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Smart guarding against emotional drain on Georgia players

ATLANTA — It took two overtimes for Georgia to finally beat Oklahoma and claim its spot in the national championship game. Each extra second added more drama — and more reason for coach Kirby Smart to worry about the needle on his players’ collective emotional tank. Factor in the drain of the cross-country flight back […]

Comments - 10:15 am

Alabama’s Rashaan Evans hoping for another big title game

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama’s Rashaan Evans has saved his best for the last game two years running. He twice sacked Clemson’s Deshaun Watson in the national championship game two years ago as a backup linebacker with all of seven tackles coming into the finale. Last season, he racked up a career-high 11 tackles against the […]

Comments - 9:11 am

Texas A&M adds Notre Dame coordinator Elko to Fisher’s staff

Texas A&M has hired Notre Dame defensive coordinator Mike Elko to coach Jimbo Fisher’s defense. Texas A&M announced the hiring on Thursday, a few hours after Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly posted on Twitter that Elko had accepted an offer to be the Aggies’ defensive coordinator. Elko was at Notre Dame for one season and […]

Comments - 8:11 pm

Sony Michel, Georgia can finally ‘play for something big’

ATLANTA — Sony Michel wouldn’t give up after a devastating lost fumble, and his resolve helped lift Georgia to within one win of its first national championship in almost four decades. Michel’s teammates also wouldn’t give up in Monday’s double-overtime 54-48 Rose Bowl win over Oklahoma. The win sends the Bulldogs to the national championship […]

Comments - 12:21 pm

No. 4 Alabama’s defense delivers payback, big statement

Alabama’s defense not only delivered some payback to Clemson but a strong statement entering the national championship game. For all the injuries and departed stars, the fourth-ranked Crimson Tide’s ‘D’ still is tops in college football. The defense certainly looked the part Monday night’s 24-6 Sugar Bowl throttling of No. 1 Clemson , which had […]

Comments - 9:29 am

Notre Dame eager for bowl win to gain momentum

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly is pleased with how his team is preparing for its Citrus Bowl clash with No. 16 LSU. There are some other concerns for the 14th-ranked Fighting Irish. When it comes to practice, Kelly said he has been thrilled so far with how Notre Dame has responded […]

Comments - 12:04 pm

BOWL GAMESArmy edges San Diego State late

FORT WORTH, Texas — Darnell Woolfolk scored on a 1-yard run with 18 seconds left, Kell Walker converted a go-ahead 2-point run and Army added a last-play defensive touchdown for a 42-35 victory over San Diego State on Saturday in the Armed Forces Bowl. After Rashaad Penny’s fourth touchdown run of the game gave San […]

Comments - 9:03 pm - updated: 9:13 pm.

Fitzpatrick on No. 4 Bama: ‘Some people just don’t like us’

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama is embracing a different role going into these playoffs. The fourth-ranked Crimson Tide players can’t technically call themselves underdogs since they’re actually slight favorites over No. 1 Clemson in the Sugar Bowl, but they know some view them as interlopers who don’t belong in the playoffs this time. They had to […]

Comments - 10:40 am

Ball State comes roaring back after tragedy strikes

MUNCIE, Ind. — The banners inside Worthen Arena rekindle fond memories of Ball State basketball. They are reminders of seven regular season Mid-American Conference championships, seven league tourney crowns and seven NCAA Tournament bids earned during a 19-year stretch starting in 1981. They spur debate about whether the greatest moment in program history was the […]

Comments - 9:29 pm - updated: 9:39 pm.

Third Notre Dame player suspended for bowl game vs LSU

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — No. 14 Notre Dame has suspended a third player for the Citrus Bowl against No. 16 LSU. Junior tight end Alize Mack, who saw considerable playing time this year after missing the 2016 season because of academic issues, will miss the Jan. 1 game against the Tigers (9-3) because of “an […]

Comments - 9:02 pm - updated: 11:27 am.

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