>>Mariners Use Miller Power To Get By Rays
Brad Miller hit a pair of solo home runs to lead the Mariners to a 5-4 win over the Rays at Tropicana Field. Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Dustin Ackley got the go-ahead RBI with a triple in the sixth inning. Erasmo Ramirez pitched five-and-a-third innings and struck out seven for his fourth win against no losses this season. Danny Farquhar recorded his fifth save. The series continues tonight.
>>Spokane Tops Tri City
The Spokane Indians hammered rival Tri City 7-2 behind a stong outing by Indians' relief pitcher Richard Alvarez. Alvarez now has a 2.70 era after aloowing no runs and striking out 7 over 5 innings. Jordan Akins went 3-5 with a homerun. The Indians and The Dust Devils resumet he series in Pasco tonight.
As many of our drafts get ready to take place - we are paying attention to who is hot adn who is not as we look for sleepers. And watching the injuries pile up. Here are a couple more guys that are either done for the year or trying to make it back. The Pittsburgh Steelers placed Plaxico Burress on the injured reserve list Tuesday, one day after the veteran wide receiver turned 36. Burress injured his shoulder last week during practice and underwent surgery Monday to reportedly repair a torn rotator cuff. The Steelers drafted the Michigan State product in the first round (eighth overall) of the 2000 NFL Draft. Burress spent the first five years of his career with Pittsburgh and returned to the franchise late last season. For his career, Burress has caught 553 passes for 8,499 yards and 64 touchdowns in 148 games with the Steelers, New York Giants and New York Jets.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd hopes to be ready in time for
the season opener after suffering a knee strain during Monday's practice. The
injury occurred after colliding with cornerback Shareece Wright. Floyd will
send the results of his MRI to other specialists so the initial diagnosis can
be confirmed. Floyd led the Chargers with a career-best 56 receptions for 814
yards and five touchdowns last season. Over his eight-year career, all with
the Chargers, Floyd has 233 catches for 3,984 yards and 25 TDs. Danario
Alexander, San Diego's other starting receiver, was lost for the year after
tearing his ACL last Tuesday.
>>Most Engaged Fans
Online ticket broker "TicketCity.com" is out with its first annual ranking of the "most engaged" NFL fan bases. The Seattle Seahawks' fan base is ranked 14th among the 32 NFL teams. The website determines fan-base engagement on criteria including average total attendance, average ticket prices, Facebook "likes," and Twitter following. The Dallas Cowboys' fan base is ranked as the "most engaged," while the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' fan base is ranked last.
>>Mariners Face Rays Starting Tonight
The Mariners are in Florida to start a three-game series against the Rays tonight. Seattle has lost four of the past six games. The M's are 54-and-63 and are 14 games out of first place in the A-L West Division.
>>Huskies' Sankey On ESPN List
Former Gonzaga Prep and now University of Washington running back Bishop Sankey is on ESPN's Top 25 players in the Pac-12 Conference preseason list. Sankey rushed for 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns last season and averaged 110-point seven yards per game. Sankey is number 15 on the list.
>>Indians In A Race
Joe Jackson and Jason Jarmon hit their first home runs of the year as the Spokane Indians downed Eugene 5 - 0. Kelvin Vazquez pitched 5 2/3 innings to pick up the win and send Spokane into a three-way tie for first in the league's second half standings.
I know everyone is spelling his nickname with two Fs. But I like it better with one. Because it is different. And Jason Dufner is indeed different. His friend and fellow champion golfer Keagan Bradly calls him "Duff Daddy" and for a PGA Championship that did not include Tiger or Phil, it sure was entertaining. Watching the guy next door, Jason Dufner, go head to head with the loopy swing of Jim Furyk. Duf held on down the stretch to win his first major at the 95th PGA Championship from Oak Hill Country Club in New York. He was 10-under. This is his third career PGA TOUR win, with the previous two coming last year at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans and the Byron Nelson Championship. Jim Furyk finished in second with a minus-eight after bogeys on the final two holes. Last year's winner of this event Rory McIlroy ended at minus-three. Tiger Woods shot an even par fourth round to close out the Championship at plus-four. Phil Mickelson was two-over for a plus-12 overall.
