NW Sports from the AP

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

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Gerald Wallace scored 20 points, making a
key 3-pointer with two minutes left, and the Portland Trail Blazers
avenged a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on New Year’s Day with a
105-97 victory last night. LaMarcus Aldridge added 18 points and
seven rebounds for the Blazers, who have not lost in six games at
home this season. Portland has just two losses, including one to
the Clippers at the Staples Center on Jan. 1.

SEATTLE (AP) – C.J. Wilcox scored nine of his career-high 25
points during a crucial stretch late in the second half, Tony
Wroten added 24 and Washington held off Seattle’s second-half rally
for a 91-83 win over the Redhawks. Washington led by 14 in the
opening stages of the second half only to see Seattle charge back
and pull even at 76 with 4:53 left. Twice the Redhawks missed shots
around the basket that could have given them the lead.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have signed right-handed
reliever Aaron Heilman to a minor league contract with an invite to
the Mariners’ major league spring training camp. The Mariners
announced the contract on Tuesday. It will be his second stint with
the Mariners, although Heilman’s first season in Seattle never got
started as he was traded to the Chicago Cubs before the 2009 season
began. Heilman is a nine-year veteran.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Kasey Keller is moving from the field to
the broadcast booth. The Seattle Sounders announced on Tuesday that
Keller will become the analyst on all radio and television
broadcasts for the 2012 season. Keller will join new play-by-play
announcer Ross Fletcher, who was hired to replace Arlo White. White
has moved on to become the lead play-by-play announcer for NBC
Sports coverage of the MLS.

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