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Posted on June 20, 2014 at 8:33 PM


Padres rally to beat Mariners 2-1

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Pinch-hitter Tommy Medica singled in the go-ahead run in the eighth inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Wednesday night in their first home game since Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn died of cancer Monday.

The light-hitting Padres honored Gwynn before the game and then cobbled together just enough offense for their second win in 10 games.

Starters Felix Hernandez and Andrew Cashner pitched well but didn't get a decision. Hernandez struck out 10 and allowed only three singles in seven innings, with no walks. But he allowed the Padres to tie it at 1 on a wild pitch with two outs in the sixth.

Everth Cabrera started the winning rally by beating out an infield single on a chopper against Charlie Furbush (0-4). Cabrera was sacrificed over by Alexi Amarista and scored on Medica's liner to center. James Jones throw home was late and off line.


Seattle advances in US Open Cup with 5-0 victory

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) — Brad Evans scored on a penalty kick in the 23rd minute, Kenny Cooper scored two goals and the Seattle Sounders beat amateur squad PSA Elite 5-0 in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night.

A year after getting knocked out in their opening match, the three-time U.S. Open Cup champion Sounders advanced to the fifth round. Seattle will host fellow MLS squad San Jose next Tuesday night.

Evans' goal came after Aaron Kovar was taken down in the penalty box. Defender Zach Scott scored on a header in the 40th minute and Cooper made it 3-0 just before halftime.

Cooper scored in the 56th minute on a bicycle kick off a scramble around the goal and Sean Okoli capped the scoring with a tap-in goal in the 85th minute.

The match was Seattle's first since June 7.


Seattle Storm hire Alisha Valavanis as COO

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Storm have hired Alisha Valavanis as their chief operating officer, replacing outgoing team president and CEO Karen Bryant.

Seattle announced the hiring Wednesday. She'll take over for Bryant who is stepping down on July 31 after being with the franchise since its inception.

Valavanis has been the assistant athletic director for annual giving and alumni relations at California since 2011. Prior to her time at Cal, Valavanis worked for the Golden State Warriors and was the associate head coach at Division II Chico State, where she played college basketball in the late 1990s.

Valavanis will start her new position in Seattle on July 1.


Kevin Williams starting new chapter with Seattle

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — There was still a chance for Kevin Williams to return to Minnesota, the only place he knew in his NFL career. There was also a chance to join New England and play for the Patriots.

So why is Williams now wearing a Seattle Seahawks uniform when he potentially could have gotten more money elsewhere? Because he liked the chance to play in a rotation on Seattle's defensive line.

Williams was the latest addition to the Seahawks roster just before the start of this week's minicamp. After seeing their defensive line thinned by free agency and salary cap cuts following the Super Bowl title, the addition of Williams this late could be a major coup for the Seahawks.

Williams believes he can still contribute. And Seattle is getting him at a bargain of $1.5 million for 2014.


Sherman part of scuffle during Seahawks minicamp

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Tempers flared during the second day of the Seattle Seahawks' minicamp, with cornerback Richard Sherman and wide receiver Phil Bates in the middle of a heated scuffle.

Wednesday's practice became more intense after wide receiver Bryan Walters caught a pass and appeared to injure his shoulder falling while being closely defended by safety Earl Thomas.

That started heated words between the offensive and defensive players. On the next play, Bates and Sherman locked up, both having their helmets knocked off and arms flailing before teammates separated the pair. Thomas, Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin were all jawing back and forth as well.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll called the team together. By the end of practice, all the players involved were shaking hands and laughing about what happened.

"We're all so competitive if you press one wrong button, everybody will clear the benches," Thomas said.


Washington school out ahead of Redskins debate

(Information in the following story is from: Peninsula Daily News,

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — A Washington high school was way ahead of the Washington Redskins when it replaced its Redskins team name after 88 years and adopted a Redhawks logo.

The Peninsula Daily news reports Port Townsend High School began showing off its new red hawk logo this week.

It's just a coincidence that the federal trademarks board ruled on Wednesday that the National Football League team would be losing trademark protection for its name. The team says it plans to appeal.

The new Port Townsend logo was designed by a Seattle graphic designer whose wife is a 2005 school graduate.

The change was prompted by a June 2012 letter from a district parent calling the Redskins symbol offensive and inappropriate.

After a year of study, the board voted last June to retire the Redskins name and seek a new one.