NW Sports from the AP

Date: 06/15/2012 05:39 AM

Here is the latest Washington, Oregon and Alaska sports news from The Associated Press


SEATTLE (AP) – Former SuperSonics stars Gary Payton and Shawn Kemp, along with hedge-fund manager Chris Hansen, received rock star-style ovations as green and gold clad basketball fans crammed into a Seattle park yesterday with a common message: Bring Back Our Sonics. Hansen said he was overwhelmed by the turnout, with estimates of about 4,000 in attendance at the peak of the event. His proposal before the King County and Seattle city councils calls for a $490 million arena just south of the Mariner’s Safeco Field with nearly $300 million in private investment, a facility that could eventually return the NBA to Seattle.

SEATTLE (AP) – Edinson Volquez pitched into the seventh inning and the San Diego Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 6-2 for their first series sweep of the season. Volquez was in command all night, allowing one run and four hits in 6 2-3 innings. He struck out six and walked four while sending Seattle to its fifth loss in a row. Converted reliever Erasmo Ramirez took the loss in his first start for Seattle. He threw five innings, allowing eight hits and six runs – five earned. He struck out three and walked one.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – Even with a full offseason of OTAs, individual workouts and minicamps, the Seattle Seahawks will still head into training camp next month with a three-way competition at quarterback. That was the word from Seahawks coach Pete Carroll after Seattle wrapped up its three-day mandatory minicamp on Thursday. Seattle will continue with its plan of trying to evenly split reps between incumbent Tarvaris Jackson, free agent signing Matt Flynn and rookie third-round draft pick Russell Wilson.

TUKWILA, Wash. (AP) – If the Seattle Sounders thought they were busy in May, when they played five league matches in 15 days, that stretch will seem easy compared to what awaits the Sounders in the next few weeks. Seattle’s hectic stretch begins on Saturday when they travel to MLS newcomer Montreal. Then comes a midweek home match against Sporting KC. That’s followed by the renewal of the most heated rivalry in the league when Seattle travels to Portland on June 24.


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