DeRosa's Pinch-Hit Single Lifts Jays Over Mariners
Mark DeRosa's pinch-hit, two-run single in the eighth inning gave the Toronto Blue Jays and R.A. Dickey a 3-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Dickey (9-11) went 7 2-3 innings, allowing one run on eight hits. The knuckleballer struck out five and walked two to earn his first win since July 1.
Casey Janssen worked the ninth for his 20th save in 22 opportunities. Hisashi Iwakuma (10-5), who pitched 7 1-3 innings, took the loss. He allowed two runs on four hits, striking out two and walked a season-high three. Justin Smoak hit his 11th home run in the seventh to give the Mariners a 1-0 lead at the time. Since July 1, Smoak is batting .327 with 16 runs, eight doubles, five homers and 13 RBI. The Blue Jays responded with three runs in the eighth.
Terrel Harris Suspended 5 Games
The NBA has suspended Portland Trail Blazers guard Terrel Harris for five games for violating the league's drug policy. Harris was acquired by the Blazers from the Pelicans in July as part of a three-way trade that brought Robin Lopez to Portland and sent guard Tyreke Evans to the Pelicans and guard Greivis Vasquez to the Kings. Harris, a three-year veteran, has played for Miami and New Orleans, averaging 2.3 points and 1.8 rebounds in 42 games. The suspension, announced Monday, applies to regular season games. Details about the nature of the violation were not disclosed.
Doucet Joins Crowded Seahawks Receiver Battle
Just two seasons after being the second-leading receiver for the Arizona Cardinals, Early Doucet (doo-SEHT') finds himself in a battle just to earn a roster spot with the Seattle Seahawks. Doucet signed with the Seahawks over the weekend and stepped onto the practice field for the first time on Sunday. Doucet joins a crowded group at receiver trying to make the back end of the roster. Seattle has 13 receivers vying for playing time as the preseason gets underway Thursday. Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin appear to be locks to make the roster with second-year receiver Jermaine Kearse likely the fourth receiver. With Percy Harvin expected to remain on the physically unable to perform list to begin the season, that leaves eight receivers fighting for likely one or two spots.
Helfrich Opens 1st Fall Camp As Ducks' Head Coach
Mark Helfrich opened his first fall camp as head coach of the Ducks on Monday but he got upstaged by Oregon's new football performance center. The lavish complex adjacent to Autzen Stadium houses a locker room with showers lined in Italian tile, a team auditorium with seats upholstered in the same leather Ferrari uses, and a 25,000-square-foot weight room with Brazilian hardwood floors. Helfrich, the team's former offensive coordinator who was promoted to head coach when Chip Kelly left for the Philadelphia Eagles, says that if a building could be a superhero, this is it. The Ducks have an ever-growing national profile on the field, but the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, as it is officially named, is world-class.
Beavers open fall camp
Quarterback Sean Mannion took the first snap when fall football practice opened for Oregon State. Don't read too much into that. The quarterback competition between Mannion and Cody Vaz will be closely watched over the next months as the Beavers prepare for the season. Coach Mike Riley says he's going to see how camp goes before selecting his starter, but realizes he's in an enviable position of having two quarterbacks who can do the job. Both players traded off often last season when the Beavers went 9-4 and finished third in the Pac-12 North. Riley says he's lucky he has two players who can capably do the job. But he and his staff will likely have to project which QB will be the most consistent.
Huskies Open Camp With Seferian-Jenkins, Williams
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian says any discipline for tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and wide receiver Kasen Williams for off-field legal troubles during the offseason won't be discussed outside the program. The Huskies opened fall camp on Monday and Sarkisian quickly addressed the status of Washington's two offensive stars. Sarkisian insisted that not announcing any discipline for Williams and Seferian-Jenkins is not intended to be a gamesmanship maneuver with the Huskies opening the season against Boise State. Seferian-Jenkins pleaded guilty in July for driving under the influence, following his arrest in March. Seferian-Jenkins was fined and served one night in jail last month. Williams was fined and received a misdemeanor citation after he was pulled over for speeding and for investigation of driving under the influence near Chelan, Wash., in May.
Dempsey Joins Seattle In Prime Of His Career
For the past few seasons playing in England, even as he participated in a Europa League final with Fulham and was on the verge of a Champions League berth at Tottenham Hotspur, Clint Dempsey felt the pull to come back to America grow stronger. He didn't want to be an aging player on the back side of his career when he finally made the decision to return to Major League Soccer. That pull was at the heart of Dempsey's decision to have his representatives reach out to MLS in late July and start the process that was finalized over the weekend when Dempsey signed with the Seattle Sounders as their newest designated player. Dempsey was formally introduced on Monday. He said the Sounders "moved mountains" to make his transfer from Tottenham to Seattle a reality.
13 Sign Up For 2014 Yukon Quest
(Information in the following story is from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com) FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - It's only August but some people have dog mushing on their minds. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports 13 mushers have signed up for the 2014 Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race. Saturday was the first day to sign up for the annual race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. Nine Alaskans including 2013 champion Allen Moore of Two Rivers have entered the race. Four Canadians also entered. The race is scheduled to begin Feb. 1 in Fairbanks. Race officials say the minimum purse will be $115,000.
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