Rockets ride momentum swings past Thunderbirds

KENT – The middle is usually neutral territory but for the Seattle Thunderbirds this year, it’s been anything but. Friday night the Thunderbirds were blitzed by the Kelowna Rockets for four goals in the last five minutes of the second period – the middle frame – and watched a 2-0 lead turn into a 4-2 deficit. The Thunderbirds pushed in the third to try and tie but another momentum swing would work against them as the Rockets skated away with an 8-3 win. “It was an emotional game, a lot of key moments,” Thunderbirds head coach Matt O’Dette said. “I thought we had a pretty good grasp of the game… Read More

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WSU’s offense has No. 18 Arizona State wary of Cougars

By JOHN MARSHALL AP Sports Writer TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Arizona State had a week off to recover from injuries, refocus for the rest of the season and get ready for the next opponent. WSU Cougars defensive coordinator Tracy Claeys resigns The Sun Devils no doubt needed the extra time to prepare for one of the most difficult to defend offenses in the country. On Saturday, No. 18 Arizona State faces WSU and coach Mike Leach’s Air Raid, the kind of offense that puts up prodigious numbers and forces opposing coaches to dig deep into their defensive playbooks. “I think you’ve got to give your guys the best chance to… Read More

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Seahawks’ O-line banged up as Brown, Fluker both doubtful vs Browns

The Seahawks are most likely going to run the ball early and often Sunday against Cleveland. They just might have to do so without two of their starting offensive linemen, however. Jim Moore Predicts: Seahawks could be in for a shock against Browns Both left tackle Duane Brown and right guard D.J. Fluker are listed as doubtful on Seattle’s injury report released Friday afternoon ahead of the 10 a.m. Sunday contest with the Browns, which will air live on 710 ESPN Seattle and KIRO Radio 97.3 FM. It’s not a surprise to see Fluker listed as doubtful. He has not practiced this week after leaving the Seahawks’ Oct. 3 win… Read More

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John Clayton: Seahawks need run game, pass rush to shine vs Browns

The AFC North has played a big role in the fast starts of the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers and Los Angeles Rams this season. Jim Moore Predicts: Seahawks could be in for a shock against Browns Those top three teams from the NFC West have a combined 6-0 record against AFC North opponents. Three of the undefeated 49ers’ four wins have come against that division, though we still have to find out how good they are in their own division. The 4-1 Seahawks have wins over the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, while the the 3-2 Rams beat the Browns in Cleveland. Sunday’s game in Cleveland should be interesting… Read More

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Seahawks need to avoid falling into trap against Browns’ speedy front 7

That run-first mentality the Seahawks have established as their offensive identity may be more of a run-first, second and third mentality when they go to Cleveland this Sunday. Seahawks still have 1 big concern on defense despite 4-1 record The 4-1 Seahawks are set to meet a 2-3 Browns team that entered the season with high expectations but is reeling after a 31-3 loss to the 49ers on Monday. Falling to 2-4 would put Cleveland in a tough hole to dig out of if they’re going to make the postseason, and 710 ESPN Seattle’s Brock Huard expects to see desperation out of the Browns and their fans in the 10… Read More

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Why Russell Wilson will end up getting more respect nationally in MVP race

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has the numbers and has made the throws that should be enough to make him the front-runner to finally win an MVP award. Moore: Richard Sherman back-tracking isn’t new, and I would know But after Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs had the opportunity to play in primetime last Sunday and the commentators raved about things they think only Mahomes can do – but Seattle fans know are also in Wilson’s repertoire – it became clear there’s still work for Wilson to do to get proper respect in the MVP race. There’s one well-known member of the national media who thinks Wilson will be getting the respect… Read More

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T-Birds notebook: Leadership, even-strength scoring, reunion and rivalry games

There is something special about wearing the ‘C’ on a hockey sweater. It designates you as the team captain and leader both on the ice, and off. The captain represents the team, is an extension of the head coach, and sets the tone for the rest of the club. Matthew Wedman is wearing that letter on his sweater this season. He was named captain after returning from training camp with both the NHL’s Florida Panthers and their AHL affiliate in Springfield. As a 20-year-old, Wedman has played 259 regular-season games in a Thunderbirds jersey and alongside a number of notable captains. That list includes Jerret Smith, Mathew Barzal, Scott Eansor,… Read More

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Seahawks’ Jadeveon Clowney making impact even with only 1 sack

By TIM BOOTH AP Sports Writer RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Five games into Jadeveon Clowney’s tenure with Seattle, the defensive end who was supposed to help solve the Seahawks’ pass rush problems has only one sack. Wyman: How Seahawks can get run game going in Cleveland That might not seem like the kind of return Seattle was expecting to get when it traded for the former No. 1 overall pick before the start of the regular season. But the reviews of Clowney’s performance with the Seahawks defensive line through the first third of the season are entirely positive. “You can just feel it’s coming alive,” coach Pete Carroll said. The… Read More

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