NEW ORLEANS (AP) — LSU is the national champion in college football following a 42-25 victory over Clemson in New Orleans. Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow threw for 463 yards and five touchdowns while also running for a score as LSU wrapped up its third championship since the 2003 season. Ja’Marr Chase had nine receptions for 221 yards and two touchdowns, Thaddeus Moss furnished a pair of TD grabs and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (heh-LEHR’) ran for 110 yards to help LSU finish 15-0.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers are a Western Conference-leading 33-7 after LeBron James contributed 31 points and eight assists in 33 minutes of a 128-99 blowout over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Dwight Howard had 21 points and 15 rebounds off the bench for Los Angeles, which trailed by one at halftime before outscoring Cleveland 81-51 the rest of the way. Kevin Love finished with 21 points and 11 boards for the Cavs.
BOSTON (AP) — Jayson Tatum contributed 21 points and Jaylen Brown had 19 as the Boston Celtics downed the Chicago Bulls, 113-101. The Celtics led 55-37 before the Bulls opened the second half on a 17-5 run. Zach Lavine (lah-VEEN’) scored six of his game-high 30 points during the spurt. Enes Kanter had 15 points and nine rebounds for the Atlantic Division leaders, who moved 2 ½ games ahead of Toronto and 3 ½ in front of Philadelphia.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) scored two first-period goals and Ilya Samsonov (sam-SAH’-nahv) notched his first career shutout by handling 23 shots in the Washington Capitals’ 2-0 win against Carolina. The first goal was the 685th for Ovechkin, moving him past Teemu Selanne (tay-mee she-LAH’-nee) for 11th place on the NHL’s career list. The win leaves the Capitals six points ahead of Pittsburgh and nine in front of the Islanders for the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Travis Konecny (kah-NEHK’-nee) scored in the fifth round of a shootout before Brad Marchand overskated the puck at center ice on his shootout attempt, completing the Philadelphia Flyers’ 6-5 comeback over Boston. Travis Sanheim scored twice in regulation for the Flyers, who rallied from a three-goal deficit. David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) had two goals but couldn’t stop Boston from falling one point off the NHL’s overall lead.