Heisman Trophy Competition ... Giants land closer ... Dodgers re-sign Hill


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NEW YORK (AP) — Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson is one of the five finalists for the Heisman Trophy, along with Clemson QB Deshayn Watson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook. Jackson completed 58 percent of his passes for 3,390 yards and 30 touchdowns for the Cardinals after entering the season as one of the Heisman favorites. Watson finished third in the balloting last year and will be on hand when the trophy is presented Saturday in New York.

UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have added a much-needed closer by working out a four-year, $62 million package with free-agent Mark Melancon (meh-LAN'-suhn). The 31-year-old Melancon collected 47 saves for the Pirates and Nationals last season after leading the majors with 51 in 2015. The Giants blew 32 saves this past season, the last in a 6-5 Game 4 loss to the Cubs that ended San Francisco's season.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — The Dodgers have re-signed free agent Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million package, just a year after the left-hander was pitching for the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. The 36-year-old Hill went a combined 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and Oakland. He has a 38-28 career record with a 4.10 ERA in 221 games in 12 major league season.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Red Sox manager John Farrell has had his 2018 contract option exercised by the team. Farrell won the World Series in his first season with Boston in 2013 and led them back to the playoffs as AL East champions last season. He's 339-309 in four seasons with the Red Sox.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seahawks safety Earl Thomas will miss the rest of the regular season and the NFL playoffs after breaking his left tibia during last night's 40-7 rout of Carolina. Thomas was hurt in a second-quarter collision with teammate Kam Chancellor going for an interception. He played 106 straight games before missing Seattle's loss at Tampa Bay last week with a hamstring injury.

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