Sports Dec. 10

sports2Aldridge Has 24 To Lead Blazers Past Jazz 105-94
LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and Damian Lillard added 17 to propel the Portland Trail Blazers to a 105-94 victory over the Utah Jazz on Monday night.

Robin Lopez chipped in 15 points and 11 rebounds, and Wesley Matthews added 16 points for the Blazers, who bounced back with their second win over Utah this season after losing to Dallas on Saturday to snap a four-game winning streak. Reserve Alec Burks had 20 points for the Jazz, who dropped their fourth game in a row. Enes Kanter added 19 points and Gordon Hayward chipped in 17 for Utah, which trailed the entire second half after nine ties and nine lead changes in the first half.

Seahawks Left Waiting For Division Title
The celebration of an NFC West title was put on hold for the Seattle Seahawks. And unless they get some help, the delay could be for at least another two weeks. Seattle's 19-17 loss to San Francisco on Sunday was the Seahawks first setback in more than two months. It snapped a seven-game win streak and left Seattle still needing two more wins - or a win and a 49ers loss - to clinch the division title. The loss also came with an injury cost. Outside linebacker K.J. Wright suffered a fractured bone in his foot and is scheduled to have surgery on Tuesday. The initial prognosis is that Wright will miss 4 to 6 weeks. Carroll says center Max Unger, who suffered a strained pectoral, will be limited in practice this week but hopes he'll be able to play Sunday.

Petersen Says It Was Time To Challenge Himself
Chris Petersen says it was simply a gut feeling that it was time to take on a new challenge by leaving Boise State for Washington. Petersen was introduced as the Huskies new coach on Monday at a news conference overlooking his new football home in Husky Stadium. Petersen says he's constantly been asked 'why?' he finally left Boise State after eight years as the Broncos head coach. The 49-year-old says it was a combination of timing and fit. Petersen was 92-12 at Boise State, including five conference titles and two Fiesta Bowl victories. He replaces Steve Sarkisian, who was 34-29 in five seasons at Washington before taking the job at USC.

Zduriencik Defends Handling Of Mariners Staff
Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik is defending his involvement in the daily operation of the ballclub after pointed remarks by former manager Eric Wedge. Zduriencik issued a statement on Monday, a day after a lengthy piece in The Seattle Times that highlighted issues with the Mariners' front office. Wedge was quoted as saying Zduriencik, team president Chuck Armstrong and CEO Howard Lincoln had meddled in the operation of the team. Zduriencik said everyone in the organization is focused on putting a winning product on the field. He said his job is to ask questions, give suggestions and help direct the on-field staff. Zduriencik also said Wedge never complained of communication problems within the organization. Wedge's contract ran out this season and he announced he wouldn't return. The Mariners went 71-91 and haven't been in the playoffs since 2001.

Seattle Mariners' Tim Hevly Wins Fishel Award
Tim Hevly of the Seattle Mariners has won the Robert O. Fishel Award for public relations excellence, given annually by Major League Baseball. Hevly, the Mariners' senior director of baseball information, completed his 24th season with Seattle and 16th as the department head. Hevly began his career as an intern with the Mariners in 1990 and was hired full time two years later. The award, announced Monday at the winter meetings, is named after the inaugural winner, who worked for the Cleveland Indians, St. Louis Browns, New York Yankees and the American League.

Dismukes, Stork Among 6 Finalists For Rimington
Auburn's Reese Dismukes and Florida State's Bryan Stork are among the six finalists for the Rimington Trophy, which goes to the nation's best center. Dismukes and Stork helped lead prolific offenses for teams that will meet in the BCS championship game on Jan. 6. The other finalists are Oregon's Hroniss Grasu, Oklahoma's Gabe Ikard, Utah State's Tyler Larsen and Arkansas' Travis Swanson. The winner will be announced Thursday.

Seattle Declines Option On GK Gspurning
The Seattle Sounders have declined the 2014 contract option on goalkeeper Michael Gspurning, leaving the position as a major question going into next season. The Sounders announced the decision on Monday. The 2013 season was Gspurning's second with the club. He was a finalist for MLS goalkeeper of the year in 2012, but by the end of the 2013 season had lost his starting job on a regular basis. The Sounders used backup Marcus Hahnemann as their starter for a few games late in the year as Gspurning struggled with consistency. The 32-year-old Austrian came to Seattle from Skoda Xanthi in the Greek Super League in December 2011.

December 10, 2013