NW Sports from the AP

Date: 07/12/2012 05:29 AM

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


TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Osvaldo Alonso set up Eddie Johnson’s goal in the 31st minute, then converted a penalty kick just two minutes into the second half and the Seattle Sounders beat Chivas USA 4-1 in a U.S. Open Cup semifinal game. Brad Evans and Sammy Ochoa also scored for the Sounders, who’ll go for a fourth straight Open Cup title on Aug. 8 vs. Sporting Kansas City.

SEATTLE (AP) – Sancho Lyttle scored 21 points to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 70-59 victory over the Seattle Storm yesterday. Lindsey Harding added 15 points for Atlanta, and Tiffany Hayes and Aneika Henry had 13 apiece. Rookie Shekinna Stricklen had a season-high 16 points and Tanisha Wright had 12 for the Storm. The Storm pulled to 53-46 heading to the fourth.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Portland Trail Blazers GM Neil Olshey says the team will match any offers for French swingman Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’). Olshey’s comments came yesterday amid speculation the team might be working on a sign-and-trade with Minnesota, which was interested in the restricted free agent. Batum’s agent has said he wants to play for the Wolves.

SEATTLE (AP) – Eric Wedge started with pure optimism, moved on to defending some of his underperformers and then grew increasingly angry and frustrated as his Seattle Mariners continued regressing. Seattle entered the All-Star Break last in the AL West, 15 games under .500, 16½ games behind first-place Texas – with increasing apathy from fans growing more impatient.


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