Ogwumike Helps Sparks Beat Storm 77-69

Nneka Ogwumike scored 22 and Candace Parker added 19 to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 77-69 on Saturday and give general manager Penny Toler her first win as a coach. Ogwumike scored 10 in the final quarter as the Sparks moved three games ahead of the Storm for the fourth and final Western Conference playoff berth. Crystal Langhorne scored 21 and Camille Little added 16 to lead Seattle, which has lost five straight and six of seven. Toler had lost her first two games after she took over July 20 following the dismissal of coach Carol Ross. The Sparks are 4-0 against Seattle this year and have clinched any potential tiebreaker. SEATTLE (AP) – July 28, 2014

Orioles over Mariners 4-0

marinersSWie-Yen Chen allowed five hits over eight innings and Delmon Young hit a three-run homer to give the Baltimore Orioles a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Thursday night. Chen (11-3), who has won his past four starts, scattered five singles, walked one and struck out three. His 11 wins ties him for third-most in American League. On the road, Chen is 6-1 with a 3.94 ERA in nine starts.

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Twins Trade 1B Kendrys Morales To Mariners

The Seattle Mariners have reacquired first baseman Kendrys Morales in a trade with the Minnesota Twins for minor-league pitcher Stephen Pryor. The deal was done Thursday. Morales spent under seven weeks with the Twins, who signed him to boost their lineup as a designated hitter but have used him often at first base with Joe Mauer injured. Morales hit .234 in 39 games with 11 doubles, one home run and 18 RBIs. Morales had 23 home runs and 80 RBIs last year for the Mariners, both the second-highest season totals of his career. The 25-year-old Prior has appeared in 34 games for the Mariners since 2012, posting a 2.81 ERA. He will report to Triple-A Rochester. The Twins also recalled infielder Jorge Polanco from Class A Fort Myers. MINNEAPOLIS (AP) – July 25, 2014

Charles Helps Liberty Beat Storm In OT

Tina Charles broke a tie on a put-back with 23 seconds left in the New York Liberty's 84-80 overtime time victory over the Seattle Storm on Thursday night. Cappie Pondexter scored 20 points, and Charles added 18 points and 14 rebounds to help New York (10-13) win its third straight game. The Liberty, fighting for a playoff spot, have won six of their last eight after a 4-11 start. After Charles gave New York the lead, Pondexter added a basket just before the buzzer after Seattle missed two shots in the final 13 seconds. Camille Little scored 22 points, and Crystal Langhorne added 17 for Seattle (9-17). They Storm have lost four in a row and five of their last six. Seattle guard Temeka Johnson had a triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and a career-high 10 rebounds. She started in place of Sue Bird, sidelined by a strained neck. SEATTLE (AP) – July 25, 2014

Former Blazers Center Schlueter Dies

Dale Schlueter, a member of the Portland Trail Blazers for their inaugural 1970-71 season, died Thursday after battling cancer. He was 68. The Trail Blazers said Schlueter died at his Portland home. Schlueter was acquired by the Blazers in 1970 and averaged 8.2 points in the team's first season. The 6-foot-10 center had two stints in Portland, from 1970-72 and again for the 1977-78 season. A Washington native who played at Colorado State, Schlueter averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds in seven NBA seasons with San Francisco, Portland, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Buffalo and Phoenix. After retiring in 1978, Schlueter remained involved with the Blazers and served as a team ambassador at games and community events. Blazers founder Harry Glickman remembered Schlueter as giving his ultimate effort every time he played. Funeral arrangements are pending. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – July 25, 2014