NW Sports from the AP

Date: 02/14/2013 06:12 AM

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


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Anthony Davis had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets handed the Portland Trail Blazers their fifth straight loss, 99-63 last night. Davis, who missed all seven of his field goal attempts on Monday night in Detroit, was 10 of 17 against Portland, scoring on an array of dunks, tip-shots and even jumpers from as deep as 20 feet. Ryan Anderson added 14 points and Jason Smith 13. Damian Lillard had 12 points and Victor Claver contributed 11 points for Portland.

SEATTLE (AP) – Johnathan Loyd scored all 11 of his points in the second half, Damyean Doston finished with 13 and No. 23 Oregon snapped a two-game road losing streak with a 65-52 win over Washington last night. The Ducks had dropped three of four, losing their grasp on sole possession of first place in the conference. They’ve regained it for now, moving a half-game ahead of Oregon and UCLA, who both play tonight. It was the first time Oregon has swept Washington in the regular season since 1995.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Roberto Nelson had 17 points and Oregon State held off a late-game surge to beat Washington State 67-66 last night. Eric Moreland added 11 points and 14 rebounds, and Challe Barton had 11 points and three 3-pointers, as Oregon State handed Washington State its fifth straight loss. Oregon State lost a 15-point second-half lead after a 20-6 Cougars run. DaVonte Lacy had a career-high 27 points and hit seven 3-pointers, and Brock Motum added 16 points, for Washington State.

SEATTLE (AP) – Fighting back tears while his hands trembled, Felix Hernandez has signed a seven-year contract with the Seattle Mariners that makes him the highest-paid pitcher in baseball. During a news conference yesterday, Hernandez officially signed his new deal that will be worth $175 million. The contract covers the final two years of his current deal that was scheduled to run through the 2014 season and adds five additional years through the 2019 season. Hernandez was greeted by Mariners front-office staff all wearing yellow “Kings Court” T-shirts. He immediately got choked up, and said, “I will not disappoint anybody.”

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have officially hired Travis Jones as their new defensive line coach and Nick Sorensen as coaching assistant/special teams coach. Also yesterday, the Seahawks signed former Green Bay and New York Giants cornerback/kick returner Will Blackmon. Jones spent the last five seasons as an assistant defensive line coach in New Orleans. His first NFL job was in Miami in 2005 where he was on staff with new Seattle defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.


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