Seattle Wins 2nd Straight, Beating Atlanta 86-73

SEATTLE (AP) - Alysha Clarke and Ramu Tokashiki scored 14 points apiece and the Seattle Storm led nearly wire-to-wire for their second straight victory, 86-73 over the Atlanta Dream on Saturday night.

Clarke was 4 of 7 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and Tokashiki was 6 of 9. Sue Bird had 12 assists, two shy of her career best to help Seattle improve to 5-12.

Seattle was down 2-0 when Bird lofted a pass inside to Takashiki, who scored a turnaround jumper in the paint, igniting a 14-0 run. In the run, Bird scooped up one of Atlanta's 19 turnovers, led a fast break and tossed a one-handed pass to Clarke, who pulled up on the left wing to make a 23-footer.

With Atlanta (7-9) trailing by 15, slumping Angel McCoughtry opened the second half with three baskets in 1:17. She finished with 16 points, leaving her four shy of 4,000 for her career.

July 18, 2015

Yankees Beat Mariners 4-3

mariners whiteNEW YORK (AP) - Alex Rodriguez returned from the All-Star break with a boom, hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh inning as the New York Yankees overcame two homers by Kyle Seager to beat the Seattle Mariners 4-3 Friday night. Left off the AL All-Star team, a rested A-Rod hit his 19th homer of the season and 673rd of his career. He connected 10 days before his 40th birthday.

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US Forward Morgan Has Knee Surgery

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - U.S. women's national team forward Alex Morgan had surgery on her right knee and is expected to be out for three to four weeks.

Morgan, who plays for the NWSL's Portland Thorns, underwent the procedure to remove a plica, or a small fold in the lining of the knee joint that was causing irritation.

Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup earlier this month in Canada. The Americans beat Japan 5-2 in the final.

Morgan did not play in matches leading up to the monthlong World Cup because of a bone bruise in her left knee. She came in as a substitute in the first two games of the tournament as she returned to form.

U.S. Soccer said Morgan could return for the first of a 10-match victory tour on Aug. 16 against Costa Rica in Pittsburgh.

July 18, 2015

Timbers Acquire Argentine Forward Lucas Melano

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Timbers have signed Argentine forward Lucas Melano as a designated player.

The signing, announced Friday, which will be complete pending final documentation. Terms were not released.

Melano, 22, comes to the Timbers from Argentina's first-division Club Atletico Lanus, where he had five goals in 14 games this season.

He has appeared in 42 matches for the club since 2013, with eight goals. He helped Lanus win the 2013 Copa Sudamerica title, scoring three goals in nine matches during the tournament.

Portland general manager Gavin Wilkinson said the team had been interested in Melano for several years. The Timbers are using Major League Soccer's new targeted allocation money to pay down the salary budget value of Fanendo Adi, freeing a designated player spot.

July 18, 2015

Atlanta Beats Los Angeles 76-72

basketball genericLOS ANGELES (AP) - Angel McCoughtry scored 22 points, Aneika Henry made the go-ahead basket with 29 seconds remaining and Atlanta went on to beat the Los Angeles Sparks 76-72 on Thursday for the Dream's second road win. Henry's putback of a McCoughtry miss gave Atlanta a 74-72 lead - the Dream's first lead since it was 48-47.

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