NW Sports from the AP

Date: 01/11/2013 05:29 AM

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


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Wesley Matthews hit a 3-pointer to put Portland in front with 26.9 seconds left and the Trail Blazers hung on to beat the Miami Heat 92-90 for their fourth straight win and ninth straight at the Rose Garden. The Blazers held LeBron James to 15 points, snapping his 54-game streak with at least 20 points dating back to last season. Miami led by as many as 13 points, including a 52-39 advantage at the half, but Nicolas Batum hit a layup and a free throw that pulled Portland into an 82-all tie.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Kelly Olynyk scored 31 points and No. 9 Gonzaga beat Saint Mary’s 83-78 in the latest installment of one of the best rivalries on the West Coast. Kevin Pangos added 22 points for Gonzaga, which has won seven straight since losing at home to Illinois. It was Olynyk’s second consecutive 30-point game. Stephen Holt led Saint Mary’s with 23 points.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – E.J. Singler scored 14 points and Oregon overcame a slow start to beat No. 4 Arizona 70-66 last night, handing the Wildcats their first loss of the season. Dominic Artis, Carlos Emory and Tony Woods had 10 points apiece for the Ducks, who have won 17 straight home games, including all 11 this season. Mark Lyons scored 21 to lead the Wildcats.

PHOENIX (AP) – A person with knowledge of the situation says Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has vetoed a trade to the Seattle Mariners. The person asked to remain anonymous because Upton’s decision had not been made public. Upton’s contract gave him the power to turn down the trade. The Diamondbacks have a glut of outfielders and Upton, a former All-Star, is by far the most marketable. He’s coming off a subpar season in which he was bothered much of the time by a thumb injury.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman believes Atlanta’s Julio Jones and Roddy White rank among the NFL elite as individuals. Sunday’s NFC divisional playoff game between Seattle and Atlanta will feature a fascinating matchup of skill players on the outside, between Sherman and fellow Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner and the Falcons’ White and Jones. The Atlanta receivers combined for 171 receptions and 17 touchdowns in the regular season.


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