Morales lifts Mariners to 3-2 win over Angels
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Kendrys Morales hit an RBI single in the 10th inning against his former team, leading the Seattle Mariners to a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night.
Charlie Furbush (1-3) faced only one batter to get the victory, striking out Josh Hamilton with runners at first and second to end the ninth. Rookie Yoervis Medina got three outs for his first major league save.
Kyle Seager sparked the winning rally with a two-out double in the 10th against Garrett Richards (2-4). Morales, who struck out his previous three times up, then lined a 3-2 pitch off the glove of shortstop Erick Aybar to give Seattle the lead.
It was only the third RBI for Morales in 30 at-bats against the Angels since he was traded to the Mariners in December for pitcher Jason Vargas.
Thompson helps Storm beat Mystics 96-86 in OT
SEATTLE (AP) - Tina Thompson scored 30 points, including five 3-pointers, to lead the Seattle Storm to a 96-86 overtime win over the Washington Mystics on Tuesday night.
Tanisha Wright had 5 of her 17 points in OT as Seattle (3-3) outscored Washington 18-8 in the extra period. Temeka Johnson added 16 points and Camille Little 15 to help the Storm snap a 3-game Washington winning streak. Seattle made 23 of 24 free throws.
Crystal Langhorne scored a season-high 23 to lead Washington (4-2). Reserve Matee Ajavon had 17 points while Monique Curry and Michelle Snow had 12 apiece. Ivory Latta added nine points and six assists.
Ajavon made two free throws to give Washington an 80-78 in overtime, its first lead since midway through the second quarter.
But the Storm answered with six straight points, including a 3-pointer by Thompson just prior to the shot clock buzzer to seal the win.
Tyson Gay healthy heading into nationals
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Tyson Gay is back at full speed and hardly giving his surgically repaired hip a second thought as he heads into the 100-meter race at this week's U.S. championships.
That's quite a contrast from a year ago, when his aching hip was a constant source of concern going into the Olympic trials. He was just hoping that his hip would hold up, which it did and he made the team for London. But he wasn't quite the same sprinter.
This season, Gay may be in his best shape in years - possibly even in his best shape ever.
His coach, Lance Brauman, says Gay is "in a good place right now."
So much so that Gay is actually considering running the 200 meters at nationals, too.
UAA HOCKEY COACH
Alaska Anchorage names Thomas as hockey coach
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska Anchorage has picked Matt Thomas as its new hockey coach.
Thomas was 1 of 4 finalists for the job and moves to Anchorage from minor league professional hockey.
Thomas spent the last nine years in the ECHL, including the last four as coach of the Stockton Thunder.
Thomas has three years' experience as an assistant college hockey coach, including two seasons at Maine from 2000 to 2002.
Thomas played four seasons for Rochester Institute of Technology from 1994 to 1998.
Virginia hires Oregon assistant as softball coach
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) - Virginia has hired Blake Miller as its softball coach.
Athletic director Craig Littlepage made the announcement Tuesday.
Miller spent the last three seasons as an assistant at Oregon, and helped lead the Ducks to the super regional round of the NCAA tournament each season, and to the College World Series last year. As a head coach, employing a strategy that relies on speed and aggression, he led Division II Texas A&M-Kingsville to a 76-79 record from 2008-10, and posted a 64-44 record in two seasons at Darton College in New Jersey in 2006-07.
Miller worked with hitters and infielders at Oregon. The Ducks batted .329 with 80 home runs and averaged 6.13 runs this past season.
He replaces Eileen Schmidt, who resigned after six seasons last month.
D-Backs sign first-round draft pick Shipley
PHOENIX (AP) - First-round draft pick Braden Shipley has signed a $2.25 million contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The 6-foot-3, 195-pound right-hander, who played collegiately at Nevada, was the 15th selection overall. He was projected to go much higher.
Shipley's fastball regularly is in the mid-90s and has hit as high as 97 to 98 mph.
The 21-year-old converted shortstop grew up in Medford, Ore., also the hometown of Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers.
Shipley was the WAC pitcher of the year as a sophomore, going 9-4 with a 2.20 ERA. As a junior this season, he had a 2.77 ERA with 102 strikeouts and 38 walks in 107 innings.
Shipley is expected to join the Hillsboro Hops of the Class A Northwest League this week.
U of Oregon plans to bar too-wide seat cushions
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Some University of Oregon fans say it's getting crowded in the bleachers. The problem: Jumbo seat cushions.
So the school proposes to limit cushions to 17 inches wide.
Spokeswoman Julie Brown says there have been "a few complaints" about extra-wide cushions taking up too much space at Autzen Stadium and Hayward Field.
She says the university wants to clarify how much room fans are entitled to so it can maintain the allocated stadium seating capacity
The proposal would also limit seats to no more than 10 inches deep, with a seat back height that does not exceed 19 inches.
The plan calls for boxes at the gates, like those at airports for carry-on luggage, to determine whether cushions make it into the game.
A public hearing is scheduled next month.
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