Seahawks on brink of playoffs after 21-7 win over Vikings

SEATTLE (AP) — Bobby Wagner blocked Dan Bailey’s field goal attempt midway through the fourth quarter, sparking the Seahawks to two late touchdowns and a 21-7 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Monday night, Seattle’s fourth straight victory. Chris Carson followed the blocked kick with a 2-yard TD run with 2:53 left, and Justin Coleman provided the capper with a 29-yard fumble return touchdown 18 seconds later. What was an ugly and mostly forgettable first three quarters turned into a Seattle party in the fourth as the Seahawks (8-5) moved to the brink of wrapping up a wild-card spot in the NFC. One win in Seattle’s final three games —… Read More

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Blue Jays’ path to trading Stroman, Sanchez seems more tangible

LAS VEGAS – There’s always a degree of posturing in the public statements of baseball officials, particularly when it comes to the futures of players who may be up for trade. During the winter meetings especially, taking all that’s said with a grain of salt is highly recommended. What’s important to track, however, is how the discourse around a specific situation changes over time because shifts are telling. And the way the trade chatter around Marcus Stroman and Aaron Sanchez has evolved since the General Managers Meetings a month ago – when Ross Atkins unequivocally said “no one likes Marcus more than we do, we value him the most” –… Read More

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Utah State University taps historian as next Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture

LOGAN — Historian Patrick Q. Mason has been named the new Leonard J. Arrington Endowed Chair of Mormon History and Culture at Utah State University. The position is housed in the religious studies program within the history department. Mason’s decision to join USU “is a great moment not only for religious studies and the history department, but also for our college and university,” said Joseph Ward, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Mason has published a number of books and articles on the culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and American religious history, as well as religion’s role in conflict and peace building.… Read More

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#SurfaceDrop: Seahawks star Russell Wilson births new celebration with Microsoft tablet during big win

Russell Wilson may have inadvertently invented the geekiest touchdown celebration of the NFL season. The Seattle Seahawks quarterback was on the sidelines reviewing past plays on a Microsoft Surface tablet when his team’s defense forced a fumble and returned it for a touchdown, clinching a big 21-7 win over Minnesota during a primetime Monday Night Football game at CenturyLink Field. The cameras caught Wilson’s celebration, which involved the former Microsoft spokesperson dropping the tablet as if he was doing a mic drop. Russell drops the Microsoft Surface on @Vikings #vikings #dropthesurface sierrra wilson #MINvsSEA @nfl @espn @NFL_MNF @MNF pic.twitter.com/4DgxXYu0pu — Kedu Bob (@kedubob) December 11, 2018 Wait for it…. @DangeRussWilson… Read More

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Embiid powers 76ers to victory over Pistons

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Eric Bledsoe shines as Bucks cruise past Cavaliers

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Prosecutors indict Nissan’s Ghosn for underreporting pay

TOKYO — Prosecutors have charged Nissan Motor Co.’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn, another executive and the automaker itself for allegedly violating financial laws by underreporting income. The charges imposed Monday involve allegations Ghosn’s pay was underreported by about 5 billion yen ($44 million) in 2011-2015. The prosecutors said earlier that the allegations were the reason for Ghosn’s arrest on Nov. 19. The arrest of an industry icon admired both in Japan and around the world has stunned many and raised concerns over the Japanese automaker and the future of its alliance with Renault SA of France. The prosecutors issued statements Monday outlining new allegations against Ghosn and Greg Kelly, the… Read More

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John Kelly reportedly took notes on Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and left them on his desk in full view

Outgoing White House chief of staff John Kelly has been reportedly furious with President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and daughter Ivanka Trump. Kelly reportedly took notes about their activities and requests, and kept them on his desk in full view of staffers, a senior White House official said in a New York Times report published on Monday. Kelly, who reportedly called Trump an “idiot” in private and described the White House as “a miserable place to work,” is believed to have floated the idea of resigning during his tenure. Despite numerous reports of a rift between the Trumps and Kelly, Kushner praised Kelly during an interview with Fox News… Read More

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Steven Stamkos has hat trick in Lightning win over Rangers

TAMPA, Fla. — Steven Stamkos had three goals to become the first player from the 2008 draft to reach 700 points, and the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning won their seventh consecutive game by beating the New York Rangers 6-3 on Monday night. Stamkos scored power-play goals that tied the game in the first and second periods. The centre completed his ninth hat trick and first since Oct. 13, 2014, from the slot at 10:41 of the third. The Lightning star, coming off a two-goal, two-assist outing in Saturday night’s 7-1 win over the Colorado Avalanche, has 701 points in 696 career games. He joins Martin St. Louis (953) and Vincent… Read More

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