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Ramirez Gets 10 Ks, But Mets Win


(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will wrap up their three-game series with the Mets this afternoon after losing to New York, 3-1.  Seattle starter Erasmo Ramirez pitched seven solid innings in last night's game, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out ten.  Dustin Ackley had an RBI double in the fifth inning for Seattle's only run.  The rubber match in the series will start at 12:40 this afternoon at Safeco Field.

Seahawks' 2014 Schedule Rated One Of NFL's Toughest


(Renton, WA)  --  The Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will have one of the NFL's toughest schedules in 2014.  The formula used to determine strength of schedule includes the win-loss records of opponents in 2013.  The Seahawks' 2014 opponents had a combined winning percentage last season of .561, which is sixth-highest.  Seattle will open the regular season on September 4th at home against Green Bay.

Cascade Cycling Classic


There’s an up and coming new ‘King of the Road’ you might say in the world of cycling as Serghei Tsvetkov claimed back-to-back ‘Cascade Cycling Classic’ GC Titles in Bend, Oregon.
The top-gun rider for the Jelly Belly Race Team won Stage-22 (Prineville Time Trial), and the Saturday night Bend Downtown Criterium to win his second straight Title.
Eric Marcotte, a Chiropractor in Scottsdale, Arizona of Team Smart Stop won his second road race stage by claiming Sunday’s finale, the Awbrey Butte Circuit.
Colin Joyce and Dion Smith finished 2nd, and 3rd, respectively.
Lauren Stephens of Dallas, Texas ran away with the Women’s GC Title as she won the first 3 races of the 35th Annual Bend Memorial Clinic sponsored event.
She finished 3rd in Stage-5 finale on Awbrey Butte to secure the Championship in Bend.

- www.jayreesesports.com

Mariners Victims Of Angels Rally


(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will be back home tonight to begin a three-game series with the New York Mets, after losing two of three to the Los Angeles Angels.  Yesterday's 6-5 loss was a product of a two-run, ninth-inning rally by the Angels.  Kyle Seager launched his 16th home run of the season with two out as part of a three-run first inning for Seattle.  The Mariners and Mets will get started at 7:10 tonight.
 

Seahawks Single-game Tickets Go On Sale Today


(Seattle, WA)  --  Fans are camped out at CenturyLink Field for a chance to secure single-game tickets for Seahawks home games in 2014.  Those tickets are set to go on sale at ten o'clock this morning.  All season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season, but about one-thousand tickets will be sold for each home contest.  The Super Bowl champs will open the season at CenturyLink Field against the Green Bay Packers on September 4th. 

Mariners Back In Action Tonight


(Anaheim, CA)  --  The All-Star break is over, and the Seattle Mariners will open a three-game series with the Los Angeles Angels tonight.  The M's are six-and-a-half-games back of the second-place Angels and eight games behind first-place Oakland to begin the second half of the season.  Rookie outfielder Stefen Romero has been recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and will make the trip tonight to Anaheim.
 

Forbes: Seahawks 28th-most Valuable Sports Franchise


Forbes magazine's list of the most valuable sports franchises in the world has the Seattle Seahawks ranked 28th, down one spot from 2013.  The publication says the Seahawks' overall value is higher, up from one-point-oh-four-billion dollars last year to one-point-oh-eight-billion in 2014.  Champions League soccer club Real Madrid tops the Forbes list with a valuation of three-point-44-billion dollars.  The highest-valued American sports team is the New York Yankees at two-point-five-billion, good for fourth overall.
 

Hernandez Helps Lead AL To All-Star Win


(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The American League will have home-field advantage in the World Series this season after a 5-3 win over the National League in the 2014 All-Star Game in Minneapolis.  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez pitched a scoreless first inning for the AL, allowing one hit and recording two strikeouts.  The Yankees' Derek Jeter went two-for-two and scored a run in his final All-Star Game.  Mariners closer Fernando Rodney walked one batter and struck out another in the eighth inning.

Hernandez To Start For AL In All-Star Game


(Minneapolis, MN)  --  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez will start for the American League in tonight's Major League All-Star Game in Minneapolis.  The 2010 AL Cy Young Award winner has an 11-and-2 record so far this season, with an ERA of two-point-12.  Also representing the Mariners in tonight's game will be Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, and relief pitcher Fernando Rodney.  The All-Star game is scheduled to start at five p.m.

Mariners Lose Out On Sweep Of A's


(Seattle, WA )  --  The Seattle Mariners are heading into the All-Star break with a series win over Oakland, but dropped the final game by a score of 4-1.  Chris Young allowed three runs on five hits over six innings for Seattle, who ended the first half of the season eight games behind the first-place A's.  Robinson Cano had an RBI in the first inning for the Mariners' only run.  The Major League All-Star game will be played Tuesday night in Minneapolis.

Timbers Fall To Sounders, 2-0


(Seattle, WA)  --  The Portland Timbers are winless in their last four games after losing to the Seattle Sounders, 2-0.  Clint Dempsey returned to league play following the World Cup and scored in the 71st minute for the Sounders.  Marco Pappa scored in the 86th minute to help give Seattle its second win over Portland in four days.  The Timbers will host Colorado Friday night.

