>>Seahawks Claim Nelson
The Seahawks made a roster move yesterday. Seattle claimed long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers from the 49ers. To make the move, they released wide receiver Charly Martin.
Meanwhile, I've been waiting for Ron Jaworski's countdown of his top QBs on ESPN. I think he started at # 35. He wasn't into the top 10 yet so I did not think I needed to care about it just yet. I can only take so much of Jaws. But then last night I see the Seahawks were on the menu so I stayed tune. Only to see Jaws had Russell Wilson as the #12 overall QB. There is NO WAY, even after only one year, that there are 11 other better QBs in the league. On a good note, now I don't have to watch that segment anymore.
Spokana'e 4 game winning streak was snapped as Salem-Keiser scored 6 runs in the 4th inning on the wasy to a 9-1 win for the Volcanoes over the Indians.
>>No Mr. Everything on the Eags bench
In the NBA he was referred to as Mr. Everything. In Spokane we just call him Craig or Eggs. Or Mr. "One of the nicest guys ever." Craig Ehlo stepped down after two seasons as an assistant coach at Eastern Washington University.
>>Ms Bounced In Extras
A Daniel Nava single in the top of the 10th scored Jackie Bradley Jr. to lift the Red Sox past the Mariners, 8-7, at Safeco Field. Seattle jumped out to a 5-1 lead and led 7-4 in after the fourth inning, but couldn't hold on. Kyle Seager was 2-for-5 with a home run and two RBI in the loss. Tom Wilhelmsen fell to 0-and-3.
>>Mariners Host Angels
The Mariners begin their final series before the All-Star break tonight. Seattle will host the Angels for the first of three games. The M's will send former Halo Joe Saunders to the mound opposite Jerome Williams. Seattle is 40-and-52.
>>Capps Sent Down
All but probably two pitchers should be sent down. But who do they honestly bring up? The Mariners sent reliever Carter Capps to Triple-A Tacoma. The move was made to open up a roster spot for yesterday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Capps had a 6.37 ERA in 33 appearances. He is only 22-years-old.
>>Red Sox Roll Mariners
David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and knocked in three runs to power the Red Sox to an 11-4 win over the Mariners in Seattle. Ortiz also became the all-time leader in hits at the designated hitter position, passing Harold Baines. Aaron Harang gave up seven runs in five-plus frames for the loss. Brendan Ryan belted a solo homer for Seattle.
>>Mariners Host Red Sox
The Mariners and Red Sox close out a four-game set this afternoon. Boston has taken two of the first three to drop Seattle to 40-and-51. The M's send Erasmo Ramirez to the hill, who is making his first start of the year. The Sox counter with Ryan Dempster.
>>Saint Mary's Hires Jim Shaw
Former Washington assistant Jim Shaw was hired as a special assistant to Saint Mary's head coach Randy Bennett. Shaw's contract wasn't renewed by the Huskies in June. Shaw was on the Washington staff for nine seasons.
>>Indians playing good ball
The Spokane Indians took game one of the five-game series with the Salem-Keisey Volcanoes, squeaking out a 4-3 win. SK is in first place in the South Division while Spokane has won 4 in a row and is 9-1 over the last 10 games. The Indians are 4 games back in the North Division.
>>Red Sox Outslug M's
Dustin Pedroia was one of five Boston players to go deep and finished with three RBI, as the Red Sox outslugged the Mariners 11-8 in the second of four games at Safeco Field. Kendrys Morales homered twice and drove in three and Brad Miller went 3-for-5 with four RBI for the M's, who had won their previous two. Blake Beavan fell to 0-and-2 with the loss.
>>Mariners Look For Series Win
The Mariners play the third of a four-game series against the Boston Red Sox tonight at Safeco Field. Aaron Harang is the scheduled starting pitcher for Seattle, Injured outfielder Mike Morse has been taking batting practice and could be playing minor-league rehab games soon before rejoining the M's off the disabled list.
>>Gold Cup In Seattle This Week
The Gold Cup soccer tournament for the championship of North America holds matches at CenturyLink Field this week. Group A matches will take place Thursday. Panama and Martinique, surprise winners in the first group matches Sunday in California, will play each other at 5:30 p.m. local time. That is followed by Mexico against Canada.
