Broncos Beadles, Thomas book trips to Hawaii
DENVER – The Denver Broncos were the odds-on favorite to win the Super Bowl when the playoffs began.
Consolation for their bitter double-overtime loss to Baltimore comes next weekend in the form of a trip to Hawaii.
John Fox and his staff will coach the AFC in the Pro Bowl, and they’ll see more familiar faces in Honolulu this weekend, too, as guard Zane Beadles and wide receiver Demaryius Thomas were added to the AFC squad on Monday.
Thomas replaces Wes Welker, and Beadles replaces Logan Mankins.
The Patriots players withdrew due to injuries following their loss to the Ravens in the AFC championship Sunday.
Thomas and Beadles will be making their first appearance in the all-star game, where they’ll join teammates Peyton Manning, Von Miller, Elvis Dumervil and Champ Bailey.
Left tackle Ryan Clady was chosen to start but will sit out because of a shoulder injury.
Quarterback shuffle: Wilson, Luck replace Ryan, Brady
RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta’s Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury.
Wilson was added to the team Monday. He will be the sixth Seahawks player in the game, joining offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung, running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Earl Thomas and kick returner Leon Washington.
Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and tied the NFL rookie record with 26 passing touchdowns in the regular season.
His finest performance of the year came in Seattle’s NFC playoff loss at Atlanta where Wilson threw for 385 yards and two touchdowns in the 30-28 loss.
Also Monday, Andrew Luck of the Colts was named to replace Tom Brady of the Patriots, who pulled out with an injury. Luck will be Peyton Manning’s teammate in Hawaii.
Goodbye Sacramento Kings, hello Seattle SuperSonics?
SEATTLE – Nearly five years after their colors, banners and history were packed away into storage and their franchise relocated, the SuperSonics are one significant step closer to returning to Seattle.
And the Kings are on the edge of leaving Sacramento.
All that appears to stand in the way is approval by NBA owners.
The Maloof family has agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen, the league confirmed in a statement Monday. The deal is pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors.
A person familiar with the decision said that Hansen’s group will buy 65 percent of the franchise, which is valued at a total price of $525 million, and move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The deal will cost the Hansen group a little more than $340 million. The Maloofs will have no stake in the team.
Duke returns to No. 1 after Louisville’s loss to Orange
Duke is No. 1 in The Associated Press’ college basketball poll after dropping from the top spot for one week.
The Blue Devils, who fell to No. 3 last week, took advantage of losses by Louisville and Indiana to move back to No. 1, their fifth week on top this season.
Duke received 39 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel Monday.
Michigan, which jumped from fifth to second, had 11 No. 1 votes. Kansas, which had seven first-place votes, and Syracuse, which knocked Louisville out of No. 1, tied for third. Syracuse received eight No. 1 votes.
Louisville dropped to fifth and was followed by Arizona, Indiana, Florida, Butler and Gonzaga. Wichita State, Cincinnati, Mississippi and Miami moved into the rankings this week, replacing San Diego State, Illinois, UCLA and Marquette.