NW Sports Minute from the AP

Date: 07/11/2012 05:29 AM

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


ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – After a year in which tragedy struck the Mount Marathon race in Alaska, changes will be considered. Cindy Clock with the Seward Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the race, told the Anchorage Daily News that a panel of volunteer directors has not yet met to talk about the future of the race. She says the panel has been consumed with the ongoing search for one of the race participants, who is missing. Another is in an induced coma after being critically injured in a fall.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Pablo Sandoval and Melky Cabrera keyed a five-run blitz against Justin Verlander in the first inning last night, and the National League romped to an 8-0 win over the American League and its third straight All-Star game victory. Giants teammate Matt Cain started a strong NL pitching performance, combining with 10 relievers on a six-hitter that extended the American League’s scoreless streak to 14 innings – its longest since 1995-97.

UNDATED (AP) – Major League Baseball could start in-season testing for human growth hormone next year. Each player was given a blood test for HGH during spring training as part of the labor contract that was agreed to in November, which allows blood testing during the offseason and spring training, and if there is reasonable cause. Union head Michael Weiner told the Baseball Writers Association of American players will be discussing whether to expand testing to the regular season in 2013.

UNDATED (AP) – The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has issued lifetime sports bans to three former staff members and consultants for some of Lance Armstrong’s winning Tour de France teams. Luis Garcia del Moral of Spain was a team doctor; Michele Ferrari was a consulting doctor; and Jose “Pepe” Marti (trainer) worked for Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Service teams. All had been accused by Colorado Springs-based USADA (yoo-SAH’-dah) of participating in a vast doping conspiracy on those teams.


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