LED Lights For Mariners Stadium

marinersledPlaying baseball in Seattle just became more energy efficient, after the Mariners announced they have become the first major league team to install LED lights to illuminate the playing field. The Mariners announced the lighting change Tuesday.

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Vinovich Is Super Bowl Referee, Among 4 1st-Timers On Crew

Bill Vinovich will be the referee for the Super Bowl, heading a seven-man crew that includes four officials working the title game for the first time. The NFL made the announcement Tuesday. The New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks play Feb. 1 in Glendale, Arizona. Vinovich, umpire Bill Schuster, head linesman Dana McKenzie and back judge Terrence Miles will be working their first Super Bowl. The crew also includes line judge Mark Perlman, field judge Bob Waggoner and side judge Tom Hill. Mike Wimmer is the replay official and the assistant is Terry Poulos. Vinovich is in his ninth season as an NFL official. He was the referee for the Patriots-Baltimore playoff game this month when New England confused the Ravens with a formation using a running back as an ineligible receiver. The NFL said the Patriots' scheme was legal. NEW YORK (AP) – January 21, 2015

Blazers' Aldridge To Have An MRI On His Left Thumb

Trail Blazers All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge won't play in Wednesday night's game against the Phoenix Suns because of a left thumb injury. Aldridge hurt his thumb in the second quarter of the Blazers' 98-95 victory against the Sacramento Kings on Monday night. X-rays following the game were negative. The Blazers said that the 6-foot-11 power forward was evaluated by a specialist on Tuesday and an MRI is scheduled for later in the week. There is no timetable for his return, the team said. Aldridge leads the Blazers (31-11) with averages of 23.5 points and 10.4 rebounds per game. Portland's front line is already depleted, with centers Robin Lopez (wrist) and Joel Freeland (shoulder) out for extended periods. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – January 21, 2015

Pats Brush Off Talk Of Deflated Footballs As NFL Reviews

The New England Patriots are brushing off and even finding humor in questions about whether they used under-inflated footballs in the game that put them in the Super Bowl. The NFL hasn't indicated how long its investigation will last. That raises the possibility that it could extend into next week when the Patriots and Seattle Seahawks will be in Arizona preparing for the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. The league has said it is reviewing whether the Patriots used under-inflated footballs during their 45-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC championship game Sunday night. Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says the investigation is the least of his worries. And tight end Rob Gronkowski tweeted a photo of himself spiking the ball with the words: "WARNING GRONKING MAY CAUSE DEFLATION." FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – January 21, 2015

NFL Prospects Line Up To Be Weighed, Measure At Senior Bowl

More than 100 NFL prospects are going through a week of evaluation at the Senior Bowl. That includes getting weighed and measured in their underwear before hundreds of onlookers from the NFL on Tuesday morning. The rest of the week is packed with interviews, meetings and practices under the scrutiny of NFL coaches, scouts and executives. The potential reward: Improved draft stock and a bigger payday. Senior Bowl executive director and former NFL general manager Phil Savage calls it "the greatest job fair in the football world." Top prospects playing in Saturday's game include LSU offensive tackle La'el Collins, Pittsburgh offensive tackle T.J. Clemmings and Washington defensive tackle Danny Shelton. Other prolific college stars trying to boost their stock include Nebraska running back Ameer Abdullah and Baylor quarterback Bryce Petty. MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – January 21, 2015