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RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris
Jackson was limited in practice yesterday but said he continues to
feel improvement in his strained pectoral muscle. Jackson says he
knows he’s going to play Sunday. He says he wasn’t so certain last
week. Jackson has posted the two highest passing totals of his
career this season, including a career-high 323 yards against
Cincinnati despite an injured pectoral muscle Sunday.

SEATTLE (AP) – The best season for the Seattle Sounders ended
exactly the same way as the last one, with an early playoff exit.
The Sounders’ third season ended Wednesday night when they couldn’t
overcome a three-goal deficit and fell 3-2 on aggregate scoring to
Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference semifinals. Seattle dug a
3-0 hole with an awful effort in the first game of the two-leg
match, then could only manage a pair of second-half goals
Wednesday. Now comes an offseason filled with questions for a
roster that’s among the most talented in MLS.

(Stations, please note: The following item is from Wednesday.)

SEATTLE (AP) – Osvaldo Alonso and Lamar Neagle scored five
minutes apart early in the second half for Seattle, but Real Salt
Lake advanced to the Western Conference final with a 3-2 aggregate
victory over the Seattle Sounders FC on Wednesday night. The loss
ended the career of Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller, who previously
announced he would retire after the season. Trailing 3-0 and with
just 45 minutes remaining in their season, the Sounders turned the
final 30 minutes into a frantic mess, and that came after a
breakneck first half where Seattle nearly scored on numerous
occasions. But RSL did just enough and advanced to Major League
Soccer’s final four.

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