Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
TORONTO (AP) – Terrence Ross scored a career-high 26 points, DeMar DeRozan had 24 and the Toronto Raptors snapped an eight-game losing streak against Portland by beating the Trail Blazers 102-79 last night. Ed Davis had 19 points and Amir Johnson 17 in Toronto’s first victory over the Trail Blazers since a 116-109 double-overtime win on Jan. 13, 2008. Rookie Damian Lillard led Portland with 18 points while LaMarcus Aldridge had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
CLEVELAND (AP) – Oregon’s Chip Kelly appears to be near the top of the Browns’ coaching wish list. According to several reports, Cleveland’s CEO Joe Banner is in Arizona and intends to interview Kelly, who is preparing the Ducks to play in today’s Fiesta Bowl. Kelly has deflected questions about a possible jump to the pros, saying he’s focused on finishing his fourth season at Oregon. Kelly’s fast-paced offensive system is intriguing to the Browns, who fired Pat Shurmur this week. New England coach Bill Belichick consulted Kelly this summer and has incorporated aspects of Oregon’s up-tempo game into the Patriots offense.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Brandon Browner was back in the Seattle Seahawks locker room, shaking hands and sitting just a few feet away from fellow cornerback Richard Sherman. For a time last month, no one was sure whether Browner and Sherman would be around at this point of the year with each facing four-game suspensions. Browner eventually dropped his appeal and sat out the last four games of the regular season, while Sherman won his appeal and had his suspension overturned. The result is that the Seahawks will go to Washington on Sunday for the opening round of the playoffs at nearly full strength.
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