Montana Routs Eastern Washington 57-16 Behind Calhoun

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - The Montana Grizzlies rode three touchdowns from freshman Jeremy Calhoun to a big first-half lead on the way to a 57-16 victory over Eastern Washington in a key Big Sky Conference football game Saturday.

Calhoun's touchdown runs covered 3, 1 and 3 yards, and the Grizzlies (6-4, 5-2) used a fumble return by Herbert Gamboa and an interception return by JR Nelson to push out to a 50-9 lead midway through the third quarter.

The victory snapped Montana's four-game losing streak to EWU, and kept the Grizzlies' slim playoff hopes alive.

Eastern (5-2, 6-4) committed six turnovers, including three interceptions.

Eastern's Cooper Kupp had six catches for 119 yards. The junior moved past Jerry Rice and into seventh in FCS history in career receptions, with 304. He has 106 catches this season, breaking the school record of 104 he set last year.

November 16, 2015

Halfback Pass Helps Portland State Beat Southern Utah 24-23

Kieran McDonagh threw a halfback pass for a touchdown for Portland State, Southern Utah couldn't connect on a go-ahead two-point conversion, and the Vikings beat the Big Sky Conference-leading Thunderbirds 24-23 on Saturday night.

McDonagh took a handoff from quarterback Alex Kuresa and ran to the middle of the line. He then stopped, and jumped to throw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cameron Thompson on the first play of the fourth quarter to give the Vikings a 24-17 lead.

Ammon Olsen threw a 14-yard touchdown pass to Mike Sharp to pull the Thunderbirds to 24-23 with 1:18 left. On the ensuing conversion, Olsen threw a low strike to a wide-open Steven Wroblewski in the middle of the end zone, but Wroblewski couldn't hang on while falling.

Portland State recovered the ensuing onside kick to help seal it.

Kuresa threw two touchdown passes, and Olsen threw three but had three interceptions.

November 16, 2015

Washington Holds Off Texas 77-71 In Historic Game In China

SHANGHAI (AP) - Washington coach Lorenzo Romar has had important road victories in his basketball career, just never one quite this far away.

Andrew Andrews scored 23 points to lead the Huskies to a 77-71 victory over the Texas Longhorns on Saturday in the first-ever regular-season men's basketball game played in China.

Washington led by as many as 9 in the second half before the Longhorns rallied to take a 65-64 lead with two free throws by Javan Felix with 4:48 remaining.

After Andrews hit a 3-pointer to put the Huskies back up by 4, Texas pulled within 2 when Isaiah Taylor drove to the basket for a layup to make it 73-71 with 2 minutes remaining.

The Longhorns couldn't get another shot to fall, though, and Washington closed it out by making free throws down the stretch.

November 16, 2015

Group Wants To Renovate Keyarena For NHL, NBA Teams

key arena2014SEATTLE (AP) - A real-estate investment company has expressed interest in remodeling KeyArena in Seattle to host NHL and NBA teams. The Seattle Times reports that Seattle native Christopher Brozovich, who is vice president of New Mexico-based M.T. Phoenix LLC, is still waiting to hear back from Mayor Ed Murray about his proposal to have his company fund the estimated $285 million project. He sent a letter to the mayor on July 20.

Brozovich says his company found KeyArena could be renovated at its existing size.

M.T. Phoenix's proposal comes as city officials move forward with investor Chris Hansen's plan for a new basketball and hockey arena in the city. The city has issued a Memorandum of Understanding with Hansen but is still pursuing other options.

(Information in the following story is from: The Seattle Times,

November 13, 2015/IMAGe

Seattle Re-Signs Gutierrez To 1-Year Contract

mariners logo9SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have re-signed outfielder Franklin Gutierrez to a one-year contract after a surprisingly productive 2015 season.

The Mariners announced the deal Wednesday. It's a major league contract for the 2016 season after Gutierrez was able to stay healthy and contribute, hitting .292 with 15 home runs and 35 RBIs in 59 games with the Mariners.

Once a Gold Glove-winning center fielder with Seattle, Gutierrez was slowed by injuries and stomach issues that only allowed him to play 173 games from 2011-13, with six stints on the disabled list.

Gutierrez sat out 2014 but last season showed what he can do when healthy. He had a .354 on-base percentage and .974 OPS. Gutierrez started with Seattle on a minor league contract and played in 48 games at Triple-A Tacoma before being called up.

November 12, 2015