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COLORADO SPRINGS | Sid Tomes drained six from distance to finish with 18 points as Air Force thwarted a late Colorado State rally for a 78-73 win in Mountain West Conference play on Tuesday night. The victory halted a three-game skid for Air Force (9-13, 3-7) and extended Colorado State’s losing streak to seven. The Falcons swept the season series for the first time since 2008.


NEW ORLEANS | Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield has been named the 2017 Manning Award winner after a season in which he passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns. Mayfield is the first Sooner and first former walk-on to win the Manning Award, which is given to the nation’s top college quarterback and is the only award to consider post-season performances in voting by a national media panel as well as Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning.


ATLANTA | Nick Saban wins one title and moves on to figuring out how to get the next. It’s part of his famed Process. But Saban’s sixth national title, and fifth in nine years, was different and not just because it put him in a tie with Alabama icon Bear Bryant for the most by any major college football coach. This time one quarterback, Jalen Hurts, led the Crimson Tide into the championship game and another, freshman Tua Tagovoila, directed a second-half comeback in Monday night’s 26-23 overtime win over Georgia.