>>Hernandez, Mariners Nip Brewers
Felix Hernandez shut out the Brewers on four hits over eight innings to lead the Mariners to a 2-0 win at Safeco Field. Hernandez got all the run support he needed from a solo home run by Justin Smoak. Dustin Ackley also came in to score on a wild pitch. Hernandez struck out nine and improved to 12-and-5. Danny Farquhar pitched the ninth inning for his fourth save. The M's start a three-game series against the Rays tomorrow.
>>Seahawks Injury Update
The Seahawks backfield underwent some changes at practice yesterday. Running back Robert Turbin returned to practice from a foot injury. Rookie Christine Michael sat out with back spasms and could miss a couple days. Michael shined in Seattle's opening preseason game with 16 carries for 89 yards.
>>Huskies Didn't Practice Yesterday
The Washington Huskies had yesterday off. On Saturday they held their first two-a-day to complete the first week of fall practice. Washington opens up the season on August 31st against Boise State.
Ferris High grad Connor Halliday tossed two touchdown passes in Washington State’s first scrimmage of preseason camp Sunday afternoon.
The offense scored 5 touchdowns while the defense tallied five sacks, led my junior linebacker Ivan McClennan’s two.
Halliday went 13-of-19 for 117 yards and threw touchdown passes of five yards and 34 yards while freshman running back Gerard Wicks made a scrimmage-high five catches while sophomore wideout Brett Bartolone totaled four catches for 40 yards including a touchdown.
>>Sounders Fall To Toronto FC
Mauro Rosales scored in the 16th minute as Seattle Sounders FC defeated Toronto FC 2-1 at BMO Field. Clint Dempsey made his Seattle debut as a substitute and played 56 minutes. He registered five shots in the win. Doneil Henry hit an own goal in the 40th minute to give Seattle a 2-0 lead. The Sounders meet the Houston Dynamo on Saturday.
Experience. That's what this year's Whitworth Pirate Football team has. QB, O-Line, D-Line...I like those three elements already. That there can win you games. Mix in just a couple of playmakers and you have yourself something. Throw in several and - well - this could another one of those seasons at the Pine Bowl you don't want to miss. With 6 of the 10 regular season games at home, Whitworth should be a Saturday destination. Click here for more on Whitworth Football
>>Mariners Rally To Outlast Jays
Humberto Quintero had three runs batted in, including a go-ahead two-run homer that capped a six-run fifth inning, as the Mariners topped the Blue Jays 9-7 at Safeco Field. Seattle avoided a three-game sweep against the Blue Jays. Justin Smoak drove in two runs and Nick Franklin had an RBI triple for the M's. Brandon Maurer pitched three-and-one-third innings of relief for the win to go to 3-and-7.
>>Mariners To Face Brewers
The Mariners get today off before opening a three-game interleague series against the Milwaukee Brewers tomorrow. The team will induct Ken Griffey Junior into the Mariners Hall of Fame before Saturday's game. The M's are 53-and-61 and look to move above .500 at home.
>>Seahawks Set For Preseason Opener
Safety Deon Grant is retiring from football as a member of the New York Giants. Grant spent his final two seasons with the Giants, helping New York win the Super Bowl in 2011. The 34-year-old started his career with the Panthers, who drafted him in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft out of Tennessee. Grant also spent time with Jacksonville and Seattle over his 12-year career. He racked up 776 tackles, 30 interceptions and six-and-a-half sacks in 176 games.
Just a complaint here. All of these channels and not one can bring us TIGER TV? I hate that we can't watch every swing on television from Tiger Woods live. Starting coverage of the tournament with his round in progress is absurd. Fore!
