Clem­son cel­e­brates CFP cham­pi­onship

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Clem­son All-Amer­i­can Chris­tian Wilkins tossed dough­nuts and showed off a vic­tory cigar.

On a chilly, over­cast morn­ing in Clem­son, S.C., the Tigers cel­e­brated their sec­ond na­tional foot­ball ti­tle in three sea­sons be­fore thou­sands of roar­ing fans. Spec­ta­tors stood seven or eight deep along the pa­rade route.

Trevor Lawrence, who threw for 347 yards and three touch­downs in the ti­tle game Mon­day, a 44-16 rout of Alabama at Levi’s Sta­dium, rode a flat-bed truck with dozens of team­mates.

The pa­rade ended out­side the sta­dium where the play­ers line up to run down the hill be­fore games.

⏩ Alabama cor­ner­back Saiv­ion Smith said he is en­ter­ing the NFL draft, be­com­ing the fifth Crim­son Tide un­der­class­men to turn pro this week.

Soc­cer: Arse­nal lost 1-0 to West Ham in an English Premier League match, leav­ing Arse­nal man­ager Unai Emery to ex­plain why Me­sut Ozil, his high­est-paid player, didn’t make the trip across Lon­don to the game.

“I de­cided the idea of the play­ers that I think are the best for this match,” Emery said. “To­day the play­ers who were here are the play­ers who de­served to be in this match. We could’ve won or lost.”

But Arse­nal lost — for the third time in six EPL matches — and fell six points be­hind Chelsea, which ex­tended its grip on the fourth and fi­nal Cham­pi­ons League place with a 2-1 vic­tory over New­cas­tle.

EPL leader Liver­pool beat Brighton 1-0 thanks to Mo­hamed Salah’s 49th-minute goal, mov­ing seven points ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pion Manch­ester City.

⏩ U.S. player Char­lie Kel­man, 17, scored from in­side his own half in his pro­fes­sional de­but in Eng­land. Play­ing for Southend in the third-tier League One, Kel­man lobbed the ball over the Ply­mouth goal­keeper in the sec­ond minute of stop­page time. Ply­mouth won 3-2.

Swim­ming: Stan­ford stu­dent and for­mer Car­di­nal swim­mer Katie Ledecky won the 1,500me­ter freestyle (15 min­utes, 45.59 sec­onds) for her fourth in­di­vid­ual ti­tle of the week in a TYR Pro Swim Se­ries meet at Knoxville, Tenn.

For­mer Cal swim­mer Ryan Mur­phy won the men’s 100 and 200 back­strokes at the event.

Win­ter sports: Elana Mey­ers Tay­lor and Lake Kwaza of the U.S. were sec­ond in a World Cup women’s bob­sled race in Koenigssee, Ger­many, the top World Cup fin­ish so far in 2018-19 by any USA Bob­sled and Skele­ton sled.

Olympic cham­pion Mariama Ja­manka of Ger­many teamed with An­nika Drazek for their third vic­tory in four starts this sea­son.

⏩ Mar­cel Hirscher over­took first-run leader Hen­rik Kristof­fersen for a win in a World Cup gi­ant slalom at Adel­bo­den, Switzer­land. The Olympic cham­pion’s eighth World Cup win this sea­son padded his lead in the over­all stand­ings as he seeks a record-ex­tend­ing eighth straight ti­tle.

Obit­u­ary: Joe Gibbs Rac­ing co-founder J.D. Gibbs, the el­dest son of team owner and Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame coach Joe Gibbs, has died at 49 in Hun­tersville, N.C. The team said J.D. Gibbs died from com­pli­ca­tions fol­low­ing a long bat­tle with a de­gen­er­a­tive neu­ro­log­i­cal dis­ease.

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