After Washington State lost its first two games of the season, Saturday's contest against Portland State of the FCS suddenly loomed very large.
Linebacker Shaq Thompson returned an interception 36 yards for a touchdown, picked up a fumble and rumbled 52 yards for another score, and Washington routed Illinois 44-19 on Saturday, improving to 3-0 under Chris Petersen.
In the span of five days, America's favorite sport bombarded fans with a video of one player punching his wife, details about a former MVP hitting his son with a tree branch, reminders of two more lingering domestic violence cases - all being overseen by a commissioner, Roger Goodell, who has looked ill-suited to handle any of it.
Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson's booking on a child abuse charge Saturday has created another crisis for the embattled NFL, already derided for not responding strongly enough to acts of domestic violence by its players.
Hours after the players' union voted Friday to accept an NFL proposal on drug policy changes that included HGH testing, the league says it is not a done deal.
Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales and Logan Morrison homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat Oakland 4-2 on Friday night to pull within a half-game of the Athletics for the top spot in the AL wild-card chase.
Star Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson has been indicted on Texas on a charge of child abuse after using a branch to spank his son and the team benched him for this weekend's game against New England.
Life can change in a second in the batter's box. That's roughly the amount of time, sometimes less, that a major league hitter has to decide whether to swing at a pitch - or perhaps duck out of the way.
Illinois visiting Washington was supposed to be the first major test of Chris Petersen's initial season with the Huskies. Challenges are all the Huskies have faced in their first two weeks.
It's not as if Chris Petersen is attempting to teach his Huskies players to speak Mandarin. Except it apparently feels like it.
Growing up Ricardo Lockette just wanted an opportunity to play in the NFL.
Sometime during the offseason, Bobby Wagner decided it was time for the Seattle Seahawks' linebackers to start getting attention.
Jose Altuve had two hits and an RBI and the Houston Astros damaged the Seattle Mariners post-season hopes with a 5-2 victory Wednesday.
Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to lift Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night.