Rams Answer Late, Shock Seahawks 34-31

ST. LOUIS (AP) - Greg Zuerlein kicked a 37-yard field goal in overtime and the St. Louis Rams survived an 18-point fourth quarter rally by the Seattle Seahawks, beating the two-time defending NFC champions 34-31 on Sunday.

Down 31-24 with 53 seconds left, the Rams tied the game after Seahawks defensive back Dion Bailey stumbled on Lance Kendricks' 37-yard touchdown catch. Cary Williams' strip of Nick Foles and 8-yard return had put Seattle up by a touchdown.

The Seahawks opened overtime with an onside kick, as Bradley Marquez caught Steven Hauschka's popped-up attempt. Officials ruled the ball was kicked directly in the air, so Marquez was OK to signal for a fair catch.

After Zuerlein gave the Rams the lead, the defense stopped Marshawn Lynch on 4th-and-1 from the St. Louis 42 to end the game.

The Rams sacked Russell Wilson six times.

September 14, 2015

High School Football

Shelton hung with Sumner for the first 35 minutes and found themselves down by just 11 points at the half and well into the third quarter. But Connor Wedington and Josh Riley proved to be too much for the Highclimbers and the Spartans pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 34-3 win at Highclimbers Stadium.

Wedington tallied 157 yards on the ground including rushing touchdowns of nine, 61 and eight yards and added an interception of Shelton quarterback Tyler Giraldes. Josh Riley broke the game open at the end of the third quarter with a 50 yard touchdown run that put the Spartans up 21-3. Kolby Nikolaisen finished off the game by ripping the ball out of the hands of a Highclimbers running back and waltzing into the end zone to put Sumner up 34-3.

Both Wedington and Nikolaisen had long touchdowns called back on penalties. Wedington went for a 53 yard scamper that didn’t count and Nikolaisen intercepted a pass and took it to the house minutes before getting the fumble recovery that did make it into the score book.

Willy Ruiz rushed for 141 yards for the Highclimbers while Tyler Giraldes threw for 82 yards. Cody Bragg’s 25 yard field goal in the first quarter were the only points that Shelton could muster. Kyle Kimball intercepted a pass from Sumner QB Luke Ross and Giraldes hit Skylar Ross for 30 yards on the next play. But penalties derailed the drive near the goal line before Bragg’s field goal cut the Sumner lead to four points at 7-3.

Shelton fell to 1-1 in their two non-conference games and will open 3A Narrows League play against Foss at Mount Tahoma Stadium next week. Sumner moved to 2-0 and will face Enumclaw at home on Friday night.

In other action:
Black Hills 42, Rochester 7
Olympia 41, Capital 7
River Ridge 19, North Thurston 13
Tumwater 48, Timberline 10
Yelm 41, Foss 8
Rainier 34, Kittitas 6
Tenino 39, Castle Rock 20

Brandon Sparks, Olysports.com

Cruz Hits 40th HR, Hernandez Wins, Mariners Top Texas

marinersSSEATTLE (AP) - Nelson Cruz reached 40 home runs for the second straight season, Felix Hernandez pitched three-hit ball for eight innings and the Seattle Mariners downed the Texas Rangers 5-0 Thursday.

Texas was shut out for the second straight day. The Rangers' lead for the second AL wild-card spot was cut to one game over idle Minnesota.

Cruz missed the previous six games because of a strained right quadriceps. He matched his career high for homers set last season with Baltimore.

Hernandez (17-8) struck out eight and walked four. He tied Houston's Dallas Keuchel for the most victories in the AL.

Derek Holland (3-2) worked seven innings, allowing all five runs and nine hits.

September 10, 2015

Nuno Stops Winless Skid, Mariners Blank Rangers 6-0

mariners 8SEATTLE (AP) - Vidal Nuno allowed one hit over seven dominant innings for his first victory in more than a year, and Mark Trumbo and Kyle Seager each had four hits and a two-run homer to lead the Seattle Mariners past the Texas Rangers 6-0 Wednesday night.

Nuno (1-2) had gone 20 starts without a win, which was tied with Atlanta right-hander Shelby Miller for the longest active stretch in the majors. The left-hander struck out a career-high 10 and yielded only Prince Fielder's first-inning single. He walked two and hit a pair of batters with pitches.

As a starter, Nuno was 0-10 with a 4.17 ERA since his previous win on June 27, 2014, with the New York Yankees. Nuno also made 24 relief appearances during that span without a victory.

Danny Farquhar and Carson Smith each followed with a perfect inning to finish the one-hitter.

September 10, 2015

Kam Chancellor Still Absent In Seattle, Won't Play Sunday

RENTON, Wash. (AP) - Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll says holdout strong safety Kam Chancellor has not shown up at the team's practice facility and won't play on Sunday in the season opener against St. Louis.

Carroll spoke Wednesday as the Seahawks began preparations for the Rams. Carroll says he is disappointed Chancellor has chosen this route to express his displeasure with his contract situation.

Chancellor did not report when the Seahawks gathered for training camp at the end of July. His potential fines are in excess of $1 million should the team choose to enforce them and he will forfeit a game check by missing the opener. Dion Bailey will start at strong safety in Chancellor's absence.

September 10, 2015