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Beth Bragg

The third-ranked UAA women's basketball team earned a W on the scoreboard and an A from their coach Thursday after facing -- and passing -- a stern test in Ellensburg, Washington.

The Seawolves scored about 25 points below their average and never owned a comfortable lead in a 58-50 win over Central Washington.

Down by two with less than nine minutes to play, UAA outscored the Wildcats 13-3 the rest of the way to tightened its grip on the Great Northwest Athletic Conference lead.

"I thought we showed a lot of toughness," coach Ryan McCarthy said. "I'm real pleased with the defensive effort when we needed to get a stop. We out-toughed the other team in the last four minutes."...

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With a huge lead whittled down to nearly nothing, the UAA men's basketball team hung tough and hit its free throws to secure an 81-76 road win over Western Washington on Thursday.

The Seawolves, who led by 25 points early in the second half, sank nine out of 10 free throws in the final minute to win the Great Northwest Athletic Conference game in Bellingham, Washington. It was the first time UAA has won in Bellingham since 2009.

"We tightened up for a few minutes but we did a good job holding off their run," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said by phone...

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On the Ski for Women's Facebook page, a recent post extended thanks "to all our Fairy Godmothers, Snow Angels, and Good Witches of the North ... for the magical white dusting!"

Translation: Get your costumes ready -- Anchorage finally has some snow, just in time for Sunday's Ski for Women at Kincaid Park.

Costumes are the distinguishing feature of the Ski for Women, a ski race for girls and women held annually on Super Bowl Sunday. Fairy godmothers and snow angels are joined by giraffes, sled dogs, sunflowers, tortilla chips, giant vegetables, beer bottles, sock monkeys, vikings and even skiers. It's a dress-up day disguised as a ski race...

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The several dozen runners who spent a chunk of their Sunday running in circles at the inaugural Half Marathon at The Dome had to feel pretty good when they woke up on the day of the race. Anchorage went into the deep freeze overnight, with sub-zero temperatures coming to most parts of town...

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The several dozen runners who spent a chunk of their Sunday running in circles at the inaugural Half Marathon at The Dome had to feel pretty good when they woke up on the day of the race. Anchorage went into the deep freeze overnight, with sub-zero temperatures coming to most parts of town.

But inside The Dome, where runners gathered for what is believed to be the first indoor half marathon in Alaska, the temperature was a comfortable 58 degrees and conditions were in many ways ideal: No ice underfoot, no wind in your face, no rain, no snow, no moose.

“It was a great excuse to be inside today,” runner-up Jerome Ross said...

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Cory Davis will return to Alaska for next month's Iron Dog with two X Games medals from this week's competition in Aspen, Colorado.

Davis, a 26-year-old snowmachiner from Soldotna, captured the silver medal in the long jump competition Friday night, one night after claiming the bronze medal in the speed-and-style competition.

This is the first time Davis has pocketed more than one medal at a single X Games. He has earned six over the last seven years, half of them silver, half of them bronze.

Friday's long jump competition was part of a big night that also included a sold-out Snoop Dogg concert and the big air snowboard competition...

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Challenged and frustrated by injuries all season, the UAA men's basketball team spent Thursday night in familiar territory -- playing a game with a key player on the bench with an injury.

With all-conference point guard Brian McGill sidelined with a sprained ankle, Central Washington took advantage early to build a big lead and then fended off the Seawolves in the second half for a 77-68 Great Northwest Athletic Conference win.

"They came out and they really were prepared and they played well from the start," UAA coach Rusty Osborne said. "I thought we came out and didn't react very well to Brian being out of the lineup."...

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A meeting between two hot teams on a snowy Thursday night ended with the UAA women basketball team extending its winning streak while snapping Western Washington's.

Inside domination combined with their usual feisty defense carried the Seawolves to their fifth straight win, a 71-58 victory that cooled off Western Washington, which saw its five-game winning streak end.

The win gives UAA sole possession of first place in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAA and Seattle Pacific shared the lead coming into the night, but Western Oregon knocked off the Falcons 67-62.

UAA junior Megan Mullings owned the paint, scoring a career-high 22 points on 9 of 12 shooting, with all of her points coming from inside, many of them uncontested...

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Anchorage snowboarder Ryan Stassel struggled for words Wednesday after becoming the first American to win a world championship in slopestyle.

"I'm speechless," he told reporters in Kreischberg, Austria.

No matter. The statement that mattered was the one Stassel made during the men's finals at the FIS Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.

With a winning run punctuated by three 1260s -- tricks that require 3.5 mid-air revolutions -- Stassel, 22, dominated to earn his first gold medal at a major competition. No other rider landed three 1260s.

"I have been working on that run for a long time, and it feels really good to finally pull it all together here at the World Championships," he said...

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Anchorage's Ryan Stassel advanced to the finals of the snowboard slopestyle competition at the world championships in Kreischberg, Austria.

Stassel, 22, was among eight riders who vaulted straight from Monday's qualifying round to Wednesday's finals. The rest of the 10-man finals field will be decided in a semifinal competition that begins early Wednesday morning in Austria.

Stassel placed third in his heat on Monday, scoring 86.0 points on his second run down a 900-meter course that included a 90-meter drop in elevation. The top four riders in each of two heats earned automatic berths in the finals.

"Great day for slopestyle," Stassel posted on Facebook. "Landed my runs and made it into finals!"...

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