Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield and reigning Heisman Trophy winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville were named Heisman finalists for the second straight year and will be joined in New York for the presentation ceremony Saturday night by Stanford running back Bryce Love. Jackson is trying to become the second player to win two Heismans, joining former Ohio State star Archie Griffin . . . North Carolina State defensive end Bradley Chubb won the Bronko Nagurski Award as the nation’s top defensive player.
Arizona State tabs ESPN’s EdwardsArizona State introduced Herm Edwards, 63, a former NFL coach and ESPN analyst, as its next head football coach and tasked him with turning the Sun Devils program into a national power after taking over for Todd Graham. Edwards spent two years coaching at San Jose State. His last season there was 1989. He coached eight seasons with the NFL’s Jets and Kansas City Chiefs. He was fired by the Chiefs in 2008 after going 2-14 . . . Jimbo Fisher said Texas A&M lured him away from Florida State, where he went 83-23 in eight seasons and won a national championship in 2013, with a 10-year, $75 million contract he couldn’t pass up. Fisher takes over for Kevin Sumlin, 53, who was fired Nov. 26 after the Aggies finished the regular season 7-5 and 4-4 in the Southeastern Conference. Sumlin, who went 51-26 and led the Aggies to a bowl game in each of his six seasons, is still owed $10 million for the remaining two years on his contract . . . A woman filed a protective order against Oklahoma running back Rodney Anderson. A hearing is scheduled for Dec. 18 in Cleveland County Court.
Yankees finalize hiring of Boone
Aaron Boone’s hiring was finalized Monday by the New York Yankees, who gave the ESPN broadcaster a three-year contract to succeed Joe Girardi as manager. Boone, 44, who has never been a manager or even a coach at any level since retiring as a player after the 2009 season, was selected over five other candidates last week.
. . . The Chicago White Sox hired Omar Vizquel, 50, to manage their Winston-Salem farm team in the Class A Carolina League . . . The Athletics hired Al Pedrique, who spent the last five seasons managing in the Yankees farm system where he mentored AL MVP runner-up Aaron Judge and slugger Gary Sanchez at Triple A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, as their first-base coach for manager Bob Melvin’s staff.
Warriors’ G Livingston suspended
The NBA suspended Golden State Warriors guard Shaun Livingston for Monday night’s game against the host New Orleans Pelicans and removed official Courtney Kirkland from the officiating rotation for a week after bumping heads in an altercation during the second quarter of the Warriors’ victory Sunday at Miami . . . Derrick Rose returned to the Cavaliers after he left the team on Nov. 22 after being sidelined with a sprained left ankle, leaving him to contemplate whether to continue playing. The Cavs said Monday Rose had rejoined the team to resume treatment and rehabilitation, but there was no timetable on his return to the court . . . Former NBA player Kermit Washington, 66, pleaded guilty to two counts of making a false statement in a tax return and one count of aggravated identity theft after spending thousands of dollars in donations to a charity for his personal use.
Ball withdraws his son from UCLA
LaVar Ball, the father of UCLA guard LiAngelo Ball, told the Los Angeles Times and ESPN on Monday he plans to withdraw his suspended son from school. Ball expressed concerns related to the freshman’s indefinite suspension for his admitted participation in a shoplifting incident during the Bruins’ trip to China. UCLA coach Steve Alford said he respected the Ball family’s decision . . . The Duke men’s basketball team (10-0) and the University of Connecticut women (7-0) remained unanimous No. 1 selections atop the Associated Press Top 25 polls.
Sabres place F Moulson on waivers
Looking to shake up their underachieving roster amid a 1-9-2 stretch, the Buffalo Sabres placed forward Matt Moulson on waivers and acquired forward Scott Wilson from the Detroit Red Wings in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2015 draft. Moulson, 34, who is in the fourth year of a $25 million contract, has no points in 14 games and has been a healthy scratch in seven of Buffalo’s last nine outings. He was waived for the purpose of being demoted to the minors, allowing the Sabres to pull off the trade for Wilson . . . Portland’s Diego Valeri was named Major League Soccer’s Most Valuable Player. The 31-year-old native of Argentina had 21 goals and 11 assists this season for the Timbers, who finished atop the Western Conference . . . The second time was the charm for a partial implosion of the Pontiac Silverdome — the former home of the Detroit Lions. Demolition company Adamo brought down the upper section of the Silverdome on Monday, one day after some explosive charges failed to detonate.