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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)
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  • 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/Chris O'Meara)

    TV ratings dip for CFP championship on ESPN; streaming up

    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The College Football Championship rematch between Clemson and Alabama drew 680,000 fewer viewers on TV and online than last year’s game, though combined viewership for all the New Year’s Six bowls and title game was up 15 percent, ESPN said Tuesday. Clemson’s 35-31 victory against Alabama on Monday night got a […]
  • 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 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 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 […]
  • FILE - In this Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016 file photo, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts (2) scrambles for yardage against Washington during the second half of the Peach Bowl NCAA college football game in Atlanta. For the second straight season, the Clemson and Alabama will meet for the College Football Playoff championship.  While it's safe to assume quarterbacks Deshaun Watson and Jalen Hurts will play pivotal roles in the game Monday, Jan. 9, 2017, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida, you never know who will emerge as a star on the big stage, especially with the most talented rosters in college football facing off. (AP Photo/Butch Dill, File)

    Tide-Tigers II: The matchups that will decide national title

    Every defensive meeting at Clemson this week might as well have started with coordinator Brent Venables passing around a photo of Alabama’s O.J. Howard with the caption “Know where 88 is at all times.” For the second straight season, the Tigers and Crimson Tide will meet for the College Football Playoff championship. Howard is the […]
  • Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts leaps a Washington defender during the third quarter in the Peach Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal at the Georgia Dome on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Atlanta. (Curtis Compton/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)

    Alabama-Clemson 2: New characters, plot lines for CFP sequel

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — As with any sequel, Alabama-Clemson II will have some new characters and fresh plot lines. The top-ranked Crimson Tide and No. 3 Tigers will meet in Tampa, Florida, on Jan. 9 in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Last year they played a wild 45-40 game won by ‘Bama. It […]
  • Clemson players celebrate after Clemson defeated Ohio State 31-0 in the Fiesta Bowl NCAA college football playoff semifinal, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. Clemson advanced to the BCS championship game Jan. 9 against Alabama. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

    With Ohio State shutout, Clemson earns another shot at ‘Bama

    GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — In a return trip to the desert, Clemson found redemption through utter domination. Part I of Dabo and Deshaun’s make-good tour is done. Now comes the really hard part: A rematch against Alabama in the College Football Playoff national championship game. Deshaun Watson ran for two touchdowns and threw another and […]