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Clemson Tigers quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) celebrates during the fourth quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium.

Clemson stuns Alabama to win College Football Playoff national championship

By Chuck Culpepper, Washington Post on Jan. 10, 2017, at 7:20 a.m.
“It’s almost like I got knocked out in the third quarter and this is all a dream.”

Pro Football Hall of Fame names finalists for 2017 class

By Reuters on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7:34 a.m.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame named its finalists for the class of 2017 on Tuesday, narrowing down the potential enshrined standouts to 15 modern era players along with three other finalists.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Connor Cook (8) passes in the fourth quarter against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Raiders turn to Cook for playoff opener

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7:33 a.m.
Oakland Raiders rookie quarterback Connor Cook will make his first career NFL start in Saturday’s wild-card playoff game against the Houston Texans, coach Jack Del Rio announced Wednesday.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill, sidelined with an injury, reacts after Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore (8) is intercepted in the end zone in the second quarter against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field in Orchard Park, N.Y., on Saturday, Dec. 24, 2016.

Dolphins Tannehill misses practice

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 05, 2017, at 7:24 a.m.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill did not practice Wednesday due to his left knee injury but still could return for Sunday’s wild-card game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
USC placekicker Matt Boermeester (39) celebrates with teammates after making a game-winning, 46-yard field goal as time expired to beat Penn State 52-49 in the Rose Bowl on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California.

USC beats Penn State on final play

By Ira Miller, The Sports Xchange on Jan. 03, 2017, at 7:45 a.m.
Matt Boermeester kicked his third field goal of the game, a 46-yarder, on the final play Monday to give Southern California a 52-49 victory over Penn State in the highest-scoring Rose Bowl ever.
Wisconsin Badgers offensive lineman Ryan Ramczyk (65) blocks Western Michigan Broncos defensive end Keion Adams (1) in the third quarter at AT&T Stadium.

No. 8 Wisconsin hands Western Michigan 1st loss

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 03, 2017, at 7:29 a.m.
It wasn’t easy, but No. 8 Wisconsin downed previously undefeated No. 15 Western Michigan 24-16 on Monday afternoon in the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic at AT&T Stadium.
Florida Gators defensive back Chauncey Gardner (23) intercepts a pass intended for Iowa Hawkeyes wide receiver Riley McCarron (83) in the second half at Raymond James Stadium.

Gardner’s two picks help No. 17 Florida win Outback Bowl

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 03, 2017, at 7:25 a.m.
Chauncey Gardner had two interceptions and returned one for a 58-yard touchdown to lead No. 17 Florida to a 30-3 win over Iowa in the Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium on Monday.

Saban replaces Kiffin heading into national title game

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 02, 2017, at 2:03 p.m.
New England Patriots outside linebacker Jamie Collins (91) and offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels celebrate a touchdown against the Houston Texans during a Sept. 23 game at Gillette Stadium.

Patriots’ McDaniels in demand for head-coaching openings

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 02, 2017, at 1:20 p.m.
Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Sports Authority Field. Kubiak stepped down on Monday, citing health concerns.

Kubiak officially steps down as Broncos head coach

By The Sports Xchange on Jan. 02, 2017, at 12:41 p.m.

Patriots secure home field throughout postseason

By Walter Villa, The Sports Xchange on Jan. 01, 2017, at 5:55 p.m.
Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Albert Huggins (67) grabs the jersey of Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) as he scrambles during the fourth quarter during the 2016 CFP semifinal at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Clemson returns to title game with 31-0 romp past Ohio State

By Jack Magruder, The Sports Xchange on Jan. 01, 2017, at 9:30 a.m.

No. 1 Alabama dominates No. 4 Washington to reach title game

By Guy Curtright, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 31, 2016, at 10:28 p.m.

Packers, Lions prepare for high-stakes game

By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 30, 2016, at 7:20 p.m.
Aaron Rodgers’ last throw at Ford Field was one for the ages. His 61-yard, Hail Mary touchdown pass to Richard Rodgers on the final play shocked the Detroit Lions and gave the Green Bay Packers a 27-23 victory last season.

Defensive stop lifts Stanford over North Carolina

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 30, 2016, at 7:08 p.m.
No. 16 Stanford’s defense recorded a sack on a two-point conversion play with 25 seconds remaining, allowing the Cardinal to hold off North Carolina in a 25-23 victory in the Sun Bowl on Friday at Sun Bowl Stadium in El Paso, Texas.

TV, radio sports schedule for Dec. 31, 2016

on Dec. 30, 2016, at 6:50 p.m.
Alabama Crimson Tide head coach Nick Saban celebrates winning the trophy with his team after the SEC Championship college football game against the Florida Gators on Dec. 4 at Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

Alabama coach looks to keep team focused vs. Washington

By Mike Sullivan, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 30, 2016, at 2:24 p.m.
“Thinking about last year’s national championship isn’t going to help us get this one.”
Clemson Tigers defensive tackle Carlos Watkins (94) is congratulated by linebacker Ben Boulware (10) after his sack against the Virginia Tech Hokies during the second half of the ACC Championship college football game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Dec. 3. Clemson Tigers defeated the Virginia Tech Hokies 42-35.

Clemson, Ohio State in familiar setting at FBS semifinal

By Jack Magruder, The Sports Xchange on Dec. 30, 2016, at 1:55 p.m.
The three-year-old FBS national championship playoff format is neither the Ohio State open nor the Clemson invitational, but it has skewed that way.

South Florida tops South Carolina in Birmingham Bowl

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 29, 2016, at 6:14 p.m.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady throws the ball during the first half against the New York Jets on Sunday at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts.

Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returns to practice

By The Sports Xchange on Dec. 29, 2016, at 3:45 p.m.
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady returned to practice on Thursday, one day removed from sitting out because of a thigh issue.