NW Sports from the AP

Date: 02/04/2014 04:59 AM

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


DETROIT (AP) – Justin Abdelkader scored early in the second period and again in the final seconds while Jimmy Howard finished off a shutout that Jonas Gustavsson started for the Detroit Red Wings in a 2-0 victory over the Vancouver Canucks last night. The Canucks had coach John Tortorella behind their bench and forward Henrik Sedin on the ice after both missed six games.

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Washington Wizards moved above .500 for the first time in more than four years last night, accomplishing the feat on their eighth try this season by pulling away in the second half to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 100-90. Damian Lillard scored 25 points, and LaMarcus Aldridge had 20 to lead the Trail Blazers, who have lost four straight road games.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A musher from Eureka is in the lead in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. According to the race tracker on the Yukon Quest’s website, Brent Sass left the Circle checkpoint early yesterday morning, about 90 minutes ahead of the second place musher and defending champion, Allen Moore of Two Rivers. The race started Saturday in Fairbanks, and will end near Whitehorse, Yukon Territory.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Super Bowl champion Seahawks returned last night to Sea-Tac Airport. Dozens of airport workers waving green pom poms greeted the team’s airplane, cheering players as they exited the aircraft. An official celebration marking the Super Bowl Victory will be held tomorrow in downtown Seattle.


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