NW Sports from the AP

Date: 08/10/2012 05:29 AM

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


WEMBLEY, England (AP) – The U.S. women’s soccer team has won the Olympic gold medal, avenging one of its most painful defeats with a 2-1 victory over Japan. Hope Solo of Richland, Wash., made a lunging late save yesterday as the Japanese pushed frantically for a tying goal. Carli Lloyd scored in the eighth and 54th minutes for the Americans, who lost to the Japanese in penalty kicks at last year’s World Cup final.

LONDON (AP) – Ashton Eaton of Bend, Ore., won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points last night. Eaton set the decathlon world record at the U.S. trials in June and backed it up with an Olympic victory with 8,869 points. Eaton had a 151-point lead going into the final event, the 1,500 meters, and ran a cautious race and finished well outside his personal best in 4 minutes, 33.59 seconds.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks may have violated the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement by allowing Terrell Owens to practice in shoulder pads during his first on-field practice. League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email yesterday that the league is gathering facts about Owens’ debut practice on Wednesday. It’s unclear if the team may face any discipline.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Matt Hasselbeck will get the start for the Tennessee Titans in the preseason opener tomorrow night against his former team, the Seattle Seahawks. Coach Mike Munchak says Hasselbeck, who’s battling Jake Locker for the starting quarterback spot, gets to open the preseason in part as the incumbent starter from a year ago. Hasselback was the Seahawks’ primary starting quarterback from 2001-10.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Timbers have signed New Zealand defender Ian Hogg for the remainder of the season and traded defender Mike Chabala to D.C. United in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2014 supplemental draft. The 22-year-old Hogg recently competed in the London Olympics. Timbers general manager and interim head coach Gavin Wilkinson says the left back has good athleticism, and the club will spend the rest of the season evaluating him.


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