Seahawks Release Former Green Beret Nate Boyer

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks released long snapper and U.S. Army veteran Nate Boyer.

Boyer was signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent in May. He played five snaps against the Broncos on Friday night.

He was competing with incumbent Clint Gresham for the starting long snapper job. He was a long shot to make Seattle's roster as Gresham signed a new three-year contract with the team this offseason.

Boyer did tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and was a member of the Green Berets.

Boyer walked on to the football program at Texas and eventually won the starting job. He was the long snapper for the Longhorns his final three seasons.

August 18, 2015

Rodney Walks In Winning Run; Rangers Top Mariners 4-3

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ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Fernando Rodney walked Adrian Beltre with one out in the ninth inning to force in winning run and give Texas a 4-3 win over the Seattle Mariners for the Rangers' fifth straight win.

The Rangers have won eight consecutive home games and are three games over .500 for the first time since June 23.

Shawn Tolleson (5-2) worked a scoreless ninth inning for Texas. Rodney (5-5) only retired one of the batters he faced. He gave up two bunt hits and hit a batter before the walk.

Cole Hamels came away with his second no-decision to go with one loss in his three Texas starts since being acquired from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 31. He missed his previous turn in the rotation last week with a groin injury.

August 18, 2015

Portland To Host NWSL Championship Match

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The National Women's Soccer League will hold its championship match at Providence Park in Portland, Oregon.

In the league's first two seasons, the championship match was hosted by the higher-seeded team. Commissioner Jeff Plush said Monday the league's owners decided before the season to move the championship to a predetermined location.

The Oct. 1 championship will be televised by FOX Sports 1.

Providence Park is home to the NWSL's Portland Thorns, who lead the league in home attendance with an average of more than 15,000 fans a game.

A match last month between the Thorns and the Seattle Reign drew a sellout of 21,144, the largest crowd in league history and the second-largest, stand-alone crowd for a women's professional soccer game in the United States.

August 18, 2015

Washington Offensive Lineman Dexter Charles Retires

SEATTLE (AP) - Washington offensive lineman Dexter Charles has retired due to a lingering knee injury, a significant blow to an already thin offensive line.

Washington made the announcement on Monday. Charles was a fifth-year senior and was expected to be the Huskies' starting left guard heading into the season.

Charles had started 30 games over the past three seasons - most of them at left guard - and was the only full-time starter on the offensive line returning from last season. Charles sat out spring practice with an undisclosed injury and has battled shoulder problems throughout his Washington career.

Washington coach Chris Petersen says the team is disappointed the injury won't allow Charles to play his senior season. Petersen says Charles has expressed interest in the coaching profession.

August 18, 2015

Iwakuma Named AL Player Of The Week

iwakuma nohitterIwakuma threw 5th no-hitter in Mariners history on August 12, 2015. Mariners right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma has been named the American League Player of the Week for Aug. 10-16. It is the first career Player of the Week honor for Kuma.

Iwakuma tossed the 5th no-hitter in Mariners history on Wednesday, August 12 vs. Baltimore, becoming just the 2nd Japanese-born pitcher with an MLB no-hitter, joining Hideo Nomo. This is the third Player of the Week honor for the Mariners this season after Nelson Cruz (April 20) and Brad Miller (May 18) won the award earlier this season.

Mariners News – August 17, 2015