Morris scores 14 points, Suns beat Blazers 104-93
PHOENIX (AP) — Markieff Morris scored 14 points to lead five players in double figures and the Phoenix Suns beat the Portland Trail Blazers 104-93 in their preseason home opener Friday night.
Morris had an eventful first half, scoring five points and committing four fouls in only 3:47 on the floor. But the second-year forward hit 4 of 5 shots in the second half as the Suns extended a seven point halftime lead to as many as 16.
Luis Scola, Wesley Johnson and Shannon Brown had 12 points each for the Suns, who led for all but the first 2:40 of the game. Michael Beasley added 10 points.
Damian Lillard scored 15 points, and Meyers Leonard and Nicolas Batum had 14 apiece for the Blazers.
NEW SEATTLE ARENA
Longshore Union challenging new Seattle arena plan
SEATTLE (AP) — The Longshore Union has announced its intent to file a legal challenge to the proposed basketball arena in the industrial area south of downtown Seattle.
Local 19 said Friday that details will be announced Monday for a lawsuit in King County Superior Court. Also on Monday, the Seattle and King County councils are expected to approve a memorandum of understanding with Chris Hansen for a $490 million arena. The lawsuit would oppose those agreements.
The union says the memo is itself a proposal that fixes the arena site and should have been submitted to the environmental review process.
Seattle City Attorney Peter Holmes says the memo of understanding would still allow consideration of other alternatives.
The union says building another sports venue in the Sodo area will erode maritime, manufacturing and warehousing businesses and threaten the livelihood of union and other workers.
Miller back to being a receiving threat
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Zach Miller is getting re-adjusted to what it's like to be an eligible pass catcher again after a year spent being a de facto offensive lineman.
The former Pro Bowler had his least productive receiving year of his career after joining the Seattle Seahawks last season. Miller caught just 25 passes for the season and failed to find the end zone for the first time in his five-year career.
Miller was called upon to be an extra blocker for a Seattle offensive line that struggled to find its footing early in the year.
Perry, Clemons, Quinn fined $15,750 each
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings wide receiver Michael Jenkins.
The league says Friday that Griffin committed unnecessary roughness against a defenseless player.
Fined $15,750 by the league were Green Bay linebacker Nick Perry, Seattle defensive end Chris Clemons, St. Louis defensive end Robert Quinn and San Diego linebacker Melvin Ingram.
Jets guard Matt Slauson was docked $10,000 for his illegal block on Texans linebacker Brian Cushing that tore ligaments in Cushing's left knee, sidelining him for the season.
Oregon DT Remington suspended
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon has suspended senior defensive tackle Isaac Remington indefinitely after he was cited for driving under the influence.
Eugene police say Remington was pulled over early Friday. A court hearing is scheduled for Nov. 1.
The No. 2 Ducks said Remington was suspended "pending clarification of an incident."
Remington has had 12 tackles in six games, including four for loss.
Oregon is off this weekend before facing Arizona State next Thursday night.
Target on the No. 2 Ducks in the Pac-12
USC coach Lane Kiffin insists his team isn't looking ahead to its game against No. 2 Oregon, while Arizona State coach Todd Graham admits it's hard not to. And Washington's Steve Sarkisian is trying not to look back.
At the halfway point of their season, the Ducks haven't yet faced the teams that many believe pose their biggest challenge in Pac-12 play, including No. 11 USC and No. 17 Stanford.
The list also includes the Pac-12 South-leading Sun Devils, who face Oregon next Thursday, and No. 10 Oregon State, which gets the Ducks in the annual Civil War at season's end.
But at 6-0, speedy Oregon appears to be racing toward the Pac-12 championship and beyond. Just ask the Huskies, who lost 52-21 to the Ducks last weekend.
Oregon St's hopes ride on untested QB against BYU
PROVO, Utah (AP) — Cody Vaz insists he isn't nervous, even if the hopes of No. 10 Oregon State ride on him, a quarterback who hasn't started a game since he was in high school.
Beavers coach Mike Riley says the junior, who steps in for the injured Sean Mannion when Oregon State visits BYU on Saturday, is a good quarterback who has been preparing for this for a long time and will be good.
Brigham Young also is dealing with quarterback issues.
The Cougars are expected to start senior Riley Nelson, back after missing the previous two games with what he said were "back fractures."
While BYU coach Bronco Mendenhall said Nelson was on track to start this week anyway, there wasn't much choice after talented freshman Taysom Hill tore up his left knee last week.
Barkley, No. 11 USC visit Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — Matt Barkley was just a freshman and knew there would be other chances later in his career to get even with Washington.
It didn't make watching Huskies fans pour onto the field following Washington's upset of the then-No. 3 Trojans three seasons ago any easier for Barkley to accept after sitting on the sidelines the entire game with a sore shoulder.
Barkley and his No. 11 Trojans make their first visit to Seattle since that 2009 upset when they face the Huskies on Saturday at CenturyLink Field. Even though he didn't play the last time USC (4-1, 2-1 Pac-12) ventured north, Barkley doesn't view this matchup with any more importance with the Trojans trying to rebuild a resume that took a hit less than a month ago with their upset loss at Stanford.
Cal seeks 2nd straight Pac-12 win at Washington St
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State coach Mike Leach will continue to rely on younger players when his slumping team hosts California on Saturday night.
Leach says the Cougars (2-4, 0-3 Pac-12) have lost all three of their league games in part because they lack senior leadership.
Last weekend, the Cougars wasted a sterling defensive performance in losing 19-6 at No. 10 Oregon State. It was the second game this season in which they failed to score a touchdown.
California (2-4, 1-2) is coming off a surprising 43-17 win over UCLA.