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Posted on September 15, 2013 at 9:33 AM


Mariners end 5-game skid, beat Cardinals 4-1

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Rookie James Paxton gave up two hits in six shutout innings and the Seattle Mariners ended a five-game losing streak, beating St. Louis 4-1 Saturday night and dropping the Cardinals into a first-place tie in the NL Central.

St. Louis and Pittsburgh share the division lead once again. The Pirates topped the Cubs 2-1.

The Cardinals mustered only three hits, including Matt Carpenter's league-leading 50th double in the eighth. He later scored on a wild pitch by Charlie Furbush.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run double in the fifth inning that ended St. Louis rookie Michael Wacha's scoreless streak at 23 2-3 innings. Kendrys Morales hit his 22nd homer in eighth off Tyler Lyons to make it 3-0.


Earthquakes, Whitecaps play to scoreless draw

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Jose Earthquakes and Vancouver Whitecaps played to a 0-0 draw Saturday night, damaging both teams' hopes of getting back into the Western Conference playoff picture.

The clubs remain tied for seventh place in the West with 38 points each, five behind fifth-place Portland, which currently holds the conference's final postseason berth.

San Jose extended its home unbeaten streak to 14 matches, but the Earthquakes (10-11-8) snapped six-game home winning streak.

Vancouver (10-10-8) continued its recent slide, dropping to 1-5-3 in its last nine matches despite the return of captain Jay DeMerit. DeMerit, who blew out his left Achilles' tendon 8 minutes into Vancouver's season opener, capped a 6½-month recovery from the injury by replacing injured center back Brad Rusin in the 31st minute.


Valeri lifts Timbers to draw with Chivas USA

CARSON, Calif. (AP) — Diego Valeri scored in the 50th minute to lift the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw against Chivas USA on Saturday night.

Jose Valencia held the ball inside the area and squared a pass to Valeri, who sent a shot past Chivas goalie Dan Kennedy for his seventh goal of the season. Portland (10-5-13) remained winless in its last eight road matches.

Bryan de la Fuente scored in the 23rd minute for Chivas USA (6-15-8). Carlos Borja sent a cross in from the left side to the middle of the penalty area, where De La Fuente powered a header past Donovan Ricketts.

Chivas scored the first goal for the 10th time in its last 12 games matches, but are just 3-5-4 in that span.


Thompson leads Storm over Shock, 85-73

SEATTLE (AP) — Tina Thompson had 22 points and eight rebounds to cap her 17th and final regular season in the Seattle Storm's 85-73 win over the Tulsa Shock on Saturday night.

Thompson's final basket, her fourth 3-pointer of the game, gave Seattle an 85-65 lead with 1:55 remaining. She checked out of the game to a standing ovation 29 seconds later, then the game was held up for a couple of minutes after Storm coach Brian Agler coerced her to go back onto the floor to give the fans a wave.

Camille Little added 14 points and six rebounds for the Storm (17-17), the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference.

Jennifer Lacy came off the bench to lead Tulsa with 21 points. The Shock were 24 of 65 from the field and had 15 turnovers.


Mannion passes Oregon State past Utah in OT, 51-48

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Sean Mannion's 6-yard touchdown pass to Brandin Cooks in overtime pushed Oregon State past Utah 51-48 Saturday night.

Mannion completed 27 of 44 passes for 443 yards and five touchdowns in a back-and-forth thriller. Cooks had nine receptions for 210 yards and three scores as the Beavers overcame the loss of Storm Woods to a frightening neck injury and opened Pac-12 play with a road win.

The weary OSU defense, which gave up 539 yards, forced a 41-yard field goal by Andy Phillips on Utah's possession in overtime.

Travis Wilson passed for 279 yards and ran for 142 and three touchdowns while rallying the Utes (2-1, 0-1 Pac-12) from 13 points down to tie the score at 45-45 on a 9-yard run with 21 seconds to play.

James Poole had a career-high 117 yards rushing and Dres Anderson had 101 yards receiving but the Utes couldn't overcome Wilson's three interceptions.


Washington State beats S. Utah 48-10

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Connor Halliday threw for 383 yards and five touchdowns as Washington State beat Southern Utah 48-10 on Saturday in its home opener.

Washington State (2-1) also got a long interception return for a touchdown from Damante Horton for the second consecutive game.

Southern Utah (2-1), an FCS program, was scoreless in the second half and gained just 219 yards in the game.

Halliday completed 32 of 41 passes and was intercepted once. Washington State gained 464 yards of total offense in the game. Dom Williams caught three passes for 101 yards and two touchdowns.

Aaron Cantu completed 22 of 30 passes for Southern Utah, but was intercepted three times.

Washington State was coming off a 10-7 win at Southern California that knocked the Trojans from the Top 25.

Southern Utah beat an FBS team, South Alabama, in its season opener, but had less success against Washington State of the Pacific-12.


