Eastern Washington senior quarterback Erik Meyer won the Walter Payton Award on Thursday as the top offensive player in Division I-AA. Meyer, an All-American, threw...

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Eastern Washington senior quarterback Erik Meyer won the Walter Payton Award on Thursday as the top offensive player in Division I-AA.


Meyer, an All-American, threw for 3,616 yards in the regular season, including 26 touchdowns and five interceptions. He led the Eagles to the Big Sky Conference’s automatic berth in the playoffs.


“When you’re little you always dream about being a football player and winning awards,” said Meyer, a 2001 graduate of La Mirada (Calif.) High School.


“My first year at Eastern I never dreamt about it. Last year when I was close I thought I had a chance, but it’s just amazing to be with the other names who have won this award.”


Sounders release


2006 schedule


The Seattle Sounders open defense of their United Soccer Leagues First Division title on April 23 with a game at Minnesota.


The Sounders’ home opener also is against the Minnesota Thunder on May 13 at Qwest Field.


Women’s basketball


Seattle U. 55,


at Evergreen State 46


Ashley Payne had 15 points as the Redhawks (4-3) snapped a 16-game road losing streak and won their fourth straight. Jenny Olson had 17 points for the Geoducks (5-6).


Santa Clara 85,


at E. Washington 54


The Eagles (4-5) suffered their worst loss since falling 91-50 to Stanford last year.


Notes


• NAIA power Cal Baptist swept Seattle U. in a swim meet in Riverside, Calif. The Cal Baptist women won 114-91, while the men took the meet 121.5-83.5.


• Ed Cooper Sr., who co-owned the U-3 racing team with his son, Ed Cooper Jr., died Tuesday in Madison, Ind. He was 86. In a sport dominated by turbine engines, the team used piston engines intended for use in World War II fighter planes. The team won three races in 2003, including the Gold Cup in Detroit.


• Sprinter brothers Brian Woods Jr. and Justin Woods from Buena Park, Calif., have agreed to compete for the Washington State track and field team starting in January.


• Washington senior goalkeeper Chris Eylander was named to ESPN The Magazine’s academic All-America men’s soccer team.


Compiled from The Associated Press and news releases.