Ohio State RB Dob­bins de­clares for NFL draft

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Ohio State run­ning back J.K. Dob­bins an­nounced Mon­day that he will forego his se­nior sea­son and en­ter the NFL draft.

Dob­bins, a sec­ond-team All-Amer­i­can and fi­nal­ist for the Doak Walker Award, rushed for an Ohio State-record 2,003 yards this sea­son and fin­ished sixth in the Heis­man Tro­phy vot­ing.

Many draft ex­perts con­sider Dob­bins a first-round prospect.

Dob­bins eclipsed 1,000 yards in each of his three sea­sons with the Buck­eyes and leaves the pro­gram sec­ond in all-time rush­ing yards with 4,459.

■ QB Ian Book plans to re­turn to Notre Dame next sea­son. Book, who passed for 247 yards and a TD in a bowl win over Iowa State on Satur­day, has a red­shirt sea­son re­main­ing after sit­ting out his 2016 fresh­man year. He has played in 35 games for the Fight­ing Ir­ish and is 20-3 since taking over the start­ing job in 2018 . ... In­com­ing Ge­or­gia Tech fresh­man WR Bryce Gowdy, a four-star re­cruit, died after he was hit by freight train in his home­town of Deerfield Beach, Fla. Broward Sher­iff’s Of­fice homi­cide de­tec­tives are in­ves­ti­gat­ing the death.

Base­ball: The Blue Jays agreed to a one-year, $4 mil­lion con­tract with free-agent INF Travis Shaw. Shaw hit .157 with seven HRs and 16 RBIs in 86 games last sea­son for the Brew­ers. Shaw, 29, has a .243 ca­reer bat­ting av­er­age over five sea­sons with the Brew­ers and Red Sox.

Soccer: David Beck­ham’s new MLS team fi­nally has its first coach, with In­ter Mi­ami hir­ing Diego Alonso. The Uruguayan, who has coached two dif­fer­ent teams to CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tles, of­fi­cially took over as the inau­gu­ral man­ager of Beck­ham’s club. Alonso, 44, was most re­cently coach of the Mex­i­can club Mon­ter­rey, which had suc­cess against MLS sides dur­ing its run to the 2019 CON­CA­CAF Cham­pi­ons League ti­tle. In­ter Mi­ami — with Beck­ham a lead­ing part of the own­er­ship and front of­fice — will gather for its first prac­tices in Jan­uary, has pre­sea­son matches in Fe­bru­ary and makes its MLS de­but March 1 at Los Angeles FC . ... The U.S. men’s team will open its 2020 sched­ule with an ex­hi­bi­tion against Costa Rica on Feb. 1 in Carson, Calif., after train­ing in Qatar with a ros­ter that in­cludes 12 play­ers who could make their de­buts. The U.S. will train at the As­pire Academy in Doha from Jan. 5-25. Qatar will host the World Cup in 2022. The U.S. is pre­par­ing for a CON­CA­CAF Na­tions League semi­fi­nal against Honduras in June and the start of World Cup qual­i­fy­ing in Septem­ber. The U.S. has a March 26 ex­hi­bi­tion against the Nether­lands, the start of a two-match Europe trip.

Ten­nis: World No. 13 Kei Nishikori of Ja­pan with­drew from next month’s Aus­tralian Open, cit­ing a right el­bow in­jury. Nishikori, who hasn’t played since a third-round loss to Ausssie Alex de Min­aur at the US Open, un­der­went mi­nor el­bow surgery dur­ing the off­sea­son.

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