Three Alabama play­ers turn­ing pro

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Alabama wide re­ceiver Jerry Jeudy, of­fen­sive tackle Jedrick Wills Jr. and safety Xavier McKin­ney are skip­ping their se­nior sea­sons to en­ter the NFL draft.

Crim­son Tide ju­nior quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa, the Heis­man Tro­phy run­nerup in 2018 and a likely top-10 pick, will an­nounce his de­ci­sion Mon­day.

Jeudy, con­sid­ered by some draft ex­perts as the top prospect at his po­si­tion and a top-five pick over­all, made his an­nounce­ment Satur­day, three days af­ter he earned MVP hon­ors in a Cit­rus Bowl win over Michi­gan. Jeudy had 204 re­ceiv­ing yards with a touch­down on six catches in the game.

The 2018 Bilet­nikoff Award win­ner had 77 catches for 1,163 yards and 10 touch­downs this sea­son. Jeudy caught 159 passes over­all for 2,742 yards and 26 touch­downs with the Crim­son Tide.

Wills, a sec­ond-team All-Amer­i­can who’s con­sid­ered a top-10 prospect at his po­si­tion, started the last two sea­sons at right tackle.

McKin­ney, a ju­nior and third-team All-Amer­i­can, led Alabama in tack­les this sea­son with 95. He also had three sacks, three in­ter­cep­tions, four forced fum­bles and five pass breakups.

Golf:

Justin Thomas birdied the third play­off hole to win the PGA Tour’s Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons in Kapalua, Hawaii. Thomas bo­geyed the 72nd hole in reg­u­la­tion to shoot a fi­nal-round 4-un­der 69 and fall back into the play­off with Pa­trick Reed (66) and Xan­der Schauffele (70). The trio re­turned to the par-5 18th hole, and Schauffele was elim­i­nated with a par. Thomas and Reed each recorded a par on the sec­ond play­off hole, be­fore Thomas sealed the vic­tory with a birdie. Thomas also won the event in 2017.

Soc­cer:

Teena­gaer Cur­tis Jones scored in the 71st minute to lift Liver­pool to a 1-0 win over Ever­ton and into the fourth round of the FA Cup. Jones, 18, was one of a num­ber of youth play­ers se­lected by the Pre­mier League lead­ers as Jur­gen Klopp rested his su­per­stars. Liver­pool hasn’t lost at home to Ever­ton in any com­pe­ti­tion since 1999. Chelsea also ad­vanced to the fourth round.

Ten­nis:

Daniil Medvedev beat John Is­ner 6-3, 6-1 to give Rus­sia two wins from two starts at the ATP Cup, leav­ing the U.S. as the only win­less team so far in Group D.

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