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(Meredith, NH)  --  Patriots safety Patrick Chung is being indicted in New Hampshire on a cocaine possession charge.  Documents released yesterday show Chung was indicted on August 8th for the incident, which police say took place on June 25 in Meredith.  Meredith Police said they were called to Chung's home on a "call for service," when they obtained evidence leading to his arrest.  The former Oregon safety has played nine seasons with the Patriots, winning three Super Bowl titles.  He's due in court August 28th.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners host the Blue Jays tonight to jump start a six-game homestand.  Justus Sheffield will take the mound for the M's while the Jays send out Trent Thornton.  Seattle had its four-game winning streak snapped Wednesday by Tampa Bay.  The M's are last in the AL West at 54-and-74.



(Carson, CA)  --  The Seahawks are on the road tomorrow as they take on the Chargers in preseason play.  The Hawks are 1-and-1 in exhibition play after falling to the Vikings 25-19 last Sunday.  Rookie receiver DK Metcalf is listed as 'doubtful' but will likely not play as he's headed for knee surgery.  Head coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that the rising star won't be sidelined for long.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers take on the Sounders tonight at Providence Park.  Portland is looking to rebound from a 2-nil loss to Atlanta United last Sunday.  The Timbers hold the seventh and final playoff spot in the West with 37 points.  Eighth-place FC Dallas also has 37 points.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm are gearing up to host the Fever Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena.  Seattle seeks its second straight win after snapping a two-game skid last Sunday at home against Minnesota.  The Storm are sixth in the league with a 15-and-13 record.  Indiana lost at Los Angeles last night to dip to 9-and-19 on the year.



(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Mariners gave up the winning run on a wild pitch in the ninth as they lost 7-6 to the Rays in St. Pete.  Matt Magill gave up a game-tying homer to Kevin Kiermaier before throwing the game-losing pitch.  Mallex Smith's two-run triple capped a three-run top of the ninth that had given Seattle a 6-5 lead.  The M's had their four-game winning streak snapped.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will host the Sounders tomorrow night at Providence Park.  Portland is coming off a 2-nil loss to Atlanta United last weekend.  The Timbers currently hold the seventh and final playoff spot in the West with 37 points.  Seattle is fifth with 40 points.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks head to Los Angeles on Saturday to play the Chargers in their third preseason game.  Seattle has split its first two exhibition games.  The Seahawks close out the preseason next Thursday hosting Oakland.  In injury news, wide receiver DK Metcalf had knee surgery that head coach Pete Carroll calls minor.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will welcome the Blue Jays to town to play a three-game set starting tomorrow night.  Justus Sheffield will start for Seattle, while Trent Thornton gets the ball for Toronto.  The M's will also host the Yankees for three starting Monday.



(Undated)  --  The XFL's names and logos are now finalized.  Seattle will be represented by the Dragons, with a green and red logo.  The Los Angeles Wildcats are the only other West Coast club in the eight-team league.  The XFL is slated to debut in February 2020.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm host the Indiana Fever Sunday at Alaska Airlines Arena.  Natasha Howard is averaging 18.7 points per game, 8.1 rebounds and two assists.  Seattle is coming off last weekend's win over the Minnesota Lynx and are currently sixth in the league at 15-and-13.  The Storm have six games left in the regular season.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks have placed rookie guard Demetris Knox on injured reserve.  Knox suffered a quad injury in Sunday's game against the Vikings.  Seattle has signed Landon Turner to fill the spot.  Turner was waived by Carolina in May and has been unsigned since.  He went undrafted in 2016 but has spent time on the Saints, Vikings and Panthers.



(Carson, CA)  --  The Seahawks will take on the Los Angeles Chargers in their third preseason game this Saturday on the road.  Seattle has split its first two exhibition games and are coming off last week's loss to the Vikings.  The Seahawks will close out the preseason slate next Thursday against the Raiders.



(Undated)  --  College football officially kicks off this week.  Oregon will start their season next Saturday against the number-16 Auburn Tigers in Arlington, Texas.  The Ducks are ranked number-13 in the preseason Coaches Poll.  Oregon State will begin on August 30th facing Oklahoma State. 



(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  The Mariners will look for the sweep in the finale of a three-game set with the Rays today at Tampa Bay.  Seattle has not decided on a starter yet.  Charlie Morton will get the ball for the Rays.  The M's will head home tomorrow for six games, starting with a three-game set against the Blue Jays beginning Friday.  They'll also face the Yankees for three starting Monday.



