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Seahawks ponder strategy for draft

NFL: Seahawks general manager John Schneider (pictured) says he would like to “move back” from having the 25th pick in next week’s NFL draft to help stockpile picks in the middle rounds.

Schneider spoke on Monday, preparing for his second draft in charge of the Seahawks.

Seattle is without a third-round pick and with plenty of holes to fill. Most of the attention has focused on taking a quarterback with its first pick considering the questions about the return of Matt Hasselbeck, who is a free agent.

Schneider said looking at quarterbacks will always be a focus in every draft he runs, but he thinks Seattle has a chance to be successful with picks in the middle rounds.

Associated Press

Bucs, Bears slated to play Wembley

NFL: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will play the Chicago Bears at London’s Wembley Stadium in October if the season isn’t altered by a labor dispute.

The league said Monday that the Bucs will return to the British capital for the second time in three years, having lost to the New England Patriots at Wembley in 2009.

For the Bears, the game on Oct. 23 will mark the 25th anniversary of having played a preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys at the stadium.

However, the league and its locked-out players have yet to reach a deal on a new labor agreement, meaning the 2011 season could be in jeopardy.

Associated Press

Karl wishes Seattle still had NBA team

NBA: George Karl wishes there was still a team in Seattle.

The coach with the best winning percentage in SuperSonics history, who also led the team to its last appearance in the NBA finals, said Monday that he’s “a huge fan of Oklahoma City, other than you took my team out of Seattle.”

Karl says he believes Seattle still deserves an NBA team and he’s sad to hear that the city doesn’t seem to be moving closer to getting one.

Associated Press

Regional format to be single–elim

Prep basketball: The WIAA on Monday slightly tweaked the boys and girls state tournament format.

Beginning next year, the state qualifying games at regional sites in all classifications will be regional games and single elimination. That will keep higher-seeded teams from losing a game at regionals and moving on to the three-day state tourney and being able to capture a state title.