A's beat Mariners on Crisp's homer in 12th
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Coco Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the 12th inning to lift the Oakland Athletics to a 3-2 win over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night.
Crisp, who scored the tying run with two outs in the eighth inning, hit a towering home run off Seattle reliever Hector Noesi (0-1) on an 0-1 pitch. The ball landed just above the out-of-town scoreboard in right field. It's the sixth game-ending hit of Crisp's career.
Yoenis Cespedes and Sam Fuld also drove in runs for Oakland, which rallied from two runs down for its first walkoff win of the season.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0), the fifth A's pitcher, worked one scoreless inning for the win.
Abraham Almonte had two hits and an RBI for Seattle.
New stadium, new swagger for rising Washington
SEATTLE (AP) — When the trip to sunny Arizona in February was finished and Washington was humbled by a pair of Big Ten powers and lost to a conference neighbor, Lindsay Meggs decided bluntness was the way to go.
The Huskies were about to debut a new $15 million baseball stadium in the coming weeks. And Washington's coach demanded that the product on the field match the gem of a facility the Huskies were about to christen.
The response since that meeting? In the past 18 games, Washington has won 17, including 10 in a row. The Huskies (20-5-1, 8-1 Pac-12) are the hottest team in the country, have vaulted into the national rankings and are making the case that college baseball in the Pacific Northwest is more than just what's happening at Oregon and Oregon State.
Cooper's seen both sides of Seattle-Portland clash
TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Kenny Cooper was there when the Seattle vs. Portland rivalry made its debut at the Major League Soccer level.
At that time, Cooper was representing the Rose City. When the Cascadia rivalry resumes on Saturday with the Timbers hosting the Sounders, Cooper will now be representing the Emerald City.
Cooper is part of a small group that has now been part of both sides of the most heated rivalry in MLS. Because of the often significant player movement during the league's offseason, it was inevitable there would come a point where key players for one team would eventually join the other.
It's happened for Seattle with the addition of Cooper. On the flip side, Seattle's first draft pick in club history, Steve Zakuani, and former goalkeeper Andrew Weber now play for the Timbers.
Washington's Stringfellow charged in assault case
SEATTLE (AP) — Suspended Washington wide receiver Damore'ea Stringfellow has been charged with two counts of fourth-degree assault and one count of malicious mischief after two incidents in February.
The King County Prosecutor's Office announced the charges Thursday. Stringfellow is scheduled to be arraigned in King County District Court on April 16. All three charges are gross misdemeanors in the state of Washington, punishable by at least 90 days but less than one year in jail and fines of up to $5,000.
Prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to charge suspended Washington QB Cyler Miles, who was with Stringfellow.
Stringfellow is accused of being involved in altercations with three different people on Super Bowl Sunday. He's been suspended indefinitely by Washington coach Chris Petersen.
Report: Seahawks reach extension with Carroll
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RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have called a news conference for Friday morning amid a report they have reached a contract extension with coach Pete Carroll.
NFL Network reported Thursday night, citing a "source," that Carroll and the Seahawks had reached agreement on a contract extension. Carroll's original five-year deal with Seattle was set to expire after the 2014 season.
The Seahawks announcement did not specify the nature of the news conference and team officials would not confirm the report of an extension for Carroll.
Carroll reached the top of the NFL last season, leading the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl title. Lured away from USC in 2010 with the chance at complete control over the football operations, Carroll tore down then rebuilt the Seahawks roster into one of the best in the NFL. He's 38-26 in four regular seasons with Seattle and 5-2 in the playoffs.