(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  Kyle Seager went 2-for-3 with three RBI including a two-run homer in the first to lead the Mariners to a 7-4 win over the Rays at Tampa Bay.  Tom Murphy launched a two-run shot to break a 4-all tie in the sixth for the M's, who have won four-in-a-row.  Tommy Milone pitched five innings of relief and gave up four runs to get the win. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will welcome the Sounders to town on Friday.  Portland was silenced by Atlanta United on Sunday.  The Timbers currently hold the seventh and final playoff spot with 37 points.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez has been out for three months with a shoulder injury.  He'll rejoin the starting rotation this weekend.  "King Felix" made his fourth rehab start on Monday with Triple-A Tacoma where he gave up one run on four hits and struck out five over three-plus innings.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon's wide receiver corps is suffering its third blow of the preseason.  Mycah Pittman, the top performing freshman who landed hard on his right shoulder during Oregon's second fall scrimmage, is out 6-8 weeks.  Jaylon Redd is expected to start at slot and Pittman was backing him up.  Pittman's injury is the third significant injury to a Ducks receiver this preseason, with starter Brenden Schooler suffering a right foot injury and freshman JR Waters also having right foot surgery that will sideline him 4-6 weeks.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon's top two offensive linemen are being awarded preseason All-American honors from Pro Football Focus.  Left guard Shane Lemieux and right guard/tackle Calvin Throckmorton were named first team All-Americans by PFF Monday.  Throckmorton has the nation's top pass-blocking grade since 2017 and has allowed just three sacks and hits on 862 pass-blocking reps over the last two years.  Lemieux is the highest-graded returning guard in the country, according to PFF.



(Carson, CA)  --  The Seahawks are on the road this weekend as they take on the Chargers in the third week of the preseason.  The Hawks are hoping to regain momentum after falling to the Vikings 25-19 Sunday.  Seahawks rookie receiver DK Metcalf is listed as 'doubtful' but will likely not play as he's due for knee surgery.  Coach Pete Carroll expressed optimism that the rising star won't be sidelined for long.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm are gearing up to host the Fever this weekend at the Alaska Airlines Arena.  The ladies in yellow and green are looking to keep their win streak going after defeating the Minnesota Lynx 82-74.  The Storm are 15-and-13 on the season and sixth in the WNBA.



(St. Petersburg, FL)  --  Tom Murphy homered twice and drove in four runs to lead the Mariners to a 9-3 victory over the Rays in Florida.   Austin Nola also went deep and had three RBI for the M's, who have won five of their last seven.  Marco Gonzales got the win on the mound holding Tampa to just three runs in five innings.  The Mariners will face the Rays again today in game two of their three-game series.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Sounders are traveling this week to Portland to face off against the Timbers.  Seattle is looking for a win after forcing a 2-2 draw against the LA Galaxy over the weekend.  The Sounders are fifth in the West with 40 points in 26 matches.



(Undated)  --  College football is just around the corner for the Ducks and Beavers.  Oregon will open the season a week from Saturday, in Arlington, Texas against the Auburn Tigers.  Oregon State will host Oklahoma State a week from Saturday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers failed to score a goal as they fell 2-0 to Atlanta United at home.  Portland has 37 points and is seventh in the west.  The Timbers will host the Sounders Friday.



(Toronto, Ontario)  --  Yusei Kikuchi  fired a complete-game two-hit shutout as the Mariners blanked the Blue Jays 7-0 in Toronto.  Kikuchi struck out eight as he moved to 5-and-8 with the victory.  Tom Murphy smacked a two-run homer, while Kyle Seager, Austin Nola and Keon Broxton added solo shots for Seattle, which improves to 52-and-73.  Seattle will visit the Rays tonight.



(Minneapolis, MN)  --  DeShawn Shead returned an interception 88 yards for a touchdown but the Seahawks fell 25-19 to the Vikings in preseason action in Minneapolis.  Paxton Lynch was 6-of-15 for 67 yards in the loss.  Seattle moves to 1-and-1 on the preseason.  The Seahawks will visit the Chargers on Saturday.



(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Duck Marcus Mariota is not a lock to start Week One for the Tennessee Titans, according to reports.  According to ESPN, there is a groundswell for former Dolphin Ryan Tannehill to possibly be under center September 8th when they face the Browns in Cleveland.  Head coach Mike Vrabel has said Mariota is the starter and Tannehill is there to push him, but the former Heisman Trophy winner is entering the last year of his rookie deal and the club has not offered him an extension. 



(Seattle, WA)  --  With training camp wrapped, the Seahawks will travel to Minnesota to face off with the Vikings in their second preseason game.  After an off-day Wednesday, the team had a no-contact practice Thursday.  The team will practice today before heading to Minnesota tomorrow.



