NW Sports from the AP

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The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) – Mariano Rivera saved the 600th game of his
career, moving within one of Trevor Hoffman’s major league record,
by closing out the New York Yankees’ 3-2 win over the Seattle
Mariners. The Yankees stayed four games in front of second-place
Boston in the American League East after the Red Sox thumped
Toronto 18-6. Rivera entered with a one-run lead in the ninth and
allowed just a one-out single to Ichiro (EE’-cheer-oh) Suzuki. He
was retired when catcher Russell Martin caught Suzuki trying to
steal second for the final out.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have signed running
back/fullback Eddie Williams off the Cleveland Browns practice
squad and released tight end Dominique Byrd to clear a roster spot.
The signing comes after fullback Michael Robinson suffered a
second-degree sprained ankle in the opener Sunday in San Francisco.
Coach Pete Carroll has not placed a timetable on when Robinson may
return. The moves occurred yesterday.

UNDATED (AP) – Washington State is 2-0 and has the nation’s top
offense. What the Cougars don’t have is respect, as they’re
considered underdogs for Saturday’s game at San Diego State after a
5-32 record the previous three years. And things don’t get any
easier this weekend. The Aztecs have beaten Cal Poly and Army this
season, and went to a bowl game last season. For WSU, the 123
points in the first two games are the most since 1907.

SEATTLE (AP) – When the Seattle Storm open defense of their WNBA
title tomorrow night, center Ashley Robinson will be playing for
more than just herself, her teammates and the team’s vociferous
fans. She’ll also be playing for Pat Summit, the heralded women’s
basketball coach at national power Tennessee, who helped make it
possible for Robinson to have a life as a professional player – and
who now is fighting her own battle of a lifetime – after having
been diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. The Western Conference
semifinals begin Thursday.

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