Nava's hit gives Boston 8-7 win over Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Daniel Nava hit a two-out single in the top of the 10th inning to score pinch-runner Jackie Bradley Jr., and the Boston Red Sox rallied from a four-run deficit for the second time in a four-game series to beat the Seattle Mariners 8-7 in 10 innings on Thursday.
Ryan Lavarnway walked to open the 10th against Tom Wilhelmsen (0-3) and was replaced by Bradley. Brock Holt laid down a sacrifice bunt to get Bradley to second base with one out. Wilhelmsen struck out Jose Iglesias on the eighth pitch of the at-bat, then intentionally walked Jacoby Ellsbury.
Nava fell behind in the count, but was able to roll a 1-2 pitch back up the middle and past the dive of second baseman Brad Miller to give Boston the lead.
Koji Uehara pitched the 10th for his seventh save as the Red Sox took three of four in the series.
Mexico tops Canada 2-0 in Gold Cup
SEATTLE (AP) — Raul Jimenez scored off of a corner kick late in the first half, and Marco Fabian converted a penalty early in the second as Mexico bounced back from an opening-game loss to beat Canada 2-0 in a CONCACAF Gold Cup group-stage game Thursday night.
Mexico, which lost 2-1 to Panama last Sunday, climbed back into contention in heading into Sunday's Group A finale against Martinique in Denver. Those two teams are tied with 3 points each.
Panama, a 1-0 winner over Martinique in Thursday's first game at CenturyLink Field, leads the group with 6 points ahead of its Sunday game against Canada, which was eliminated.
Seattle releases WR Martin, claims Nelson
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Wide receiver Charly Martin has been released by the Seattle Seahawks, who also claimed long snapper Kyle Nelson off waivers.
The Seahawks made the roster moves on Thursday, two weeks before the start of training camp.
Martin was a long shot to make Seattle's roster, despite playing in four games for the Seahawks last season. Martin had four catches for 42 yards in his one season with the Seahawks. He previously spent time with Carolina and Jacksonville.
Nelson snapped in six games last season for San Diego before being released by the Chargers in May. He signed with San Francisco but was released by the 49ers earlier this week.
Seattle recalls Ramirez to start against Boston
SEATTLE (AP) — Right-hander Erasmo Ramirez has been recalled by the Seattle Mariners to make his season debut against the Boston Red Sox.
Seattle made the expected move official on Thursday morning before closing out its series against the Red Sox. Seattle optioned right-handed reliever Carter Capps to Triple-A Tacoma to clear a roster spot for Ramirez.
Ramirez was expected to be in contention for a spot in Seattle's rotation coming out of spring training before being sidelined by a sore right elbow that kept him on the disabled list for nearly two months. He was 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA during his comeback at Tacoma.
Ramirez appeared in 16 games and made eight starts last season for Seattle and went 1-3 with a 3.36 ERA in 59 innings.
NEW TRAIL BLAZERS
Blazers introduce new players
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Robin Lopez vows to help the Portland Trail Blazers with something the team missed last season: defensive stops.
The 7-foot-center acquired by the Blazers in a three-team trade with New Orleans and Sacramento was introduced to his new team on Thursday.
Lopez told reporters his attention will be on blocking shots and defending shots.
The Blazers lacked a true center last season, instead using forward J.J. Hickson up front with LaMarcus Aldridge and Nicolas Batum. As a result, Portland never had a big shot-blocking presence on the defensive end.
Blazers sign free agent G Earl Watson
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed free agent guard Earl Watson.
The 12-year NBA veteran played the past three seasons with the Utah Jazz. He played in 48 games last season, averaging 17.3 minutes and two points, 1.8 rebounds and four assists.
Watson has also played in Seattle, Memphis, Denver and Oklahoma City.
Terms of his contract with the Blazers were not released.
Blazers sign rookie CJ McCollum
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers have formally signed rookie guard C.J. McCollum.
McCollum was the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft out of Lehigh, where he averaged 21.3 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.05 steals over four seasons. He scored 2,361 career points, making him the all-time leader for the Patriot League.
The 6-foot-3 point guard was introduced by the Blazers at a news conference on Monday. He is expected to play in the NBA Summer League starting Saturday.
Terms of the contract announced Thursday were not released.
Belize players reject offer to fix Gold Cup game
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — CONCACAF officials say they have identified a man who allegedly offered Belize players large sums of money to fix a Gold Cup match against the United States.
Ian Gaynair and Woodrow West say they were approached Sunday by a man who offered them money to "sell" their game Tuesday against the Americans. When they reported the bribery attempt, Belize coach Ian Mork says, a CONCACAF official showed them a photo of a man already being monitored for trying to fix matches in other countries. The players confirmed it was the same man who'd offered them money, Mork said.
CONCACAF said Thursday it is investigating the bribery attempt with FIFA, the world's governing body.
Belize lost to the U.S. 6-1 on Tuesday night in the Jaguars' first Gold Cup appearance.
Craig Ehlo steps down as EWU assistant
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Former NBA player Craig Ehlo is stepping down after two seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Eastern Washington.
Ehlo has been an assistant under head coach Jim Hayford at the Cheney school.
Ehlo spent 14 seasons in the NBA with Houston, Cleveland, Atlanta and Seattle.
The former Washington State player has lived in Spokane since his retirement, working extensively as a television analyst.
Michigan board OKs wolf hunt in Upper Peninsula
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Michigan Natural Resources Commission has again approved wolf hunting in the Upper Peninsula under a new state law passed to circumvent a referendum on an earlier hunting law.
The commission voted Thursday for a hunt that runs Nov. 15 through Dec. 31. It allows the killing of up to 43 gray wolves in seven counties.
The commission also approved a wolf hunt in May, but a petition drive for a referendum put the decision on hold.
The Legislature then passed a second law authorizing the commission to schedule a wolf hunt.
Outside Alaska, U.S. wolves were nearly wiped out in the last century. They were on the federal endangered species list in 1974-2012.
Michigan authorities estimate there are 658 wolves in the state.