Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
CHICAGO (AP) – Seattle’s nine-game road trip will continue this evening in Chicago after the Mariners scored 33 runs over three days and took two of three from Texas. The M’s were off yesterday following a series win over the Rangers that saw Seattle lose the opener 4-2, only to come back and beat Texas 10-3 in Game 2 and 21-8 in the finale. Justin Smoak hit two three-run homers against his former team and the M’s tallied a pair of eight-run innings. Right-hander Felix Hernandez will start for Seattle.
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) – One year after missing the NCAA tournament, order has been restored at LSU. The Tigers (43-16) are accustomed not just to making the tournament, but also hosting regionals, which they’ll do this weekend. Joining LSU at the double-elimination Baton Rouge regional are Oregon State, Sun Belt Conference champion Louisiana-Monroe and Atlantic Sun Conference champ Belmont. Oregon State will open the regional against Belmont this afternoon.
SEATTLE (AP) – Washington has reported a secondary NCAA rules violation involving assistant football coach Tosh Lupoi and confirmed sanctions imposed on Lupoi by the school. A spokesman for the Huskies athletic department confirmed the violation yesterday. It occurred when Lupoi publicized the visit of a football recruit when he confirmed information about the recruit to Washington’s student fan section during a men’s basketball game. The recruit did not commit to Washington.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Eric Wynalda seemed genuinely surprised. After celebrating his amateur team’s upset of the Portland Timbers, the Cal FC coach was beckoned by a group of reporters. Wynalda, like many of the fans gathered at Jeld-Wen Field on Wednesday night, was stunned by Cal FC’s 1-0 overtime victory over the Major League Soccer club in a third-round match of the U.S. Open Cup. He assembled his team in February and until a few days ago they wore Chicago Fire castoff kits.
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