COLLEGE FOOTBALL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
LSU 42, Clemson 25
Joe Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns as LSU pulled away for a 42-25 win over defending-champion Clemson. Burrow also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while guiding LSU to its third national championship since the 2003 season.
The five TD passes and 463 yards passing are the most for a BCS or College Football Playoff title game as are his six total touchdowns. Burrow is the first major college quarterback to throw 60 touchdown passes in a season.
Clemson’s offense stalled after taking a 17-7 lead in the second quarter. Quarterback Trevor Lawrence finished with 234 yards passing, but he completed just 18 of his 37 throws and had just 58 yards in the second half. Lawrence also ran for a one-yard score in the opening half.
It’s the 10th national championship for an SEC school since 2006.
Boston 113, Chicago 101
Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and Jaylen Brown 19 in Boston’s 113-101 victory over the Bulls. The Celtics were in control most of the night, taking an 18 point lead into the half. It was Boston’s 2nd straight win after a season-high 3-game losing streak. Zach LaVine led the Bulls with 30 points. Chicago has dropped 7 of 8.
New Orleans 117, Detroit 110 OT
Lonzo Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime as the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Pistons 117-110 in a matchup of injury-depleted teams. New Orleans has won three of four and is now 9-4 after a 6-22 start. Jalil Okafor had 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Nicolo Melli scored 20 points and Moore had 16. The Pistons lost their third straight and their 12th in the last 15 games. Derrick Rose had 23 points and eight assists for Detroit. Christian Wood added 18 points and nine rebounds. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored 16 points.
Indiana 101, Philadelphia 95
The Pacers got 21 points and a late block from T.J. Warren to close out a 101-95 victory over Philadelphia. The 76ers led by 11 midway through the third quarter and looked like they might hold on after retaking a 92-89 lead with 3:36 left in the game. Instead, the Pacers charged back and took the lead for good when Myles Turner made two free throws with 1:41 to go. They closed it out at the free-throw line. Ben Simmons led the 76ers with 24 points and 14 rebounds.
Oklahoma City 117, Minnesota 104
Portland 115, Charlotte 112
Orlando 114, Sacramento 112
L.A. Lakers 128, Cleveland 99
Detroit, Chicago, and Indiana are off
The Blackhawks and Red Wings were off
Montreal 2, Calgary 0
N-Y Rangers 6, N-Y Islanders 2
Philadelphia 6, Boston 5 SO
Washington 2, Carolina 0
St. Louis 4, Anaheim 1
Detroit at N-Y Islanders, 7:00
Chicago at Ottawa, 7:30
The Lions have hired Cory Undlin to replace Paul Pasqualoni as defensive coordinator. Matt Patricia added the former Philadelphia Eagles defensive backs coach to his staff. Patricia and Undlin started their NFL careers together with the New England Patriots. Patricia announced earlier this month Pasqualoni was leaving the team to be closer to his family. Undlin’s task is to turn around a defense that ranked No. 31 in the NFL for a team with three wins in 2019. He was Philadelphia’s defensive backs coach for five seasons. Patricia has made several changes on his coaching staff.
Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred has laid down punishment against the Houston Astros, and he’s coming after the Boston Red Sox.
The Astros have fired manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow after the pair were suspended by MLB for sign-stealing during the Astros’ run to the 2017 World Series title. A league investigation found that the Astros used the video feed from a center field camera to see and decode the opposing catcher’s signs. Houston was fined $5 million and will forfeit their next two first- and second-round draft picks.
Alex Cora was the bench coach on the 2017 Astros before spending the last two seasons with the Red Sox. Manfred said Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros. The Red Sox are under investigation for sign stealing in Cora’s first season as manager in 2018, when Boston won the title.
The Tigers have agreed to terms on a $1.5 million, one-year deal with Iván Nova. The right-hander spent last season with the AL Central-rival White Sox. Nova went 11-12 with a 4.72 ERA last season, making a career-high 34 starts. He turned 33 on Sunday. He is 89-76 with a 4.32 ERA in 10 big league seasons with the White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Yankees. Detroit’s deal with Nova includes $500,000 in performance bonuses. The Tigers also designated left-hander Matt Hall for assignment.
Oakland has acquired Tony Kemp from the Cubs for minor league infielder Alfonso Rivas. The versatile Kemp began last season with Houston, where he played from 2016 to 2018. Kemp batted .212 with eight home runs and 29 RBIs over 110 games between the Astros and Cubs last year. Rivas batted a combined .292 with nine homers and 60 RBIs over 122 games between Single-A Stockton and Triple-A Las Vegas.
HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
Lawton 65, Michigan Lutheran 31
Brandywine 58, Benton Harbor 26
Niles 60, Berrien Springs 13
Lake Michigan Catholic 39, Lawrence 32