NW Sports Minute from the AP

Date: 10/31/2012 05:29 AM

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


RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Wide receiver Ben Obomanu (OH’-boh-MAN’-oo) has been placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Seattle Seahawks with a wrist injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Detroit. Obomanu was put on injured reserve yesterday, although no details were given about how severe his injury was, or to which wrist. Seattle also released cornerback Danny Gorrer from the active roster. To take Obomanu’s place, Seattle promoted rookie free agent Jermaine Kearse from the practice squad.

MIAMI (AP) – To celebrate winning a gold trophy, reigning NBA MVP LeBron James is wearing gold shoes. James and Nike made a special pair of the LeBron X shoes for tonight’s Miami Heat championship ring ceremony and opener against the Boston Celtics. The shoes are gold – in honor of the ring – and trimmed in white and red, a nod to the color scheme of the uniforms the Heat wore when they clinched last season’s NBA title. Nike is based in Beaverton, Ore.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson might miss the first leg of the MLS Western Conference semifinals against Real Salt Lake on Friday with a hamstring strain but should be able to play in the second leg on Nov. 8. Sounders coach Sigi Schmid said yesterday that Johnson’s injury was less severe than first believed when he was forced to leave the regular season finale on Sunday against Los Angeles. Johnson had an MRI Monday and Schmid called the injury a “hamstring tweak.”

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – While it was a disappointing second season for the Portland Timbers, there is reason for hope. Portland will soon see the arrival of new coach Caleb Porter, who is wrapping up his seventh season as head coach of the University of Akron. Porter was hired by the Timbers in August, after the dismissal of coach John Spencer. The Timbers also claimed the Cascadia Cup, which goes annually to the winner of the three-way competition with the rival Seattle Sounders and the Vancouver Whitecaps. Portland finished up the season 8-16-10, second-to-last in Major League Soccer’s Western Conference.


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