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

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Marshawn Lynch is putting the struggles of
the Seattle Seahawks run game on himself. Even with one of the
youngest offensive lines in the NFL, he says it’s his
responsibility to get the lagging ground attack going. Lynch wasn’t
pleased with his 16 carries for 24 yards last week in a 34-12 loss
to Cincinnati. It was the fourth time in the six games Lynch has
played where he failed to gain at least 40 yards rushing. Seattle’s
run game as a whole has been one of its biggest woes, even as the
pass game is showing some improvement.

SEATTLE (AP) – After more than nine decades in which it hosted
Husky football, NFL games, presidential speeches and commencement
addresses, Husky Stadium is getting ready to say farewell – for a
time. The brittle waterfront stadium will host its final football
game between Washington and No. 6 Oregon on Saturday before most of
the facility comes down over the next few months as part of a major
renovation. In its place in less than two years will be a $250
million football-only gem, the latest entry into the facility arms
race that’s swept college football.

UNDATED (AP) – Oregon State could salvage a disappointing season
with a major upset, and the Beavers will get their next chance at
one on Saturday when fourth-ranked Stanford pays a visit to Reser
Stadium. While a win seems unlikely for the 2-6 Beavers, they do
have a history when it comes to unexpected victories. Take 2008,
when they were 26-point underdogs but beat top-ranked USC 27-21,
the loss ultimately costing the Trojans a shot at a national
championship. Freshman Jacquizz (ja-KWIZ’) Rodgers ran for 186
yards and instantly became a star. The year before, Oregon State
derailed No. 2 California 31-28 – when Cal was on the verge of
becoming No. 1.

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) – Former Portland Trail Blazers center
Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje (BOOM’-shay BOOM’-shay) is retiring
immediately because of a heart condition. Bayern Munich, the
player’s current club, says the 33-year-old decided to retire after
a medical exam uncovered “new irregularities” that could have
later consequences. The club gave no details Wednesday.
Boumtje-Boumtje says his “health and family are of the greatest
importance.” The Cameroon-born center played 44 games for Portland
between 2001 and 2004.

RENO, Nev. (AP) – Nevada senior Kevin Lucas shot a 1-under-par
70 to claim his first collegiate championship with the individual
title at the Pacific Invitational. Lucas made a 12-foot birdie putt
on the final hole Wednesday to beat Oregon State’s Alex Moore by
one stroke. He opened the tourney with a 66 and finished at 6 under
for the three rounds at Brookside Country Club in Stockton, Calif.
Nevada lost the team title to Oregon State in a one-hole playoff.
Wolf Pack senior Gavin Kwon had the low round of the day Wednesday
with a 66.

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