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North Dakota State wins eighth FCS title

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a group of people playing football on a field: North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance (5) picked up 166 yards running in the FCS national championship against James Madison. © Sam Hodde/Associated Press North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance (5) picked up 166 yards running in the FCS national championship against James Madison.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Trey Lance ran for 166 yards, with a clutch 44-yard touchdown to start the fourth quarter, and North Dakota State held on Saturday to claim its eighth FCS national championship with a 28-20 win over James Madison. James Hendricks had an interception at the goal line in the final seconds for the Bison (16-0), who stretched their FCS-record winning streak to 37 and completed the first 16-win season in any division since Yale in 1894. After stopping Lance short on a fourth and 2 at its 36 with 2:51 left, James Madison (14-2) drove to the 3. Hendricks, who earlier had a 20-yard touchdown run on a fake field goal, then picked off the pass by Ben DiNucci. Lance’s 44-yard score came on a third-and-23 play to open the fourth quarter and put the Bison up 28-13. The Bison won their eighth FCS championship in nine years, after five NCAA Division 2 national titles between 1983-90.

BASEBALL

Gardner: $12.5m deal with Yankees

Outfielder Brett Gardner and the New York Yankees finalized his $12.5 million, one-year contract. New York agreed to the deal Dec. 13 during the winter meetings, and the 36-year-old took a physical on Tuesday. His addition, following last month’s $324 million, nine-year contract with pitcher Gerrit Cole, raised the Yankees’ projected luxury-tax payroll to about $248 million — the threshold where the highest luxury-tax rate starts. Gardner gets a $2 million signing bonus and an $8 million salary for this coming season. The Yankees have a $10 million option for 2021 with a $2.5 million buyout. New York opened a roster spot by designating lefthander Stephen Tarpley for assignment. Gardner hit .251 and set career highs with 28 homers and 74 RBIs, a rare lefthanded bat in a Yankees lineup dominated by righthanded hitters. Gardner is the senior member of the Yankees, having spent his entire 12-year big league career in the Bronx. He has a .260 average, 124 homers, and 524 RBIs.

Colleges

No. 4 Baylor tips No. 3 Kansas

With dominant guard play from Jared Butler and MaCio Teague, a suffocating performance by the Big 12’s best defense, and plenty of answers whenever Kansas tried to make a second-half run, the fourth-ranked Bears thumped the No. 3 Jayhawks, 67-55, for their first win in 18 tries on the hallowed hardwood of the Phog. “This year, you know, we came in with the expectation to win, the expectation to do great things,” said Butler, who finished with 22 points. “And it shows when you expect to win versus just trying to survive.” . . . Moses Wright scored 18 points and pulled down 10 rebounds as Georgia Tech (8-8, 3-3 ACC) rumbled over host Boston College, 71-52. C.J. Felder was BC’s top scorer with 13 points. The Eagles (9-7, 3-2) shot 29.8 percent from the field and were 3 for 18 on 3-point attempts . . . Walter Whyte had 16 points and a career-high 12 rebounds to lead Boston University to an 81-59 win over Army. Whyte made 4 of 6 shots from 3-point range for the Terriers (9-8, 3-1 Patriot League) in notching his first double-double of the season. Max Mahoney had 18 points on 8-of-12 shooting, 9 rebounds, and 8 assists for BU, which earned its sixth straight win at home. Javante McCoy added 11 points, while Jack Hemphill scored 10 off the bench. Lonnie Grayson had 14 points for the Black Knights (5-10, 0-4), whose losing streak stretched to five games. . . . Obi Toppin scored 16 points before leaving with an ankle injury early in the second half, giving 15th-ranked Dayton a scare while it pulled away to an 88-60 victory over UMass. Dayton (14-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) took control right away, building a 20-point lead, and remained unbeaten at home. The Flyers didn’t need Toppin to finish off UMass (7-9, 1-2), which never recovered from the Flyers’ opening surge. Tre Mitchell led the Minutemen with 16 points. UMass had 21 turnovers, including six during a 4:50 spurt as Dayton took control early in the game . . . The fourth-ranked BC men’s hockey team went 3 for 5 on the power play as it won the back end of its home-and home series with No. 10 UMass, 6-3. Six players scored for the Eagles (13-5-0, 7-3-0 Hockey East), and Spencer Knight made 28 saves, 18 in the first period. UMass drops to 14-7-1 (7-4-1).

