SPORTS 11/19/13

sports5ajpgThe Seattle Seahawks moved back on top of the AP Pro32 power rankings, edging out Denver despite the Broncos' victory over previously unbeaten Kansas City. The Seahawks, who were second a week ago, received 379 points and seven first-place votes from the 12-member panel that regularly covers the league.

The Broncos moved ahead of the Chiefs into second with 377 points and the other five first-place votes. Kansas City dropped to third, followed by New Orleans and Carolina. The Saints knocked off the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, while the Panthers beat the New England Patriots 24-20 in a controversial finish on Monday night. The Patriots were sixth in the AP Pro32, followed by the Colts, Niners, Bengals and Lions.

No. 5 Ducks Back On Track In Pac-12
Marcus Mariota has been right all along: The No. 5 Oregon Ducks just need to play out their season. In December they'll see where they land. Case in point: The developments this weekend, when Oregon defeated Utah 44-21 a few hours before USC upset Stanford 20-17. The loss for the Cardinal popped Oregon back atop the Pac-12 North. Should the Ducks win their next two games, they'll earn a spot in the Pac-12 championship game for a shot at the Rose Bowl. As for anything else, well, that's out of Oregon's control. The first task for the Ducks (9-1, 6-1) is a trip to play Arizona (6-4, 3-4) this weekend. The Wildcats have lost two straight, including a 24-17 loss at home to Washington State this past weekend.

 

Hudson Now A Giant
The San Francisco Giants have finalized a $23 million, two-year contract with free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, who began his career with Oakland. Hudson made his major league debut with the Athletics in 1999 and went 92-39 in six seasons with Oakland, where the right-hander teamed with Mark Mulder and Barry Zito to form a successful "Big Three." The 38-year-old went 8-7 with a 3.97 ERA in 21 starts this season for Atlanta. His season was cut short by a broken right ankle that required surgery.

Hawkins Reportedly Agrees To A Deal
A person with knowledge of the situation says reliever LaTroy Hawkins has agreed to a one-year, $2.5 million deal with the Colorado Rockies. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal has yet to be announced and is pending a physical. Hawkins returns to Colorado after spending the 2007 season with the Rockies and helping the team make its run to the World Series, where Colorado was swept by the Boston Red Sox. The right-hander spent last season with the New York Mets, going 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 13 saves.

 

Vonn Crashes During Training
Reigning Olympic downhill champion Lindsey Vonn has crashed while training ahead of her return to racing following major knee surgery. U.S. Ski Team spokesman Tom Kelly says Vonn is being evaluated at a hospital after being taken off the slope at Copper Mountain, Colorado on a sled. Kelly says he is not sure whether Vonn hurt her surgically repaired right knee. The four-time overall World Cup champion tore her ACL and MCL in a crash at the world championships in February. She has been aiming to return to Word Cup competition next week in Beaver Creek, Colorado. The Sochi Games are in February.

 

College Basketball Schedule
It's a busy night in college basketball. The top-rated team in action is number-two Kansas. The 2-0 Jayhawks take on Iowa. Third-ranked Louisville has a date against Hartford. Number-four Kentucky looks to improve on its 3-1 mark with a game against Texas-Arlington. Number-five Arizona, off to a 4-0 start, meets Rhode Island while number-six Duke faces East Carolina. In a match-up of rated teams, number-seven Oklahoma State takes on eleventh-rated Memphis. Also on the way tonight, number-12 Wisconsin versus North Dakota while Utah Valley challenges number-17 Oregon.

NBA Schedule
The top game in the NBA has Atlanta at Miami. The Heat, on a three-game winning streak, has a full game lead over the Hawks in the Southeast Division. Atlanta has won its last two. Houston hosts Boston. The Rockets, at 7-4, have won their last two. Boston, off to a 4-7 start, tries to break a three-game losing streak. The rest of the games have Minnesota at Washington, Detroit home to the New York Knicks and Phoenix visiting Sacramento.

November 19, 2013