Indians win in extras to sweep Mariners
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) - The Cleveland Indians walked off in more
dramatic fashion this time.
Yan Gomes' game-winning three-run homer in the bottom of the 10th inning
lifted the Tribe to a four-game sweep of the Seattle Mariners.
The Indians, who tallied walk-off wins in the first two games of this set,
rallied in the home ninth after Seattle plated a run in the top half of the
inning to send the game into extras. After the Mariners pushed another run
across to go ahead in the 10th, the Tribe roared back again.
Charlie Furbush (0-3) allowed a leadoff single to Michael Brantley before
first baseman Justin Smoak was unable to hang onto Furbush's throw on Drew
Stubbs' sacrifice bunt attempt.
The count was 2-2 before Gomes belted a fastball just over the wall in left
field to give Cleveland its fifth straight victory.
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Chris Hansen releases a statement on what's next
Chris Hansen has released a statement on his website sonicsarena.com it reads as follows:
"Where We Go From Here Chris Hansen
I’d like to start out by congratulating Mayor Johnson and the fans in Sacramento for the tremendous effort they put together to keep their team. Given what our community went through in 2008, if there is any silver lining in this for Seattle it is seeing Sacramento’s dedicated fan base successfully rally to keep the Kings. This was never about Seattle fans versus Sacramento fans, and it goes unsaid that there is a mutual respect given the circumstances we have both been through. This process was instead about our group and our city putting our best foot forward in an honest and transparent way to return basketball to Seattle, and in that regard our efforts remain undeterred.
When we began our efforts in 2011, we went into it knowing that above all else it would take patience. The process involved in getting an Arena built in our city is without question a difficult and time consuming one. Likewise, with the prospects for expansion unclear, the path for returning an NBA franchise to Seattle was likely to prove even more difficult and require even more patience. Thus, even as we are disappointed with the developments related to our efforts to purchase the Kings, we would just like to reiterate our dedication to bringing the NBA back to Seattle. We will continue to press forward with our Arena plans with the same commitment and effort we have over the last two years, and look forward to working with the City and County to see the project through the hurdles that remain. Likewise, we plan to continue to work with the League regarding opportunities that may arise to return an NBA franchise to our City.
I would like to again thank everyone who helped us get to this point. To Mayor Mike McGinn and County Executive Dow Constantine and their incredible staffs for their leadership in getting our Arena proposal off the ground and seeing it through to this point. To the City and County Councilmembers for taking so much time and effort to vet our proposal and work with us to come up with solutions that made the deal work for their constituents. To our Arena Business Advisory Committee for all their help in rallying political and community support. And to our entire legal and professional team for the countless hours and dedication they put into this process.
But most of all I would like to thank all of the fans and community groups that rallied behind our efforts. You have shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that Seattle has great fans and deserves to have an NBA team back. Keep the Green and Gold alive… and just know that we remain as dedicated as ever to seeing Sonics Basketball return to the Emerald City."
WWU golf tied for 4th with defending champ Nova Southeastern
HERSHEY, Penn. --- With two players among the top 15 in medalist play, Western Washington University is fourth in a 20-team field following opening-day action Monday, May 20, at the NCAA Division II Men’s Golf National Championships being held at the Hershey Country Club East Course (7,061 yards). Action begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the tournament which runs through Friday, May 24.
The Vikings, ranked No.6 in the final Golf Coaches Athletic Association Top 25 Poll, are tied for fourth at 292 with defending national champion and No.1-ranked Nova Southeastern FL. Those two teams are both eight shots behind leader and No.2-ranked Barry FL, which shot even par 284.
Lynn FL is second at 290, six shots off the lead, followed by Cal State Monterey Bay at 291.
Cal State Monterey Bay won the South Central/West Regional by one stroke over the Vikings.
WWU’s Jake Webb (Sr., Issaquah/Skyline) is tied for ninth individually at even par 71, and Kyle Schrader (So., Olympia/Tumwater), who took medalist honors at regionals, is tied for 15th after shooting 72.