(Detroit, MI)  --  Corey Seager drove in three runs as the Mariners beat the Tigers 7-2 in Detroit.  Dylan Moore's homer gave the M's breathing room late in the game.  Tommy Milone picked up his second win of the season, giving up two runs over four innings.  It's the club's first series win since the end of July, when they swept the Tigers over a four-game series in Seattle.  The team's nine-game road trip continues today when the Mariners kick off a three-game set in Toronto. 
 



(Uncasville, CT)  --  The Storm's East coast road trip continues tonight when they face the Connecticut Sun in Uncasville.  Seattle had their three-game winning-streak snapped on Wednesday, falling to the Mystics in Washington.  They are now 14-and-12, three games back in the West. 



The Little League World Series kicks off today with two games in Williamsport, Pennsylvania with 8-teams in the tournament clashing in double-elimination bracket play.

Tomorrow, the remaining 4-teams open 1st Round play and Oregon, the Northwest Regional Champions from Sprague-South Salem, meet Elizabeth, New Jersey at 5pm on ESPN.

The loser faces elimination tomorrow at 5, and the winner plays Sunday morning. The Little League World Series culminates with the International Champion meeting the US Champion on Sunday the 25th.

All the Little League games are televised on ESPN and ABC.



The Westcoast collegiate League playoffs are underway with the final-4 teams battling in the best-of-3 semifinals series with the winners meeting for the W-C-L Championship.

Last night in Corvallis, the Knights who are aiming to win their 4th straight league title, lost game-2 of their series falling to the Walla Walla Sweets, 9-to-4. They will play the third, and deciding game tonight on campus at Oregon State.

Meantime, in Victoria, at Royal Athletic Park, the Wenatchee Applesox and hometown HarbourCats will also decide it all tonight in a game-3, winner take all. The Cats beat the Sox last night, 7-2.

The two series winners meet Saturday night to begin the Westcoast League Championship series.



In Shelby, North Carolina, the American Legion World Series begins today with an 8-team, pool-play format.

The format was changed last year to two 4-team pools with the top-2 teams playing in the national semifinals Sunday.

Idaho Falls, 56-and-6, the Northwest Champions face Fargo, North Dakota at 1pm Pacific Time. The games are available online at ESPN3.



(Portland, OR)  -- A late goal by the Timbers proved to be crucial as Portland beat Chicago 3-2 at Providence Park.  Jorge Moreira started the scoring for the Tims in the 11th minute, then Brian Fernandez found the back of the net in the 21st and 88th minutes.  CJ Sapong scored in the second minute of second-half stoppage time for the Fire to cause some late palpitations in the Rose City.  Chicago played with 10 men the majority of the match as Aleksander Katai was sent off in the 30th minute after seeing a straight red.  The Tims are up to seventh place with 37 points in 24 matches. They are four points behind Minnesota United with a game in hand for second place. Portland will welcome Atlanta United to town Sunday. 



(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Seahawks will be back in action Sunday.  Seattle will visit the Minnesota Vikings for preseason football.  The Seahawks defeated the Broncos 22-14 in their preseason opener.



(New York, NY)  -- Attorneys for lawyer Michael Avenatti filed a motion in federal court Wednesday alleging a Nike employee approved under-the-table payments to Zion Williamson and Romeo Langford in February 2017.  Both players were still in high school at the time. There is no evidence the offers, 35-thousand-dollars for Williamson and 20-thousand-dollars for Langford, were paid. According to the filing, Nike's grassroots basketball league director Carlton DeBose allegedly said he was willing to pay Williamson, Langford and an unnamed third player a total of 70-thousand-dollars.  Avenatti, who is looking for his charges to be dropped, allegedly attempted to extort 25-million-dollars from the shoe maker.



(Undated)  -- The MLS Players Association is asking the league to change its policy banning political signage from matches.  Locally, the issue has seen pushback as the Emerald City Supporters, a group for the Sounders, has used the Iron Front symbol, which historically has been associated with an anti-Nazi and anti-fascist position.  The 107 Independent Supporters Trust, the nonprofit arm of the Timbers Army and Rose City Riveters, joined the Seattle supporters' cause earlier this month, suggesting the language should support inclusion and anti-discrimination.  The MLSPA took to social media Tuesday to support the cause and overturn the rule which it described as overly vague.



(Williamsport, PA)  --  Sprague Little League will be representing the Pacific North West when the Little League World Series kicks off tomorrow in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.   The Salem team will face the Elmora Youth Little League team out of Elizabeth, New Jersey on Friday.  Their next opponent will be determined by whether or not they win. 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks added their biggest new piece of the offseason as five-star recruit N'Faly Dante announced he would reclassify to the 2019 class and commit to Oregon.  The 6-foot-11 senior from Wichita, Kansas opted for Eugene over joining Kentucky.  He joins five-star forward CJ Walker, four-star forward Chandler Lawson, and junior college national player of the year Chris Duarte. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will host the Chicago Fire tonight at Providence Park.  The club extended its 10-game home winning streak Saturday, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.  The Tims remain in eighth in the West with 34 points in 23 matches, but are only five points behind the second-place Sounders. 



