NW Sports Minute from the AP

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Matt Joyce had two of Tampa Bay’s three hits, including a solo homer and RBI triple, to help the surging Tampa Bay Rays beat the Seattle Mariners 3-1 for their ninth victory in 10 games last night. Rookie Matt Moore scattered seven hits over five innings to get the win, which kept the first-place Rays atop the American League East standings. Michael Saunders had a solo homer and Jesus Montero went 4-for-4, but Seattle still went 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position.

PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) – Washington State University has added Idaho to its 2013 football schedule. Director of Athletics Bill Moos said Tuesday that the game is scheduled for Sept. 21, 2013, in Martin Stadium. Dates for any games between the teams beyond the 2013 season have not been finalized. Washington State holds a 70-17-3 lead in the all-time series, with the last game played in 2007. The 2013 nonconference schedule also includes a game at Auburn and a home game against BYU.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – Seattle Sounders forward Eddie Johnson has been fined by Major League Soccer for making an inappropriate gesture at the end of the Sounders’ match Saturday against the Chicago Fire. Johnson was fined on Tuesday by the MLS. The amount was not disclosed. Johnson scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal in Seattle’s 2-1 win over the Fire. Johnson appeared to make the gesture as he walked off the field at the end of the game. Johnson apologized in a statement.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – According to the Major League Soccer standings early in the season, it’s the Los Angeles Galaxy looking up at the Seattle Sounders. But the Galaxy are still the league champs and considering their historical success against the Sounders, they’ll remain the team Seattle compares itself against. The Sounders and Galaxy resume their MLS rivalry tonight, the first of three meetings this season. The Galaxy said late yesterday that midfielder David Beckham did not make the trip to Seattle.

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) – The State of Washington Sports Hall of Fame has announced its class for 2012 led by former NFL quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Warren Moon. The announcement of the class was made yesterday. Along with Bledsoe and Moon, the 2012 class includes horse racing jockey Russell Baze, Mercer Island High School basketball coach Ed Pepple, former Seattle Pacific soccer coach Cliff McCrath and late Seattle Rainiers owner Emil Sick.


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