NW Sports from the AP

Date: 01/17/2013 06:28 AM

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


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Kyrie Irving scored 31 points, Tristan Thompson added 19 points and 13 rebounds, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 93-88 last night to snap a four-game losing streak. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) had 23 points and 12 rebounds for the Blazers, who erased a 19-point second-quarter deficit and briefly took the lead. Wesley Matthews added 17 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 15.

SEATTLE (AP) – C.J. Wilcox continued his scoring binge in Pac-12 Conference play with 25 points, and Washington used another stingy defensive effort to stymie Colorado 64-54 last night. The Huskies improved to 4-0 in conference play for just the fourth time in the past 35 seasons and the second time in coach Lorenzo Romar’s tenure at his alma mater. Again it was mostly due to their defense. Colorado was held 18 points below its season average. Spencer Dinwiddie led Colorado with 13 points.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Mike Ladd had 22 points and hit five 3-pointers to lead five Washington State players scoring in double figures in a 75-65 win over Utah last night. Brock Motum and Royce Woolridge added 14 points each and DaVonte Lacy and D.J Shelton 10 apiece for the Cougars, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Brandon Taylor had 13 points and Justin Seymour 11 for the Utes. Washington State scored 28 points off 17 Utah turnovers.

UNDATED (AP) – Oregon faces a future without Chip Kelly after all. After dramatically opting to stay with the No. 2 Ducks a little more than a week ago, the enigmatic Kelly changed his mind and decided to take an NFL job as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly informed Oregon of his plans yesterday, shortly before the Eagles made it official. Kelly becomes the 21st coach in Eagles history and replaces Andy Reid, fired Dec. 31 after a 4-12 season. Kelly was 46-7 in four years at Oregon.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) – The Arizona Cardinals, one of two NFL teams still looking for a head coach, have interviewed Seattle Seahawks offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell (BEV’-ul) and plan to talk to the Indianapolis Colts’ Bruce Arians. Bevell was interviewed yesterday at Cardinals headquarters. He was the fifth known candidate to interview for the job vacated when the team fired Ken Whisenhunt the day after the season ended. Bevell, who grew up in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., and played for Chaparral High, has a career of working with successful quarterbacks, including Seattle’s rookie sensation Russell Wilson.

UNDATED (AP) – A person familiar with the trade says the Washington Nationals have agreed to send Michael Morse to Seattle as part of a three-team deal that would move catcher John Jaso from the Mariners to the Athletics and pitcher A.J. Cole from Oakland to the Nationals. The person spoke on condition of anonymity yesterday because the trade had not yet been announced. The deal was first reported by The Washington Post. Morse hit .291 with 18 home runs and 62 RBIs for the Nationals in an injury-plagued season, playing mostly as an outfielder. Morse played for the Mariners from 2005-08.


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