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--- It’s not a work week for the UW football team -- players are off until winter quarter begins on Jan. 4 -- but some players are having trouble getting home. The UW football team charter was able to take off from Dallas-Fort Worth airport on Saturday night and made it to Seattle without incident, but several Huskies players who booked separate flights to their respective hometowns were left stranded by the storms that pummeled the Dallas area over the weekend.
Some were fortunate enough to eventually make it home, such as linebacker Azeem Victor, who was stuck in Dallas until Saturday night but tweeted that he had made it back to California. I got out on a morning flight on Sunday that was only delayed about an hour, and sat next to a player’s mother who was trying to arrange a way for her son to get home.
Freshman quarterback Jake Browning tweeted Sunday night that he had spent 22 hours (and counting) in the airport. Sophomore linebacker Keishawn Bierria had some trouble getting out, too, and it sounds like offensive lineman Dane Crane had quite the experience. Others also tweeted their travel frustrations.
--- It was a successful week for Washington’s NFL alumni. Marcus Peters intercepted his eighth pass of the season, which ties for the NFL lead. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Jermaine Kearse each caught touchdown passes. John Timu tied for the Chicago Bears’ team lead in tackles with six. Shaq Thompson had five tackles in Carolina’s loss to Atlanta.
--- UW basketball signee Markelle Fultz’s DeMatha Catholic team is competing this week at the Les Schwab Invitational in Hillsboro, and Fultz was one of the top performers on day one. He scored 27 points to lead his team to a 76-40 victory over Westview High School of Portland.
From the Oregonian:
For the first few minutes of the third quarter, Westview's magic continued. Keita Fabrega hit two free throws 90 seconds into the second half to give the Wildcats a 32-31 lead.
Then the game became a track meet, a showcase for Washington-bound guard Markelle Fultz, who will play for the USA in the Nike Hoop Summit in April. Fultz scored 18 points as DeMatha outscored Westview 26-4 the remainder of the third quarter.
--- Another player committed to UW, Garfield High School junior guard Daejon Davis, scored 14 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in a 105-59 victory over David Douglas. Garfield faces Central Catholic on Monday, and DeMatha faces Lake Oswego.
--- Speaking of UW hoops, the Huskies return to action tonight with an 8 p.m. game against UC-Santa Barbara at Hec Edmundson Pavilion. Here is a preview box for that game.
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