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Posted on November 28, 2012 at 3:34 PM


Portland holds off Lewis & Clark 78-73

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Ryan Nicholas and Kevin Bailey scored 12 points each as Portland held off Division III Lewis & Clark College for a 78-73 victory on Tuesday night.

Nicholas and Bailey had key jumpers down the stretch for the Pilots (3-3) after the Pioneers trailed by just two, 71-69, with 2:17 remaining. Nicholas' two free throws clinched the game, making it 77-70 with 17 seconds to play.

Ross Erickson scored 26 points and Quentin Sims added 15 on five 3-pointers for Lewis & Clark (3-1).

In a game with eight lead changes and five ties, the Pilots' seven-point cushion in the second half was the largest for either team.

Both teams made half their attempts from the floor, with Portland shooting 29 of 57, Lewis & Clark 27 of 54. While the Pilots enjoyed a 34-16 scoring advantage in the paint, the Pioneers made 14 of 26 shots from 3-point range.

Derrick Rodgers added 11 points for Portland.


Memphis assigns G Tony Wroten to Reno in NBA's DL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The Memphis Grizzlies are sending rookie guard Tony Wroten to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Reno Bighorns.

General manager Chris Wallace announced the move Tuesday.

The 6-foot-6 Wroten has played in three games so far for the Grizzlies, and he's had one rebound and one steal in that time with the Grizzlies off to the NBA's best start at 10-2.

The Grizzlies drafted the 19-year-old Wroten with the 25th pick overall in June after he played one season in college at Washington where he averaged 16 points and 3.7 assists in college.


Sounders to pick up option on Eddie Johnson

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders FC general manager Adrian Hanauer says the team intends to pick up the club option on forward Eddie Johnson for the 2013 season.

Hanauer spoke Tuesday as the Sounders management wrapped up the 2012 season, which ended with a loss to Los Angeles in the Western Conference finals.

Johnson finished with 14 goals in MLS play, 17 in all competitions and was voted the MLS comeback player of the year. Hanauer said Johnson's option is less than designated player level. Johnson's play this year earned him a call up to the U.S. men's national team during World Cup qualifying.

Hanauer said the club will face some significant salary cap issues for the 2013 season because it has less allocation money.

He said all options will be on the table to clear salary cap space.


Frank Yallop, Eddie Johnson win MLS awards

NEW YORK (AP) — Frank Yallop of the San Jose Earthquakes has been honored as Major League Soccer's coach of the year, and the Seattle Sounders' Eddie Johnson is comeback player of the year.

After the Earthquakes finished with the 14th-best record out of 18 teams in 2011, they went 19-6-9 this season to lead MLS. Yallop easily won over fellow finalists Ben Olsen of D.C United and Peter Vermes of Sporting Kansas City in voting by media, MLS players and club management.

After struggling to find consistency for three years playing in Europe, Johnson returned to MLS this season and scored 14 goals in 28 games. The forward also won comeback player of the year honors in 2007.

Johnson narrowly beat out D.C. United midfielder Chris Pontius.

Earthquakes forward Alan Gordon was the other finalist.


Solo puts focus on soccer, not personal life

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hope Solo is trying to diffuse the drama surrounding her personal life as the gold medal-winning U.S. women's soccer team prepares for an exhibition match against Ireland.

The goalkeeper made her first appearance with the national team since she was married to former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens in Washington state on Nov. 13, a day after his arrest at a party for domestic violence. A judge determined there wasn't enough evidence to hold Stevens, but the matter remained under investigation.

Following a training session Tuesday night with her teammates at Jeld-Wen Field, Solo asserted that she's happily married.

The exhibition against Ireland is part of the team's victory tour following the London Olympics.