After six turbulent years as a Husky, Deontae Cooper will spend his final season at San Jose State.

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After six turbulent years as a Husky, Deontae Cooper will spend his final season at San Jose State.

The veteran running back announced his transfer to the Mountain West school on Sunday, marking the end of one of the most frustrating — and most inspirational — careers in recent memory at Washington.

Cooper overcame three torn knee ligaments in his first three years at UW — in 2010, 2011 and 2012 — to emerge as a reliable reserve and team captain the past three seasons. The NCAA had granted him three additional years of eligibility, and he should be eligible to play for San Jose State immediately as a graduate transfer.


Arizona (13-6, 1-2 Pac-12) avoided a sweep, beating Washington 17-7 at Husky Ballpark. Chris Baker homered twice for Washington (10-6, 2-1) and drove in five runs. MJ Hubbs also homered for the Huskies and Duncan Hendrickson drove in the other run.

• Host UC Irvine (14-6) finished off a three-game sweep of Seattle University (11-8), scoring six runs in the eighth inning to win 8-4. Sheldon Stober had three hits and an RBI. Sean Sutton had two hits and an RBI. Michael McCann and Jeffrey Morgan also drove in a run.

• Host UCLA (11-7, 3-0 Pac-12) completed a three-game sweep of Washington State, winning 11-2 at Jackie Robinson Field. Patrick McGrath had three hits and an RBI for the Cougars (7-12, 0-3).


Oregon (21-4, 2-0 Pac-12) outslugged Washington for the second straight day, winning 11-6 at Husky Softball Stadium. Casey Stangel went 3 for 4 with a homer and two RBI for the Hukies (19-5, 0-2). Ali Aguilar also had a homer and two RBI.

• Illinois (18-8) defeated Seattle U 9-1 in five innings, and San Jose State (11-17) defeated the Redhawks 12-6. Both games were in San Diego. Kaylee Ree had five hits and three RBI for Seattle U (10-16).

Women’s tennis

Host Washington State (16-4, 2-3 Pac-12) defeated Colorado 6-1. The Cougars won the doubles point and got singles victories from No. 2 Maria Biryukova, No. 3 Barbora Michalkova, No. 4 Trang Huynh, No. 5 Aneta Miksovska and No. 6 Lize Leenknecht.

• Seattle U (8-9, 0-2 Western Athletic Conference) lost 6-1 to host Grand Canyon (7-8, 2-1). Kristen James had the Redhawks’ only win.


The Seattle Thunderbirds finished the regular season with a 4-1 victory over the Winterhawks in Portland. The win gave the T-birds (45-23-4-0) the second-most victories in a regular season in franchise history. Seattle hosts Prince George on Friday to open the playoffs.

• The Everett Silvertips open the Western Hockey League playoffs Friday night at 7:35 against the Portland Winterhawks at Xfinity Arena. Game 2 is Saturday night at 7:05. Games 3 and 4 are March 29 and 30 in Portland.