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Championship game drew large TV audience

ATLANTA (AP) — The national championship showdown between Alabama and Georgia drew 28.443 million viewers for ESPN, making it the second-most watched title game in the four years of the College Football Playoff format.

Alabama beat Georgia in overtime, rallying from 13 points down in the second half before winning with a game-ending touchdown pass. Viewership for the all-Southeastern Conference matchup on Monday night in Atlanta was up 13 percent from last season’s Clemson-Alabama rematch from the season before, ESPN said Tuesday.

ESPN said the audience peaked late in the first half at around 30 million viewers and more than 28.4 million were watching when the winning touchdown was scored.

Pence to lead U.S. delegation at Winter Olympics

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will lead the U.S. delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

A White House official said Wednesday that Pence will attend the games, scheduled for Feb. 9-25 in Pyeongchang.

Pence will also stop in Alaska to review intercontinental ballistic missile defense systems and in Japan. The White House says Pence will stress U.S. commitment to stability in the region to leaders of South Korea and Japan.

North Korea has agreed to take part in the games in South Korea, and the two countries have agreed to hold more discussions on easing tension along their border, and to reopen a military hotline.

Misunderstanding led to ‘weak racist slur’ charge

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Bills general manager Brandon Beane said there may have been a misunderstanding during an on-field exchange that led to Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accusing Buffalo guard Richie Incognito of using “weak racist slurs.”

Beane said the Bills have spoken to Incognito and understand their player’s side of the story of the alleged exchange that occurred during Buffalo’s 10-3 loss to the Jaguars in an AFC wild-card playoff game on Sunday. Beane confirmed some type of exchange happened but declined to get into details.

Hoosiers add Georgia Tech linebacker in transfer

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Linebacker T.J. Roof is transferring from Georgia Tech to Indiana.

He will be eligible for spring practice but must sit out next season because of the NCAA transfer rules. He will have three years of eligibility remaining when he returns in 2019.

The 5-foot-11, 215-pound Roof played in 11 games as a freshman in 2017, finishing with 17 tackles and two sacks.

Coach Tom Allen says he’s eager to see what Roof can add to the Hoosiers. Roof helped Buford High School reach four straight Georgia state championship games, winning titles in 2013 and 2014.

His father, Ted, is North Carolina State’s assistant head coach and defensive coordinator. Roof’s twin brother, Mic, is a quarterback at Charlotte.