Stakes Are High For Pac-12 Championship GameNational title implications, a possible Heisman Trophy at stake and a new $1.3 billion stadium to showcase the whole thing. The Pac-12 will have the spotlight to itself Friday night when No. 3 Oregon (11-1) and No. 8 Arizona (10-2) meet in the conference championship game at sparkling Levi's Stadium. The Ducks are all but guaranteed a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff with a win, and the selection committee could have a hard time keeping Arizona out if the Wildcats upset Oregon for the second time this season. For all the success the conference has enjoyed in recent years, the Pac-12 has not celebrated a national champion since Southern California after the 2004 season. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – December 5, 2014
Seattle Signs Coach Sigi Schmid To New DealThe Seattle Sounders have signed coach Sigi Schmid to a multi-year contract coming off the best season in franchise history. Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer announced the new contract Thursday. Schmid joined Seattle before its inaugural 2009 season and has led the team to three U.S. Open Cup titles and this year's Supporters' Shield as the best team in the regular season. Schmid won MLS Cup titles with Los Angeles in 2002 and Columbus in 2008. The Supporters' Shield title with Seattle was the third time leading a team to that honor. Hanauer also announced that it's "highly, highly likely" defender DeAndre Yedlin will obtain a work permit in England and expects him to join Tottenham later in December. Yedlin signed a four-year deal with Tottenham in August. SEATTLE (AP) – December 5, 2014
Mariners Acquire LHP J.A. Happ
Mariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced Wednesday the club has acquired J. A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders. "We feel that J.A. is a nice fit to slide in to our rotation in 2015," Zduriencik said. "They say you can never have enough starting pitching, and it is especially true that you can never have enough quality starting pitching.