Peguero homers twice, Mariners beat Indians
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Carlos Peguero hit two solo homers and young Danny Hultzen and Taijuan Walker combined to pitch four scoreless innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Cleveland Indians 5-1 on Wednesday.
Indians starter Brett Myers worked three innings. He allowed a single and got seven ground-ball outs before Peguero connected in the third.
Hultzen, a 2011 first-round pick, struck out four over two innings. Walker, a 2010 supplemental first-round choice, fanned two over two innings.
Peguero also homered in a three-run fourth.
Seattle is 6-0-2 against the Indians since they moved their spring home to Arizona in 2009.
False alarm delays Mariners at Indians
GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Fans were sent hurrying from their seats at Goodyear Ballpark by what turned out to be a false alarm with one out in the top of the eighth inning of a spring training game between the Seattle Mariners and Cleveland Indians.
The game Wednesday was delayed 5 minutes.
An automatic alarm beeped loudly throughout the ballpark in the top of the eighth Wednesday. The Indians stopped warmups and the umpires looked at one another, wondering what to do.
The alarm persisted and dozens of fans began to evacuate. Cleveland pitcher Nick Hagadone, however, continued his warmups.
After the delay, Seattle batter Julio Morban stepped into the batter's box and play resumed.
The scoreboard showed a message that read, "False Alarm."
Gonzaga's path to No. 1 ranking with Indiana loss
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Second-ranked Gonzaga's game at BYU on Thursday suddenly has national significance.
With No. 1 Indiana losing to Minnesota on Tuesday, the Zags might reach the top of the AP basketball poll Monday if they can beat BYU then defeat Portland on Saturday.
The feat would be unprecedented for the mid-major program from the small Jesuit college in Spokane. While Gonzaga has been running with the elite teams in the nation for more than a decade, few in Spokane dreamed that coach Mark Few's gang could ever be No. 1.
Gonzaga (27-2, 14-0 WCC) beat BYU 83-63 last month in Spokane.
But the Bulldogs lost last year in Provo, where more than 20,000 fans make for a tough environment.
Oregon State's Joe Burton wraps up special career
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Joe Burton's sobs betray his menacing 295-pound frame and bright red Mohawk haircut.
Big Joe, as he is known, is winding down his basketball career at Oregon State. Last Saturday, he played his final home game at Gill Coliseum. On Thursday night, he'll play in his last Civil War rivalry game against Oregon.
By season's end, Burton assuredly will have topped 1,000 points in his career. He's already gone over 700 rebounds and 300 assists, and he'll become the only Oregon State player to hit all three marks.
But it's not really statistics that define Big Joe, who grew up on the Soboba Indian Reservation in California.
Big shooting night lifts Kings over Magic, 125-101
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — John Salmons had 21 points to lead six players in double-figures and the hot-shooting Sacramento Kings cruised to a 125-101 victory over the Orlando Magic on Wednesday night.
The Kings were coming off a double -overtime loss to Miami on Tuesday, but showed few signs of a hangover, knocking down 10 3-pointers. Reserve Marcus Thornton added 20 points.
The win ends a six-game losing streak and snaps a string of nine consecutive road losses. It also marks the Kings' first season sweep of the Magic in nine years.
Tobias Harris led the Magic with 23 points, followed by Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) with 15.
Orlando has lost 29 of its last 33 games and hasn't won back-to-back games since mid-December.
The Magic resume their three-game home stand Friday against Houston.
NEVADA ATHLETIC DIRECTOR-FINALISTS
Nevada AD finalists from Washington St., Utah, SMU
(Information in the following story is from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Athletic officials at the University of Utah, Washington State and SMU are the three finalists to become the next athletic director at the University of Nevada.
School president Marc Johnson announced the three finalists on Wednesday. He hopes to decide before April on a successor to Cary Growth, whose retirement is effective June 30.
The Reno Gazette-Journal reports the three will have interviews on campus next week:
— Timothy Leonard, senior associate athletic director at SMU and former vice president for athletics development at Central Florida.
— John Johnson, senior associate athletic director at Washington State and ex-AD at Weber (WEE'-bur) State.
— Doug Knuth, senior associate athletic director at Utah and ex-assistant AD at Michigan State.
Canucks' Kesler out up to 6 weeks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Ryan Kesler lasted only seven games before being forced out of the Vancouver Canucks' lineup again.
The Canucks said Wednesday that Kesler will be out for up to six weeks because of a broken right foot. The fracture was revealed on a CT scan.
It is unclear when the injury occurred, but coach Alain Vigneault (vihn-YOH') said Kesler might have been playing with it before it was diagnosed. Kesler played over 19 minutes against Phoenix on Tuesday and earned an assist.
Kesler didn't practice on Wednesday and was seen wearing an air cast. He returned to action two weeks ago after taking longer to recover from offseason shoulder surgery. He had a goal and four assists in seven games before being injured again.
Kesler has 154 goals and 188 assists in 568 NHL career games, all with the Canucks.