Nike Fights Subpoena In Federal Lawsuit Against Armstrong

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Athletic apparel giant Nike Inc. is fighting subpoenas for documents and witness depositions in the federal government's lawsuit against former cyclist Lance Armstrong.

Armstrong and the government both have subpoenaed Nike, which was one of Armstrong's major sponsors until dropping him in 2012 after his use of performance enhancing drugs was exposed.

The government is suing Armstrong to recover more than $30 million the U.S. Postal Service paid to sponsor his teams. Damages could hit the $100 million.

The subpoenas seek Nike financial records and documents of any discussions about Armstrong's doping.

In a filing in Oregon federal court, Nike says its financial records are irrelevant to Armstrong's Postal Service sponsorship. And if ordered to provide documents, the company says trade secrets should be kept private by court order.

Mariners Win 6-5 Over A's

austinjacksonSEATTLE (AP) - Austin Jackson's bases-loaded, two-run single in the fifth inning capped Seattle's comeback from a five-run deficit and led the Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night.

Down 5-0 entering the fourth inning, Nelson Cruz sparked Seattle's comeback with his major league-leading 38th home run, a solo shot off Jesse Chavez.

He extended his streak of reaching base safely to 35 straight games.

Logan Morrison, on his 28th birthday, finished the fourth-inning rally with a two-run shot, his 13th, off the foul pole in right.

The Mariners added three runs in the fifth, finishing with Jackson's two-out, go-ahead single that chased Chavez (7-13).

Chavez, who tied Cleveland's Corey Kluber for the most losses in the American League, worked 4 2-3 innings, allowing eight hits and six runs. He walked two and struck out three. He is 0-5 in 15 career appearances against Seattle.

August 26, 2015

Big 12 Supports Prohibiting Transfers For Violence Issues

The Big 12 athletic directors are unanimously backing a policy that would prohibit schools from accepting transfers who were disciplined for violent acts at their previous schools.

In a text to The Associated Press, Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says conference athletic directors "supported a policy draft similar to that of the (Southeastern Conference)." Bowlsby says the draft would still need to be refined and submitted to the conference's joint council of faculty athletic representatives and athletic directors for approval.

Big 12 school Baylor and Bears coach Art Briles have come under scrutiny for allowing a player who was convicted of sexual assault last week to transfer to the school in 2013 after he was dismissed from Boise State for disciplinary issues.

August 26, 2015

A's rally Past Mariners 11-5

marinersSSEATTLE (AP) - Danny Valencia homered and Stephen Vogt doubled twice in Oakland's seven-run fifth inning, and the Athletics climbed out of a big hole against Hisashi Iwakuma for an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Josh Reddick also went deep and drove in three runs for the A's, who rallied after starter Felix Doubront exited early with a bruised foot.

Oakland trailed 5-0 in the fifth after Iwakuma (5-3), who tossed a no-hitter Aug. 12 at Safeco Field against Baltimore, allowed just one single through four innings.

Vogt got the outburst started with a leadoff double. Two outs later, Billy Burns and Mark Canha connected on consecutive two-run doubles to make it 5-4.

Reddick tied it with an infield single and Valencia hit his 12th home run, bouncing it off the top of the left-center wall.

Vogt doubled again before Brett Lawrie lined out to left field, finally ending the inning.

August 25, 2015

Athletics Hire Ron Washington As Third Base Coach

SEATTLE (AP) - Ron Washington, the former Texas Rangers manager, has been hired as the Oakland Athletics third base coach after the club dismissed Mike Gallego on Monday.

The 63-year-old Washington spent 11 seasons as an A's coach before becoming manager of the Rangers in 2007 and leading Texas to a pair of American League pennants in 2010-11. Washington re-joined Oakland as a coach in May to work with infielders, but couldn't be in the dugout or on the bench for games.

"The main thing I'm looking forward to is being back on the field full-time," Washington said. "I consider myself a difference maker.

"What I was doing, I felt like I was making a difference, but now I really get a chance to make a difference because I can be around to answer (player's) questions. I can be around to help these guys to make certain they know what they're doing in certain things."

August 25, 2015