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Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SUNDAY PUNCH -

1. Clem­son

The Tigers scorched Alabama 44-16 on Mon­day in the col­lege foot­ball na­tional cham­pi­onship. Clem­son coach Dabo Swin­ney main­tained his folksy south­ern charm, re­fer­ring to the game’s lo­ca­tion in Santa Clara as “Wher­ever-the-heck Cal­i­for­nia.”

2. Nick Foles

The Ea­gles quar­ter­back has the best job in the NFL. He rests dur­ing the reg­u­lar sea­son, en­ters for the post­sea­son against a tired op­po­nent and does noth­ing but win games. Other teams should em­u­late this strategy.

3. Kliff Kings­bury

Texas Tech fired Kings­bury af­ter the foot­ball coach com­piled a record of 35-40. But he’s an of­fen­sive coach, and he men­tored Pa­trick Ma­homes, so that was good enough for the Ari­zona Car­di­nals to hire him as their coach. In 2019, de­fen­sive coaches need not ap­ply.

4. Beer for kick­ing

Chicago Bears kicker Cody Parkey missed a 43-yard field goal that would have won the game last week in the first round of the play­offs. Goose Is­land Beer Co. de­cided it would give a free case of beer each week for a year to any­one who could make the kick. Un­for­tu­nately, the con­test was called off when they re­al­ized that giv­ing away beer vi­o­lates Illi­nois law.

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