Date: 01/18/2013 05:29 AM
Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Damyean Dotson scored 16 points and No. 21 Oregon overcame poor shooting night and the hot hand of USC’s J.T. Terrell to win its sixth straight game, 76-74 last night. The Ducks opened with four straight conference wins for the first time in 39 years when they started 4-0 in the Pac-8. USC was coming off a victory over Utah last week, but it marked the final game for coach Kevin O’Neill, who was fired Monday. Bob Cantu, in his 12th season as an assistant, is the interim coach.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Kelly Olynyk had 21 points and eight rebounds and No. 8 Gonzaga easily defeated Portland 71-49 last night, the Bulldogs’ eighth straight victory. Olynyk, the 7-foot center who leads the West Coast Conference in scoring, got off to a slow start against the Pilots after two straight games with more than 30 points, scoring just one basket in the first half. Kevin Pangos added 14 points, including four 3-pointers for Gonzaga as the 17-1 Bulldogs extended the best start in school history.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points, Kyle Anderson added 17 and No. 24 UCLA defeated Oregon State 74-64 last night, the Bruins’ 10th consecutive victory. Travis Wear added 17 points for the Bruins, who equaled their longest winning streak since the 2008-09 season. They have won 23 of the last 24 games played against Oregon State on their home court. Roberto Nelson scored 17 points and Joe Burton added 12 points for the Beavers, who lost their fourth straight.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) – The Jacksonville Jaguars have hired Seattle defensive coordinator Gus Bradley as head coach. The 46-year-old Bradley is part of Jacksonville’s rebuilding project directed by general manager David Caldwell. ESPN first reported the hire yesterday. Bradley spent the last four seasons in Seattle, where his defense improved each of the last three years and finished in the top 10 in points and yards the last two. He was also the Buccaneers’ linebackers coach for two seasons.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle has moved quickly to hire Florida defensive coordinator Dan Quinn for the same position with the Seahawks. Seattle made the move on Thursday morning just hours after Gus Bradley left the Seahawks to become the head coach in Jacksonville. Quinn returns to Seattle after two seasons with the Gators. He was the defensive line coach for Seattle in 2009 and 2010 before leaving for the college ranks and the chance to be a coordinator.
SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have hired Aaron Goldsmith to team with veteran broadcaster Rick Rizzs on radio broadcasts beginning with the 2013 season. The Mariners made the announcement yesterday. Goldsmith becomes a permanent fixture after the Mariners went two seasons with a rotation of announcers working alongside Rizzs following the death of Hall of Fame broadcaster Dave Niehaus. Rizzs will remain the team’s lead radio announcer.
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Sounders traded up in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft to select Indiana forward Eriq Zavaleta, and then addressed defensive depth by taking Brown defender Dylan Remick in the second round. Seattle was supposed to pick 16th in the first round yesterday, but traded with Toronto to move up to No. 10 and take Zavaleta. The 20-year-old Zavaleta was the Big Ten offensive player of the year last season after scoring 18 goals, good for third most in the country.
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