Sports Briefs Feb. 3

sports5The Atlanta Falcons have announced that Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will be the team's next coach. The Falcons yesterday said Quinn will be introduced at a news conference today. Quinn replaces Mike Smith, who was fired following a 6-10 finish in 2014.

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Seahawks Back In Seattle

crowd hawksA small group of Seahawks fans greeted the team after their plane landed at Sea-Tac Airport on Monday afternoon. The team went straight from the charter plane to waiting buses and did not go through the airport terminal. Some fans were there, holding flags and signs, to greet the team on the tarmac. Quarterback Russell Wilson and coach Pete Carroll walked past and acknowledged them.

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Dealing with Defeat- Shane Rivers From Super Bowl XLIX

SB49-FinalI’m mad. I’m upset. I’m not going to try to pretend that I’m not. I feel that, and it’s going to take me a while to process what happened during the Super Bowl. Let me start by addressing the play that will live on in infamy. When you have Marshawn Lynch and the ball on the one yard line – you run the ball. Period.

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Baker Signed To Minor-League Deal

marinersSThe Seattle Mariners have signed catcher John Baker to a minor-league deal with an invite to spring training. The Mariners announced the signing Thursday after Baker's physical. He is expected to compete with Jesus Sucre for the backup job playing behind starter Mike Zunino.

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Gonzaga Past Portland 64-46

Domantas Sabonis had 13 points and 11 rebounds as No. 3 Gonzaga beat Portland 64-46 on Thursday night, extending the nation's longest home winning streak to 37 games dating to 2012. Przemek Karnowski added 10 points and 11 rebounds for Gonzaga (21-1, 10-0 West Coast Conference), whose only loss was at No. 7 Arizona. It is the best start in program history. Kyle Wiltjer scored 11 points and Kevin Pangos had 10 for Gonzaga, which has won 14 straight games and beaten Portland in 37 of their last 39 meetings. Bryce Pressley and Bobby Sharp each scored nine points to lead Portland (12-10, 3-7), which has lost five of six. The Pilots shot just 30 percent (18 of 61) in the game, 22 percent in the second half. The Zags broke open a close game with a 21-2 run midway through the second half while holding Portland without a field goal for more than 12 minutes. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – January 30, 2015