NW Sports from the AP

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


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Sean Rodriguez and Luke Scott homered for Tampa Bay, helping Rays right-hander James Shields become the American League’s first five-game winner with a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners last night. Shields allowed four runs and five hits, walked four and struck out 11 over six innings to win his sixth straight decision over two seasons – matching the longest winning streak of his career. Kyle Seager homered twice off the 2011 All-Star, driving in all of Seattle’s runs.

SEATTLE (AP) – Eddie Johnson scored for the second game in a row, directing home a header just before halftime, Fredy Montero scored his first goal of the season on a 35-yard strike early in the second half, and the Seattle Sounders finally got the best of Los Angeles with a 2-0 win over the Galaxy last night. Johnson’s goal in the 40th minute capped a half of missed chances for Seattle and came off a long cross from Mauro Rosales. It snapped a long scoreless skid for Seattle at home vs. the Galaxy.

PITTSBURGH (AP) – The gritty western Pennsylvania city whose rich minor-league hockey history helped inspire the cult movie “Slap Shot” is getting another chance to support a hockey team – this time a junior league squad that’s moving from Alaska. Johnstown Sports Partners LLC is to announce the deal today at the Cambria County War Memorial Arena, where the yet-to-be-renamed team will play. The North American Hockey League team is currently known as the Alaska Avalanche.


Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.