Twins Swamp Mariners, 8-1


(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are hoping to salvage a split in their four-game series with the Minnesota Twins tonight.  The Twins won last night at Safeco Field, 8-1, making the going tough for starting pitcher Roenis Elias.  Elias allowed seven runs on seven hits over three-plus innings.  Robinson Cano went three-for-five with an RBI for the Mariners.

Timbers Fall To Seattle, 3-1, In Overtime


(Tukwila, WA)  --  The Seattle Sounders are moving forward in U.S. Open Cup play after defeating the Portland Timbers, 3-1, in overtime.  The Timbers sent the game into extra time with a goal by Darlington Nagbe to tie the Sounders, 1-1.  Kenny Cooper scored on a header in the 111th minute and Marco Pappa tallied a goal five minutes later to make the difference for Seattle.  The Timbers and Sounders will play an MLS regular-season game in Seattle this Sunday night. 

Mariners Fall To Twins, 2-0


(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle and Minnesota will continue their series tonight at Safeco Field after the Mariners dropped a 2-0 decision to the Twins.  Chris Young pitched seven-plus innings in last night's game, giving up two runs on six hits and striking out six.  The Mariners have had trouble scoring runs lately, tallying only six in the last five games.  The Mariners and Twins will get under way again tonight at 7:10.
 

Hernandez, Cano Selected For All-Star Game


(Chicago, IL)  --  Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez and second baseman Robinson Cano will represent the American League in the 2014 Major League All-Star Game.  Cano garnered the highest number of fan votes at his position, while Fernandez made the AL squad on a vote by the players.  Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon says another Mariner may also be chosen to play in the All-Star Game, which will take place in Minneapolis on July 15th.

Timbers' Chara Suspended For Match Against Seattle


(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Timbers midfielder Diego Chara will have to sit out next Sunday's match in Seattle.  Chara has racked up a yellow-card accumulation that's led to his suspension for the July 13th game against the Sounders.  He received his fifth yellow card of the season Friday night against the L.A. Galaxy when he knocked down Galaxy attacker Landon Donovan just outside the box.  The Timbers and Galaxy fought to a 2-2 draw.

Nadal, Sharapova Knocked Out Of Wimbledon


(Wimbledon, England)  --  A pair of big names are out at Wimbledon.  Men's second seed Rafael Nadal and women's fifth seed Maria Sharapova both lost fourth-round matches Tuesday at the All England Club.  No American men or women are left in the singles draw either.

U.S. Falls Short Against Belgium


(Salvador, Brazil)  --  The U.S. is out of the World Cup after yesterday's 2-1 loss to Belgium in the Round of 16.  Belgium scored twice in extra time to take a 2-nil lead before Julian Green answered in the 107th minute.  The Stars and Stripes were aiming for their first quarterfinal appearance since 2002.

U.S. Faces Belgium Today In Knockout Round


(Salvador, Brazil)  --  The U.S. men's soccer team is set to begin the knockout stage of the World Cup today.  The Americans go up against Belgium in the single-elimination Round of 16 at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.  A win would put the Stars and Stripes into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002.

Bucks Acquire Kidd From Nets


(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Milwaukee Bucks are parting ways with head coach Larry Drew after acquiring Jason Kidd from the Brooklyn Nets.  The Bucks shipped the Nets a pair of second-round draft picks in the exchange.  Kidd went 44-and-38 in his first season with the Nets.

UO Players Accused Of Rape Suspended


(Eugene, OR)  --  Three University of Oregon basketball players who were accused of sexually assaulting a female student are off the team, perhaps for good.  Prosecutors declined to file criminal charges against Dominic Artis, Damyean Dotson and Brandon Austin, citing lack of sufficient evidence that a sexual assault occurred.  The woman's attorney says university officials have found that the players engaged in sexual misconduct and will be suspended from the team at least as long as the woman remains on campus.  UO officials say it appears the information released by the attorney is accurate.

Timbers Advance In U.S. Open Cup Play


(Kansas City, KS)  --  The Portland Timbers will advance to the U.S. Open Cup quarterfinals after a 3-1 win over Sporting Kansas City.  Gaston Fernandez scored twice and Will Johnson converted a penalty kick for the Timbers.  Portland will meet the Sounders in Seattle on July 9th for the quarterfinal match.  

Mariners Complete Sweep Of Royals


(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Seattle Mariners' winning streak is now at three after a sweep of the Royals in Kansas City.  The M's earned a 2-1 win on Mike Zunino's ninth home run of the season with nobody out in the seventh inning.  Rookie Roenis Elias gave up a run on five hits and struck out five over six-and-two-thirds innings for his seventh win of the year.  The Mariners will host the Boston Red Sox for a three-game series beginning tonight.

Dempsey Scores As U.S., Portugal Fight To Draw


(Manaus, Brazil)  --  The U.S. will have to play Germany to try to advance in the World Cup after settling for a 2-2 draw with Portugal.  Seattle Sounders striker Clint Dempsey scored a goal in the 81st minute to put the U.S. ahead, 2-1.  But Portugal scored the equalizer with only 30 seconds remaining.  The U.S. is hoping to advance to the round of 16 Thursday with either a win or a tie against Germany.

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