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Even in era of offense, NFL playoffs come down to defense

The NFL’s wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring. Read More

Clemson blowout draws lowest TV ratings for CFP title game

Clemson’s blowout victory over Alabama in the College Football Playoff drew a 14.6 overnight rating for ESPN across its multiple-channel broadcast, the lowest-rated title game in the 5-year-old postseason system. Read More

Hawaii signs football coach Nick Rolovich to 2-year extension

Qualifying for two Hawaii Bowls in his first three seasons has earned Hawaii football coach Nick Rolovich a little job security. Read More

No. 2 Clemson uses big moments to topple top-ranked Alabama

Clemson needed a big performance to unseat defending champion Alabama. The Tigers got plenty of them from start to finish. Read More

Clemson topples No. 1 Alabama for national title

Dabo Swinney kissed the championship trophy and proclaimed this Clemson team the greatest of all time. Read More

Presidents, commissioners put brakes on CFP expansion talk

After a month of chatter about possible changes to the four-team playoff, the conference commissioners and university presidents who constitute the playoff brain trust met at the Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose and quelled the speculation. Read More
 

Chicago’s missed field goal ruled a block

Cody Parkey’s missed 43-yard field goal in the final seconds that gave the Philadelphia Eagles a 16-15 upset win over the Chicago Bears in Sunday’s wild-card playoff game was officially ruled a block by the NFL. Read More
 

If not for his family, Tua Tagovailoa could have been at USC

To understand Tagovailoa’s choice, you must first understand the dynamics that exist within his family. Read More

Alabama quarterback Tagovailoa says sprained ankle feeling good

Alabama quarterback and Heisman Trophy runner-up Tua Tagovailoa said his sprained left ankle is feeling good two days before the top-ranked Crimson Tide play No. 2 Clemson for the national championship. Read More

Hawaii volleyball sweeps British Columbia

Senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg put down nine kills and junior opposite Rado Parapunov added eight kills with three of Hawaii’s eight aces as the Rainbow Warriors swept British Columbia 25-21, 25-18, 25-17 tonight in a men’s exhibition volleyball match at the Stan Sheriff Center. Read More

Matchups that could determine Alabama vs. Clemson Part IV

Clemson and Alabama are playing in the College Football Playoff for the fourth straight season, and the third time for the national championship. Read More
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Clemson-Alabama IV has precedents in other sports

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As much as Cleveland and Golden State became annual opponents in the NBA Finals before James left the Cavaliers last summer to join the Los Angeles Lakers after losing the title for the third time in four years to Curry and the Warriors, Clemson and Alabama have squared off in the winter to help determine college football’s champion. Read More
 

Nauseating or just right? NFL officiating in the crosshairs

Mike Pereira was in his customary spot next to Troy Aikman in the Fox Sports broadcast booth for the Bears-Vikings game on the final week of the regular season, ready to chime in when needed on any close calls on the field. Read More

Warriors beat Canadian champs in exhibition volleyball match

Junior hitter Colton Cowell put down 10 kills and senior hitter Stijn van Tilburg added nine as the third-ranked Hawaii men’s volleyball team opened the season with a 25-17, 25-17, 25-19 exhibition victory over British Columbia tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. Read More

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