AP Source: Seattle's Jewell Loyd Is WNBA Rookie Of The Year

A person close to the situation says Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd has won the WNBA rookie of the year award.

The person spoke to The Associated Press late Wednesday night on condition of anonymity because no official announcement has been made.

Loyd was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft in April after forgoing her senior year at Notre Dame. She averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Storm and is the 10th No. 1 pick to win the award.

The 21-year-old guard scored in double figures just once in her first eight WNBA games before finally hitting her stride. She had at least 10 points in eight of her final 10 games this season.

Other top rookies this season included Kiah Stokes of the New York Liberty and Natalie Achonwa of the Indiana Fever. Stokes finished second in both the defensive player of the year and sixth woman voting.

September 24, 2015

Spokane Chosen As Host For Skating Event

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Spokane has been chosen to host an international figure skating competition called the Team Challenge Cup.

The event will be held next April 22-24.

The three-day event will feature 42 of the top figure skaters in the world competing in a format of Team North America vs. Team Europe vs. Team Asia.

Previously, the 2007 and 2010 U.S. figure skating championships were held at the Spokane Arena, and are the two best-attended in history.

U.S. Figure Skating and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment announced the selection on Wednesday.

U.S. Figure Skating President Sam Auxier says the team format has proven to be a successful way to engage the fans of skating.

September 24, 2015

Cano Homers Twice, Drives In 4 In Mariners' 11-2 Victory

mariners logo8KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Robinson Cano homered twice and drove in four runs and Hisashi Iwakuma struck out a season-high 10 as the Seattle Mariners romped past the slumping Kansas City Royals, 11-2 Tuesday night.

The AL Central-leading Royals have dropped 12 of 17. Their magic number for clinching the division remained three.

Cano and Kyle Seager each hit solo homers in the first inning for Seattle, which has the league's best record in September at 13-6 but is still three games under .500 (74-77). It was Seager's 25th home run and his seventh in 23 games.

Cano hit a three-run shot in a seven-run third inning for his 15th career multihomer game. Cano's next hit will be the 2,000th of his career.

Iwakuma (9-4), who is 7-2 in his past nine starts, curbed the Royals on three singles over seven scoreless innings. He has allowed one run and 10 hits in 13 innings in his past two starts, while striking out 19 and walking one.

September 23, 2015

BYU To Play At Oregon In 2022

PROVO, Utah (AP) - BYU has added a game at Oregon in 2022 as part of the Cougars' continuing strategy to raise their profile.

Athletic director Tom Holmoe has tried to schedule games against top-flight opponents to gain national exposure and recognition - and eventually an invitation to a Power 5 conference.

Holmoe calls the Oregon game scheduled for Sept. 10, 2022, a great opportunity to face a prominent Pac-12 program and a chance to build a long-term relationship with the school.

The Cougars scheduled Nebraska, Boise State, UCLA, Michigan and Missouri in 2015. They are scheduled to play Arizona, Utah, UCLA, West Virginia, Michigan State and Mississippi State in 2016.

September 23, 2015

Stanford QB Kevin Hogan Questionable For Friday At Oregon St

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan suffered a left ankle injury early in the second half of Saturday's 41-31 upset of Southern California and will sit out most of this week's practices, Cardinal coach David Shaw said Tuesday.

Shaw said Hogan will test his ankle on Thursday. No. 21 Stanford plays at Oregon State on Friday night.

Backups Ryan Burns and Keller Chryst, the son of San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Geep Chryst, have minimal game experience. Burns appeared in two games last year and completed his only pass attempt. Chryst played against Central Florida, completing a pass for 20 yards.

Hogan was injured on the third play of the second half when he was sacked by Trojans linebacker Anthony Sarao, who landed on Hogan's ankle.

September 23, 2015