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) – Dwight Howard had 13 points and 13
rebounds and the Orlando Magic survived a late rally to hand the
Portland Trail Blazers their first loss at home, 107-104. The
Blazers closed in on the Magic when Nicolas Batum’s (bah-TOOM’s)
layup and LaMarcus Aldridge’s wide-open jumper made it 96-93 with
2:38 left. Hedo Turkoglu (HAY’-doo TURK’-oh-loo) answered for
Orlando with a layup and a 3-pointer that appeared to seal the win.
But Portland narrowed it again when Jamal Crawford and Wesley
Matthews hit consecutive layups to make it 102-99 with 32.1 seconds
to go. After Jason Richardson made a free throw, Crawford’s
finger-roll layup kept it close, but J.J. Reddick made four foul
shots down the stretch. Aldridge then made a 3-pointer with 2.9
seconds left.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – Donations are enabling the Yukon Quest
International Sled Dog Race to pay its top 15 mushers. Race
officials announced last week they were $50,000 short of the
$150,000 purse. They also are short $125,000 to pay for race
expenses. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports enough donations
have been received since the plea to pay for the purse. The race
starts Feb. 4 in Fairbanks and ends in Whitehorse, Yukon.

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