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Seattle has no time to enjoy win with 49ers next

Seattle has no time to enjoy win with 49ers next

SEATTLE (AP) A normal Monday might allow for the slightest bit of appreciation for the rally the Seattle Seahawks pulled off in the final moments, another fourth-quarter victory this season after striking out too many times a year ago in similar situations.

With a game just a couple of days away at division rival San Francisco, there was no time for the Seahawks to relish their stunning comeback win over New England.

``We have a big competition this week in who is going to prepare the best,'' Seattle coach Pete Carroll said.

To that end, the Seahawks were quickly putting aside their 24-23 win over the Patriots on Sunday and quickly looking ahead to Thursday night's showdown at San Francisco. Both Seattle and San Francisco have 4-2 records and are part of a three-way tie with Arizona on top of the NFC West.

The game plan for the 49ers was being drilled less than 24 hours after the Seahawks scored 14 points in the final 7:31, capped by Russell Wilson's 46-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice with 1:18 left that gave the Seahawks the lead.

``When it counted most we played our best,'' Carroll said. ``We put up a bunch of yards in the fourth quarter ... we didn't allow a third down conversion by their offense in the last five. We kicked the ball well. We returned the ball well. We protected well, threw and caught it and all that well. We used the clock very well defensively when we had our chance. I'm really fired up that we finished so well against a really, really good football team.''

Seattle has made a sudden change in its ability to close games from the struggles of a year ago. Six times in the 2011 season, the Seahawks found themselves within one score in the closing minutes, yet went winless in all six situations. Five of those six losses were by six points or less.

Faltering late a season ago brought changes in how Seattle practices. The 2-minute offense has become an emphasis.

The results are noticeable. In wins over Green Bay and New England, the Seahawks scored in the final 90 seconds to win, albeit controversially in the win over the Packers.

``It's a much-improved aspect of our football team and it's with a first-time quarterback so we're excited that we'll continue to get better, continue to focus on it and make it a great priority in the program,'' Carroll said.

There was some unwanted attention that came Seattle's way after cornerback Richard Sherman popped off in the moments after the game about the Patriots and feeling the Seahawks were disrespected nationally. Sherman later posted a picture on his Twitter account showing him getting in Tom Brady's face after the end of the game. Sherman and Brady had been talking at times through the game.

``It's not a shock for us. We believe we have a great ballclub and we believe we can play with anybody,'' Sherman told reporters in the locker room after the victory. ``NFL Network and all of these pundits think they know everything and we keep shutting them up week, by week, by week, by week. They thought (New England) was the greatest ball club to step on the earth. They're 3-3, .500. I don't know what great ball club is 3-3.''

Many fans felt Sherman's rant was disrespectful toward the three-time Super Bowl champion. Carroll believed it was his confident cornerback being a little too exuberant in the moments after the victory.

``I think (Sherman) was really excited about what had just happened and I was too. And in the heat of the moment, everybody was kind of having a blast and in that, that directed some attention to Tom Brady, who we all know is a great player and we all respect the heck out of him and probably why there is follow up to that. But that's stuff that is going to happen sometimes,'' Carroll said. ``I think as we grow as a young team we'll figure out where things fit and don't fit best.''

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Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 Eastern Conference Final 2018: Date, Time, How to Watch, live stream

When the Capitals take the ice in Game 6, they will be playing for their playoff lives. After losing Game 5 on Saturday to the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Caps must win on Monday or their season will be over.

In order to do that, the Caps will have to change some things. First, they have to figure out how to win at home, something they have yet to do in this series. Second, they will have to find a way to get to Lightning goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy who has been dominant the past three games. Alex Ovechkin also needs to win the matchup against the fourth line since he has only two five-on-five points through five games. Finally, the defense will have to be better. Matt Niskanen took the blame for Game 5, but really it was a tough night all around.

Also, a few penalty calls against Tampa Bay would be nice too.

Where: Capital One Arena

When: 8:00 p.m. ET

How to Watch: Capitals-Lightning, Game 6 will be broadcast on NBCSN

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Lightning Game 6 on NBC Sports' live stream page.

WHEN IS GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING PLAYOFF SERIES?

Game 6 of the Capitals vs. Lightning 2018 NHL Playoff series takes place on Monday, May 21 at 8:00 p.m. at Capital One Arnea.

WHAT CHANNEL IS GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING ON?

The TV broadcast of Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is on NBCSN. Capitals pre- and postgame coverage takes place on NBC Sports Washington. (NBC Sports Washington channel Finder)

6:30 p.m. — Caps FaceOff
7:00 p.m. — Caps GameTime
8:00 p.m. — Capitals vs. Lightning Game 6 on NBCSN
10:30 p.m. — Caps Extra
11:30 p.m. — Caps Overtime

WHERE CAN I STREAM GAME 6 OF THE CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING SERIES?

Game 6 between the Capitals and Lightning is available to stream online on Monday, May 21 live here through the NBC Sports live stream page.

WHAT ARE THE PROJECTED LINES FOR GAME 6 OF CAPITALS vs. LIGHTNING?

Capitals projected lines:

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Tom Wilson
Chandler Stephenson - Nicklas Backstrom - T.J. Oshie
Jakub Vrana - Lars Eller - Brett Connolly
Devante Smith-Pelly -  Jay Beagle - Alex Chiasson

Michal Kempny - John Carlson
Dmitry Orlov - Matt Niskanen
Brooks Orpik - Christian Djoos

Braden Holtby with Philipp Grubauer as backup.

Lightning projected lines:

Ondrej Palat - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Tyler Johnson - Brayden Point - Yanni Gourde
Alex Killorn - Anthony Cirelli - J.T. Miller
Chris Kunitz - Cedric Paquette - Ryan Callahan

Victor Hedman - Dan Girardi
Ryan McDonagh - Anton Stralman
Braydon Coburn - Mikhail Sergachev

Andrei Vasilevskiy starts with Louis Domingue as backup.

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.

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