NW Sports from the AP

Date: 09/09/2013 04:59 AM

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


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Russell Wilson threw for 320 yards, including a 43-yard fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Jermaine Kearse to lift the Seattle Seahawks to a 12-7 win yesterday over the Carolina Panthers. The Seahawks managed just two field goals before Kearse beat cornerback Josh Thomas down the right sideline for the go-ahead score with 10:13 left. The Panthers held Marshawn Lynch to 43 yards rushing, but Wilson picked up the slack by completing 25 of 33 passes.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Carolina Panthers reserve defensive end Frank Alexander was ejected yesterday after throwing a punch at Seattle Seahawks offensive lineman Breno Giacomini. Alexander’s mental blunder came late in the second quarter and wiped out a sack for a 13-yard loss by safety Charles Godfrey, giving the Seahawks a first down in Carolina territory. Wide receiver Steve Smith chewed out Alexander, a second-year player, on the sideline before Alexander headed for the locker room.

LOS ANGELES (AP) – Southern California hadn’t even finished the first half of its home opener before the Coliseum crowd erupted in boos for its inept offense and full-throated chants of “Fire Kiffin!” Lane Kiffin heard it all night long during a disheartening 10-7 loss to Washington State. And while the fourth-year coach isn’t about to agree with the instructions, he couldn’t argue with the sentiment. USC was knocked out of the AP Top 25 with an embarrassing offensive performance against the Cougars.

SEATTLE (AP) – Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez had a go-ahead single in the eighth inning and the Tampa Bay Rays rallied past the Seattle Mariners 4-1 yesterday to build their wild-card edge. Trailing 1-0, Tampa Bay scored three times in the eighth. The Rays lead Baltimore and Cleveland, who both lost, by two games for the second AL wild-card spot. The Rays began their 10-game road trip in sole possession of the first wild-card spot and a four-game lead on the second wild-card position. They finished the swing 3-7.


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