SPORTS JUNE 24
Felix Hernandez pitched seven impressive innings and hit a two-run double to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 5-1 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Hernandez (5-5) turned in his second strong outing, limiting the Padres to one run and six hits. The right-hander struck out 10 and walked one. His only blemish was a balk that brought home San Diego's only run in the first inning.
Hernandez's two-out, two-run double in the second capped a three-run inning in which all the runs were unearned due to second baseman Logan Forsythye's error.
Hernandez turned in his second consecutive strong outing after surrendering one run in seven innings of Sunday's 2-1 win over San Francisco. In his previous six starts, Hernandez had an ERA of 6.37.
Galaxy Blank Whitecaps 3-0
Mike Magee, Robbie Keane and Landon Donovan scored first-half goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy earned a 3-0 win over the Vancouver Whitecaps for their third consecutive victory.
The Galaxy opened the scoring in the 16th minute when Magee capitalized on a scramble in the box to send home his third goal of the season past Whitecaps goalkeeper Joe Cannon.
Making his first appearance for the Galaxy (6-8-2) since returning from Euro 2012 duty with Ireland, Keane went through the Whitecaps defense and doubled the Galaxy's lead in the 30th minute. On his ensuing celebration, Keane paid tribute to James Nolan, an Irish fan that died in Poland during the tournament.
Keane helped create the third goal in the 40th minute as well when he fired a shot in the box into the hand of Jay Demerit setting up a penalty kick that was converted by Donovan.
Vancouver fell to 7-4-5 on the season.
Ashton Eaton Sets World Record In Decathlon
Ashton Eaton broke the world record in the decathlon Saturday, finishing with 9,039 points at the U.S. Olympic trials to beat the Roman Sebrle's 11-year-old mark by 13 points.
Eaton, the 24-year-old from Bend, Ore., needed a time of 4 minutes, 16.37 seconds in the finale, the 1,500 meters, to break the mark. He finished in 4:14.48.
Eaton opened the decathlon Friday with world-best marks for the decathlon in the 100 and long jump. He stayed in striking range of Sebrle's world record of 9,026 points throughout Day 2.
On this, the 100th anniversary of the first time the decathlon was held in the Olympics, Eaton joined Bruce Jenner, Dan O'Brien and Rafer Johnson among the Americans to hold the world record.
Trey Hardee finished second.
Harper Wins 100-Meter Hurdles
Dawn Harper won the 100-meter hurdles in the U.S. track trials Saturday for the chance to defend her Olympic gold medal in the London Games.
Harper finished in 12.73 seconds. She'll be accompanied to London by runner-up Kellie Wells and third-place Lolo Jones. Wells finished in 12.77, and Jones in 12.86.
At the Beijing Olympics, Harper ran a personal best 12.54 seconds to beat favorite Jones, who tripped on the second-to-last hurdle and finished seventh.
Disappointed after her heat finish a day earlier, Jones knelt on the track at Hayward Field after the final with a broad smile on her face.
Jeter Will Make Her Olympic Debut
The women's Olympic team in the 100 meters was called into question Saturday night when track officials declared a dead heat between Janeba Tarmoh and Allyson Felx for third place.
Carmelita Jeter secured a spot at the London Games by winning the event in 10.92 seconds, as did runner-up Tianna Madison, who finished in 10.96.
It was announced to the Hayward Field crowd that Tarmoh edged training partner Felix by 0.0001 seconds to finish third in 11.068, but the results were immediately reviewed.
Officials from USA Track and Field were meeting Saturday night to make a determination on how to resolve issue for the third spot on the Olympic team.
Olympic Decathlon Champ Clay's Repeat Bid Over
Reigning Olympic decathlon gold medalist Bryan Clay won't defend his title in London after he stumbled in the 110-meter hurdles at the U.S. track trials Saturday.
Clay was disqualified after missing the final hurdle. That took him out of the running for a top-three finish in the decathlon for a spot on the Olympic team.
Clay had finished in 16.81 seconds, last in the field.
Clay was the gold medalist in the Beijing Games, becoming the first American to win the multi-event since Dan O'Brien in 1996.
Through seven events, Oregon native Ashton Eaton leads the decathlon with 6,464 points, followed by reigning world champion Trey Hardee with 6,269 points.
Krug, Loukas Earn Olympic 3m Berths
Cassidy Krug is going to her first Olympics after winning the 3-meter springboard title at the U.S. diving trials.
Krug was consistent throughout the five-round final on Saturday, totaling 1,094.85 points.
Christina Loukas earned her second straight Olympic berth by finishing second at 1,017.85. Kelci Bryant, already on the team in 3-meter synchro, finished third at 967.05. Only the top two individuals go to London.
Abby Johnston, who was 11th going into the final, withdrew to rest her inflamed shoulder. She had already earned an Olympic spot with Bryant in springboard synchro.
Earlier, David Boudia and Nick McCrory finished 1-2 in 10-meter platform to secure Olympic berths. They will also dive together in 10-meter platform synchro in London.
