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    Trio named Heisman Trophy finalists

    FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2017, file photo, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws a pass in the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington, Texas. Mayfield, reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Stanford running back Bryce Love were chosen as finalists for the Heisman Trophy on Monday, Dec. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)
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    Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Mayfield will be joined in New York Saturday by Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, the reigning Heisman winner, and Stanford RB Bryce Love.

    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 Edwards

    Arizona 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.

    . . . New Nebraska coach Scott Frost will bring seven of his assistant coaches from Central Florida with him to Lincoln. UCF staffers joining Frost include offensive line coach Greg Austin, and offensive lineman with the Huskers from 2003-06, defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, defensive line coach Mike Dawson, outside linebackers-special teams coach Jovan Dewitt, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher, running backs coach Ryan Held, a walk-on recever at Nebraska in 1994-95, and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco


    . . Arkansas hired Houston’s Hunter Yurachek as its new athletic director, a person with direct knowledge of the decision told The Associated Press. Yurachek replaces Jeff Long, who was fired on Nov. 15 for losing the faith of school’s leadership following a six-year downturn in the football program . . . Washington State quarterback Luke Falk topped Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield for the Burlsworth Award, given annually to the top college football player who began his career as a walk-on . . . Texas junior cornerback Holton Hill will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Hill, the fourth underclassman to leave Texas for the draft after coach Tom Herman’s first season, was suspended in November for an unspecified violation of team rules and didn’t play in the final three games. He was not expected to play for Texas (6-6) in the Texas Bowl against Missouri (7-5).


    Yankees finalize hiring of Boone

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    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.

    ‘‘I firmly believe that Aaron possesses the attributes needed to follow in the tradition of great Yankees managers,’’ owner Hal Steinbrenner said in a statement. ‘‘From all accounts, he is a polished communicator who possesses the ability to cultivate and grow relationships. Aaron has also spent a lifetime immersed in baseball, affording him a unique and intimate understanding of what fosters team success.’’

    Boone’s 11th-inning home run off Boston’s Tim Wakefield won Game 7 of the 2003 AL Championship Series for the Yankees against Boston.

    ‘‘Aaron’s name is already etched into Yankees history,’’ Steinbrenner said. ‘‘This opportunity will allow him to continue to make a positive impact on this organization in distinctly new and meaningful ways.’’


    . . . 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.

    College basketball

    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.