National Sports

Knights’ streak comes to an end

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Joe Burrow watched the ball land in an opposing player’s hands and immediately gave chase. Locked in on preventing a pick six, LSU’s quarterback didn’t see Joey Connors, Central Florida’s 313-pound defensive lineman, bearing down on him. With a thunderous, ...

Wildcat defense stuns No. 20 Utes

SAN DIEGO — A cold, hard rain in normally warm, dry San Diego made the Northwestern Wildcats feel right at home, especially as they enjoyed a downpour of Utah turnovers in the Holiday Bowl. In a dizzying nine-minute stretch of the third quarter, the Wildcats turned three turnovers into 21 ...

Elhinger leads Horns in bowl win

NEW ORLEANS — The Texas Longhorns controlled the game from the very beginning but held off a late rally from No. 5 Gerogia to win the Sugar Bowl, 28-21. The game did not end until early Wednesday morning. Longhorn quarterback Sam Elhlinger ran for three touchdowns, including the final ...

Helpless feeling: Steelers pull out win, but don’t get playoff spot

PITTSBURGH — The win they needed but at times didn’t act like they particularly wanted finally secured, the Pittsburgh Steelers lingered on the Heinz Field turf after a sluggish 16-13 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday and turned their eyes to the massive videoboard in the south end ...

Mehno: Their record speaks for itself

PITTSBURGH — Let’s get to the bottom line at the top: When your playoff fate is in the hands of another team, you don’t have any business getting upset when that team blows your chance. The Steelers never should have gotten to a point where they needed the Cleveland Browns to win in ...

Cardinal to stick to the run

The Associated Press EL PASO, Texas — Even without Bryce Love, Stanford plans to stick with the running game in the Sun Bowl against Pittsburgh. Because the Panthers are powered by the first pair of 1,000-yard rushers in school history, coach Pat Narduzzi figures today’s meeting will be ...

Ravens top Browns to win division

BALTIMORE — The Baltimore Ravens flipped the script and put one heck of an ending on a regular season that featured countless surprises and plot twists. Getting two rushing touchdowns from rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson and a late defensive stand, Baltimore squeezed past the Cleveland ...

Eagles clinch playoff spot

LANDOVER, Md. — Nick Foles’ magic stretched all the way back to Minnesota. Foles did it again, leading the Philadelphia Eagles to a 24-0 victory over the Redskins and the defending Super Bowl champions earned the NFC’s final wild-card berth when Chicago beat the Vikings on Sunday. The ...

Clemson, Alabama win semifinal games

MIAMI — Tua Tagovailoa completed 24-of-27 passes for 318 yards and four touchdowns, and top-ranked Alabama defeated fourth-ranked Oklahoma 45-34 in the Orange Bowl on Saturday night to earn a berth in the national championship game. Josh Jacobs rushed for 98 yards and Damien Harris had two ...

Closing the year with Newby awards

Wanted: a host for the sixth annual Newby awards. Yes, we’re in a bit of a bind, though nothing like the good folks at the Academy Awards. You see, we never even got to the point where Kevin Hart accepted the honor, then had to withdraw because people capable of working the screengrab ...

With Grier out, WVU defeated

ORLANDO, Fla. — Abdul Adams and Trishton Jackson made their Syracuse debuts memorable, combining to score three touchdowns and helping the 17th-ranked Orange secure their first 10-win season since 2001 by topping No. 15 West Virginia 34-18 in the Camping World Bowl on Friday. Adams rushed ...

Notre Dame aims for Clemson’s spot

DALLAS — The question was about sustaining high-level success in college football and Dabo Swinney’s answer lasted 3 minutes, 40 seconds. Brevity is not the Clemson coach’s strong suit. Swinney talked about how people make the program, continuity leads to consistency, and how it can’t ...

Jones, Duke roll over Temple

SHREVEPORT, La. — Temple was making big special-teams plays, returning interceptions for touchdowns and looking like a team that might crush Duke for a big postseason win. But the Owls had one problem that couldn’t be overcome: Coach David Cutcliffe doesn’t lose in Shreveport. Daniel ...

Duke, Virginia set to headline race

RALEIGH, N.C. — Duke has earned must-see status with its touted freshmen and No. 1 ranking as the Atlantic Coast Conference schedule starts next week. There isn’t nearly the same type of attention on fourth-ranked Virginia, even as the reigning league champion with returning experience ...

Mayfield won’t apologize for antics

BEREA, Ohio — Baker Mayfield went from scowling at Hue Jackson to glaring at critics. Three days after he tried to embarrass his former coach with a prolonged stare down in the closing minutes of Cleveland’s win over Cincinnati, Mayfield owned up to his actions and then said he doesn’t ...

Texans go from 0-3 start to playoffs

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans are the sixth team since 1980 and the first in 20 years to make the postseason after a 0-3 start. “When you start off 0-3 and you’re sitting here at 10-5 with a chance to win the division on Sunday you’ve done a lot of good things over the course of those ...

Plenty of playoff drama remains

Barring ties in Week 17 — and there are some wild scenarios should certain games end in draws Sunday — the road to the playoffs is quite straight in the NFC. The path to a first-round bye in the AFC has a bunch of curves in it. Already in are NFC division winners Dallas (East), New ...

Carr, Raiders savor MNF win

OAKLAND, Calif. — After the final seconds ticked off, Derek Carr ran straight to the Black Hole with several teammates before taking a victory lap around the Coliseum to celebrate with his fans. If this truly is the final game ever in Oakland, the Raiders gave their fans plenty to cheer at ...

LeBron hurt; Lakers still win

OAKLAND, Calif. — The Los Angeles Lakers lost LeBron James in the third quarter to a strained left groin then went out and beat the two-time defending champions without him Tuesday night, getting King James’ 17 points, 13 rebounds and five assists before the injury in a surprising 127-101 ...

Steelers among big losers

Winners and Losers. The big winners in Week 16 were the Saints, Patriots, Cowboys, Seahawks and Ravens. The big losers were the Steelers, Dolphins, Chiefs and Texans. But wait. Then the Texans became winners hours later, earning a playoff berth as they headed back to Houston on Sunday ...