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Seahawks Reassert Championship Form

Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times

When He's on, Curry Can't Be Stopped

Monte Poole, CSN Bay Area

Carr Proving Best of Rookie QB Crop

Greg Gabriel, National Football Post

A Putrid Setback in a Playoff Season

Sam Mellinger, Kansas City Star

They’re the Seahawks again. They’re the punishing, taunting, big, bad bully of the NFC West again. And most important, they look like a great team capable of anything again. On...(full article)

As good as he had been through 12 games, we knew Stephen Curry was capable of more. The Warriors point guard was going to demoralize some poor team, and soon. The only questions we...(full article)

Lyle Alzado was a throwback to the days before television, when the gridiron was patrolled by oversized coal miners and West Texas psychopaths.   Featured on Friday's edition ...(full article)

While the Oakland Raiders have not had a very good year, rookie second-round draft pick Derek Carr has had an excellent season. Thursday night in poor conditions, Carr led the Ra...(full article)

The excuses are right there on a platter with butter and an assortment of dipping sauces for the hungry folks looking to devour some assurance. Short week. On the road. The Raide...(full article)

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