Seahawks, QB Russell Wilson agree on contract extension

The Seahawks and Russell Wilson have reached an agreement on a new deal, the quarterback announced early Tuesday morning.

Numbers for the extension have yet to be disclosed, but the Seahawks were expected to make Wilson the league’s highest-paid player. The deal would presumably eclipse that of Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, owner of the league’s most-lucrative deal prior to Tuesday. (Rodgers signed a four-year, $134 million extension with $98.7 guaranteed in August 2018.)

SEATTLE. Let’s get it. @Seahawks #GoHawks pic.twitter.com/xeWnEnUzmR

— Russell Wilson (@DangeRussWilson) April 16, 2019

This is the second contract extension between Wilson and the Seahawks. The 30-year-old quarterback was entering into the final season of a four-year, $87.6 million extension originally signed in July 2015. Rather than carry negotiations for a new deal to the start of training camp – as was the case in 2015 – Wilson’s camp reportedly gave the team an April 15 deadline for a new contract, according to Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times. According to 710 ESPN Seattle’s Jake Heaps, that deadline was first issued on Jan. 31.

Given Wilson’s contract status, the widely-held assumption that the new contract would carry a hefty price tag, and his looming deadline, there had been a number of recent reports questioning his future in Seattle — though the recent signing obviously brings an end to much of that theorizing. With the extension, the Seahawks are also able to avoid the use of a franchise tag on the quarterback in 2020.

In seven seasons with Seattle, Wilson has accrued 25,624 passing yards and 196 touchdowns. He has another 1,952 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground. Originally a third-round pick by the Seahawks in 2012, Wilson has reached two Super Bowls – winning one – and has seen Seattle …read more

Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports

Warriors squander 31-point lead, Clippers tie series at 1-1

OAKLAND, Calif. — Lou Williams led the Los Angeles Clippers to the largest post-season comeback in NBA history.

Landry Shamet hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 16.5 seconds left, Stephen Curry couldn’t answer on the other end, and the Clippers somehow rallied from 31 points down on the road to stun the Golden State Warriors 135-131 on Monday night and even their first-round playoff series at one game apiece.

The comeback topped a 29-point rally by the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1989 Western Conference semifinals over Seattle.

Curry scored 29 points and put the Warriors up 131-128 with 58 seconds left before Shamet’s dagger on a night the two-time defending NBA champions lost DeMarcus Cousins to a leg injury in the first quarter.

“We changed a couple things offensively and defensively in the third on the fly. It worked out for us. But I thought it was our spirit more than anything,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “Just every single guy. I loved the end of the game.”

Williams tied the game on a jumper with 1:10 to play then Curry immediately answered. Williams scored again at 46 seconds and finished with 36 points and made 8 of 10 free throws in as the teams combined for 64 fouls and 76 free throws attempted.

“When I say we stopped playing, we stopped playing, like defence, offence, execution-wise we were not as engaged as we needed to be,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said. “We got exactly what we deserved. The Clippers were great. They executed, they were hungry, they stayed connected. They were together.”

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca

Flames could be in for short playoff run if poor play continues

DENVER – Nathan MacKinnon has officially taken over this series.

The first hint of the Avalanche star’s heroics came at the end of Game 2 when his overtime snipe in Calgary equaled the series.

It was his first goal in 12 shots.

On Monday it snowballed.

By the end of the first period alone the speedy centre had two power play goals, an assist, four shots and he drew a penalty in an easy win to put the Avalanche up 2-1 in the series.

By the end of the period Colorado had outshot Calgary 21-8, outscored them 3-0 and had helped make history when Calgary-born Cale Makar became the first defenceman in NHL lore to make his NHL debut in the playoffs and score a goal in the same game.

From there the Avalanche cruised to a 6-2 win that saw the hosts electrify the Pepsi Center by humiliating a Flames team that would have lost by at least a touchdown had it not been for the brilliance of Mike Smith.

Again.

It got so bad the coach and Smith were involved in a discussion in the second intermission revolving around whether he wanted a mercy-pull.

“Yes there was,” admitted Smith, who had faced 40 shots at that point to be the Flames best player for the third straight game.

“I honestly just didn’t want to come out of that game and have Ritter (David Rittich) have to go in for the third like that. You want to be in there battling with your team no matter what the score is.”

It’s unclear whether his teammates felt the same way.

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Source:: Sportsnet.ca