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Joe’s Morning Sports-Tuesday, Jan 2, 2018

January 2, 2018 GMT

Alabama has grabbed a berth in the College Football Playoff championship game by whipping top-ranked Clemson 24-6 in the Sugar Bowl. Defensive lineman Da’Ron Payne’s interception set up his one-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter, one play before Mack Wilson picked off a pass and raced 18 yards for a TD that put the Crimson Tide ahead 24-6. Jalen Hurts threw for two touchdowns to help Alabama turn next Monday’s title game into an All-SEC matchup against Georgia.

Sony Michel’s third touchdown of the game sent third-ranked Georgia to a 54-48 win over second-ranked Oklahoma in the Rose Bowl, putting the Bulldogs in the College Football Playoff title game next Monday. Michel redeemed himself after his fourth-quarter fumble was returned 46 yards for a go-ahead TD. He finished with 181 yards on just eleven carries, while Nick Chubb ran for 145 yards and two scores.

McKenzie Milton was the catalyst as twelfth-ranked Central Florida earned a 34-27 Peach Bowl win over seventh-ranked Auburn in Atlanta. Milton threw for two touchdowns and ran for 116 yards and another score to help the 13-0 Knights end the year as the only unbeaten team in major college football. Chequan Burkett returned an interception 45 yards for a touchdown in Coach Scott Frost’s final game before heading to Nebraska.

The Creighton men’s basketball team has dropped out of the Associated Press Top 25 rankings after being 25th last week. The 11-3 Bluejays lost at Seton Hall last Thursday 90-84 before beating Providence at home last Sunday 87-64. Creighton returns to action on Wednesday when they host St. John’s at 7:00. Michigan State is the new number one with Duke, Villanova, Arizona State, and Xavier rounding out the top five.

The Omaha World Herald has updated its high school boys & girls basketball rankings. In the boys’ rankings, Omaha Creighton Prep remains first in the ‘Nebraska Top 10’ & Class ‘A’ while York is once again first in Class ‘B’. In Class ‘C-1’, Wahoo High stays at number one, O’Neill remains second, Winnebago is once again third, Boone Central/Newman Grove moves up from tenth to ninth, and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder slips from sixth to tenth. In Class ‘C-2’, Ponca stays at number one, Lutheran High Northeast jumps from ninth to seventh, Hartington Cedar Catholic falls from sixth to eighth, and Bancroft/Rosalie-Lyons Decatur Northeast drops out of the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, West Holt remains first, Osmond falls from fourth to seventh, Boyd County drops from sixth to ninth, and Randolph enters the rankings at number ten. In Class ‘D-2’, Riverside stays at number one, Wynot is once again seventh, and Humphrey St. Francis remains eighth. In the Omaha World Herald girls’ basketball rankings, Millard South stays at number one and South Sioux City falls out of the ‘Nebraska Top 10’. Millard South remains first in Class ‘A’. In Class ‘B’, Elkhorn is the new number one and South Sioux City drops from first to fifth. In Class ‘C-1’, Lincoln Christian stays at number one, Columbus Scotus enters the rankings at number seven, and Wayne falls from the rankings. In Class ‘C-2’, Hastings St. Cecilia is once again first, Stanton moves up from fourth to third, Hartington/Newcastle improves from sixth to fifth, Oakland/Craig enters the rankings at number nine, and Crofton & Hartington Cedar Catholic falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-1’, Meridian stays at number one, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family remains fourth, West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic slips from fifth to sixth, North Central & Clarkson/Leigh enters the rankings at number eight & nine respectively, and West Holt, Randolph, & Elgin Public/Pope John falls from the rankings. In Class ‘D-2’, Falls City Sacred Heart remains first, Humphrey St. Francis stays at number two, Chambers/Wheeler Central enters the rankings at number five, Ewing drops from third to sixth, and Wynot slips from seventh to ninth.

The Lutheran High Northeast boys’ basketball team has jumped from ninth to seventh in the Omaha World Herald rankings in Class ‘C-2’. The 7-2 Eagles recorded a 2-1 record last week at the Shootout on the Elkhorn Tournament in Wisner. They lost in the opening round to top ranked in Class ‘C-2’ Ponca 57-42, before beating Wakefield, 68-48 and Battle Creek 61-58 in double overtime. Lutheran High Northeast is outscoring their opponents on average through nine games 56.2-42.4. They return to action this evening when they host 3-6 West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic at 7:45. The Eagles beat the Bluejays in the opener of the season 62-33 at home.

Checking out the local schedule for today, in basketball, the Norfolk Catholic girls & boys host Winnebago starting with the girls game at 4:30, the Lutheran High Northeast boys host West Point Guardian Angels Central Catholic at 7:45, the Nebraska men are in Rosemont, Illinois to play Northwestern at 8:00, the Nebraska-Omaha men host Doane at 7:00, and the Creighton women are in South Orange, New Jersey to play Seton Hall at 6:00.

Local Schedule: Winnebago at NC (G&B BB-4:30); West Point GACC at LHNE (BBB-7:45); Nebraska at Northwestern at Rosemont, IL (MBB-8:00); Doane at Nebraska-Omaha (MBB-7:00); Creighton at Seton Hall at South Orange, NJ (WBB-6:00).

College Football Scoreboard: South Carolina 26 Michigan 19 (Outback Bowl); (14) Notre Dame 21 (17) LSU 17 (Citrus Bowl).

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NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION

Final OT Toronto 131 Milwaukee 127

Final Brooklyn 98 Orlando 95

Final Minnesota 114 L.A. Lakers 96

Final OT Portland 124 Chicago 120

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NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE

Final OT N-Y Rangers 3 Buffalo 2

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TOP-25 COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Final (6) West Virginia 77 Kansas St. 69