NW Sports from the AP

Date: 10/18/2012 05:29 AM

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


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Wesley Matthews scored 14 of his 19 points during the second quarter and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Denver Nuggets 97-80 last night. LaMarcus Aldridge scored 14 points to help the Trail Blazers win in their home preseason debut. Matthews and Aldridge each hit 7 of 12 shots from the floor. Victor Claver hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points for Portland. Blazers guard Coby Karl scored 11 points in 21 minutes. Karl is the son of Denver coach George Karl.

SEATTLE (AP) – Real Salt Lake was unable to take advantage of playing the final 60 minutes with an extra player and could only manage a 0-0 draw with the Seattle Sounders last night in a potential MLS Cup playoff preview. Seattle played the final hour of the match down a man after defender Zach Scott was issued a second yellow card and sent off in the 30th minute. Scott was issued his second card for a reckless tackle on Salt Lake midfielder Javier Morales.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Strong safety Kam Chancellor is set to play for the Seattle Seahawks against San Francisco despite an ankle injury that limited him in practice this week. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said after practice yesterday that Chancellor would be able to go against the 49ers on Thursday night. Chancellor suffered a minor elbow injury against New England, but it was a sore ankle that limited him during the first two days of Seattle’s shortened practice week.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Second-ranked Oregon has raced through the first six games without hitting much of a speed bump. Arizona State has exceeded most expectations in its first season under coach Todd Graham. The two Pac-12 division leaders get a chance to see just how good they are tonight in what should be an offensive showcase at Sun Devil Stadium. Oregon has been nearly unstoppable so far, scoring more points than every team but one while entering the BCS Standings at No. 3.


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