Three takeaways: Pavelski denies that the Sharks have scoring problems

SAN JOSE — Joonas Donskoi scored two goals, the power play came to life and Brent Burns finally found the back of the net, albeit in a shootout. But the Sharks (10-8-1) offensive struggles continued, despite a whopping 42 shots on goal, as the Anaheim Ducks (10-7-3) spoiled their third period charge by winning in the ninth round of the shootout. Get Sharks news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Sharks Report newsletter. Here’s what we learned in the Sharks 3-2 shootout loss at SAP Center Monday night. 1. Joe Pavelski denies that the Sharks have scoring issues. Pavelski still isn’t convinced that scoring is a major… Read More

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Bibbins’ big night helps Runnin’ Utes defeat Mississippi, 83-74

LAS VEGAS — Justin Bibbins scored a game-high 23 points as Utah defeated Mississippi 83-74 late Monday night in the MGM Resorts Main Event tournament at T-Mobile Arena. The 5-foot-8 graduate transfer from Long Beach State stood tall. He made 7 of 11 shots from the field, including 5 of 8 from 3-point range, as the Utes improved to 4-0 on the season. “It just happened for me. I knew one of these games was going to be a breakout game for me,” Bibbins said. “The coaches just told me ‘always be ready, be ready for the moment’ and tonight it was.” David Collette and Donnie Tillman added 13 points… Read More

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O’Neil: Seahawks’ failed fake field goal not one of Carroll’s finest moments

Pete Carroll thought the Seahawks were going to score a touchdown. That’s the only way to explain the decision to fake a field-goal attempt with 7 seconds left in the first half and call on punter Jon Ryan to shovel the ball to tight end Luke Willson as he ran parallel to the line of scrimmage. “It would have been a really good call if we would have made it,” Carroll said. Costly coaching decisions | Wilson’s one-man show | 710 reaction Instead, Willson was tackled for a 4-yard loss and it wound up looking like one of the worst calls Carroll has made. There’s certainly some competition in that… Read More

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Seahawks’ defense uneven in first outing without Richard Sherman

The Seahawks’ heartbreaking 34-31 loss to the Falcons marked two firsts for Seattle: it was the first Monday Night football loss under head coach Pete Carroll, and it was also the first time since 2011 that Seattle’s defense played without All Pro cornerback Richard Sherman, who suffered a season-ending Achilles injury in Week 10. O’Neil: Wilson’s one-man show isn’t enough for Seahawks in loss The Seahawks were down two starting members of their defensive backfield, with Kam Chancellor also sitting out with a neck injury, and a concussion forced rookie cornerback Shaquill Griffin out in the first quarter. The result was uneven at times – they held the Falcons to… Read More

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No. 9 North Carolina overpowers Stanford in Jerod Haase-Roy Williams reunion

STANFORD — There are reasons why North Carolina was willing to play at Maples Pavilion on Monday night for the first time since Michael Jordan wore Tar Heel blue. “Nobody does that,” Stanford coach Jerod Haase said last weekend, when asked about a college basketball super power playing a non-conference road game at a campus facility. The defending national champion and No. 9 Tar Heels may have done it in part because they figured they would beat a Stanford team coming off a losing season. That’s just what happened, with UNC posting a 96-72 victory — its 11th win over the Cardinal without a defeat and first here since 1983.… Read More

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Donskoi stars, but Sharks lose in shootout to Ducks

SAN JOSE — Joonas Donskoi did almost everything he could Monday night — including scoring an all-too-rare Sharks power play goal — to help his team come away from a three-game homestand with at least something to show for their efforts. Donskoi opened the scoring against the Anaheim Ducks with a first period goal on a nifty individual effort, helped send the game into overtime with a power play goal at the 8:19 mark of the third period, then scored in the third round of the shootout. In the ninth round of the shootout, though, after each team had scored three goals, Tomas Hertl missed his attempt and Antoine Vermette… Read More

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Russell Wilson’s one-man show isn’t enough for Seahawks in loss

Russell Wilson ran for 86 yards on Monday, his highest rushing total in any game over the past three years. That’s certainly not a bad thing. The problem is that Wilson was pretty much the only thing the Seahawks had working on offense. “I thought he was all over the place, making stuff happen,” coach Pete Carroll said. Costly coaching decisions | Recap | 710 reaction | Photos Wilson threw for 258 yards in the game and two touchdowns. He also rushed for almost twice as many yards as the rest of his team combined, and Seattle is now 5-6 in games in which Wilson rushes for 75 yards or… Read More

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Flames Thoughts: Gaudreau, Monahan cause Capital punishment

Derek Wills is the Calgary Flames radio play-by-play announcer on Sportsnet 960 The FAN. He shares his views about the Flames’ latest game. After surrendering a goal 62 seconds into the game against the Washington Capitals, Mike Smith stopped the next 29 shots and the Flames scored four unanswered goals in 4-1 win. 1. CAPITAL PUNISHMENT The two-time defending Presidents’ Trophy-champion Capitals seem to bring out the best in the Flames. After playing what I believe was their best game this season in a 2-1 victory over the Capitals at Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary on Oct. 29, the Flames weren’t quite as good at Capital One Arena in Washington on… Read More

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Instant Reaction: 710 ESPN Seattle on Seahawks’ loss to Falcons

As we do after each Seahawks game, we have polled the voices of 710 ESPN Seattle for their thoughts on the team’s 34-31 loss to Atlanta. Read a sneak peak below of what they’ll be saying on the air Tuesday about the game. Jim Moore of Danny, Dave and Moore I won’t question Pete Carroll for trying the fake field goal at the end of the first half. Pretty easy to criticize him when a play like that gets blown up. If Luke Willson had scored on the shovel pass from Jon Ryan, everyone would have praised Carroll for taking the big gamble. If I’m going to second-guess him, it… Read More

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Hawaii transfer Megan Huff puts on offensive show in Utah’s win over Purdue

SALT LAKE CITY — Lynne Roberts believes multi-sport athletes have a competitive advantage, and now she has the perfect exhibit with which to prove her case. Redshirt junior Megan Huff led the Utah women’s basketball team to an 81-68 win over Purdue with an impressive display of offensive versatility that resulted in a game-high 23 points. She also had nine rebounds, two steals and two blocked shots. Huff and point guard Erika Bean had some remarkable synchronicity, especially for just the fourth game of the season, connecting on several passes that showed off Bean’s passing ability and Huff’s catch and shoot skills. Roberts credits that to the timing Huff learned… Read More

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