(Detroit, MI)  --  The Mariners lost one of their relievers after just two pitches Tuesday.  Brandon Brennan started the sixth inning for Seattle, but left with pain in his left big toe. Sam Tuivailala replaced him and pitched a scoreless inning.



(Detroit, MI)  --  Kyle Seager hit three home runs as the Mariners beat the Tigers 11-6 in Detroit.  The third homer appeared to be caught by Detroit centerfielder Niko Goodrum on the warning track, but he collided with left fielder Brandon Dixon, and the ball popped out of his glove and went over the fence.  He became the first Mariner since Jose Lopez to go yard three times, who did it September 22nd, 2010.  Catcher Tom Murphy hit back-to-back homers with the third baseman twice.  Zac Grotz got the win in relief, the first of his career.  The win snaps a three-game losing streak, but is just the team's second in their past ten games.



(Undated)  --  Former Trail Blazer Jim Marsh died Monday in a Portland-area facility.  He was 73.  A big name in the Seattle sports community, Marsh had lived with Parkinson's disease since 2004.  The 6-foot-7 former forward was taken 11th overall by the Sonics in the 1968 draft after playing at USC.  However, he played his entire 39 game career with the Trail Blazers.  After his career in the NBA, he served as a mentor to young players in the city as a member of the Friends of Hoops AAU team in Seattle. 



(Washington, DC)  --  The Storm will visit Washington DC and face Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics tonight.  The club beat the New York Liberty in Brooklyn 84-69 Sunday.  Alysha Clark scored 21 points to lead Seattle.  They have won back-to-back games and are only two games back in the West at 14-and-11.  Washington leads the East at 17-and-7.



(Detroit, MI)  --  The Mariners will look to make it two-straight as they face the Tigers again tonight at Comerica.  Marco Gonzales will take the ball for Scott Servais' club.  He's 12-and-9 with a 4.25 ERA.  He's 6-and-3 in his last nine decisions.  Detroit will counter with journeyman right-hander Edwin Jackson, who will be making his second start with the club.  He's 2-and-5 this year with a 9.35 ERA.



(Portland, OR)  --  As part of the club's 50th anniversary, the Trail Blazers unveiled their new court design for the 2019-20 season.  The floor of the Moda Center will feature a throwback font, with "Rip City Established 1970" on the floor across from the benches.  The key is off white rather than red, with a number 50 at mid-court, and the zero as the team's pinwheel logo. 



(New York, NY)  --  The NBA released the 2019-20 schedule Monday, featuring a nationally-broadcast double-header on opening night, Tuesday, October 22nd.  The Trail Blazers will kick off their season, also on national television, the following night at home against the Denver Nuggets.  While the Blazers won't play Christmas Day, they will be on the road against the Utah Jazz on December 26th, at the New York Knicks on New Years Day, and at home against the Warriors on Martin Luther King Day. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will host the Chicago Fire tomorrow at Providence Park.  The club extended its 10-game home winning streak Saturday, beating the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1.  The Tims remain in eighth in the West with 34 points in 23 matches, but are only five points behind the Sounders, who are in second.



(Brooklyn, NY)  --  Former Trail Blazer guard Sebastian Telfair is being sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for illegal gun possession.  Brooklyn's district attorney said Monday the mandatory prison sentence is required by law and he's now been held accountable for his conduct.  The 34-year-old Brooklyn-native was a 2004 first-round pick of the Blazers, averaging 8.1 points per game over two seasons.



(Undated)  --  Major League Baseball will have it's earliest start ever in 2020 as all 30 teams kick off Thursday, March 26th.  The Mariners will open at home against the Texas Rangers to begin a four-game set.  The M's will host the Washington Nationals for just the third time April 13th and 14th.  The team will host it's longest homestand of the year right before the All-Star Break, playing 10-straight at T-Mobile Park.



(Detroit, MI)  --  The Mariners will look to snap their latest losing trend against the Tigers in Detroit tonight.  The team was off yesterday.  Yusei Kikuchi will take the ball for Scott Servais' club in the opener.  He's 4-and-8 with a 5.34 ERA, dropping his last three decisions.  He'll face off with fellow southpaw Matthew Boyd.  He's 6-and-8 with a 4.16 ERA.  Marco Gonzales and Tommy Milone will start the other two games of the series.



