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Seahawks hire Thomas as VP for football administration | A.M. Briefing

The Seahawks hired former Cleveland and Miami executive Matt Thomas as their new vice president of football administration. He replaces John Idzik...

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NFL

Seahawks hire exec

The Seahawks hired former Cleveland and Miami executive Matt Thomas as their new vice president of football administration. He replaces John Idzik, who left to become general manager of the New York Jets.

Thomas spent the past three seasons with the Browns in the same capacity as his position in Seattle. He began his career in the NFL in 1998 with the Dolphins.

Niners' Crabtree won't face charges

Criminal charges won't be filed against 49ers receiver Michael Crabtree after an alleged sexual assault in a hotel after the playoff win over the Green Bay Packers, San Francisco's district attorney said.

Tennis

Murray beats Federer

U.S. Open champion Andy Murray of Britain defeated Roger Federer of Switzerland 6-4, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 6-2 in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal in Melbourne. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event.

Murray advanced to Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia. Djokovic is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park. This will be a rematch of their U.S. Open final.

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka of Belarus will face China's Li Na on Saturday night for the women's crown.

Hockey

Canucks rout Ducks

Cory Schneider made 30 saves in his fifth career shutout, Mason Raymond scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks avenged last week's blowout loss to Anaheim with three power-play goals in a 5-0 win over the host Ducks.

Daniel Sedin and Raymond scored on power plays in the first period, and Zack Kassian added a man-advantage goal in the third period as the Canucks quieted Anaheim's standing-room-only crowd at the final home opener of the NHL's lockout-shortened season.

'Miracle On Ice' jersey going to auction

Mike Eruzione's sensational winning goal against the Soviet hockey team at the 1980 Winter Olympics will forever be remembered as the "Miracle On Ice."

More than a generation later, the 58-year-old Eruzione is parting with his iconic No. 21 USA jersey, hockey stick and other Olympic paraphernalia. Dallas-based Heritage Auctions is selling the items in New York on Feb. 23. The white jersey alone is expected to fetch more than $1 million.

Baseball

A-Rod may miss season

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said it's possible third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 37, could miss the entire season while recovering from hip surgery. The team hopes Rodriguez can return after the All-Star break.

College football

Dr. Phil to interview alleged hoaxer

Dr. Phil McGraw has booked the first on-camera interview with Ronaiah Tuiasosopo, the man who allegedly concocted the girlfriend hoax that ensnared Notre Dame football star Manti Te'o. No further details of the interview, including its airdate, were announced.

Auto racing

Patrick dating driver

Danica Patrick told The Associated Press she and fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr. are a couple, ending widespread speculation about the nature of their relationship. Patrick, 30, and Stenhouse, 25, waited until the end of a weeklong media tour at Daytona to confirm they are dating.

Elsewhere

• Minnesota Vikings rookie left tackle Matt Kalil was added to the NFC's Pro Bowl roster to replace Washington Redskins tackle Trent Williams, who was hurt in a brawl at a Honolulu nightclub.

Jeremy Abbott's clean but conservative short program was more than enough to put him in the lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Omaha, Neb. The three-time champion scored 84.10 points, three points ahead of Ross Miner. Earlier, Olympic silver medalists Meryl Davis and Charlie White won the short dance with a career-best 79.02 points.

Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway became the first skier in nine years to win three World Cup super-giant slalom races in a season. Svindal's 20th career World Cup victory came in Kitzbuehel, Austria. Ted Ligety of the United States was sixth.

Venus Williams has pulled out of next week's Open GDF Suez tournament in Paris and the upcoming Fed Cup against Italy because of a back injury.

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