>>Mariners Clip Orioles
Henry Blanco belted a two-run home run in the seventh inning to give the Mariners the lead as they held on for a 3-2 victory over the Orioles in Baltimore. Raul Ibanez doubled in a run for Seattle, which took the final two of this three-game series. Joe Saunders evened his mark at 10-and-10 after giving up two runs in six innings. Danny Farquhar picked up his second save. The M's and Blue Jays begin a three-game set in Seattle tonight.
He was crazy good in dominating the Bridgestone over the weekend. His 79th win. It's off to the Oak Hill Country Club (East Course) in Rochester, New York for the $8,000,000 PGA Championship this week and he is paired with Davis Love III and Keegan Bradley with a 5:35 a.m. tee time Thursday and a 10:45 a.m. tee time Friday.
>>Touching TD In Cleveland
And if you missed this great video at a Cleveland Bowns practice over the weekend, here it is. A 5 year-old who has cancer scores a touchdown. Yes it is being done more and more throughout sports but it still doesn't get old to watch. http://tinyurl.com/lk7v7lt
>>Seattle Is Most Miserable Sports City, Says "Forbes"
"Worst." "Misreable." You pick the word. As a lover of all things Seattle sports, I wholeheartedly agree with the "Forbes" ranking. Forbes ranks Seattle as the most miserable sports city in America in a list released Wednesday. The city hasn't had a championship since 1979 and the team that won it, the NBA's Sonics, is now located in Oklahoma City. The Seahawks lost in the NFL playoffs last season. Seattle ranked just ahead of Atlanta. We all know - even you Pittsburgh fans - that the Hawks had a Superbowl Championship, but it was stolen away. The Mariners have never won anything. They didn't even field a winning team until 1991. And those that get excited about the 3 West Division championships only prove the point that we stink. A record tying 116 wins in 2001 got us only an embrassing playoff exit. We are fine with medriocrity. Being in games makes us excited. Well some of us. I won't buy a darn thing that is connected to Nintendo. (Owners of the Ms.) Bud Selig ripped us off in '69-'70 by stealing the Pilots. While I appreciate the lawsuit that eventually brought us the Mariners, I do wonder how much easier my sports life would have been without the gut wrenching non championship years we have had to endure. It's a little easier dealing with the Sonics and Seahawks and their down years. They don't stretch 162 games. Can't wait for King Felix to pitch today!!!
>>Red Sox Outlast Mariners In 15
Meanwhile many of us lost sleep last night while staying up only to watch Stephen Drew's one-out, bases-loaded single drove in Dustin Pedroia with the winning run in the bottom of the 15th inning and the Red Sox defeated the Mariners 5-4 at Fenway Park. Lucas Luetge gave up the winning run and fell to 0-and-2 for Seattle. Kyle Seager lifted a solo homer and knocked in two runs for the Mariners. Seattle has lost four of five and the series finale is tonight.
>>Walk Off Win
The Spokane Indians' Barrett Serrato hammered a two-run, walk-off home run to right field in the bottom of the 11th inning to lead the Spokane Indians to a 6-4 win over the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
>>Red Sox Making Moves As They Dump the Mariners
The Red Sox jumped on the Mariners early, scoring two in the first and three in the second before holding on for an 8-2 win at Fenway Park in the series opener. Kendry Morales and Henry Blanco each knocked in a run for Seattle, which has lost four of six. Joe Saunders fell to 9-and-10 and the series continues tonight. Meanwhile, I sit back once again at the trade deadline and watch as Seattle again does nothing. I get it. Who wants anyone we have besides out 2 pitchers. It's not like going after a bat or another arm would help us win games. Oh wait - that's exactly what we need. Another Smoak stikeout with men in scoring position and I may throw that TV out the window. A lot of teams are starting to bolster their rosters. The Red Sox picked up ailing Jake Peavey. Sure he is not like he used to be but at least they made a move as they TRY to move to October baseball in the wide open AL EAST. But we sit back again knowing October is not a month for baseball in Seattle. Sure glad Girffey Jr. "saved" baseball in Seattle.