(San Francisco, CA)  --  Former Mariner and ESPN analyst Alex Rodriguez was among a group who had valuables stolen from an SUV Sunday in San Francisco.  While the former shortstop declined to say what was stolen to the press, the San Francisco Chronicle says more than 500-thousand-dollars worth of jewelry and other items were taken.  The vehicle was rented by ESPN for some of the production crew that covered the Phillies and Giants game, which was broken into while the group was having dinner after the game. 



(Modesto, CA)  --  After dealing with a serious injury, a Mariners' rookie is eager to return to the big club.  Braden Bishop is set to begin a rehab assignment at High-A Modesto after being out since the beginning of June with a lacerated spleen.  The outfielder was called up at the end of April for a slumping Mallex Smith, but was experiencing unfamiliar pain in his side and back.  He was removed from the June 4th game in the fourth inning, and the following day underwent immediate surgery to repair the damage.



(Undated)  --  A recent petition filed with the National Labor Relations Board is seeking to create a separate union for NFL running backs.  The International Brotherhood of Processional Running Backs cites shortened careers as it's primary issue to address.  The average career for a running back is 2.57 years, the shortest for any position.  Further, the average salary through 2018 was 1.291 million dollars, which ranks below every position but long snapper.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Thanks to a young boy, a WNBA star has found a way to raise big money for the Seattle Children's Hospital.  Alysha Clark raised five-thousand-dollars for the department's dialysis unit in just four days.  Clark said she spends a lot time on the cancer floor during her visits as well.  Through an annual drive, she has donated over 10,000 toys to the hospital, including over 2,000 this year.  Clark, who has spent her entire eight-year career with the Storm, was a member of the 2018 championship team.



(Washington, DC)  --  The Storm will visit Washington DC and face Elena Delle Donne and the Mystics tomorrow.  The club beat the New York Liberty in Brooklyn 84-69 Sunday.  Alysha Clark scored 21 points to lead Seattle.  They have won back-to-back games and are only two games back in the West at 14-and-11.  Washington leads the East at 17-and-7.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers extended their 10-game home winning streak as they beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1 at Providence Park Saturday.  Sebastian Blanco scored in the 28th minute, Marvin Loria scored in the 55th, and Jeremy Ebobisse scored in the 90th.  The Tims remain in eighth in the West with 34 points in 23 matches, but are only five points behind the Sounders, who are in second.  The Caps have a conference-worst 24 points in 26 matches.  Portland will host the Chicago Fire Wednesday. 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers are bringing in one of their own as the new pitching coach.  Rich Dorman, who has been the pitching coach at Grand Canyon University for the past three seasons will take over for Nate Yeskie, who left in July for a spot on the Arizona staff.  The Medford native spent time with the Beavers and at Corban University as a player before being drafted by Tampa Bay in the 2000 MLB Draft. 



(Portland, OR)  --  A league record crowd took in a rematch of the 2018 NWSL Championship Game as the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 2-1 Sunday.  Twenty-five-thousand-two-hundred-18 fans watched at Providence Park as the Thorns got revenge for the 3-0 loss last season.  The previous record had been 23,403, which was set in 2016 between the Orlando Pride and Houston Dash. 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Ryan Yarbrough fell one out short of a complete game shutout as the Rays blanked the Mariners 1-0 at T-Mobile Park.  The former Mariner prospect Yarbrough allowed just three hits while striking out eight as he improved to 11-and-3 with the win.  Eric Sogard's solo home run in the fourth inning was all the offense for the Tampa, which swept the three-game series.  Wade LeBlanc allowed one run in six frames for Seattle as he fell to 6-and-6.  The M's have dropped eight-of-nine.



(Detroit, MI)  --  After an off-day today, the Mariners will look to snap their latest losing trend against the Tigers in Detroit tomorrow.  Yusei Kikuchi will take the ball for Scott Servais' club in the opener.  He's 4-and-8 with a 5.34 ERA, dropping his last three decisions.  He'll face off with fellow southpaw Matthew Boyd.  He's 6-and-8 with a 4.16 ERA, but was shelled by the Royals in his last outing.  Marco Gonzales and Tommy Milone will start the other two games of the series.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Freshly-minted Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez threw out the first pitch before the game.  On Saturday, Mariners CEO John Stanton announced the club will unveil a statue of the longtime designated hitter at T-Mobile Park.  The seven-time All-Star had a .312 batting average and a .418 on base percentage in 18 years in Seattle.  He was the seventh M inducted into Cooperstown. 



(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Storm beat the New York Liberty in their first game at Barclays Center 84-69 Sunday.  Alysha Clark scored 21 points to lead Seattle, while Sami Whitcomb added 12.  The Storm have now won back-to-back games and are only two games back in the West at 14-and-11.  They'll visit Washington DC and face the Mystics Wednesday. 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are still unsure when their marquee free agent signing will return to the field.  Ziggy Ansah joined the club after it traded Fran Clark to Kansas City.  He has been limited to conditioning work during practices as he recovers from shoulder surgery.   Seattle will travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings Sunday.  They beat the Broncos 22-14 at home Thursday. 



