King Felix reaches 100 wins in 7-1 win over Astros
HOUSTON (AP) — Felix Hernandez pitched six scoreless innings for his 100th career win and Seattle homered three times to back him up in a 7-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday night.
Hernandez (2-2) reached the milestone in his fourth try to join Jamie Moyer (145) and Randy Johnson (130) as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.
Hernandez allowed five hits and struck out nine to lower his ERA to 2.08.
Kyle Seager, Jesus Montero and Kendrys Morales all homered for the Mariners, who snapped a three-game losing streak.
Rick Ankiel hit a solo homer for the Astros, who fell to 5-14 for the second-worst start in franchise history.
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Seahawks, Chancellor agree to contract extension
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Kam Chancellor and the Seattle Seahawks have agreed on a contract extension that will keep the young safety with the only team he's played for through the 2017 season.
Chancellor's agent, Alvin Keels, announced the deal on his Twitter account on Monday afternoon. Keels said it was a four-year extension. The team was expected to formally announce the deal later Monday.
Chancellor, who turned 25 earlier this month, has grown from being a fifth-round pick out of Virginia Tech in 2010 into the hard-hitting anchor in Seattle's talented secondary. In 2011, Chancellor was a Pro Bowl selection in his first season as a starter, when he had 73 tackles, four interceptions and 13 passes defensed.
Last season, Chancellor was used even more in run support and recorded a career-high 92 tackles.
No 1st rounder, no problem for Seahawks
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Since Seattle doesn't own a first-round pick thanks to a trade with Minnesota, Seahawks general manager John Schneider joked his staff would spend the first night of the draft watching YouTube highlights of Percy Harvin.
The draft is now a luxury for the Seahawks thanks to the additions they made during the offseason, highlighted by the trade for Harvin. The Seahawks' first selection is set for the second round on Friday night, the 56th overall pick.
It's the first of 10 picks Seattle owns, including eight on the final day.
Along with adding Harvin, Seattle addressed needs on the defensive line and added veteran Antoine Winfield to an already talented secondary.
The Seahawks are likely to look at linebacker, defensive line and tight end, and are almost certain to take another quarterback to compete for the job of backing up Russell Wilson.
Central Washington hires Francois as AD
ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — Dennis Francois is leaving Drake University to become the athletic director at Central Washington.
The school announced Francois' hiring on Monday. He has been the associate athletic director for external affairs at Drake since 2008. He will start his new position at Central Washington on June 17.
Francois was chosen from an initial list of 86 candidates. Before taking the position at Drake, Francois was the athletic director at Southern Oregon University. He also served one year as the interim athletic director at New Mexico Highlands in 2002-03.
Francois will succeed Jack Bishop, who is retiring in June.
Bishop has been the athletic director at Central Washington since 2000.
Canucks clinch Northwest with win over Blackhawks
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Daniel Sedin (seh-DEEN') had a goal and an assist to help the Vancouver Canucks lock up their fifth straight Northwest Division title with a 3-1 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks on Monday night.
Jannik Hansen and Zack Kassian also scored for the Canucks, who won their eighth in a row at home and are guaranteed of home-ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
Henrik Sedin added two assists and Cory Schneider made 24 saves for the Canucks, who have put some distance between themselves and slumping Minnesota in the past few weeks.
Daniel Carcillo (KAHR'-sihl-oh) scored for Chicago, which trailed 1-0 after the first period and 3-0 after the second.
Cory Crawford made 29 saves as the NHL-leading Blackhawks made clinching first place overall a bit more difficult with a second straight loss.