>>Mariners Top Reds For Series Win
Nick Franklin hit a solo homer, Justin Smoak cranked a two-run shot and Joe Saunders took care of the rest as the Mariners took a 3-1 win in Sunday's rubber match of their series with the Reds. Saunders gave up one run on six hits in seven innings on the bump for Seattle, which took two of three in its first-ever visit to Great American Ballpark. Tom Wilhelmsen earned his 18th save.
>>Mariners Face Red Sox
The Boston Red Sox are in town starting tonight to face the Mariners at Safeco Field. Boston leads the AL East Division at 54-and-36 despite a loss to the Los Angeles Angels Sunday night. The Mariners will send their two All-Star pitchers, Felix Hernandez and Hisashi Iwakuma, to the mound tonight and tomorrow.
The Spokane Indians are beginning to make come-from-behind victories the norm, as Spokane used a six-run eighth inning to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 victory over the Eugene Emeralds
BOSTON (AP) - The Boston Celtics have signed 7-footer Kelly Olynyk, their first-round draft choice. The Celtics traded up in last month's draft to pick Olynyk with the 13th overall selection. Olynyk made his summer league debut on Sunday and scored 25 points in the Celtics' 95-88 loss to the Houston Rockets. Celtics general manager Danny Ainge sent the No. 16 pick and two future second-rounders to the Dallas Mavericks to get Olynyk, who was fifth in voting for the Wooden Award. Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while leading Gonzaga to a 32-3 season.
>>Adam Morrison - What Could Have Been
Former Gonzaga Bulldog Adam Morrison was the top scorer in the country. Beating out J. J. Redick. He was the co-player of the year with Duke's Redick. I guess this is why I've always tied them together and shake my head with every Redick highlight I see as he still works in the league while Morrison is long gone after several failed attempts to get back in and widely considered one of the top #1 draft pick busts. That hurts me because I like the guy. So I thought of Adam yesterday as Redick was involved in a trade sending him to Lob City with a nice contract. The Los Angeles Clippers, Phoenix Suns and Milwaukee Bucks have reportedly agreed to a three-team trade that would send sharpshooters J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley to Los Angeles and promising young point guard Eric Bledsoe to the Suns along with veteran forward Caron Butler. According to many reports, Redick -- an unrestricted free agent -- will receive a four-year, $27 million
contract as part of a sign-and-trade transaction, with Milwaukee landing a pair of future second-round draft picks in exchange for the shooting guard.
Game time temp was 107 degrees. And nearly three-hours after the first pitch, Spokane out slugged Tri City to a 6-4 win. Final game if the series is tonight. Spokane returns home tomorrow night.
>>Morales Leads M's Past Rangers
Kendrys Morales hit two homers and drove in six as the Mariners cruised to a 9-2 win over the Rangers in Texas. Raul Ibanez also went deep for Seattle, which had dropped four out of five. Joe Saunders tossed six-and-two-thirds innings of two-run ball, with one of the runs coming unearned.
>>M's Continue Series In Texas
The Mariners continue their three-game series in Texas this evening. Felix Hernandez takes the mound for Seattle while the Rangers counter with Derek Holland. The Mariners had lost four out of five prior to last night's victory in the series opener. First pitch is set for 5:05.
>>Coyotes Set To Stay In AZ
The Glendale City Council has passed the lease agreement with Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group, which will keep the Phoenix Coyotes in Jobing.com Arena for the next 15-years. The council voted 4-3 to pass the agreement, which does have an opt-out clause if RSE loses 50-million-dollars. Seattle had been rumored to be a possible relocation site for the Coyotes if they were to move.