(Seattle, WA)  --  King Felix is looking for one last hurrah in Seattle.  The right-hander will make a start in Class-A Everett later this week.  After that, he'll need a start at Triple-A before he can return to the bigs, manager Scott Servais said. Hernandez is recovering from a strained right lat which has kept him out since May 11th.  The club's all-time wins leader is in the final year of his contract.  Mitch Hanniger, meanwhile, will begin a rehab assignment tomorrow in Modesto.  The outfielder has been out since June 6th when he fouled a pitch into himself and ruptured a testicle. 



(Seattle, WA)  --  Paxton Lynch threw for 109 yards and a touchdown and also rushed for a score as the Seahawks took down the Broncos 22-14 in their preseason opener at home.  Jazz Ferguson caught four passes for 54 yards and a score.  Jamar Taylor notched an interception for the Seahawks, who will visit the Vikings next Sunday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are back on their home pitch tomorrow.  Portland will host the Vancouver WhiteCaps.  The Timbers are fighting for a playoff spot.  Portland is two points back of FC Dallas for seventh.



(Seattle, WA)  --  In WNBA action, Natasha Howard scored 23 points as the Storm defeated the Wings 69-57 at home. Seattle improves to 13-and-11 on the season.  The Storm will visit the New York Liberty Sunday.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will be back in action tonight.  Seattle will host the Tampa Bay Rays.  The Mariners are scuffling at 48-and-68.  The Rays come into action at 66-and-50.



(Undated)  --  Oregon is getting ready for the upcoming football season.  The Ducks are hard at work as they prepare to take on Auburn in Arlington, Texas on August 31st.  Oregon State will open the same day at home against Oklahoma State.



(St. Paul, MN)  --  Brian Fernandez scored but the Timbers fell 2-1 to Minnesota United in the U.S. Open Cup semifinals.  Portland will resume MLS action on Saturday.  The Timbers will host Vancouver.  Portland is eighth in the Western Conference with 31 points.  They are two points back of a playoff spot.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks will open preseason action tonight.  Seattle will host the Denver Broncos.  Geno Smith will get the nod over Paxton Lynch to start tonight's game.  Russell Wilson will get the game off.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks linebacker Mychal Kendricks has a sentencing date.  Kendricks is scheduled to be sentenced for pleading guilty to insider training on September 25th, according to TMZ.  The date is prior to Seattle's first NFC West bout of the season against the Arizona Cardinals on the road in Week Four.  He faces up to 25 years in prison.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm will host the Wings tonight.  Seattle is fourth in the Western Conference at 12-and-11.  The Storm have lost three-straight games.  The Wings are last in the West with a 6-and-16 record.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Daniel Vogelbach grounded into a fielder's choice to drive in the go-ahead run for the Mariners as they edged the Padres 3-2 at home.  Kyle Seager homered for Seattle.  The Mariners improve to 48-and-68 on the season.  Seattle will host the Rays tomorrow.



(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Timbers will face Minnesota United at Allianz Field, again, tonight in the US Open Cup Semifinals.  The winner will travel to Georgia to face Atlanta United August 27th in the final.  The Tims lost a dramatic 1-0 game to the Loons over the weekend.  They'll return home Saturday as they host Vancouver.  The Tims are in eighth place in the West with 31 points through 22 matches.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Dinelson Lamet gave up just two hits and struck out 12 as the Padres beat the Mariners 9-4 at T-Mobile Park.  Tim Lopes hit a two-run homer as Domingo Santana and JP Crawford each had run-scoring singles in the eighth.  Wade LeBlanc surrendered five runs on five hits over five innings to drop his fifth game of the season.  The M's have lost five straight.



(Seattle, WA)  --  Tim Beckham has been suspended for 80 games without pay following a positive test for performance-enhancing drugs.  The infielder tested positive for Stanozolol, according to MLB.  Beckham, who was the number one draft pick in 2008, was hitting .237 with 15 homers this season.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks are going to have to replace a second wide receiver as one of their seniors has gone down with an injury.  Brenden Schooler is out six-to-eight weeks after suffering a foot injury that will require surgery.  He had 21 catches last season and was first team all Pac-12 as a specialist for the second-straight year.



(Renton, WA)  --  DK Metcalf is showing the coaching staff he's ready for the team's first preseason game.  The rookie didn't play in Saturday's mock game because of an injury, but beat both starting corner backs for passes during Tuesday's practice.  The Seahawks will welcome the Broncos to CenturyLink Field tomorrow night.



