Seattle's Chad Marshall Is MLS Defender Of Year

Seattle's Chad Marshall has been voted Major League Soccer's Defender of the Year for a record third time. He made 31 regular-season league appearances in his first season with the Sounders. He also won the award in 2008 and '09 with Columbus. The league said Tuesday he received 83 percent of weighed ballots added from team, media and player votes. D.C. United's Bobby Boswell was second with 77 percent, followed by the Los Angeles Galaxy's Omar Gonzalez with 43 percent. Mark Geiger was voted Referee of the Year with 178 percent of a possible 300 percent after becoming the first American to referee a knockout-round match at the World Cup. Jair Marrufo was second with 63 percent, followed by Alan Kelly with 59 percent. NEW YORK (AP) – November 26, 2014

Huskies Prep For Apple Cup Vs. Washington St

applecup2014Washington coach Chris Petersen had barely sat down Monday when he started getting peppered with questions about coaching in his first Apple Cup. Petersen at least wanted a moment to recognize what the Huskies accomplished over the weekend, becoming bowl eligible and taking some of the stress out of his first matchup with Washington State.

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Aldridge Leads Blazers Over 76ers 114-104

LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 of his 33 points during the pivotal third quarter to help the Portland Trail Blazers defeat Philadelphia 114-104 on Monday night. Wesley Matthews added 17 points, Damian Lillard had 17 and Robin Lopez chipped in 12 for Portland (11-3), which won its eighth in a row. Michael Carter-Williams led Philadelphia (0-14) with 24 points. The 76ers moved within one loss of matching the franchise mark for consecutive losses to begin a season and will look to avoid an 0-15 opening when they host Brooklyn on Wednesday. They also are just four losses from tying the 2009-10 Nets, who set an NBA record by beginning the season 0-18. If the losing continues, Philadelphia could break the NBA record for losses to start the season on Dec. 5 when hosting Oklahoma City. PHILADELPHIA (AP) – November 25, 2014

Oklahoma State Pulls Away From Oregon State 66-53

Phil Forte scored 13 points in the second half Monday night to lead Oklahoma State to a 66-53 victory over Oregon State in the opening game of the MGM Grand Main Event. The Cowboys (5-0) will meet the winner of the tournament's second game between Auburn and Tulsa for the championship Wednesday night. Forte, Oklahoma State's leading scorer, made just one of his first five shots but then came on strong in the final half, finishing with 17 points on 4-of-11 shooting. His steal and drive with 5:03 left in regulation gave the Cowboys a double-digit lead, 55-45, and they coasted to the finish. Le'Bryan Nash led Oklahoma State with 19 points, although he was plagued by foul trouble in the second half. Jeffrey Carroll added 13, and Anthony Hickey had 12. Forward Victor Robbins led the Beavers (3-1) with 16 points. LAS VEGAS (AP) – November 25, 2014

Eastern Washington Rallies To Stun Hoosiers 88-86

Drew Brandon scored a career-high 27 points, and Eastern Washington used a late 9-0 run to stun Indiana 88-86 on Monday night. Tyler Harvey had 25 points to help the Eagles (4-1) get their first win against a Big Ten foe and their first win in front of a crowd of 10,000 or more. Eastern Washington is now 1-13 all-time against the Big Ten and 1-20 in front of big crowds. Indiana (4-1) was led by Kevin "Yogi" Ferrell with 27 points and Troy Williams with 19. But the Hoosiers blew a 12 -point second half lead and couldn't close it out after taking a 78-75 lead with 2:12 to play. Instead, Eastern Washington scored nine straight to take control and then closed it out at the free-throw line. The result also ended Indiana's 43-game home winning streak against non-conference foes. BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) – November 25, 2014