NW Sports from the AP

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


BOSTON (AP) – Josh Beckett redeemed himself less than a week after being booed off the mound, striking out a season-high nine as the Boston Red Sox shut out the Seattle Mariners 5-0 yesterday and extended their winning streak to five. Beckett scattered four hits over seven innings before being pulled as a steady rain started to fall. Beckett was celebrating his 32nd birthday and could not have atoned better for his previous start, when he was yanked after allowing seven runs in 2 1-3 innings.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to terms with veteran offensive lineman Alex Barron after his tryout during Seattle’s rookie minicamp last weekend. Seattle announced the agreement with Barron and three others yesterday. The Seahawks also agreed to terms with tight end Cooper Helfet, cornerback Donny Lisowski and tackle Andrew Mitchell. Seattle released cornerback London Durham, linebacker Adrian Moten, tackle Jon Opperud and offensive lineman Brent Osborne.

LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) – The Chicago Bears have agreed to a four-year deal with safety Brandon Hardin and now have all their draft picks under contract. The agreement was announced yesterday. Terms were not disclosed. A third-round pick out of Oregon State, Hardin missed the 2011 season due to a broken shoulder. He had 105 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception in his college career.

HOUSTON (AP) – Troy Perkins made six saves for Portland as the Timbers and Houston Dynamo played a 0-0 draw last night at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tally Hall finished with two saves for Houston at its new stadium. Houston had chances to score late, but Perkins stopped Colin Clark from outside the penalty area in the 78th minute, and stopped a short breakaway from Calen Carr in the 87th minute with a sliding save on Carr’s shot from 15 yards. Portland saw its winless streak extended to three games.


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