NW Sports from the AP

Date: 03/11/2015 04:59 AM

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

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Felix Hernandez’s first spring start began with a 400-foot flyout and a walk before the Seattle ace settled down to throw two hitless innings yesterday in the Mariners’ 9-3 loss to a Colorado Rockies split squad. Back after posting an AL-best 2.14 ERA last season, the right-hander’s first pitch was hit by Corey Dickerson to the wall in center. After a walk, Carlos Gonzalez grounded into a double play.

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Kyle Wiltjer had 18 points and 10 rebounds, helping No. 7 Gonzaga shoot its way past Brigham Young 91-75 last night for the Zags’ third straight West Coast Conference tournament title. Gonzaga (32-3), the regular-season champion, clinched its 14th WCC tournament by putting on an offensive show in an entertaining rematch of last year’s title game.

DENVER (AP) – Brayden McNabb had a goal and two assists, Jonathan Quick stopped 21 shots and the Los Angeles Kings beat Colorado 5-2 last night to end the Avalanche’s three-game win streak. Marian Gaborik, Jeff Carter, Kyle Clifford and Jake Muzzin also scored as the reigning Stanley Cup champions crept closer to playoff contention with 16 games remaining.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – A young musher who recently won an all-river-ice sled dog race in Alaska has grabbed an early lead in the 1,000-mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Pete Kaiser of Bethel was the first to leave the Manley Hot Springs checkpoint, 161 miles into the race. He departed at 7:58 a.m. yesterday, followed 40 minutes later by 2004 Iditarod winner Mitch Seavey.


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