National Sports

All-SEC title game on the horizon?

By Ralph D. Russo The Associated Press Back in January 2012, the day after Alabama beat LSU in the BCS championship game, the commissioners of the FBS conferences gathered in New Orleans to discuss the future of the college football postseason. There had already been movement toward ...

Fowler in good shape after win at Challenge

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Rickie Fowler was the first player to offer a scouting report on Tiger Woods ahead of his celebrated return to golf, hinting that Woods was hitting it “way by” him in some of their matches in Florida. Fowler’s own game apparently was in pretty ...

Around the NFL

The Associated Press Vikings 14, Falcons 9 ATLANTA — Case Keenum threw a pair of touchdown passes, and the Minnesota Vikings extended their winning streak to eight straight games, keeping the Atlanta Falcons out of the end zone in a victory. Keenum, who was 25 of 30 for 227 yards, hooked ...

Hazing incident has Arizona teachers in trouble with the law

The Associated Press PHOENIX — Police have recommended charges against the principal, athletic director and head coach at a prominent Arizona high school, saying they knew about allegations of abuse involving the football team but failed to alert authorities. Recently released records say ...

Ravens lose starting defensive back for rest of the season

The Associated Press The Baltimore Ravens’ dominant defense will have to continue the playoff push without standout cornerback Jimmy Smith. Smith left in the second quarter after hurting his Achilles tendon without being touched. “Looks like Jimmy has a torn Achilles,” coach John ...

Woods fades during Challenge’s round 3

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods fell behind early and never recovered. Charley Hoffman pulled away late and made himself hard to beat. Hoffman handled the blustery conditions Saturday in the Hero World Challenge for a 2-under 70, one of only five ...

Sports at a glance

PVCA makes all-state picks The Pennsylvania Volleyball Coaches Association recently released their all-state slections for the 2017 Fall season and it is has 11 high school players on it from the Mirror coverage area. The Class 1A field has the most players on it, seven, including three ...

Ohio State defense saves day against Badgers

The Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS — J.T. Barrett looked just fine Saturday. Now it’s up to college football’s selection committee to decide whether No. 8 Ohio State has done enough to earn a playoff bid. Six days after having surgery on his right knee, Barrett threw two touchdown ...

Georgia bounces back in big way

The Associated Press ATLANTA — Kirby Smart took the customary drenching with an ear-to-ear smile. He bounced up and down on the sideline with as much exuberance as his players. And when the coach waved his visor to the red-and-black faithful, he knew better than anyone how much this meant ...

Clemson crushes Canes

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — No. 1 Clemson emphatically claimed its spot in the College Football Playoff with a 38-3 victory over No. 7 Miami in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game Saturday night. The Tigers (12-1) came in ranked atop the CFP and should remain that ...

Players raising money for charity

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — For most of his NFL career, Jamaal Charles hid the challenges of his childhood when he was badgered over his reading disability before finding a lifeline in the Special Olympics. “I feel like I was an outcast, I was left out because so many people made fun of me. But ...

Eagles extend wideout Jeffery

PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia Eagles have signed wide receiver Alshon Jeffery to a four-year contract extension that runs through 2021. The deal announced Saturday is reportedly worth $52 million, with $27 million guaranteed. The 27-year-old Jeffery signed a one-year deal with the Eagles ...

Mayfield leads OU to victory

The Associated Press ARLINGTON, Texas — Baker Mayfield and No. 2 Oklahoma never fretted the potential consequences of having to play in the revived Big 12 championship game. The Sooners just went out and proved how deserving they are of that playoff berth coming their way by dominating ...

Frost leaving UCF for Nebraska job

The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Scott Frost, the native son who quarterbacked Nebraska to a share of the national championship 20 years ago, is returning to the Cornhuskers as coach after orchestrating a stunning two-year turnaround at Central Florida. Athletic director Bill Moos on ...

Knights pick up third AAC championship in last five seasons

The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — Central Florida for the second straight week prevailed in a shootout on its home field. The 12th-ranked Knights captured the American Athletic Conference championship on Saturday as they defeated No. 16 Memphis 62-55 in double overtime. It is the ...

Tiger able to build on solid start

By Doug Ferguson The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — One of the biggest cheers at the Hero World Challenge came from seeing the name Tiger Woods moved to the top of the leaderboard. It just wasn’t there for long. In another impressive showing in his latest comeback from back ...

Rodgers returns to practice for Packers

The Associated Press GREEN BAY, Wis. — Aaron Rodgers’ return is a go. The Green Bay Packers’ two-time MVP quarterback, who was placed on injured reserve after breaking his right collarbone Oct. 15 against Minnesota, is on track to practice today, coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s ...

AP: Yanks to name broadcaster as new manager

The Associated Press NEW YORK — A person familiar with the decision says the New York Yankees have picked ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone to succeed Joe Girardi as manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday night because the decision had not been announced by the team. The ...

Tiger off to solid start in Bahamas

The Associated Press NASSAU, Bahamas — Tiger Woods looked a lot better in his return to golf than he did when he left. Playing for the first time since his fourth back surgery, Woods returned from a 10-month layoff with a 3-under 69 on a breezy Thursday in the Bahamas that left him three ...

Truex Jr. wins top honor

LAS VEGAS — The career year for Martin Truex Jr. rolls on. Truex and partner Sherry Pollex on Wednesday won the prestigious Myers Brothers Award — the top honor in NASCAR’s season-ending awards celebration — for their charitable work. The award is presented by the National Motorsports ...