Mayfield is AP Player of the Year...Tennessee hires Pruitt as coach...Browns fire top exec, keep coach

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NEW YORK (AP) — Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Stanford running back Bryce Love came in second. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last season's Heisman winner, was third. Mayfield, Love and Jackson are also the finalists for the Heisman, which will be handed out Saturday night in New York.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee has hired Alabama defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt as its head coach. The move caps a tumultuous search that cost an athletic director his job as the Volunteers attempt to recover from one of their most disappointing seasons. Pruitt replaces Butch Jones, who was fired Nov. 12 after going 34-27 overall and 14-24 in Southeastern Conference competition in five seasons. Tennessee went 4-8 this season and set a school record for losses.

UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have fired top executive Sashi Brown, but are keeping coach Hue Jackson for another season despite a 1-27 record. Brown's firing is not unexpected since Cleveland is 0-12 for the second straight season with Brown in charge. The team passed up a chance to draft quarterbacks Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson in the past two drafts and Cleveland has shown little sign of improvement since Brown took over.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers say injured linebacker Ryan Shazier has undergone surgery to stabilize his spine. The team says the surgery was performed last night after Shazier was transferred from a hospital in Cincinnati to one in Pittsburgh. The 25-year-old was injured while hitting Cincinnati's Josh Malone in the first quarter of Pittsburgh's 23-20 victory over the Bengals on Monday night.

BOSTON (AP) — New Jersey Devils defenseman Ben Lovejoy says when he dies he will donate his brain to research so it can be studied for signs of traumatic injury. The Concussion Legacy Foundation says Lovejoy is the first active NHL player to make such a pledge. More than 2,500 retired athletes and military veterans have pledged their brains to the foundation.

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