Tennis

Nadal leads Spain over Australia

Rafael Nadal weathered an early barrage before beating Alex de Minaur, 4-6, 7-5, 6-1, to clinch Spain’s semifinal win over Australia in Sydney and secure a spot in the inaugural ATP Cup decider against Serbia. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic beat Daniil Medvedev, 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, to secure Serbia’s win over Russia in an earlier semifinal . . . Madison Keys came from a break and set down to beat two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the Brisbane International semifinals. The American won nine of 10 games in her mid-match recovery to beat Kvitova, 3-6, 6-2, 6-3. Defending Brisbane champion Karolina Pliskova beat Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka, 6-7 (10-12), 7-6 (7-3), 6-2, after saving a match point. . . . Australian Open organizers said that US Open champion Bianca Andreescu , Juan Martin del Potro, and Richard Gasquet have withdrawn due to knee injuries. The 19-year-old Andreescu, Canada’s first winner of a Grand Slam singles tournament, hasn’t played since suffering the injury at the WTA Finals in October in China.

Winter sports

Suter wins World Cup downhill

Corinne Suter’s consistent year in downhill racing finally earned her a first World Cup win in Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria. Suter defied poor visibility in a race twice delayed to finish 0.29 seconds ahead of Nicol Delago. Suter’s Swiss teammate, Michelle Gisin, was third, 0.98 back, two weeks after also placing third in a World Cup slalom. Olympic downhill champion Sofia Goggia was fourth, 1.01 back, starting immediately after the second delay for fog. Mikaela Shiffrin, the overall World Cup standings leader, skipped the race She will start wearing bib No. 21 in an alpine combined event on Sunday which adds a super-G time to one slalom run. Gisin, the Olympic champion, will also be favored. . . . Riding a wild second run down the steep Adelboden, Switzerland, slope, Zan Kranjec won a World Cup giant slalom to lead the season-long standings. Kranjec had been sixth fastest in the morning run and his aggressive style took him 0.29 seconds ahead of Filip Zubcic, who got a career-best result. Kristoffersen retook the lead in the overall World Cup standings, though conceded the giant slalom points lead to Kranjec . . . Germany won two bobsled World Cup gold medals in La Plagne, Frence, while Kaillie Humphries of the US held her lead in the women’s points standings. Laura Nolte and Deborah Levi captured the women’s race in 2 minutes, 1.43 seconds. Canada’s Christine De Bruin and Kristen Bujnowski were second in 2:01.64 and Germany’s Stephanie Schneider and Leonie Fiebig were third in 2:01.65. Humphries finished fourth, good enough to keep a slim lead over Schneider in the standings after four races. In the two-man race, Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Alexander Schueller prevailed in 1:58.52. Oskars Kibermanis and Matiss Miknis were second for Latvia in 1:58.78 and Michael Vogt and Sandro Michel were third for Switzerland in 1:58.86 . . . Olympic champion David Gleirscher finally got his first World Cup luge victory, leading Austria’s sweep of gold. Gleirscher finished two runs at historic Altenberg in 1 minute, 48.150 seconds to hold off Italy’s Dominik Fischnaller by about one-quarter of a second. Fischnaller finished in 1:48.383 and Germany’s Felix Loch was third in 1:48.420. Gleirscher becomes the third different Austrian man to win a race this season. He’s 1 for 1 at the Olympics, after being the surprise winner of gold at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. And he’s now 1 for 59 in World Cup races, getting that elusive first win after spending parts of seven seasons on the circuit. Chris Mazdzer was the top US men’s finisher, placing 13th — one spot ahead of teammate Jonny Gustafson. Tucker West was 21st. In the doubles race, the Austrian sled of Thomas Steu and Lorenz Koller won at Altenberg for the second straight year after finishing in 1:23.779.

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