Wizards beat Blazers for 1st win after 12 losses
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Wizards earned their first victory after starting the season with 12 straight losses, getting 19 points from Jordan Crawford in an 84-82 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night.
Washington survived a scoreless 6:47 in the fourth when Crawford hit on a 3-pointer with 2:06 to play, and they finally took the 84-82 lead on Emeka Okafor's two free throws with 39.1 seconds to play. Damian Lillard was called for traveling with 28 seconds to play. After Nene was called for an offensive foul, J.J. Hickson missed a jumper with 2.8 seconds to play. The Wizards lost the ball with 0.2 seconds to play, but held on to end the skid.
Nine teams started the season 0-13, and the Wizards were tired of the ridicule they'd been subjected to — locally and nationally.
Wilcox leads Washington over Saint Louis 66-61
SEATTLE (AP) — C.J. Wilcox finished 27 points, just off his career-high, Aziz N'Diaye scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Washington snapped a two-game home losing streak by holding on for a 66-61 win over Saint Louis on Wednesday night.
Thinned by injuries, the Huskies (3-3) went just seven players deep, but had enough to overcome the Billikens (3-3) and avenge a 13-point loss last season in St. Louis.
Wilcox had one of the most efficient games in Washington history, hitting 11 of 13 shots, including 4 of 5 on 3-pointers. He just missed his career high of 28 set in Saturday's home loss to Colorado State. The Huskies avoided their first three-game home non-conference losing streak since 1994.
Cody Ellis led the Billikens with 14 points off the bench. It was Saint Louis' last game away from home before conference play begins in early January.
Washington State beats Idaho 64-55
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Brock Motum had 26 points and pulled nine rebounds to help Washington State beat the Vandals 64-55, making it 10 straight wins for the Cougars over Idaho.
Dexter Kernich-Drew had a career-high 15 points and five assists. D.J. Shelton added 14 points including a 3-pointer down the stretch to help Washington State (4-3) with the win.
Idaho recovered from a 13 point deficit in the first half. It would cut the lead to two points, 53-51, with 3:30 remaining in the game, but later, Shelton knocked down a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to give the Cougars the spark they needed, scoring nine of the last 11 points for the Cougars.
Stephen Madison had 13 points for Idaho (1-4). The Vandals committed 11 turnovers in the contest, while Washington State had four. The Cougars outscored Idaho 44-24 in the paint and shot 45.6 percent from the field.
Stanford rallies to beat Seattle, 68-57
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Andy Brown scored a career-high 17 points and Dwight Powell had a career-high 13 rebounds to lead Stanford past Seattle 68-57 on Wednesday night.
Chasson Randle added 15 points for the Cardinal (5-3), who had lost three of their previous four games.
Prince Obasi recorded career highs with 18 points and eight rebounds for the Redhawks (2-2). Redshirt freshman Deshaun Sunderhaus had 12 points and a career-high 11 rebounds.
Brown was 6 of 9 from the field and also matched his career high with six rebounds.
Roscoe Allen hit a pair of free throws with 6:36 remaining to play to put Stanford ahead, 49-48.
Louis Green hit a jumper to bring Seattle even at 50, but the Cardinal went on a run and maintained the advantage.
The Redhawks led 36-29 just over two minutes into the second half.
Seattle led at halftime, 30-27.
Seattle DE Red Bryant questionable vs. Chicago
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks could be without defensive end Red Bryant this week at Chicago because of a foot problem.
Bryant did not practice Wednesday and coach Pete Carroll said the foot issue has been bothering Seattle's big run stopper for some time. Bryant began his career as a defensive tackle but was moved to defensive end in Carroll's first season and has thrived as the run-stopping cog for Seattle.
If Bryant can't play, Carroll said the play would be to move defensive tackle Alan Branch to defensive end and have rookie Greg Scruggs step in for Branch at defensive tackle.
Seattle linebacker Leroy Hill also didn't practice Wednesday. He was bothered by an ankle injury. Carroll was unsure of Hill's status for Sunday and said Malcolm Smith would step in if needed.
Seattle trying to avoid distractions about CBs
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Richard Sherman is at the center of what could be a massive distraction for the Seattle Seahawks as they try to hold the last playoff spot in the NFC.
Yet the talkative cornerback said Wednesday that this week is the same as always, despite news leaking out of failed drug tests by Sherman and fellow starting cornerback Brandon Browner.
Sherman spoke for the first time since news first broke saying he and Browner failed tests for performance-enhancing drugs and face possible four-game suspensions. The Seahawks expect the pair to play this week at Chicago as they appeal.
Sherman and Browner were expected to release detailed statements regarding the suspensions later Wednesday, but during the open locker room Sherman said it's the same old routine despite all that is going on.
Seattle S Earl Thomas fined for hit on Tannehill
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas says he has been fined by the NFL for his roughing the passer penalty against Miami quarterback Ryan Tannehill last week.
Thomas first tweeted about the fine, then confirmed it during the open locker room Wednesday. Thomas indicated in his tweet that he was fined $15,000.
Thomas' play became a huge turning point in the Dolphins' rally for a 24-21 win. Thomas came rushing at Tannehill and leapt in the air trying to knock down the pass, coming down and hitting Tannehill. The penalty wiped out a Seattle interception in the end zone and Miami scored on the next play to tie the game at 14-14 early in the fourth quarter.
