CARSON, Calif. (AP) — David Beckham thinks the Los Angeles Galaxy put themselves in a solid position to defend their MLS title with a win in their regular-season finale. Hurting the Seattle Sounders' playoff plans was just a small bonus.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Ed Reynolds returned an interception for a touchdown and No. 19 Stanford sacked Jeff Tuel 10 times to overcome a sloppy offensive effort in a 24-17 victory over Washington State on Saturday. Reynolds stepped in front of Tuel's pass for the safety's fourth interception — and second returned for a score — this season early in the fourth quarter. He ran 25 yards untouched into the end zone to give the Cardinal a two-touchdown lead and highlight another dominant defense effort that held the Cougars (2-6, ...
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) — Jack Jewsbury scored in the 39th minute and the Portland Timbers beat Vancouver 1-0 on Sunday, winning the Cascadia Cup competition and forcing the Whitecaps to wait a few hours to secure a playoff spot. Portland finished 3-1-2 against its Pacific Northwest rivals to take the fan-created Cascadia Cup. Seattle was 2-1-3, and Vancouver 0-3-3.
CALGARY, Alberta (AP) — American J.R. Celski become the first short-track speedskater to break the 40-second barrier in the 500 meters, setting a world record of 39.973 second Sunday in a World Cup final. South Korea's Kwak Yoon-gy and Shim Suk-hee set world records in the 1,000 semifinals. Kwak broke the men's record with a time of 1:23.007, and Shim set the women's mark in 1:26.661.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — After three straight losses to ranked opponents and six weeks of playing at a breakneck pace, no team needed its bye week more than Arizona. The Wildcats certainly made the most of it.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Justin Barcia won the Monster Energy Cup on Saturday night at Sam Boyd Stadium, winning a moto and finishing second in the other two to take the $100,000 in the motocross event. Barcia, the Muscle Milk Honda rider from Greenville, Fla., finished second behind Kawasaki's Ryan Villopoto in the opening moto, won the second, and was second behind Honda's Eli Tomac in the third.
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Ashley Wagner knows there's a lot of pressure on her to help return American women to the top of the international scene. But that wasn't the pressure Wagner was feeling before she delivered a solid performance to win the short program Saturday at Skate America.
KENT, Wash. (AP) — Yuzuru Hanyu dominated the short program Friday night at Skate America. The 17-year-old Japanese star earned 95.07 points for flawless and thrilling routine. He skated last and received the loudest cheers, then broke into a big smile when his score was annnounced.
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Alex Smith threw a 12-yard touchdown pass to Delanie Walker late in the third quarter and San Francisco held off the Seattle Seahawks 13-6 on Thursday night as the 49ers won their long-awaited division opener. Frank Gore ran for 116 yards and the 49ers (5-2) took over sole possession of first place in the NFC West by making just enough plays to win this defense-first game, featuring two teams allowing fewer than 16 points per game.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Marcus Mariota threw for 198 yards and four touchdowns, including two TD strikes to tight end Colt Lyerla, and No. 2 Oregon beat No. 23 Washington 52-21 on Saturday night. Mariota rebounded from an interception on the Ducks' opening series to complete 15 of 24 passes and Oregon (6-0, 3-0 Pac-12) won its ninth straight overall dating back to last season, as well as its ninth straight in the series against the rival Huskies (3-2, 1-1).
SEATTLE (AP) — Kyle Seager became the first Seattle batter to hit 20 home runs in a season since 2009 with a solo shot in the first inning and the Mariners beat Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels 6-1 on Tuesday night. The penultimate game of the season came a night after the Angels were eliminated from the AL wild card chase. And they played like a team with nothing tangible left to play for, tying their season high with three errors, including a pair in the sixth inning ...
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Another dramatic win in hand, the Oakland Athletics gathered around the big screen clubhouse TV and began feasting on Mexican food while watching the Angels and Rangers play the second game of their Texas doubleheader. The upstart A's are still chasing an AL West title with three games to go. And that's about as ideal a scenario as anyone around here could have envisioned in a season full of injuries, sweeping changes and even a drug suspension for key starting pitcher Bartolo Colon.
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Seattle Mariners watched Oakland make a playoff push with a pair of dramatic weekend wins. So close sometimes, these Mariners. They missed chances in the early innings, just as they did all series in being swept.
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — With Seimone Augustus and Maya Moore around, Lindsay Whalen's focus generally isn't on scoring. That doesn't mean she can't. Whalen scored 20 points to lead the defending champion Minnesota Lynx in a 78-70 victory over the Seattle Storm in the opener of the Western Conference semifinals Friday night.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — John Jaso doesn't see the Seattle Mariners as spoilers. They're active participants in the AL pennant race, even if it's from the outside — and they showed the Angels how much they've already learned. Jaso hit a two-run homer and an RBI double, and Seattle prevented Los Angeles from moving within one game of an AL wild-card spot with a 9-4 victory over the Angels on Thursday.
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Torii Hunter's RBI singles tied it in the seventh inning and ended it in the ninth, and the Los Angeles Angels rallied to keep pace in the AL wild-card race with their fifth consecutive victory, 4-3 over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday night. Erick Aybar had an early two-run double before Hunter ended it for the Angels (86-69), who remained two games behind Oakland (88-67) after the other three teams in the AL wild-card race all won earlier in the day.
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — One day after venting on his radio show about the refereeing debacle that cost the Green Bay Packers a game in Seattle, Aaron Rodgers was saving one last barb for the NFL. Asked Wednesday about how the Packers were handling the aftermath of a Monday night loss that touched off a national firestorm about the league's use of replacement officials, Rodgers dismissed an NFL-issued statement generally supporting the officials' handling of the situation a "bogus report."
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Zack Greinke had a season-high 13 strikeouts in five innings, and the Angels got home runs from Torii Hunter and Erick Aybar on Tuesday night in a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners that kept Los Angeles two games behind Oakland for the second AL wild card. According to ESPN Stats, Greinke became the first pitcher in the live-ball era (since 1920) to strike out 13 batters in a start that lasted only five innings. Randy Johnson had 13 through his first five frames on July ...
SEATTLE (AP) — In a bizarre ending that capped a tough weekend for replacement officials, the Seattle Seahawks beat the Green Bay Packers 14-12 on Monday night. Russell Wilson threw a disputed 24-yard touchdown pass to Golden Tate on the final play of the game, a game that finally ended 10 minutes later when both teams were brought back on the field for the extra point.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Jordan Webb scored on a 4-yard run in the final seconds, the last of three Colorado touchdowns in the final 7 minutes, to beat Washington State 35-34 on Saturday in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. Webb threw for two touchdowns and ran for two more for Colorado (1-3), which had been outscored by an average of 40-19 coming into the game.