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SEATTLE (AP) – Kristen Riley had 16 points and 10 rebounds to
lead three scorers in double figures as No. 23 Brigham Young
cruised to its eighth straight victory, 69-55 over Seattle on
Wednesday night. Kim Parker added 15 points and Stephanie Vermunt
had 14 for the Cougars (19-3), who were playing for the first time
since breaking into the AP’s top 25 this week. The last time BYU
was in the rankings was at No. 22 on Dec. 2, 2006. Ashley Ward
scored 18 points to lead the Redhawks (12-9). Kacie Sowell had 15
points and 16 rebounds, and Talisa Rhea added 11 points.

SEATTLE (AP) – In his last three games, the first-half shooting
efforts by Washington’s Terrence Ross were forgettable. And in the
second half, taking nearly the same shots, Ross has been
unstoppable. Streaky doesn’t even begin to describe the last three
games for Washington’s sophomore swingman with NBA potential.
Against Washington State, California and Stanford, Ross scored a
combined eight points in the first half and shot 13.6 percent. In
the final 20 minutes of those three games, he scored a combined 55
points, including 26 against the Cougars, and shot nearly 60

WINTHROP, Wash. (AP) – Biathlon, which combines cross country
skiing and marksmanship, is a minor sport in America – except in
Washington’s Methow (MET’-how) Valley. The Methow Valley Biathlon
Team has 30 active members and boasts the largest junior biathlon
program in the West. Coach Betsey Devin-Smith of Winthrop started
the program in 2002, partly to keep her son interested in cross
country skiing. The Wenatchee World reports (http://is.gd/rdzvXk)
the now 19-year-old Casey Smith is in Europe, training with the
U.S. National Team for his third Junior World Championship

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