Blue 42: Seahawks will have to account for 49ers rising star

The Seahawks may have won their last showdown with the San Francisco 49ers handily, but they’ll still have their work cut out for them on Sunday, going up against one of the NFL’s rising stars in tight end George Kittle. “George Kittle is right there with Travis Kelce, with Gronk, as being one of the best tight ends in the game,” 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard said in this week’s Blue 42 segment. Kittle is currently Pro Football Focus’s third-ranked tight end in all of football, and is fresh off of a career game, where he torched the Denver Broncos for 210 yards on 7 catches in just the first… Read More

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Oilers’ Alex Chiasson has earned his place on Connor McDavid’s wing

EDMONTON — There are 13 pay periods inside a National Hockey League season. When Alex Chiasson got off the plane in Edmonton back in September, he was just trying to get to one of them. He came out west on a professional tryout — a PTO — the second year in a row that he had gone through the summer unsigned and hungry for work. “Not the position you want to be as a player,” the 28-year-old Montrealer said in his second language, only a hint of an accent left after seven NHL seasons, a couple of years in the minors, and three seasons at Boston University. “But for me,… Read More

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Nuggets’ Murray, Thunder’s Westbrook get heated at end of Friday game

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray may just be in the midst of his third NBA season, but he’s already earning himself a reputation as one of the league’s great antagonists. Los Angeles Lakers fans hate him, Boston Celtics guard Kyrie Irving has called him out on “BS” and now it looks like Murray’s got another one of the NBA’s so-called villains rattled. On Friday night, Murray’s Nuggets played host to the Oklahoma City Thunder and with play stopped for a jump ball and the Nuggets up by nine with 35.7 seconds left Thunder star Russell Westbrook and Murray looked to be jawing at each other while standing next to each… Read More

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Lillard scores 24, Blazers hold off NBA-best Raptors

PORTLAND, Ore. — Damian Lillard had 24 points and the Portland Trail Blazers snapped a two-game slide with a confidence-boosting 128-122 victory over the NBA-leading Toronto Raptors on Friday night. Zach Collins scored 16 points and Seth Curry added a season-high 13, including three key 3-pointers at the start of the fourth quarter. Both were part of a Portland bench that outscored Toronto’s reserves 58-26. Kawhi Leonard returned after missing two games and had 28 points for the Raptors (23-8), who played without All-Star point guard Kyle Lowry. Danny Green added 19 points and 11 rebounds, matching his season high with five 3s. Portland led by 16 in the fourth… Read More

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Raptors miss Lowry as Trail Blazers pull away from them

PORTLAND – Having a flexible lineup that can adapt to almost any situation has been a stated goal for first-year Toronto Raptors head coach Nick Nurse this season. But becoming experts in playing without their best players was never part of the plan although necessity is the mother of invention. Just as Kawhi Leonard returned to the lineup after missing two games with a bruised hip the Raptors found themselves taking on the Portland Trail Blazers without all-star point guard Kyle Lowry after he was a late scratch after his back tightened up following the Raptors’ off-day on Thursday. It didn’t go well. The guy who did play – Leonard… Read More

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High school basketball: American Fork withstands Orem’s big rally, hangs on for win

AMERICAN FORK — In a game that American Fork dominated early, it found itself in a dogfight in the final couple minutes as it was forced to grind out a 76-73 win over a spirited Orem squad. American Fork led by as many as 15 points in the first half on Friday night, but Orem battled all the way back and even took a 66-65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The Cavemen regained the lead on a Hayden Franson rebound putback and never relinquished it over those final three minutes — which included denying Orem a good look a potential game-tying 3-pointer during a 30-second possession to end the… Read More

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McDavid, Draisaitl net three points each to lead Oilers over Flyers

EDMONTON — Connor McDavid had two goals and an assist and Leon Draisaitl had three assists as the Edmonton Oilers defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 4-1 on Friday. Alex Chiasson and Adam Larsson also scored for the Oilers (18-12-3), who have won five of their last six and have gone 8-1-1 in their last 10 games. They are now 9-2-2 under head coach Ken Hitchcock. Edmonton goalie Mikko Koskinen made 31 saves to improve to 7-0-0 on home ice this season. Sean Couturier was credited with Philadelphia’s goal before it was given to Jakub Voracek post-game. The Flyers (12-14-4) have lost three in a row and six of their last eight.… Read More

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Old nemesis Kentucky up next for Utes in series that holds quite a basketball history

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah and Kentucky have crossed paths just 11 times over the years. Saturday’s meeting at Rupp Arena in Lexington (3 p.m., ESPN2) will be the first game between the Utes and Wildcats since 2005. Despite the passing of time, the series remains in memory yet green for many. The teams have quite a history. In 1998, they played for the national championship. Kentucky prevailed 78-69 despite Utah holding a 10-point halftime lead. It marked one of six times over a 12-year span (including three straight beginning in 1996) that the Wildcats defeated the Utes in the NCAA Tournament. Players like Josh Grant, Keith Van Horn, Andre… Read More

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Connor McDavid banks puck in off Stolarz from below goal line

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