NW Sports from the AP

Date: 10/23/2013 04:59 AM

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


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have jumped the Denver Broncos to take over the top spot in the AP Pro32 power rankings, just ahead of the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs. The Broncos, who lost 39-33 to Indianapolis on Sunday night, dropped from a unanimous No. 1 a week ago to third in balloting by 12 media members who regularly cover the NFL. The Saints and Colts rounded out the top five. Seattle received seven first-place votes after improving to 6-1 with a 34-22 rout of Arizona.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Percy Harvin was back on the practice field for the Seattle Seahawks yesterday. When he finally gets into a game is still unknown. Harvin was limited in his return to practice for the Seahawks. It was his first work with the team since undergoing hip surgery in early August. Harvin said a bone in his hip was impacting his labrum and causing pain. He said it was a “cut and dry” decision to have the surgery, but difficult to accept joining a new team.

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Washington State is only 4-4 heading into its first bye week of the season, but coach Mike Leach says he is not too disappointed in his team. The Cougars’ losses are to No. 2 Oregon, No. 8 Stanford, No. 11 Auburn and Oregon State. Leach said yesterday that the combined record of the teams WSU has lost to is 25-3.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers now have a real center and some much-needed depth. With those two deficiencies addressed in the offseason, the Blazers see no reason they can’t contend in the NBA’s power-packed Western Conference. General manager Neil Olshey says he believes the Blazers are talented enough with their core starters and new additions to return to the playoffs this year. The core includes two-time All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge, Rookie of the Year point guard Damian Lillard, forward Nicolas Batum and shooting guard Wesley Matthews.


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