Date: 09/11/2013 04:59 AM
Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press
SEATTLE (AP) – Maya Moore scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen added 19 to help the Minnesota Lynx clinch their third consecutive Western Conference title with a 73-60 victory over the Seattle Storm last night. Monica Wright added 14 points for Minnesota, which won its seventh straight game. The two teams will face each other again next week in the best-of-three first-round series since Seattle already had clinched the fourth and final seed. Tanisha Wright led Seattle with 14 points.
UNDATED (AP) – It’s fitting that Thomas Tyner’s nickname is Dash. The freshman running back made his highly anticipated debut for No. 2 Oregon last weekend against Virginia and scored the first time he was handed the ball. Oregon went on to defeat the Cavaliers 59-10 and Tyner had a coming out party as the latest speedster for the Ducks’ vaunted offense. He first scored on a 3-yard run to make it 52-10, then added a 31-yard TD dash for the final margin. He carried the ball four times, gaining 51 yards.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – Oregon State running back Jovan Stevenson has been suspended for the first half of the Beavers’ game at Utah on Saturday. The Pac-12 Conference suspended Stevenson for a late hit on a defenseless opponent during Oregon State’s 33-14 victory over Hawaii last Saturday. The foul occurred on a punt return late in the first half.
HONOLULU (AP) – The Mountain West Conference in suspending Hawaii special teams and safeties coach Chris Demarest one game for inappropriate sideline conduct during a loss to Oregon State. The conference says Demarest is prohibited from coaching during Hawaii’s next game Sept. 21 at Nevada. A conference official declined to give details; a release says Demarest was suspended under a sportsmanship rule that governs obscene gestures and language toward other people during games.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – Washington State’s rare victory at Southern California last weekend may be huge in the eyes of fans but coach Mike Leach says his focus has shifted to playing Southern Utah. Leach was asked if last weekend’s 10-7 win at USC was the high point of his coaching career at Washington State so far. He said the high point is always the next game on the schedule. Washington State hosts the lower-division Thunderbirds in the Cougars’ home opener Saturday.
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