will select back-to-back with the 54th and 55th overall selections.
Mavericks Fall To James-less Lakers
(Dallas, TX) — The Mavericks lost 107-97 to the Lakers, who were without injured superstar LeBron James, in Dallas. Rookie teenager Luka Doncic led Dallas with 27 points. DeAndre Jordan had 10 points and 11 boards in defeat. The Mavs scored only 30 points after the intermission. The Mavs will host the Suns tomorrow night.
Rockets Turn Back Nuggets
(Houston, TX) — James Harden delivered 32 points and 14 assists as the Rockets beat the Nuggets 125-113 in Houston. Clint Capela scored a career-best 31 points for Houston. P.J. Tucker established season highs of seven treys and 21 points. The Rockets host the Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night. Houston has won seven of its last eight.
Spurs Down Pistons In Motor City
(Detroit, MI) — DeMar DeRozan scored 26 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 as the Spurs beat the Pistons 119-107 in Detroit. Derrick White contributed 17 points to the win, San Antonio’s fifth straight. Blake Griffin topped Detroit with 34 points. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds in defeat. The Pistons are 1-and-5 in their last six.
Boston Celtics 116, Brooklyn Nets 95
Milwaukee Bucks 114, Utah Jazz 102
New Orleans Pelicans 114, Memphis Grizzlies 95
Sacramento Kings 111, Orlando Magic 95
Portland Trail Blazers 111, New York Knicks 101
Stars Facing Blues Tonight On Road
(St. Louis, MO) — The Stars continue their three-game trip tonight facing the Blues in St. Louis. The Stars lost 5-1 on Sunday in Winnipeg to end their five-game stretch of picking up a point. They are third in the Central with 48 points. The Blues shut out the Flyers 3-0 last night in Philadelphia.
St. Louis Blues 3, Philadelphia Flyers 0
Nashville Predators 4, Toronto Maple Leafs 0
Minnesota Wild 1, Montreal Canadiens 0
Calgary Flames 4, Chicago Blackhawks 3
San Jose Sharks 3, Los Angeles Kings 1
Rangers Start Winter Caravan Next Week
(Arlington, TX) — The Rangers will begin their winter caravan next Monday, making stops in 21 cities. The first stop will be in San Antonio with manager Chris Woodward and players Jesse Chavez, Patrick Widsom. The caravan will also visit Austin and Waco next week. Willie Calhoun, Isiah Kiner-Falefa and Shawn Tolleson, who played at Baylor, will be on the Waco tour on January 17th.
Young, Green Going Into Hall
(Undated) — Former Texas quarterback Vince Young and ex-Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green are among the 13 players in the 2019 class selected to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. Young guided the Longhorns to the national championship, beating USC in the 2006 Rose Bowl to cap off a 13-and-0 season. He had a 30-and-2 record as a starter. Green was a first-team All-American in 1979 and set an Aggies’ record with 20 sacks that season. The induction awards dinner will be December 10th in New York City and they will be immortalized at the Hall in Atlanta.
USC’s Kingsbury Entertaining NFL Jobs
(Los Angeles, CA) — USC offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury is entertaining NFL jobs. Multiple reports say he’s being courted by the Arizona Cardinals and New York Jets for their vacant head coaching positions. Kingsbury joined USC last month after getting fired as head coach at Texas Tech. The Trojans had initially blocked him from interviewing for NFL jobs.
College Basketball Roundup
(Undated) — In area college basketball tonight: Number 21 Iowa State at Baylor, Texas at Oklahoma State, number 22 Oklahoma at number eight Texas Tech and Texas A&M at Kentucky. Tomorrow: TCU at number 9 Kansas. Thursday: SMU at UConn, North Texas at UTEP and UT-Arlington at Appalachian State.