Iditarod Sled Dog Race Increases Musher WinningsThe top five finishers in the world's most famous sled dog race will be taking home a little bit more cold cash. Officials with Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race have announced a $50,000 bump in the overall purse next year, with the winner getting the bulk of it. The 2015 winner will receive $70,000, the largest payout ever in the roughly thousand-mile race. It starts March 7 and ends about nine days later in Nome. The highest payout had been $69,000 for the winner until the race lost about $1 million in sponsorships five years ago. The last winner got $50,400. Officials also announced a 20-mile stretch of the trail has been improved between Rohn and Farewell, the site of many accidents last year during a low-snow season. ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – December 3, 2014
Mariners, Cruz Nearing Contract
Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Mariners and free agent slugger Nelson Cruz are nearing agreement on a contact that would give Seattle the right-handed bat it has sought. The people spoke to The Associated Press on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the deal between Cruz and the Mariners had not been finalized and was pending a physical. El Caribe in the Dominican Republic
Seattle Routs D-III Pacific Lutheran 72-33Jarell Flora scored 16 points and Seattle routed Pacific Lutheran 72-33 on Monday. Pacific Lutheran, a Division III member, led once at 4-2. Isiah Umipig hit a 3-pointer on the next possession and PLU never challenged again. Umipig hit another trey with 7:51 in the half and Seattle led 43-21 at intermission. The onslaught continued after the break. PLU's Garth West scored the first bucket of the half, then the Lutes missed their next six shots over 8:38 as Seattle built a 57-23 lead. PLU was held to 12 points in the second half and was 12 of 52 (23 percent) for the game, 2 of 23 on 3-point attempts. Jack Crook scored 14 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Seattle (3-3). Manroop Clair had 12 points and Umipig, who's averaging 19.6 this season, finished with 11 points and didn't play after the 15:47 mark of the second half. KENT, Wash. (AP) – December 2, 2014
Juninho's Goal Puts Galaxy Into MLS Cup Final
Clint Dempsey had a goal and assist in the first half to give Seattle the lead, but Juninho's tiebreaking road goal early in the second half sent the Los Angeles Galaxy to the MLS Cup final for the ninth time in franchise history after their Western Conference final with the Seattle Sounders ended 2-2 on aggregate.