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Associated Press

Posted on December 26, 2012 at 10:04 PM


Playoff bound Seattle hopes to play with edge

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Earl Thomas says there is no room on the Seattle Seahawks bandwagon.

If you weren't on the ride already, Thomas says it's too late.

There are plenty of folks latching on to the Seahawks considering how they are surging toward the postseason. Seattle won its fourth straight game when it beat up NFC West-leading San Francisco 42-13 on Sunday night before a national TV audience.

Seattle (10-5) was already rolling with consecutive games reaching the 50-point mark. But that came against lesser competition in blowouts of Arizona and Buffalo.

The win over the 49ers legitimized everything Seattle has been building. The Seahawks scored with ease on what was the top scoring defense in the NFL, led by rookie Russell Wilson's four TD passes.

And they showed the country how tough an out the Seahawks could be in the postseason.


Washington RB coach added to Razorbacks staff

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (BEE'-leh-mah) says Washington running backs coach Joel Thomas will join the Razorbacks in the same position.

Thomas has spent the past four seasons at Washington and has previously coached running backs at Purdue, Louisville and Idaho.

Bielema says Thomas' background in recruiting — particularly in Texas — is a strong draw for the Razorbacks. Thomas has also worked under new Arkansas offensive coordinator Jim Chaney.

Thomas coached the Huskies' running backs in Saturday's loss to Boise State in the MAACO Bowl. In the loss, Washington running back Bishop Sankey recorded 205 rushing yards and was named the bowl's most valuable player.

Thomas replaces running backs coach Tim Horton as Bielema hand-picks his staff for next season.


No news from NHL labor front

UNDATED (AP) — The NHL's labor dispute drags on and there appears to be no end in sight.

Christmas marks Day 101 of the league's lockout of the players. The two sides haven't met for in-person talks in 12 days and no new negotiating session has been planned.

So far, the NHL has cancelled all games through Jan. 14, including the New Year's Day Winter Classic and All-Star weekend.