Sports Briefs May 16
ROCHESTER, Wash. (AP) - A long, long start for a Washington state high school pitcher caught the attention of Tampa Bay Rays ace David Price. The Centralia Chronicle reports Rochester's Dylan Fosnacht threw 194 pitches as he took a shutout into the 15th inning of a tournament game on Tuesday. The right-hander wound up with a no-decision when his team beat La Center 1-0 in the 17th inning.
Fosnacht struck out 17 while allowing seven hits and three walks. Price took notice of the performance on Twitter, telling Fosnacht "you're a beast ... but let's be a little smarter brotha!!" Price suggested his coach should be fired for letting the young pitcher risk injury by staying in the game so long. Rochester coach Jerry Striegel told The Chronicle he checked in with his pitcher every inning to make sure he was OK.
Playoff Run Over But Blazers Have Bright Future
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Damian Lillard provided the emblematic moment for the Trail Blazers' resurgence, a buzzer-beating 3-pointer that propelled Portland into the second round of the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons. Following the 3 against the Houston Rockets, which gave the Blazers a 4-2 series victory, Lillard grabbed the public address microphone at courtside and screamed "Rip City!" The Blazers were considered an iffy pick to even get to the playoffs, let alone make it past the first round. But a couple of key acquisitions and maturation in its star players made Portland one of the most promising teams in the NBA. Portland won 54 games and returned to the playoffs after a two-year absence.
Portland Signs Coach Stotts To Contract Extension
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Fresh off their surprising run in the playoffs, the Portland Trail Blazers have signed head coach Terry Stotts to a multi-year contract extension. Stotts led the Blazers to a 54-28 regular-season record, for the team's biggest improvement in team history. Portland made the playoffs for the first time since 2011, dispatching the Houston Rockets in six games, before falling to the San Antonio Spurs in five games in the Western Conference semifinals. Stotts has an 87-77 record in two seasons with the Blazers, after service as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks for four seasons. The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Pac-12 Title Game Headed To New 49ers Stadium
The Pac-12 Conference is moving its league championship game to the San Francisco 49ers' new stadium in Santa Clara for the next three years. Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott announced the plans Thursday at Levi's Stadium. The first three conference championships had been held in the stadium of the division champion with the best conference record - Oregon in 2011, Stanford in 2012 and Arizona State last year. The $1.2 billion stadium, which is located about 45 miles south of San Francisco, is opening this year. It will host the Pac-12 title game this season on Dec. 5. Scott says the conference is "thrilled to offer student-athletes and their fans the ultimate venue to culminate a successful season."
Fresno St. Football At UNLV Shifts To Friday TV
LAS VEGAS (AP) - The Mountain West Conference says it's moving Fresno State's football game at UNLV to Oct. 10 for a Friday night matchup to be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. at Sam Boyd Stadium. The game originally had been scheduled for Oct. 11. An updated list of games involving Mountain West teams that the league released on Wednesday also shows either ESPN or ESPN2 plans to carry Washington State's Friday night game at Nevada on Sept. 5.
US Defender Goodson Seeks Great Role At World Cup
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Clarence Goodson led the U.S. soccer team onto the Stanford Stadium field for Day 1 of World Cup training, about 20 paces ahead of teammates. Goodson might not have covered the most miles to join the U.S. World Cup training camp this week. After all, he plays for the San Jose Earthquakes some 20 minutes down the freeway from Stanford University. Yet Goodson was a member of the 2010 U.S. World Cup team, and the 6-foot-4 defender is hoping that experience will help him earn a trip to Brazil next month. The competition at his position is stiff, given that coach Jurgen Klinsmann's preliminary 30-player roster features 11 defenders. He must trim the roster to 23 by June 2. Goodson is among the more experienced American players, with 46 international appearances.
Bird Return, Langhorne Trade Highlight For Storm
SEATTLE (AP) - Even with Lauren Jackson set to miss another season, the Seattle Storm are welcoming back Sue Bird and have added All-Star Crystal Langhorne in the hopes of returning to the elite of the WNBA's Western Conference. The Storm will begin the season on Friday night when they host Los Angeles. It was expected that both Bird and Jackson would rejoin the team after each missed last season due to injuries. But Jackson remained in Australia after undergoing surgery on her knee and Achilles tendon in February. Without Jackson, Seattle moved quickly to acquire Langhorne during the WNBA draft, bringing a proven post player to join the Storm lineup. It was a significant need as Jackson wasn't the only inside player Seattle lost after the retirement of Tina Thompson and injury to Ashley Robinson.
May 16, 2014/AP