I love baseball. I love stats. I love good people. Here's a story with all three.The first no-hitter of the season came from the same pitcher that had the last one of 2012 - Cincinnati Reds right-hander Homer Bailey. Bailey carried a perfect game into the seventh inning until walking Gregor Blanco in the Reds' 3-0 win over the San Francisco Giants at Great American Ball Park. That was San Francisco's only base runner of the night. This is the 16th no-hitter in the history of the franchise and the second one thrown by Bailey in a 20-start span, which includes a playoff game against the Giants last year. He tossed one on Sept. 28, 2012 at Pittsburgh. The 27-year-old tied a team record with his two no-hitters, joining Jim Maloney and Johnny Vander Meer. Bailey (5-6), who threw 74 of his 109 pitches for strikes, added nine strikeouts to snap a personal 0-2 stretch over three starts. He joined Hall of Fame company in pitching the final no-hitter of a season and the first of the ensuing one. Nolan Ryan had the last no-hitter of 1974 and the first of 1975 pitching for the Angels. Warren Spahn accomplished a similar feat for the Milwaukee Braves
>>Coyotes Face Deadline For Glendale Vote
Today is the day for the city of Glendale, Arizona to make a decision on whether or not hockey will continue to be played in the Valley of the Sun. The Phoenix Coyotes could be on the move to Seattle without an agreement between Glendale and the Renaissance Sports and Entertainment group, which is attempting to purchase the team from the NHL. The NHL says Quebec City could also land the franchise if it is forced to move.
>Mariners Face Rangers In Texas
The Mariners are in Texas to start a three-game series with the Rangers tonight. Seattle lost two out of three to the Cubs at home over the weekend. The M's send southpaw Joe Saunders to the hill against Texas' Justin Grimm tonight.
>>No Mariners In Running For ASG Start
There are still no Mariners competing for a starting spot in this year's All-Star Game. And there should not be. King Feliz of course will end up being there. That's a no-brainer. But as far as position players, no one should be. After yesterday's final voting update, not one position features a member of the M's. Seattle will rely on American League manager Jim Leyland to choose a player. A National League voting update is expected today. Voting will conclude on Thursday with the rosters to be revealed Saturday.
>>HOT DDay For Baseball
With temperatures well over 100 degree after 7 o'clock last night in the Tri Cities, the Dust Devils and Spokane Indians sweated out a 3-1 Indians win. Spokane and Tri play tonight and tomorrow in Pasco before the Indians return home for the 4th of July.
>>Another Zag in the NBA
Kelly Olynyk already knows the business that the NBA is. He became the fifth Gonzaga player to be picked in the first round of the NBA Draft Thursday. And has officially been with two teams on paper.
Olynyk, the 2013 WCC Player of the Year, was drafted No. 13 by the Dallas Mavericks. Dallas then dealt the 7-footer to Boston for the No. 16 pick and two future draft picks.
Olynyk averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the field while leading Gonzaga to a 32-3 season.
Olynyk would join a team with no coach that is attempting to trade its two biggest stars, Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce, to the Brooklyn Nets in a deal that would signal a major rebuilding for the squad that won the 2008 NBA title.
Before Olynyk, Gonzaga's most recent first round pick was Austin Daye, who went to the Pistons 15th overall in 2009.
Also hoping to hear their name called by an NBA franchise are Elias Harris and Washington State's Brock Motum.
Basketball players are all over Riverfront Park as team check-in for Hoopfest began. A second check-in is scheduledfor today from 11a.m. to 7p.m. Good luck to everyone playing in the world's largest 3 on 3 tournament. Thanks to the volunteers, court monitors and mother nature! And parents - your kids don't want to hear you be like that. You know what I mean!
Vancouver second baseman Andy Fermin had a crack at leading off for the Canadians lastnight, and he made the most of his opportunity with three hits and two RBI as the Spokane Indians fell 5-2 in the final game of an eight-game homestand.
>>Mariners Host Cubs
The Mariners try to end a two-game losing streak tonight as they begin a three-game home series with the Cubs. Seattle is 34-and-45. The M's send Hisashi Iwakuma to the mound opposite Travis Wood.
The pictures are out of guys and gals walking around looking like the NFL player who was arrested yesterday. As Hernandizing picks up and loses steam, it upsets us less than average folks when a guy has everything and is a complete idiot and tosses it away. I don't mean to judge before the facts come out but I have. Just days after receiving MILLIONS in bonus money the Pats cut their ties, lost money, communities lost a hero and oh by the way a guy lost his life. Which is of course the most important issue here. Hernandez has been charged with murder stemming from a homicide investigation into the death of Odin Lloyd on June 17. Hernandez was taken into custody on Wednesday morning, led away from his home in handcuffs by law enforcement authorities at about 5:45 a.m. and was arraigned Wednesday afternoon in Attleboro District Court. In addition to first-degree murder, Hernandez also faces five gun-related charges. Hernandez pleaded not guilty
and was ordered to be held without bail. The New England Patriots released the Pro Bowl tight end less than two hours after his arrest.
