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HOOVER, Ala. Randy Johnson Jersey . -- Bill Hancock said the College Football Playoff is considering moving the playoff semifinals from New Years Eve.Hancock, the CFPs executive director, said the move could happen no sooner than after the 2018 regular season.Were exploring if theres a better [date] for the semifinals, Hancock said. Were thinking about if New Years Eve is the way to go.The fact that Hancock publicly addressed the possibility of moving the games off New Years Eve indicates it is likely to happen, a source said.Theres still work to be done, a source said. However, I doubt Bill would have said something if he didnt think he could get the room [of the commissioners] there.Last seasons Orange Bowl semifinal on New Years Eve between Clemson and Oklahoma drew a 9.1 rating, a 38.5 percent drop compared to the previous years Rose Bowl semifinal on New Years Day, which had a 14.8 rating. The number of viewers dropped nearly 45 percent from 28.1 million for the Rose to 15.6 million for the Orange.Last seasons Cotton Bowl semifinal on New Years Eve between Alabama and Michigan State drew a 9.6 rating, a 36.8 percent drop compared to the previous years Sugar Bowl semifinal (a 15.2 rating) on New Years Day. The viewership dropped nearly 35 percent, from 28.2 million to 18.5 million.All CFP games are televised on ESPN.The FBS conference commissioners who created the CFP in 2012 said they wanted to start a new tradition by playing the semifinals on New Years Eve two of every three years during the 12-year contract with ESPN. When the Rose and Sugar Bowls host the semifinal games, those would always be played on New Years Day.After the just-completed Year 2, Hancock said the CFP stood by its decision to keep the semifinals on New Years Eve to start a new tradition in viewing habits. That stance, however, has softened with Hancock admitting the bigger priority is finding a date to get the most people to watch.Even before Year 2, ESPN executives lobbied extensively for the semifinals to be moved off New Years Eve. But the conference commissioners wouldnt budge.This seasons semifinals at the Peach and Fiesta bowls will be on New Years Eve with the CFP title game Jan. 9 in Tampa, Florida.The 2017 season semifinals at the Rose and Sugar bowls will be on Jan. 1, so the earliest the Playoff could move the semifinals is Year 5 -- after the 2018 regular season. Those semifinals are currently scheduled for the Orange and Cotton bowls on Dec. 31, 2017.The CFP has a 12-year contract with ESPN to televise the four-team playoffs. Hancock said there has been no talk from university presidents or commissioners about expanding the playoff field. Hancock added that after six years of the playoff -- after the 2019 regular season -- the CFP can look in and potentially change three of the six bowls -- the Fiesta, Cotton and Peach.Hancock also said the Big 12s decision to add a conference championship game after the 2017 season will greatly help the league in the CFP. The Big 12 was the only Power 5 league that didnt have a conference title game and didnt play 13 games. Hancock said they talked a lot with the Big 12 and told them how much adding another quality opponent would help.It gives them another quality opponent, Hancock said. It is a game-changer. Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys . Malkin got tangled up with Detroits Luke Glendening early in the third period and his left skate took the brunt of collision with the boards behind Pittsburghs net. Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys Online . Burris threw two TD passes, including a key 15-yard fourth-quarter strike to Bakari Grant that effectively countered a Toronto comeback bid and led Hamilton to a 33-19 victory. . -- PGA TOUR Canada member Steve Saunders took a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web. NEW YORK -- Holding any kind of lead in the American League East over the New York Yankees has been a rarity for the Baltimore Orioles, especially in July.Baltimore can widen its lead over the Yankees on Monday night when it opens a four-game series at Yankee Stadium.The Orioles are ahead of the Yankees through this point in the season for the second time in three years as they enter Monday 8 1/2 games up on fourth-place New York.Two years ago, Baltimore won the division by 12 games but at this point was only four games ahead of the Yankees.Since the franchise moved from St. Louis after the 1954 season, the Orioles have been in first place at this point 10 times. Four of those were 1966 and 1969 to 1971. Until 2014, Baltimore had not been in first place through games played of July 17 since 1997.The Orioles missed a chance increase their lead with Sundays 5-2 loss at Tampa Bay. Despite Baltimores only runs coming on a home run by Pedro Alvarez and a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado, it has won six of eight games after struggling to do much against Jake Odorizzi on Sunday.It was more us scoring any runs today, Baltimore manager Buck Showalter told reporters. We had a couple opportunities and could have cashed in on and didnt.The Yankees will try to get to .500 for the ninth time since May 22. New York salvaged the finale of its three-game series with the Boston Red Sox with Sundays 3-1 win.Masahiro Tanaka did pitch and the Yankees scored their runs on a double by Starlin Castro and singles by Austin Romine and Jacoby Ellsbury during the fourth inning against David Price.The Orioles (53-37) will look to match a season-high by going 17 games above .500 and Kevin Gausman will be on the mound. Gausman is 1-6 with a 4.14 ERA but has received the lowest run support (3.43) of any Orioles starting pitcher.Gausmans only win was June 25 against Tampa Bay when he allowed four hits and struck out seven in 7 2/3 innings.In his last two starts, Gaussman has allowed seven earned runs and 16 hits in 11 innings. Cheap Diamondbacks Jerseys For Sale. He has not pitched since allowing four runs and eight hits in five innings in a no-decision during a 6-4, 14-inning win at Los Angeles.Gausman has eight no-decisions this season and two were against the Yankees. In Baltimores 2-1, 10-inning victory on May 5, he allowed three hits in eight scoreless innings. A month later, he allowed one run and seven hits in six innings during a 3-1 win.The Orioles loss ensured the Yankees will not face a double-digit deficit in the AL East at this point for the first time since 1992.Its an important series, New York right fielder Carlos Beltran said. This homestand is important overall for us. I think this homestand will dictate what the future holds for a lot of guys here.Ivan Nova will be pitching on extended rest and the Yankees hope he can give them some better distance. He completed at least six innings in five straight starts from May 19 to June 9 but has failed to do so in his last five outings.Nova has a 7.02 ERA in his last five appearances and finished the first half on July 7 in Cleveland when he allowed four runs and five hits in 5 1/3 innings.The right-hander picked up a win over Baltimore in June when he allowed five runs and seven hits in six innings. Nova took a shutout into seventh before allowing home runs to Mark Trumbo and Alvarez.Nova is 7-4 with a 5.22 ERA in 16 appearances against Baltimore.Mark Teixeira will likely be out of the lineup for a few more days. The struggling first baseman fouled a ball of his left foot on Saturday and although x-rays and a CT scan came back negative, he still is sore.The Orioles have won four of six meetings between the teams in Baltimore on May 3-5 and June 3-5. Baltimore won the last two in New York last season after dropping the first seven. 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