Conger, Trumbo homer to power Angels over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo each hit two-run homers and C.J. Wilson worked out of a pair of bases-loaded jams to help give the Los Angeles Angels a 6-3 victory over the Seattle Mariners Friday night.
Wilson (2-0) went 5 1-3 innings, allowing seven hits and three runs. He walked two and struck out a season-high nine.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his third save in three chances.
The Angels would not let Mariners' starter Aaron Harang (0-3) settle in. They scored in each of the first three innings for a 5-0 lead, chasing Harang before the fourth.
Seattle takes DT Jordan Hill in 3rd round of draft
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have selected Penn State defensive tackle Jordan Hill with the No. 87 overall pick in the third round of the NFL draft.
After surprising most by selecting a running back in the second round on Friday, the Seahawks went back with the expected in the next round.
At 6-foot-1, 303 pounds, Hill fulfills Seattle's desire to continue adding depth on the defensive line. It was a point of emphasis in free agency with the Seahawks signing Cliff Avril, Tony McDaniel and Michael Bennett.
Hill was a first-team all-Big Ten selection as a senior at Penn State when he had 64 tackles, 4.5 sacks and an interception. Hill started every game in his junior and senior seasons and played in 45 total over four seasons at Penn State.
Steelers draft WR Markus Wheaton in 3rd round
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Steelers have chosen former Oregon State wide receiver Markus Wheaton in the third round of the NFL draft.
The 6-foot-1 Wheaton caught 91 passes for 1,244 yards and 11 touchdowns for the Beavers in 2012. The Steelers are in need of depth at receiver after Mike Wallace left for the Miami Dolphins last month.
Wheaton also gives the Steelers some versatility. He also ran for 631 yards during his collegiate career with an average of 7.3 yards per carry.
The 22-year-old Wheaton will compete with veterans Plaxico Burress and Jerricho Cotchery for a spot behind starters Antonio Brown and Emmanuel Sanders.
Bills draft Oregon LB Alonso with 46th pick
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Bills have selected Oregon linebacker Kristian 'Kiko' Alonso with the 46th pick in the NFL draft.
Listed at 6-foot-3, 238 pounds, Alonso was a hard-hitting tackler over a three-year career. He played mostly at inside linebacker and finished with 143 tackles, six interceptions and 3 1/2 sacks in 36 games, including 17 starts.
Alonso had one interception and five tackles in being named the 2012 Rose Bowl defensive player of the game in a 45-38 win over Wisconsin.
He encountered off-the-field problems, and was suspended for the entire 2010 season due to separate alcohol-related offenses.
The Bills had concentrated on offense with their first two picks of the draft. They selected Florida State quarterback EJ Manuel 16th, and Southern California receiver Robert Woods with the 41st pick.
Falcons first-rounder Trufant to wear No. 21
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Desmond Trufant, who posed with a No. 1 jersey on Friday as the Falcons' first-round pick in the NFL draft, will be wearing No. 21 on the field.
That's the same number worn by another cornerback, Deion Sanders, when the future Hall of Famer played his first five seasons in Atlanta.
Trufant, a four-year starter at Washington, says it will be an honor to wear Sanders' number. The Falcons traded up in the first round on Thursday night to make Trufant the No. 22 pick overall.
General manager Thomas Dimitroff says he sees Trufant as a "full package type of player" with ideal character, skills and work ethic. The Falcons are expecting Trufant to compete for a starting job as a rookie.
Bears say 1st round pick Long no gamble
LAKE FOREST, Ill. (AP) — In a few years, Oregon's Kyle Long made a journey from academic failure at Florida State to being a first-round draft pick.
The Chicago Bears plan to use him at guard to help solidify their porous offensive line.
Long's father, Hall of Famer Howie Long, said Friday that his son turned his life around after a couple of college failures by going day to day, and the Bears believe he's ready to apply unique athletic talents at 6-foot-6 1/2, 313 pounds, to the NFL.
No clear-cut choice at QB for Oregon State
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Oregon State coaches have said they'll make their quarterback pick between Sean Mannion and Cody Vaz when one of them makes himself the clear-cut choice.
That hasn't happened yet.
Beavers coach Mike Riley will select a starting quarterback as the team prepares for its Aug. 31 opener against Eastern Washington.
A Friday scrimmage at Reser Stadium was the last of 15 spring practices for Oregon State, which had a bounce-back year in 2012 with a 9-4 record and a postseason bowl after winning a combined eight games the previous two seasons.
Mannion and Vaz each played one series in the two-hour scrimmage.
Mannion went first, going 8 of 11 for 67 yards and an interception. Vaz was 4 of 6 for 59 yards. His series produced a 1-yard touchdown run by Terron Ward.
Brandin Cooks was the leading receiver with four catches for 38 yards. Chris Brown carried 21 times for 43 yards.
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Okoboji Pioneers agrees to Oregon's logo request
OKOBOJI, Iowa (AP) — A northwest Iowa school district superintendent says the Okoboji Pioneers team will phase out its use of an "O'' logo after receiving complaints from the University of Oregon.
Superintendent Gary Janssen tells the Sioux City Journal the district will phase out use of the maroon logo at the request of the Eugene, Ore., university. Oregon has trademarked its green or yellow emblem, designed by athletic apparel company Nike
Janssen says he has drafted a plan to stop using the logo and has asked Oregon for time, noting the district has used the logo for nearly 10 years.
Matt Dyste, the university's director of marketing and brand management, says Oregon must protect its trademark but doesn't want to hurt local school districts and will be patient.
Organizers trying to raise $30,000 for track meet
(Information in the following story is from: Kodiak (Alaska) Daily Mirror, http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com)
KODIAK, Alaska (AP) — Organizers are trying to raise $30,000 for a track meet featuring select Alaska high school athletes.
The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports the meet is planned May 24-25 on the new track at Kodiak High School. So far, all but $10,000 has been raised.
Kodiak High School coach Marcus Dunbar is organizing the Brian Young Invitational Track and Field Meet. Young was a strong supporter of the Kodiak program and died on Mount McKinley in 2011.
Costs for the meet increased when the state ferry Tustumena was delayed by repairs, meaning the 95 athletes, coaches and officials will have to fly to Kodiak.
The meet will feature invited athletes on teams representing three areas of the state: Anchorage, the remainder of southcentral Alaska and the rest of the state.