New Playoff Draws Larger TV Audience For Title Game

The new College Football Playoff succeeded in drawing a larger television audience to the championship game. Ohio State's 42-20 victory over Oregon on Monday averaged nearly 33.4 million viewers on ESPN. The network said Tuesday that's up 31 percent from the almost 25.6 million for Florida State's win over Auburn last year in the final title game of the BCS era. The biggest audience for the four championships that had aired on ESPN was 27.3 million for the 2011 matchup between Auburn and Oregon. The 18.2 rating Monday was the second-highest for a title game, behind the massive 21.7 for the 2006 classic between Texas and Southern Cal in the Rose Bowl. The two semifinals had already drawn more viewers than any of the four championships on ESPN, making for the largest audiences in cable TV history before Monday's game. Ratings represent the percentage of homes with TVs tuned to a program. ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) – January 14, 2015

Seattle Adds Depth Acquiring Goalkeeper Troy Perkins

The Seattle Sounders have added depth at goalkeeper by signing veteran Troy Perkins. Seattle was in need of another goalkeeper to back up starter Stefan Frei after Marcus Hahnemann retired and Josh Ford was selected by Orlando City in the MLS expansion draft. Perkins became available following the MLS re-entry draft. The 33-year-old spent the past three seasons with Montreal, setting new career highs in appearances (33) and minutes played in the 2013 season. Last season, Perkins appeared in 21 games for the Impact. Perkins previously played for D.C. United and Portland in the MLS prior to joining Montreal. Perkins also spent three seasons in the Norwegian first division with Valerenga IF from 2008-10. SEATTLE (AP) – January 14, 2015

Mariners HOF - Jamie Moyer

jamiemoyerThe winningest pitcher in Seattle Mariners history has been selected as the ninth member of the Seattle Mariners Hall of Fame. Jamie Moyer will be formally inducted during a ceremony at Safeco Field before the Mariners vs. Texas Rangers game on Saturday, August 8. He is the second pitcher so honored by the Mariners, joining another lefthander – Randy Johnson.

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Seahawks' fan petitions NFL to let Marshawn Lynch not talk

A petition from a Seahawks fan asks the NFL to revise its media policy so that Marshawn Lynch does not have to talk with reporters after a game. The petition was posted Sunday on GoPetition.com and had more than 14,000 signatures by Tuesday. It says Lynch has an obvious anxiety interacting with the media. And, since the NFL advocates against bullying and domestic violence it shouldn't force its players into uncomfortable situations. Lynch has been fined $100,000 for not talking to the media at times over the past two seasons. Recently he has answered questions by saying, "Thanks for asking" or "I'm thankful." SEATTLE (AP) - January 13, 2015

Obama Lauds College Football Playoff, Congratulates Buckeyes

President Obama tells congressional leaders that having a college football playoff is something everyone can agree upon. Obama congratulated Ohio State Tuesday for winning the first College Football Playoff national championship game. The Buckeyes beat Oregon 42-20 on Monday night to wrap up the first playoff at the major college football level. Obama called for a playoff to decide a champion at college football's highest level when he took office back in 2008. The President also commended Oregon for a great season and noted that Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is also from Obama's home state of Hawaii. WASHINGTON (AP) - January 13, 2015