DETROIT — It’s difficult to know what was worse for the Mariners on Thursday against the Tigers: the first inning, when starting pitcher Adrian Sampson had to leave the game without throwing a pitch or the 10th inning, when the Mariners failed to score a go-ahead run with a runner on third and no outs and then lost 5-4 on a walkoff wild pitch by closer Steve Cishek.
BEND, Ore. — The visiting Wenatchee AppleSox allowed five runs in the fourth inning and three runs in the seventh inning in a lopsided 9-1 loss to the Bend Elks in the series finale at Vince Genna Stadium. Wenatchee recorded two hits in the contest.
DUBLIN, Ireland — Northern Ireland’s four-times major winner Rory McIlroy has decided to pull out of the historic golf tournament at the Rio Olympic Games in August because of health fears over the Zika virus. “After speaking with those closest to me, I’ve come to realize that my health and my family’s health comes before anything else,” the world number four said in a statement on Wednesday.
Seattle Sounders forward and part-time Fox Sports analyst Herculez Gomez weighed in Wednesday on the United States national team’s comprehensive 4-0 defeat at the hands of Argentina in the Copa America semifinals, breaking down what went wrong and whether the tournament should be considered a net positive.
DETROIT — The Mariners’ slide from the top of the American League West standings has been a steady descent from first place and 1.5 games up on Texas, to second place behind the Rangers at 9.5 games back coming into Wednesday and now to third place behind the Astros with yet another loss.
Baylee Toftness, 5, passes a ball in between the legs of Cameron Silver, a sophomore player at Wenatchee Valley College, during a passing exercise at a basketball camp hosted by WVC on Wednesday. WVC men’s basketball coach Brett McGinnis, along with WVC staff members and volunteers help put on the camp, which helped ballers in Kindergarten through eighth grade hone their skills during sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at the college.
BEND, Ore.— Don’t let the slow 0-7 start fool you. This Wenatchee AppleSox team is talented. After using 16 hits to blank the Bend Elks on Tuesday, the Sox added another 15 knocks en route to a tidy 5-3 win over Bend on Wednesday at Vince Genna Stadium.
Jonathan Rodriguez has been around the block once or twice. One of the most experienced players on Wenatchee FC’s roster, Rodriguez has borne witness to the steady, yet sharp, progression of professional soccer in Wenatchee over the past few years. Not long ago, the Wenatchee Fire indoor team was the only option for players wishing to extend their careers past college in the Valley. That’s no longer the case.
WENATCHEE -- After a week of open voting on social media sites, the Wenatchee Wild fan base selected the team’s new slogan for the 2016-17 season from a pool of three finalists. This year’s team will adopt the slogan, “Power of the Pack” for the upcoming BCHL season.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A beaming LeBron James returned home to wild celebration on Monday when he stepped off the Cleveland Cavaliers’ team plane carrying the long-coveted NBA title he promised to deliver for the city’s long-suffering fans. The mere sight of James set off loud cheers from adoring fans who showed up to thank the greatest basketball player on the planet for leading Cleveland past the Golden State Warriors in a decisive seventh game of the NBA Finals on Sunday.
OAKMONT, Pa. — U.S. Open organizers on Monday said they regret “the distraction caused” by their delay in handing champion Dustin Johnson a one-stroke penalty until after Sunday’s final round was completed. The U.S. Golf Association (USGA), however, stood by its decision to penalize Johnson one stroke after the round.
PHILADELPHIA — The Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday told former-LSU forward Ben Simmons the franchise would pick him first overall in Thursday’s NBA Draft. Simmons will join fellow big men Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor and Joel Embiid in the ‘6ers’ frontcourt.