NW sports from the AP

Date: 03/01/2013 05:31 AM

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


PROVO, Utah (AP) – Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, Gary Bell Jr. hit four 3-pointers and No. 2 Gonzaga survived a late Brigham Young rally for a 70-65 victory last night and its 10th outright conference title. The Bulldogs host Portland on Saturday and a win there could mean Gonzaga’s first-ever No. 1 ranking. Gonzaga led by 11 points with 10:51 left but BYU fought back. Two 3-pointers in a row by Brock Zylstra, one by Craig Cusick and two free throws by Brandon Davies tied it at 60 with 4:18 remaining.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Carlos Emory had 21 points and No. 24 Oregon finished a season sweep of the Civil War series with an 85-75 win over Oregon State. Arsalan Kazemi had 17 points and 12 boards, Tony Woods added 16 points, and Johnathan Loyd scored 12 points for the Ducks, who took a one-half game lead in the conference over idle UCLA. Roberto Nelson had 31 points for the Beavers. Devon Collier added 14. Nelson, the Pac-12 scoring leader in conference games, had 22 points in the first half.

CHENEY, Wash. (AP) – Derrick Barden and Tevin Svihovec (SVEYE’-hoh-vik) each scored 5 points in overtime to pace Northern Colorado to an 88-80 victory over Eastern Washington last night. Barden had a big all-around night for Northern Colorado. He also grabbed 10 rebounds and had four steals. Tate Unruh (UN’-roo) scored 21 points and handed out five assists and Svihovec finished with 16 points. Tyler Harvey scored 22 points to lead Eastern Washington. Venky Jois scored 14 points.

SEATTLE (AP) – Chiney Ogwumike (ah-GWOO’-mih-kay) scored 24 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Bonnie Samuelson scored 12 of her 15 during a first-half blitz of 3-pointers and No. 4 Stanford beat short-handed Washington 71-36. The Cardinal rolled to their 13th straight win and stayed on course for their 22nd regular season conference title – shared or outright. Aminah Williams had 10 points to lead Washington, which was without leading scorer Jazmine Davis and third-leading scorer Talia Walton.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Layshia Clarendon scored 26 points as No. 6 California beat Washington State 73-60 last night to stay in first place in the Pac-12. Afure Jemerigbe added 14 points for California, which has won 14 straight games. The win allowed Cal to set a program record for conference wins in a season, and to at least keep pace with No. 4 Stanford. The victory left Cal one shy of the team record of 27 wins in a season. Lia Galdeira had 18 points to lead Washington State. Mariah Cooks added 10.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says two investors want to buy the NBA’s Kings and build an arena to stop the proposed move of the city’s only major league sports team to Seattle. Mark Mastrov, founder of 24 Hour Fitness, will make a bid for the team. Pittsburg Penguins owner Ron Burkle will solve the city’s other problem and lead a group to build a new downtown arena. The Maloof family has a deal to sell the Kings to a group led by Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer and hedge fund manager Chris Hansen. The NBA board of governors is expected to make a decision on the sale by mid-April.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Timbers have signed striker Frederic Piquionne to a one-year deal. The signing was announced yesterday. The 34-year-old native of New Caledonia and veteran of the top French and English leagues will be added to Portland’s roster once he gets his visa. Piquionne played for English Premier League sides Portsmouth from 2009-10 and West Ham from 2010-2011, after eight seasons in France’s Ligue 1. He played in two preseason matches for Portland while on trial.


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