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Thomas Rawls, Tyler Lockett have Seahawks back on track

Last week, Pete Carroll insisted his team's offensive performance was just a hiccup. After a 40-7 win Sunday night, it seems Carroll was right.

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Westbrook posts 5th straight triple-double in win

Thunder guard Russell Westbrook recorded his fifth consecutive triple-double in Sunday's win, the longest streak of his career and the NBA's longest since Michael Jordan's seven straight in 1989.

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Biggest NFL injuries of Week 13

Seahawks safety Earl Thomas was carted to the locker room with a left leg injury. Here are some other big names who got nicked up this week.

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The Big Story for every NFL team

Could the Lions be legitimate contenders in the NFC? Can the Seahawks overcome Earl Thomas' injury? A look at the top storylines for all 32 NFL teams heading into Week 14.

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Players recall how the biggest plays of Week 13 went down

Antonio Brown rewards Big Ben's trust; the Chiefs find creative ways to get in the end zone; Tom Brady hits a career milestone; the Bears and 49ers struggle with the forward pass. Listen to the stars describe the big moments.

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Cam's fashion statement goes awry (1:17)
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Westbrook channels his inner MJ with five straight triple-doubles (0:56)
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Bournemouth stuns Liverpool 4-3 (2:45)
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How will Arena utilize USMNT prospects?

How will the new man in charge of the U.S. men's team approach the batch of talented young players differently than his predecessor?

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Byron's shootout goal wins it for Canadiens (0:26)

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

I asked Richard Sherman what Earl Thomas said when he was laying on the field with a fractured lower leg. "He said, ‘That was a hell of a break by me,' " Sherman said. "And it was. It was a perfect break. He said, ‘I read that.' That's Earl being Earl. He wasn't talking about the injury at all. He said he read that play. He was waiting on that. And he made a play."

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Cam: I have to abide by coach's rules
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Cam Newton says he was benched for the Panthers' first series for not wearing a tie and he understands why Ron Rivera made the decision he made.

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Graham Hays espnW.com 

"If in universities we don't talk about it, where else do you talk about it? It's the time to express yourselves. It's the time to have open and honest discussions. It's the time to continue to grow and learn. I've got an extremely bright group of women that are going to do some amazing things on and off the field. I think we are a good representation of what the U.S. looks like." - USC soccer coach Keidane McAlpine on players embracing conversations about social issues throughout season.

Lockett turns on the jets for 75-yard TD
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Seattle's Tyler Lockett gets the handoff and runs past the Panthers' defense for a 75-yard touchdown.

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Seahawks clinch their 5th straight winning season. Their only other streak of at least 5 straight is 2003 to 2007.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Carolina players basically not addressing Cam Newton being benched for violating the team travel dress code.

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The Seahawks are 18-3-1 in prime time games since Pete Carroll took over as head coach. That's the best record in the NFL in that span.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers coach Ron Rivera said the loss was about a lack of discipline. Said the team didn't practice that way all week.

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The best news for the Seahawks coming out of their 40-7 win over the Panthers is that RB Thomas Rawls and WR Tyler Lockett look like they're going to be factors down the stretch. Rawls ran 15 times for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns vs. Carolina. Lockett had five catches for 63 yards to go along with a 75-yard TD run. The defense has questions to answer after safety Earl Thomas suffered a lower leg fracture, but the offense is back on track after a hiccup last week in Tampa.

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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Seahawks rout Panthers 40-7 on Sunday Night Football. The ViewFromVegas is they also easily covered after closing as 8.5-point home favorites and the game went over the betting total of 44 points. Favorites are now 9-5 ATS in Week 13 and unders dip to 8-6.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

The Panthers suffered their most embarrassing loss in a season full of embarrassments. The 40-7 setback to Seattle didn't mathematically eliminate them from playoff contention but they are done at 4-8. This one went South when NFL MVP was benched for the opening series for violating a team dress code.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

Sprint-out concept on the Russell Wilson TD pass to Jimmy Graham. That's a flat-7 (corner) combination. However, from a defensive perspective, you have to read the pre-snap keys. Reduced splits from the receivers with a back offset. That should be an alert to the sprint-out pass every time in the deep red zone. Seattle is now up 37-7 on Carolina in the fourth quarter after producing almost 500 yards of total offense.

