NW Sports from the AP

Date: 01/22/2013 05:29 AM

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


PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Jordan Crawford hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Washington Wizards dogpiled on the court to celebrate a 98-95 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) had 12 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists for his first career triple-double, but Portland lost its sixth straight. Rookie Damian Lillard’s dunk pulled the Blazers to 91-90 with 2:21 left. Former Blazer Martell Webster and John Wall answered with consecutive dunks, but Lillard added a layup and Wesley Matthews hit a 3 to tie it with 7.9 seconds left. Crawford’s game winner was reviewed but it didn’t stop the Wizards’ celebration.

SEATTLE (AP) – The only thing stopping the Sacramento Kings from a sale and move to Seattle is approval by NBA owners. The league confirmed in a statement yesterday that the Maloof family has agreed to sell the Kings to a Seattle group led by investor Chris Hansen. The deal is still pending a vote by the NBA Board of Governors. A person familiar with the decision said Hansen’s group will buy 65 percent of the franchise for $525 million, move it to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name. The Maloofs will have no stake. The person spoke to The Associated Press anonymously because the deal was awaiting approval.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has been added to the NFC roster for the Pro Bowl after Atlanta’s Matt Ryan withdrew due to an injury. Wilson was added to the team yesterday. He will be the sixth Seahawks player in the game, joining offensive linemen Max Unger and Russell Okung, running back Marshawn Lynch, safety Earl Thomas and kick returner Leon Washington. Wilson threw for 3,118 yards and tied the NFL rookie record with 26 passing TDs in the regular season.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Sounders have completed a deal to loan forward Fredy Montero to Colombia’s Millonarios for the 2013 season. Seattle also said yesterday the 25-year-old had signed a multiyear contract with the MLS team. Montero has been with Seattle since it began play in 2009 and leads the team with 60 goals and 43 assists in 160 games. Owner Adrian Hanauer says the Sounders hope the move helps Montero’s chances of being called up to the Colombian national team.


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