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Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2012 at 8:31 PM

MERCURY-STORM

Little's 17 points lead Storm past Mercury 72-58

SEATTLE (AP) — Camille Little scored 17 points to help the Seattle Storm beat the Phoenix Mercury 72-58 Thursday night.

Tanisha Wright added 10 points for the Storm, which got to .500 (10-10) for the first time this season and has won nine of their last 12 after a 1-7 start.

Seattle went in front for good on Thursday with a 10-0 run in the second quarter and led by 18 late in the game.

Samantha Prahalis led the Mercury (4-16) with 15 points, and Alexis Hornbuckle chipped in 12.

Phoenix has lost seven a row, three of which have been to Seattle.

NIKE TOURNAMENT

Nike-sponsored schools to meet in 2017 tourney

UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis says he expects 24 Nike-backed basketball teams to be in two tournaments in 2017 that will celebrate Phil Knight.

Nike's billionaire co-founder turns 80 during that season on Feb. 24.

Hollis told The Associated Press on Thursday that athletic directors at 16 schools have agreed to play in the tournaments. He's contacting eight more to be involved with the three-game format that will have some schools hosting a game before playing two more matchups near Nike headquarters in Portland, Ore.

Hollis says the Spartans, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, Florida, Ohio State, Connecticut, Georgetown, Oklahoma, Texas, Oregon, Stanford, Butler, Xavier, Gonzaga and Portland will participate.

He is now working on funding for the event, which was first reported by ESPN.com.

SEAHAWKS-OWENS

Terrell Owens to play for Seattle against Denver

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Terrell Owens will make his debut for the Seattle Seahawks on Saturday night when they travel to Denver for a preseason game against the Broncos.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Thursday that Owens feels good and will see some time in the Seahawks' second preseason game.

Owens signed with Seattle on Aug. 6 and had just a couple of days of practice before the preseason opener against Tennessee. Carroll said he didn't think it was fair to run Owens out there that quickly, but feels he's ready after two weeks of work.

Carroll didn't indicate how many plays Owens would get, but said he would play early in the game.

It will be the first NFL game action for Owens since Week 15 of the 2010 season with Cincinnati.

KING FELIX

Already great, Hernandez joins pitching elite

SEATTLE (AP) — Gloves went flying into the air. Players screamed and celebrated, bouncing around the grass with unabashed joy.

Even in Jackson, Tenn., Felix Hernandez's perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday was reason for celebration.

Sure there was a bit more of a personal connection for the Jackson Generals than just being the Double-A affiliate of the Mariners. Hernandez's older brother, Moises, is a pitcher for the Generals.

But the reaction nearly 2,500 miles away from Safeco Field speaks to Hernandez's importance to the Mariners organization.

Hernandez has a Cy Young Award. He's now joined the pitching elite with just the 23rd perfect game in baseball history.

What's next? Trying to make the Mariners relevant again for more than just the efforts of their pitching ace.

MARINERS-HALMAN

Suspect in Mariners outfielder death released

AMSTERDAM (AP) — A Dutch court has ordered the brother of slain former Seattle Mariners outfielder Greg Halman provisionally released after prosecutors joined the defense in asking for his acquittal on manslaughter charges.

Jason Halman is believed to have fatally stabbed his older brother after the two quarreled about loud music in the early hours of Nov. 21, 2011. During Jason Halman's trial, psychiatrists said he was having a psychotic episode at the time of the killing, which took place in an apartment they were sharing in Rotterdam.

Judges at the Rotterdam District Court are expected to rule on Aug. 30.

Greg Halman hit .230 in 35 games for the Mariners in 2011.

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