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Westbrook just likes to win
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Russell Westbrook talks about what it feels like to record his fifth straight triple-double, the first player to do that since Michael Jordan.

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Davis just watches as Westbrook punishes the rim
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Anthony Davis is a spectator when Russell Westbrook drives the lane and slams it home with authority.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers linebacker David Mayo in the concussion protocol. That is two tonight and a league-high nine times a Carolina player has been in the protocol this season.

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Jim Bowden ESPN Senior Writer 

The most fascinating part of Day 1 of the Winter Meetings wasn't the Yankees signing of their new DH Matt Holliday but rather the residue of Edwin Encarnacion no longer having the option of the Yankees after losing his opportunity with the Astros just days earlier after they signed Beltran, The Jays pulled their offer of 4yrs $80m leaving a terrific opportunity for teams like the Rangers, Orioles and maybe even surprise teams like the Indians or Rockies to jump in and get an impact bat at a bargain. Amazing Yankees valued pick 17 of first round more than Edwin but understandable if the reason was saving financial flexibility for Harper and Machado who are both just 2 yrs from free agency.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

Cardinals QB Carson Palmer was "shocked" that coach Bruce Arians called the fourth-and-1 play late in the fourth quarter. He was getting ready to jog off the field when he got the call. At first, Palmer thought Arians wanted the offense to line up to force Washington to burn a timeout. That clearly wasn't the plan. "But obviously a great call," Palmer said. "Phenomenal execution and Dave (running back David Johnson) did the rest." Johnson ran for 14 yards to keep the drive alive.

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Josh Weinfuss ESPN Staff Writer 

"It was a gutsy call that I knew coach would make. I mean what do we have to lose at this point? At 4-6-1, we needed to win this ballgame." -- Cardinals WR Larry Fitzgerald on coach Bruce Arians' decision to go for it on fourth-and-1, which resulted in a 14-yard run by David Johnson.

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

The Seahawks' offense has scored on six of nine possessions so far tonight. The team punted for the first time with a little more than six minutes left in the third quarter. Quite the contrast from a week ago when Seattle managed just one field goal on 11 offensive possessions in a loss to the Bucs.

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Griffin and Jordan connect for alley-oop
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Blake Griffin lobs the ball up to DeAndre Jordan in the final minutes of the first quarter as the Clips extend their lead over the Pacers.

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Darren Rovell ESPN Senior Writer 

There are currently 1,473 upper level seats to the Fiesta Bowl (Ohio State-Clemson) selling for below face value.

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David Newton ESPN Staff Writer 

Panthers cornerback Daryl Worley goes into the concussion protocol for the second time this season.

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Kevin Seifert NFL Nation 

Seeing a lot of speculation about the true nature of Panthers QB Cam Newton's one-play benching tonight. Let's just say this: If it was in fact for a dress code violation, and there had been no previous issues or ongoing concerns, it would be an exceptionally rare discipline for an NFL player.

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Sheil Kapadia ESPN Writer 

Seahawks RB Thomas Rawls was back on the field with the Seahawks for the first drive of the second half after undergoing concussion protocol in the second quarter.

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Matt Bowen ESPN Staff Writer 

The injury to Earl Thomas will have a major impact on the Seahawks defense moving forward. Thomas has the best range in the game. And that allows Seattle to lean on single-high safety defenses because of his ability to consistently close the seam and the post. Really tough to replace Thomas' speed, ball skills and football IQ in the deep middle of the field given the scheme and the technique Seattle uses in the secondary.

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