The Journal Gazette
 
 
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 1:00 am

Briefs

Alabama finishes year as unanimous No. 1

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Alabama finished the season No. 1 in the AP Top 25 for the 12th time, extending its record by completing the program's first perfect season since 2009.

The Crimson Tide were a unanimous No. 1 in the final poll, getting 61 first-place votes, after beating Ohio State 52-24 in the College Football Playoff championship game Monday night.

The Buckeyes were second, followed by Clemson at No. 3. Texas A&M was fourth, finally passing Notre Dame for the Aggies' best finish in the AP poll since they won the national title in 1939. The Irish made the playoff but slipped to No. 5 after losing to Alabama in the semifinals.

Rounding out the bottom of the poll were No. 23 Ball State, the Mid-American Conference champ, No. 24 San Jose State, the champ of the Mountain West, and No. 25 Buffalo. It's the first time two MAC schools have finished in the Top 25.

Auto racing

F1 season start gets postponed

The start of the Formula One season was delayed after the Australian Grand Prix was postponed from March to November because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Australian race in Melbourne has been rescheduled from March 21 to Nov. 21. The Chinese GP has also been delayed but no new date has been set.

Basketball

Irving spotted without mask

Brooklyn and the NBA are looking into Kyrie Irving's actions after a video showed the point guard at an indoor family gathering while not wearing a mask.

Golf

Limited crowd for the Masters

Augusta National Chairman Fred Ridley said Tuesday the club intends to allow a limited number of spectators for the Masters on April 8-11, provided it can be done safely, given the coronavirus pandemic. In other areas, the Masters in April will be a lot like the last one in November. Ridley said it will be conducted with similar health and safety standards.

High schools

Schedule changes

The Columbia City boys basketball game scheduled to be held at Huntington North on Friday has been moved to Jan. 21. The Eagles' game against Carroll, originally scheduled for last Saturday, was also postponed. ...

Leo boys basketball has added a game against Carroll on Feb. 6.

Eagle honored

Churubusco senior Jackson Paul was named the IBCA Player of the Week for District 1, recognizing his performance in two wins last week as the Eagles improved to 7-1. Paul scored 29 points and nearly pulled off a quadruple double in the week's first win, a 109-59 victory over Elkhart Christian, notching 13 assists, 10 steals and eight rebounds. Caedmon Bontrager of Lakewood Park, Connor Essegian of Central Noble, Thomas Latham of New Haven, Joe Reidy of Woodlan and Morgan Ostrowski of Garrett were also nominated this week.

Bulldogs' coach stepping down

New Haven football coach Jimmy Linn has stepped down after three seasons leading the Bulldogs. He will remain the head coach of the wrestling team. Linn's football teams won five games in each of his seasons as head coach, with an overall record of 15-17.

Hockey

ECHL approves 2 expansion teams

The ECHL approved expansion applications for Coralville, Iowa, and Trois-Rivières, Quebec, to begin play in the 2021-22 season. Coralville and Trois-Rivières are both owned by Dean MacDonald through Deacon Sports and Entertainment, which also owns the Newfoundland Growlers.

Bruins to retire O'Ree number

Willie O'Ree, who broke the NHL's color barrier, is set have his jersey retired by the Boston Bruins. O'Ree will have his No. 22 jersey honored prior to the Bruins' Feb. 18 game against the New Jersey Devils, the team announced.

Chicago extends coach's contract

Chicago and coach Jeremy Colliton have reached terms on a two-year contract extension that runs through 2022-23, the team announced Tuesday. Colliton, who turns 36 today – the day of the season opener against Tampa Bay, has compiled a 62-58-17 record (.515) since being hired to replace Joel Quenneville on Nov. 6, 2018.


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