CJ Verdell ran for 208 yards and broke open the game with two long touchdown runs in the fourth quarter, and No. 13 Oregon spoiled No. 5 Utah’s playoff hopes, 37-15, in the Pac-12 championship game in Santa Clara, Calif. The Utes (11-2) fell into a 20-0 first-half hole to the Ducks (11-2), losing a second straight Pac-12 title game and assuring this will be the fourth time in five years the Pac-12 fails to get a team into the College Football Playoff.
Amherst, Tufts play for title
The NCAA Div. 3 men’s soccer final will be an all Massachusetts affair after Amherst beat Centre, 3-0, on a hat trick by German Giammattei, and defending champion Tufts rolled past Calvin, 4-0, in Greensboro, N.C. The two play for the national title at 7 p.m.; the Jumbos won three titles from 2014-18, while Amherst won it all in 2015 . . . About 50 people arrested on disorderly conduct charges for protesting climate change during the Nov. 23 Harvard-Yale football game were ordered in New Haven Superior Court to each perform five hours of community service. Charges will be dropped Jan. 27 if they do so . . . Host Rhode Island (6-3) finished on an 18-6 run, topping in-state rival Providence (5-5), 75-61 . . . The No. 9 BU women’s hockey team routed No. 8 BC, 6-0, with Mackenna Parker scoring twice and Corinne Schroeder stopping 21 shots . . . Spencer Knight stopped all 26 Irish shots as No. 10 BC (10-4-0) topped No. 9 Notre Dame, 4-0, at Kelley Rink . . . No. 2 Cornell beat the No. 12 Harvard men, 3-1, at Bright-Landry Hockey Center, the Crimson’s third straight loss after a 6-0 start . . . John Leonard, Ty Farmer, Oliver Chau, and Jake McLaughlin all had multi-point nights as No. 11 UMass (10-4-1, 5-3-1 Hockey East) routed Maine, 5-1.
Knicks fire Fizdale, assistant
The New York Knicks, 4-18 after eight straight losses, fired David Fizdale after barely 100 games on the job. The Knicks cut ties with Fizdale, who ran practice earlier Friday, and assistant Keith Smart, promoting assistant Mike Miller to interim head coach. The Knicks went 21-83 under Fizdale, and lost games by 44 (to Milwaukee) and 37 (to Denver) this week . . . Portland’s Rodney Hood tore his left Achillies tendon in the first quarter against the Lakers. The swingman went down without contact, with the team announcing the injury following an MRI. Earlier in the day, the Blazers guaranteed Carmelo Anthony’s contract for the remainder of the season. The 35-year-old is averaging 16.9 points and 5.9 rebounds, and was Western Conference Player of the Week last week . . . Referee Lauren Holtkamp-Sterling became the first mother to officiate an NBA game when she worked Bulls-Warriors in Chicago on Friday.
Kendrick stays on Nats
Howie Kendrick and the champion Washington Nationals agreed to a $6.25 million, one-year contract with a mutual option for 2021, pending a successful physical. The 36-year-old infielder had a postseason for the ages, named MVP of the four-game NLCS sweep of St. Louis between series-clinching homers against the Dodgers in the Division Series and Houston in the World Series . . . San Diego acquired outfielder Tommy Pham and infielder-pitcher Jake Cronenworth from Tampa Bay for outfielder Hunter Renfroe, minor league infielder Xavier Edwards, and a player to be named.
Woodland in charge
Birdies on the final two holes in Nassau, Bahamas, gave Gary Woodland a 1-shot lead on Henrik Stenson at 13 under entering the final round of the Hero World Challenge. Both players shot 4-under 68; Tiger Woods and Justin Thomas each fired 67s, tying them with Jon Rahm at 11 under . . . Caroline Wozniacki, who spent 71 weeks as world tennis No. 1, but won her only major years after her prime at the 2018 Australian Open, will retire following the 2020 event in January . . . World heavyweight champion Andy Ruiz Jr. weighed in at 283 pounds — up about 15½ from when he upset Anthony Joshua for his WBO, WBA, and IBF belts in June — for their title rematch Saturday in Saudi Arabia. Joshua weighed 237, his lightest in five years .