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Associated Press

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 10:34 PM


Oregon holds off Washington 80-77 in overtime

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Woods had 19 points, Arsalan Kazemi scored 11 of his 14 in overtime and Oregon outlasted Washington 80-77 on Thursday night in the quarterfinals of the Pac-12 tournament.

The tournament's third seed, Oregon (24-8) found itself in a fight from the start against the sixth-seeded Huskies. The Ducks stopped Washington from getting off a shot in the closing seconds of regulation and held on in overtime to reach Friday's semifinals against No. 10 seed Utah, which knocked off No. 2 California in overtime earlier Thursday.

A year ago, Washington (18-15) became the first team from a power conference to miss the NCAA tournament after winning the regular-season title, thanks to an opening loss to Oregon State in the Pac-12 tournament.

The Huskies could be out of the bracket after coming up short again in this year's tourney.


Beavers S Christian granted 6th season

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The NCAA has granted Oregon State safety Steven Christian a sixth season of eligibility.

Christian missed the 2009 and 20011 seasons at Hawaii because of a hip injury, before transferring to Oregon State.

He played in seven games for the Beavers last season with five tackles, an interception and a forced fumble.

Christian, a native of Sacramento, Calif., earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Hawaii.

He is currently in graduate school at Oregon State.


Lillard leads Blazers' 105-90 rout of Knicks

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard had 26 points and 10 assists to lead the Trail Blazers to a 105-90 victory over the Knicks on Thursday night, outplaying New York guard Raymond Felton in his return to Portland.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM') added 18 points for Portland, where Felton drew the ire of fans during a disappointing stint last season.

J.R. Smith had 33 points and Kenyon Martin added 12 to lead New York, which went ice cold in second half, shooting just 33 percent. The Knicks lead the Atlantic Division but have lost three straight after a rash of injuries that has decimated their starting five.

Tyson Chandler suffered a bruised knee in a collision Wednesday at Denver and was unavailable, joining Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire (ah-MAR'-ay STAH'-duh-my-ur).


Seahawks finalize deal with DE Cliff Avril

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have finalized their contract with free agent defensive end Cliff Avril, adding another needed pass rusher along their defensive line.

The contract, reportedly for two years, was finalized on Thursday.

Avril immediately addresses Seattle's need to add someone who can pressure the quarterback. Avril had 9½ sacks last season, but the best of his five years with Detroit came in 2011.

Avril had 11 sacks — good for seventh in the NFC — along with six forced fumbles and an interception. His long, lean frame fits the mold of the type of defensive ends that Seattle coach Pete Carroll wants.

On a conference call Thursday, Carroll said, "I don't feel like you can have enough speed pass rushers on your club."


Morse homers twice, M's beat Reds 8-7

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Michael Morse homered twice and drove in five runs to lead the Seattle Mariners back from a six-run deficit for an 8-7 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.

Morse doubled and scored in the second inning, hit his first two-run shot in the fourth off Reds starter Homer Bailey and connected for his second two-run shot in the fifth off reliever Clay Hensley. Morse is 11-for-31 in spring training and leads the team in home runs with five.

Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak added two hits and an RBI each for Seattle, which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Bailey allowed three runs on six hits in four innings. Zack Cozart had two hits including a two-run single in the fourth inning and Chris Heisey had two hits for the Reds.

All-Star first baseman Joey Votto went 0-for-2 with a run scored before being replaced after three innings because of illness and fatigue.

Mariners left-hander Joe Saunders was roughed up for five earned runs on nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

He pitched through pain from a blister on his left foot.


Iditarod won but Alaska town honors every finisher

NOME, Alaska (AP) — The winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has come under the burled arch in Nome, but that's just the beginning for the western Alaska community, where every musher to finish the race gets a hero's welcome.

The town's sirens blare when each of the more than four dozen competitors is about a mile out, and the mushers are all treated like royalty as they come down Front Street, cross the finish line and mingle with fans.

Town officials say it's a very important tradition to Nome.

Library director Laura Samuelson says anyone who has traveled a thousand miles on a team of dogs to reach Nome deserves a hearty welcome, no matter how long it takes them.

Mitch Seavey won the race Tuesday, but the reveling will continue as the rest of the remaining mushers trickle into town over the next few days.