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Carpenter ready to prove his value to Seahawks

SEATTLE – After two seasons lost largely to knee injuries, James Carpenter is finally healthy and ready to prove he was worthy of the Seattle Seahawks selecting him with a first-round draft pick. The potential is obvious. Listed at 6-foot-5 and 321 pounds, Carpenter offers the kind of size no other lineman on Seattle’s roster...
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Dollars rain down on Mariners crowd

In the news media biz, if it happens twice, we’ll call it a trend. So we’re ready to declare it a trend: Money falls out of the sky in Seattle. Dollar bills came raining down during the seventh-inning stretch at Safeco Field on Sunday, during the Seattle Mariners-Minnesota Twins game.
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49ers TE Davis sees himself as ‘piece of puzzle’

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Vernon Davis refers to himself as ”just a piece of the puzzle” when it comes to the San Francisco 49ers’ offense. Reality suggests he’s selling himself a bit short. With leading receiver Michael Crabtree sidelined at least until November due to a torn Achilles tendon, all signs point toward the eighth-year...
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McFadden looks forward to return to old system

NAPA, Calif. – Darren McFadden hopes that going downhill will be just the tonic to revive his career with the Oakland Raiders. Back in a familiar offense that suits his running style perfectly, McFadden is looking to bounce back from a disastrous 2012 campaign and return to the big-play back he was for the two...
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Gems owner says moving team to Keizer not smart

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Klamath Falls Gems owner Lisa Walker joined Goofing Around at Lunch on Friday, just over a week after the team parted ways with general manager Grant Wilson.  Despite the change in leadership, Walker maintains the Gems will not be leaving Klamath Falls, saying it doesn’t make good business sense even...
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Oregon favored to win Pac-12 football title

CULVER CITY, Calif. – Oregon is the favorite to win the 2013 Pac-12 Conference football title in a preseason poll of media members who cover the league. The Ducks were listed in the top spot in the North Division by 15 of the 26 voters participating in the poll, collecting 145 points. Fourteen of...
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Scott’s public push for NCAA changes

HARTFORD, Conn. – Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says sweeping changes in the NCAA can come without confrontation and with the five most powerful football conferences still competing on the field with the other five. Scott is the latest and last leader from the big five conferences to make a public push for NCAA changes that...
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Kaepernick strives to get 49ers back to Super Bowl

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Colin Kaepernick’s every move is scrutinized now that he has reached rock-star status as a third-year quarterback with the NFL’s top-selling jersey. He showed up for Day 1 of training camp Thursday sporting a black beanie hat and large red headphones hanging from his neck, insisting he is unaffected by it...
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Pac-12 rivals talk tempo

PAC-12: Los Angeles rivals Lane Kiffin and Jim Mora took different sides in the debate about up-tempo offenses in college football. Kiffin, the Southern California coach, is concerned about the possible safety ramifications of a style of play that crams an extra 20 plays in a 60-minute game. ”I think there is a conversation...
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Donte Whitner talks to Ahmad Brooks about behavior

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Safety Donte Whitner has already spoken to San Francisco 49ers teammate Ahmad Brooks ahead of training camp about the importance of making smart decisions off the football field. Last week, the Santa Clara County district attorney’s office declined to pursue assault charges against Brooks because of insufficient evidence in an investigation...
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