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Posted on February 27, 2013 at 4:04 PM


Smoak hits 2-run homer for Mariners in win

PHOENIX (AP) — Justin Smoak hit a two-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Milwaukee Brewers 6-5 on Tuesday.

Franklin Gutierrez and Michael Saunders connected for consecutive one-out home runs in the third for the Mariners, who have hit 10 home runs in their first five games.

Hisashi Iwakuma started for the Mariners and pitched a perfect inning before giving way to Joe Saunders, who gave up two runs on three hits in his only inning.

Yovani Gallardo allowed three runs on five hits in 2 2-3 innings and struck out two in his spring debut.

Marco Estrada followed with three one-hit innings and struck out four of the final five batters he faced.


Chipchura scores twice, Smith makes 29 saves to lead Coyotes over Canucks 4-2

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Kyle Chipchura scored twice and Mike Smith made 29 saves Tuesday as the Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks 4-2.

Antoine Vermette (AN'-twahn vuhr-MEHT') and Mikkel Boedker (mih-KEHL' BAHD'-kur) each added a goal and an assist for Phoenix (9-7-3), which was coming off back-to-back losses to Edmonton and Calgary over the weekend.

Jason Garrison and Henrik Sedin (seh-DEEN') replied for Vancouver (10-5-4), which got 18 saves from Cory Schneider.

Boedker scored in the second and then assisted on Vermette's third-period winner as the Coyotes won on the road in regulation for the first time this season.

Chipchura opened the scoring in the first and then put the game away into an empty net with 23 seconds left in the third as Phoenix moved into a tie for seventh in the Western Conference.

The Canucks were coming off a 2-1-1 road trip but have now dropped three straight at home.

They have also now lost two in a row after earning at least a point in 10 of the previous 11 games.


Burch talks about suspension for homophobic slur

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch says the suspension he received for using a homophobic slur during a playoff game last season needed to be harsh.

Burch spoke with reporters after practice on Tuesday for the first time since receiving a three-game suspension last November for using "unacceptable and offensive language" in a playoff game against Real Salt Lake. Burch was forced to sit out both games of last season's Western Conference Finals against Los Angeles and will miss Saturday's season opener against Montreal.

Burch says he can't make up for what he said — which was caught by television cameras — and is focused on proving that is not who he is.

Burch also says he believes MLS will be the first league to accept an openly gay player.


Heat win 12th straight, outlast Kings in 2OT

MIAMI (AP) — LeBron James had 40 points and 16 assists, Dwyane Wade scored 39 and the Miami Heat pushed their winning streak to 12 games by outlasting the Sacramento Kings 141-129 in double overtime on Tuesday night.

Ray Allen added 21, Chris Bosh finished with 15 and Chris Andersen had 10 for the Heat, who remained six games clear of second-place Indiana in the Eastern Conference standings.

Miami's 12-game winning streak is the longest in the NBA and matches the second-longest in franchise history.

Marcus Thornton scored 36 points for Sacramento, the most by any reserve in the NBA this season.

DeMarcus Cousins finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds, Tyreke (ty-REEK') Evans added 26 points, John Salmons 15 and Isaiah Thomas 14 for the Kings.