NFL: Seattle Seahawks free safety Earl Thomas’ improvement in his second season didn’t translate to more interceptions this season.
It did earn him a trip to Hawaii, though.
Thomas was named to the Pro Bowl, the league announced Tuesday. He was chosen as the starting free safety, and he is the first Seahawk to be named to the game since 2008.
While Thomas was the only Seahawk named in Tuesday’s announcement, there’s a good chance he’ll be joined by at least a teammate or two when the game is played in Hawaii on Jan. 29.
Strong safety Kam Chancellor, cornerback Brandon Browner and fullback Michael Robinson were all named first alternates to the Pro Bowl, meaning they would step in should one of the selected players be unavailable.
Also, because the Pro Bowl is now played the week before the Super Bowl, any player whose team is involved in that game will need to be replaced.
Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is a second-team alternate, while punter Jon Ryan is a third-team alternate.
EWU men open at Montana State
Men’s basketball: Eastern Washington University opens Big Sky Conference play on the road tonight against Montana State.
Tipoff is set for 5 (Pacific) at Worthington Arena in Bozeman and EWU (6-6) will be looking for its first win against an NCAA Division I opponent since Nov. 30, when it posted a 73-66 road win over Idaho.
The Eagles are paced, offensively, by junior forward Collin Chiverton, who is averaging 18 points per game. MSU (5-6) features a more balanced offense that has four players averaging between 9.5 and 11.6 points.
Following tonight’s game, Eastern stays on the road to take on Montana (7-5) on Friday. The day of the EWU-Montana game was incorrect in a story in Tuesday’s sports section.
Potter hired at Oklahoma
Women’s soccer: Washington State head coach Matt Potter, who led the Cougars to the NCAA tournament in three of the past four seasons, has resigned to become head coach at the University of Oklahoma, WSU announced Tuesday.
Potter had a record of 88-69-26 in nine years at WSU, with the 88 victories a school record.
Potter replaces Nicole Nelson, who resigned in November after four seasons. Potter inherits a Sooners squad that was 7-13 in 2011 and returns 10 starters.