Seahawks climb atop AP Pro32 power ranking
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have jumped the Denver Broncos to take over the top spot in the AP Pro32 power rankings, just ahead of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs.
The Broncos, who lost 39-33 to Indianapolis on Sunday night, dropped from a unanimous No. 1 a week ago to third in balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL.
The Saints and Colts rounded out the top five.
Seattle received seven first-place votes after improving to 6-1 with a 34-22 rout of the Cardinals last Thursday. The Chiefs earned four first-place votes after a 17-16 victory over the Texans left them as the NFL's lone unbeaten team. Indianapolis also earned a first-place vote.
The Jaguars were ranked last for the seventh straight week.
Robinson back as Seahawks return from break
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pro Bowl fullback Michael Robinson is back with the Seattle Seahawks after being cut by the team during training camp.
What came to light Tuesday as Robinson spoke at the Seahawks practice facility was the seriousness of his illness during training camp that caused him to be hospitalized twice and to lose 30 pounds.
Robinson was signed by the Seahawks after Derrick Coleman suffered a hamstring injury in Thursday's win over Arizona. Seattle placed Spencer Ware, out since Week 2 with a high-ankle sprain, on injured reserve.
Robinson said his illness was a bad reaction to a prescription medication and dehydration. He initially thought he was just coming down with the flu, but the illness became serious enough that doctors were concerned about how his liver and kidneys were functioning.
Harvin hopes to get back soon for Seattle
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Percy Harvin was back on the practice field for the Seattle Seahawks on Tuesday.
When he finally gets into a game is still unknown.
Harvin was limited in his return to practice for the Seahawks. It was his first work with the team since undergoing hip surgery in early August. Harvin said a bone in his hip was impacting his labrum and causing pain. He said it was a "cut and dry" decision to have the surgery, but difficult to accept joining a new team.
Harvin said he wants to get back into a game as soon as he can, but wants to be smart and not return too soon. Harvin has not played in a regular-season game since Week 9 of last season when he was with Minnesota and suffered an ankle injury against the Seahawks.
No. 8 Stanford getting relief ahead of key games
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford is getting some much-needed relief just when it needs it most.
Coach David Shaw said Tuesday that wide receiver Devon Cajuste could practice later this week and play Saturday when the eighth-ranked Cardinal (6-1, 4-1 Pac-12) visit Oregon State (6-1, 4-0). He said an MRI exam on Cajuste's right knee showed no ligament damage.
Cajuste caught seven passes for 109 yards in a 24-10 win over UCLA last Saturday. Stanford's No. 2 receiver left with a right knee injury early in the fourth quarter.
Kicker Jordan Williamson also could return against the Beavers after sitting out against UCLA with a leg injury. Redshirt freshman Conrad Ukropina missed a critical 46-yard field goal in the fourth quarter but connected from 31 yards earlier in his first career attempt.
Leach not too disappointed in 4-4 record
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State is only 4-4 heading into its first bye week of the season, but coach Mike Leach says he is not too disappointed in his team.
The Cougars' losses are to No. 2 Oregon, No. 8 Stanford, No. 11 Auburn and Oregon State.
Leach said Tuesday the combined record of the teams WSU has lost to is 25-3.
The Cougars have also played eight games in the first eight weeks of the season, leaving players a bit banged up.
Washington State doesn't even get the benefit of a full bye week. Their next game is Thursday, Oct. 31, against Arizona State. They resume practice this Thursday.
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Developing Blazers add C Robin Lopez and depth
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers now have a real center and some much-needed depth.
With those two deficiencies addressed in the offseason, the Blazers see no reason they can't contend in the NBA's power-packed Western Conference.
General manager Neil Olshey says he believes the Blazers are talented enough with their core starters and new additions to return to the playoffs this year.
The core includes two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, Rookie of the Year point guard Damian Lillard, forward Nicolas Batum and shooting guard Wesley Matthews.
New to the starting lineup is 7-foot-center Robin Lopez, whom the Blazers acquired in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Sacramento.
High expectations surround Lady Vols' Russell
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee center Mercedes Russell will begin her college career as the Lady Vols' most heralded incoming freshman since Candace Parker, a player she grew up idolizing and recently met.
Russell was on vacation this summer when she stopped by a Los Angeles Sparks practice and spoke briefly with Parker, a WNBA most valuable player and two-time Olympic gold-medal winner. Russell said Parker "told me just to work hard."
Russell must follow that advice to live up to the expectations accompanying her arrival. She makes her debut Nov. 8 when Tennessee opens its season at Middle Tennessee.
Russell, a 6-foot-6 freshman, was rated as the nation's No. 1 player in her class by multiple recruiting services. The Springfield (Ore.) graduate was named the Gatorade national high school player of the year.