Top National Sports Stories: Tigers, Sooners, 'Dogs and Tide in CFP...Sun Devils hire Edwards...Pats, Vikes extend streaks

Published on December 04, 2017 at 06:57AM

UNDATED (AP) — The College Football Playoff semifinals will include two members of the SEC. Alabama has beaten out Ohio State for the final berth in a field that has No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Georgia. Clemson will take on Alabama at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, and Georgia and Oklahoma will square off in the Rose Bowl.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Herm Edwards is the new head football coach at Arizona State. The 63-year-old Edwards was head coach of the Jets and Chiefs from 2001-08, going 54-74 with four playoff appearances. He has spent the last nine years as an NFL analyst for ESPN and hasn’t coached in college since serving as a San Jose State assistant in 1989.

UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots and Minnesota Vikings each earned their eighth straight wins yesterday as they try to wrap up division titles. Case Keenum was 25 of 30 for 227 yards and two touchdowns as the Vikings downed Atlanta 14-9. Rex Burkhead ran for 78 yards and a pair of second-half touchdowns to lead the Patriots to an easy 23-3 win at Buffalo.

UNDATED (AP) — The New Orleans Saints won for the ninth time in 10 games, but the Philadelphia Eagles saw their nine-game winning streak come to an end. Kamara carried nine times for 60 yards, including a pair of tackle-shedding touchdowns in the Saints’ 31-21 victory over Carolina. Seattle stopped the Eagles’ win streak as Russell Wilson’s three scoring passes led the Seahawks to a 24-10 win.

NASSAU, Bahamas (AP) — Rickie Fowler closed with a 9-under 61 to win the Hero World Challenge at the Bahamas. Fowler’s 18-under total was four shots better than Charley Hoffman, who entered the round with a five-stroke lead before shooting a 72. Tiger Woods tied his best round of the tournament, a 68 that left him 10 strokes back.