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

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Pete Carroll admits he’s dealing with a
frustrated team after the Seattle Seahawks dropped to 2-5. There
were plenty of questions facing Carroll yesterday, a day after
Seattle lost a 34-12 decision to Cincinnati for their second loss
in a row. Carroll said he can see how a rift could be developing
with the Seahawks defense playing well for the second straight week
and allowing the Bengals just three offensive points in the second
half, but the offense continuing the slog. He was also left
explaining why he had Tarvaris Jackson go through pregame warmups,
only to start Charlie Whitehurst – then insert Jackson later due to
Whitehurst’s performance.

SEATTLE (AP) – The last time Washington faced a Top 10 opponent,
it was left humbled and embarrassed by Stanford. After rebounding
last weekend with a 42-31 win over the Arizona Wildcats, the
Huskies get their shot at proving the 44-point loss to Stanford was
an aberration when they host No. 6 Oregon on Saturday. It’s the
final game at Husky Stadium before a $250 million renovation that
will modernize the aging facility and be flush with emotion. UW is
also honoring the 20th anniversary of the 1991 Huskies that shared
the national title with Miami.

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) – Athletes from Eastern Oregon, Montana
State-Northern and Montana Tech have been named Frontier Conference
football players of the week. Quarterback Chris Ware was named
offensive player of the week for his performance in Eastern
Oregon’s 41-14 win over MSU-Northern. He was 21 of 29 passing for
297 yards, four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 12
times for 84 yards and a TD. Meantime, MSU-Northern punter/kicker
Juan Garcia was named special teams player of the week. Two of his
three punts were downed inside Eastern Oregon’s 20-yard line.
Garcia also made both of his extra point attempts.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have released former closer
David Aardsma after Aardsma declined to be outrighted and became a
free agent. The Mariners also removed center fielder Franklin
Gutierrez and catcher Adam Moore from the 60-day disabled list on
Monday. Right-handed reliever Jeff Gray was also claimed off
waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Aardsma did not pitch in the majors
during the 2011 season. He had offseason surgery to repair a labrum
tear in his left hip, then suffered an arm injury and had Tommy
John surgery in July.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – This is shaping up as Robert Sacre’s
(sak-RAY’s) team as No. 23 Gonzaga seeks a 14th consecutive trip to
the NCAA tournament. The top returning scorer and rebounder for the
Zags even got a scheduling bonus this year: Gonzaga will play
Hawaii in Sacre’s hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. The
7-foot senior averaged 12.5 points and 6.3 rebounds last season for
a Gonzaga team that finished 25-10 and advanced to the second round
of the NCAA tournament. The Zags are well stocked in veteran big
men this season.

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