The run of stout defense started with slowing down Arizona, followed by the handcuffing of San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. But the best defensive performance of Pete Carroll's tenure came Sunday when Seattle ground Philadelphia's high-speed act to a halt that kept the Seahawks in the thick of the NFC West race. Shutting down Philadelphia and holding the Eagles to 139 total yards was the cap to a three-week run of defense by Seattle the NFL has not seen since 2011.
Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football's most famous player of the year trophy.
Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks will face Florida State and last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston at the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1st.
Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State in New Orleans.
The deadline for voting was Monday afternoon. Finalists are determined by percentage of votes received from 929 media members and former winners. NEW YORK (AP) - December 9, 2014
Former U.S national team goalkeeper Marcus Hahnemann has announced his retirement from soccer after spending the majority of his career playing in England.
Hahnemann was a backup for the Seattle Sounders for the past two years. He announced his retirement through the club on Monday.
Hahnemann spent 13 seasons playing in England for Fulham, Reading, Wolverhampton and Everton. Hahnemann had nine caps for the U.S. in international play and was on the 2006 and 2010 U.S. World Cup rosters.
The 42-year-old started his pro career playing for the A-League Seattle Sounders in 1994. His first MLS stop was in Colorado in 1997 and he made 11 appearances in all competitions for the Sounders after returning in 2012. SEATTLE (AP) - December 9, 2014
Setter Alisha Glass is the USA Volleyball women's indoor player of the year.
The organization also announced Monday that outside hitter Kim Hill is the national team's most improved player.
Glass, who is from Leland, Michigan was named the best setter of the 2014 FIVB Women's World Championship. The top-ranked U.S. team won for the first time in the event's 62 years.
Hill, who is from Portland, Oregon started 24 matches this season, averaging 2.99 points and 1.24 digs per set. At the World Championship, she scored 20 points in the gold-medal match against China. The United States won in four sets. COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – December 9, 2014
The Seahawks defense held a Philadelphia Eagles offense that had been averaging 416.2 yards to 139. Russell Wilson threw touchdown passes to Doug Baldwin and Marshawn Lynch and ran for a third score as part of his 263-yard passing and 48-yard rushing performance. Lynch ran “like a wild man out there,” as coach Pete Carroll put, while gaining 86 yards to put him over 1,000 for the fourth consecutive season and also scoring his first TD after a three-game drought.