Oregon Is Pac-12 Favorite After Mariota's Return

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott both used the league's opening media day to praise Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota for staying in school. The rest of the Pac-12 isn't quite as excited about Mariota's return, but he's just one reason why the Ducks are favored to win their highly competitive league again. Mariota and Oregon were picked to win the Pac-12 title Wednesday in the preseason media poll, topping that chart for the fourth time in five years. Mariota says he returned to enjoy the college experience. Since he's only taking golf and yoga this fall to finish up his degree, he'll have plenty of time. Southern California coach Steve Sarkisian thinks his Trojans also can challenge for the league title in his first season back home. LOS ANGELES (AP) – July 24, 2014

Sidney Rice Is Retiring

sidneyriceSeattle Seahawks wide receiver Sidney Rice is retiring from the NFL after an injury-plagued career that included issues with concussions. The Seahawks announced Rice's decision Wednesday, two days before the start of training camp. Rice missed half of last season with the Seahawks after tearing his ACL against St. Louis. Rice re-signed with Seattle in the offseason on a $1 million, one-year deal.

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Mets 3-1 Over Mariners

mariners logo NewJacob deGrom allowed five hits and a run in seven impressive innings, Lucas Duda hit a mammoth home run and the New York Mets beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 Tuesday night. DeGrom (4-5) walked one and struck out seven to improve to 4-1 with a 1.59 ERA over his last six starts.

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Mariners Past Mets 5-2

mariners 8Kyle Seager drove in two runs, Mike Zunino homered into the second deck at Safeco Field and Dustin Ackley stole a home run with a leaping catch at the wall in the Seattle Mariners' 5-2 win over the New York Mets on Monday night. After losing two of three to the Angels after the All-Star break, Seattle got a solid start from Roenis Elias and improved to 8-2 all-time against the Mets. Elias (8-8) threw 5 1-3 innings before leaving with cramping in his left forearm.

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Seattle Pushes Iwakuma, Hernandez Back A Day

Seattle Pushes Iwakuma, Hernandez Back A Day The Seattle Mariners are giving starters Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez an extra day of rest and will start Erasmo Ramirez on Tuesday against the New York Mets. Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that he will give the main arms in his pitching staff extra rest when he can. Hernandez has pitched 12 straight starts going at least seven innings and giving up two earned runs or less. It's the longest streak in the American League since 1970. Iwakuma will throw Thursday against Baltimore and Hernandez will face the Orioles on Friday. Seattle will need to make a roster move for Ramirez, who has made 11 starts with a 1-4 record and 4.58 ERA for the Mariners this season. Seattle needs a starter for Wednesday. That could be a reliever or another move to bring right-hander Taijuan Walker back from the minors. SEATTLE (AP) – July 22, 2014