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Hill wins again, A’s end skid with 5-0 victory vs Mariners

SEATTLE (AP) — Rich Hill pitched eight innings to win his fourth straight start, Stephen Vogt hit a leadoff homer in the seventh inning to snap a scoreless tie and the Oakland Athletics beat the Seattle Mariners 5-0 on Monday night to end a four-game skid.

Taijuan Walker (2-4) held Oakland to two hits through six innings, but then Vogt opened the seventh by driving a 3-1 pitch deep over the right field wall for his fourth homer.

Hill (7-3) allowed six hits over the first three innings, then retired 14 consecutive batters before Chris Taylor’s bloop single to shallow center with one out in the eighth. Hill allowed eight hits, struck out six and walked none, throwing 81 of 107 pitches for strikes.

The A’s broke it open with four unearned runs in the eighth, aided by two throwing errors from shortstop Taylor, called up Sunday to replace injured Ketel Marte.


Cano on-base streak to 22 games

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle Mariners star Robinson Cano went one-for-four in last night’s 5-0 Mariners win, extending his on-base streak to 22 games.

Cano’s streak reaching base safely dates back to April 30. Over that period, he has hit .337 with 16 runs and 15 RBIs. He’s aloso hit 4 home runs and a double with the strak including 8 walks.


Carta wins NCAA title as Duke advances

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Duke freshman Virginia Elena Carta won the NCAA individual title Monday with a 3-under 69 for an eight-shot victory, and her team was among eight who advanced to match play at Eugene Country Club.

Lilia Vu shot a 67 to lead UCLA to the low team score, three shots better than Stanford. The other six teams advancing to the final eight were Stanford, USC, Washington, Virginia, Duke, South Carolina and Oregon.

Northwestern and Arizona finished one shot behind Oregon in a bid for the eighth spot.

Carta finished at 16-under 272 for the lowest individual score in NCAA history, two shots better than Doris Chen of USC, who shot 274 two years ago at Tulsa Country Club.


Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks athletic merger proposed

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska’s ongoing budget issues is giving life to an idea floated by the University of Alaska’s president to merge the athletic programs at Alaska-Anchorage and Alaska-Fairbanks.

Jim Johnsen floated the idea in April and UAF’s athletic director, Gary Gray tells KTVA-TV the option is still on the table.

Alaska-Anchorage athletic director Keith Hackett has stated repeatedly in recent weeks that all options are being considered for his department. That includes cutting teams or even the possibility of dumping the Great Alaska Shootout basketball tournament.


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