Sounders Reach CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinals

SEATTLE (AP) - Lamar Neagle scored two goals and the Seattle Sounders beat the Vancouver Whitecaps 3-0 on Wednesday night to earn a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals.

Seattle completed Group F play at 2-1-1 and seven points. Vancouver (1-1-1, 4 points) still can tie on points by beating Olimpia in Honduras on Oct. 22, but the Sounders own the tiebreaker on goal differential, 4-1. The teams drew 1-1 in Vancouver on Aug. 5.

Nelson Valdez also scored for Seattle.

In the 32nd minute, Chad Barrett flicked the ball into the left side of the 6-yard box. Neagle ran onto it and one-timed a shot into the back right corner past goalkeeper Paolo Tornaghi.

Valdez scored in the 39th. Marco Pappa curled a free kick from the far right side into the box. Barrett and Valdez both went up for the ball, Valdez winning it and sending it off the back of his head into the right corner.

Neagle made it 3-0 just 1:04 after halftime when he received a through ball from Barrett, took it into the box and beat Tornaghi from 15 yards straight in front.

The eight-team knockout stage is Feb. 23-March 1.

September 24, 2015

Seattle's Kam Chancellor Ends Holdout And Reports

kamchancellorRENTON, Wash. (AP) - Safety Kam Chancellor has ended his holdout and reported to the Seattle Seahawks after missing training camp and the first two weeks of the regular season.

The Seahawks confirmed that Chancellor arrived at the team facility on Wednesday morning. It was his first appearance since June's minicamp and ended a holdout that lasted nearly eight weeks. The Seahawks are 0-2 after losses to St. Louis and Green Bay. KIRO-AM in Seattle first reported Chancellor's return.

Chancellor has potentially lost more than $2 million with a holdout that appears to have not resulted in a new contract. It is not clear how much he will be fined.

In a text to ESPN, Chancellor wrote that he intends on dealing with his "business" after the season and that it was time to go help his teammates.

September 24, 2015

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