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Posted on November 21, 2012 at 4:04 PM


Texas A&M beats Washington State, 55-54

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Elston Turner hit a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2 seconds left, and Texas A&M stunned Washington State 55-54 on Tuesday night in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.

D.J. Shelton had a chance to ensure at least overtime for the Cougars (2-3) when he went to the foul line with 17.5 seconds remaining. He managed to make the first free throw but missed the second, leaving his team clinging to a two-point lead as the Aggies (4-1) raced up court.

J'Mychal Reese got the ball in the hands of Turner and he cleared out the right side of the lane as if he was planning to drive for a tying basket.

Instead, he launched a 3-pointer that hit nothing but net.

The Cougars' Royce Woolridge could only get off a half-court heave that fell short, and the Aggies stormed the court to celebrate.


Utah Valley defeats Eastern Washington 86-83

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — Ben Aird scored 25 points and Jason Johnson added 18 as Utah Valley overcame a double-digit second-half deficit to beat Eastern Washington 86-83 in a CBE Hall of Fame Classic game on Tuesday night.

Each team had five players score in double figures. Alfonzo Hubbard added 16 points, Nick Thompson 11 and Antoine Hosley 10 for the Wolverines (3-2), who utilized a 31-9 run during an 8:57 stretch of the second half to turn a 10-point hole into a 66-54 cushion.

The Eagles (0-4) never led the rest of the way, but they didn't go quietly, rallying to within three points in the final minute, and Justin Crosgile's 3-pointer at the buzzer missed. Venky Jois scored 16 points, Martin Seiferth 14 and Crosgile, Jeffrey Forbes and Collin Chiverton 13 each for Eastern Washington.

Utah Valley protected its lead by making 7 of 8 free throws in the final 1:15.


Seattle cuts ties with INF Chone Figgins

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners have ended the disappointing tenure of Chone (shahn) Figgins in the Northwest, designating the veteran for assignment with one year remaining on his contract.

Seattle made the move on Tuesday night, one of a number of moves to get its 40-man roster set. The Mariners also designated outfielder Scott Cousins, who was claimed off waivers from Toronto on Nov. 6.

Figgins never found success in Seattle after signing a $36 million, four-year contract in 2009. He has $8 million remaining on his deal. General manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EHN'-sihk) says that Figgins just became an "expendable piece," as the Mariners moved to protect some younger prospects on their 40-man roster.

Figgins hit just .227 in 304 games over three seasons with the Mariners. He could be traded in the next 10 days but will likely be released.


Seattle trades Robinson to Baltimore for Andino

SEATTLE (AP) — Looking to add depth to the infield, the Seattle Mariners have acquired versatile Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for reserve outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

The trade was made Tuesday and instantly gives the Mariners an experienced infielder who can play second base, third base and shortstop. Despite struggling at the plate, Andino has played in 266 games the last two seasons for the Orioles. Andino started 106 games last season for the Orioles, including 96 at second base.

Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik says the ability to add a versatile infielder with proven experience was appealing.

Robinson played in 90 games over the past two seasons for the Mariners. He hit .215 in his limited major league time, but was caught in a log-jam of outfielders seeking playing time in Seattle.


Seahawks rookie Winston Guy suspended 4 games

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks rookie safety Winston Guy has been suspended for four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.

The league announced the suspension Tuesday. He will begin the suspension immediately and will be eligible to rejoin Seattle's active roster Dec. 17.

Guy's agent, Greg Linton, says the positive test was the result of an ingredient found in an over-the-counter supplement that his client took. He says Guy has no intentions of appealing his suspension and called it an innocent mistake.

Guy, a sixth-round pick out of Kentucky, has been active for only two of 10 games this season.


116th Civil War looks like it'll be a game.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — While they're still underdogs, the Oregon State Beavers certainly have more reasons to be hopeful this season heading into Saturday's Civil War against rival Oregon.

The surprising No. 16 Beavers are not only buoyed by their own dramatic turnaround but also by the vulnerabilities No. 5 Oregon showed in last weekend's loss to Stanford.

Oregon State has already defied the odds by improving to 8-2 overall after going just 3-9 last season. After two years without a bowl game, the Beavers were bowl eligible early after a 6-0 start, their best since the 1907 season.

They've also overcome an injury to starting quarterback Sean Mannion, and now one to successful backup-turned-starter Cody Vaz.


Tuel may play his final game Friday

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Apple Cup game on Friday may be Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel's last appearance as a Cougar. Or it may not.

The NCAA has not decided whether it will grant Tuel an extra year of eligibility, and Tuel has not decided if he would return even if another year is offered.

It's been an emotional season for Tuel, who has been in and out of the starting lineup as coach Mike Leach has juggled him and sophomore Connor Halliday.

Tuel started last weekend's game against Arizona State, but was yanked in favor of Halliday when the Cougars didn't move the ball. They ended up losing 46-7.

Leach says Tuel will likely start Friday's game against archrival Washington.


Pac-12 has 8 teams eligible for bowls

PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 didn't come close to filling its bowl allotment two years ago, sending four teams to the postseason.

The conference is back on track this season: eight bowl-eligible teams, the possibility of two in BCS bowls and an outside shot at the national title game.

UCLA has already locked up the South Division, while Stanford and Oregon are in the mix for the North's spot in the Nov. 30 Pac-12 championship game.

Oregon State, Washington, Southern California and both Arizona schools also are bowl eligible heading into the final week of the season.

The Ducks will likely get a BCS bowl slot if they beat the rival Beavers in the Civil War game on Saturday and could get into the BCS title game with help.