NW sports from the AP

Date: 07/31/2012 05:30 AM

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


SEATTLE (AP) – The Metropolitan King County Council has voted to approve a proposal for a new arena that could bring the NBA back to Seattle. The plan also needs approval from the Seattle City Council. If the city makes any changes, it will need to be voted on again by the county. The City Council wants to ensure that a portion of tax revenues generated by a new arena would help pay for transportation improvements.

SEATTLE (AP) – Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a career-high 13 and Michael Saunders and Kyle Seager had two hits apiece to help Seattle win its fifth consecutive game 4-1 over the Toronto Blue Jays. Iwakuma (2-2) struck out Rajai Davis three straight times after allowing Davis’ first career leadoff homer, which gave the Blue Jays a brief 1-0 lead. Iwakuma’s 13 strikeouts broke the Mariners rookie record of 12 previously shared by Mark Langston, Randy Johnson and Freddy Garcia. Iwakuma threw eight innings, allowed four hits and walked three.

SEATTLE (AP) – A Tacoma, Wash., businessman and civic leader who was injured on a one-day, 152-mile bike ride around Mount Rainier has died. National Park Chief Ranger Chuck Young says the accident involving Steve Albers happened Thursday on a downhill section of road. Albers was taking part in the annual Ramrod, a challenging ride that begins and ends at Enumclaw.

LONDON (AP) – Marti Malloy of Oak Harbor, Wash., won a bronze medal in the 57-kilogram division of the women’s judo competition. Kaori Matsumoto won Japan’s first gold in London in the martial art it invented.


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