SEATTLE — Released, finally, from the sweet, agonizing tension that turned all of Seattle into an ulcer-inducing, emotionally wrung wreck, the Seahawks players did what players always do in those circumstances.
MELBOURNE, Australia — Melbourne Park has changed so much in the 18 years since Stefan Edberg played his last match at the Australian Open that he found it a little disorienting to return this year as the newest member of Roger Federer’s coaching team.
KANSAS CITY, MO. — A brutal reality reinforced itself when the Baseball Hall of Fame vote was released Wednesday, but before we get to that we should at least acknowledge the part that’s worth feeling good about but may be missed in a cloud of sanctimony:
SEATTLE — In need of a backup for projected starting catcher Mike Zunino, the Mariners brought back a familiar face to compete for that open job. On Monday, the team announced it had re-signed veteran Humberto Quintero to a minor-league contract with an invite to major-league spring training.
MIAMI — Jeff Ireland’s six-year run as the Miami Dolphins’ general manager ended Tuesday, concluding a tenure that featured no playoff appearances in the past five seasons, numerous personnel decisions that backfired and heavy criticism from frustrated fans.
RENTON — Pete Carroll wouldn’t consider a four-year process a meteoric rise. The Seattle Seahawks’ coach isn’t patient enough to listen to a reporter’s entire question, much less appreciate that, as rebuilding projects go, he has nearly completed the job with stunning swiftness.