Alabama's soul-crushing defense rolled the Tide into the college football national championship game with a win over No. 1 Clemson. Alabama will play Georgia for the national championship.

Four other stories you should read are Georgia's OT win over Oklahoma in the other college football semifinal, Bears fire coach Fox, the players reflect on Chicago's season and the Bulls drop OT game in Portland.

Alabama defense crushes Clemson

Nick Saban is back in his comfort zone.

Let others run up the points. He'll take a defensive slugfest every time.

In a game where every yard was a struggle, the Crimson Tide defenders took matters into their own hands. They accounted for a pair of touchdowns just 13 seconds apart in the third quarter to turn an offensive slog into a 24-6 rout of defending national champion Clemson in the Sugar Bowl semifinal game Monday night.

Georgia rallies to beat Oklahoma

After ending the first Rose Bowl game ever to go into overtime, one of the greatest Granddaddies of Them All, Sony Michel was swarmed by Georgia teammates as he broke down in tears.

The senior tailback had gone from goat to hero and sent the Bulldogs to the national championship game.

Michel burst through the line for a 27-yard touchdown run to give No. 3 Georgia a 54-48 victory Monday night against No. 2 Oklahoma in the College Football Playoff semifinal.

Bears fire Fox after 3 seasons

John Fox helped change the culture in the Chicago Bears' locker room.

He just didn't produce enough wins to keep his job.

The Bears fired Fox on Monday after three losing seasons, ending one of the least successful coaching stints in team history.

"Today is the tough part of our results-oriented business," he said in a statement.

Players reflect on Fox's exit, season

Bears players cleaned their lockers out Monday morning, closing up shop at Halas Hall after finishing the 2017 season at 5-11.

Head coach John Fox was officially fired Monday and delivered an emotional address to his players after the move was finalized.

That left the Bears to reflect on a wide array of topics on the first day of the new year, including reacting to Fox’s exit.

Portland takes out Bulls in OT

If C.J. McCollum finds a shot he likes, he won't hesitate to take it.

McCollum proved it Monday night when he scored 25 of his 32 points after halftime, including the tiebreaking basket with 56.5 seconds remaining in overtime, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Chicago Bulls 124-120.

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