Freshman Running Backs Seize Rose Bowl Spotlight

footballcollegeMarcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are the obvious stars of the Rose Bowl as two elite quarterbacks with Heisman Trophies and blazing futures. They'll have something else in common when Oregon meets Florida State on Thursday, though. They'll both spend their afternoon in Pasadena handing off to two tailbacks who show strong signs of being their schools' next big things. Oregon's Royce Freeman and Florida State's Dalvin Cook are two of the most talented freshman ball-carriers in the nation, and they both seized prominent roles for national championship contenders in their first year out of high school. While Freeman has seemed destined to join the Ducks' long line of star running backs from his first game, Cook seized opportunities created by injuries to take a major role for the Seminoles. LOS ANGELES (AP) – December 30, 2014

Seahawks: Repeat or Bust?

hawksvsram122814As the regular season draws to a close, many fans are wondering the same thing: do the 2014 Seattle Seahawks have the ability to do what was done by the 2013 Seattle Seahawks – to bring home the Lombardi Trophy.  No team has repeated as Super Bowl champions for ten years, when the new England Patriots accomplished the feat in 2003 and once again in 2004. With the parity in the NFL, the difficulty of

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Seattle Clinches No. 1 Seed, Beats Rams 20-6

seahawks blueMarshawn Lynch scored on a 9-yard run with 12:07 remaining, Bruce Irvin returned an interception 49 yards for a touchdown and the Seahawks wrapped up home-field advantage through the NFC playoffs with a 20-6 win over the St. Louis Rams on Sunday. The two fourth-quarter touchdowns by Seattle (12-4) capped a six-game win streak to end the regular season. That earned the Seahawks a second straight NFC West title and the ninth division title in franchise history. The NFC playoffs will go through Seattle for the second straight season. St. Louis (6-10) couldn't take advantage of two first-half turnovers by the Seahawks and its only points came on a pair of field goals from Greg Zuerlein. SEATTLE (AP) – December 29, 2014

Washington State Gets By UC Davis 90-83

DaVonte Lacy led four Washington State players in double figures with 22 points in a 90-83 victory over UC Davis on Sunday. Josh Hawkinson had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Cougars, who evened their record at 6-6 heading into Pac-12 Conference play. Que Johnson added 14 points, and Jordan Railey had 12. Corey Hawkins led UC Davis (9-2) with 29 points. The Aggies trailed by double figures most of the game after missing 13 of their first 16 shots. The Cougars sank 11 of their first 19 shots, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range, to lead 30-8 after 13 minutes. UC Davis, ranked 12th nationally in field goal percentage through Saturday, finished strong in both halves to shoot 55.9 percent. WSU hit 54.4 percent, including 11 of 19 from 3-point range. PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) - December 29, 2014

Stony Brook Rallies To Top No. 13 Washington 61-57

Jameel Warney banked in a short runner with 30 seconds left to give Stony Brook its first lead and the Seawolves beat No. 13 Washington 61-57 on Sunday night. Warney finished with 15 points, and Kameron Mitchell added 12 on 4-of-5 3-point shooting. Stony Brook (7-5) overcame a late 11-point deficit to stun the Huskies (11-1). Rayshaun McGrew cut it to three and Carson Puriefoy hit a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1:07 left to pull the Seawolves even at 57. Mitchell made three 3-pointers during the late run. Stony Brook was 2 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half, then made six of its first seven tires in the second. Robert Upshaw had 10 points and 11 rebounds for Washington. Williams-Goss also scored 10 points. SEATTLE (AP) - December 29, 2014