Thorns-Reign Sellout Sets Record

SeattleReignFCPORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Thorns say their match against rival Seattle on Wednesday night will be the first sellout in team history.

The Thorns sold 21,144 tickets to the match at Providence Park, which will make it the largest crowd ever for a National Women's Soccer League game.

Portland also held the previous NWSL record of 19,123, set Aug. 3, 2014, in Portland against the Houston Dash.

The Thorns lead the league in attendance by a wide margin, averaging 13,769 fans a game this season. Wednesday night's match will mark the fourth time the crowd has gone over 16,000 at the downtown stadium, which is also home to Major League Soccer's Portland Timbers.

The record for a professional women's soccer match in the United States was set in 2001, when 34,148 watched the Washington Freedom defeat the Bay Area CyberRays 1-0 at RFK Stadium.

Seattle 11 Tigers 9


DETROIT (AP) - Franklin Gutierrez's pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning lifted the Seattle Mariners to a wild 11-9 victory over the Detroit on Tuesday, pushing the Tigers one loss closer to a trade deadline that could have drastic consequences in Motown.

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Tina Charles Scores 30, Liberty Beat Storm 81-77

SEATTLE (AP) - Tina Charles scored a season-high 30 points to help the New York Liberty beat the Seattle Storm 81-77 on Tuesday night for their fourth straight win.

New York (11-5) is off to its best start since going 16-5 in 2001.

Tanisha Wright added 12 points for New York, including a fast-break layup with 36 seconds left for a three-point lead. Swin Cash scored six points to move past Sheryl Swoopes for 14th place on the league's all-time scoring list.

Sue Bird and Ramu Tokashiki scored 14 points apiece for Seattle (5-13), which lost to New York for a fifth straight time. Seattle begins a six-game road trip after the All-Star break, returning to the KeyArena on August 14.

Seattle fell behind 26-13 after the first quarter, hitting just 28 percent (4 of 15) from the field. But the Storm outscored the Liberty 32-14 in the second, closing on a 10-2 run with 3-pointers by Bird and Alysha Clark, for a 45-40 lead.

July 22, 2015

Tigers Beat Mariners 5-4

mariners logo5DETROIT (AP) - Ian Kinsler homered twice, including a go-ahead two-run shot in the eighth inning, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Seattle Mariners 5-4 Monday night.

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Lynx Trade Wright To Seattle For Montgomery

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - The Minnesota Lynx have acquired guard Renee Montgomery from Seattle in a deal for injured guard Monica Wright.

The Lynx also receive the Storm's second-round draft pick in 2016 in the trade announced Monday.

Montgomery has career averages of 10.6 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds in 23.8 minutes per game. The 5-foot-7 guard has played in 17 games for the Storm this season, including two starts, and has averaged 7.1 points, 3.2 assists and 1.8 rebounds.

Montgomery originally was drafted by the Lynx in 2009. During her one season in Minnesota, she averaged 9.0 points, 2.1 assists and 1.9 rebounds.

Wright has career averages of 7.9 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.7 assists. The 5-10 guard recently had arthroscopic surgery on her right knee.

July 21, 2015