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Orange Crush: Clemson topples No. 1 ‘Bama for national title

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With stunning ease ‚Äî and a freshman quarterback ‚Äî Clemson toppled college football’s greatest dynasty again to become the first perfect playoff champion.

Trevor Lawrence passed for 347 yards and three touchdowns and the second-ranked Tigers beat No. 1 Alabama 44-16 on Monday night in the College Football Playoff national championship game.

Finns win junior gold

VANCOUVER—Jack Hughes still had tears in his eyes Saturday night as he talked about losing the gold-medal game at the world junior hockey championship.

“Right now, there's nothing I really want to learn from this,” the 17-year-old said after Finland beat the Americans 3-2 in a dramatic finals performance.

“It's sad. I don't want to go through this again.”

Jets bounce back to topple Stars

WINNPEG, Man.—Kyle Connor was happy to be part of an offensive burst the Winnipeg Jets needed.

The winger ended a 10-game pointless streak with a goal that helped the Jets dump the Dallas Stars 5-1 yesterday.

“Yeah, felt good,” Connor said.

“Nothing's really changed too much from my game," he added. "I thought I was a little quicker tonight, played with lots of speed.”

Alabama already among greatest college dynasties

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — With five national championships in the past nine seasons, Alabama already has accomplished something never done before in the AP poll era that began in 1936.

Winning another crown Monday night 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.