Despite early struggles, Sounders positioned for another playoff run

Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, left, falls on Seattle Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan as they eye the ball in the first half of an MLS soccer match, Saturday, May 27, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren) OTK OTK
Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Valeri, left, falls on Sounders midfielder Cristian Roldan as they eye the ball Saturday in Seattle. (Ted S. Warren / AP)

The Sounders still have the core that led them to their first MLS title last year, and a healthy Clint Dempsey to boot.

Seahawks’ stormy offseason presents Pete Carroll with his biggest coaching challenge

How successfully he can resolve the issues roiling under the surface — and increasingly spilling over into public view — will provide strong evidence on whether Carroll’s coaching ethos of allowing players to express their personalities is a sustainable model.

Rodney Hampton (27) of the New York Giants is tackled from behind for a 4-yard loss by Cortez Kennedy of the Seattle Seahawks during the second quarter of NFL game at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, Oct. 26, 1992. Giants William Roberts (66) and Jarrod Bunch (33) watch the play as the Giants beat the Seahawks 23-10. (AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

Seahawks legend Cortez Kennedy wore No. 96. In 1992, he wore No. 99, and here’s why.

For 10 of his 11 seasons, Cortez Kennedy wore No. 96. But for one season, perhaps his best season, Kennedy wore No. 99, Jerome Brown’s number. He went on to have 14 sacks, 92 tackles and become the NFL’s defensive player of the year in 1992.

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