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Peoria students honor Randy Johnson with mural

PEORIA – Randy Johnson’s 6-foot-10-inch frame dwarfs most others, but for once, the Big Unit was dwarfed – by his own likeness.

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Local bars woo Alabama and Clemson fans

Valley resident Kyndall Holstead did not attend the University of Alabama but has become a fan of the football dynasty Nick Saban has built there.

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Alabama’s Saban wants juniors to make smart business move with NFL decision

PARADISE VALLEY – The timing couldn’t have been better. In the white-hot spotlight of the College Football Playoff National Championship game, O.J. Howard enjoyed the best game of his career.

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With two clutch plays, special teams spur Alabama to championship in Glendale

It’s a third of the game. It’s a phrase every football fan has heard a thousand times over -- special teams is a third of the game.

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Clemson paints parking lot orange before championship game against Alabama

GLENDALE – Hours before the kickoff of the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship game, Clemson fans, with their orange and purple school colors flying proudly, had taken over at least one parking lot at University of Phoenix Stadium.

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Clemson, Alabama going where they’ve never gone before tonight — a 15th game

Ask any coaches and they’ll likely say the same thing – winning championships, regardless of how many games you play, is hard. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney pointed to one of his associate head coaches as an example.

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Clemson, Alabama offensive lines confident ahead of trench battle in National Championship

Monday's College Football Playoff National Championship game features Alabama's top-rated rushing defense and a Clemson front that ranks fifth in the nation in tackles for loss. Despite the gaudy numbers, both teams' offensive lines believe they're prepared for the challenge ahead thanks to the experience they have facing their talented teammates in practice.

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Desert is unfamiliar territory for Clemson, Alabama

When Alabama arrived in Arizona Friday night, wide receiver Richard Mullaney enjoyed the reaction of his teammates to something he had seen his whole life.

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