Latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports


Associated Press

Posted on January 9, 2013 at 12:33 PM


Seattle's Lynch shines again in playoffs

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Marshawn Lynch's tremor-causing playoff touchdown run two years ago against New Orleans has been viewed millions of times on the Internet.

It will be hard for Lynch to ever top that run or that performance. His slippery go-ahead touchdown run in the fourth quarter and 132 yards rushing last Sunday in Seattle's wild-card round win over Washington may come close.

Whatever the reason, when it comes to the opening-round of the playoffs, Lynch has given Seattle some memorable performances. But when he got to the divisional round two years ago against Chicago, he was held to just 2 yards rushing on four carries in what remains the least productive game of his nearly two-plus seasons with the Seahawks.

Lynch will get a chance to atone for two years ago when the Seahawks travel to Atlanta on Sunday.


Pac-12 study finds no abuse in WSU football

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program.

The findings of the independent review were released Tuesday and mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations.

Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson contended near the end of last football season that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. Wilson, who quit the team, subsequently recanted his allegations.

But university President Elson Floyd asked the school and the Pac-12 to investigate the charges anyway.

The Pac-12 report was compiled after 20 interviews with coaches, players, parents of players and athletic department staff members.


Porter formally takes the reins in Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — For months, Caleb Porter has been torn by his loyalty to the Akron Zips while waiting to take over as coach of the Portland Timbers.

Porter was hired as the Major League Soccer team's coach in late August, but he wrapped up his seventh season with Akron before fully making the move. He guided the Zips to an 18-1-3 record, the Mid-America Conference championship and into the third round of the NCAA tournament. It was the sixth straight season Akron had made it to the tournament; the Zips won the national championship in 2010.

Porter finished with a 123-18-17 overall record at Akron and the highest winning percentage (.832) among current Division I coaches.

The Timbers fired coach John Spencer last July and replaced him in the interim with general manager Gavin Wilkinson.


Track and Field returns to Corvallis

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State will hold a pair of track and field meets this spring, the first such events at the school since 1988.

The Beavers will debut their new Whyte Track and Field Center on March 23 with a meet that will include fellow athletes from the University of Portland and Willamette University.

The Beavers will also host the inaugural OSY High Performance meet April 26 for regional college athletes as well as open and club qualifiers.

Oregon State has not hosted a meet since the Oregon Senior The Athletics Congress (TAC) Championships in June 1988. The last collegiate event was the Beaver Twilight that May.

Oregon State has worked to rebuild its track program under coach Kelly Sullivan since 2004.

The Beavers' discontinued the sport after the 1988 season.