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Browner continuing growth with Seattle

Browner continuing growth with Seattle

RENTON, Wash. (AP) A year after making the transition from Canadian Football League player to Pro Bowl cornerback, Brandon Browner is continuing to prove his value to the Seattle Seahawks.

Browner came up with two key plays to help the Seahawks earn their first road win of the season, a 16-12 victory over the Carolina Panthers last Sunday, including a strip and fumble recovery that helped shift the momentum back in Seattle's favor. He later teamed with Marcus Trufant to stop the Panthers' Louis Murphy at the 1 on a critical third and goal in the fourth quarter.

``I don't think you can find a better football play in the fourth quarter than Brandon Brown makes when he takes the football away from them. It's just an extraordinary play. But that stop on the goal line with Brandon and Marcus, that was the game right there in front of us, so it was really cool,'' coach Pete Carroll said.

Browner joined the Seahawks last year after spending four years with the Calgary Stampeders of the CFL. He fit in perfectly with Seattle's physical pressing defense. His six interceptions were tied for fourth-most in the league and he was one of three members of the Seahawks' secondary to make the Pro Bowl in 2011.

``I feel like I'm playing well, but there's always room for improvement,'' Browner said. ``I could be 13 years into the league and still feel like I have things I can work on.''

His improvements have included drawing fewer penalties.

Browner was the most penalized player in the league last year with 19 penalties on the season. He had four multi-penalty games and only had three games without incurring a penalty. Through five games this season, Browner has had just four penalties called against him. After compiling six defensive pass interference calls a year ago, he has yet to be called for one this season. He's also played two penalty-free games.

``I think all the calls that he got last year weren't always on him,'' fellow cornerback Richard Sherman said. ``You just have to get used to seeing how he plays. He's a real aggressive, he's a real powerful physical being and I think a lot of times last year he got flagged because they just didn't understand how he was in position to do what he was doing.''

Browner and Sherman form a formidable pair to throw against. Panthers receiver Steve Smith was targeted 13 times against the Seahawks and was held to just four catches for 40 yards. According to STATS LLC, Browner has been targeted 26 times this season and allowed just 11 receptions through five games.

Browner and Sherman will be in for a challenge this week as the New England Patriots and the league's top-ranked offense visit Seattle. Defensive coordinator Gus Bradley is going to rely on Browner and Sherman to carry the load against the Patriots.

``Our corners are key each and every week and they're going to be key this week. They're going to be challenged,'' Bradley said. ``...We know they're going to attack the outside. There's going to be a lot of one-on-one matchups and we've seen that throughout the year. It starts with those guys being able to hold up out there.''

Notes: C Max Unger (hip), DT Clinton McDonald (groin) and DT Jaye Howard did not practice Thursday. ... RB Marshawn Lynch (back) returned to full participation after being limited Wednesday. ... G John Moffitt (knee) is out for Sunday's game.

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

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Team USA reclaims women's hockey gold from Canada in instant Olympic classic

GANGNEUNG, South Korea  -- The Americans' gold medal drought in women's hockey -- finally -- is over.

Even though they needed the first shootout in an Olympic women's final to do it.

Twenty long years after taking gold when the sport debuted in 1998 at Nagano, the United States snapped Canada's streak of four straight Olympic golds Thursday with a 3-2 shootout victory.

Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson scored in the sixth round of the shootout to start the Americans piling over the boards, throwing gloves in the air before huddling and hugging on the ice.

Gigi Marvin and Amanda Kessel also scored in the shootout. Monique Lamoureux-Morando tied it up with a breakaway with 6:21 left in regulation.

Hilary Knight also had a goal.

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Maddie Rooney made 29 saves for the win against their archrival. The 20-year-old goalie stopped the last two Canadian shooters in the shootout in Brianne Jenner and then Meghan Agosta on her second attempt.

It was sweet redemption for the 10 Americans who watched the Canadians snatch gold from their hands in 2014 at Sochi after tying it up with 54.6 seconds left in regulation and winning 3-2 in overtime.

Not only did the Americans snap the Canadians' stranglehold on Olympic gold, they ended a skid of five straight against their rival coming into this game, including a 2-1 loss to wrap up pool play a week ago.

Marie-Philip Poulin and Haley Irwin each scored goals for Canada. Agosta and Melodie Daoust scored in the shootout.

The Americans had been dominating in non-Olympic years, winning the last four and eight of the last 10 world championships, including a 3-2 overtime victory over Canada last spring.

Their domination on the world stage only made the lack of gold at the Olympics all the more noticeable, and Canada has been in their way since losing the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada had won 24 straight Olympic games to go along with four consecutive gold medals. It's a streak of success in a women's team sport second only to the United States' basketball team's current streak of six straight gold.

This was the eighth time these North American rivals met in the Olympics and the fifth with gold on the line. None of the previous seven were decided by more than two goals.

U.S. coach Robb Stauber went with the 20-year-old Rooney in net for the biggest game of her career, but she was the goalie for each of the three games the Americans beat Canada last fall during their pre-Olympic exhibition tour, including Four Nations Cup title in November.

Canada had Shannon Szabados, 31, in goal for her third Olympic gold medal game, and her teammates made her job very easy by keeping the puck in front of Rooney for most of the first period by dictating play. The Americans couldn't use their speed or get organized even with two power plays until Sarah Nurse went in the box for interference late in the period.

Knight gave the U.S. a 1-0 lead with 25.4 seconds left in the first, redirecting a shot from Sidney Morin through Szabados' pads giving the Americans a jolt of energy.

That lasted only 2 minutes into the second when Irwin tipped a pass from Blayre Turnbull over Rooney's left leg for Canada. When Morin lost the puck, Melodie Daoust grabbed it and passed to Meghan Agosta who hit Poulin for the wrister into the left side of the net at 6:55 for a 2-1 lead.

 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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