NW sports from the AP

Date: 01/29/2013 05:43 AM

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


CHENEY, Wash. (AP) – Venky Jois had 20 points, 13 rebounds and five assists to lead Eastern Washington to a 76-65 win over Portland State last night. Parker Kelly scored 17 points – going 5 for 8 from 3-point range – while Martin Seiferth had 13 points and Kevin Winford scored 12 as the Eagles ended a four-game losing streak. Eastern Washington never trailed in the game. Its biggest lead was 15 points early in the second half. Aaron Moore led the Vikings with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) – Rumors that an NBA team may soon return to Seattle are good news for an Olympia company that prints T-Shirts. Media Fly Creative has printed about 1,500 Sonics T-shirts saying “We’re Back!” Owners Ian Bolyard and Dave Vahey told The Olympian they consulted an attorney so the logo is not a copy of the trademark owned by Clay Bennett, who moved the Sonics to Oklahoma City in 2008. The owners of the Sacramento Kings, the Maloof family, have a signed agreement to sell the franchise to a group that intends to move the team to Seattle and restore the SuperSonics name.

SEATTLE (AP) – Jesus Montero is ready for the challenge of being an everyday catcher for the Seattle Mariners. That would be quite a job for a veteran catcher to take on, let alone a 23-year-old about to enter his second full season in the majors. As it stands now, Montero is the only sure thing the Mariners have behind the plate heading into spring training, which starts in just over two weeks. He’s the only catcher on the 40-man roster. While there’s help on the way in the future in the form of 2012 first-round pick Mike Zunino, this season is going to fall mostly on Montero’s shoulders. He caught just 56 games for Seattle last season.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jeff Carter scored Los Angeles’ first power-play goal of the season and added the only score in the shootout, leading the Kings to a 3-2 comeback victory over the Vancouver Canucks last night. Defenseman Slava Voynov tied it with 43.2 seconds left in regulation for the defending Stanley Cup champions, who have won two straight after an 0-2-1 start. Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots for the Kings. Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN’-goh) made 26 saves for Vancouver.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Penn State got the boot from Virginia’s 2013 schedule. Virginia was supposed to visit Beaver Stadium on Sept. 14. But Penn State athletic director Dave Joyner said yesterday that Virginia informed the Nittany Lions it wouldn’t be visiting Happy Valley in order to play a home game, and that he hoped to find a replacement soon. Separately, Virginia said yesterday it’s scheduled a home-and-home series with Oregon. The first game is to be played in Charlottesville on Sept. 7.


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