Seattle Wins WNBA Lottery For Uconn's Breanna Stewart

BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) - The Seattle Storm won the WNBA draft lottery for the second consecutive year Thursday night and with it the right to pick UConn star Breanna Stewart.

The 6-foot-4 forward, who can play all five spots on the floor, has led the Huskies to three consecutive national titles and has been the national player of the year for two consecutive seasons. She is the consensus choice to be the top selection in the April draft.

Stewart said before the lottery that she looks forward to bringing a spark to whatever team she plays for next summer.

Seattle won a revised lottery system that sent the non-playoff teams to the lottery, but based their chances of getting the top pick on their records over the past two seasons.

San Antonio, which had the worst record this season, will pick second. Connecticut has the third pick, and Atlanta the fourth.

September 25, 2015

Seattle's Jewell Loyd Is WNBA Rookie Of The Year

Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd has won the WNBA rookie of the year award the league announced Thursday.

Loyd was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft in April after forgoing her senior year at Notre Dame. She averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Storm and is the 10th No. 1 pick to win the award.

The 21-year-old guard scored in double figures just once in her first eight WNBA games before finally hitting her stride. She had at least 10 points in eight of her final 10 games this season.

Loyd received 21 votes from a national media panel of 39 writers and broadcasters. Kiah Stokes of the New York Liberty finished second with 16 votes and Natalie Achonwa of Indiana got the other two.

September 25, 2015

Cain Gets Winning Hit In 10th, Royals Rally Past Mariners

marinerslogo7KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Lorenzo Cain singled home pinch-runner Paulo Orlando in the 10th inning, and the Kansas City Royals rallied past the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Wednesday night to close in on their first division title in 30 years.

The victory reduced the Royals' magic number to two for clinching the AL Central crown. They can lock it up Thursday night with another victory over Seattle and a Minnesota loss to Cleveland.

The defending AL champions have not won a division since taking the AL West in 1985 and going on to win the World Series.

September 24, 2015

Sounders Reach CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals

SEATTLE (AP) - Lamar Neagle scored two goals and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on Wednesday night to earn a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Seattle completed Group F play at 2-1-1 and seven points. Vancouver (1-1-1, 4 points) still can tie on points by beating Olimpia in Honduras on Oct. 22, but the Sounders own the tiebreaker on goal differential, 4-1. The teams drew 1-1 in Vancouver on Aug. 5.

Nelson Valdez also scored for Seattle.

In the 32nd minute, Chad Barrett flicked the ball into the left side of the 6-yard box. Neagle ran onto it and one-timed a shot into the back right corner past goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.

Valdez scored in the 39th. Marco Pappa curled a free kick from the far right side into the box. Barrett and Valdez both went up for the ball, Valdez winning it and sending it off the back of his head into the right corner.

Neagle made it 3-0 just 1:04 after halftime when he received a through ball from Barrett, took it into the box and beat Tornaghi from 15 yards straight in front.

The eight-team knockout stage is Feb. 23-March 1.

September 24, 2015

Seattle's Kam Chancellor Ends Holdout And Reports

kamchancellorRENTON, Wash. (AP) - Safety Kam Chancellor has ended his holdout and reported to the Seattle Seahawks after missing training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Seahawks confirmed that Chancellor arrived at the team facility on Wednesday morning. It was his first appearance since June's minicamp and ended a holdout that lasted nearly eight weeks. The Seahawks are 0-2 after losses to St. Louis and Green Bay. KIRO-AM in Seattle first reported Chancellor's return.

Chancellor has potentially lost more than $2 million with a holdout that appears to have not resulted in a new contract. It is not clear how much he will be fined.

In a text to ESPN, Chancellor wrote that he intends on dealing with his "business" after the season and that it was time to go help his teammates.

September 24, 2015