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Serena Williams eases into second round

MELBOURNE, Australia — Serena Williams was dragged into a second set scrap by unheralded Belgian Alison VanUytvanck but put down the minor threat with some powerful serving to reach the second round of the Australian Open with a 6-0 6-4 win earlier today.

Hawks’ success surprises even Carroll

RENTON — Five years to the day from when he held his first news conference at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center as the coach of the Seahawks, Pete Carroll held another one Monday.

Hawks’ defense in discussion of best ever

SEATTLE — The comparisons could make a player such as Carl Eller protective of the legacy of Minnesota’s famed Purple People Eaters or dismissive of the idea that any defense today could be as good as one from his era.

Analysis: Postseason showcases need for elite quarterback

Quarterback is the most important position on the gridiron, and that widespread belief was once again made abundantly clear in the opening round of the NFL playoffs, setting the stage for a mouthwatering slate of divisional round games.

From timid to tremendous

RENTON — Even in his moments of greatest triumph, Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin flashes back to his days of greatest despair.

Panthers no easy task for Seahawks

The Seahawks will open the playoffs against a team with a losing record in the regular season, one they’ve held to an average of nine points in beating each of the past three seasons — all on the road — and guided by a wounded quarterback whose maddening inconsistency has been his calling card.