NW Sports from the AP

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SEATTLE (AP) – John Jaso lined a single over the head of Detroit’s drawn-in infield in the eighth inning to drive in Michael Saunders with the tiebreaking run, Jason Vargas pitched eight strong innings and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tigers 2-1 last night. Jaso’s single off reliever Duane Below was hit so hard shortstop Jhonny Peralta barely had time to react before it was landing in the outfield grass and Saunders was jogging home with the go-ahead run. Brandon League picked up his eighth save.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Paul Allen insists he’s not going to sell the Portland Trail Blazers, but says this season is the most disappointing he’s had in 24 years as the team’s owner. The billionaire co-founder of Microsoft has posted an open letter to fans on the Blazers’ team website. He reiterates what he’s said all season long, that the team is not for sale. He says he has not received any offers, and that none have been solicited. The Blazers wrapped up a lockout-shortened season 28-38 and out of the playoffs.

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – New Washington State football coach Mike Leach says he always expected to return to the sideline after getting fired at Texas Tech. Leach also said yesterday he was able to do enjoyable things he never would have otherwise if he hadn’t been out of the game for two years. Leach held a news conference before appearing as featured speaker at the Omaha Sports Banquet. Leach was fired after 10 seasons at Texas Tech amid accusations he mistreated a player who had a concussion.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) – Fredy Montero scored twice in a 3-minute span to lead the Seattle Sounders to their fifth consecutive victory, 2-0 over FC Dallas last night. Seattle improved to 6-1-1. Dallas is 0-3-2 in its last five games and 3-5-3 overall. After Dallas controlled the ball for most of the first 68 minutes, Seattle’s Cordell Cato won a battle in the home team’s end and sent the ball toward the right corner of the goal. Seattle goalkeeper Bryan Meredith recorded his second shutout in his second start this season.


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