MIAMI (AP) — AJ McCarron threw for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy ran for 140 yards as Alabama trounced Notre Dame 42-14 to win its second consecutive national championship. The Crimson Tide gained 265 of their 529 total yards on the ground, held the ball for more than 38 minutes and held the Irish scoreless until Everett Golson rushed for a two-yard touchdown late in the third quarter. Alabama finishes 13-1 after becoming the third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from 1994-97.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada athletic officials reached an agreement with Texas A&M assistant Brian Polian to become the Wolf Pack's next football coach. School officials say the five-year deal that will pay him $475,000 in annual base pay plus incentives if it is formally approved this week by the state Board of Regents. The 38-year-old Polian was the Aggies' tight ends coach and special teams coordinator. He's also coached at Stanford, Notre Dame, Central Florida and Buffalo.
ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins are still waiting to learn the medical status of quarterback Robert Griffin III, who re-injured his right knee in Sunday's playoff loss to Seattle. Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan said initial test results are prompting the team to send Griffin to Florida on Tuesday to see renowned orthopedist James Andrews for more examinations, essentially a second opinion that will decide the team's fate for next season. Griffin tore the ACL in his right knee while playing for Baylor in 2009, and Shanahan said that old injury caused Griffin's latest MRI to prove inconclusive and produce "differences of opinion" in those who have looked at it.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Bradley Beal drained a jumper with 0.3 seconds left and the Washington Wizards improved to 5-28 by defeating the Western Conference-leading Oklahoma City Thunder 101-99. Beal and Martell Webster each had a team-high 22 points for the Wizards, who had dropped 13 of their previous 14 and were without leading scorers Nene (neh-NAY') and Jordan Crawford. The Thunder missed 16 straight shots in the second half and fell to 5-4 since a 12-game winning streak.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Dwight Howard, Pau Gasol (pow gah-SOHL') and Jordan Hill all will miss the Los Angeles Lakers' upcoming road trip with injuries, leaving the struggling club without its top three big men. Howard has a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol has a concussion after taking an elbow in the face late in Sunday night's loss to Denver. Hill, a key backup to both starting big men, has a right hip injury.