NW Sports from the AP

Date: 12/24/2012 05:29 AM

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


SEATTLE (AP) – Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes to move into second place for TD passes by a rookie, Marshawn Lynch scored twice, and led by their rocking crowd the Seattle Seahawks clinched a spot in the NFC playoffs with a 42-13 rout of San Francisco last night. Richard Sherman returned a block field goal 90 yards for a touchdown and added an interception for the Seahawks. Colin Kaepernick and the 49ers struggled with the deafening noise echoing at CenturyLink Field.

SEATTLE (AP) – Seahawks’ cornerback Richard Sherman says there was a “chain of custody” mistake that led to his positive test for performance enhancing substances, and was the basis of his appeal. Sherman spoke about his appeal after the Seahawks’ 42-13 win over San Francisco last night. Sherman had an interception and returned a blocked field goal 90 yards for a touchdown in the blowout victory. Sherman missed two days of practice this week while his appeal was heard. He doesn’t know when a decision would come, and added he would pursue the appeal further if he can. He doesn’t know how far he can take it.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Marcus Thornton scored 18 of his 22 points in the second half to help the slumping Sacramento Kings snap Portland’s five-game winning streak with a 108-96 victory over the Trail Blazers last night. The Kings played without starting center DeMarcus Cousins, who was suspended indefinitely Saturday for unprofessional behavior and conduct detrimental to the team. Already ahead by nine, the Kings opened the fourth quarter with a 7-0 run, including a 3-pointer.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Ryan Nicholas and Derrick Rodgers scored 12 points apiece to lead Portland to a 57-55 win over Bradley in the consolation game of the Las Vegas Classic last night. Nicholas also grabbed 12 rebounds for a double-double. Rodgers was 4 of 5 from the field. Oskars Reinfelds added 10 points. Riley Barker had 10 rebounds.


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