Sports Oct. 28, 2013

sports3Seahawks Look For 7-1 Start Facing St. Louis
Once considered patsies when outside the noisy confines of their home field, the Seahawks (6-1) have morphed from pushovers to consistent winners away from home.

They've started this season 3-1 away from Seattle, matching last year's road win total, and have a chance to improve on that mark Monday night in St. Louis (3-4) against the Rams. Seattle hasn't won four road games in a season since 2006. They've lost two of their last three in St. Louis, but will be facing backup Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens with Sam Bradford out for the season.

 

In St. Louis, Football Finds Fragile Foothold
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Pro football may have a firm foothold as America's game, but in baseball-mad St. Louis, the NFL is decidedly second fiddle. Look no further than Monday night. The St. Louis Cardinals can anticipate a red army at Busch Stadium for Game 5 of the World Series. Eight blocks away at the antiseptic Edward Jones Dome, the Monday Night Football matchup between the struggling St. Louis Rams and the Seattle Seahawks will likely feature a backdrop of thousands of empty seats. The team's dome lease expires next year and the stadium authority has rejected a $700 million upgrade sought by the Rams. Fans are girded for the possibility of a second NFL exodus in 30 years. The football St. Louis Cardinals moved to Arizona in 1987.

 

Stanford And Oregon Get A Rest Before Their Clash
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Second-ranked Oregon and sixth-ranked Stanford get a break next weekend before a Thursday night clash in Palo Alto, Calif., that qualifies as one of the biggest games of the season. But it sounds as if neither team will be doing a lot of resting. The Ducks (8-0, 5-0 Pac-12) are coming off a 42-14 victory Saturday night over UCLA. The Bruins played tough in the first half, tying the game at 14 at the break, but Oregon pulled away with 28 unanswered points in the second half. Oregon remained at No. 2 in the AP Top 25 released Sunday behind top-ranked Alabama. The Bruins fell from No. 12 to 17. Stanford (7-1, 5-1) jumped to No. 6 in the AP rankings, boosted by a physical 20-12 victory over Oregon State.

 

Seattle And Los Angeles Play To 1-1 Draw
SEATTLE (AP) —Clint Dempsey finally got on the board in his ninth game back in Major League Soccer, scoring in the 30th minute to give the Seattle Sounders the lead, and Robbie Keane's half-volley goal late in the second half gave the Los Angeles Galaxy a 1-1 draw in the MLS regular-season finale on Sunday night. Dempsey's goal off a cross from Lamar Neagle gave Seattle a chance at finishing third in the MLS Western Conference standings, but Keane's goal in the 78th minute changed the entire playoff picture. Keane scored after a scramble in the penalty box, one-hopping a shot past Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning. Keane's goal gave the Galaxy third place in the final standings. Los Angeles will face Real Salt Lake in the two-leg conference semifinals. Seattle will now host Colorado in the play-in round on Wednesday, with the winner getting Western Conference regular-season champion Portland in the conference semifinals.

 

Players, Coaches Gather To Honor Don James
SEATTLE (AP) — Former Washington coach Don James was remembered in a memorial service as a caring family man, dear friend and successful coach who had every aspect of his life planned out, including the memorial to honor his passing. Many former players and coaches attended the memorial Sunday afternoon. Speakers included members of his family, close friends, and former players and coaches including Missouri coach Gary Pinkel, who flew to Seattle after the Tigers' loss on Saturday night to South Carolina. There was also a video tribute from Alabama coach Nick Saban, who played and worked for James at Kent State. Former Kent State and Washington athletic director Mike Lude said there needed to be no monument to James because "He lives on forever in our hearts and minds." James died Oct. 20 at age 80 from pancreatic cancer.

 

Beavers Shows Off Improved D Against Stanford
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State is much improved on defense. Just ask Stanford. The Beavers had their best defensive performance of the season in Saturday night's 20-12 loss to the Cardinal. Oregon State held Stanford to 273 yards for the Cardinal's lowest total in 14 games. OSU's defense all but eliminated Stanford's passing game, which came into Saturday averaging 207 yards. Against the Beavers, Cardinal quarterback Kevin Hogan completed just 8 of 18 passes for 88 yards and no touchdowns. It's a dramatic development from Oregon State's opener, when Eastern Washington had 448 yards passing and 625 total yards in a 49-46 victory.

October 28, 2013