It is the second straight NCAA II national appearance for WWU, which placed ninth last year, and its eighth trip overall. The Vikings tied for eighth in 2008, placed ninth in 2004 and in 2005, 11th in 2003, tied for sixth in 2000 and finished 11th in 1999.
The top eight teams after 54 holes advance to match-medal play Thursday with quarterfinals and semifinals followed by the final round for the national title Friday.
WWU Vikings get inside presence with signing of Tia Briggs
BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- Tia Briggs, who earned all-state honors and scored 1,036 career points at Wilson High School in Tacoma, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play women’s basketball at Western Washington University beginning this fall.
“We are so excited to have Tia as part of our program,” WWU head coach Carmen Dolfo said in making the announcement. “She is physically strong, she’s competitive and I believe she will make an immediate impact on our program.”
The 6-foot-1 Briggs was a second-team Associated Press Class 3A All-State pick as a senior. She helped the Rams to a 23-3 record, the Narrows League title with a perfect 12-0 mark and third place at the state tournament.
Briggs, who averaged 12.8 points and 8.5 rebounds and blocked 98 shots, was named Tacoma News Tribune all-Area, Tacoma Weekly all-City, TNT Narrows League Fab Five, first-team all-league and second-team state all-tournament.
As a junior, Briggs led Wilson High to a 20-4 record and the regional playoffs. She was the league MVP, all-area and all-city, averaging 14.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.2 steals.
Briggs was a four-time Washington Interscholastic Athletic Association and Narrows League scholar-athlete.
Briggs’ father Ed played basketball at WWU, earning NAIA All-America honorable mention in 1989 and setting school records for blocked shots in a game (9), season (109) and career (183) which still stand.
WWU Crew again to represent West Region at NCAA II Championships
BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- The Western Washington University women's rowing team learned Monday afternoon that it has earned a berth in the 12th annual NCAA Division II National Championships that will be held on May 31, June 1-2 at Eagle Creek Park near Indianapolis, Ind. Notre Dame and the Indiana Sports Corporation are serving as hosts.
The Vikings, who received official confirmation from the NCAA II Women's Rowing Selection Committee, will represent the West Region for the 10th straight year and for the 11th time in 12 seasons (at-large entry in 2003). Last year, they placed second after winning seven straight national titles from 2005 to 2011, a record for all NCAA rowing divisions.
WWU is one of four schools competing for the team championship - each school being required to row an eight and a four.
Also receiving bids, besides the Vikings, were Mercyhurst PA from the East Region, Barry FL from the South Region. Getting the at-large entry was Nova Southeastern FL from the South Region. In addition, UC San Diego and Central Oklahoma received at-large berths in the eight competition. Those schools are not eligible for the team title.
WWU is currently ranked No.3 nationally, behind No.1 Barry, which received all five first-place votes, and No.2 Nova Southeastern. That trio is followed by No.4 Central Oklahoma, No.5 Humboldt State, No.6 UC San Diego, No.7 Mercyhurst and No.8.Dowling. Humboldt State, which did not make this year’s national field, was last year’s national champion.
Seahawks OTA's underway
(Renton, WA) -- The Seahawks held the first of 10 organized team activities Monday at Virginia Mason Athletic Center. The 10 workouts will be spread out over three weeks. Then comes a mandatory team mini-camp June 11-13.
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Seahawks QB Portis arrested
Seattle Seahawk back-up quarterback Josh Portis was arrested for driving under the influence earlier this month. He was pulled over for going 80 in a 60-mile-an-hour zone on May 5th. A pair of blood tests registered blood alcohol levels of .078 and .092.
The Seattle Times reports Portis will be arraigned May 28th.
