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Prepare yourself for points when Alabama and Clemson meet tonight in their 3rd National Championship in 4 years (they met in the semifinals the other year).
The big picture: In their last three meetings, the highest Alabama ranked in points per game nationally was No. 15 (2017-18), while the highest Clemson ranked was No. 14 (2016-17).
The crazy thing is that Cody Parkey was a Pro Bowler in 2014... for the Eagles (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Eagles 16, Bears 15: Cody Parkey had a chance to win the game for Chicago, but his 43-yard field goal attempt hit the upright and the crossbar. (Upon further review, the kick appears to have been tipped).
Cowboys 24, Seahawks 22: Dak Prescott (game-sealing run) and Ezekiel Elliott (137 rushing yards) helped Dallas snap Seattle's NFL-record nine-game winning streak in playoff openers.
Colts 21, Texans 7: Andrew Luck was sacked zero times on Saturday. That protection set the tone, as the Comeback Player of the Year favorite (and legit MVP candidate) spent much of the game leisurely picking apart the defense.
1 billion: How many times I've watched the above GIF of Zion Williamson's 360 dunk. We are all R.J. Barrett (No. 5).
44: The combined number of points #5 Kansas and #6 Nevada lost by this weekend. The Jayhawks fell to Iowa State 77-60, while the previously undefeated Wolfpack got smacked by New Mexico 85-58. Expect a shakeup in today's poll.
21: After trailing 21-0 to start the game, Old Dominion completed the largest comeback in school history to beat Western Kentucky 69-66 on Saturday night.
Illustration: Lazaro Gamio/Axios
The NBA recently announced that the Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will play two preseason games in Mumbai next October — the league’s first-ever games in India.
Kendall Baker: It's no secret that basketball is on the rise in India. Just how popular has the sport become?
KB: In 2014, Sim Bhullar became the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA. The following year, Indian-born Satnam Singh was drafted in the second round. How big of an impact did those milestones have?
KB: How did the idea for the NBA India Games come together?
P.S. The Kings hosted their sixth annual Bollywood Night on Saturday. Fans were treated to traditional Indian dance performances, free henna tattoos and an NBA-record 41 three-pointers (box score).
🚨In other NBA news: The Minnesota Timberwolves fired team president and coach Tom Thibodeau last night (minutes after a 22-point win).
🇪🇸 La Liga: Real Madrid is having a horrific 2019. After barely securing a point against 17th-place Villareal on Thursday, Real suffered a shocking 2-0 loss to Real Sociedad on Sunday. They now sit in fifth place in La Liga, a full 10 points behind Barcelona.
🇺🇸 MLS: The 2019 MLS SuperDraft takes place on Friday in Chicago. Expansion franchise FC Cincinnati possess the first pick, and the latest mock draft has them taking VCU star Siad Haji (highlight reel).
🇬🇧 FA Cup: Liverpool will look to rebound from a deflating 2-1 defeat to Manchester City when they take on Wolves in the FA Cup third round today (2:45 ET, ESPN+). Fun fact: Wolves have won four of the previous six FA Cup meetings between the two clubs.
Screenshot: EA Sports
Popular sports video game franchises like NBA 2K, FIFA and Madden are stuck at a crossroads between creating a lifelike experience for users or saving potentially millions of dollars.
What's happening: Gaming companies are being sued by tattoo artists and sketch companies for copyright infringement over the tattoos depicted in their games, the New York Times reports.
Between the lines: Most times, that isn't a problem. Some artists and companies don't care, and even encourage it, when their work is featured on a video game with massive reach.
The bottom line: "A verdict for either side would set an important precedent on how the owner of a tattoo copyright can enforce it," Jason Bailey of the NYT writes.
🏈 FCS Championship game: Carson Wentz's alma mater, North Dakota State, beat Eastern Washington 38-24 on Saturday — the program's seventh FCS title in eight years.
🏒 Finland 3, U.S.A. 2: Kaapo Kakko scored with 1:26 left to help Finland win its fifth world junior title on Saturday.
⛳️ Xander Schauffele, who began the final round five shots behind, shot an 11-under 62 to win the Sentry Tournament of Champions on Sunday.
🎬 "Skate Jam": Tony Hawk: "In 2003, I was requested to meet with Warner Brothers about doing a film tentatively titled 'Skate Jam.' They were bringing back Looney Tunes with 'Back In Action' & then wanted to start on my project immediately. A week later 'Back In Action' bombed & 'Skate Jam' was shelved forever."
From left to right: Marc Bulger, Jared Allen, Michael Roos, Keith Bulluck (Marc Bulger/Instagram)
After retiring from the NFL in 2015, five-time Pro Bowler Jared Allen found himself missing the thrill of high-level competition. His solution? Train to become an Olympian.
The big picture: In order to make the 2022 Olympics, Team Allen (or the "All Pro Curling Team") would need to earn a top-five ranking by the end of the 2020-21 season, then beat the other four teams at the U.S. Curling Olympic Trials.
*I use the word "recruited" lightly, as it sounds like Allen didn't have to try too hard. "There really wasn't much convincing," Bulluck told CNN. "He just called ... and was like, 'You want to be on my curling team?' and I was like, 'All right.'" Hahaha YES.
Since the inception of the College Football Playoff, all four national champions — Ohio State ('14-15), Alabama ('15-16), Clemson ('16-17), Alabama ('17-18) — have lost exactly one game.
Answer at the bottom.
Cornerback Chevis Jackson celebrates after LSU won the 2007-08 BCS National Championship. Photo: LSU/Getty Images
11 years ago today, Les Miles won his first and only national title when #2 LSU took down #1 Ohio State 38-24 (box score) in the 2007-08 BCS National Championship Game.
Kendall "I don't even know 400 people" Baker
Trivia answer: Ohio State lost to Virginia Tech; Alabama lost to Ole Miss; Clemson lost to Pitt; Alabama lost to Auburn