NW Sports from the AP

Date: 09/13/2013 04:59 AM

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


TULSA, Okla. (AP) – Shekinna Stricklen scored a career-high 26 points, Tina Thompson added 20 and the Seattle Storm beat the Tulsa Shock 76-67 last night to snap a three-game losing streak. Tanisha Wright had 15 points, including a key basket in the final minute, for Seattle, which had lost the teams’ previous three meetings this season. Tulsa visits playoff-bound Seattle tomorrow in the season finale for both teams.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Tennessee coach Butch Jones says defensive lineman Maurice Couch has been ruled ineligible for tomorrow’s game against No. 2 Oregon while the university investigates allegations he was one of five players receiving improper benefits. Jones told a Nashville radio station yesterday that officials are looking into the situation. Yahoo Sports reported Couch received more than $1,300 from former Alabama defensive end Luther Davis, who served as a go-between for NFL agents and financial advisers.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – Oregon Coach Mark Helfrich says the second-ranked Ducks are taught to go at a breakneck pace from their very first day in the program. It’s evident this season. Fifteen of Oregon’s 17 touchdown drives have taken two minutes or less. That quick-strike offense concerns Tennessee coach Butch Jones, whose Vols visit tomorrow.

SEATTLE (AP) – Some of the loudest NFL fans in the country are attempting to become the loudest in the world. This Sunday, Seattle Seahawks fans will attempt to break the Guinness World Record for loudest roar at a stadium, which was set in 2011 in Turkey at a soccer match. The attempt is being organized by former player Joe Tafoya’s Seahawks fan group.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A 28-year-old British adventurer is making her second attempt at becoming the only woman to row solo across the North Pacific Ocean. The Anchorage Daily News reports Sarah Outen was about 250 miles southwest of Adak in Alaska’s Aleutians as of Wednesday. Outen left Japan on April 27 and has been at sea for more than four months.


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