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GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry had 158 yards and three touchdowns on 36 carries to help Alabama win college football's national championship for the fourth time in seven years, 45-40 over Clemson. O.J. Howard had five receptions for 208 yards and two touchdowns, while Jake Coker was 16 of 25 for 335 yards, two TDs and no interceptions. Alabama coach Nick Saban won his fifth national championship despite the quarterbacking of Clemson's Deshaun Watson, who threw for 405 yards and four touchdowns.
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi quarterback Chad Kelly has decided to return to school for his senior season. The nephew of Pro Football Hall of Famer Jim Kelly was considering jumping to the NFL after leading the Rebels to a 10-3 record this season, including a Sugar Bowl victory over Oklahoma State. He threw for 4,042 yards, 31 touchdowns and 13 interceptions.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State football coach Bill Snyder says he plans to coach the Wildcats again next season, ending speculation that the 76-year old Hall of Famer might retire for a second time. Snyder is entering his 25th season and needs seven wins to reach 200. K-State went 6-7 this season, winning its first and last three games before losing to Arkansas in the Liberty Bowl.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict (vahn-TEHZ' BUR'-fihct) has been suspended for the first three games of next season for repeated violations of the NFL's rules against dangerous hits on opposing players. The punishment has been doled out two days after he drilled Antonio Brown after an incompletion during Pittsburgh's 18-16 playoff win, leaving the Steelers receiver with a concussion. The NFL said it's also reviewing the conduct of other players and coaches during the acrimonious game.
NEW YORK (AP) — Kansas and Oklahoma remain 1-2 in The Associated Press men's basketball poll, with the Jayhawks receiving 63 of 65 first-place votes. Maryland is third, followed by Michigan State and North Carolina. Villanova, Xavier, Miami, Duke and SMU round out the top 10. SMU is in the top 10 for the first time in 31 years.
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