Update on the latest in sports:
Alabama vies for another national championship
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — It’s Clemson vs. Alabama tonight in the College Football Championship at Santa Clara, California.
Alabama already has five national championships in the past nine seasons, and winning another crown against Clemson would lift the Crimson Tide even further above other college football dynasties and into the conversation about the best runs in all of college sports.
Even though college football is no big deal in Silicon Valley, the high-tech home of the NFL’s San Francisco 49ers is a major reason the game was awarded to Levi’s Stadium.
HALL OF FAME
Vince Young, Rocket Ismail highlight Hall of Fame class
Texas quarterback Vince Young and Notre Dame speedster Raghib Ismail have been selected for induction into the College Football Hall of Fame, along with 11 other players and two coaches.
Young was the Heisman Trophy runner-up and led the Longhorns to the 2005 national championship with a memorable performance in the Rose Bowl against Southern California. Ismail, better known as Rocket, was an electric receiver and kick returner for the Fighting Irish and the Heisman runner-up in 1990.
The rest of the players to be enshrined at the National Football Foundation’s award banquet in December include Arkansas running back Darren McFadden, Oklahoma defensive back Rickey Dixon, John Carroll linebacker London Fletcher, Texas A&M defensive lineman Jacob Green, North Carolina State receiver Torry Holt, Arizona State quarterback Jake Plummer, USC defensive back Troy Polamalu, Wisconsin offensive tackle Joe Thomas, Michigan State running back Lorenzo White and Mississippi linebacker Patrick Willis.
Dennis Erickson, who coached Miami to two national championships, and Joe Taylor, who won 233 games at historically black colleges, were selected for induction as coaches.
Muguruza opens Sydney event with win over Suarez Navarro
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza (GAHR’-been moo-gah-ROO’-thuh) earned a 6-3, 6-4 win over Carla Suarez Navarro today after a day interrupted by rain at the Sydney International.
Sam Stosur, the 2011 U.S. Open champion, had a rare win on Australian soil when she rallied to beat Dominika Cibulkova 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, a confidence-boosting result for the local hope ahead of the Australian Open, which starts next week.
Seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens beat Bernada Pera 7-5, 6-4, Timea Bacsinszky ousted ninth-seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, Yulia Putintseva beat Daria Gavrilova 6-1, 7-6 (4), and Camila Giorgi defeated Ajla Tomljanovic 6-3, 6-3 in other first-round matches.
On the men’s side, Japanese qualifier Yoshihito Nishioka beat Ryan Harrison 6-4, 6-2 and 2018 finalist Alex De Minaur defeated Dusan Lajovic 6-4, 6-3.
Sam Querrey was leading 6-1, 4-1 when Malek Jaziri retired from their match, and he advanced along with Reilly Opelka and Guido Andreozzi.
HALL OF FAME-BLIMP
Rare air: Goodyear Blimp flying high and into Hall of Fame
CLEVELAND (AP) — One of the new college football Hall of Famers has an inflated ego — and more.
The Goodyear Blimp, which has become a staple at major sports events for more than 60 years, is being inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as an honorary member — the first nonplayer or coach to be inducted.
As a nod to its influence and legacy to the game, the iconic airship joins a stellar class that will be enshrined at the National Football Foundation’s award banquet in December.