The Seattle Seahawks are the first NFL team to clinch a playoff berth after defeating New Orleans 34-7. Russell Wilson threw for 310 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Wilson also was the Seahawks' top rusher, carrying eight times for 47 yards as Seattle improved to a league-best 11-1.
The Saints were held to 12 first downs and 188 total yards in their worst loss of the season. Drew Brees completed 23 of his 38 passes, but they were good for just 147 yards.
Checking news on the ice, Winnipeg beat the NY Rangers 5-2 scoring three goals in the third period. Montreal topped New Jersey 3-2. Minnesota blanked Philadelphia 2-0 and St. Louis fell to Los Angeles 3-2.
Union College rose from 15th to 11th in the latest U.S. College Hockey Online poll released Monday.
In the NBA, Nets forward Paul Pierce will be out two to four weeks after breaking a bone in his right hand during Friday's loss to Houston. Washington defeated Orlando 98-80. New Orleans knocked off Chicago 131-128 in triple overtime. San Antonio defeated Atlanta 102-100. Utah slid past Houston 109-103 and Portland beat Indiana 106-102.
In baseball, the Detroit Tigers have traded starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Washington Nationals for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and minor league lefty Robbie Ray.
In top 25 college basketball, it was a dramatic victory for UConn.
Shabazz Napier hit a jumper from the free throw line as time expired to keep UConn undefeated with a 65-64 victory over No. 15 Florida. Napier finished with 26 points on 9-of-15 shooting including making 5 of 8 from 3-point range.
Elsewhere, No. 17 Iowa St. defeated Auburn 99-70.
Finally, the College of Saint Rose women’s basketball team beat Georgian Court 63-54 in a nonconference win.
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