Sports Minute: Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and linebacker Mychal Kendricks have been ruled out for Seattle's game against the Carolina Panthers. Clowney missed a couple of days of practice this week after coming down with the flu. Clowney is also dealing with a core muscle injury that will need to be managed the rest of the season. Kendricks tried to practice to test an injured hamstring but quickly learned it wasn’t ready to go. The injury forced him to miss last week’s game against the Los Angeles Rams.
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) - Not too long ago the Carolina Panthers viewed the Seattle Seahawks as their biggest rivals in the NFC. But now the franchises are headed in vastly different directions. The Seahawks have posted eight straight winning seasons under coach Pete Carroll. The Panthers fired coach Ron Rivera last week. The Seahawks will try to clinch a playoff berth Sunday for the seventh time in eight seasons. They need a win coupled with a Packers, Rams or Vikings loss. The Panthers are relegated to the role of spoiler. They have dropped five in a row heading into the game against Seattle.
NEW YORK (AP) - Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says an expanded College Football Playoff would alleviate the pressure it puts on conferences that get left out. He also says there is no urgency to change the four-team format. There are discussions what the playoff might look like in the future. But Scott says he wants to manage expectations about when expansion might actually happen. The Pac-12 has not made the playoff in the past three seasons. He says being left out is “harmful” to the conference.
(AP) - Oregon's Mario Cristobal has been named the AP's Pac-12 Coach of the Year by a panel of journalists who cover the league. Cristobal is in his second season as head coach and has righted a group that has seen its share of turbulence with three head coaches in the past four years. Oregon is headed to the Rose Bowl for the first time since 2015. The biggest surprise of the AP's All-Pac-12 team was the Offensive Player of the Year, with voters evenly split between Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley, Utah running back Zack Moss and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell.
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