Asked about the fine, Thomas said, "it's the NFL. That's all I've got to say about it."
Cutler: Bears may have to tone down offense
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — Jay Cutler might need a cheat sheet so he knows which players are lining up this week for the Chicago Bears.
They host Seattle on Sunday and figure to have a different look, particularly on the offensive line.
The Bears got Cutler back after a one-game absence due to a concussion only to lose a slew of players in a win over Minnesota last week.
That includes stars Devin Hester (concussion) along with Matt Forte and Charles Tillman (ankle injuries), but they were dangerously thin in the trenches after losing starting guards Lance Louis and Chris Spencer to knee injuries.
Cutler says the Bears will "have to be careful what we ask those guys (the linemen) to do."
Former NFL TE Jerramy Stevens arrested in Fla.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens has been arrested for a parole violation in Florida.
According to booking records, Stevens was arrested in Hillsborough County, Fla., on Wednesday morning.
Two weeks ago, Stevens was arrested in the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Wash., for investigation of assault following what police said was an argument with U.S. women's soccer team goalkeeper Hope Solo. A Kirkland Municipal Court judge released Stevens after a court appearance, saying there was no evidence connecting Stevens to any assault. Stevens and Solo were married that night.
Solo said Tuesday in Portland, Ore., that she and Stevens are happy.
Stevens was arrested in 2010 while playing for Tampa Bay. He was pulled over and arrested the night before a game for possession of marijuana. He was almost immediately released by the Buccaneers.
No. 6 Ducks await their bowl fate
Oregon is taking a break this week while the team awaits formal word on where it will be headed this postseason.
There is a general consensus that the No. 6 Ducks are headed as an at-large bid to the Fiesta Bowl on Jan. 3 in Arizona, but it won't be cemented until Sunday when the bowl bids are announced.
The real mystery surrounds who Oregon will face in the game. Many were pining for the matchup with No. 7 Kansas State, to spotlight Oregon freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota and Wildcats senior QB Collin Klein.
Kansas State hosts No. 23 Texas in its regular season finale on Saturday. The Wildcats can wrap up the Big 12 title and earn the league's automatic BCS bowl berth with a win, or if No. 12 Oklahoma loses to TCU earlier in the day.
Leach says he is returning to Washington State
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Washington State's Mike Leach says he intends to be coaching the Cougars again next season.
Leach's name has come up in connection with some coaching vacancies across the country, particularly at North Carolina State.
But Leach said Wednesday that he's happy in Pullman and not looking for another job. He says he wants to turn the Washington State program around.
The Cougars finished 3-9 in Leach's first season, but they beat archrival Washington in the Apple Cup. It was the first losing record of Leach's career.
He says the team needs to get bigger and stronger next season, and will be particularly looking to recruit more offensive and defensive linemen.
WALTER CAMP AWARD
Klein, Manziel lead Walter Camp Award finalists
NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein, Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award.
Oregon running back Kenjon Barner and Southern California receiver Marqise Lee are the other finalists. The award will be presented Thursday Dec. 6.
Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck won last year's Walter Camp Award.
Former UM football player guilty in drug case
(Information in the following story is from: KECI-TV, http://www.keci.com)
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — A suspended University of Montana football player has pleaded guilty to a felony drug charge in exchange for a recommended deferred sentence.
KECI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/TqIe3P ) 20-year-old Trevor Poole of Spokane, Wash., pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of dangerous drugs.
The former offensive tackle was arrested in late October at a large Halloween party and suspended from the team. He acknowledged buying two "molly" pills, a drug similar to ecstasy.
In exchange for the guilty plea prosecutors agreed to recommend an 18-month deferred sentence that could lead to the conviction being removed from his record.
Poole's sentencing is set for January.
WHL suspends Portland coach/GM, fines team
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — The Western Hockey League suspended Portland Winterhawks coach and general manager Mike Johnston for the rest of the season, fined the team $200,000 and took away several draft picks Wednesday because of player-benefit violations over the past four seasons.
The WHL said the Winterhawks will be excluded from the first five rounds of the 2013 WHL bantam draft and will forfeit their first-round selections in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Should the first-round selection in 2014 not be available due to a conditional trade, Portland will surrender its second- and third-round picks.
Assistant general manager and assistant coach Travis Green will assume Johnston's duties on an interim basis. Portland is 20-4-1 this season and leads the U.S. Division with 41 points.
Morgan has hat trick, US beats Ireland 5-0
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Alex Morgan scored three first-half goals and the Olympic gold medal-winning U.S. women's national team beat Ireland 5-0 on Wednesday night, the latest match in an exhibition tour for fans following the London Games.
Sydney Leroux added two goals to help the top-ranked United States improve to 4-0-2 on its Fan Tribute Tour.
Morgan struck first in the 24th minute. It was her 25th goal this year, making her the third U.S. player to reach the mark in a season — Abby Wambach had 31 in 2004 and Michelle Akers had 39 in 1991. Leroux has a reserve-record 12 goals this season.
Hope Solo started in goal for the U.S. while her personal life was again grabbing headlines.
Earlier Wednesday, husband Jerramy Stevens was taken into custody in Hillsborough County, Fla., for an alleged parole violation.