SEATTLE — The previous time Clint Dempsey sauntered onto the Starfire Sports Complex outdoor practice fields the day before a game in which he could actually play, the Sounders were in first place in the Western Conference with few clear-cut challengers.
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RENTON — It took until almost the 11th — or should that be the 12th — hour.
ARLINGTON, Texas — The Yankees acquired lefty-hitting outfielder/second baseman Dustin Ackley from the Seattle Mariners on Thursday.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The Toronto Blue Jays, with a .500 record but only two games out of the second American League wild-card spot entering Thursday’s game, consider their future attractive. The Detroit Tigers, three games under .500 and 3 ½ games out of the same spot, consider their own ugly.
Tom Brady said he’s disappointed his four-game suspension wasn’t overturned by National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell. The reigning Super Bowl Most Valuable Player also said the dispute about his destroyed cell phone was manufactured by the league to overshadow its lack of proof of his involvement in the New England Patriots’ deflated-ball controversy.
It appears the NFL isn’t taking any chances when it comes to the safety of commissioner Roger Goodell in the wake of his decision to uphold Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.
TORONTO — The Phillies late Wednesday were nearing a deal to send ace pitcher Cole Hamels and reliever Jake Diekman along with cash to the Texas Rangers for five prospects and 29-year-old left-hander Matt Harrison, according to multiple reports.
SEATTLE — Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon, eyes glowing, saw it this way: “We got our butts kicked in this series.”
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell denied New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s appeal of his four-game suspension for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal, the league announced Tuesday.
SEATTLE — It’s during the tedious and overwrought week to 10 days before the non-waiver trade deadline where exaggeration and overstatement can be prevalent.
NEW YORK — Jenrry Mejia claimed earlier this season he did not know how he tested positive for a performance-enhancing drug that resulted in an 80-game suspension.
The Pro Football Hall of Fame quietly made up an unnecessary new rule a few years ago involving its annual induction ceremony, and is now using that dumb “policy” to prevent the family of the late Junior Seau from speaking on his behalf.
The NFL on Tuesday reduced the suspension of halfback Le’Veon Bell from three games to two, a ban that stemmed from his arrest on marijuana charges last August.
Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday as coach of the Mexican national team, less than two days after leading the squad to the CONCACAF Gold Cup title.
TACOMA — How bizarre was the Tacoma Rainiers’ 11-10 victory over the visiting Fresno Grizzlies on Monday?