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Posted on December 26, 2013 at 2:33 AM

Updated Thursday, Dec 26 at 2:33 AM


Oregon St. tops Boise St. 38-23 in Hawaii Bowl

HONOLULU (AP) — Rashaad Reynolds returned two fumbles for touchdowns, helping Oregon State beat Boise State 38-23 in the Hawaii Bowl on Tuesday night.

The Beavers set several records in handing Boise State its worst loss in two months.

Biletnikoff Award-winner Brandin Cooks had 60 yards receiving and a touchdown while setting a Pac-12 record for most receiving yards in season. Sean Mannion set another for passing yards, finishing 24 of 33 for 259 yards and a touchdown.

Oregon State kept Boise State out of the end zone until the third quarter, well after the Beavers opened a big lead.

Matt Miller led Boise State with 11 catches for 206 yards and a touchdown.


Seattle's run game struggling to find footing

SEATTLE (AP) — The lack of a consistent run game is a troubling recent trend the Seattle Seahawks would like to get corrected before the postseason arrives. It's causing trickle-down problems with the rest of their offense.

For the past five weeks, Seattle has failed to run for more than 134 yards as a team. Marshawn Lynch, who had 10 100-yard rushing games last season, has only three this year, none in the past five games. The inability to be consistent with the run is forcing Seattle into longer conversion attempts on second and third downs, and causing the offense to stall.

But getting it fixed against St. Louis on Sunday might be tougher than expected. The Rams held Seattle to a season-low 44 yards rushing in their first matchup.


Carroll: Seattle may make roster move with Harvin

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says a roster move could happen soon with wide receiver Percy Harvin, who has played in just one game this season.

Carroll did not expand, but commented a day after he said he was unsure whether Harvin would play again this season.

Harvin had hip surgery in early August to repair his labrum. He returned to practice in late October and made his Seahawks debut in Week 11 against Minnesota. Harvin had one reception and a 58-yard kickoff return in the victory.

But he's been absent since that game, unable to overcome what Carroll has called "soreness" in the hip area. Harvin has not practiced since, but Carroll has said there is no additional structural damage.


Sounders and Fulham complete loan for Dempsey

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — U.S. national team captain Clint Dempsey will be returning to Fulham on a two-month loan from the Seattle Sounders.

Dempsey passed a medical test with the Cottagers last week, and the loan was completed Tuesday. No dates were announced for when Dempsey would join Fulham or return to Seattle. But the expectation is he would come back before the Sounders opener in March against defending MLS champion Sporting Kansas City.

Dempsey scored 60 goals in 225 games for Fulham from 2007-12, including 50 goals in 184 Premier League matches. He spent a season at Tottenham before moving to Major League Soccer in August and joining the Sounders. Dempsey appeared in 12 games for Seattle and finished with a disappointing one goal and one assist in his first season back in MLS.


Twice-fired Terry Stotts finds success in Portland

When Terry Stotts took the coaching job in Portland before last season, he knew it might be his last chance at running a team.

Stotts had already been a head coach in Atlanta and Milwaukee. He lasted only two years at each stop before being fired. He knew he could be running out of opportunities to run the show.

He's making the most out of his chance with the Trail Blazers.

Stotts' wide-open offense and player-empowering approach has melded perfectly with a young, dynamic roster in his second year in Portland. The Blazers are 23-5 and have been one of the season's biggest surprises.

Stotts says he feels like something special is building.


Zirkle wins Solstice 100 for second straight year

(Information in the following story is from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner,

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The sled dog season is under way.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Aliy Zirkle won last weekend's running of the Solstice 100 race, put on by the Two Rivers Dog Mushers Association.

Zirkle finished the course in eight hours, 41 minutes and 54 seconds to claim her second straight title. Matt Hall was second, five minutes back, and defending Yukon Quest champion Allen Moore came in third. One musher scratched from the field of 23 teams.

Lance Mackey finished two minutes ahead of Jessica Hendricks to win the Solstice 50 race. Nineteen teams entered that race.