Pats Brush Off Talk Of Deflated Footballs As NFL Reviews

The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn't indicated how long its investigation will last. That raises the possibility that it could extend into next week when the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be in Arizona preparing for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The league has said it is reviewing whether the Patriots used under-inflated footballs during their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Sunday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: "WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION." FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – January 21, 2015

NFL Prospects Line Up To Be Weighed, Measure At Senior Bowl

More than 100 NFL prospects are going through a week of evaluation at the Senior Bowl. That includes getting weighed and measured in their underwear before hundreds of onlookers from the NFL on Tuesday morning. The rest of the week is packed with interviews, meetings and practices under the scrutiny of NFL coaches, scouts and executives. The potential reward: Improved draft stock and a bigger payday. Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL general manager Phil Savage calls it "the greatest job fair in the football world." Top prospects playing in Saturday's game include LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings and Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Other prolific college stars trying to boost their stock include Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – January 21, 2015

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