Monday’s Sports in Brief
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The New York Giants say cornerback Corey Ballentine, who was shot Sunday in Topeka, Kansas, is recovering and will join the team for its minicamp this...
Former Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks kicker Sebastian Janikowski is set to retire after an 18-year career.
Janikowski spent 17 seasons with Oakland before kicking last season with...
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks hope they have found the solution for their recent kicking troubles in Jason Myers and are bringing back linebacker Mychal Kendricks despite his uncertain...
Free Agency-Seahawks Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (10-7)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: S Earl Thomas, LB K.J. Wright, CB Justin Coleman, DT Shamar Stephen, K Sebastian Janikowski, DE Dion Jordan, CB Neiko Thorpe, G J.R. Sweezy,...
Even in era of offense, NFL playoffs come down to defense
The NFL's wild weekend of wild-card games demonstrated that even in this age of explosive offenses, defense still dominates in the playoffs and it often comes down to a toe, a few fingers or even a 40-year-old hamstring.
Seahawks’ Janikowski out after hurting thigh on 57-yard miss
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Seattle kicker Sebastian Janikowski is out of a wild-card playoff game against the Dallas Cowboys after injuring his thigh while missing a 57-yard field-goal try on the final play of the first half.
The 40-year-old Janikowski grabbed the back of his left leg and yelled as the kick sailed wide right Saturday night. He limped to the locker room.
Seahawks wrap up No. 5 seed with 27-24 win over Cardinals
SEATTLE (AP) — There was a sense of frustration that overwhelmed the accomplishment of the Seattle Seahawks winning 10 games for the sixth time in seven seasons.
The Seahawks know they must be better than what they showed Sunday or their return to the playoffs after a one-year absence will be brief.
Wilson leads Seahawks’ rally in 30-27 win over Panthers
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Tyler Lockett knew if Russell Wilson bought him a few more seconds, he could spring himself for a big play.
Familiar faces abound when Seahawks face Raiders in London
Marshawn Lynch and Bruce Irvin helped win a Super Bowl in Seattle before becoming stalwarts in Oakland.
Sebastian Janikowski rewrote the record book for the Raiders before booming long kicks for the Seahawks.
Seattle defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. and Oakland offensive line coach Tom Cable spent the past few seasons doing the same job with the other team.
Seahawks’ Dickson wants to turn heads in England
WATFORD, England (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks' Michael Dickson knows his unconventional punting style is likely to catch the eye of a few kicking enthusiasts in England.
Punts don't score points, though, so he believes the fans might be a bit more dazzled by placekicker Sebastian Janikowski.
"The drop kick is cool," Dickson said. "You do that in rugby a lot. I don't know if we'll be doing it too much ... so (Janikowski) hitting a few field goals will probably get the crowd pretty happy, I'd say."
Untimely penalties end Seahawks’ hope of toppling Rams
SEATTLE (AP) — The scenario was all lined up for Russell Wilson to lead the Seattle Seahawks to a 25th career fourth-quarter comeback and end the unbeaten run of a division rival.
Needing just a field goal to take the lead, the Seahawks were already in range for Sebastian Janikowski. A few more yards, milk some time off the clock and Seattle would have had a chance at a field goal to knock off the Los Angeles Rams.
Rosen firmly in charge heading into his second NFL start
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Rosen appreciated the widespread positive reviews for his performance in his first NFL start last Sunday.
His self-criticism, though, centered on the final score.
"If I could play worse and win, I'd take that every time," Rosen said.
The Cardinals lost at home to Seattle 20-17 on Sebastian Janikowski's 52-yard field goal as the game ended to fall to 0-4, the first time they've done that since 1986, two years before the franchise moved to Arizona from St. Louis.
Injuries mar Seattle win, Arizona’s Rosen sharp in loss
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks got a victory but lost an embittered Earl Thomas with a fractured leg.
The Arizona Cardinals remained winless but had to be encouraged with the performance of rookie quarterback Josh Rosen in his first start.
Janikowski’s late FG spoils Rosen’s 1st start
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Sebastian Janikowski's 40-year-old leg had failed him twice earlier in the game on Sunday.
But when it mattered most, the kick went through.
Janikowski kicked a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give Seattle a 20-17 victory over Arizona on Sunday and spoil the strong debut of Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen as the starting quarterback.
Jankowski had missed field goals of 38 and 52 yards.
