In sports briefs from Tuesday, Gonzaga's game vs. Pepperdine on Thursday is now at 6 p.m., the NBA and its players put more COVID-19 safety measures in place after five postponed games, and No. 7 Michigan remains undefeated with a rout of No. 9 Wisconsin.

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Corey Kispert had 17 points and five rebounds and No. 1 Gonzaga overcame a slow start with a surge to end the first half, pulling away late to beat rival Saint Mary’s 73-59 for its 18th straight victory spanning the past two seasons.

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I'm sure many people were parsing quarterback Russell Wilson's words and reading his body language Thursday, searching for signs of discontent in the wake of the jarring end to the Seahawks' season, Pete Carroll's stated desire to run the ball more often and the subsequent firing of offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.

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In sports briefs from Thursday, Urban Meyer takes over as head coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, 49ers DC Robert Saleh takes over as coach of the Jets, and Jared Goff will start for the Rams in Green Bay on Saturday.

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Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka was among the earliest arrivals in Melbourne on one of the 15 charter flights bringing players and officials into the city for the first Grand Slam tennis tournament of the year.

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The New Orleans Saints' 21-9 victory over the Chicago Bears was the most-watched game of wild card weekend, averaging 30.65 million viewers. In an age when even debates about favorite foods draw debate, the 2 billion impressions on social media was overwhelmingly positive. Nickelodeon was Twitter's No. 1 trending topic during the game, and #NickWildCard and Spongebob were in the top 10.

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In sports briefs from Wednesday, the Rockets trade disgruntled James Harden to Brooklyn a part of a four-team deal, and MLB suspends political contributions following the invasion of the US Capitol.

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Damian Lillard scored eight of his season-high 40 points in the final four minutes, and the Portland Trail Blazers tied a franchise record with 23 3-pointers to beat the Sacramento Kings 132-126 on Wednesday night for their fourth straight victory.

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Ex-Washington State quarterback Anthony Gordon has signed a futures contract with the reigning NFL champion Kansas City Chiefs, where he'll have an opportunity to learn under the tutelage of former NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes and two-time Super Bowl champion coach Andy Reid. ESPN's Field Yates first reported the news.

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Just over a week after a report said the Detroit Lions and possibly other teams might pursue general manager John Schneider, the Seahawks on Tuesday announced a five-year contract extension that will keep him in Seattle through the 2027 NFL draft.

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In sports briefs from Tuesday, Gonzaga's game vs. Pepperdine on Thursday is now at 6 p.m., the NBA and its players put more COVID-19 safety measures in place after five postponed games, and No. 7 Michigan remains undefeated with a rout of No. 9 Wisconsin.

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Even in a league where scoring was at an all-time high, with more touchdowns than ever, defense becomes a priceless commodity in the NFL postseason. Ask the quarterbacks who were victimized by it, including a Super Bowl winner, the Seahawks' Russell Wilson.

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The NHL played outdoors in the shadow of the Green Monster at Fenway Park, on consecutive days at Dodger Stadium and Yankee Stadium, and at Chicago's Soldier Field. This year's outdoor games will be in a unique, picturesque setting: along the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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The Seattle Seahawks fired offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer on Tuesday following a season in which the team set several offensive records but coach Pete Carroll had clear issues with how the offense operated.

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Kamie Ethridge was surprised to hear that Washington State had never been ranked before. Now the Cougars coach can add that to the team's list of accomplishments: They entered The Associated Press women's college basketball poll at No. 25 on Monday.