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Posted on December 15, 2012 at 6:04 PM

Updated Saturday, Dec 15 at 6:04 PM

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

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kevin Bailey scored 22 points and Portland beat Portland Bible 95-66 last night. Tanner Riley had 18 points for the Pilots, 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.

NEW YORK (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki and the New York Yankees are closing in on a $13 million, two-year contract, according to a person familiar with the negotiations. The person says the sides still have to finalize language and the deal will be subject to a physical. Suzuki was acquired from the Seattle Mariners on July 23.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Texas and Oregon each has reason to believe it is a team of destiny tonight in the NCAA women's volleyball championship. The third-seeded Longhorns have earned their second title-game appearance in four years, hoping to claim their first national championship since 1998. Oregon will be making its championship debut after a four-set upset victory over top-seeded Penn State.

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Nike spokeswoman is thanking Oregon legislators for acting "quickly and decisively" in approving a measure guaranteeing the state won't change a favorable corporate tax structure. In exchange, Nike plans to create 500 or more jobs and invest at least $150 million in an expansion. Nike employs thousands of people in Oregon.

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