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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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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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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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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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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In sports briefs from Thursday, the Cleveland Browns are still not practicing ahead of their playoff game on Sunday amid a COVID-19 outbreak, and the Cleveland Indians send a couple of big-name players to the New York Mets.

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As Seahawks safety Jamal Adams spoke with reporters via Zoom on Wednesday, he delivered a statement as definitive as the hits he lays on opponents: He will play Saturday in their wild-card playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Stephen Curry let it fly from way out under pressure with a minute-plus left for another perfect swish on the way to a career-high 62 points, and the Golden State Warriors beat Portland 137-122 on Sunday night to split the two-game set with the Trail Blazers.

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From the rested in Kansas City and Pittsburgh to the relieved in Cleveland, Chicago and Los Angeles, the field for the Super Bowl chase is set. There are some powerhouses and some pretenders — and a team with a losing record.

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Damian Lillard joined Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler as the only Portland players to score 15,000 points for the franchise, finishing with 34 as the Trail Blazers spoiled Golden State’s home opener with a 123-98 win over the Warriors.

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DK Metcalf is six yards shy of besting Steve Largent’s single-season Seattle Seahawks franchise record for receiving yards in a season. Largent had 1,287 receiving yards in 1985, the best of a nine-season run during which the Hall of Famer topped 1,000 yards eight times.

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Becky Hammon became the first woman to coach an NBA team, taking over the San Antonio Spurs after coach Gregg Popovich was ejected in a 121-107 loss to LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night.