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Associated Press

Posted on December 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

SEAHAWKS-INJURIES

Walter Thurmond ruled out for Seahawks

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks will be without starting cornerback Walter Thurmond against the Buffalo Bills in Toronto on Sunday.

Thurmond injured his hamstring during practice Wednesday and has been officially ruled out. The Seahawks will be forced to start their third cornerback in as many weeks against the Bills. Either Byron Maxwell or rookie Jeremy Lane will start, with both expected to play extensively.

Wide receiver Sidney Rice returned to practice Friday after missing the first two days of practice this week with a bruised foot. Rice is expected to play Sunday.

Safety Kam Chancellor and defensive end Red Bryant were full participants in practice and are listed as probable. Running back Marshawn Lynch was limited with back and foot injuries but is also expected to play against the Bills.

PORTLAND BIBLE-PORTLAND

Portland beats Portland Bible 95-66

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Bailey scored 22 points and Portland beat Portland Bible 95-66 Friday night.

Tanner Riley had 18 points for the Pilots (4-6), who never trailed in their first meeting against the crosstown Wildcats of the NCCAA. Portland led 56-29 at halftime, shooting 64 percent in the first half and 57 percent for the game.

Thomas Van Der Mars scored 12 points and Riley Barker had 10 points and 10 rebounds for Portland.

Breen Weeks scored 21 points to lead Portland Bible. Tim Mahan had 13 points and Shabaz King-Lewis added 12 points for the Wildcats.

YANKEES-SUZUKI

AP source: Suzuki, Yankees close in on $13M deal

NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees closed in Friday on a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations.

The sides still had to finalize language and the deal will be subject to a physical, the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not complete. Suzuki will get $6.5 million a year.

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 23, the 39-year-old Suzuki revived his career in New York. His batting average jumped from .261 with the Mariners, to .322 with the Yankees, with five homers, 27 RBIs and 14 steals.

A 10-time All-Star, Suzuki has 2,606 hits in 12 major league seasons.

Also Friday, New York finalized a $12 million, one-year contract with Kevin Youkilis, who is expected to start at third base during the first half of the season while Alex Rodriguez recovers from hip surgery scheduled for next month.

NCAA VOLLEYBALL CHAMPIONSHIPS

Oregon, Texas meet in NCAA volleyball final

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Texas and Oregon each has reason to believe it is a team of destiny Saturday night in the NCAA women's volleyball championship.

The third-seeded Longhorns (28-4) have earned their second title-game appearance in four years, hoping to claim their first national championship since 1998. They overcame a 2-1 deficit to beat Michigan in five sets Thursday night in the semifinals and now aim to close the deal after blowing a 2-0 lead against Penn State in the 2009 final.

Oregon (30-4) will be making its championship debut after a four-set upset victory over top-seeded Penn State. While that outcome stunned many who believed the Nittany Lions were a championship lock, the fifth-seeded Ducks always believed they could do it and are eager to continue that roll for one more game.

SPECIAL SESSION-NIKE

Oregon approves tax deal for Nike expansion

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's Legislature has approved a tax deal requested by Nike Inc.

The House and Senate voted Friday to allow the governor to promise the world's largest athletic shoe company that its tax structure won't change if it hires hundreds of new workers in Oregon.

Gov. John Kitzhaber called for emergency legislation to prevent Beaverton-based Nike from making a major expansion in another state.

Critics questioned the timing and purpose of the legislation.

The governor wants to freeze the current method for calculating the Oregon tax bill for Nike or any other company that agrees to invest $150 million and create at least 500 new jobs.

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