Cano, Paxton Lead Mariners to 7-2 Win Over Tigers

Robinson Cano homered, James Paxton won his sixth consecutive decision to start his career and the surging Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers 7-2 Friday night in a matchup of American League playoff contenders. Paxton (3-0) pitched six innings, allowing one run and five hits, to help Seattle win its fifth straight and ninth in 11 games. Cano and Logan Morrison each scored twice for the Mariners, who jumped a half-game ahead of Detroit in the race for the second AL wild card. The Tigers began the day a half-game behind first-place Kansas City in the AL Central. Rick Porcello (13-8) struggled badly in his first appearance since pitching the final three innings of Detroit's 19-inning loss in Toronto. DETROIT (AP) — August 15, 2014

Sparks Shoot 61 Percent, Beat Storm 77-65

Candace Parker scored 24 points, Kristi Toliver had 20 and the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Seattle Storm 77-65 on Friday night.

The Sparks (16-17) are a game ahead of San Antonio for third place in the Western Conference with one game remaining. Los Angeles can clinch third with a win in its regular-season finale Saturday at West-leading Phoenix. San Antonio, which owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with the Sparks, finishes Sunday against Chicago.

Jenna O' Hea scored a career-high 16 points for the Storm (12-21), who were eliminated from the playoffs before tip-off when San Antonio defeated Minnesota. It is the first time Seattle has missed the playoffs since 2003. The Storm rested most of their starters as Sue Bird, Camille Little and Tanisha Wright did not play in the second half.

The Sparks shot a season-high 61 percent from the field. LOS ANGELES (AP) — August 15, 2014

Hawks Face Chargers At Home

seahawks blueBrock Coyle isn't likely to be a starter in the NFL anytime soon. But he's getting every chance to earn a spot on the Seattle Seahawks roster. The linebacker, who at this time a year ago was getting ready for Montana's season opener against Appalachian State, will likely be the one responsible for calling Seattle's first defensive play in the huddle when the Seahawks face the San Diego Chargers on Friday night.

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Seattle's Arms Trending Toward Record Season

This is how good Felix Hernandez has pitched in making himself the clear leader for a second Cy Young award. The ace of the Seattle Mariners has set the pace for a pitching staff that's on a record pace not seen from an American League team in 40 years and is the reason that Seattle is playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in seven years. Seattle is in the mix for the second wild card in the American League after winning eight of nine and it's because of a pitching staff that has a combined 2.95 ERA. They are led by Hernandez, who is on an overpowering run with 16 straight starts of at least seven innings pitched and two or fewer runs allowed. SEATTLE (AP) – August 15, 2014

Little League: Chicago Tops Lynnwood 12-2

Chicago's Pierce Jones hit three home runs Thursday, including a first-inning leadoff shot, to lead the Jackie Robinson West team to a 12-2 victory over Lynnwood of Washington state. Jones also tripled and finished with four RBIs. Shortstop Ed Howard added a two-run homer in the second inning. The game was shortened from six innings to five because of a 10-run margin after at least four innings. Chicago scored five runs in the third inning. Logan Kruse relieved Ian Michael, and Chicago capitalized on a passed ball and other misplays behind the plate. For Chicago, pitcher Joshua Houston settled down after Lynnwood scored two in the first. Houston went four innings, striking out seven and giving up two hits. SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) – August 15, 2014