Darvish 10 Ks as Rangers beat Mariners 7-0
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Yu Darvish struck out 10 while allowing only three hits over seven innings for Texas, and the Rangers had their biggest inning of the season in a 7-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
In his 33rd career start in the major leagues, Darvish (3-1) had his 10th career 10-strikeout game.
Jeff Baker put Texas up 1-0 with a two-out solo homer in the second off Joe Saunders (1-2). The Rangers added a six-run fifth, scoring twice as many runs as they had in any inning this year. The seven runs overall matched their season high.
The Mariners had 13 strikeouts overall, and have 44 their last three games. They had 19 strikeouts Wednesday against Detroit, and followed with 12 more on Thursday.
Saunders won the AL wild-card game there last October but is 0-7 with a 9.91 ERA in seven career regular-season starts at Texas.
Stern: Recommendation on Kings expected next week
NEW YORK (AP) — NBA Commissioner David Stern says a recommendation on the Kings' sale and possible move to Seattle could be issued as soon as next week, with a final decision made early next month.
The committee reviewing the bids by a Seattle group that has an agreement to buy the franchise from the Maloof family and a Sacramento contingent that wants to keep it in California is expected to meet late next week and make its recommendation. A vote by the full NBA Board of Governors could then take place as soon as the week of May 6.
Stern said the Sacramento bid is "in the ballpark" financially with the deal from a Seattle group headed by Chris Hansen. But, the Maloof family disputed that in a letter to the advisory and finance committee. The letter dated April 17 said the Maloofs and their advisers "see no reason to continue any dialogue with the Sacramento group."
Gonzaga's Olynyk to enter NBA draft
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Kelly Olynyk will skip his senior season to enter the NBA draft.
The All-American announced his decision on Friday.
Olynyk, a native of Canada, became an All-American during a junior season that saw the Bulldogs reach the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll for the first time in school history. The 7-footer averaged 17.8 points and 7.3 rebounds while shooting 63 percent from the field.
Olynyk was a reserve player his first two seasons, then red-shirted after his sophomore year to work on his body and his game. The 22-year-old Olynyk had a breakout year that ended when Gonzaga was upset by Wichita State in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
Washington promotes Neighbors as new women's coach
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has promoted Mike Neighbors to be the Huskies new head women's basketball coach after Kevin McGuff left to take the head job at Ohio State.
Washington made the announcement of Neighbors' promotion on Friday night. Neighbors agreed to a five-year deal that will pay him $350,000 in the first season and increase by $20,000 each year thereafter.
The 44-year-old spent the last two seasons as an assistant to McGuff. He's never been a head coach at the college level, serving as an assistant at Xavier, Arkansas, Colorado and Tulsa before coming to Washington.
Neighbors will inherit a team that is coming off consecutive 20-win seasons for the first time since the mid-1990s. The Huskies should be very good in 2013-14 with two McDonald All-American's — Katie Collier and Kelsey Plum — joining all-Pac-12 selection Jazmine Davis.
Seahawks re-sign kicker Steven Hauschka
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Kicker Steven Hauschka has re-signed with the Seattle Seahawks.
Hauschka's signing was announced by the club on Friday. Hauschka was an unrestricted free agent.
Hauschka has been the Seahawks kicker for the last two seasons after being claimed off waivers from Denver before the start of the 2011 season. He's made 49 of 57 field goals during the two seasons with a long of 52 yards. Last season he scored a career-high 118 points.
For his career, Hauschka has converted 82 percent of his field goal attempts.
Sounders sign former Virginia forward Will Bates
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Sounders FC signed former University of Virginia forward Will Bates on Friday and waived defender Andrew Duran.
The 22-year-old Bates, selected fifth overall in January in the supplemental draft, had 46 goals in 77 games in four seasons at Virginia.
"Will is dangerous in the box and always plays hard," Sounders sporting director Chris Henderson said. "He can score with both feet and with his head. He provides us with depth at forward."
Duran didn't make an appearance for the Sounders and spent part of last season on loan to the Atlanta Silverbacks of the North American Soccer League.
More than 13,000 expected for women's rivalry
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Thorns expect more than 13,000 fans at Sunday's match against the Seattle Reign at Jeld-Wen Field.
It is the Thorns' home opener and the first of a National Women's Soccer League rivalry the players hope will be as spirited as the rivalry between Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers and Seattle Sounders.
The Thorns have sold more than 7,500 season tickets for their 11 home games.
The expected attendance far exceeds the average of 3,321 in the NWSL's opening week. FC Kansas City drew 6,784 fans for its home opener match against the Thorns last Saturday, which topped the league. That match ended with a 1-all draw.
Jeld-Wen Field seats just over 20,000 for Timbers matches.
Boeing 747 flies over PGA Tour event
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — A Boeing 747-8 jetliner made a low pass over the 18th hole during the second round of the RBC Heritage on Friday
The aircraft flew along the course's final hole and then circled the famous red-and-white striped lighthouse before crossing back over the fairway and rising out of sight. This is the second year that Boeing has been a presenting sponsor at the RBC Heritage.
The aircraft passed over as Dicky Pride, Brandt Jobe and James Hahn were lining up their putts. The three golfers paused along with the crowd to watch the 250-foot, 153-ton airplane fly by.
A year ago, Boeing's Dreamliner 787 made a flyover during the tournament. The Dreamliner is manufactured in Boeing's facility in North Charleston. That aircraft has been grounded because of battery problems.