Monday's Sports in Brief


NEW YORK (AP) Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is a Heisman Trophy finalist for the second consecutive season, joining Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, Michigan linebacker Jabrill Peppers and Oklahoma teammates Baker Mayfield and Dede Westbrook.

The award will be presented Saturday in New York.

Watson finished third in last year's voting, won by Alabama running back Derrick Henry.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Alabama senior defensive lineman Jonathan Allen won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy given annually to the nation's best college defensive player. Allen was selected over four other finalists, including Crimson Tide teammate Reuben Foster.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) – Jeff Brohm is leaving Western Kentucky to take the head coaching job at Purdue.

Brohm replaces Darrell Hazell, who was fired after winning just nine games in 3 1/2 seasons. Gerad Parker took over on an interim basis halfway through last season and went 0-6.

Brohm, a former Louisville quarterback, went 30-10 in three seasons at Western Kentucky and has led the Hilltoppers to bowl bids all three seasons.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Free-agent closer Mark Melancon and the San Francisco Giants agreed to a $62 million, four-year contract, pending a physical.

It's the richest contract ever for a closer, topping Jonathan Papelbon's $50 million, four-year deal with the Phillies from 2012-15, and the average annual value tops Mariano Rivera's $15 million with the New York Yankees from 2011-12.

Melancon gets a full no-trade clause and the chance to opt out after the first two years. The right-hander had 47 saves last season with Pittsburgh and Washington.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – The Dodgers re-signed free-agent pitcher Rich Hill to a $48 million, three-year contract after he went 3-2 with a 1.83 ERA in six starts with the team he joined at the trade deadline.

The 36-year-old left-hander was acquired from Oakland on Aug. 1. Hill went 1-1 with a 3.46 ERA in three postseason starts for the NL West champion Dodgers. He has a 38-28 career record with a 4.10 ERA in 221 games over 12 major league seasons.

Hill was 12-5 with a 2.12 ERA in 20 starts for the Dodgers and A's last season.

HOUSTON (AP) – Carlos Beltran and the Houston Astros finalized a $16 million, one-year contract.

Beltran turns 40 in April. He hit a combined .295 with 29 home runs and 93 RBIs last season for the New York Yankees and Texas. The switch-hitter split his time as a designated hitter and right fielder, playing 151 games.

Beltran is a nine-time All-Star and has hit .323 with 16 homers and 41 RBIs in 55 postseason games. He spent the last half of the 2004 season with the Astros and hit a postseason record-tying eight home runs.

In 19 seasons, Beltran is a career .281 hitter with 421 home runs and 1,536 RBIs.

TORONTO (AP) – The Blue Jays signed utilityman Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract, a move that could spell the end of Edwin Encarnacion's tenure in Toronto. Pearce hit .288 with 13 home runs in 85 games for Tampa Bay and Baltimore last season.

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) – The Boston Red Sox exercised the 2018 option on manager John Farrell's contract.

Farrell won the World Series in his first season running the Red Sox in 2013 and led them back to the playoffs last season. He is 339-309 over four seasons in Boston.


Reigning national champion Villanova is No. 1 in the AP Top 25 men's college basketball poll for the second time in school history.

The Wildcats (8-0), who were No. 1 for three weeks in February last season, moved up one spot from last week with 57 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

UCLA (9-0), which beat No. 1 Kentucky 97-92 on Saturday, jumped from 11th to second with two first-place votes. Kentucky, which dropped to sixth, had been No. 1 for the past two weeks.


UConn is back in a familiar spot, No. 1 in the poll.

The Huskies (7-0) passed Notre Dame (8-0) for the top position in The Associated Press women's basketball poll, barely edging the Irish by two points. The rivals will face each other on Wednesday in South Bend, Indiana.


LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears placed quarterback Jay Cutler on injured reserve because of a season-ending right shoulder injury.


CHICAGO (AP) – The Chicago Bulls suspended Rajon Rondo for their game against the Portland Trail Blazers due to conduct detrimental to the team.

The 30-year-old point guard has been disciplined several times during his 11 NBA seasons.

Chicago lost 112-110.

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cavaliers have made other arrangements for players who do not want to stay at a New York hotel branded by President-elect Donald Trump.

LeBron James and several teammates have decided not to stay at Trump Soho in lower Manhattan this week. The Cavs have booked rooms at the luxury hotel for two days – the team will play the Knicks on Wednesday.


ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) – The Brazilian club Chapecoense, which lost most of its players in a plane crash last week, has been awarded the Copa Sudamericana championship by the governing body of South American soccer.

In a statement, CONMEBOL said it awarded the title ''as a posthumous homage to the victims of the fatal crash that leaves our sport in mourning.''

Nineteen of Chapecoense's players were killed in the crash just outside Medellin, Colombia, as the team headed to the first of two matches against Colombian club Atletico Nacional to determine the champion of the Copa Sudamericana – Latin America's No. 2 club tournament.

As the winner, Chapecoense qualifies automatically for next season's Copa Libertadores, the continent's top tournament.

GENEVA (AP) – Sepp Blatter lost his appeal of a six-year ban by FIFA.

The former FIFA president, banned for approving a $2 million payment to Michel Platini in 2011, said he will accept the decision. He could have pursued a further appeal at Switzerland's supreme court.


PARIS (AP) – The French Grand Prix will return to the Formula One calendar in 2018 after a 10-year absence. The world's oldest grand prix was first held in 1906 but was dropped from the calendar in 2008 because of financial issues.