Cardinals lose 20-17 to Seahawks in Rosen’s first start
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Josh Rosen fit balls into tight windows, hit receivers in stride, kept his poise in the pocket and under the pressure of making his first NFL start.
Only one thing was missing: a win.
Plagued by miscues, dropped passes and a big missed field goal, the Arizona Cardinals spoiled Rosen's debut as a starter with a 20-17 loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
With Cousins early and Sloter late, Vikes top Seahawks 21-20
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins was bothered enough by the throws he missed in Minnesota's third preseason game that he brought a piece of paper with a list of them to the podium for his interview afterward.
There's a long way to go, particularly with an offensive line that's not yet set, but Cousins and the Vikings made some improvements against Seattle.
Janikowski, Dickson emerge from Seahawks camp competition
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — There were so few competitions for starting roles when the Seattle Seahawks arrived for training camp that the daily assessment of where things stood with the kicker and punter became a major topic.
The competition ended as expected with veteran Sebastian Janikowski appearing to be a lock as Seattle's kicker beating out Jason Myers and rookie Michael Dickson as the punter with Jon Ryan's tenure coming to an end.
Jets claim kicker Myers off waivers from Seahawks
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have claimed kicker Jason Myers off waivers from the Seattle Seahawks.
To make room on their roster Tuesday, the Jets waived-injured wide receiver Jonah Trinnaman.
Myers was waived by the Seahawks on Monday after Sebastian Janikowski won the team's kicking competition.
Seahawks release longest-tenured player, punter Jon Ryan
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have put an end to the kicking competitions in training camp, releasing kicker Jason Myers and punter Jon Ryan, who had been the longest-tenured member of the team.
Ryan posted a lengthy goodbye to the Seahawks and their fans on social media Monday morning. "I never wanted this day to come, but knew it would someday," Ryan wrote.
Seahawks Training Camp Capsule
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (9-7)
OPEN CAMP: July 26, Virginia Mason Athletic Center, Renton, Washington
Seahawks sign K Sebastian Janikowski, QB Stephen Morris
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks are hoping Sebastian Janikowski can solve their kicking issues.
The team signed Janikowski on Friday amid a number of moves.
Seattle also signed quarterback Stephen Morris to have another arm on the roster behind Russell Wilson. Running back J.D. McKissic and defensive lineman Quinton Jefferson signed their exclusive rights free agent contracts for the 2018 season.
Know your pod: Test your knowledge of Gonzaga’s fellow teams in Boise
How well do you know Gonzaga’s pod in the NCAA Tournament West Regional? Take our 15-question pod quiz to find out.
Q: Which NFL kicker obtained a bachelor’s of science degree from South Dakota State: Sebastian Janikowski, Adam Vinatieri, Stephen Gostkowski or Mason Crosby?
Q: Ohio State’s all-time leader in assists is also the school’s career leader in steals. Who is it?
Oakland Raiders free agency capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: Ss Reggie Nelson and Keith McGill; LB NaVorro Bowman; CBs TJ Carrie and Sean Smith; K Sebastian Janikowski; DL Denico Autry; TE Lee Smith; QB E.J. Manuel; LS Jon Condo.
Oakland Raiders free agency capsule
OAKLAND RAIDERS (6-10)
UNRESTRICTED FREE AGENTS: Ss Reggie Nelson and Keith McGill; LB NaVorro Bowman; CB TJ Carrie; K Sebastian Janikowski; DT Justin Ellis; DL Denico Autry; TE Lee Smith; QB E.J. Manuel; LS Jon Condo.
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders long snapper Jon Condo says the team has told him he won't return in 2018.
Condo said on his Twitter account Wednesday that the Raiders told his agent he won't be back when he becomes a free agent next week.
Condo was initially signed to Oakland's practice squad in 2006 and became the team's long snapper the following season. He played 173 of 176 games over 11 years with the Raiders.
Kicker Janikowski’s career with Raiders up after 18 seasons
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Eighteen years after the Raiders made kicker Sebastian Janikowski a surprise first-round draft pick, his career in Oakland has come to an end.
The team told Janikowski this week that he won't be brought back when he becomes an unrestricted free agent next month.
Sebastian Janikowski’s 18-year run with Oakland Raiders reportedly set to end
Sebastian Janikowski is on the way out of Oakland, and Tom Brady has yet another resume builder.
Janikowski, the 39-year-old free agent, was informed on Wednesday that he won't return as part of Jon Gruden's Raiders, ESPN reported. What does the end of the Raiders' road for the 17th overall pick in 2000 have to do with Brady?
