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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kemba Walker scored 23 points, Roy Hibbert provided a huge boost off the bench, and the Charlotte Hornets stopped a five-game slide with a 107-85 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers last night. Nicolas Batum added 17 points for the Hornets, who limited the Trail Blazers to 35 percent shooting and snapped an eight-game streak of allowing at least 100 points.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Kyle Kuzma scored 19 points and pulled down 11 boards to help Utah breeze past Washington State 88-47 last night. Lorenzo Bonam finished with 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and four Utes finished in double figures. Utah (13-5, 4-2) played without 6-foot-9 forward David Collette, who did not make the trip due to concussion protocol.

SEATTLE (AP) — Markelle Fultz scored a career-high 37 points including 25 in the second half and overtime as the Huskies beat Colorado 85-83 in overtime last night. Washington (9-9, 2-4 Pac-12) rallied from a 17-point second half deficit and survived a frantic final few minutes of regulation and overtime to keep the Buffaloes winless in Pac-12 play.

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Health officials in Washington state say there’s no indication synthetic turf playfields made of recycled rubber cause cancer in young people. The Department of Health issued a report yesterday that said if the crumb-rubber fields did so, there would be a lot more ill soccer players in Washington. A University of Washington women’s soccer coach, Amy Griffin, raised concerns after learning of several goalies who developed blood cancers. She eventually compiled a list of 53 soccer players who had developed cancer since the mid-1990s.


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