NW Sports Minute from the AP

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


RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Brian Banks’ NFL dream is alive for one more week, if he chooses to accept Pete Carroll’s offer. Banks, recently exonerated of rape and kidnapping charges after serving more than five years in prison and another five on parole, was given a tryout by the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. Banks has not yet accepted the invitation, saying he needs to speak with his agent and determine whether Seattle is his best option. Still, he says he’s extremely appreciative to Carroll and the Seahawks.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners will return home today after a nine-game trip to open a series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The M’s, who went 5-4 during their latest trip, are coming off a series against the Los Angeles Angels that saw Seattle take two of three, including an 8-6 win on Wednesday night. Ichiro (EE’-cheer-oh) Suzuki homered and scored three times, Kyle Seager drove in four runs. The Dodgers will send right-hander Nathan Eovaldi to the mound vs. Seattle righty Kevin Millwood.

UNDATED (AP) – Fourteen years after Casey Martin made history as the first golfer to use a cart in the U.S. Open, he returns to the hallowed Olympic Club to play in the same tournament – and he couldn’t be more surprised. Born with a condition that makes it painful to walk long distances, Martin has focused in recent years on his job as men’s golf coach at Oregon. But after his unexpected victory in a local qualifier, he finds himself scrambling to prepare for one of golf’s most celebrated annual events.


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