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Clemson tries to stop a talented, motivated Alabama

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Tonight’s contenders for college football’s national championship, top-ranked Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, have proud histories of success with their respective programs. Combined, they have won 15 previous championships. OK, Alabama has 14 of those, but number 15 should not come easy, if at all, tonight. The odds makers list the Crimson Tide as a touchdown favorite, but that will only motivate Coach Dabo Swinney and the Tigers. “We’re not the favorites, but we’re no damn underdog” he roared to…

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Alabama on verge of unprecedented run, with Clemson in the way

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Regardless of the outcome of Monday night’s College Football Playoff championship game between No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama, a case can be made that no team in the history of the sport has had a better run than the Crimson Tide under coach Nick Saban. If Alabama beats the Tigers to win a fourth national title in seven seasons, the argument may be settled. There was talk early in the season after Alabama lost to Mississippi that the…

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Bears coordinator Adam Gase hired as Dolphins coach

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Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Adam Gase was hired Saturday as the Miami Dolphins’ ninth coach since 2004, and he’ll try to end the team’s seven-year playoff drought. Gase was the NFL’s hottest coaching candidate among assistants, and at 37, he becomes the league’s youngest coach. He also interviewed with the Eagles, Browns and Giants and had been considered the front-runner for the Dolphins job. The Dolphins chose him after interviewing six other candidates. “We did exhaustive research on all of…

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Diane Roberts: Hey, football fans! How’s Donald Trump gonna do?

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Greeting sportsfans, I’m Brent Toast of ESPN, along with former Heisman winner Johnny Twitt. Welcome to the most important event of 2016, the college football national championship! Who will prevail? Will it be the Clemson University Tigers, led by evangelical whackjob Dabo Swinney, or the Crimson Tide of Alabama, coached by gazillionaire and part-time Bond villain Nick Saban? But first, let’s look at the second-most important event of 2016, the race for the White House. Who’s playing with his hand…

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Alabama’s football lore has a chance to grow versus Clemson

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The Houndstooth hat. The tearaway jerseys. Sweet Home Alabama. Big Al the Elephant. Rammer Jammer. Deacon Blues. Little Debbie. The Bear. The Nicktator. Legion Field. Yeah, Alabama football has a nice history. The Tide tries to add to that in Monday night’s national championship game. When it comes to the lore of the sport, the Tide is probably behind only Notre Dame, and Alabama fans won’t even admit to that. This is the thing that seems to separate Alabama. Nebraska…

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Alabama’s Crimson Tide close in toward another national title

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Does the University of Alabama have any room left in its trophy case? Yes, from the way the Crimson Tide looked in a 38-0 walloping of Michigan State in the College Football Playoff Semifinals on Thursday night. It brought Alabama coach Nick Saban within a week of his fifth national championship game. Of course, the Tide would have to beat the unbeaten Clemson Tigers in next week’s title game. Few schools have won the way the Tide has won, however,…

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In college football playoffs, it’s Nick Saban and Pips again

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The trophy is his. All he has to do is pick it up and take it home. For Nick Saban, that always seems to be Saban, the head coach at Alabama — the Bear de jour, so to speak — is two wins away. Just two. All he has to do is beat Michigan State tonight, then beat the winner of the Oklahoma–Clemson game. Any other result will feel like an upset. Again. Such are expectations. It’s Saban and the Pips. Every…

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