Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) – Diana Taurasi had 20 points and seven assists to lead the Phoenix Mercury to an 87-72 win last night over the Seattle Storm. Brittney Griner added 19 points, eight rebounds and four assists for the Mercury (4-1). Crystal Langhorne had 27 points and six rebounds for Seattle (2-6), who have lost three of the last four.
ATLANTA (AP) – John Buck had three hits, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning that gave Seattle the lead, and the Mariners rallied to beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 last night for their fourth straight win. The Braves led 4-0 in the first inning and 5-2 in the second before falling to the Mariners’ comeback.
DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Oregon State outfielder Michael Conforto, LSU right-hander Aaron Nola and Kentucky left-hander and infielder A.J. Reed are the finalists for the Golden Spikes Award presented annually to the top amateur baseball player in the U.S. Conforto hit .345 with a .547 slugging percentage and .504 on-base percentage. He was Pac-12 Conference Player of the Year for the second straight season.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Washington State athletic director Bill Moos was sure of one thing as he showed off the new $61 million Cougar Football Complex. Moos said that Cougar football takes a back seat to nobody in terms of football facilities. The five-story building houses all football operations for the Cougars, including locker room, weight room, cafeteria and coaches’ offices. The team will move into its new building in mid-July.
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