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FILE - In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Villanova players collapse on the court after they defeated North Carolina  77 in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Houston. The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA and CBS Sports announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that for the first time the committee will give a look at its top 16 seeds one month before the 68-team field locks in on March 12. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)
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  • FILE - In this April 4, 2016, file photo, Villanova players collapse on the court after they defeated North Carolina  77 in the championship game of the NCAA Final Four college basketball tournament in Houston. The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA and CBS Sports announced Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, that for the first time the committee will give a look at its top 16 seeds one month before the 68-team field locks in on March 12. (AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

    Bracketology: NCAA hoops committee to give tournament peek

    NEW YORK (AP) — The selection committee for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is getting into the bracketology business and borrowing an idea from the College Football Playoff, hoping it will get more fans thinking about March Madness in February. The NCAA, CBS Sports and Turner announced Tuesday that for the first time the committee […]
  • Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger throws a pass during the first half of an NFL divisional playoff football game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

    The Latest: Oddsmakers make Patriots and Falcons favorites

    The Latest on the NFL’s divisional playoffs Sunday. (all times Eastern): Oddsmakers in Las Vegas make the New England Patriots and Atlanta Falcons favorites to meet in the Super Bowl. Atlanta is a 4-point favorite to beat Green Bay at home next Sunday, while New England is a 5.5-point pick at most sports books to […]
  • Clemson players celebrate after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

    What to watch in 2017: Clemson rebuild; Kelly’s crossroads

    Alabama will be great in 2017. That’s a given. The Crimson Tide came up just short of its fifth national championship in eight seasons under coach Nick Saban, losing to Clemson 35-31 in the College Football Playoff title game Monday night. But Alabama is likely start next season as the No. 1 team in the […]
  • FILE - In this Jan. 4, 2006, file photo, Texas quarterback Vince Young (10) runs into the endzone for a 17-yard touchdown against the defense of Southern California's Josh Pinkard (36) during the fourth quarter of the Rose Bowl, the national championship college football game in Pasadena, Calif. Like Clemson's Deshaun Watson, Texas quarterback Young piled up over 400 total yards, but his Longhorns came out a winner when he scored on fourth down in the closing seconds in the 2006 college football championship game. (AP Photo/Kim D. Johnson, File)

    Tigers-Tide II gets a place in the history of great games

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — You thought last year’s College Football Playoff championship game was great? The rematch was even better. And it will take a place in the history books. Clemson won its first national title since 1981 with its 35-31 victory over top-ranked Alabama on Monday night, avenging its 45-40 loss in last year’s […]
  • Clemson players celebrate after the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. Clemson won 35-31. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)

    Watson and Clemson dethrone top-ranked Tide, 35-31

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Deshaun Watson took the snap, rolled right and with one of the easiest throws he had to make all night, completed Clemson’s journey to the top of college football. A frantic fourth quarter and a championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama was decided with 1 second left on a 2-yard touchdown […]
  • Clemson fan Ty Nimmer looks at his face painting in a mirror before the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Starting price for title game tickets rises to $1,899

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Fans looking for a last-minute deal on tickets for the College Football Playoff national championship game were out of luck. With between 75,000 and 100,000 out-of-towners arriving in Tampa, Florida, for either Monday night’s matchup between Alabama and Clemson or events associated with the game, demand for tickets remained high right […]
  • Clemson's Hunter Renfrow celebrates after catching a touchdown during the second half of the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    The Latest: Clemson wins national championship, 35-31

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on the College Football Playoff national title game (all times local): ___ 12:25 a.m. Deshaun Watson’s 2-yard touchdown pass to Hunter Renfrow with 1 second remaining gave Clemson a wild 35-31 win over Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Watson completed 36 of 56 passes for […]
  • Clemson fans cheer during media day for the NCAA college football playoff championship game against Alabama Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Got $1,599? That’s the price for a national title ticket

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The College Football Playoff national championship game is a hot ticket. The combination of Alabama and Clemson meeting in a rematch of last year’s final, plus the proximity of the schools to Tampa, is causing prices to surge for Monday night’s game. As of Sunday afternoon, ticket prices on StubHub ranged […]
  • Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and Alabama head coach Nick Saban pose with the championship trophy during a news conference for the NCAA college football playoff championship game Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

    Alabama dynasty rolls into another champ game with Clemson

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Saban and Alabama are on the verge of leaving college football history behind. The top-ranked Crimson Tide face Clemson on Monday night in a College Football Playoff national championship game rematch. A victory would give Alabama five national championships in eight seasons, a feat never completed at the highest level […]
  • Clemson DT Wilkins has rare skills, wears special number 42

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Christian Wilkins wears a jersey number better suited for a defensive back or a running back than a 310-pound defensive lineman. Clemson’s star sophomore is nimble enough that the Tigers will line him up in the backfield and have even thrown him a couple passes, but that’s not why he dons […]