NW Sports from the AP

Date: 11/02/2012 05:30 AM

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


RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Eight games into his inaugural campaign as starting quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, Russell Wilson has begun to find a groove. The Seahawks have put more on Wilson’s plate in recent weeks as Seattle has gone to the passing game more frequently. Seattle has averaged over 30 carries a game for the season. But of Seattle’s four games with fewer than 30 carries, three have come in the last three weeks. Part of that has been because of the increased faith in Wilson.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – California star wide receiver Keenan Allen will miss tonight’s game against Washington with an injured left knee. Coach Jeff Tedford said yesterday that Allen will be evaluated on a weekly basis after hurting his knee in a loss at Utah last Saturday. Allen leads the Golden Bears with 61 catches for 737 yards and six touchdowns this season.

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Having already proven capable of beating some of the Pac-12’s best teams this season, Washington coach Steve Sarkisian’s team faces another monumental task as it tries to close in on a bowl berth. The Huskies are winless in their last six road games dating back to 2011 and have been outscored 145-41 in their three games away from CenturyLink Field this season. That’s the primary reason Washington heads into the final month of the season needing to win two of its final four games in order to become bowl eligible. Three of those four games are on the road, beginning tonight at California.

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Arizona has been picked to win the Pac-12 Conference in men’s basketball. The No. 12 Wildcats received 403 points and 15 first-place votes in preseason polling by media who cover the league to narrowly edge UCLA at the top. The No. 13 Bruins received 402 points and 16 first-place votes. California (325) was third, Stanford (296) fourth and defending Pac-12 regular-season champion Washington (278) fifth. Colorado (262), which won the league tournament last year, was picked sixth. Utah (78) was selected last.


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