Sounders' Johnson collects MLS Player of the Week honor
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson was
named the Player of the Week on Monday for Week 12 of the 2013 Major League
Johnson, an American international, scored twice on Saturday as he led his
club to an impressive 4-2 victory over Western Conference-leading FC Dallas at
Johnson opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Osvaldo Alonso headed a
ball over the Dallas defense to Johnson, who out ran his defender and ripped
a half volley with his left foot into the lower right corner of the net.
He found the net again in the 62nd minute as Seattle native Lamar Neagle sent
a cutting pass between two FCD defenders to find Johnson, who dribbled around
Dallas goalkeeper Raul Fernandez and fired it into the center of the goal.
The MLS Player of the Week award is selected each week by the North
American Soccer Reporters. The group consists of members of online, print,
television, and radio media.
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Huskies' Wilcox Has Foot Surgery
(Seattle, WA) -- Washington guard C.J. Wilcox underwent left foot surgery on Friday to alleviate a stress fracture. Wilcox, a senior-to-be, is expected to return to basketball before the 2013-14 season opens. He led the Huskies in scoring at 16-point-8 points per game and was second on the team in blocked shots with 35.
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Prep Baseball: Lynden falls to ATM in Regional Championship
The season came to an end Sunday for the Lynden baseball team. The Lions fell to the Archbishop Murphy Wildcats 3-1 in the 2A Regional title game at Joe Martin Field. Zander Clouse picked up the victory for the defending state champions, giving up just 1 run on 3 hits and striking out 7.
In earlier Regional semi-final action, Lynden outlasted Lindbergh 7-to-4 in 8 innings while Archbishop Murphy blanked White River 2-to-0.
The Lions wrap up the season with a record of 22-and-3.
Slam extend win streak to six, 106-86, over Lone Star Strikers
BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Bellingham Slam continued their winning ways with a 106-86 victory against the Lone Star Strikers in an International Basketball League contest at Whatcom Pavilion on Sunday afternoon.
The Slam started off hot, outscoring the Strikers 33-19 in the first quarter. Lone Star kept it competitive in the second quarter by matching Bellingham point for point.
Outscoring the Strikers by eight in the third quarter, the Slam increased their lead to 86-64 and never gave up the lead as they received their sixth straight win.
The game was decided in the first quarter with Bellingham’s fast start. The Strikers could not weather the storm to make it a competitive game at the end.
Defense was a major factor in the Slam’s victory, scoring 24 points off of turnovers, compared to the Strikers 13 points.
Guard Jacob Stevenson led Bellingham (7-1) with 23 points, forward Nick Moore added a double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds for his best performance in a Slam uniform.
George Williams led the Strikers (0-3) with 23 points; Greg Foster added 19 points, 10 rebounds, and 8 assists.
The Slam head to Oregon on Friday for a road matchup against the Salem Sabres. The Slam returns home on Monday, May 27, for a Memorial Day matchup against the Portland Chinooks, in a rematch of the 2012 IBL Championship game.
Kitsap Pumas knock off Bellingham United FC
In local soccer action, the Kitsap Pumas knocked off Bellingham United FC 3-0 Sunday in a Charity Shield Match at Civic Stadium. The Hammers will next be in action May 26th when they host the Vancouver Thunderbirds at 3-o’clock.
Johnson's brace helps surging Sounders topple FCD
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Seattle Sounders FC is starting to hit its
stride after the club secured a 4-2 win over the Western Conference leaders,
FC Dallas, at CenturyLink Field on Saturday.
Eddie Johnson scored a pair of goals and Lamar Neagle scored one and assisted
on another as the two sides played a wide open match flush with scoring
The result gives Seattle its third successive win after the club began the
campaign on a five-match winless streak.
Dallas, meanwhile, saw its nine-game unbeaten run come to an end despite goals
from Kenny Cooper and Michel just seven minutes apart in the second half.
Seattle exploited a poor Dallas defense in the first half and took the lead
after 16 minutes as Johnson found himself in on goal after a header from
Osvaldo Alonso allowed him to beat goalkeeper Raul Fernandez.
Neagle was next to get in behind the defense and he latched on to a nice
through ball from Brad Evans to net Seattle's second goal.