>>Pirates Double Up M's For Sixth Straight Win
Jordy Mercer singled in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning and the Pirates went on to beat the Mariners 4-2 at Safeco Field. Felix Hernandez struck out 11 over seven innings of two-run ball in a no-decision for Seattle. Charlie Furbush took the loss and the Mariners were swept in the three-game series. Raul Ibanez homered and Michael Saunders drove in a run for the M's.
>>Sounders To Screen Fans With Metal Detectors
Fans attending Sounders home games will be screened at security checkpoints with handheld metal detectors. The policy takes effect on July 3rd against D.C. United at CenturyLink Field. Fans will be asked to remove all metal from their pockets and hold the items in their hands. This includes coins, keys and cell phones.
>>Seahawks' Rice To Open Restaurant Franchises In Seattle Area
Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is such a fan of Wingstop chicken wings that he is opening five new locations in the Seattle area. He announced his plans in news release yesterday. The first Wingstops under Rice's management will open in Kent and Tacoma. There is already one location in Bellevue.
Vancouver first baseman Justin Atkinson hit a game-tying home run in the top of the ninth inning to force extra innings, but an error by Vancouver third baseman Dickie Thon in the 10th gave Spokane a 3-2 win. Christopher Garia and Alberto Truinfel drew back-to-back walks in the bottom of the 10th, and with two outs RF Ryan Cordell hit a routine ground ball to Thon, who threw the ball in the dirt allowing Garia to score the game's winning run. Spokane's homestand continues tonight.
Who cares now. After a Wednesday of injuries, withdrawls and upsets at Wimbledon there is literally no one I care to watch now.
>>Marte Leads Pirates Past M's
Starling Marte homered twice and scored three runs to lead the Pirates past the Mariners 9-4 in the opener of a two-game interleague series at Safeco Field. Justin Smoak smacked a two-run homer and Kyle Seager hit a solo blast for the M's, who had won their previous two. Joe Saunders was rocked for six runs in just one-and-two-thirds frames as he fell to 5-and-8.
>>Mariners Place Gutierrez On DL Again
The Mariners placed often-injured outfielder Franklin Gutierrez on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right hamstring Tuesday and recalled Dustin Ackley from Class AAA Tacoma. Gutierrez had just come off the 60-day disabled list two days ago. Ackley was sent down after struggling the first two months of the season but hit .365 in 25 games with Tacoma.
Always a Mariner - Ichiro Suzuki hit a solo homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the New York Yankees over the Texas Rangers, 4-3, in the opener of a three-game series.
Aways a Sonic - George Karl has not been picked up after the coach of the year fell out with Denver. But the Nuggets have named Brian Shaw as the 20th head coach in franchise
history. Shaw replaces George Karl, who was fired earlier this month. The 47-year-old Shaw has been an assistant with the Indiana Pacers the last two seasons.
Putting an end to weeks of speculation, the Los Angeles Clippers officially announced that Glenn "Doc" Rivers has joined the franchise as its new senior vice president of basketball operations and head coach. The deal was finalized
Tuesday, as the Celtics agreed to release him in exchange for a first-round pick in the 2015 draft,
>>Success Pyramid still working at UCLA
John Wooden was smiling down as the Bruins go 10-0 in the College Baseball World Series. UCLA has a record 109 team championships. For the first time, the Bruins are
celebrating a title on the baseball diamond. Nick Vander Tuig pitched eight shutout innings and UCLA routed Mississippi State, 8-0, to clinch the NCAA College World Series title in two games. The Bruins, who won 3-1 Monday night to open the best-of-three finals, pounded out 12 hits in the clincher.
>>Can't win 'em all
Vancouver cruised to a 4-0 win over the Spokane Indians snapping the Indians 4 game winning streak.
Guess I should actually pick up a basketball and start hydrating now. With water and not the IPAs. 90 degrees this weekend? Yikes. What kind of deal does Hoopfest have with the man upstairs anyway. Very seldom does it rain on this glorious Hoopfest weekend. And the years it does sprinkle - I end up on a court with a manhole cover. Which is pretty much like playing basketball on ice. Nice to know the old knees don't have to worry about that this year.