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

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Trail Blazers forward Nicolas
Batum (bah-TOOM’) has a left knee bone contusion that will keep him
out of tonight’s game against the Charlotte Bobcats. The results of
an MRI yesterday showed no breaks or tears in Batum’s knee, which
he injured late in the Blazers’ 93-89 loss to the Utah Jazz on
Monday night. Batum had to be helped off the court and the injury
appeared to be serious.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Washington State guard Faisal Aden has
suffered a torn ligament in his left knee and will miss the rest of
the season. Aden is the team’s second-leading scorer and he ranks
ninth in the Pac-12 with an average of 14.5 points per game. He
also leads the league in free throw shooting percentage at 89.4
percent. Aden was injured in the first half of Washington State’s
loss at Arizona last Thursday.

AMES, Iowa (AP) – Former Washington State offensive coordinator
Todd Sturdy has been named the wide receivers coach and passing
game coordinator at Iowa State. The native of Tipton, Iowa,
previously spent 12 seasons as the head coach at St. Ambrose
University in Davenport. Sturdy was the offensive coordinator at
Eastern Washington in 2007 before spending the past four seasons
with the Cougars. Sturdy’s offense ranked ninth nationally in
passing offense last season.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Timbers have acquired
18-year-old midfielder Charles Renken off Major League Soccer
waivers. Renken has played on U.S. youth national teams since 2005
and attended camp with the national U-23 team in Germany last fall.
He spent the 2010-11 season with the U-19 team of the German
Bundesliga club TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, his first season as a

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