NW Sports from the AP

Date: 11/09/2012 05:30 AM

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


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Jamal Crawford scored 25 points and the Los Angeles Clippers held off the Portland Trail Blazers for a 103-90 victory last night. De’Andre Jordan and Chris Paul had 21 points apiece for the Clippers, who led by 25 in the first half. Los Angeles improved to 4-2 in its first game away from Staples Center. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) had 23 points and nine rebounds for the Blazers, who mounted a second-half challenge but ultimately couldn’t catch up.

SEATTLE (AP) – Kristi Kingma was just starting to learn how she could be most successful under new Washington coach Kevin McGuff when her senior season ended before it ever started. It was the summer of 2011 and the Huskies were on a summer European tour when Kingma went down with a torn ACL. She was stuck as a spectator for the entire 2011-12 season as McGuff began directing a turnaround of Washington’s program. Now healthy, Kingma returns, trying to lead Washington back into the upper-half of the Pac-12 Conference.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – A frustrating loss at St. Louis in Week 4 sent Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll in search of ways to make his offense more productive. Russell Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense had scored more than 20 points just once in four games and were converting just 28 percent of third down opportunities for the season. Against the Rams, Seattle was just 2 of 9 in third down conversions and 0 for 5 when attempting to pass in those situations. Wilson and the passing offense had not been able to throw for more than 160 yards in a game and his three interceptions were costly in the 19-13 loss to the Rams. After the game, Carroll decided to look at tape of the Washington Redskins and how they were using rookie Robert Griffin III.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) – At 3-5 and with a difficult schedule ahead, the New York Jets look like long shots for a third playoff berth in Rex Ryan’s four seasons as coach. Ryan is embracing that challenge, and believes he has the team to make a strong run in the second half of the schedule. That schedule begins Sunday in Seattle, where the Seahawks are undefeated. But Ryan likes the idea of starting off a quest for the playoffs with such a tough task, saying Thursday: “I think, obviously, you go out there with a mission to win. That’s what we hit the field to do.” To get their season turned around, the Jets need to fix just about everything.


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