Camille Little Leads Storm Past Dream, 88-68

Camille Little had 21 points and 13 rebounds and the Seattle Storm used a 13-0 first-quarter run to build a double-digit in an 88-68 victory over the Eastern Conference-leading Atlanta Dream on Thursday night. Crystal Langhorne added 17 points and Temeka Johnson had 16 to help Seattle (11-20) keep alive its faint hopes of making the WNBA playoffs for the 11th straight season. Tiffany Hayes had 16 points for the Dream (17-12) and Schoni Schimmel added 14. Atlanta has lost three straight and seven of its last nine. Schimmel, last month's WNBA All-Star game MVP, played in high school in Portland and grew up on the Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeastern Oregon. Many in the sellout crowd of 9,686, including a large number from several Pacific Northwest tribes, wore Schimmel T-shirts or held up signs of support of the rookie star from Louisville. The loudest reaction of the night for any player was when Schimmel made a 3-pointer early in the second quarter. SEATTLE (AP) – August 8, 2014

Elias, Ackley Lead Seattle To Rout Of White Sox

Roenis Elias took a no-hitter into the fifth inning, Dustin Ackley led a potent Seattle offense with a home run and four RBI, and the Mariners beat the Chicago White Sox 13-3 on Thursday night. Elias (9-9) allowed only one walk before Conor Gilaspie hit a one-out double in the fifth. The rookie stranded Gilaspie, but left the game after giving up a two-run home run to Dayan Viciedo with two outs in the sixth. Elias allowed a season-low two hits, walked three, and struck out five. Ackley gave the Mariners an early lead with a solo home run, and Endy Chavez, Robinson Cano, and Kyle Seager added two-run shots. Scott Carroll (4-7) pitched five-plus innings, allowing seven runs on seven hits. He walked three and hit a batter. Four relievers combined to allow six runs, five hits, and four walks. SEATTLE (AP) – August 8, 2014

Mariners' Bloomquist To Have Knee Surgery

Mariners utilityman Willie Bloomquist is scheduled for arthroscopic right knee surgery on Friday. Bloomquist is unsure how he suffered the injury. He first felt discomfort on July 23 and was placed on the 15-day disabled list the next day with what was referred to as a bruised knee. The decision was made to go ahead with surgery after seeking a second opinion Thursday from Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The procedure will be performed by Mariners medical director Dr. E. Edward Khalfayan. More will be known on the timeline of his recovery after the surgery. Bloomquist says Thursday: "I'm obviously walking significantly better, but to even mention the word jog or run just hurts, so obviously something's not right." Bloomquist is hitting .278 in 47 games while appearing at seven different positions for the Mariners. SEATTLE (AP) – August 8, 2014

MLS Assesses Its Future Following Big Summer

This summer showed Major League Soccer that attracting U.S. fans to the game is no longer an issue. It's engaging them that the league sees as its next step. MLS wrapped up its All-Star game celebration Wednesday night with a 2-1 victory over German power Bayern Munich. The match at Portland's Providence Park capped a wildly successful few months for the sport stateside, following the U.S. national team's run to the round of 16 in Brazil that drew record television ratings. And it was certainly not lost on the league when an exhibition match between Manchester United and Real Madrid drew nearly 110,000 fans at the Big House in Michigan last week. MLS is poised to expand to 24 teams by 2020, with a focus on steady - but not too rapid - growth. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - August 8, 2014

Long Live the King

felixIt seems both the media and the players have run out of words to describe Felix Hernandez. Words like “unbelievable”, “unreal”, and “ridiculous” are batted around like a beach ball at a Dodges’ game. The truth is, nobody knows exactly how to describe the run Felix is on right now because no one in the history of the game has been on a similar run. In his last 15 starts, Felix has gone at least 7 innings

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