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• In the college football National Championship game last night, LSU defeated Clemson 42-25, the school's fourth national title and first since 2007.


• The Associated Press reports that on the heels of Major League Baseball suspending Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow and manager AJ Hinch for one year each - as well as fining the club $5 million and taking away a number of future high draft picks - the team fired both men.

The charge: that they participated in the use of technology to steal opposing teams' signs and then communicate pitch choices to batters, which is strictly against the rules.

“While it is impossible to determine whether the conduct actually impacted the results on the field, the perception of some that it did causes significant harm to the game,” said Commissioner Rob Manfred.

The next head likely to be on baseball's chopping block - Alex Cora, who was the Astros' bench coach when the events transpired and reportedly was an active participant. Cora now is the manager of the Boston Red Sox, a team embroiled in its own sign-stealing scandal.
KC's View:
Good. As the great Robert B. Parker once said, "Baseball is the most important thing that doesn't matter." It is entirely appropriate that the powers that be take this kind of crap very seriously.