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LSU takes football crown…Hinch, Luhnow fired after sign-stealing probe

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns as LSU took the CFP championship game, whipping the defending-champion Clemson Tigers, 42-25. Burrow also ran for 58 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries while guiding LSU to its third national championship since the 2003 season. Ja’Marr Chase was Burrow’s favorite target with nine receptions for 221 yards and two scores. Thaddeus Moss also had two touchdown grabs as LSU completed a 15-0 season while ending Clemson’s 29-game winning streak.

HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Astros manager AJ Hinch and general manager Jeff Luhnow  have been fired. The dismissals follow their suspension by Major League Baseball for the team’s use of electronics for sign-stealing during Houston’s run to the 2017 World Series title and again in the 2018 season. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the discipline and strongly hinted that former Houston bench coach and current Boston manager Alex Cora will face equal or more severe punishment, saying Cora developed the sign-stealing system used by the Astros and used one with the Red Sox.

PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a three-year, $22 million contract with outfielder David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) that runs through 2022. The 2019 Gold Glove Award winner in left field avoided his final year of salary arbitration by agreeing to the deal. Peralta played in 99 games last year, batting .275 with 12 homers despite battling a shoulder injury.

TORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have lost defenseman Morgan Rielly for at least eight weeks with a fractured foot, leaving a huge hole on the team’s blueline. Rielly blocked a shot in the first period of Sunday’s 8-4 loss in Florida but managed to finish the game. Teenage defenseman Rasmus Sandin was called up from the AHL’s Toronto Marlies in a corresponding move.

UNDATED (AP) — Baylor climbed to No. 2 in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll after resounding road wins over Texas Tech and Kansas last week. Gonzaga maintained the top spot after breezing to a pair of victories while Duke dropped to third and unbeaten Auburn rose to fourth. Butler rounded out the first five, followed by the Jayhawks and another unbeaten in San Diego State. Illinois is ranked for the first time this season with the Illini 24th.

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