NW Sports from the AP

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Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from
The Associated Press

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll wasn’t
second-guessing his decision a day after attempting a 61-yard field
goal rather than going for it on fourth-down in the closing seconds
of a loss to Atlanta. Carroll repeated yesterday that he wanted to
give his team a chance to win after they had rallied from a
20-point deficit before falling 30-28 to the Falcons. Carroll said
Steven Hauschka had “bombed one in practice,” so he called on
Hauschka again – but the kick was short and wide left from 61 yards
with 13 seconds left in regulation.

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington opened the season with a game-saving
interception to squeak past FCS opponent Eastern Washington. The
Huskies have been making progress since. At 4-1 overall and 2-0 in
the Pac-12 North following Saturday’s 31-14 drubbing of Utah in
Salt Lake City, Washington enters its bye week on a high. The
Huskies are on the verge of a Top 25 ranking, continuing the
program’s emergence after going 0-12 back in 2008.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Washington State quarterback Jeff Tuel has
been cleared to begin practicing in full pads. Tuel fractured his
collarbone on his first series of the season on Sept. 3 against
Idaho State. Coach Paul Wulff said Sunday that Tuel can begin
practicing in full pads. But Wulff declined to say when Tuel might
play again. Backup Marshall Lobbestael has led the Cougars to a 3-1
record. Washington State plays at UCLA next Saturday.

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Redshirt freshman quarterback Sean
Mannion is doing his best to remain positive despite Oregon State’s
0-4 start. Last weekend in the Beavers’ 35-20 loss at Arizona
State, Mannion completed 40 of 66 passes for 341 yards and a
touchdown, but he was intercepted four times. His attempts and
completions set new Oregon State records, surpassing Erik Wilhelm,
who went 39 for 64 in 1986 against Michigan. It was Mannion’s third
game with at least 200 passing yards.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Since they became a Major League Soccer
franchise three years ago, the Seattle Sounders FC have dominated
the U.S. Open Cup. They’ll go for a third consecutive Open Cup
title tonight when they host the Chicago Fire before an expected
crowd of 35,000. A victory would make Seattle the first club to win
three consecutive titles since the New York Greek-American won
three in a row from 1967-69.

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