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Associated Press

Posted on April 25, 2013 at 9:34 PM

MARINERS-ASTROS

Astros beat Mariners 10-3 to take series

HOUSTON (AP) — Chris Carter, Ronny Cedeno and Brandon Laird homered, Lucas Harrell pitched seven innings, and the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners 10-3 on Wednesday.

The Astros took two of three in the series, and four of their seven wins this season have come against the Mariners, their new AL West foe. Seattle and Miami are the only teams without a series win this season.

Carter hit a solo shot in the second, Cedeno belted a three-run shot in the fourth and Laird also connected for a three-run drive in Houston's five-run sixth.

Harrell (2-2) allowed a run and six hits.

KINGS SALE-SACRAMENTO ARENA

Calif. environmental changes could aid Kings bid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The leader of the California Senate says changes he is seeking to the state's environmental-protection law could help Sacramento's effort to keep its professional basketball team.

Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, a Democrat who represents the state capital, released details Wednesday of proposed changes to the California Environmental Quality Law.

The revisions are part of a larger effort to overhaul the law and would streamline the legal process for challenges filed against urban redevelopment projects.

Sacramento has proposed building an arena on the site of its downtown mall to keep the Kings from relocating to Seattle.

Steinberg says setting statewide standards on noise and traffic issues could shorten any potential court battles involving the arena.

His office sent a copy of the changes to the NBA Board of Governors.

GIRLS HOCKEY

Anchorage drops girls hockey program

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage School District is dropping its high school girls hockey program.

The district says the reason is because of low participation.

It was a pilot program that operated under a waiver from the Alaska School Activities Association that allowed girls from two different schools to form a team.

However, the district says participation during the 10 years of the waiver has been low.

In fact, the district hasn't been able to have enough athletes to sustain a team at each of the cooperating high schools.

CANUCKS-SCHNEIDER HURT

Canucks' Schneider hurt, to miss last home game

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Vancouver Canucks goaltender Cory Schneider will miss their final regular-season home game because of an unspecified injury.

The team says Schneider won't play Thursday against the Anaheim Ducks. Vancouver's expected starter in the playoffs is listed as day-to-day.

The Canucks plan to recall Joe Cannata from the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

Schneider is 17-9-4 this season with a 2.11 goals against average. His absence means Roberto Luongo (loh-AHN'-goh) may play one final regular-season game in Vancouver.

The former Canucks captain is expected to leave the team by trade or contract buyout in the offseason.

He was initially expected to be traded last summer after Schneider replaced him as the starter in the playoffs.

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