High Tide in Alabama...Short-handed Lakers face Rockets...Top-ranked Duke in action


TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is celebrating another national championship after the Crimson Tide raced out to a 35-0 lead and beat Notre Dame 42-14 in the BCS title game at Miami. A.J. McCarron threw for four touchdowns and Eddie Lacy scored twice while rushing for 140 yards on 20 carries. Alabama finishes 13-1 after becoming the third team to win three national titles in four seasons since polls started being used to crown champions in 1936, and the first since Nebraska from 1994-97.

HOUSTON (AP) — The Lakers will be without starters Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol (pow gah-SAHL') and reserve Jordan Hill for tonight's game against the Rockets in Houston. Howard is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, and Gasol has a concussion that is keeping him out indefinitely. Hill's right hip injury leaves the Lakers without their top backup for both Howard and Gasol.

UNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets have a three-game winning streak heading into their game against the 76ers in Philadelphia, and Miami is back in action at Indiana. The Atlanta Hawks look to end a two-game skid when they tip off against the Timberwolves in Minnesota. The NBA schedule includes Phoenix at Milwaukee as the Bucks try to end a four-game losing streak.

UNDATED (AP) — Top-ranked Duke highlights today's top-25 men's basketball schedule. The Blue Devils are 14-0 heading into tonight's game against visiting Clemson. Duke picked up 62 of 65 first-place votes in the most recent Associated Press poll.

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — Dustin Johnson has a three-shot lead over Steve Stricker heading into the final round of the PGA's season-opening Tournament of Champions in Hawaii. Johnson had rounds of 69 and 66 yesterday for an 11-under total in a tournament that didn't start until Monday due to high winds and was shortened to 54 holes. Bubba Watson is four strokes back and one ahead of Keegan Bradley and Brandt Snedeker.

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