>>Harvin Says He's Having Surgery
Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin says he will have hip surgery after getting a second opinion in New York. Harvin, according to reports, could be out until at least late November. He signed a six-year, 67-million-dollar contract in the offseason after being traded from Minnesota for a first-round draft pick.
>>UW Dimisses Player From Football Team
The Washington football program has dismissed defensive end Pio Vatuvei from the team. Coach Steve Sarkisian made the announcement Tuesday. Vatuvei is a sophomore who played in nine games last season. He was dismissed for a violation of team rules.
>>Spokane Returns Home
The Spokane Indians dropped last night's game 5-3 to the Boise Hawks. The Indians (23-23) return home tonight to take on the South Division's first place Salem-Kaieser Volcanoes.
>>Mariners' Morse Rejoins Team
Mariners outfielder Michael Morse is back with the team after being reinstated from the disabled list yesterday. The 31-year-old has played in just 11 games for the M's since May 28th and could be trade bait prior to tomorrow's deadline. In 56 games, Morse is hitting .251 with 11 homers and 23 RBI on the year. To make room for Morse, Seattle designated for NIC Cardinal and Gonzaga Bulldog Jason Bay for assignment.
>>Mariners Start Series With Red Sox
The Mariners are in Beantown to start a three-game series with the Boston Red Sox tonight at Fenway Park. Left-hander Joe Saunders takes his 9-and-9 record to the mound for the M's in tonight's opener. Boston will counter with rookie Brandon Workman, who is 0-and-1 with a 4.40 ERA in his first few starts. First pitch is slated for 4:10.
>>Seahawks Back To Work
After a scheduled day off yesterday, the Seahawks are back to work this morning at training camp in Renton. The team will hold practice at 10:00 a.m. today through Thursday. Friday's practice will begin at 1:00 in the afternoon. The 'Hawks play their first preseason game a week from Thursday in San Diego against the Chargers.
The Spokane Indians and Boise Hawks will play the rubber match of the 5 game series in Boise tonight. Spokane took game 4 last night with a 5-2 win. Spokane is now 23-22 over all this season and 3-4 in the second half standings. Spokane returns home tomorrow and take on Salem-Kaiser.
>>M's Hold Off Twins
The little man with the gigantic helemt brought his big stick again. Nick Franklin homered twice and knocked in four runs as the Mariners held on to top the Twins 6-4 at Safeco Field. Michael Saunders also went deep for the M's, who earned a split in the four-game series. Erasmo Ramirez allowed four runs over six innings as he improved to 2-and-0. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless ninth for his 24th save.
>>Wedge Meets With Mariners
Mariners manager Eric Wedge met privately with the team before Sunday's game. It was Wedge's first visit to clubhouse in almost a week after suffering a mild stroke before Monday's game. Bench coach Robby Thompson has been managing the team and there is no timetable for Wedge's return to the dugout. It won't be before August 5th against Toronto.
>>Husky Football Picked To Finish Fourth In Division
The Washington Huskies were picked to finish fourth in the six-team Pac-12 North Division by the media on Friday at Pac-12 Media Day. Washington State was picked to finish in last place. The favorite to win both the North Division and the conference championship is Oregon.
>>Sounders Earn Comeback Win
Erick Torres scored in the 16th minute to give Chivas USA a one goal lead, but Seattle responded with a pair of goals as the Sounders rallied for a 2-1 win. Seattle scored in the 23rd and 57th minutes to pull out the victory. Brad Evans got the equalizer and Lamar Neagle the winner. The Sounders improved to 8-7-and-4 in MLS play.
>>USA Soccer Wins Gold Cup
The U.S. men's soccer team won the CONCACAF Gold Cup 1-0 with Sunday's win over Panama at Soldier Field. Brek Shea scored the only goal the Americans needed in the 69th minute as they went undefeated in all six matches of the North American championship. It's the fifth Gold Cup title for the Americans in history.