Northwest Sports from the AP

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

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) – The University of Alaska Fairbanks is appealing NCAA postseason bans for its women’s basketball and women’s swimming teams. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports Athletic Director Gary Gray said the appeal for women’s basketball and swimming was filed about three weeks ago, making them eligible for postseason play.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Portland Trail Blazers host the Philadelphia 76ers tonight. The Blazers defeated the Thunder in Oklahoma City Tuesday night, 115-11. Damian Lillard scored 40 points. The 76ers have the NBA’s worst record. But on Tuesday, they came back from a 23 point deficit to stun the Miami heat 91-87

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Depending on what happens in the season finale Sunday against St. Louis, the Seahawks have a chance to place themselves into the conversation among the best defenses in this era. Seattle enters Week 17 leading the NFL in total yards allowed, points allowed, yards passing allowed and ranks third in yards rushing allowed.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – The hiring of new coach Paul Chryst has the Wisconsin Badgers hoping their program is back on solid footing after losing Gary Andersen to Oregon State. The departure earlier this month of Chryst’s predecessor, Gary Andersen, to Oregon State stunned the Badgers. The No. 17 Badgers is scheduled to arrive in Florida today to begin preparation for the Outback Bowl on New Year’s Day against No. 19 Auburn