Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson were named the three finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday.
The winner will be named on Saturday, when the Heisman Trophy is presented in New York to the top vote-getter.
The two most noteworthy players not among the finalists are Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and LSU running back Leonard Fontenot, who was considered the front-runner for the Heisman midway through the season.
Henry leads the nation in total rushing yards (1,986) and is second in rushing yards per game (152.8) for an Alabama team that won the Southeastern Conference title and is one of four teams competing in the College Football Playoff.
McCaffrey ranks second in rushing yardage (1,847), and his 3,496 all-purpose yards broke the single-season record set by Barry Sanders in 1988. Stanford won the Pac-12 title.
Watson led Clemson to an undefeated regular season and a No. 1 ranking. He ranks eighth nationally in passer rating, completing 69.2 percent of his passes for 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 887 yards and 11 touchdowns.
NBA icon LeBron James has inked a lifetime contract with Nike, according to published reports on Monday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers standout has been partnered with Nike since joining the NBA. Financial terms haven’t yet been revealed.
The athletic apparel company recently signed Oklahoma City star Kevin Durant to a 10-year, $300 million contract.
James, 30, reportedly signed a seven-year, $93 million deal with Nike when he entered the NBA. He signed another deal with the company in 2010.
The Los Angeles Dodgers agreed to acquire All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman from the Cincinnati Reds in a trade for two prospects, according to multiple reports Monday.
The deal is pending Chapman passing a medical examination, FOX Sports reported.
Reds president of baseball operations Walt Jocketty said last month that he hoped to move the hard-throwing left-hander before Major League Baseball’s annual Winter Meetings, which began Monday in Nashville, Tenn.
Chapman, entering the final year of his contract, has averaged more than 15 strikeouts per nine innings in six years in the majors since defecting from Cuba.
Chapman’s career 2.17 ERA with 146 saves could be teamed with established Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who had 80 saves for Los Angeles the past two seasons.
Baseball Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr. has been named special advisor to the Commissioner on youth programs and outreach, Major League Baseball chief Rob Manfred announced on Monday at the annual winter meetings in Nashville.
Ripken will advise Commissioner Manfred and MLB’s Youth Programs Department on strategies and initiatives aimed at growing baseball and softball.
A particular focus will be placed on ways to provide access to quality playing opportunities for children in underserved communities.
“MLB and I have shared this passion, and I look forward to working with all of the youth baseball and softball organizations, as well as the major league clubs, to get more athletes from all walks of life enjoying the game that I love so much,” Ripken said.