Cespedes, Colon lead A's to 6-3 win over Mariners
SEATTLE (AP) — Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) hit a pair of two-run homers and Bartolo Colon won his seventh straight start to lead the Oakland Athletics past the Seattle Mariners 6-3 on Friday night.
Cespedes homered in the first inning and again in the ninth for his third career multihomer game — all this month. Jed Lowrie and Coco Crisp also went deep for the Athletics, who maintained their one-game lead in the AL West over Texas.
Colon (10-2) gave up three runs and seven hits over eight innings, tying unbeaten Max Scherzer of the Detroit Tigers for most wins in the American League. Colon is 11-1 in his career at Safeco Field, the best record for any pitcher with at least seven decisions in the Mariners' home park.
Grant Balfour pitched the ninth for his 18th straight save to begin the season.
Mississippi St. wins 4-1 to oust Beavers from CWS
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Hunter Renfroe hit a three-run homer off the back wall of the left-field bullpen, and Mississippi State advanced to the College World Series finals with a 4-1 victory over Oregon State on Friday.
The Bulldogs (51-18) beat the Beavers for the second time in the CWS and will play for the first time in the best-of-three championship round that starts Monday. Oregon State (52-13) went 2-2 in its first CWS appearance since winning back-to-back national titles in 2006-07.
Renfroe's homer off freshman left-hander Andrew Moore (14-2) was only the third in 11 CWS games and put the Bulldogs up 4-0 in the fifth.
Kendall Graveman (7-5) worked the first 5 2-3 innings, allowing one run on four hits. Ross Mitchell and Jonathan Holder finished, with Holder getting the last two outs for his 21st save.
Little, Thompson lead Storm past Silver Stars
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Camille Little had 23 points and 10 rebounds, Tina Thompson scored 10 of her 21 points in the final five minutes, and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 91-86 on Friday night.
Temeka Johnson, Noelle Quinn and Tanisha Wright added 12 points each to help the Storm (4-3) win their third straight.
Jia Perkins scored 21 points, Danielle Robinson had 20 and Shameka Christon added 19 for San Antonio (2-5), which lost its fourth straight despite a late rally.
The Silver Stars stole the ball with Seattle leading 88-84 with 21.5 seconds left, but Christon lost the ball out of bounds after being tripped on a fast-break attempt.
No foul was called on the play as the Storm regained possession and closed out the victory at the free-throw line.
WASHINGTON ALUMNI GAME
UW basketball alumni game brings back NBA players
(Information in the following story is from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com)
SEATTLE (AP) — Sonics fans yearning for the return of professional basketball to Seattle will get the next best thing Sunday afternoon when University of Washington players who went on to careers in the NBA return for an alumni game.
Among the players who will be back in Hec Edmondson Pavilion are Isaiah Thomas of the Sacramento Kings, Spencer Hawes of the Philadelphia 76ers, Tony Wroten of the Memphis Grizzlies and Nate Robinson of the Chicago Bulls.
Coach Lorenzo Romar organized the event.
The Daily Herald reports 10 of the 19 alumni players spent last season on NBA rosters.
Others played previously in the NBA or professionally overseas.