Mayo scores 32 for Mavs in 114-91 win over Blazers
DALLAS (AP) — O.J. Mayo scored 32 points, his second consecutive 30-point game at home, and the Dallas Mavericks used a fourth-quarter surge for a 114-91 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.
Mayo, one of a trio of Mavericks newcomers who scored in double figures, made six 3-pointers and capped his night with a running dunk with 1:18 left. He scored 30 in the home opener two nights earlier.
Chris Kaman had 16 points, and Darren Collison had 14 points and 13 assists for the Mavericks.
LaMarcus Aldridge and Wesley Matthews had 20 points each for Portland.
The Trail Blazers are coached by Terry Stotts, a Mavericks assistant the past four seasons under Rick Carlisle.
Mavs F Marion out with strained left knee
DALLAS (AP) — Shawn Marion left the Dallas Mavericks' game against the Portland Trail Blazers because of a strained left knee.
It wasn't immediately clear how and when Marion got hurt. The forward came out of the game with 5:52 left in the third quarter, when Chris Kaman replaced him.
The Mavericks were already without Dirk Nowitzki, who is recovered from arthroscopic knee surgery.
Marion had eight points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes on Monday night.
Seahawks use Lynch, strong finish to snap skid
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Pete Carroll called it a textbook example of how the Seattle Seahawks want to close out a victory, with the ball in their hands and the final seconds ticking away.
It only came after Carroll watched Adrian Peterson gash his defense for the entire first half.
The Seahawks' 30-20 win over Minnesota on Sunday snapped Seattle's two-game losing streak and continued its run of success at home. Thanks to the running of Marshawn Lynch, overshadowed at times by Peterson, the Seahawks (5-4) were able to control the ball for nearly the final 12 minutes, never giving Minnesota a chance to rally.
Lynch rushed for 124 yards, including 69 in the second half. While his running allowed Seattle to control the clock, its defense made adjustments to try and contain Peterson, who finished with 182 yards.
Huskies not stylish, but finding ways to win
SEATTLE (AP) — Steve Sarkisian gained notoriety for his fancy, high-scoring units when he was an offensive coordinator. The Washington coach is OK with ugly victories, too.
Just a couple of weeks ago, the questions were about whether Sarkisian had lost his touch with the Huskies riding a three-game losing streak and getting blown out in two of the losses.
Those concerns have subsided after wins over Oregon State and Friday's sometimes unappealing 21-13 victory over California that improved the Huskies to 5-4 and on the cusp of securing a third straight bowl appearance.
Washington has three more chances at obtaining bowl eligibility beginning this week with its home finale against Utah. It closes the season at woeful Colorado before facing rival Washington State in the Apple Cup.
WASHINGTON ST-WILSON SUSPENDED
Washington State suspends star WR Wilson
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State has suspended star receiver Marquess Wilson for an unspecified violation of team rules.
Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not say Monday how long the suspension would last or specifics about why Wilson was punished by first-year coach Mike Leach.
Wilson has caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns this season.
Washington State plays No. 17 UCLA in Pullman on Saturday.
T25-UCLA ON TOP
UCLA isn't getting comfortable atop Pac-12 South
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Quarterback Brett Hundley is well aware UCLA has moved ahead of crosstown rival Southern California in the Top 25 and the Pac-12 South standings.
Hundley still isn't thinking about the Trojans — at least not until they meet next week.
But the freshman has heard all about it from his fellow students over the past two days since the No. 17 Bruins (7-2, 4-2 Pac-12) routed Arizona 66-10, moving past USC into first place with three games to go.
UCLA has risen quickly in Jim Mora's first season, but the coach says there's no danger of the Bruins overlooking a trip to frigid Washington State (2-7, 0-6) on Saturday night.
Mora and Hundley are both uninterested in celebrating this strong start to an unfinished season.
Perez stays with Mariners for $1.5 million
SEATTLE (AP) — Oliver Perez is staying with the Seattle Mariners, giving them a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen next season.
Seattle and Perez agreed Saturday to a $1.5 million, one-year contract. He was 1-3 with a 2.12 ERA in 33 games last season and had a stretch of 20 consecutive appearances in July and August where he did not allow a run. That streak was tied for the fourth longest in franchise history.
Perez started the season at Triple-A Tacoma and was brought up on June 16. He was strong against left-handed hitters but was even better against right-handers, who hit .204 against him.
Perez can make an additional $600,000 in performance bonuses next year: $100,000 each for 40, 45. 50, 55, 60 and 65 games.
In 2011 Perez was released in spring training by the Mets, who owed him the final $12 million of a $36 million, three-year contract.
His deal with Seattle this year was worth $90,000 in the minors and $750,000 in the majors.