Tide’s Tago­v­ailoa de­clares for draft

Orlando Sentinel - - SCOREBOARD -

Alabama quar­ter­back Tua Tago­v­ailoa put an end to the ini­tial ques­tion about his fu­ture, an­nounc­ing Mon­day that he’s en­ter­ing the NFL draft and clos­ing the book on a col­lege ca­reer that be­gan with a splash and ended with a dev­as­tat­ing in­jury.

Tago­v­ailoa is re­cov­er­ing from right hip surgery in Novem­ber fol­low­ing an in­jury Nov. 16 against Mis­sis­sippi State that ended pro­jec­tions of the start quar­ter­back be­ing the po­ten­tial No. 1 over­all pick.

In less than two sea­sons as a starter, Tago­v­ailoa, the 2018 Heis­man Tro­phy run­ner-up, set an Alabama record with 87 ca­reer TD passes and ranks third with 7,442 pass­ing yards.

Tago­v­ailoa be­came a sen­sa­tion in the na­tional ti­tle game two years ago. The fresh­man came off the bench to lead the Crim­son Tide to a come­back win in OT.

Also, Alabama’s lead­ing re­ceiver DeVonta Smith an­nounced that he will re­turn next sea­son, while fel­low wide­out Henry Ruggs III de­clared for the draft.

Levi Lewis threw two TD passes to Ja’Mar­cus Bradley, and Louisiana-Lafayette beat Mi­ami (Ohio) 27-17 in the Mo­bile Alabama Bowl. The Ra­gin’ Ca­juns (11-3) earned their first bowl win since 2014.

Base­ball: The Reds signed Ja­panese OF Shogo Akiyama to a three-year, $21 mil­lion con­tract. Akiyama, 31, played parts of nine sea­sons for Seibu of the Ja­panese Pa­cific League. The left-handed hit­ting Akiyama hit .303 with 20 HRs and 62 RBIs in 143 games last sea­son . ... The Nationals and free-agent 1B Eric Thames agreed to a one-year, $4 mil­lion con­tract, ESPN re­ported. Thames, 33, hit .247 with 25 HRs and 61 RBIs last sea­son for the Brew­ers.

Also: World No. 2 No­vak Djokovic won his sin­gles and dou­bles matches back-to-back to lift Ser­bia to a 2-1 come­back, group-play win over France in Bris­bane, Aus­tralia, and into the ATP Cup quar­ter­fi­nals . ... MLS club New York City FC ap­pointed Ronny Deila of Nor­way as its new man­ager. Deila, 44, re­places Domenec Tor­rent, who parted ways with the club in Novem­ber af­ter his first full sea­son in charge . ... The Lib­erty will hired Lynx as­sis­tant coach Walt Hop­kins as their next head coach, The AP re­ported. Hop­kins re­places Katie Smith, whose con­tract wasn’t re­newed af­ter last sea­son. The Lib­erty have the first pick in this year’s draft.

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