Top National Sports Stories: Alabama takes title in comeback win...USC's Burnett leaving for draft...Bears pick Nagy

Published on January 09, 2018 at 07:00AM

ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama has claimed its 11th national championship in college football and fifth since 2009 by rallying for a 26-23 overtime win against Georgia in Atlanta. Backup quarterback Tua Tagovailoa connected with DeVonta Smith for a 42-yard touchdown on the Crimson Tide’s second play of OT and threw for 166 yards and two scores after replacing an ineffective Jalen Hurts at halftime. Jake Fromm threw for 232 yards and a touchdown, an an 80-yard scoring pass to Mecole Hardman to put Georgia ahead 20-7 with 6:52 left in the third quarter.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California receiver Deontay Burnett has announced that he is skipping his senior season to enter the NFL draft. The 20-year-old Burnett was the Trojans’ leading receiver this season, catching 86 passes for 1,114 yards and nine touchdowns. He is the third skill-position player to leave USC early this year, joining quarterback Sam Darnold and running back Ronald Jones II.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Matt Nagy is the new head coach of the Chicago Bears after serving as the Kansas City Chiefs’ offensive coordinator this season. The 39-year-old Nagy spent the past 10 seasons working under Andy Reid in Philadelphia and Kansas City. He takes over a franchise that was 14-34 in three years under John Fox, including a 5-11 mark this season.

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Bill Belichick says he “absolutely” intends to return as New England Patriots coach next season despite reports of turmoil involving himself, quarterback Tom Brady and owner Robert Kraft. Belichick said Tuesday he had nothing to add to the joint statement from the three last week in response to an ESPN report detailing an array of tension. Asked about another report of his interest in coaching the New York Giants, the Patriots coach said he is focused on New England’s playoff game Saturday night against Tennessee.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The NFL and NFL Players Association plan to conduct a joint review to determine if the Carolina Panthers followed the correct concussion protocol with quarterback Cam Newton during their playoff loss to New Orleans on Sunday. Newton took a shot to the head area from Saints defensive tackle David Onyemata midway through the fourth quarter. H took a knee as he walked toward the sideline and sat out one play before returning on the next series and finishing the game.