Friday, December 15, 2017
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Sherman draws 22K for charity

SEATTLE — Not that it should come as a surprise, but Seattle is still crazy about its Super Bowl champion Seahawks.

The latest example came Sunday when an announced crowd of 22,000 turned out at Safeco Field for cornerback Richard Sherman's charity softball game. After being played in a minor-league park in Tacoma last season, Sherman's event filled the lower bowl of the Mariners' home stadium from one foul pole to the other.

Sherman's event featured a litany of Seahawks teammates, including quarterback Russell Wilson, defensive end and former Buc Michael Bennett, wide receiver Doug Baldwin and safety Earl Thomas. Also playing were Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who said he hadn't swung a bat in 20 years, former SuperSonics stars Shawn Kemp and Gary Payton, and rapper Macklemore.

"He's a psycho like me," Bryant said of Sherman. "I think it's just mutual respect and I have a great amount of respect for people who work at their craft. When him and I met, we just talked and hit it off."

"I respect these guys tremendously and it's humbling, it's not something you can put into words," Sherman said before the game in an unusually low-key moment for the outspoken All-Pro.

Dareus fails test: Bills starting defensive tackle Marcell Dareus missed the start of training camp because he did not report in shape, coach Doug Marrone said. In the past seven months Dareus had a drug arrest in his native Alabama and a car crash while, allegedly, drag racing teammate Jerry Hughes.

Dunbar arrest: Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar and NBA free agent Donte Green were arrested early Sunday outside a South Beach club after fighting each other, Miami Beach police detective Vivian Thayer said. Thayer said Dunbar and Green each were accused of battery and disorderly conduct.

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