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Alabama voted No. 1 in final AP poll

ATLANTA (AP) — Alabama was voted No. 1 in the final Associated Press college football poll after the Crimson Tide defeated Georgia in overtime of the national championship game on Monday night.

Unbeaten Central Florida (14-0) finished sixth.

The Crimson Tide received 57 of 61 first-place votes from the media panel after its 26-23 overtime win. UCF received the other four.

Georgia finished second and Oklahoma was third, followed by Clemson and Ohio State.

The AP national championship is the 11th for the Crimson Tide, three more than any other school, and fifth under coach Nick Saban since 2009.

Alabama becomes the first preseason No. 1 to finish No. 1 since Southern California in 2004 and for the fourth time two teams from the same conference finished Nos. 1 and 2.

Trump gets national anthem moment 

ATLANTA (AP) — President Donald Trump got his own national anthem moment when he took the field before Alabama and Georgia faced off in the college football national championship.

Months after wading into the culture war over protests during the anthem, the president was greeted by tens of thousands in Atlanta with cheers and a smattering of boos.

After ROTC members escorted him onto the field, the president stood with his hand over his heart and an American flag pin on his lapel.

He sang a few words as Georgia’s Zac Brown Band and a gospel choir performed the anthem.

Trump has criticized professional football players who kneel during the anthem to protest racial injustice, as well as the NFL itself for allowing it.

North Korea will be represented at Olympics

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea agreed to send a delegation to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, Seoul officials said.

The bitter rivals sat for rare talks at the border to discuss how to cooperate in the Olympics and improve their long-strained ties.

The Koreas’ first talks in two years were arranged after North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un recently made an abrupt push for improved ties with South Korea after a year of elevated tensions with the outside world over his expanding nuclear and missile programs.

Some critics say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken some international pressure and sanctions on the North.

During the talks, the North Korean delegation said it would send an Olympic delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others, South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung told reporters, according to media footage from the border village of Panmunjom, the venue for the talks.