Character, Heart lead Hawks To Super Bowl

hawks SR11815Sports are a great way for us to express the passions that exist within us all into a healthy outlet and experience a sense of community as we root our teams to victory.  Sometimes, however, sports can transcend this purpose and teach us lessons about our own lives; sometimes even changing our overall perspective.

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Washington's 2nd Half Comeback Tops Oregon, 85-77

Andrew Andrews scored a season-high 21 points and Nigel Williams-Goss added 20 to lead Washington to an 85-77 win against Oregon on Sunday night. Washington (13-4, 2-3 Pac-12) trailed by 10 points at halftime but the Huskies rallied in the second half for their second win in a row after losing four straight. Robert Upshaw had 13 points and 12 rebounds for Washington, and Donaven Dorsey scored 13 points on 4 of 5 shooting, including hitting all three of his 3-point attempts. Dillon Brooks led Oregon (12-6, 2-3) with 16 points and Dwayne Benjamin scored 15. It was the second straight loss for the Ducks. The game was tied at 59 with 8½ to play before the Huskies took the lead for good with an 11-0 run. The stretch included a pair of 3-pointers from Dorsey and a three-point play by Shawn Kemp, Jr., who was fouled on an alley-oop dunk. SPORTS (AP) - January 19, 2015

Washington State Holds On To Beat Oregon 79-76

Tia Presley scored 29 points, Lia Galdeira added 22 and Washington State held on to beat Oregon 79-76 on Sunday. The Cougars improve to 7-1 all-time and 3-0 this season when both Presley and Galdeira reach the 20-point mark. Washington State led 77-71 with 2:08 remaining when Jillian Alleyne scored and Drea Toler converted a three-point play to pull Oregon within 77-76 with 35 seconds to play. Galdeira made a pair of free throws with 7 seconds to go. Oregon's Katelyn Loper shot a 3 with a second left, but it banged off the back of the rim to seal it for Washington State (11-6, 2-4 Pac-12). The Cougars played without senior guard Shalie Dheensaw, who suffered a right knee injury Jan. 16 and had started in 50-straight games. Alleyne had 23 points and 16 rebounds to lead Oregon (8-9, 1-5 Pac-12). EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - January 19, 2015

Cardinals' Cromartie Heading To Pro Bowl As Replacement

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Antonio Cromartie has been selected to the Pro Bowl, replacing Richard Sherman of the Super Bowl-bound Seattle Seahawks. It is the third straight selection for Cromartie, and fourth of his career. He had been selected this year as an alternate, but will now join Cardinals teammates Calais Campbell, Patrick Peterson and Justin Bethel in the game at University of Phoenix Stadium - Arizona's home field - in the NFL's all-star game. The Pro Bowl will be played on Jan. 25, a week before the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona. Cromartie, in his first season with Arizona, had three interceptions for the Cardinals. He has also made the Pro Bowl while a member of the New York Jets and San Diego Chargers. TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - January 19, 2015

Falcons To Have Second Interview With Seahawks' Quinn

Seattle's NFC championship game win isn't stopping the Atlanta Falcons from talking with Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn. Quinn's agent, Rick Smith, confirmed to The Associated Press on Sunday night the Falcons will meet with Quinn on Monday. NFL's anti-tampering rules allow head coach candidates to hold second meetings with teams on the bye week between conference championship games and the Super Bowl. The Falcons can't offer the job to Quinn until after the Feb. 1 Super Bowl. Quinn will become the second candidate to hold a second interview with the Falcons, who are looking to replace Mike Smith. The Falcons had their second meeting with Detroit defensive coordinator Teryl Austin last week. ATLANTA (AP) – January 19, 2015