No. 9 Gonzaga Beats SE Louisiana 76-57

Kyle Wiltjer scored 20 points as No. 9 Gonzaga used a big second half to beat scrappy Southeastern Louisiana 76-57 on Tuesday. Domantas Sabonis added 14 points and Kevin Pangos 12 for Gonzaga (7-0), which trailed after the first half. Joshua Filmore had 14 points and Zay Jackson and DeVonte Upson each scored 12 for Southeastern Louisiana (2-6) of the Southland Conference. This was the first game between the two schools Undersized Southeastern Louisiana played well in the first half, but Gonzaga's depth and rebounding overwhelmed the Lions in the second half. Gonzaga won the rebound battle 30-21 and shot 53 percent in the game to 49 percent for the Lions. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – December 3, 2014

Blazers Rally For 105-103 Win Over Nuggets

LaMarcus Aldridge scored a season-high 39 points and set up the winning basket on a pass inside to Robin Lopez with 1.3 seconds left, helping the Portland Trail Blazers rally for a 105-103 win over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night. Aldridge received an in-bounds pass and dished it to Lopez, who sealed off J.J. Hickson with his hip for an easy layup. Danilo Gallinari's 3-pointer at the buzzer was well short as the Blazers won their seventh straight over Denver. Ty Lawson led Denver with 24 points and 13 assists on the second night of a back-to-back. DENVER (AP) – December 3, 2014

Iditarod Sled Dog Race Increases Musher Winnings

The top five finishers in the world's most famous sled dog race will be taking home a little bit more cold cash. Officials with Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have announced a $50,000 bump in the overall purse next year, with the winner getting the bulk of it. The 2015 winner will receive $70,000, the largest payout ever in the roughly thousand-mile race. It starts March 7 and ends about nine days later in Nome. The highest payout had been $69,000 for the winner until the race lost about $1 million in sponsorships five years ago. The last winner got $50,400. Officials also announced a 20-mile stretch of the trail has been improved between Rohn and Farewell, the site of many accidents last year during a low-snow season. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – December 3, 2014

Mariners, Cruz Nearing Contract

cruzTwo people with knowledge of the deal say the Mariners and free agent slugger Nelson Cruz are nearing agreement on a contact that would give Seattle the right-handed bat it has sought. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the deal between Cruz and the Mariners had not been finalized and was pending a physical. El Caribe in the Dominican Republic

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Seattle Routs D-III Pacific Lutheran 72-33

Jarell Flora scored 16 points and Seattle routed Pacific Lutheran 72-33 on Monday. Pacific Lutheran, a Division III member, led once at 4-2. Isiah Umipig hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and PLU never challenged again. Umipig hit another trey with 7:51 in the half and Seattle led 43-21 at intermission. The onslaught continued after the break. PLU's Garth West scored the first bucket of the half, then the Lutes missed their next six shots over 8:38 as Seattle built a 57-23 lead. PLU was held to 12 points in the second half and was 12 of 52 (23 percent) for the game, 2 of 23 on 3-point attempts. Jack Crook scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Seattle (3-3). Manroop Clair had 12 points and Umipig, who's averaging 19.6 this season, finished with 11 points and didn't play after the 15:47 mark of the second half. KENT, Wash. (AP) – December 2, 2014