College Football

footballcollegeAuburn, Washington State Hoping For Turnarounds
Washington State and Auburn are both hoping to avoid a repeat of nightmarish seasons. The two teams open tonight trying to rebound strongly from matching 3-9 records in 2012. Both are relying on innovative offenses to do it. Mike Leach brings his Air Raid offense against Auburn and the hurry-up, no-huddle attack implemented during the offseason by first-year Tigers coach Gus Malzahn.

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Mariners Top Astros 7-1

mariners400Top prospect Taijuan Walker did not allow an earned run over five innings in his major league debut and Dustin Ackley had a career-high four hits with four RBIs to help the Seattle Mariners beat the Houston Astros 7-1 on Friday night. The 21-year-old right-hander, rated the fifth-best prospect in baseball, yielded two hits and one run with two strikeouts and a walk. If the 6-foot-4 Walker (1-0) had any rookie nerves, it certainly didn't show as he retired the first eight batters he faced.

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Seattle Over Oakland 22-6

hawks829Tarvaris Jackson led Seattle on three first-half scoring drives, and Terrelle Pryor struggled through his worst preseason performance - a chance at earning Oakland's starting QB job - in the Hawk's 22-6 victory. Jackson led the Seahawks to a trio of field goals from Steven Hauschka, including kicks of 51 and 56 yards.

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Mariners End 6-Game Skid With 3-2 Win

marinersSFranklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer after Nick Franklin gave Seattle an early lead with a solo shot and the Mariners held on for a 3-2 victory over the Houston Astros on Thursday night to end a six-game skid. Franklin put the Mariners on top with his one-out homer off Jordan Lyles (6-7) in the first inning. Raul Ibanez singled to start the fourth inning. Franklin Gutierrez's homer to left field with one out pushed Seattle's lead to 3-0.

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Storm Past Sun

seatte stormTina Thompson and Camille Little each scored 18 points and the Seattle Storm beat the Connecticut Sun 78-65 on Thursday night to tie Phoenix for third place in the Western Conference, Temeka Johnson added 12 points and nine assists, and Shekinna Stricklen had 11 points for Seattle. The Storm have won five of six to improve to 15-14 and reduce their magic number to clinch a WNBA-record 10th straight playoff berth to one.

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