REDMOND FIREFIGHTER INJURED
Redmond firefighter injured in water pipe break
REDMOND, Wash. (AP) - A Redmond firefighter was injured early Sunday after a water-saturated ceiling fell on his crew.
Five firefighters were working to divert a water leak on the third floor of a building complex when the plaster board of the ceiling collapsed onto them.
One crew member suffered injuries to his left shoulder and leg.
He was taken to Evergreen Hospital for treatment.
Redmond Fire officials say they have responded to several water-related calls, due to frozen pipes thawing in unheated spaces like attics and crawl spaces.
Owners of former WA state liquor stores struggling
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Last year's auction of the former state liquor stores held a lot of promise for dozens of small entrepreneurs.
One year later, many say they are struggling to stay in business.
The News-Tribune reports that 19 months after the auction, more than 60 percent of those who bought former state stores are out of business. The Washington Liquor Store Association, which resents liquor store owners, says most of the rest are headed in that direction.
Among those stores that are still open, many owe money to the state and their suppliers.
Nearly two dozen remaining stores are in danger of losing their licenses because they owe the state fees on liquor already sold.
Washington's handgun database lags behind sales
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Washington residents are buying handguns too fast for police to keep up.
The Daily Herald reports the state's firearms database is months behind.
The Department of Licensing began November with a backlog of about 106,000 pistol transfers to enter into the database used by city, county and state authorities to find owners of handguns that turn up during investigations.
Last week, employees in the state agency were handling purchases made in March.
The department is asking the governor and lawmakers for $409,000 in next year's supplemental budget to hire several part-timers to clear away the paperwork that is piling up.
While it doesn't appear the situation is causing any trouble, law enforcement leaders want it taken care of because the database is heavily used.
ARMED ROBBER SHOT
Tukwila robbery suspect shot to death
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - Tukwila police say a gunfight with a robbery suspected ended with the man shot dead.
KOMO-TV reports police were responding to reports of a robbery at a Cash and Carry store around 7:30 p.m. Saturday.
Investigators say officers were outside the store as the suspect was leaving and shots were fired. Police say it's unclear who fired first.
The suspected robber was killed during the shooting and no officers or others were injured.
The police officers involved are on paid administrative leave while the incident is investigated, which is standard police procedure.
CAR OFF EMBANKMENT
2 injured after car falls off Tacoma embankment
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) - Two people were rescued Sunday morning in Tacoma after their car fell 100 feet off an embankment.
KIRO-TV reports a rope rescue began shortly after 4 a.m., when a car went over an embankment and into a gulch.
They were injured in the crash but the extent of their injuries was not immediately available.
Dawson go-ahead field goal lifts 49ers by Seattle
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Phil Dawson kicked a 22-yard field goal with 26 seconds remaining and the San Francisco 49ers held off the Seattle Seahawks 19-17 on Sunday.
Frank Gore broke a 51-yard gain with just more than four minutes left to set up the go-ahead 11-play, 76-yard drive as the 49ers (9-4) kept the playoff-bound Seahawks (11-2) from clinching the NFC West on San Francisco's home field.
Dawson's fourth field goal of the day gave him 20 straight converted field goals, a franchise record topping Joe Nedney's 18 consecutive in 2006-07.
Russell Wilson threw a 39-yard touchdown pass to Luke Willson and Marshawn Lynch ran for an 11-yard score for Seattle, denied a franchise-best sixth road victory.
The 49ers are unbeaten at home against the West since losing to the Seahawks on Oct. 26, 2008.
FIGHT HUNGER BOWL
Washington, BYU to meet in Fight Hunger Bowl
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Washington has been picked as the opponent for BYU in the Fight Hunger Bowl.
The Cougars locked up a bid to the Dec. 27 game in San Francisco earlier this year, and bowl officials selected the Huskies as the Pac-12 participant Sunday night.
Washington went 8-4 this season before coach Steve Sarkisian left to take the job at Southern California. The Huskies hired Chris Petersen away from Boise State on Friday, but quarterbacks coach and former Washington standout Marques Tuiasosopo will be the interim head coach for the bowl game.
BYU also finished 8-4 and is headed to a bowl for the ninth straight season under coach Bronco Mendenhall. The Cougars are 6-2 in those games, including winning the last four.
This is expected to be the final Fight Hunger Bowl played at the San Francisco Giants' AT&T Park. The bowl is moving to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara next year.
NEW MEXICO BOWL
Colorado State accepts invite to New Mexico Bowl
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Colorado State will play Washington State in the New Mexico Bowl on Dec. 21.
The Mountain West Conference's Rams (7-6) also played in the 2008 New Mexico Bowl, which was the team's last trip to the postseason. The Rams defeated Fresno State 40-35.
The Cougars (6-6) are playing in a bowl for the first time since 2003. Washington State finished the regular season with a 27-17 loss to rival Washington in the Apple Cup, but the team doubled its total wins from the year before - showing steady progress under second-year coach Mike Leach.
While the Cougars were bowl eligible, it did not mean they were guaranteed a postseason berth. Nine teams from the Pac-12 were eligible with just seven conference bowl spots.
T25-WASHINGTON-SAN DIEGO ST
Thames helps No. 24 San Diego State rally for win
SAN DIEGO (AP) - Xavier Thames scored 19 points, and No. 24 San Diego State rallied from a nine-point halftime deficit to beat Washington 70-63 on Sunday.
Winston Shepard added 17 points for the Aztecs (7-1), who won their sixth straight while playing for the fifth time in 11 days.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington (4-4) with 17 points. Nigel Williams-Goss added 14 for the Huskies.
The Aztecs opened the second half with a 17-2 run, taking the lead on a jump shot by Thames with 14:59 remaining. JJ O'Brien scored five straight points during the run.
No. 24 Gonzaga hangs on to beat Ohio State 59-58
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Sonja Greinacher scored 18 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as No. 24 Gonzaga held off Ohio State 59-58 on Sunday.
Gonzaga trailed by one point with 32 seconds to play. Shaniqua Nilles gave the Bulldogs the lead with 21 ticks left, but Ohio State took it back after Ameryst Alston's basket. Down by one with 7 seconds left, Gonzaga's Nilles converted again, this time for the game-winner.
Haiden Palmer added 13 for Gonzaga (6-1). The Bulldogs made 7 of 26 shots from behind the arc and Ohio State made four of its six from 3-point range.
Alston paced Ohio State (6-4) with 18 points and Martina Ellerbe added 11. The Buckeyes trailed 32-20 at halftime.
Gonzaga led 45-35 with 11:26 left in the second half, but a Raven Ferguson 3-pointer made it a two point game with 6:25 left.
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