Seahawks step up by trading for Minnesota’s Harvin
MINNEAPOLIS – Percy Harvin is headed to Seattle, and Adrian Peterson isn’t happy about it.
Harvin, Minnesota’s moody and multi-talented young wide receiver, will join the Seahawks for a package of draft picks that includes Seattle’s first-round selection next month, No. 25 overall. Two people with knowledge of the deal confirmed the details Monday to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade won’t be official until the league’s new year begins today and Harvin passes a physical.
The 24-year-old Harvin will give second-year quarterback Russell Wilson a dynamic playmaker not yet at his peak. His departure from Minnesota will leave an even bigger void in a group of receivers that already was one of the thinnest in the NFL – and at least one disappointed former teammate in Peterson, the star running back and league MVP.
“The best all around player I ever seen or you’ll ever see! Goes to Seattle! I feel like I just got kicked in the stomach. Several times!!!” Peterson posted on Twitter.
49ers answer Seattle by adding Baltimore’s Boldin
BALTIMORE – Here’s a Super Bowl twist: A guy who helped Baltimore beat San Francisco for the NFL title is now poised to join the 49ers.
San Francisco acquired wide receiver Anquan Boldin from the Ravens for a sixth-round draft pick Monday. Boldin, a star in Baltimore’s run to the world championship last season, must pass a physical to complete the deal.
The Ravens announced the trade Monday, prompting a disappointed response from quarterback Joe Flacco.
“Anquan was a great receiver for myself and for our football team,” said Flacco, who signed a six-year, $120.6 million deal with the Ravens last week. “It’s sad to see a guy like that go, but at the same time you want what’s best for him, and you just wish him the best of luck.
“Anquan was a big part of this football team, a big part of this offense. He’s one of the many reasons we won the Super Bowl this year.”
Boldin had six catches for 104 yards and a touchdown in the Ravens’ 34-31 Super Bowl victory over the 49ers.
Gonzaga holds steady as college basketball’s top dog
Gonzaga is no one-week wonder at No. 1.
The Bulldogs beat Loyola Marymount 66-48 in its first game as the nation’s top-ranked team.
Gonzaga received 54 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. Duke, which received the other 11 first-place votes, moved up one spot to second after beating Virginia Tech and North Carolina last week. Indiana dropped one place to third after losing to Ohio State then rallying for the dramatic win at Michigan that gave the Hoosiers the outright Big Ten title.
Louisville jumped from eighth to No. 4 and was followed by Georgetown, Michigan, Kansas, Michigan State, Miami and Ohio State.
The week’s lone newcomer is Missouri Valley Conference champion Creighton, which returns after being out of the poll the last four weeks. The Bluejays replace Oregon, which dropped out from 19th after losing two games last week.
Nationals’ Gonzalez to get ball for U.S. vs. Puerto Rico
MIAMI – Gio Gonzalez munched on chicken wings and shrimp scampi at a sports bar in his hometown as he watched Team USA rally to stay alive in the World Baseball Classic.
The next game he’ll take in from the mound. The Washington Nationals’ left-hander will start for the United States in its opener of round two tonight against Puerto Rico.
The U.S. team rallied with seven runs in the last two innings Sunday to advance by beating Canada 9-4 in Phoenix.