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

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Ten penalties, three second-half turnovers
and the poorest effort from a typically stout defense have the
Seattle Seahawks trying to explain if they’re lacking discipline.
Seattle dropped its third game in a row on Sunday, 23-13 in Dallas.
At 2-6, they are well back of San Francisco in the division race
with very little tangible to play for when the second half of the
season begins this week at home against Baltimore. Seattle coach
Pete Carroll says things that can hold a young team back are doing
just that, like penalties and turnovers.

SEATTLE (AP) – Washington has broken ground on a $250 million
renovation of Husky Stadium. The project is expected to take about
18 months and will knock the Huskies out of the 91-year-old
facility for the 2012 season. The goal is to complete the project
in time for the 2013 season opener. The renovation funding includes
$50 million in private donations. According to documents obtained
by The Associated Press through a public records request, the
school already has $17.9 million of that in hand. The school says
it has nearly $44 million in signed pledges.

SEATTLE (AP) – The fervor surrounding this week’s game between
Washington and 18th-ranked USC started to build just before
midnight last Saturday. Washington defensive coordinator Nick Holt
was ruminating about the just-finished game against sixth-ranked
Oregon, a 34-17 Huskies loss. Holt said he’d rather play USC than
Oregon. That honesty has turned into motivational material being
talked about around the USC campus, along with this fact: the
Trojans gained 484 yards in last year’s game against the Huskies, a
32-31 Washington victory.

WHITEFISH, Mont. (AP) – Athletes from Eastern Oregon are among
the Frontier Conference football players of the week. Running back
Kevin Sampson received offensive honors for his role in Eastern
Oregon’s 54-13 victory over Montana Western. He rushed nine times
for 160 yards and a touchdown and broke the school career rushing
record on his first carry. His teammate, Nick Magrone, was named
defensive player of the week. The defensive back had three solo
tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss and an
interception returned for a touchdown.

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