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Associated Press

Posted on July 19, 2013 at 2:04 AM

ALASKA-MILE MARK

Dunbar sets mile mark for Alaskans

(Information in the following story is from: KMXT-FM, http://www.kmxt.org)

A Kodiak native has set a milestone for Alaskans running the mile.

KMXT reports Kodiak High School native Trevor Dunbar became the first Alaskan to officially run a mile in under four minutes.

Dunbar finished in 3:59.06 at the Portland Roughrider Twilight Meet on Monday in Oregon.

On hand to watch the accomplishment was Dunbar's father, Marcus, a longtime competitive Alaska runner and coach.

Trevor wore his father's old high school jersey when setting the mark for Alaskans.

He will be a senior this fall at the University of Oregon, where he runs cross-country and track.

VIDEO BASEBALL CHAMP

Oregonian wins $250,000 in video-game competition

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A University of Oregon student who won $250,000 in a national video-game competition was a guest of Major League Baseball at Tuesday night's All-Star Game in New York.

KFLS radio in Klamath Falls reports that Justin Chavarria won MLB 2K13's Perfect Game Challenge, beating out three other finalists on Tuesday.

The 21-year-old was a good athlete during his days at Klamath Union High School, but his video-baseball skills landed him the big payday.

Chavarria told the Klamath Falls Herald and News before the competition that he practiced the game six hours a day, all while attending college and serving as a practice player for the Oregon women's basketball team.

Two of the four finalists were Oregonians. Tyson Sanders of Oregon City also got the trip to New York.

(Stations: Note Portland Trail Blazer connection in item below.)

SPURS-PENDERGRAPH

Pendergraph signs 2-year deal with Spurs

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs have agreed to a two-year contract with forward Jeff Pendergraph.

Pendergraph made the announcement on Tuesday before a workout at Arizona State, his alma mater.

The 6-foot-9 Pendergraph spent the past two seasons at Indiana, mostly in a reserve role. He averaged 3.9 points and 2.8 rebounds per game last season with the Pacers, who reached the Eastern Conference Finals.

Pendergraph was drafted out of Arizona State by Portland in 2009 and played one season for the Trail Blazers before missing the 2010-11 season with a torn right ACL.

He should added frontcourt depth to the Spurs, who lost to Miami in the NBA Finals this past season.

(Stations: Note other item of regional and general interest below.)

ALL-STAR GAME

Rivera perfect, AL beats NL 3-0 in All-Star game

NEW YORK (AP) — Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0 Tuesday night to stop a three-year losing streak.

Ten pitchers combined a three-hitter and the 43-year-old Rivera, who is retiring at the end of the season, remained unscored on in nine All-Star innings. The only older pitcher to appear in an All-Star game was 47-year-old Satchel Paige.

Rivera was left alone on the field for a 90-second standing ovation, waving his cap to the crowd and touching it to his heart as the other All-Stars watched from the dugout railing and applauded.

Bautista had a sacrifice fly in the fourth off Patrick Corbin that stopped the AL's 17-inning scoreless streak. Hardy added a run-scoring grounder in the fifth against Cliff Lee and Kipnis hit an RBI double in the eighth off Craig Kimbrell.

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