(Undated)  --  Felix Hernandez is looking to make his way back to Seattle before the end of his final season with the club.  The former Cy Young winner will make a rehab start tomorrow with Double-A Modesto, where he's scheduled to throw 45 to 50 pitches over three innings.  He's spent his entire 15-year career with the M's.  Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon could be sent on rehab assignments next week.  Third baseman Ryon Healy has undergone hip surgery in Arizona, according to manager Scott Servais, but would not offer more details.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will look to buck their winning streak when they said their rookie southpaw to the hill against the Padres at home.  Yusei Kikuchi will look to snap his personal three-game skid tonight.  He's 4-and-8 with a 5.49 ERA.  The Friars will counter with Joey Lucchesi.  The lefty is 7-and-6 this season, but is 3-and-0 in three career starts against Seattle.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm will look to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on Dallas tomorrow at home.  Seattle lost over the weekend on the road to the Sparks 83-75.  They have dropped to fourth place in the West, sitting at 12-and-11.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers have a newcomer to practice whose traveled a long way to be in Corvallis.  Jake Scarton is now with Oregon State after transferring from Pitt.  The redshirt sophomore is considered a walk-on and is immediately eligible.  Scarton was the backup kicker headed into preseason camp with the Panthers.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Kayvon Thibodeaux has his eyes set on the prize as he enters his first camp in Eugene.  The five-star recruit is taking aim at a record no other freshman in a Power-Five conference has reached since 2014 -- 10 sacks.  The last freshmen to do it were Myles Garrett, who had 11.5, and Derek Barnett, who had 10, in 2014.  Both were first round picks in the NFL Draft, with Garrett being taken number-one overall.  



(St. Paul, MN)  --  On the upside, the Timbers won't have to travel far for their next match.  Portland will face Minnesota United at Allianz Field, again, tomorrow night in the US Open Cup Semifinals.  The Tims lost a dramatic 1-0 game to the Loons on Sunday.  They'll return home Saturday as they host Vancouver.  The Tims are in eighth place in the West with 31 points through 22 matches. 
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will kick off a two-game set at home against the Padres tonight after an off-day Monday.  Wade LeBlanc is slated to be the opener for Scott Servais' team.  The southpaw is 6-and-4 on the year, but got shelled in his last start, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four-and-a-third to the Rangers.  Dinelson Lamet will start for San Diego.  He's 0-and-2 with a 5.09 ERA this year. 



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm will look to snap their three-game losing streak when they take on Dallas Thursday at home.  Seattle has dropped to fourth place in the West, sitting at 12-and-11.  The Storm lost over the weekend on the road to the Sparks 83-75.



(Renton, WA)  --  A pair of Seahawks were absent from practice Monday, and both will miss some time.  Bobby Wagner had "a little procedure" on his "lower body" as head coach Pete Carroll put it, which turned out to be a platelet-rich plasma therapy for his leg on the team's off-day Sunday.  Carroll said he Wagner should be ready for the team's second preseason game against the Vikings August 18th.  Wagner signed a three-year, 54-million-dollar contract extension just 11 days ago.  Ed Dickson will require knee surgery that could hold him out for up to six weeks.  Carroll downplayed the operation, saying it is "very minor."  The Hawks will welcome the Broncos to CenturyLink Field Thursday night.



(Portland, OR)  --  Christine Sinclair scored in her fourth-straight game as the Thorns drew with Sky Blue FC 1-1 at Providence Park.  Hayley Raso drew a penalty in the box in the 39th minute, setting up the penalty kick for Sinclair.  Portland now finds themselves a point behind North Carolina atop the standings through 15 matches.  They'll visit Seattle and face the Reign Wednesday before a showdown at home against the Courage. 



(St. Paul, MN)  --  Ethan Finlay buried a penalty kick in the second minute of stoppage time in the second half as the Timbers fell to Minnesota United at Allianz Stadium in St. Paul.  Portland defender Larrys Mabiala was called for a handball after a late corner by the Loons.  Initially there was no call, but video review determined otherwise.  The Tims are in eighth place in the West with 31 points through 22 matches.  United is up to second with 38 points through 23. 



(Undated)  --  Fall practices will continue for Oregon as they get ready for their season opener.  The Ducks will open the season against the Auburn Tigers in Arlington, Texas on August 31st.  The Beavers have also begun fall camp.  Oregon State hosts Oklahoma State on August 31st.



(Houston, TX)  --  Justin Verlander struck out 10 and yielded three hits over six-plus innings to earn his 15th win as the Astros beat the Mariners 3-1 in Houston.  Kyle Seager homered to leadoff the seventh for the Seattle run.  Tommy Milone allowed two runs over five innings to absorb the loss.  The Mariners dropped to 1-and-12 against the Astros this season.



