Chargers Lose Veteran C Nick Hardwick For SeasonThe San Diego Chargers have lost veteran center Nick Hardwick for the season with a recurring neck stinger. Hardwick was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, four days before the Chargers play their home opener against the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks. Hardwick left Monday night's loss at Arizona with a sprained ankle. There was no word at that time about a neck injury. Hardwick had been the starter since his rookie season of 2004. He started all 136 games he has played in while in the NFL and the last 67 straight. Rich Ohrnberger replaced Hardwick on Monday night. SAN DIEGO (AP) – September 11, 2014
Leach Looking For Better Focus From Washington StWashington State coach Mike Leach thinks the Cougars' 0-2 start this season is partially tied to a lack of focus during games. Leach says the Cougars practice well, lift well, and train well, but don't play well. He puts part of the blame on himself and the coaching staff. But he warns that doesn't mean players are off the hook. Washington State (0-2) hosts Portland State (1-1) of the FCS on Saturday in the team's first home game in Pullman. Washington State played good offense in a season-opening 41-38 loss to Rutgers in Seattle. Then the defense looked good in last weekend's 24-13 loss at Nevada. Leach says the goal is to get both units playing together. SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) – September 11, 2014
Astros Edge Mariners 2-1
Jonathan Villar hit a tiebreaking single in the ninth inning to lift Collin McHugh and the Houston Astros over the Seattle Mariners 2-1 on Tuesday night. Logan Morrison homered off McHugh in the eighth to tie it, but the Mariners fell a half-game out in the race for the second AL wild card. With two outs in the ninth, Yoervis Medina (4-3) walked Jon Singleton and he advanced to second on a wild pitch.