Griner Helps Mercury Set WNBA Record With 29th Win

Brittney Griner had 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Phoenix Mercury set a WNBA record with their 29th win, beating the Seattle Storm 78-65 in the season finale Sunday night. Candice Dupree added 16 points to help Phoenix (29-5) top the previous mark set by Los Angeles (28-4 in both 2000 and 2001) and Seattle (28-6 in 2010). Penny Taylor and Erin Phillips scored 11 points apiece. The Mercury, who have home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, will host Los Angeles in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals on Friday. Crystal Langhorne scored 16 points to lead Seattle (12-22), which will miss the playoffs for the first time since 2003. Phoenix didn't give up the lead after scoring the first six points of the game. They were up 56-49 entering the fourth quarter, and extended the margin to 12 with 8:40 left. Seattle didn't closer than nine after that. SEATTLE (AP) – August 18, 2014

Seattle 41-14 Win Over San Diego

seahawksRussell Wilson threw for 121 yards and ran for two touchdowns, leading Seattle to scores on all four of his possessions and the Seahawks beat the San Diego Chargers 41-14 on Friday night. Wilson did a little of everything. He was pressured on the first snap of the game and avoided it to complete a pass.

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Cano, Paxton Lead Mariners to 7-2 Win Over Tigers

Robinson Cano homered, James Paxton won his sixth consecutive decision to start his career and the surging Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Friday night in a matchup of American League playoff contenders. Paxton (3-0) pitched six innings, allowing one run and five hits, to help Seattle win its fifth straight and ninth in 11 games. Cano and Logan Morrison each scored twice for the Mariners, who jumped a half-game ahead of Detroit in the race for the second AL wild card. The Tigers began the day a half-game behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. Rick Porcello (13-8) struggled badly in his first appearance since pitching the final three innings of Detroit's 19-inning loss in Toronto. DETROIT (AP) — August 15, 2014

Sparks Shoot 61 Percent, Beat Storm 77-65

Candace Parker scored 24 points, Kristi Toliver had 20 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 77-65 on Friday night.

The Sparks (16-17) are a game ahead of San Antonio for third place in the Western Conference with one game remaining. Los Angeles can clinch third with a win in its regular-season finale Saturday at West-leading Phoenix. San Antonio, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Sparks, finishes Sunday against Chicago.

Jenna O' Hea scored a career-high 16 points for the Storm (12-21), who were eliminated from the playoffs before tip-off when San Antonio defeated Minnesota. It is the first time Seattle has missed the playoffs since 2003. The Storm rested most of their starters as Sue Bird, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright did not play in the second half.

The Sparks shot a season-high 61 percent from the field. LOS ANGELES (AP) — August 15, 2014

Hawks Face Chargers At Home

seahawks blueBrock Coyle isn't likely to be a starter in the NFL anytime soon. But he's getting every chance to earn a spot on the Seattle Seahawks roster. The linebacker, who at this time a year ago was getting ready for Montana's season opener against Appalachian State, will likely be the one responsible for calling Seattle's first defensive play in the huddle when the Seahawks face the San Diego Chargers on Friday night.

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