Rays Beat Mariners 7-1

marinersSAlex Cobb pitched five strong innings in his first big league game since being hit in the head by a batted ball two months ago and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 7-1 on Thursday night. Cobb (7-2) ended his night by striking out Nick Frankiln on a full-count pitch with the bases loaded and two outs in the fifth.

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Washington Beats Texas In LLWS

Carper homered, Dalton Chandler hit a double and a triple and drove in a run and Sammamish, Wash., beat Corpus Christi, Texas, 8-4 in the first round of the Little League World Series on Thursday. Carper and Chandler both went 3-for-4. Sammamish moves into the winner's bracket and won't have to play again until Sunday against the winner of the game between Nashville, Tenn., and Wesport, Conn. Corpus Christi will play the loser of that game Saturday, facing elimination. Sammamish scored four times in the top of the first. A single by Oscar Hernandez of Corpus Christi scored Brandon DeLeon during a three-run third inning to cut the lead to 5-4. Washington relievers Will Armbruester and Jack Matheson blanked Texas over the final three innings.

August 16, 2013

Sky Over Storm 79-66

Epiphanny Prince scored 12 of her 16 points in the fourth quarter as the Chicago Sky rallied from 16 points down in the second half to beat the Seattle Storm 79-66 on Thursday night. Swin Cash scored 18 points against her former team, Sylvia Fowles had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Allie Quigley added a career-high 10 points for the Sky (16-8). Chicago used a 17-0 run in the fourth quarter to avoid the two-game season sweep by Seattle. They Sky were without leading scorer Elena Delle Donne due to a foot injury. Shekinna Stricklen scored 20 points to lead Seattle (10-13).

August 16, 2013

Seattle Arena Study

A draft of the environmental impact study for a proposed NBA arena in Seattle was released Thursday. There will now be a 45-day review period during which the public can comment on the study, including at two public meetings. The comment period will end Sept. 30. The study reviewed five options: the proposed arena plan; no action at the proposed site; a smaller arena on the proposed site; a 20,000-seat arena where KeyArena currently sits; and a 20,000-seat arena at Memorial Stadium near KeyArena. There will be further review of impact and mitigation for all options before the final study is released. Investor Chris Hansen has proposed a $490 million arena with $290 million in private investment in Seattle's SoDo area in the hopes of bringing the NBA back.

August 16, 2013

Earl Thomas Makes Seahawks Defense Work

Certain questions make Earl Thomas uncomfortable. The confidence he shows on the field takes a backseat when Seattle's star free safety is asked if he is the reason the Seahawks work defensively - even more so than their brash cornerbacks, more so than their talented linebackers or pass rushers. It's natural when he tries to deflect praise. On a team where Marshawn Lynch is the beast, Russell Wilson is a media darling and Richard Sherman seemingly can't stop receiving attention, the most important player in the Seahawks starting lineup could arguably be their free safety. The Seahawks are able to play the way they do defensively because Thomas is such a unique mix of speed and skill roaming the back end, waiting to clean up any messes.

August 16, 2013