Sports Briefs March 21

sports3RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks and Seattle Sounders will separate their business operations after working jointly since the city was awarded an MLS expansion franchise in 2007. The franchises made the announcement yesterday. The separate businesses will begin on April 30 with the Sounders relocating their operations to the Pioneer Square area of Seattle.

The Sounders and Seahawks will continue to share CenturyLink Field as their home venue.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have signed free agent offensive lineman Stephen Schilling. Seattle announced the signing yesterday. Schilling had been a sixth-round draft pick of San Diego in the 2011 draft. In three seasons with the Chargers, Schilling appeared in 18 games with three starts. He was also an honorable mention all-Big Ten selection at Michigan and a prep standout at Bellevue High.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the Washington Wizards 116-103 last night. Damian Lillard added 23 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who are still playing without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge. Portland (45-24) remained in fifth place in the Western Conference with three victories in their last four games after a four-game losing streak.

MILWAUKEE (AP) - Elgin Cook scored a career-high 23 points in a very happy homecoming, helping seventh-seeded Oregon beat 10th-seeded BYU 87-68 the NCAA tournament yesterday. Joseph Young had 19 points for the Ducks (24-9), who had to stage a big comeback to beat the Cougars 100-96 in overtime in December. There was no comeback needed this time, with Oregon turning away every charge by BYU in the second half.
March 21, 2014