Thursday, January 18, 2018
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N. DAKOTA WINS 5TH STRAIGHT TITLE

FRISCO, Texas — Carson Wentz got one more game as North Dakota's quarterback before the NFL draft — and another Division I-AA title.

A potential first-round draft pick this year, Carson threw for a touchdown and ran for two scores in his first game since breaking his right wrist in mid October, and the Bison won their unprecedented fifth consecutive Division I-AA championship with a 37-10 victory Saturday over top-seeded Jacksonville (Ala.) State.

"I felt good. I felt good for the last couple weeks now. That kind of showed a little" Saturday, said Wentz, a two-time champion after Brock Jensen won three in a row for the Bison. Wentz was 16-of-29 for 197 yards with two interceptions. He accounted for two touchdowns in 86 seconds early in the second quarter.

The Bison (13-2) won their 20th consecutive playoff game. Jacksonville State (13-2) played in the title game for the first time. It had won 12 games in a row since an overtime loss Sept. 12 at Auburn.

"It was not our best day, of course," Jacksonville State coach John Grass said. "But take my hat off to North Dakota State. They played a great game."

More college football: Bob Shoop agreed to leave as Penn State's defensive coordinator to take the same position with Tennessee. Shoop agreed to a three-year deal worth $1.15 million annually, Vols spokesman Ryan Robinson said.

TENNIS

'Perfect' Djokovic crushes Nadal in final

After being crushed by Novak Djokovic 6-1, 6-2 in the Qatar Open final at Doha, Rafael Nadal called his opponent perfect.

"I played against a player who did everything perfect," Nadal said. "I know nobody playing tennis like this ever. Since I know this sport, I never saw somebody playing at this level."

Said Djokovic: "It did feel as close to perfection as it could get." This was his 16th straight final — and 12th title — since he lost in the Qatar quarterfinals last year.

Going into the final, Djokovic and Nadal were tied at 23 wins apiece in their career matchups, the most between any players in ATP history. Djokovic has won nine of their past 10 matches.

Brisbane International: Unseeded Victoria Azarenka won her first title since August 2013, beating fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-1 in the final in Australia. On the men's side, defending champion Roger Federer and Milos Raonic will meet in today's final. Federer, who has had flu symptoms all week, beat eighth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-1, 6-4 in the semifinals, and Raonic beat Bernard Tomic 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-5).

et cetera

Alpine skiing: American Lindsey Vonn won a women's World Cup downhill at Altenmarkt-Zauchensee, Austria, for her 36th career victory in the discipline, matching Austrian Annemarie Moser-Proell for most in women's Cup history.

Horses: Trainer Gerald Bennett won his first stakes at Tampa Bay Downs since 2009 when Fast Flying Rumor ($24.80) captured the $100,000 Turf Dash under jockey Ronnie Allen Jr. at Oldsmar. Winning time for 5 furlongs was 55.06 seconds.

Soccer: Spanish league leader Barcelona beat Granada 4-0 with a hat trick by Lionel Messi and a goal by Neymar, and Zinedine Zidane's coaching career got off to a winning start as Real Madrid defeated Deportivo La Coruna 5-0. … In England, Arsenal began its FA Cup defense with a 3-1 win against Sunderland. It was joined in Round 4 by Manchester United (1-0 win vs. Sheffield United) and Manchester City (3-0 win over Norwich).

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

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