Price, Stankey lead Huskies past Illini, 34-24

CHICAGO (AP) — Keith Price threw for 342 yards and two touchdowns, Bishop Sankey ran for a career-high 208 yards and No. 19 Washington beat Illinois 34-24 at Soldier Field on Saturday.

Josh Shirley added four sacks, and the Huskies came out on top after dropping seven of nine away from home. They hadn't won on the road outside the Pac-12 since beating Syracuse in 2007.

Washington (2-0) had a tougher time in this one after keeping high-powered Boise State without a touchdown in a 38-6 win two weeks ago.

The Huskies built a 21-point lead in the third quarter and hung on, sending Illinois (2-1) to its sixth straight loss against ranked opponents.

The Illini cut it to 31-24 on Aaron Bailey's 10-yard run with 9:10 remaining, but Washington's Travis Coons kicked a 32-yard field goal with 4:44 left. Gregory Ducre then picked off a deep pass by Nathan Scheelhaase, sealing the win.


No. 2 Ducks dominate Tennessee 59-14

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw for a career-high 456 yards and four touchdowns and No. 2 Oregon handed Tennessee its first loss of the season, 59-14 on Saturday.

Freshman Johnny Mundt, who replaced ailing tight end Colt Lyerla, had five catches for 121 yards and two TDs for the Ducks (3-0). Josh Huff added six catches for 125 yards and a score.

Mariota, who completed 23 of 33 passes, was the first Oregon quarterback to throw for more than 400 yards in a game since Kellen Clemens in 2005. The sophomore quarterback's yardage ties for the third-most in a game in school history.

Oregon's sloppy play at the start — four penalties for 35 yards in the first quarter — helped Tennessee (2-1) take an early lead, but it was fleeting and the Ducks led 38-7 at halftime.


Sacramento State beats Southern Oregon 63-56 in OT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Garrett Safron threw a career-high seven touchdowns, including the 14-yard game-winner to DeAndre Carter, to rally Sacramento State past Southern Oregon 63-56 in overtime on Saturday night.

Southern Oregon's Melvin Mason broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown to put Southern Oregon up 56-49 with 1:48 to play in regulation. Sacramento State (1-2) quickly answered on a Carter 6-yard pass from Safron with 1 second remaining to send the game into overtime.

Both Safron and Carter set school records for touchdowns. Carter finished with five TDs, two in the fourth quarter.

Safron was 34 of 52 for 368 yards and added 51 yards on the ground.

Southern Oregon (0-3) tied the game at 49 when Austin Dodge hit Dylan Young for a 36-yard touchdown. Dodge threw for six touchdowns.

The Raiders, set a FCS record by averaging 642 offensive yards per game last season, had 599 total yards.


Toledo outlasts E. Washington 33-21

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — David Fluellen rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns as Toledo outlasted Eastern Washington 33-21 on Saturday night.

Toledo's powerful ground game eased the burden on freshman quarterback Logan Woodside, who took over when starter Terrance Owens injured his knee early in the second quarter.

Cassius McDowell added 89 yards on 10 carries as the Rockets (1-2) bulled their way to 325 yards on the ground. Most of Woodside's 185 yards came on an 81-yard score to Bernard Reedy near the end of the third quarter, giving Toledo a 23-14 lead. He finished the game 14 of 24.

The Eagles (2-1) responded as Vernon Adams hit Cooper Kupp for his third touchdown pass, closing the lead to 23-21 with 14:55 left. However, Toledo answered with a 12-play, 88-yard scoring drive. A late Jermiah Detmer field goal iced the game.

Adams finished 21 of 42 for 326 yards for the Eagles.


Portland State races past Humboldt State 43-6

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Kieran McDonagh passed for a career-high 377 yards, fueling Portland State to a 43-6 pounding of Division-II Humboldt State.

It makes the second straight week that McDonagh has set a career high. He passed for 308 yards in a narrow loss to Cal, a performance that earned the sophomore Big Sky Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The Vikings' (2-1) potent offense did not kick in until the second half, breaking open a tight 7-6 contest with three TDs and a safety in the third quarter alone. Portland State finished with 622 total yards. The Vikings lead the FCS in total offence, averaging over 612 yards, after their first two games.

Humboldt State (0-2) stayed close in the first half on Matt Bruder field goals of 32 and 28 yards less than a minute apart in the second quarter.

Portland State's Kasey Closs caught 10 passes for a career-best 205 yards.


Brooks seeks volunteers for Arctic Winter Games

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — Cross country skier Holly Brooks was at Lathrop High School in Fairbanks to recruit volunteers for the 2014 Arctic Winter Games.

Brooks, a member of the 2010 U.S. Olympic Team, grew up in Seattle and never competed in the Arctic Winter Games. But athletes she has coached have taken part, and Brooks told the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that she has seen those athletes gain confidence from the experience.

She says competition and sportsmanship are important, but so is the cross-cultural understanding.

Brooks didn't begin to race competitively until 2009 and still made the 2010 Olympic Team. She hopes to take part in the 2014 Olympics.