Blas Perez struck the post with a header shortly before halftime for Dallas,
but the visitors got back to within a goal in the 54th with a Cooper header
from eight yards.
Michel leveled the contest seven minutes later when he curled a corner kick
directly into the net as Seattle goalkeeper Michael Gspurning got caught up in
But Seattle answered immediately and scored less than a minute later with
Neagle slipping a ball into the area for Johnson to finish.
Dallas had to play the final 17 minutes with 10 men as Perez was sent off for
elbowing Leo Gonzalez, and Obafemi Martins locked up the win seven minutes
from time when he rolled the ball into an empty net after Evans collected a
rebound and squared it to him 10 yards from goal.
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Ten Vikings are NCAA II West Region All-Stars
BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Western Washington University's Logan Myers (So., Olympia/Capital), who qualified in two events, led 10 Vikings honored as 2013 NCAA Division II West Region all-stars by the U.S. Track and Field Coaches Association.
The top five from each region in individual events and each member of a relay ranked in the region's top three earned all-star distinction.
Myers received all-region honors in the men's 110 meter hurdles and high jump. He set a school and league meet record of 14.65 seconds in winning the hurdles at the Great Northwest Athletic Conference Championships and cleared 6-7 1/2 in the long jump.
Lindsay Wells (Jr., Seattle/Nathan Hale) was a regional all-star for the third straight year as she bettered her school record in the women's hammer with an effort of 170-8 and was a GNAC champion.
Three more repeaters for the Vikings were Cheyenna Pinley (So., Bellingham/Squalicum) in the women's pole vault (12-1 1/2), Katelyn Steen (So., Sammamish/Eastlake) in the women's 3,000 steeplechase and Brett Watson (So., Ferndale) in the men's high jump with a GNAC record 6-9 3/4. Pinley and Watson were both conference champions.
Completing WWU's list of regional all-stars were Bethany Drake (Fr., Sandy, OR), an automatic national qualifier in the women's javelin (157-4), Frank Catelli (Fr., Sequim) in the men's shot put (54-8 3/4), Alex Donigian (So., Mission Viejo, CA/Trabucohils) in the men's 100 with a school record time of 10.57, Ryan Macdonald (So., Bellingham/Sehome) in the men's discus (163-1) and Jon Poolman (So., Langley/South Whidbey) in the men's 400 (47.82).
Poolman was a member of the Vikings' 4x400 relay that set a school standard of 3:14.15.
Drake will be competing at the national championships on May 25 at Pueblo, Colo.
Seahawks DE Irvin suspended four games
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Seattle Seahawks defensive end Bruce Irvin has
been suspended without pay for the first four games of the 2013 regular season
for violating the league's policy on performance enhancing substances.
Irvin will be eligible to return to the Seahawks' active roster on Monday,
September 30 following the team's September 29 game against the Houston
Texans. He can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games.
The West Virginia product had 16 tackles and eight sacks in 16 games as a
rookie last season.
"I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and Seahawks fans for making a
mistake when I took a substance that is prohibited in the NFL without a
medical exemption," Irvin said in a statement. "I am extremely disappointed in
the poor judgment I showed and take full responsibility for my actions. I will
not appeal the discipline and instead will focus my energy on preparing for
the season so I can begin earning your trust and respect again. I look forward
to contributing to the team the moment I return."
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Deal to keep Kings in Sacramento is complete
Sacramento, CA (Sports Network) - Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson held a press
conference Friday to announce the deal to keep the Kings in the city has been
The Maloof family has sold the franchise to an investment group headed by
Vivek Ranadive for a reported $347 million. There was a competing bid from a
group that would have moved the club to Seattle, but NBA owners earlier this
week voted to keep the team in Sacramento.
A new stadium deal, something the Maloof family worked unsuccessfully to
complete, is part of the overall package.
