Jackson, Watson among 5 up for Heisman

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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 finalists were announced Monday on ESPN and the award will be presented Saturday in New York.

Watson finished third in last year's voting, won by Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Just like last year, he heads to New York not as the favorite but as the contender coming on strong at the end.

Nats' Rizzo dodges Harper contract talk

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) If Bryce Harper's representatives have had real discussions about a long-term contract with the Washington Nationals, general manager Mike Rizzo is not tipping his hand.

Meeting with reporters Monday at baseball's winter meetings, Rizzo deflected a question about whether he's engaged Harper or agent Scott Boras about an extension for the slugger who was the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year and 2015 NL MVP. (MORE)

Melancon, Giants reach $62M, 4-year deal

The San Francisco Giants say they have agreed to a $62 million, four-year contract with closer Mark Melancon, pending a physical.

Because Melancon was traded during the season, the Giants don't have to give up their first pick in June's amateur draft as compensation. (MORE)

Dodgers keep LHP Hill for 3 years, $48M

OXON HILL, Md. (AP) Those days of pitching for the Long Island Ducks, out of the majors and almost out of luck, happily seem far away now for Rich Hill.

The left-hander who resurrected his career after a detour to independent ball got stability and a lot more Monday. The free agent re-signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers for three years and $48 million. (MORE)

Colts QB Luck, WR Hilton active vs. Jets

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) Indianapolis quarterback Andrew Luck and wide receiver T.Y. Hilton are both active and will start for the Colts against the New York Jets.

Luck missed Indianapolis' last game against Pittsburgh with a concussion, but was cleared Saturday by an independent doctor to play Monday night. (MORE)

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