Wednesday Links: Dawgs, Hawks, Marvin, Kelly

Atlanta’s Marvin Williams is ready to raise his game. That’s the focus of this story in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution story about the fifth-year pro out of Bremerton.

It reads, in part:

Williams has shown flashes of his scoring potential when the Hawks needed it most. Last season, with captain and All-Star Joe Johnson out sick for a two-game stretch in early February, Williams chimed in with two outstanding efforts in back-to-back road wins. He pounded Minnesota for 23 points and 10 rebounds in 94-86 win Feb. 4 and hammered Charlotte with a game-high 29 points and seven rebounds in a 102-97 win two nights later.

“That was one of the turning points of our season,” Johnson said. “I was back here [in Atlanta] and I remember watching those games and thinking to myself, ‘We’ve got to get Marvin playing like this all the time.’ If we do, we’re even tougher to deal with.”

* Here’s an interesting look at Troy Kelly’s golf season and how he rediscovered his game on the Nationwide Tour. It’s a column by Larry Bohannan of the Desert Sun. Kelly, a Central Kitsap grad, now makes his home in LaQuinta, Calif.

Kelly didn’t make it into the Open. Too bad, because Kelly’s had some success at the Grayhawk Golf Course in Scottsdale, Ariz., which is hosting the tournament. Kelly told me he expects to get in next week’s PGA Tour event in Viking Open in Mississippi. Then he’ll be off until he plays in the second stage of Q-School, Nov. 18-21. If he makes it out of the second stage, it’s on to Bear Lake CC at West Palm Beach, Fla, for the final stage of Q-School. The final stage was at PGA West in LaQuinta in 2008.

* Washington coach Steve Sarkisian could get consideration for national coach of the year if his Huskies can upset Oregon on Saturday and finish the year with a win over Washington State and go to a bowl game. That’s the word from Ted Miller at

* Is the Seahawks season over? That’s ridiculous says QB Matt Hasselbeck. Here’s Eric Williams’ story from the News Tribune in Tacoma.

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