NW Sports from the AP

Date: 10/19/2012 05:30 AM

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


TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – Kenjon Barner ran for 143 yards and three touchdowns, Marcus Mariota added 135 yards, and No. 2 Oregon manhandled Arizona State in a 43-21 victory last night. Facing its first true road test, Oregon turned what was supposed to be a duel in the desert into another we’ve-seen-this-before rout by running over the Sun Devils in the first half. The Ducks had their way against what had been the Pac-12’s best defense, racing to a 36-point halftime lead and rushing for 406 yards to win their nation-leading 12th straight road game.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on last night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener. NFC rushing leader Marshawn Lynch finished with 103 yards for Seattle.

SEATTLE (AP) – When Eddie Johnson left Seattle to join the U.S. national team for his first call-up in more than two years, he wasn’t sure what coach Jurgen Klinsmann had in store. When Johnson arrived back in Seattle early Wednesday following two sterling performances in World Cup qualifying, he was the buzz of American soccer. Johnson scored both U.S. goals in a win over Antigua and Barbuda then made a perfect cross to his national team roommate, Clint Dempsey, for the deciding goal in the Americans’ 3-1 win over Guatemala.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge is getting a fresh start with his old team. No, Aldridge never left the Trail Blazers, but this season is decidedly different for the All-Star forward. The Blazers finished last season 28-38 and out of the playoffs for the first time in four years. They dismissed head coach Nate McMillan and let go of some of their more veteran players, choosing to build around Aldridge and swingman Nicolas Batum.


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