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Heisman finalists: Jackson, Watson, Peppers, 2 Sooners
NEW YORK (AP) -- Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook....

Column: Will Selig's entry crack open door to Hall of Fame?
Everything about baseball got bigger during Bud Selig's reign as commissioner....

Winter meetings heat up: Melancon to Giants, Hill to Dodgers
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Albeit too late to save them this year, the San Francisco Giants got their closer....

Rivera not worried about losing team after benching Newton
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Panthers coach Ron Rivera is not worried about losing the faith of his players in the locker room after his decision to bench Cam Newton for the start of Sunday night's game against the Seattle Seahawks....

Villanova back at No. 1 in AP Top 25 men's hoops poll
Villanova had to make an adjustment last season after being ranked No. 1 for the first time. Even before losing to Xavier, the Wildcats had trouble with the louder fans, teams playing them harder and higher expectations....

The Latest: 'Stand-your-ground' talks with potential jurors
NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- The Latest on the Will Smith shooting-death trial (all times local):...

Sepp Blatter loses appeal at CAS against 6-year FIFA ban
GENEVA (AP) -- Sepp Blatter lost his appeal against a six-year ban by FIFA on Monday, and now has more serious legal cases lined up against him....

Dodgers keep free-agent pitcher Rich Hill with 3-year deal
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) -- Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill....

Seattle loses safety Earl Thomas for rest of the season
RENTON, Wash. (AP) -- The Seattle Seahawks will be without safety Earl Thomas for the rest of the season due to his broken lower left leg, no matter how far the team advances in the playoffs....

Chicago Bulls suspend guard Rajon Rondo 1 game
CHICAGO (AP) -- The Chicago Bulls suspended Rajon Rondo for Monday's game against the Portland Trail Blazers for conduct detrimental to the team, adding another disciplinary measure to the point guard's lengthy resume....

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