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Sounders’ Schmetzer: ‘This is big’

Alan Hinton, who knows British nobility and the history of Seattle’s soccer culture well, laid bare the stakes of Brian Schmetzer’s appointment as interim Sounders coach in July.

White Sox trade Sale to Red Sox for prospects

CHICAGO — Chris Sale will be pitching for the Sox next season, but in Boston rather than Chicago, after the ace left-hander was traded to the Red Sox, the teams announced Tuesday.

Mariners announce signings of two vet pitchers

SEATTLE — The Mariners officially added two new relievers to their 40-man roster on Saturday night. The club announced the free agent signings of Marc Rzepczynski and Casey Fien. To make room for both on the 40-man roster, a pair of pitchers — lefty Dean Kiekhefer and right-hander Zach Lee — were designated for assignment. 

Oklahoma’s Mayfield to return for senior year

NORMAN, Okla. — First, quarterback Baker Mayfield threw for 288 yards and three touchdowns as Oklahoma blew out Oklahoma State to clinch the Big 12 title, their second straight conference championship.

Patriots place Gronkowski on injured reserve

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tight end Rob Gronkowski’s season is over after the New England Patriots placed him on injured reserve on Saturday one day after he underwent surgery in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk in his back.

Gronk undergoes back surgery, out indefinitely

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski will undergo back surgery on Friday and is expected to miss two months. Gronkowski left Sunday’s game against the New York Jets with an injury. A source told Schefter that ultimately Gronkowski was diagnosed with a herniated disk. The need for surgery was first reported by The Buffalo News.

McKnight shot, killed after road rage accident

NEW ORLEANS — Former USC Trojans and New York Jets running back Joe McKnight was shot to death in an apparent road rage incident outside New Orleans on Thursday, Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said.

MLB owners, players agree on five-year labor contract

NEW YORK — It took nearly round-the-clock bargaining over the last two days and nights, but Major League Baseball and its players’ union have kept their 21-year streak of labor peace for another five years.

Seahawks’ response to Bucs loss will be telling

The most damning words to come out of Sunday’s Seahawks debacle in Tampa Bay came out of the mouth of Buccaneers offensive tackle Demar Dotson. In the afterglow of the Bucs’ 14-5 victory, and armed with the satisfaction of holding Seattle without a sack, Dotson let ‘er rip.

Mariners exchange former top prospect Jackson for two starting pitchers

Alex Jackson was once thought to be the solution for the Mariners’ long quest to find a potent right-handed hitter that could play a corner outfield spot. In three seasons in the Mariners’ minor league system, there were minimal signs of that projected prospect. Now, Jackson is a member of the Atlanta Braves.

Plane carrying soccer team crashes, six survive

LA UNION, ANTIOQUIA, Colombia — A chartered plane transporting Brazilian football team Chapecoense to Medellin's international airport in Colombia with 81 people aboard crashed Monday night. At least six passengers are believed to have survived, and Colombian authorities say rescue efforts are ongoing and have been hampered by bad weather.

On to the MLS Cup finals

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — Sounders rookie Jordan Morris scored the game-winning goal in the 56th minute as Seattle defeated the Colorado Rapids in the Western Conference finals 1-0 on the day and 3-1 on aggregate on Sunday at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.

O-line blunders give Hawks third loss

One play late in the third quarter may have best represented what happened to the Seahawks Sunday in a 14-5 loss at Tampa Bay.