SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are the first NFL team to clinch a playoff berth following Monday's 34-7 rout of New Orleans. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns as the Seahawks improved to a league-best 11-1 while dropping the 9-3 Saints into a first-place tie with Carolina in the NFC South. Drew Brees (breez) threw for just 147 yards for the Saints, who had only 12 first downs and 188 total yards in their lowest-scoring output since Sean Payton became head coach in 2006.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Steve Sarkisian (sahr-KEE'-zhuhn) has been named the head coach at Southern California, leaving Washington after going 34-29 in five seasons with the Huskies. The former Trojans assistant under Pete Carroll is the permanent replacement for Lane Kiffin, his former co-offensive coordinator at USC under Carroll. Sarkisian was selected over Ed Orgeron (OHR'-zhur-ahn), who led the Trojans to a 6-2 record after replacing Kiffin on an interim basis in October.
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Wake Forest coach Jim Grobe (grohb) is resigning after 13 seasons at the school, saying it's probably good for the program to have some new energy and a new direction. The AP national coach of the year in 2006 was 77-82 with the Demon Deacons and shares the program record for coaching victories with D.C. "Peahead" Walker. The 61-year-old Grobe finishes with a career record of 110-115-1 in a combined 19 years at Wake Forest and Ohio.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Pacers still own the NBA's best record, but their seven-game winning streak is over after LeMarcus Aldridge had team highs of 28 points and 10 rebounds in Portland's 106-102 victory over Indiana. Damian Lillard added 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who overcame Paul George's 43 points and improved to 15-3. The Pacers are 16-2.
DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray. The 29-year-old Fister was 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA this year, and 32-20 in two-plus seasons with the Tigers.