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Williams leads surging Dolphins

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – He may be 32, but Ricky Williams is far from done. And even without Ronnie Brown, the once written-off Miami Dolphins are back in the playoff picture. …


Brains take a beating in NFL

Washington Redskins kick returner Rock Cartwright remembers his brain “shaking like a bell” when he was walloped in a game against the New York Giants a few years ago. “You …


Seahawks say right things

RENTON, Wash. – Jim Mora says his team still believes it can make the postseason. T.J. Houshmandzadeh doesn’t expect the Seahawks to lose again this season.


Belichick defends fourth-down gamble

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – In the face of mounting criticism, New England coach Bill Belichick on Monday defended his decision to go for it on fourth down Sunday, a tactic that …


Officiating crew riles Mora

RENTON — Opposing quarterbacks beware. Jim Mora is out for blood. Or, to be more precise, he’s out for air. Put a forearm in the throat of quarterback Matt Hasselbeck? …


Ravens struggle to easy win

CLEVELAND – For 30 minutes, the Baltimore Ravens were inefficient, unproductive and disorganized. In 17 seconds, they changed all that. Ray Rice scored on a 13-yard run and safety Dawan …


Cardinals storm back to beat Hawks 14-0

GLENDALE, Ariz. – The Seahawks played a lot better in their second go-around with defending NFC champs, but it still wasn’t enough. A week after overcoming an early double-digit deficit …


Colts win in the clutch

INDIANAPOLIS – A stunning gamble by Bill Belichick set up a stunning win for Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts. After the New England Patriots were stopped short on fourth …


Hasselbeck’s health ‘best it’s been’

RENTON, Wash. – His ribs aren’t fully healed. He couldn’t throw deep passes last week, and he often threw almost sidearm because his shoulder ached. Yet Matt Hasselbeck says his …


Niners pick off rare win

SAN FRANCISCO – Mike Singletary didn’t exactly hand it to his old team. That didn’t matter – Jay Cutler handed the desperate San Francisco 49ers a much-needed win. Frank Gore …


Seahawks coordinator Knapp would rather run

RENTON, Wash. – Greg Knapp was having a San Francisco flashback. The former assistant to Steve Mariucci and George Seifert thought he was coaching another one of Steve Young’s aerial …


Hawks won’t pass on run

RENTON – With a sore shoulder and still-healing ribs, quarterback Matt Hasselbeck had the game in his hands Sunday, and the decision to lean heavily on the passing game paid …


Ex-WV star, three other ‘88 grads from area played in NFL

The timing was perfect last Thursday to catch up on the whereabouts of Tim Hanshaw and chat. “I have all the time in the world,” the ex-West Valley, BYU and …


Defense keys Steelers’ win

DENVER – Rarely has playing it safe paid off so well for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Tyrone Carter started in place of safety Ryan Clark as a precaution Monday night and …


Hawks roar back, beat Detroit 32-20

SEATTLE – Having dug themselves into a huge hole early, the Seahawks still had one thing going for them Sunday afternoon. They were playing the Lions.


Colts edge Texans, now 8-0

INDIANAPOLIS – The Colts have no problems with close games – as long as they keep winning them. Peyton Manning delivered a milestone performance, Joseph Addai produced a second straight …


Hall cries foul

Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall says he will file a complaint with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell about what Hall says were cheap shots delivered by coaches on his former team during …


Detroit gives Seattle chance to regroup

The statement Seahawks coach Jim Mora made after last week’s loss in Dallas echoed around his team this week.


Rankin rates high with James gone

RENTON, Wash. – Louis Rankin may not have impressed scouts enough to hear his name called in the 2008 draft, but he has shown Seahawks coaches enough for Seattle to …


Seahawks part ways with James

RENTON, Wash. – Edgerrin James reached a major milestone Sunday. Two days later the veteran running back was out of work. James, who two days earlier became the 10th-leading rusher …


Seahawks doomed in Dallas

ARLINGTON, Texas – New venue, same old story for the Seahawks. Perhaps the same could be said for Seattle’s 2009 season.


Favre, Vikings top Pack

Brett Favre jogged out of the tunnel in a purple helmet. He might as well have been wearing a black hat.


Bears pay homage to Walter Payton

Ten years to the day he died, Walter Payton was honored by the Chicago Bears with a ceremony at halftime of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. The crowd roared …


Packing to play Pack

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Before Brett Favre’s first preseason game with Minnesota, a meaningless performance featuring all of six snaps, he was nervous and nauseous. In the last hours before …


Jones won’t play this year

RENTON, Wash. – Never one to bask in attention, Walter Jones sat down in front of prying eyes and ears. And he sighed. “Oh, man,” the Seahawks’ six-time All-Pro left …


There’s nowhere to run for Hawks

In their last game, despite a horrible first half, the Seattle Seahawks were down only 14 points when they started the second half with the ball. The Seahawks opened the …


Eagles blow past Redskins

LANDOVER, Md. – DeSean Jackson scored on a 67-yard run and a 57-yard reception, both in the first half. His night might have been perfect if his tender right ankle …


Jones’ return still up in air

RENTON – Walter Jones has not played since Seattle’s Thanksgiving loss in Dallas last November. There has been no indication his next game will be in Dallas this November when …


Trial for accused Collier shooter

An ex-convict accused of shooting and paralyzing Jacksonville Jaguars offensive lineman Richard Collier is going on trial. Jury selection began Monday in Jacksonville, Fla., in the trial on attempted murder …


Norman Chad: NFL a love-hate relationship

Every Sunday, I sit in a bar, look up at multiple TV screens and wonder, “What am I doing with myself?” People, what are we doing with ourselves?