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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Idaho Gets Rare Win At Washington State, 77-71

Mike Scott and Connor Hill both scored 19 points Wednesday night to lead Idaho to a 77-71 nonconference win over Washington State. Sekou Wiggs added 12 points for the Vandals (3-3), who had lost 11 consecutive games against Washington State (3-4) since a 62-58 victory on Dec. 4, 2002. The Cougars had defeated Idaho in 13 straight home games since losing 56-52 on Dec. 14, 1989. DaVonte Lacy led Washington State with 17 points, but was 5 for 18 from the field, including 3 for 13 on 3-pointers. Josh Hawkinson had 16 points and 10 rebounds, and Ike Iroegbu scored 13 points. The Vandals bolted to a 14-2 lead but trailed for brief periods early in the second half. Idaho led 32-31 at halftime. The Vandals shot 35.2 percent from the field and 36.8 percent on 3-pointers. The Cougars shot 35.2 percent from the field and 16.7 percent from distance. PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – December 2, 2014

Mariota, Gordon Among Walter Camp Award Finalists

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are among the five finalists for the Walter Camp player of the year award. The other finalists are Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright III, TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin and Alabama receiver Amari Cooper. The Camp award is voted on by Football Bowl Subdivision coaches and sports information directors. The winner will be announced Dec. 11. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston won the award last year. Mariota is the leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy. Those finalists will be announced Dec. 8. NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) – December 4, 2014

Portland Defeats Rival Portland State 83-71

Alex Wintering scored a career-high 27 points to lead Portland to an 83-71 win over rival Portland State on Wednesday night. The Pilots (6-1), off to their best start since going 6-0 in 1995-96 when they last made the NCAA Tournament, were up 27 when the Vikings (4-2) went on a late 18-2 run to trail by 11 with 3:22 left, forcing Portland starters back into the game. Thomas van der Mars added 19 points and 14 rebounds for Portland, which had a 44-27 rebounding advantage with its 16 offensive rebounds matching PSU's defensive total. DeShaun Wiggins and Tieqbe Bamba had 13 each for PSU, which trailed 41-24 at the half. Bryce White and Tim Douglas had 12 apiece. The Vikings made 17 of 33 shots in the second half to finish at 40 percent but the Pilots shot 31-62 for the game, 16 of 28 in the second half. PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – December 4, 2014