SEATTLE (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings had a chance to make a statement. Instead they left Seattle with a frustrating 37-30 loss to the Seahawks. The Vikings led 17-10 at halftime and had a chance to take control in the third quarter. Seattle didn’t let them, scoring 24 straight points to take a 17-point lead. The lead was big enough to hold off a fourth-quarter rally by Kirk Cousins and the Vikings. Minnesota is now one game behind Green Bay in the NFC North race with four games remaining.
CHICAGO (AP) — There’s been no Stanley Cup slump for St. Louis so far. The Blues just keep rolling along. Last night, they began a road trip with a 4-0 victory over Chicago. Jake Allen made 38 saves to secure the shutout. He says the team’s style be “boring” at times, but he notes, “that’s the way we won last year.”
CHICAGO (AP) — Blackhawks assistant Marc Crawford will be away from the team while it reviews his conduct with another organization. The Blackhawks didn’t provide any details about what they are examining, but former NHL forward Sean Avery recently told the New York Post that Crawford kicked him after he was whistled for a too-many-men-on-the-ice penalty. That was during the 2006-07 season when Avery was playing for Crawford with the Los Angeles Kings.
NEW YORK (AP) — Former All-Stars Blake Treinen (TRY'-nen), Aaron Sanchez and Addison Russell have all become free agents along with current Gold Glove second baseman Yolmer Sánchez after their teams declined to offer 2020 contracts rather than make them eligible for salary arbitration. Baltimore, faced with a similar decision, traded second baseman Jonathan Villar to Miami, which claimed first baseman Jesús Aguilar off from Tampa Bay. Cleveland acquired catcher Sandy León from Boston for a minor leaguer.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Nationals first baseman Ryan Zimmerman figures he’ll either find himself back with the World Series champions next season or out of baseball. The 35-year-old says he thinks both he and the team want to come to an agreement for him to return. Zimmerman is the only player to have appeared in a Nationals uniform in each of the team’s 15 seasons in Washington.