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Associated Press

Posted on August 16, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 16 at 4:03 PM

MARINERS-RAYS

Cobb wins in return, Rays beat Mariners

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Alex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Thursday night.

Cobb (7-2) ended his night by striking out Nick Frankiln on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth. He received a standing ovation as he walked off the field. The right-hander gave up one run and three hits, striking out six and walking two,

Wil Myers, who had four RBIs, drove in two with a double and Evan Longoria added a two-run homer off Joe Saunders (10-12) that put the Rays up 5-1 in the fifth.

Cobb, activated from the 60-day disabled list before the game, sustained a concussion after being struck on the right ear by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer on June 15.

He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was hospitalized overnight.

RAYS-COBB

Rays RHP Cobb reinstated from 60-day DL

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Tampa Bay Rays have reinstated right-hander Alex Cobb from the 60-day disabled list to make his first big league start since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago.

Cobb, struck on the right ear June 15 by a liner hit by Kansas City's Eric Hosmer, is scheduled to pitch Thursday night against Seattle. Tampa Bay manager Joe Maddon says it's great news for Cobb and the organization.

To make room on the roster, Tampa Bay designated infielder Ryan Roberts for assignment.

The Rays are scheduled to face Toronto left-hander J.A. Happ, who was hit in the head by Desmond Jennings' drive on May 7, on Saturday night.

It will be Happ's first game at Tropicana Field since getting hurt and third start overall since returning from the disabled list.

LLWS-WASHINGTON-TEXAS

Washington jumps out early and beats Texas in LLWS

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — Jack Carper homered, Dalton Chandler hit a double and a triple and drove in a run and Sammamish, Wash., beat Corpus Christi, Texas, 8-4 in the first round of the Little League World Series on Thursday.

Carper and Chandler both went 3-for-4.

Sammamish moves into the winner's bracket and won't have to play again until Sunday against the winner of the game between Nashville, Tenn., and Wesport, Conn.

Corpus Christi will play the loser of that game Saturday, facing elimination.

Sammamish scored four times in the top of the first.

A single by Oscar Hernandez of Corpus Christi scored Brandon DeLeon during a three-run third inning to cut the lead to 5-4.

Washington relievers Will Armbruester and Jack Matheson blanked Texas over the final three innings.

SKY-STORM

Prince rallies Sky from 16 down in win over Storm

SEATTLE (AP) — Epiphanny Prince scored 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Sky rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat the Seattle Storm 79-66 on Thursday night.

Swin Cash scored 18 points against her former team, Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Allie Quigley added a career-high 10 points for the Sky (16-8). Chicago used a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter to avoid the two-game season sweep by Seattle.

They Sky were without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne due to a foot injury.

Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points to lead Seattle (10-13).

NEW SEATTLE ARENA

Draft environmental study out on Seattle arena

SEATTLE (AP) — A draft of the environmental impact study for a proposed NBA arena in Seattle was released Thursday.

There will now be a 45-day review period during which the public can comment on the study, including at two public meetings. The comment period will end Sept. 30.

The study reviewed five options: the proposed arena plan; no action at the proposed site; a smaller arena on the proposed site; a 20,000-seat arena where KeyArena currently sits; and a 20,000-seat arena at Memorial Stadium near KeyArena. There will be further review of impact and mitigation for all options before the final study is released.

Investor Chris Hansen has proposed a $490 million arena with $290 million in private investment in Seattle's SoDo area in the hopes of bringing the NBA back.

SEAHAWKS-ALL-PRO EARL

Seattle's Earl Thomas makes Seahawks defense work

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Certain questions make Earl Thomas uncomfortable.

The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle's star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively — even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It's natural when he tries to deflect praise.

On a team where Marshawn Lynch is the beast, Russell Wilson is a media darling and Richard Sherman seemingly can't stop receiving attention, the most important player in the Seahawks starting lineup could arguably be their free safety.

The Seahawks are able to play the way they do defensively because Thomas is such a unique mix of speed and skill roaming the back end, waiting to clean up any messes.

OBAMA-DOLPHINS' CSONKA

Csonka making long trip for White House event

(Stations: Note Alaska interest.)

MIAMI (AP) — Larry Csonka says the 1972 Miami Dolphins' trip to the White House will be worth the wait, and he's making the trip from Alaska.

For more than 20 years the Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback has spent summers in Alaska, where he hosts an outdoor show for NBC. He'll leave Sunday night to get to Washington for a ceremony with his former teammates Tuesday, when President Barack Obama honors the only NFL team to achieve a perfect season.

Csonka plans to fly from Anchorage to Minneapolis to Atlanta to Washington and figures the trip will take 12 to 15 hours.

He said the decision to go was easier because current Dolphins owner Stephen Ross — a Republican — is paying expenses for all of the players.

MARIOTA IN CONTROL

QB Mariota set to add leadership to his skillset

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota is planning to take on more than just a few extra pounds this season.

Oregon's softspoken quarterback, who bulked up with 12 pounds of muscle this summer, says he's ready to break out and become a more vocal leader of the Ducks in his sophomore year.

He's already got an impressive skillset. Last season as a redshirt freshman, Mariota set the team's single-season record with 38 touchdowns (32 passing, 5 rushing, 1 receiving), surpassing the previous mark of 36 held by Darron Thomas (2011) and Akili Smith (1998).

The first freshman named to the Pac-12's all-conference first team in 23 years, Mariota passed for 2,677 yards while completing a school-record 68.5 percent of his passes.

He had 3,429 yards of total offense, second only to Smith in school history.

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