Plum Leads Washington Women Past No. 5 Texas A&M

Kelsey Plum scored 20 of her 32 points in the first half, Talia Walton added a season-high 21 and Washington picked up its biggest non-conference regular-season win in nearly two decades with a 70-49 victory over No. 5 Texas A&M on Monday night. Washington (11-1) won its 11th straight, the longest winning streak for the Huskies since the 1989-90 season. Washington's last win over a ranked non-conference opponent came in 1997 when the Huskies beat then-No. 5 Vanderbilt. Plum nearly outscored the Aggies (11-2) by herself in the first half. The nation's leading scorer hit a trio of 3-pointers as the Huskies built a 40-22 halftime advantage. Aminah Williams added nine points and 15 rebounds. Williams scored seven straight in the second half after Texas A&M cut Washington's lead to nine. Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 19 points. Tori Scott and Courtney Walker added 10 apiece. SEATTLE (AP) – December 30, 2014

Seattle Signs Defender Tyrone Mears

Sounders logoThe Seattle Sounders have signed former Premier League defender Tyrone Mears in the hopes of adding depth to their back line. Seattle announced the signing on Monday. The signing is pending receipt of Mears' P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Mears spent time training with the Sounders last summer. Mears, 31, has played professionally for 14 seasons, most of that coming in England. Mears played for Bolton from 2011-14. He also gained experience in the Premier League with Burnley, Derby County and West Ham United. Mears also spent one season with French club Marseille. Mears' addition will be a boost for Seattle's defense that saw DeAndre Yedlin leave for Tottenham after the season and that could be without centerback Zach Scott at the beginning of next season after offseason surgery. SEATTLE (AP) – December 30, 2014

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