Martins Scores Twice, Sounders Rout Orlando City 4-0

SEATTLE (AP) - Obafemi Martins scored two goals in his first game since June 16 and the Seattle Sounders beat Orlando City 4-0 on Sunday to snap their club-record losing streak at five games.

The Sounders (11-12-2) won for the first time since beating D.C. United 1-0 on July 3. That was Seattle's only win in a stretch of nine games (1-8-0) while Martins, now with a team-leading nine goals, recovered from a groin injury suffered late in a 3-1 U.S. Open Cup loss to Portland.

Martins worked a give-and-go with Lamar Neagle for a 7-yard shot past goalkeeper Tally Hall into the back left corner midway through the 17th minute.

Paraguayan newcomer Nelson Valdez, signed Aug. 7, headed in a target ball from Erik Friberg for a 2-0 lead late in the 51st minute. Martins made it 3-0 midway through the 62nd, and Thomas scored during stoppage time, his first.

Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei earned his ninth shutout.

Orlando City (7-11-7) went down a man in the 40th minute when defender Tyler Turner was sent off with his second yellow card.

August 17, 2015

Broncos Over Hawks 22-20

flag seahawks081415SEATTLE (AP) -- Brock Osweiler was composed and efficient, leading the Denver Broncos to scores on all five first-half possessions. An impressive effort, even if it came against a makeshift Seattle defense.
Osweiler was 15 of 20 for 151 yards and a touchdown playing the first half in the Broncos' 22-20 win over the Seahawks to open the preseason on Friday.
Starting in place of Peyton Manning, who went through pregame warmups but was just a spectator, Osweiler finished with a 112.7 rating. He capped his night with a 17-yard touchdown pass to tight end Virgil Green late in the first half for a 19-10 lead. Denver's offense finished with 240 yards in the half, although much of that came with most of Seattle's starting defense standing on the sideline.
Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Brandon Mebane and Bobby Wagner all barely played, while Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman didn't suit up for the Seahawks.
While Osweiler picked apart Seattle's defense, Russell Wilson was left to scramble for safety during his two series in the first quarter. Wilson was sacked by Von Miller and fumbled on Seattle's second offensive play. He was sacked on third-and-goal from the Denver 8 and completed only one pass -- a 12-yard connection with new tight end Jimmy Graham that elicited one of the biggest cheers of the night.

Read more ...

Iwakuma Tosses No-Hitter In Seattle's 3-0 Win Over Orioles

iwakuma nohitterSEATTLE (AP) - Hisashi Iwakuma has become the second Japanese-born pitcher in major league history to throw a no-hitter, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Wednesday. Iwakuma struck out seven and walked three in throwing the first no-hitter by an American League pitcher in nearly three years. He joins Hideo Nomo, who threw two no-nos, as the only Japanese-born pitchers to accomplish the feat.

Iwakuma is the fourth pitcher to throw a no-hitter this season, joining Philadelphia's Cole Hamels - prior to his trade to Texas - Washington's Max Scherzer and San Francisco's Chris Heston.

Iwakuma is the first American League pitcher to throw a no-hitter since teammate Felix Hernandez tossed a perfect game against the Tampa Bay Rays on Aug. 15, 2012.

August 13, 2015

Mercury Beat Storm For 9th Straight Time, 83-66

PHOENIX (AP) - Noelle Quinn made three of Phoenix's 10 3-pointers and finished with 13 points to help the Mercury beat Seattle 83-66 on Wednesday night for their ninth straight victory over the Storm.

Phoenix is 1 1/2 games behind Western Conference-leading Minnesota, which clinched a playoff spot Tuesday night.

Cayla Francis and DeWanna Bonner added 11 points apiece for Phoenix (15-8). Mistie Bass had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Ramu Tokashiki and Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis each scored 14 points for Seattle (6-18). Sue Bird did not play, sitting out the second game of the Storm's back-to-back.

Seattle fell behind 26-17 after one quarter, but Mosqueda-Lewis scored 12 points in the second to keep the Storm within reach at 52-42. Seattle only scored five points in the third, going the final 5 minutes without a point. The teams combined for just 13 points in the third.

August 13, 2015

Sounders Sign Panamanian Defender Roman Torres

SEATTLE (AP) - The Seattle Sounders' midseason makeover continues as the club has signed Panamanian central defender Roman Torres.

Seattle announced the signing of Torres on Wednesday, the third major signing by the club in the past 10 days. Seattle has also signed Paraguayan striker Nelson Valdez and Austrian midfielder Andreas Ivanschitz.

Torres should instantly help a defense that has struggled of late as the Sounders have dropped eight of nine MLS matches.

Torres was previously playing for Millonarios in Colombia and is regarded as the top defender on Panama's national team. Torres has six international goals since 2013 and scored in Panama's loss to Mexico in the Gold Cup semifinals last month. Torres was called for the controversial handball that allowed Mexico to pull even late in regulation on a penalty kick.

August 13, 2015