December 31, 2013 in Sports

Seahawks finish atop power poll

 
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NFL: The Seattle Seahawks have finished the 2013 season atop the Associated Press power rankings, just ahead of the Denver Broncos.

In balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL, the Seahawks, Broncos and San Francisco 49ers were the top three teams in the AP Pro32. They also were at the top of the poll heading into the season, with the 49ers first, followed by the Seahawks and Broncos.

NFC West champion Seattle grabbed eight first-place votes Monday and 380 points. AFC West winner Denver got the other four first-place choices and 372 points. Both had 13-3 records and are the top seeds in each conference.

Denver finished first for the 2012 season.

Houston, which began the schedule ranked fifth, finished last with 13 points.

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GU: Women out, men stand firm

College basketball: The Gonzaga women were the lone Top 25 team to lose this past week, falling in overtime to WCC rival Saint Mary’s, and falling out of the AP poll for the first time this season.

With GU out, there are no mid-major teams left in the Top 25. It’s the first time since Nov. 21, 2011, that there isn’t a team from one of the mid-major conferences in the rankings.

• Arizona and Syracuse lead the same top five teams in the Associated Press men’s poll for the fourth straight week. Gonzaga stayed at No. 24.

In the USA Today coaches poll, the Zags remained at No. 21.

Sounders will host Tottenham

Soccer: The Seattle Sounders will host Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in a summer exhibition match on July 19.

Seattle announced the friendly on Monday, adding to an impressive list of exhibitions the Sounders have hosted. The match will take place less than a week after the conclusion of the World Cup.

This will be Seattle’s first exhibition match since 2012 after not hosting a friendly last season. Seattle hosted Chelsea in 2012, Manchester United in 2011, and both Chelsea and FC Barcelona in 2009. The Sounders are winless in those four matches.

Tottenham’s visit is part of a preseason tour of the U.S. It is also scheduled to face the Chicago Fire on July 26.

Idaho’s Madison honored again

Men’s College basketball: Idaho senior forward Stephen Madison collected his third Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week honor of the season on Monday.

Madison poured in a career-high 35 points to go with 10 rebounds and two assists in a loss to Montana on Dec. 28.


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