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Posted on January 29, 2014 at 12:04 PM


Wilson gives hugs, talks hair during media day

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Within the first five minutes, Russell Wilson called an audible.

The Seattle Seahawks quarterback — somewhat overlooked at this Super Bowl by the QB on the other sideline — briefly stopped answering questions, came down from his podium and fulfilled the wish of an older woman named Josephine wearing the jersey of teammate Richard Sherman.

All she wanted was a hug and an autograph.

While there was plenty of attention on Seattle's QB yesterday, it was less than the hoard that surrounded Sherman or even the short availability of running back Marshawn Lynch. Wilson was peppered about growing out his hair — a mix between Bruno Mars and Michael Jackson he says — his faith, his friendship with Grammy winning rapper Macklemore and even tried answering a question in Spanish.


Richard Sherman is downright charming on media day

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Not surprisingly, Richard Sherman couldn't wait to start talking.

Even before his allotted hour began at Super Bowl media day, Seattle's polarizing cornerback began answering questions from a podium set up in the middle of a hockey arena in downtown Newark. By the time the official clock began on the Seahawks' session yesterday, Sherman was already on question No. 6.

He presented a much different side than that angry 20-second rant after the NFC championship game, which sparked a national debate over sportsmanship and racial attitudes. Sherman was charming, funny and didn't raise his voice at all. He said he was glad to have the chance to show there's more to him than what people saw after he made the play that clinched Seattle's victory over San Francisco.


Randolph leads Grizzlies past Blazers 98-91

PORTLAND, OR. (AP) — Zach Randolph scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds and Mike Conley added 10 points and seven assists to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 98-81 victory against the Portland Trail Blazers last night.

Marc Gasol had 15 points and eight rebounds and Courtney Lee scored 12 points for the Grizzlies (23-20), who have won three straight and seven of eight.

Lamarcus Aldridge had 27 points and 16 rebounds as the Blazers (33-13) slipped three games behind Northwest Division-leading Oklahoma City and had their home winning streak snapped at five.

Randolph registered his 27th double-double of the season as well as his franchise-leading 190th for the Grizzlies, who shot 51.8 percent and led from start to finish.

Portland fell to 18-5 at home.


French defender Mikael Silvestre leaves Timbers

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — French defender Mikael Silvestre and Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers have agreed to terminate his contract following an injury shortened season.

Silvestre signed with the Timbers last February and made eight league appearances before tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on May 2 during a game against New England.

The agreement to end the deal for the 36-year-old player was announced Monday.

Silvestre says he and his family enjoyed their time in Oregon and plan to stay there for the "foreseeable future."

Silvestre played for Rennes (1997-98), Inter Milan (1998-99), Manchester United (1999-08), Arsenal (2008-10) and Werder Bremen (2010-12). He made 40 appearances for France's national team from 2001-06.