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To hear many in the NFL tell it, the spread offense in college football is the worst invention since the adobe submarine. Offensive linemen who make it to the NFL have no experience in the three-point stance used in run-blocking, which accounts for much of the epidemic of dorky offenses plaguing the league, including right here in Field Goal City.

The O-line problems of the Seahawks and throughout the NFL are pinned on use of spread offenses in colleges. Justin Britt suggested a short cut that worked for him: Ask questions.
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The Pac-12 Conference Tuesday announced game times and television selections for the 2017-18 men's college basketball season. The Washington Huskies, in their first campaign under new head coach Mike Hopkins, are on national television at least seven times.

The University of Washington men's basketball team will be featured on national television at least seven times during the 2017-18 season.
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Seattle (1-1) defeated NFC West foe San Francisco 12-9 Sunday thanks to QB Russell Wilson’s 22nd fourth-quarter comeback and no thanks to the best offensive player at CenturyLink Field, 49ers RB Carlos Hyde, who gained 124 yards on 15 carries and twice set up field goals with long runs.

San Francisco RB Carlos Hyde is the only opposing running back to post 100-yard rushing games at the Clink in consecutive seasons.
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Asked if there was anything that would keep the Uptown Alliance from saying yes to the low-risk but high-pressure $600 million private proposal to make KeyArena a world-class entertainment showcase, Deborah Frausto paused, then perked up.

The $600 million plan to renovate KeyArena seeks to open for the 2020 NHL season, a timeline even the city calls "very aggressive." Will neighborhood needs get overlooked?
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After taking three in a row at Texas, the Mariners were broomed out of Minute Maid Park in Houston Sunday (box), losing the series finale 7-1 as Justin Verlander beat them for the second time in 12 days. The only good news for Seattle, which dropped six consecutive games to the Astros and 14 of 19 for the season, is that it doesn't have to play the AL West champions again. Not that it matters much: The Mariners fell 4.5 games behind Minnesota for the second AL wild card with 12 to play.

Felix Hernandez and James Paxton returned, but it was hardly enough as a sweep by the Astros put the Mariners 4.5 games behind Minnesota for the second wild card spot.
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And you thought the drama in the home opener was in watching the Seahawks season go down the drain with a second consecutive touchdown-free game. Behind the scenes, in the first quarter, the real drama was in the locker room when the escape from the infernal abyss began to come together.

A lot of ugly permeated the Seahawks' 12-9 win over the 49ers, but the last two possessions, carried mostly by the legs of Russell Wilson, offered a glimmer.
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Fall training done, the sixth-ranked Washington Huskies (3-0) soon will have to go to class during the day, then go to work in the afternoon prepping for opponents of a caliber similar to their own. If they take anything from the eggless omelette of the preseason, which concluded Saturday night with a 48-16 win (box) over overwhelmed Fresno State, it is that they have a singular weapon capable of bending foes to his will and skill.

Besides a 77-yard punt return that tied the NCAA career record, Dante Pettis caught three other touchdowns and threw a 36-yard pass completion. What else you got, coach Pete?
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Despite missing a couple of days of practice because of a sore hamstring, CB Richard Sherman was assessed as good to go for the Seahawks' home opener at 1:25 p.m. Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, at least according to coach Pete Carroll. The NFL official injury report still lists him as questionable.

CB Richard Sherman returned to practice from hamstring soreness and seems ready to go in home opener Sunday; CB Jeremy Lane learned his ejection was unworthy of a fine.
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It's probably one of the more astonishing factoids in college football this season, but because it doesn't reflect well on anyone, it isn't brought up much: The first two seasonal opponents for Fresno State, which plays Washington Saturday at Husky Stadium (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) were Alabama and, ahem, the University of the Incarnate Word.

The Huskies have another lollipop Saturday in Fresno State, which has the weirdest non-conference schedule. Last week, it played Alabama. The week before: Incarnate Word.
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Lost in the lamentations over a kitten-soft offensive line Sunday was the fact that, despite the absence of a veteran cornerback and the presence of a rookie, the Seahawks defense pitched a first-half shutout against QB Aaron Rodgers, a first for him in 13 NFL seasons.

Given that the Packers rung up 38 points on Seattle in December, holding them to 17 for the game was akin to denying the Kraken a pirate ship. No one has seen such a thing.

Rookie CB Shaquill Griffin had a substantial debut in the pressure-cooker of Lambeau Field/Aaron Rodgers. His cool comes in part from knowing how to deal with big storms.
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Gathered Tuesday morning at a small plaza at the north end of KeyArena next to radio station KEXP, media members and other interested parties awaited a press conference by the Seattle mayor's office and Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke to discuss details of the draft memorandum of understanding they signed to create a grand concert hall/hockey arena/monument to Ed Murray at the Seattle Center.

After Mayor Ed Murray's scandal-driven resignation Tuesday, it is reasonable to ask, given its history here, why the NBA would want to come back to a building owned by this city.
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If Seattle Mayor Ed Murray and Oak View Group CEO Tim Leiweke get their way and all goes well, a spectacular makeover of what was KeyArena will debut in October 2020 that will include the city's National Hockey League team and concerts by world-renowned artists. The 2020 completion date assumes that construction would begin in October 2018.

As a sex scandal forces mayor Ed Murray from office, the city and Oak View Group Tuesday unveiled a deal for the construction of a $600 million arena at Seattle Center.
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After a loss, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll's favorite all-purpose descriptor for his take on the outcome is: "Disappointing." It's a safe word not only because it's true, it doesn't reflect anger or despair, two emotions in a long season that Carroll deploys almost never. When he does, it counts.

Lost in the heaping of lamentations upon the offensive line was the absence of any influence on the Green Bay game by TE Jimmy Graham. Pete Carroll took public notice Monday.
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The 44,697 who came to the Clink in search of good soccer received a double serving of emotional catharsis Sunday night. But the main event was bloody and stiff. In a match featuring 28 fouls, seven players cautioned, and one sent off, players lost their tempers and fans lost their minds in a bitter 1-1 draw with Sigi Schmid’s LA Galaxy.

The Sounders drew 1-1 Sunday with the Galaxy, whose coach, Sigi Schmid, knew all the buttons to push to turn the rivalry into the torrid affair of seasons past.
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Given the bleakness that attended the performance of the offensive line, the Seahawks didn't deserve to win. At the same time, they can say beyond all question that they didn't deserve to lose Sunday's season-opening game in Green Bay because of two phantom calls on what proved to be the biggest play in another traditionally lamentable Sunday afternoon for Seattle at Lambeau Field.

Given the bleakness that attended the performance of the offensive line, the Seahawks didn’t deserve to win. At the same time, they can say beyond all question that they didn’t deserve to lose Sunday’s season-opening game in Green Bay because …
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The Seahawks have done a lot of positive things since 2010 under Pete Carroll. But the one thing they haven't done is beat Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Rodgers took advantage of a 12-men-on-the-field penalty late in the third quarter Sunday with a 32-yard TD pass to WR Jordy Nelson, all but clinching what became a 17-9 Packers victory.

The Seahawks offense couldn't generate much of anything, losing out on lost two potential TDs and were defeated Sunday for the eighth consecutive time at Lambeau Field.
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