"It's about jobs and it's about revitalizing downtown," said Johnson in front
of a large group of fans that packed at City Hall on Friday. "It's about civic
pride. It's about not letting somebody take something that isn't theirs."
Johnson, a former NBA player, worked tirelessly to keep the Kings in
Sacramento after repeated efforts for a new stadium plan with the Maloof
family continually fell apart.
The Maloof family had agreed in January to sell a 65 percent share of the team
to a group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen and Microsoft CEO Steve
Ballmer, who would have moved the Kings to Seattle.
On March 27, the Sacramento City Council approved a public-private deal to
build a new 18,500-seat arena and retail center downtown, leading to the
purchase bid from Ranadive's group.
The league heard proposals from both groups in April and decided Wednesday,
by a 22-8 vote, to keep the team in Sacramento. The actual sale agreement
must still be approved by the NBA's Board of Governors.
Ranadive, a partial owner of the Golden State Warriors, will have to divest
his interest in the franchise.
The Maloof family had controlling ownership of the Kings since 1999.
Seattle has been without an NBA team since the SuperSonics left for Oklahoma
City following the 2007-08 campaign. The Sonics were an expansion franchise in
The Kings, meanwhile, have been in numerous cities since their inception in
1948-49. They began as the Rochester Royals until 1956-57, then stopped in
Cincinnati through 1971-72 before moving to the Midwest. They changed their
name to the KC-Omaha Kings before becoming the Kansas City Kings in 1975-76,
then moved to Sacramento for the start of the 1985-86 season.
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Raphael Chillious returns to Romar’s staff
SEATTLE - University of Washington Basketball Coach Lorenzo Romar announced Thursday that Raphael Chillious will re-join his coaching staff, pending successful background checks. Chillious spent last season at Villanova after serving as an assistant to Romar at UW from 2010-12.
“He has an unbelievable reputation as a basketball coach and recruiter around the country,” Romar said. “He is an attractor with great people skills.”
“I’m excited to have Chills back,” Romar continued. “He is very familiar with our program. The fact that he was here with us once and then went away, he has an advantage this time around in that he can make an impact from day one and he really gets what it takes to be successful at the University of Washington.”
The addition of Chillious helped lead Villanova to the 2013 NCAA tournament and was part of three Washington teams that won either the Conference regular season or tournament championship,
Chillious was on Jay Wright’s staff at Villanova in 2013, when he helped the Wildcats to a 20-14 record, 10-8 in BIG EAST action. He coached third team All-BIG EAST selection JayVaughn Pinkson and All-Rookie team member Ryan Arcidiacono and Villanova notched three wins over top-fi ve ranked opponents, including a 73-64 victory over eventual national
champion Louisville. The Wildcats earned a No. 9 seed in the NCAA tournament and lost in the first round to North Carolina.
Prior to Villanova, Chillious was an integral part of Romar’s staff that helped the Huskies to back-to-back Pac-10 tournament championships in 2010 and ’11, plus the regular season title in fi rst year of the newly formed Pac-12 in 2012.
Western Washington Wins GNAC All-Sports Title With Record Point Total
PORTLAND, Ore. – Western Washington scored a record 206 points in winning the 2012-13 GNAC All-Sports title, according to final official figures released by the conference office.
The all-sports title was WWU’s fifth in a row and its ninth overall in 12 seasons as it became the first school to score 200 or more points in the competition. WWU set the old record of 181 during the 2010-11 school year.
Points are awarded (on a two-point increment) based on the final finishes, taking into account both regular-season and post-season play, in each of the conference’s 16 sports – football, volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s golf, baseball and softball.
The Vikings outpointed Alaska Anchorage 206-140 for the overall title. It outscored Central Washington 90-66 for the men’s title and Seattle Pacific 116-85 for the women’s crown. In each, its margin of victory was the largest in the history of the competition.
For all sports purposes, the Vikings won a total of seven team titles finishing first in men’s indoor track and field, men’s outdoor track and field, men’s golf, women’s soccer, volleyball, women’s basketball and women’s golf. They also won a record eighth title in men’s basketball, claiming the regular-season crown before losing to Seattle Pacific in the conference playoffs.
