Mariners Sign Nelson Cruz To 4-Year Deal

cruz marinersRight-handed slugger led MLB with 40 home runs in 2014. Free agent outfielder/designated hitter Nelson Cruz has agreed to a 4-year contract with the Mariners."Our number one goal this off-season was to improve our offense, ideally by adding right-handed power, and with the addition of Nelson Cruz we think we've accomplished that goal," Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said.

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Williams Leads UCSB Over Seattle 87-46

Alan Williams scored 16 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and blocked three shots to lead UC Santa Barbara over Seattle 87-46 on Thursday night. Michael Bryson added 14 points and John Green and Gabe Vincent 11 apiece for the Gauchos (4-3), who made 36 of 61 shots for 59 percent, including 12 of 22 from 3-point range for 54.5 percent. The Redhawks (3-4) had one player in double figures, Isiah Umipig, with 10 points. Seattle hit just 17 of 53 shots for 32.1 percent, making only 5 of 20 from beyond the arc. The Gauchos sped to a 27-8 lead over the first 9 minutes of the game and led 49-19 at halftime. Seattle, which opened with five games at home and then another in nearby Kent, Washington, had a two-game win streak snapped. UC Santa Barbara has won four of its last five games. SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) – December 5, 2014

Stakes Are High For Pac-12 Championship Game

National title implications, a possible Heisman Trophy at stake and a new $1.3 billion stadium to showcase the whole thing. The Pac-12 will have the spotlight to itself Friday night when No. 3 Oregon (11-1) and No. 8 Arizona (10-2) meet in the conference championship game at sparkling Levi's Stadium. The Ducks are all but guaranteed a spot in the four-team College Football Playoff with a win, and the selection committee could have a hard time keeping Arizona out if the Wildcats upset Oregon for the second time this season. For all the success the conference has enjoyed in recent years, the Pac-12 has not celebrated a national champion since Southern California after the 2004 season. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) – December 5, 2014

Seattle Signs Coach Sigi Schmid To New Deal

The Seattle Sounders have signed coach Sigi Schmid to a multi-year contract coming off the best season in franchise history. Seattle general manager Adrian Hanauer announced the new contract Thursday. Schmid joined Seattle before its inaugural 2009 season and has led the team to three U.S. Open Cup titles and this year's Supporters' Shield as the best team in the regular season. Schmid won MLS Cup titles with Los Angeles in 2002 and Columbus in 2008. The Supporters' Shield title with Seattle was the third time leading a team to that honor. Hanauer also announced that it's "highly, highly likely" defender DeAndre Yedlin will obtain a work permit in England and expects him to join Tottenham later in December. Yedlin signed a four-year deal with Tottenham in August. SEATTLE (AP) – December 5, 2014

Mariners Acquire LHP J.A. Happ

happ marinersMariners General Manager Jack Zduriencik announced Wednesday the club has acquired J. A. Happ from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for outfielder Michael Saunders. "We feel that J.A. is a nice fit to slide in to our rotation in 2015," Zduriencik said. "They say you can never have enough starting pitching, and it is especially true that you can never have enough quality starting pitching.

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