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Clemson finishes the season on top after knocking off Alabama


SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – After routing Alabama in the national championship game, Clemson has picked up all 61 first-place votes in The Associated Press college football poll. The Crimson Tide, which was trying to become just the third team to go wire-to-wire as the number-one team in the country, finished second.


Clemson beat Alabama 44-16 in the College Football Playoff national championship Monday night.


Clemson will celebrate its latest national title with a parade and ceremony on Saturday. The school said the parade will start at 9 a.m. Eastern before ending at the Tigers stadium, where coach Dabo Swinney and several players are expected to speak. After Clemson won the championship two years ago, fans filled much of the upper deck of the stadium, which seats 81,500.




Penguins, Lightning look to resume winning ways


PITTSBURGH (AP) – After seeing an eight-game winning streak snapped by the Chicago Blackhawks Sunday night, the Pittsburgh Penguins look to get back on the winning track tonight when they host the Florida Panthers.


And the Tampa Bay Lightning try to resume the team’s winning ways tonight at home against Columbus. Tampa Bay had a seven-game win streak broken Saturday night in San Jose — the Lightning’s first regulation loss in more than five weeks.


Also on tonight’s NHL schedule (all times Eastern):


Minnesota at Boston, 7 p.m.


Carolina vs. N.Y. Islanders at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, 7 p.m.


New Jersey at Buffalo, 7 p.m.


Philadelphia at Washington, 7:30 p.m.


Montreal at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.


Dallas at St. Louis, 8 p.m.


Colorado at Winnipeg, 8 p.m.


N.Y. Rangers at Vegas, 10 p.m.


Edmonton at San Jose, 10:30 p.m.




Nuggets visit Miami


MIAMI (AP) – There’s a matchup of NBA division leaders tonight in Miami, where the Heat hosts the Denver Nuggets. Miami’s 19-and-19 mark is good for a half-game lead over Charlotte in the Southeast Division, while the Nuggets, at 26-and-12, lead the Northwest Division by a game and a-half over Oklahoma City.


In other NBA action (all times Eastern):


Indiana at Cleveland, 7 p.m.


Washington at Philadelphia, 7 p.m.


Atlanta at Toronto, 7:30 p.m.


Minnesota at Oklahoma City, 8 p.m.


Sacramento at Phoenix, 9 p.m.


Charlotte at L.A. Clippers, 10:30 p.m.


New York at Golden State, 10:30 p.m.




NC State faces big test

UNDATED (AP) – North Carolina State has been one of college basketball’s biggest surprises this season. The 15th-ranked Wolfpack will get perhaps its toughest test tonight, facing Number-12 North Carolina.


Tonight’s college basketball schedule also finds top-ranked Duke visiting Wake Forest, and number-three Tennessee at Missouri.


In other action involving top 25 teams (all times Eastern):


No. 6 Michigan State vs. Purdue, 9 p.m.


No. 8 Texas Tech vs. No. 23 Oklahoma, 9 p.m.


No. 14 Mississippi State at South Carolina, 9 p.m.


No. 18 Kentucky vs. Texas A&M, 7 p.m.


No. 19 Buffalo vs. Toledo, 7 p.m.


No. 20 Iowa State at Baylor, 7 p.m.


No. 24 St. John’s at Villanova, 7 p.m.




Harrington chosen as captain for 2020 Ryder Cup


VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) – Padraig Harrington was chosen as captain of Europe’s team for the 2020 Ryder Cup at Whistling Straits.


The 47-year-old Irishman has served as vice-captain for the past three Ryder Cups, most recently under Thomas Bjorn last year when Europe regained the trophy outside Paris. Bjorn was on the five-person panel that selected his replacement.


Harrington played in six Ryder Cups and was on the winning team four times.



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