Weaver continues hot streak as Angels win 6-4
(Eds: Angels 6, Mariners 4. Updates with details. With AP Photos.)
SEATTLE (AP) — Jered Weaver gave up three runs over six innings for his fifth win in six starts and C.J. Cron homered to lead the Los Angeles Angels to a 6-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.
Weaver (6-3) gave up seven hits and a walk while striking out five. Weaver has lasted at least six innings in nine of his 11 starts this season, and this was the first time in eight outings he allowed more than two runs.
Cron led off the seventh inning with his third homer since making his major league debut on May 3.
Ernesto Frieri pitched the ninth for his seventh save, but the Mariners made it interesting. Robinson Cano hit a two-out run scoring single, and Justin Smoak walked before Kyle Seager ended the game with a deep fly to left-center field.
Rodgers helps New York rally past Seattle
(Eds: Liberty 70, Storm 64. New Approach.)
NEW YORK (AP) — Sugar Rodgers scored a career-high 15 points, including seven in the final 3 minutes, to lead the New York Liberty to a 70-64 victory over the Seattle Storm on Tuesday night.
The Liberty trailed 62-54 with 2:55 left and had scored just one basket over the previous 13 minutes when Rodgers came to life. Her 3-pointer made it a five-point game. After Sue Bird answered with a jumper, New York scored the final 11 points of the game, including five by Rodgers. Her 3-pointer with 1:06 left tied it at 64.
Cappie Pondexter then hit a jumper with 24.9 seconds left to give New York a lead. After Bird missed a pullup on the other end, Plenette Pierson hit two free throws to secure the win for New York (2-2).
Bird led Seattle (1-4) with 21 points, including 17 in the first half. Crystal Langhorne added 13 points and 15 rebounds.
Thomas may get 1st shot as Seahawks punt returner
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Apparently Earl Thomas' $40 million extension with the Seattle Seahawks did not mean fewer responsibilities on his plate.
Next up for the All-Pro free safety: punt returning?
Don't scoff. Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Tuesday after the first organized team activity of the Seahawks' offseason program that Thomas would be the first up as punt returner right now. That all could change by the time the Sept. 4 season opener against Green Bay arrives. But for now, the job is Thomas' to lose.
The question of who will return punts after the departure of Golden Tate in free agency is one of the few the Seahawks must answer this offseason. Tate was a standout for Seattle in that role, but he left for bigger money from Detroit during free agency.
Super Bowl MVP Smith has ankle surgery
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith has undergone surgery to remove "loose bodies" from his right ankle but is expected back for the start of the Seattle Seahawks' training camp in July.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll updated Smith's status Tuesday following the first organized team activity of the Seahawks' offseason program. Questions about Smith first surfaced when the Seahawks were honored at the White House last week for winning the Super Bowl and Smith was seen in a walking boot.
Carroll did not go into specifics but said he'll be available at the start of training camp.
Smith, who started only eight regular-season games last season, had nine tackles, an interception return for a touchdown and a forced fumble in Seattle's 43-8 win over Denver in the Super Bowl.
Diskerud, Johannsson lead US over Azerbaijan 2-0
(Eds: United States 2, Azerbaijan 0. Updates with new lead. With AP Photos.)
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) —Second-half substitutes Mix Diskerud and Aron Johannsson scored to lift a heavy legged United States over Azerbaijan 2-0 on Tuesday night in the first of three World Cup warmups for the Americans.
On a night when captain Clint Dempsey was scratched just before kickoff because of a sore left groin, the 14th-ranked Americans had trouble breaking down No. 85 Azerbaijan.
Diskerud, wearing the No. 10 jersey that freed up when Landon Donovan was cut from the roster last week, entered in the 71st and scored four minutes later off Brad Davis' free kick.
With the ball high in the box, Diskerud headed it down to Michael Bradley, whose shot was cleared off the goal line by Elvin Yunuszade. Diskerud then banged the ball in from 6 yards for his third international goal.