Mariners Beat A's 4-1

mariners logo NewBrad Miller had a tiebreaking two-run triple in the eighth inning and drove in three runs, helping the Seattle Mariners gain in the AL wild-card race with a 4-1 victory over the Houston Astros on Monday. The Mariners moved one game behind Oakland, which lost to the White Sox, 5-4 in 12 innings, for the first wild card and are one game ahead of Detroit for the second playoff spot.

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Injuries Will Test Depth In Seahawks Secondary

Two key injuries will test the depth of the Seattle Seahawks' secondary, especially in the coming weeks. Cornerback Jeremy Lane, the Seahawks' nickel back who plays against slot receivers, was placed on injured reserve with a groin injury Monday with the designation to return. He will miss at least the next eight weeks before he can rejoin the active roster. Cornerback Tharold Simon underwent minor knee surgery last week but is still expected to be out at least four weeks. The injury to Lane is more significant. Seattle played the majority of last Thursday's season-opening win over Green Bay with five defensive backs and is likely to take a similar tack with San Diego and Denver next on the schedule. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – September 9, 2014

NFLPA Head Disturbed By Rice Video

NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith says the video showing Ray Rice striking his then-fiancee in February was "disturbing to watch." Smith was at the Seattle Seahawks' practice facility on Monday beginning his plan to visit all 32 teams. Smith says he was flying cross country when the video was released by TMZ Sports and only saw it after he landed in Seattle. Smith says he has not spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell since the video came out. Smith says the union has an "unshakable position against any violence, certainly domestic violence included. It will be a time for us now to catch up with everything else that has occurred today." Smith also said union negotiators were in New York working with the league on a new drug policy. Smith said a significant sticking point is that players not be punished or suspended upon arrest and players are entitled due process. RENTON, Wash. (AP) – September 9, 2014

Huskies 2-0 But Seeking Some Consistency

Washington has looked strong both offensively and defensively this year. The problem is, it hasn't happened in the same game. The opener at Hawaii saw the Huskies eke out a one-point win thanks to the defense holding the Rainbow Warriors to 16 points. Last Saturday against Eastern Washington was a different story, as Washington's offense came to the rescue in a 59-52 victory. While the Huskies search for consistency, coach Chris Petersen would be happy to see his offense keep performing at the level it did against Eastern Washington. After failing to score in the second half of its opener, Washington moved the ball much better on Saturday, thanks largely to 356 rushing yards. The Huskies were also efficient through the air with new starter Cyler Miles under center. SEATTLE (AP) – September 9, 2014

College Of Idaho Football Wins Opener

The College of Idaho, which reinstated the football program it disbanded 37 years ago, preserved its season-opening win with a blocked field goal. Quarterback Teejay Gordon had 335 yards in total offense and three touchdowns and Charlie Shepherd blocked a field goal with 29 seconds left to give the Yotes a 35-34 win over NCAA Division III Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Saturday's game featured back-to-back kickoff returns for touchdowns, a botched kickoff and a blocked extra point. The Idaho Press Tribune reports the outcome was very similar to the team's last game, on Nov. 12, 1977. In that contest, the Yotes beat Pacific 24-23 in Caldwell after the College of Idaho was able to stop a 2-point conversion attempt. The Coyotes, a member of the NAIA Frontier Conference, host Montana Western on Saturday. CALDWELL, Idaho (AP) – September 9, 2014