Update on the latest in sports:
COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYOFF
LSU vs Clemson in college football championship
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – It’s LSU vs. Clemson tonight at the College Football Championship in New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Clemson is trying to make it three national titles in four seasons. LSU is looking for its third in 17 years, and the SEC’s 12th in the period.
This will be the fifth straight season the title game will match two teams from the Southeast. Include the Bowl Championship Series days and seven of the last nine national championship games have featured only teams from the Deep South.
NHL ALL-STAR GAME-WOMEN
AP Source: NHL All-Star game to feature women 3-on-3 event
UNDATED (AP) – A person with direct knowledge of the plans confirms to The Associated Press that women’s national team players representing the United States and Canada will compete in a three-on-three event at the NHL All-Star game in two weeks.
The person spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity today because the NHL isn’t scheduled to announce its plans until later this week. ESPN.com first reported the news Sunday night.
It’s unclear when the three-on-three scrimmage will be held during the weekend of festivities in St. Louis, Missouri. The all-star game, featuring a series of three-on-three games, will be played Jan. 25, a day after the annual skills competition.
The addition of a women’s three-on-three game is seen as the next step in the league’s bid to promote women’s hockey.
New Mexico kicks Carlton Bragg Jr. off team after DWI arrest
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – University of New Mexico forward Carlton Bragg Jr. has been kicked off the Lobos basketball team following his arrest on suspicion of driving while intoxicated and possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.
Coach Paul Weir released a statement late Sunday, hours after Bragg’s arrest, saying Bragg needs to focus on his personal well-being.
The arrest came nine days after the 24-year-old Bragg was reinstated to the team following a three-game suspension while university officials investigated sexual misconduct allegations against him by another student. Bragg has not been charged in connection with that incident, which occurred in August, although the Bernalillo County district attorney’s office sent the case to the district attorney’s office in Alamogordo because of a conflict of interest.
Doping corruption case reaches court in Paris
PARIS (AP) – A sports corruption case involving allegations of a massive doping cover-up and far-reaching malfeasance at the top of track and field opened today in Paris and quickly ran into legal hurdles.
The two-week trial is expected to detail evidence that Russian athletes paid millions of dollars to hide their suspected doping so they could compete at the Olympics in 2012 and other competitions.
Lamine Diack, who served as president of the sport’s governing body for nearly 16 years, is one of the accused recipients of the payments.
At the opening of the hearing, the prosecution asked that the trial be delayed to weigh new evidence received from Senegal, where Diack was born and his son, Papa Massata Diack, also charged in the case, lives, shielded from an international arrest warrant issued by France.
Prosecutors say they received the evidence today, only hours before the hearing opened. They say it included statements that Papa Massata Diack made to investigators in Senegal and banking details from three of his consultancy firms. Papa Massata Diack is accused of working with his father on the corruption scheme.
2 more weightlifters set to lose Olympic medals for doping
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) – Two more weightlifters face being stripped of their medals from the 2012 Olympics over doping.
The International Weightlifting Federation says Romanians Roxana Cocos and Razvan Martin are suspected of using banned steroids after their 2012 samples were re-tested using modern technology.
The IWF says Cocos’ sample contained two different banned steroids and Martin’s three.
They join more than 50 other lifters who have failed re-testing from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.
Bundesliga, Amazon want to predict what happens next
UNDATED (AP) – Statistics on sports broadcasts give context to what happened. The German soccer league Bundesliga (BOON’-deh-slee-guh) and Amazon Web Services want to provide a data-based guess on what will occur next.
The league says it will make Amazon its official technology provider, in a collaboration that will provide statistics for the Bundesliga’s television broadcasts and digital products. The new product will launch when the season resumes Friday after the league’s winter break.
European soccer telecasts have been less immersed in the type of data often used on U.S. telecasts of the NFL and Major League Baseball, rarely mentioning distances and speed of shots.
MLB’s Statcast system provides information such as distance of home runs and hits, distance and speed of fielder runs and spin rates of pitches, just to mention a few.