NW Sports from the AP

Date: 01/02/2014 04:59 AM

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


VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – Valtteri Filppula had a goal and an assist as the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Vancouver Canucks 4-2 on Wednesday night. The Lightning, whose franchise is 21 years old, posted only its second win ever in Vancouver. Brad Richardson and Zac Dalpe scored for the Canucks, who lost their second straight.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 14 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied from a 13-point second-half deficit to beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 98-94 in a showdown of Western Conference heavyweights on Tuesday night. Portland (25-7) snapped a two-game losing streak but still trails Oklahoma City (25-6) by a half-game in the Northwest Division standings.

UNDATED (AP) – Over the course of Mark Helfrich’s first year as head coach at Oregon he dealt with a troubled tight end, a snowball fight, and an injury to his star quarterback that was much worse than anyone thought. But it all ended with an authoritative win. The No. 10 Ducks finished the season 11-2 and capped it all off with a 30-7 victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seahawks say they sold out of playoff tickets in less than 30 minutes. The team sold a limited number of tickets on Tuesday morning, after giving season ticket holders first dibs on the seats they have occupied all season. The game on Jan. 11 at 1:35 p.m. in Seattle is against a yet unknown opponent.


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