Washington St-California Preview Capsule

footballcollegeThe Cougars return from a bye week looking for their second three-game winning streak in the past nine years. The Golden Bears look for their first 5-0 start since 2007. Cal has not won more than five in a row to open the season since going 9-0 in 1950.

Cal's much-improved defense gets its toughest test of the season against Falk and the Cougars. Falk leads the Pac-12 with 356.7 yards passing per game. The Bears have allowed just two TD passes all season after ranking last with 42 allowed last year.

October 2, 2015

Seattle Shuts Down Ace Felix Hernandez For Final Weekend

felix100115SEATTLE (AP) - Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is done for the season after manager Lloyd McClendon decided not to have the right-hander pitch on the final weekend.

McClendon announced his decision Wednesday before Seattle closed out a series against Houston.

McClendon said it wasn't worth the stress on Hernandez's arm to have him make one more start against Oakland. Hisashi Iwakuma will start Friday, Roenis Elias on Saturday and Vidal Nuno will pitch the season finale Sunday.

McClendon said he would have changed his thinking if the Mariners were facing a team that was in a playoff chase or Hernandez had a chance for a career-best 20th victory. Hernandez missed out on win No. 19 last Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels.

Hernandez will finish the season with an 18-9 record and 3.53 ERA.

October 1, 2015

Astros Rally Past Mariners, Take Over 2nd AL Wild-Card Spot

SEATTLE (AP) - Colby Rasmus' broken-bat RBI single capped Houston's rally from a three-run deficit, and the Astros retook the lead in the race for the second AL wild-card spot, beating the Seattle Mariners 7-6 on Wednesday night.

A day after being passed by the Angels, the Astros moved back in front of Los Angeles, which lost at home to Oakland. The Astros are a half-game ahead going into their final series of the season beginning on Friday in Arizona.

October 1, 2015

Seattle's Chad Marshall Suffers Injury During Practice

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Sounders defender Chad Marshall was taken from practice on a stretcher Wednesday after suffering an injury to his head and neck area.

Marshall was taken to a hospital in an ambulance as a precaution.

Seattle coach Sigi Schmid said Marshall fell and hit his head after colliding with a teammate during a drill. Marshall was attended to by the team's training staff and was eventually taken away in an ambulance. Teammates told The Seattle Times that Marshall was moving his arms and legs prior to being taken to the hospital.

Schmid cautioned it was too early to determine the extent of Marshall's injury.

The 31-year-old Marshall is in his second season with the Sounders. He has suffered concussions during his 12-year MLS career.

October 1, 2015

Nike Extends Partnership With NWSL Through 2019

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) - Nike has extended its sponsorship deal with the National Women's Soccer League through 2019.

The Beaverton, Oregon-based shoe and apparel company has outfitted the women's professional league with uniforms and training gear for each of its teams since it launched in 2013.

The announcement Wednesday comes as the NWSL prepares for its championship game Thursday night between the Seattle Reign and FC Kansas City at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon. Both teams worked out at Nike's headquarters Tuesday.

The sponsorship deal has been key for the NWSL. No other professional women's soccer league in the United States has lasted more than three seasons.

Nike will also supply the league's official game ball.

October 1, 2015