(Bothell, WA)  --  In the team's first trip to Pop Keeney Stadium in Bothell, Russell Wilson impressed at the team's open scrimmage.  The quarterback was 11-for-17 on six drives resulting in two touchdowns.  Rookie DK Metcalf did not play after suffering an oblique strain last week.  Seattle will welcome the Broncos to town Thursday in their first pre-season game.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will kick off a two-game set at home against the Padres Tuesday after an off-day today.  Wade LeBlanc is slated to be the opener for Scott Servais' team.  The southpaw is 6-and-4 on the year, but got shelled in his last start, giving up six runs on 10 hits in four and a third to the Rangers.  Dinelson Lamet will start for San Diego.  He's 0-and-2 with a 5.09 ERA this year.



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Sparks had their highest-percentage shooting game of the season on their way to beating the storm 83-75 at Staples Center.  Alysha Clark and Sami Whitcomb both scored 16 for Seattle.  Candace Parker had 21 points as LA shot 52.5-percent from the field.  It was the Storm's third-straight loss, falling to 12-and-11 and fourth in the West.  They'll be home for Dallas Thursday. 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Football practice for Oregon State is underway.  The Beavers began their preseason camp yesterday.  Oregon State finished sixth in the Pac-12 North last season with a 2-and-10 record.  The Beavers will kick off the season at home against Oklahoma State on Friday, August 30th.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks start fall football camp today.  Oregon is coming off a 9-and-4 season and is ranked 13th in the preseason Coaches' Poll, just behind Pac-12 rival Washington.  The Ducks will open the season Saturday, August 31st against Auburn in the AdvoCare Classic in Arlington, Texas.



(Houston, TX)  --  After an off-day, the Mariners resume their road trip in the Lone Star State tonight at Houston.  It's the start of a three-game series, with Yusei Kikuchi  opposing former Mariner Wade Miley.  Seattle had its six-game winning streak snapped Wednesday at Texas.



(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Timbers will be back in action Sunday afternoon on the road at Minnesota United FC.  Portland has won two straight and is unbeaten in its last six matches overall at 4-0-and-2.  The Timbers currently hold the seventh and final playoff spot in the West with 31 points.  Minnesota is fifth with 35 points.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm look to get back in the win column tonight as they host the Mystics.  Seattle had its four-game winning streak stopped Tuesday at Las Vegas.  The Storm are 12-and-9, two-and-a-half games back in the Western Conference.  Washington is 13-and-6 overall with four straight wins.
 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks will be without defensive end L.J. Collier for a while.  Head coach Pete Carroll says the first-round draft pick will miss a few weeks after suffering a badly sprained ankle in practice.  Collier was selected by Seattle with the 29th overall pick in this year's NFL Draft out of TCU.



(Portland, OR)  --  Blazers forward Zach Collins suffered a right ankle injury, according to NBC Sports Northwest.  Collins suffered a sprain and a torn ligament.  Despite the injury, Collins is expected to be ready for training camp.  He averaged 6.6 points per game last season.



(Undated)  --  College football is drawing near.  Oregon is set to begin fall camp tomorrow while Oregon State begins today.  The Ducks open the season against Auburn in Arlington, Texas on August 31st.  The Beavers will host Oklahoma State on August 30th.



(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Timbers will visit Minnesota United on Sunday.  Portland is seventh in the Western Conference and is currently in a playoff spot.  The Timbers have 31 points on the season.  In other MLS news, the MLS All-Stars lost 3-0 to Atletico Madrid last night in Orlando.



(Arlington, TX)  --  The Mariners were active at the trade deadline.  Seattle dealt relievers Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland to the Washington Nationals in exchange for minor league pitchers Elvis Alvarado, Taylor Gulibeau and Aaron Fletcher.  The Mariners sent starting pitcher Mike Leake and cash to the Diamondbacks in return for minor league infielder Jose Caballero.



(Arlington, TX)  --  Austin Nola and Keon Broxton homered but the Mariners fell 9-7 to the Rangers in Arlington.  Wade LeBlanc gave up six runs to take the loss for Seattle.  The Mariners' six-game win streak comes to a close.  Seattle drops to 47-and-64 on the season.  The Mariners will visit the Astros tomorrow.
 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks have waived wide receiver Daniel Williams.  He was brought in last week but Seattle is already moving on.  The move opens a roster spot for the Seahawks.



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are back on the practice field today.  Seattle is hard at work as they get ready for the upcoming season.  The Seahawks will open the preseason a week from today when they host the Denver Broncos.



(Seattle, WA)  --  In WNBA action, the Storm host the Mystics tomorrow.  The Storm are 12-and-9 on the season.  Seattle is third place in the Western Conference.


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