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Posted on July 3, 2013 at 8:04 PM

BBA-MARINERS-RANGERS

Morales leads Mariners past Rangers 9-2

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kendrys Morales homered twice and tied a career high with six RBIs to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Texas Rangers 9-2 on Tuesday night.

Morales had a solo home run in the first and a three-run shot in the fifth off rookie Justin Grimm. The switch-hitter added a two-run single in the sixth to help Seattle win for the first time at Texas this season.

Joe Saunders (6-8) won for the first time in eight regular-season starts at Rangers Ballpark. The left-hander allowed two runs — one earned — and struck out five in 6 2-3 innings.

Seattle's Raul Ibanez, who hit 10 homers in June, had a solo shot for his 20th homer of the season.

Grimm (7-6) gave up six runs and seven hits in four innings. He was chased in favor of Ross Wolf after Morales hit his second homer.

STORM-SKY

Little, Johnson lead Storm to 69-60 win

ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) — Camille Little and Temeka Johnson led a balanced attack with 16 points apiece as the Seattle Storm snapped a three-game losing streak with a 69-60 victory over the Chicago Sky on Tuesday night.

The Storm (5-6) shook off poor early shooting and an early 14-point deficit to catch and pass the Sky for a 34-31 lead just before halftime.

Seattle led 54-45 after three quarters and maintained a double-dight lead through most of the fourth quarter as Shekinna Stricklen scored 14 points and Tina Thompson added 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Elena Delle Donne and Epiphanny Prince each scored 12 points. Swin Cash had 14 rebounds, while Delle Donne added 12 as the Sky (7-4) had their lowest offensive production of the season.

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MILTON BRADLEY-DOMESTIC ABUSE

Milton Bradley sentenced in abuse case

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley has been sentenced to nearly three years in jail for abusing his estranged wife.

Los Angeles prosecutors say the 35-year-old was sentenced Tuesday to 960 days in jail and also must perform 400 hours of community service. Bradley faced up to 7 1/2 years in jail.

Prosecutors say Bradley threatened and attacked his wife five times in 2011 and 2012. In one incident, Bradley pushed his wife against a wall and choked her after she asked him to stop smoking marijuana in front of their children and wanted his friends to leave their home.

Bradley played 11 years with the Dodgers, Montreal Expos, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, San Diego Padres, Texas Rangers, Chicago Cubs and Seattle Mariners.

COYOTES-LEASE VOTE

Coyotes gain stability with Glendale lease vote

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Phoenix Coyotes took a big step toward stability Tuesday night when the Glendale City Council ratified an arena lease agreement with a prospective owner of the franchise.

After making a few alterations, the council voted 4-3 in favor on a 15-year, $225 million lease agreement with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment during a special session.

The vote clears the way for RSE to purchase the Coyotes from the NHL, which has been running the team the past four years.

The decision had been in doubt as RSE and the city went through tense negotiations over the past few weeks.

RSE may have swung the vote in its favor earlier in the day when it announced a partnership with Global Spectrum, which owns the Philadelphia Flyers, to help manage Jobing.com Arena.

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