NW Sports from the AP

Date: 09/24/2012 05:29 AM

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


SEATTLE (AP) – Matt Flynn came to Seattle to be the starting quarterback, optimistic he would be leading the Seahawks against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, in Week 3 of the season. The only way he’ll get a chance to play against the Packers tonight is if the rookie who beat him out for the job, Russell Wilson, is injured or ineffective. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll chose Wilson over Flynn for the starting job after the third-round draft pick had a dynamic preseason. Game time is 5:30 in Seattle.

NEW YORK (AP) – Oregon has slipped past LSU to No. 2 in The Associated Press Top 25 behind Alabama after the Ducks rolled to a victory and the Tigers struggled to remain unbeaten. Oregon routed Arizona 49-0 Saturday night in Eugene. No. 3 LSU hung on to win at Auburn 12-10. Florida State remained No. 4 after its 49-37 victory against Clemson, and Georgia held steady at No. 5. No. 6 South Carolina gives the Southeastern Conference four of the top six teams in the nation.

SEATTLE (AP) – Ryan Dempster allowed two runs and six hits over six-plus innings and Mike Napoli and Geovany Soto homered to lead the Texas Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners yesterday and preserve a four-game lead over the Oakland A’s in the AL West. The Rangers were looking to avoid a sweep by the scuffling Mariners in order to keep their distance over the A’s with a pivotal four-game series against them beginning in Texas today.

PHOENIX (AP) – Sue Bird had 13 points, five rebounds and four assists to help the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 71-57 on Sunday in the regular-season finale for both teams. Seeded fourth in the West, Seattle played its regulars most of the game in advance of its playoff series with defending champion Minnesota that begins Friday. The Storm have reached the postseason a WNBA-record nine consecutive seasons.


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