NW Sports from the AP

Date: 04/09/2013 05:29 AM

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


SEATTLE (AP) – Kendrys Morales drove in two runs in his Seattle home debut, Joe Saunders rebounded from a rough first start to throw 6 1-3 shutout innings, and the Mariners debuted the new look of Safeco Field with a 3-0 win over the Houston Astros yesterday. Morales snapped Seattle’s 0-for-14 drought with runners in scoring position by chopping an RBI single in the first and added a two-out RBI double in the third, both off Houston starter Philip Humber. Michael Saunders scored each time.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks have added depth at wide receiver by signing Brett Swain to a two-year contract following a tryout. The Seahawks announced the signing on their website yesterday. The 27-year-old Swain was drafted by Green Bay in 2008, taken in the seventh-round out of San Diego State. He caught six passes with Green Bay in the 2010 season and another two for San Francisco in 2011, but was among the 49ers’ final cuts before the start of last season.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – Billionaire Ron Burkle will not be part of Sacramento’s bid to keep the Kings after all. Mayor Kevin Johnson says a conflict of interest forced Burkle to back out. Instead, Johnson said the Southern California businessman and co-owner of the NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins will focus on the development around a proposed new downtown arena – not the arena itself. Burkle is part-owner of Relativity Sports, which manages some NBA players’ careers. Johnson says the conflict surfaced during a meeting with NBA Commissioner David Stern and league owners in New York last week and “it won’t slow us up.” He planned to join other wealthy investors trying to block a bid from a group hoping to buy and move the Kings to Seattle.

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) – The Juneau Police Department says it’s turning an investigation of a possible assault by a local football coach on a player to authorities in Oregon, where the incident allegedly occurred last July. Juneau school officials called police after viewing a video that shows two people engaged in an informal boxing match. The video shows the smaller boxer being punched in the face. He turns away, and while his arms are down, he’s punched again on the chin before falling to the ground. The Gold Beach, Ore., Police Department has assumed responsibility for the case because the events took place in their jurisdiction.

SEATTLE (AP) – Paul McCartney will perform the first public concert at Safeco Field on July 19. Live Nation said yesterday that the former Beatles bassist will play the home of the Seattle Mariners as part of his “Out There” tour. McCartney already has announced dates for Boston’s Fenway Park and Nationals Ballpark in Washington. The Beach Boys played a private concert at Safeco Field in 2008. McCartney’s show will be the first public concert, according to the Mariners. Tickets will go on sale Friday.


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