Seattle Pacific held the previous record for most championships in a single-season, winning seven (5 women’s and two men’s) during the 2006-07 season. WWU’s men’s all-sports title was its fifth straight and 10th overall, while it won the women’s all-sports title for the fourth consecutive time and seventh overall.
In addition to Western Washington, Alaska Anchorage was the only other GNAC school to win more than one team title. It won four finishing first in men’s cross country, women’s cross country, women’s indoor track and field and women’s outdoor track and field.
Five schools each earned a single conference team championship – Central Washington in football, Simon Fraser in men’s soccer, Seattle Pacific in men’s basketball, Western Oregon in baseball and Saint Martin’s in softball.
Nick Velasquez signs NLI to compete at WWU
BELLINGHAM, Wash. --- Nick Velasquez, a 6-foot-2, 185-pound shooting guard from Honolulu, Hawaii, has signed a National Letter of Intent to play men’s basketball at Western Washington University beginning this fall.
“Nick is an outstanding young guard and we are extremely excited for him to join our basketball family,” said Viking head coach Tony Dominguez in making the announcement. “He brings a lot of maturity for his age at this position. He is crafty with the basketball and shoots it very well.”
Velasquez was a first-team all-state pick and Interscholastic League of Honolulu Division I Player of the Year as a senior at Punahou High School, the alma mater of President Barack Obama, a 1979 graduate.
Velasquez led the Buff n’ Blue to a 23-8 record and third place at state tournament, averaging 14.6 points per game with career-high 28 vs. Maryknoll. He was named to state all-tournament team.
As a junior, Velasquez averaged 10.4 points on a 28-2 squad that won the ILH crown (11-1) and took the state title. He was a second-team all-state and first-team all-league pick.
WWU graduated six of its top eight players, three of them starters, from a 31-3 team that reached the national semifinals.
Bells tap Oakland University and Arizona State to add two players
The Bellingham Bells have signed two more players to the 2013 roster. Pitcher Chris Van Dyke from Oakland University, and Arizona State University outfielder Johnny Sewald will join the club this summer.
Van Dyke, a member of Oakland’s starting rotation, stands at 6’3 and comes from Denver, CO. A graduate of Denver Christian HS, the righty is a sophomore at Oakland. Van Dyke was a four-time letter winner in HS, spending time at both Thomas Jefferson and Denver Christian HS. After pitching sparingly in 2012, he is fourth in innings pitched for the Golden Grizzlies in 2013. He’s 4-4 with a 5.56 ERA, making 12 appearances, nine of which were starts. Van Dyke will be the third member of the Oakland pitching staff to suit up for the Bells this summer, joining teammates Jason Hager Jake Paulson.
Johnny Sewald, a freshman at Arizona State, is an outfielder from Las Vegas, NV. A four-year letterman in baseball, and four-time state champion, Sewald was 1st-team All State in 2011 and 2012, and All-Southern Nevada from 2010 through 2012. One of the fastest members on the Sun Devils, Sewald clocked a 6.5 60-yard dash, to go along with a .440 batting average as a high school senior. A graduate of Bishop Gorman HS, the 5’11 outfielder was selected by the Orioles in the 34th round of the 2012 MLB draft, but he elected to head to Tempe in hopes of getting to Omaha and winning the College World Series. Sewald joins RJ Ybarra and Chris Beall as Sun Devils on the 2013 roster.
UW Huskies add a TE to 2013 recruiting class
The University of Washington football team has added another recruit. The Seattle Times is
reporting that tight end Chase Blakley of Cour d'Alene, Idaho confirmed his committment to the Huskies via Twitter on Tuesday.
Blakley, who caught 51 passes for 598 yards and 7 touchdowns last season is the fourth known commit for Washington's Class of 2013. He is rated three stars by Scout.com and four stars by Rivals.com.