Raiders CB Antonio Hamilton returns to practice
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland Raiders cornerback Antonio Hamilton has returned to practice and will be the team's second player eligible to come off injured reserve.
The move made Tuesday with Hamilton means longtime kicker Sebastian Janikowski won't be eligible to come back from a back injury and might have played his last snap with the Raiders. Janikowski was the team's first-round pick in 2000 and is in the final year of his contract.
NFL’s all-injury team can rival All-Pro squad
The NFL's all-injury team may be better than the All-Pro team this season.
Aaron Rodgers behind center. David Johnson and Dalvin Cook in the backfield. Odell Beckham Jr., Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. Greg Olsen and Tyler Eifert split tight end reps. Joe Thomas and Jason Peters anchor the offensive line.
Then there's Deshaun Watson, Carson Palmer, Sam Bradford and Ryan Tannehill. Derek Carr and Jameis Winston have also missed a few games.
Tavecchio sticks with NFL dream and kicks way to history
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Giorgio Tavecchio was ready to give up his dreams of kicking in the NFL and take a business job in London.
The pain of being cut six times without ever playing an NFL game had taken its toll mentally on Tavecchio and he was ready to move on before the Oakland Raiders gave him a call to come to camp for a fourth straight year as the backup to Sebastian Janikowski.
Carr, Lynch give Raiders’ potent combo beating Titans 26-16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have Derek Carr back and believe he's even better than before. Marshawn Lynch showed off what "Beast Mode" looks like crunching defenders in silver and black.
And the Tennessee Titans saw just how much work they need to measure against some of the AFC's best.
Raiders place K Sebastian Janikowski on IR with back injury
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders placed long-time kicker Sebastian Janikowski on injured reserve Saturday with an injured back and promoted Giorgio Tavecchio to the active roster.
The team made the move a day before the season opener against the Titans. The Raiders had signed Tavecchio on Friday as insurance if Janikowski wasn't healed and brought him to Tennessee in case he needed to be activated.
Raiders sign K Giorgio Tavecchio to practice squad
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed kicker Giorgio Tavecchio to the practice squad as insurance in case Sebastian Janikowski can't kick in the season opener.
Tavecchio traveled with the Raiders on Friday to Tennessee where they open their season against the Titans on Sunday.
Janikowski has been dealing with a back injury this week and is listed as questionable for the game. Tavecchio spent the exhibition season with the Raiders before being released last week.
Raiders’ Del Rio brushes aside Janikowski question
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — Oakland coach Jack Del Rio brushed aside a question regarding rumors that the Raiders had given Sebastian Janikowski an ultimatum to take a pay cut and said concerns over the kicker's health are what prompted the team to hold tryouts this week.
Janikowski wants to kick all the way to Las Vegas
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — If Sebastian Janikowski has his way, he'll still be kicking when he's 42 years old and the Raiders have moved to Las Vegas.
The 39-year-old Janikowski said Wednesday he wants to stay in the NFL until someone kicks him out. Janikowski has spent 17 seasons in Oakland and says he still wants to be playing when the team moves in 2020.
"I hope so, that's my goal," he said. "That's not my decision."
ICYMI in NFL Week 15: Just win, baby _ Raiders into playoffs
Jerry Rice was on the roster the last time the Oakland Raiders made the playoffs.
That's how long it's been — way back in the 2002 season.
Raiders heading to playoffs, lowly Chargers maybe to LA
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers could be playing in different cities in the near future.
That's about the only thing they have in common right now.
The Raiders, at least, are going back to the playoffs, snapping a 14-year drought that dates to their embarrassing Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay in January 2003.
Carr, Raiders bolster confidence with 30-24 OT win over Bucs
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have unwavering faith in Derek Carr.
"It's always great when you trust, and that trust is rewarded," coach Jack Del Rio said after Seth Roberts turned Carr's fourth-down pass into a 41-yard touchdown in overtime, giving the AFC West co-leaders a 30-24 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Del Rio on latest Raiders loss: ‘Had a bad day yesterday’
ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — A thorough beating by the Kansas City Chiefs did little to change coach Jack Del Rio's opinion of his Oakland Raiders team.
"We have a real good team," he said Monday. "Had a bad day yesterday."
Boy, did they ever.
For the first time since Del Rio's first game as coach, the Raiders (4-2) never really had a chance late as they played their first fourth quarter without being within one score at any point since a 33-13 loss to Cincinnati to open the 2015 season.