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

O'Malley's 2-Run Single Helps Mariners Beat Astros 6-4

omalley093015SEATTLE (AP) - Shawn O'Malley damaged Houston's playoff hopes with a two-run, bases-loaded single in the eighth inning that gave the Seattle Mariners a 6-4 comeback victory over the Astros on Tuesday.

The Astros, who are still involved in two postseason races, were displaced in the American League wild-card chase by the Los Angeles Angels, an 8-1 winner over Oakland on Tuesday. The New York Yankees, who lost to Boston 10-4, maintains the top wild-card spot with the Angels now second. Houston slips a half-game behind Los Angeles

As for the AL West race, division-leading Texas beat Detroit 7-6, and has a two-game lead over the Angels and 2 1-2 over the Astros.

The victory broke the Mariners' six-game losing streak.

Robinson Cano hit his 20th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth off Mike Fiers that tied the game at 4-all.

September 30, 2015

Carter, Mccullers Lead Astros To 3-2 Win Over Mariners

mariners logo8SEATTLE (AP) - Chris Carter drove in the go-ahead run with Houston's third solo homer, rookie Lance McCullers pitched effectively into the seventh inning and the Astros enhanced their position in a crowded AL playoff race with their 3-2 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday night.

Houston moved with 1 1/2 games of first-place Texas in the AL West and maintained its slim lead in the chase for the second wild card. The Rangers lost 7-4 at home to the Detroit Tigers.

Carter snapped 2-all tie in the seventh with his 23rd home run, a two-out shot to left off Danny Farquhar (1-6).

McCullers (6-7) allowed two runs and four hits in six-plus innings. He struck out seven and walked two, including a free pass to start the seventh.

Luke Gregerson struck out Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano in the ninth for his 30th save.

September 29, 2015

Mariners Hire Jerry Dipoto As New General Manager

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Mariners have found their new general manager, hiring former Angels GM Jerry Dipoto.

Seattle announced Dipoto's hiring Monday. He replaces Jack Zduriencik, who was fired in late August after seven disappointing seasons during which the club failed to end its playoff drought. With the Toronto Blue Jays making the postseason this year, the Mariners now have the longest playoff absence in baseball at 14 years and counting.

Dipoto's job will be to end that playoff drought and continue rebuilding a farm system that had highs and lows during Zduriencik's tenure. Dipoto was the Angels' general manager for 3 ½ years before resigning on July 1 following clashes with manager Mike Scioscia that began the first year they worked together.

September 29, 2015