Wilson's play generating some MVP conversation
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Russell Wilson was asked Thursday if he should be in the conversation for league MVP.
His response was 417 words, with nearly all of them deflecting attention away from himself and onto his teammates.
Don't expect Wilson to engage in that discussion, even if it's slowly becoming a legitimate question about a situation others believe is plausible.
Wilson is coming off his best game of the season. He threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns and ran for another 47 yards in the Seahawks' 34-7 blowout of New Orleans. And because it came on Monday night in front of a national audience, and because the Seahawks have the best record in the NFL, Wilson's recent play is being highlighted.
Seattle downs Cal State Northridge 58-53
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. (AP) - Jarell Flora shot 5-of-7 from beyond the 3-point arc and scored 23 points as Seattle beat Cal State Northridge 58-53 on Thursday night.
Trailing 50-47 with under five minutes to play, Seattle (5-3) scored nine straight points to take a 56-50 lead with 53 seconds remaining.
Landon Drew made a 3-pointer for Northridge (5-5) with 40 seconds left to cut the Redhawks' lead to 3, but Clarence Trent hit two free throws for Seattle with 8 seconds remaining to make it a two-possession game.
The Redhawks shot just 38.2 percent from the field, but hit 8 of 9 free throws while Cal State Northridge made just 6 of 13.
Isiah Umipig scored 12 points for Seattle and Clarence Trent added 11.
Stephan Hicks led Cal State Northridge with 13 points but was just 1 of 5 on free throws. It was the Matadors' fewest points since Feb. 18, 2012.
NATIONAL FINALS RODEO
Knowles takes lead in steer wrestling standing
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Trevor Knowles had a near-record run of 3.1 seconds Thursday night to take the lead in the steer wrestling season standings after the first round of the National Finals Rodeo.
Knowles, from Mount Vernon, Ore., was a tenth of a second off the Thomas & Mack Center record of 3.0 set by Steve Duhon in 1986 and matched by Bryan Fields in 2001. Knowles had the fastest first-round time in NFR history, breaking the mark of 3.3 set by Gary Green and Roy Duvall in 1985.
Knowles pushed his season money total to $120,158. Casey Martin of Sulphur, La., finished fourth in 4.2 to drop into second place at $116,750.
UND volleyball coach quits amid hit-and-run probe
GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) - University of North Dakota volleyball coach Ashley Hardee has resigned amid an investigation into an alleged hit-and-run incident at the Big Sky tournament last weekend in Portland, Ore.
Hardee in a statement apologized for what he called "a serious lapse in judgment." He didn't elaborate.
He's been UND's coach the past five years. He was put on paid administrative leave Monday and resigned Wednesday.
Athletic Director Brian Faison says a search for a new coach will begin immediately.
Portland State spokesman Scott Gallagher says officials are investigating a reported hit-and-run vehicle accident allegedly involving Hardee at the team hotel early Sunday. No one was hurt.
Hardee has a driving offense on his record. The Grand Forks Herald reports he pleaded guilty to drunken driving in June 2012
Missouri raises possibility of Pinkel extension
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) -Missouri athletic director Mike Alden addressed the likelihood coach Gary Pinkel will be sought for the Washington opening, raising the possibility of a contract extension after the season.
The fifth-ranked Tigers play No. 3 Auburn in the SEC championship game Saturday in Atlanta. Both schools are 11-1 overall and 7-1 in conference play.
Pinkel has 101 victories in 13 seasons at Missouri, tied with Don Faurot for most in school history.
Alden said he's proud of the team's success academically too, and said he and the coach have already spoken about the future.
Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.