SPORTS JUNE 23
Starting pitcher Clayton Richard settled down after a rough start and drove in three runs to lift the San Diego Padres to a 9-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Richard (5-7) gave up four runs - including two home runs - over the first three innings before he allowed only an unearned run the rest of the way as he pitched into the seventh.
A two-run double by Richard keyed the Padres' five-run, fourth inning when they took a 7-4 lead.
Chase Headley also drove in three runs, two on sacrifice flies, for San Diego.
Franklin Gutierrez and Miguel Olivo homered for Seattle, which has allowed 39 runs on the first four games of its road trip.
Richard gave up five runs, three earned, and six hits in 6 2-3 innings. Richard struck out six and walked three as he won his third straight start, all in interleague play.
Storm Topple Silver Stars 82-76
Tanisha Wright scored a season-high 20 points and the Storm used a 15-0 run midway through the game to beat the San Antonio Silver Stars 82-76 for their third consecutive win.
Wright's free throws down the stretch were key, and her steal and basket sealed the win for Seattle (4-7).
Sue Bird scored 10 points and hit two free throws with 17.5 seconds remaining. Katie Smith scored 13, Camille Little 12 and Tina Thompson 12 for Seattle.
Jia Perkins scored 20 points to lead San Antonio (4-5).
Slumping Timbers, Sounders Meet For 1st Of 3
In 1 1/2 seasons of Major League Soccer play, the Portland Timbers have some impressive moments: sweeping Cascadia rival Vancouver a year ago, beating Los Angeles last August when the Galaxy were riding a 14-game unbeaten streak and nearly making the MLS playoffs in their inaugural season.
They still haven't beaten their Interstate 5 rival just three hours to the north.
The most heated rivalry in U.S. soccer steps back into the spotlight on Sunday afternoon when the Timbers host the Seattle Sounders in the first of three meetings between the foes this season.
Last year, the Timbers pulled out a 1-1 draw in Seattle, but conceded a pair of second half goals in Portland for a 3-2 loss to the Sounders.
Timbers defender Mosquera suspended for 3 games
Major League Soccer has suspended Portland Timbers defender Hanyer Mosquera for three games for striking LA forward Jack McBean during the Galaxy's 1-0 victory last Sunday night.
MLS said in a release Friday that Mosquera was also fined, though the amount was not disclosed.
Mosquera's suspension will begin Sunday, when the Timbers host Seattle Sounders FC.
Dumais Makes 4th US Olympic Diving Team
Troy Dumais has qualified for his fourth Olympic diving team, joining Greg Louganis as the only American men to do so.
Dumais teamed with Kristian Ipsen to win the 3-meter synchro title at the U.S. trials Friday night with 1,296.21 points.
Chris Colwill, a 2008 Olympian, and Drew Livingston finished second at 1,263.51, but only the winners earn berths in the London Games.
Justin and Dwight Dumais, Troy's brothers, partnered to finish third with 1,151.46.
At 32, Troy Dumais is the veteran of the national team, with only an Olympic medal missing from his collection of hardware from world championships, Pan American Games, World Cups and national meets. In three previous Olympics, he finished no higher than sixth in individual competition and fourth on 3-meter synchro in 2000.
SPORTS JUNE 22
Nick McCrory and David Boudia cruised to the 10-meter platform synchro title and spots on the Olympic team at the U.S. trials.
The duo totaled 1,387.66 points in the final, completing a wire-to-wire victory after having led the semifinal and preliminary rounds. McCrory, a Duke student, and Boudia, who attends Purdue, did the two toughest dives of the final, with none of the other seven teams attempting anything close to their degree of difficulty.
Toby Stanley and Steele Johnson finished second at 1,207.08, but only the winning synchro team earned berths in next month's London Games.
Earlier, Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant narrowly won the women's 3-meter synchro title to claim the first two places on the U.S. team.
Campbell, Bingson And Cosby Make US Olympic Team
Kibwe Johnson won the hammer at the Olympic trials with a throw of 245 feet, 11 inches to earn a trip to the London Games.
A.G. Kruger, who finished third with a throw of 242-6 in the event Thursday, also will represent the United States.
Second-place Chris Cralle, who threw 243-11, doesn't have the Olympic "A'' standard of 255-11 needed to qualify for the games.
The event Thursday was held at Nike's headquarters, about 110 miles north of where the rest of the Olympic trials will start Friday at Eugene's Hayward Field.
1-2 Punch: Felix, Gay Go For Spots On Track Team
Now that everyone knows which two races Allyson Felix will run, it's time to find out if Tyson Gay is fit enough to win even one.
Both of America's best-known sprinters will try to qualify for a trip to the London Games, but while Felix heads into Olympic trials at the top of her game, Gay remains a question mark after months of struggling with injuries.
Felix finally ended the drama and said she'll try for the 100-200 double, instead of the 200-400 she'd been training for over much of the last year.
She takes to the track Friday, while Gay's first heat in the 100 will come Saturday.
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