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Seattle defense overcomes mistakes

RENTON, Wash. — For a change, the conversation about whether Russell Wilson was the best option at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks was a bit muted on Monday. Rightfully so after the performance the Seahawks defense turned in a day earlier in shutting down Cam Newton and Carolina. And while Seahawks coach Pete Carroll...
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Huskies smarting after loss to Oregon, USC up next

SEATTLE — Steve Sarkisian was annoyed and frustrated walking out of Autzen Stadium after Washington’s mistakes turned a chance to showcase the Huskies into an Oregon laugher before the first quarter was even finished. A day of review didn’t make Sarkisian feel any better on Monday. And he wasn’t alone in his frustration. ”There’s...
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New defense leads to same poor results for Raiders

ALAMEDA, Calif. — A new defensive scheme that was supposed to transform a struggling unit has led to perhaps the least productive defense in Oakland Raiders history. The Raiders (1-3) returned to practice Monday after having four days off for their bye week looking for answers on how to fix a defense that is...
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Defense leads Oregon State to victory this time

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A week after Oregon State relied on its offense for a victory over Arizona, the defense helped secure the win against Washington State. The Beavers improved their record to 4-0 (3-0 in the Pac-12) and jumped four spots in The Associated Press rankings to No. 10 after a 19-6 win at...
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Seahawks top Panthers 16-12

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Seattle Seahawks need their tough defense to make things easier on rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. The plan worked perfectly against Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers. Wilson threw the go-ahead touchdown pass to Golden Tate late in the third quarter, while the defense frustrated Newton and the Panthers throughout Sunday’s...
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Smith silences critics after 49ers rout Bills 45-3

SAN FRANCISCO — Since last season’s surprising run to the NFC championship game, San Francisco 49ers fans could only imagine the possibilities if Alex Smith and the offense ever matched the defense’s dominance. Just Saturday night, Smith added another punchline when he badly bounced the ceremonial first pitch of the San Francisco Giants-Cincinnati Reds...
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San Francisco Giants

Giants’ Lincecum relegated to bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO — Tim Lincecum won’t have a chance to redeem himself after his subpar season with the San Francisco Giants — at least not in the National League Division Series. Giants manager Bruce Bochy named 14-game winner Ryan Vogelsong as his Game 3 starter Tuesday in Cincinnati and said Lincecum would be available...
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Oregon thumps Washington for ninth straight time

EUGENE, Ore. — Marcus Mariota says part of his progression as a young quarterback is learning how not to do too much. Oregon’s redshirt freshman put his faith more in his teammates on Saturday night, throwing for 198 yards and four touchdowns in the No. 2 Ducks’ 52-21 victory over No. 23 Washington. ”I...
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HS Football Round-up: Mazama earns thrilling win

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Joey Lancaster threw a touchdown to Casey Wynne with 32 seconds remaining before finding him again for the two-point conversion as the Mazama Vikings rallied to beat the Phoenix Pirates 22-20. The Vikings trailed 14-6 at halftime before Lancaster scored on a quarterback draw to tie it at 14-14. Phoenix...
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HS Preview: Mazama Homecoming tonight

The high school football weekend gets underway Friday including a match-up of Skyline Conference favorites North Valley at Klamath Union at Modoc Field (6:30 p.m. – 960 the Sports Legend). The KU Pelicans are off a 26-7 defeat of Henley in last week’s league opener. It was a slow start, however, as KU coach...
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