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Cano’s homer in 11th lifts Mariners to 4-3 win over Astros

HOUSTON (AP) — Robinson Cano hit his second homer of the game with two outs in the 11th inning, lifting the Seattle Mariners over the Houston Astros 4-3 on Monday night.

Houston scored two runs in the ninth, but then Cano sent a slider from Luke Gregerson (4-3) into the second deck in right field to win.

The victory moves Seattle two games behind Baltimore for the second AL wild card and drops Houston, which has lost four of five, to 3 1/2 games back in the race

Drew Storen (4-3) pitched a perfect 10th for the win. Nick Vincent allowed consecutive singles to Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa before retiring the next two batters for his third save.


Whitman County prosecutor says no charges against Luani

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Whitman County Prosecuting Attorney has decided not to charge Washington State football player Shalom Luani in connection with a fight at a Pullman pizza parlor that left one man with a broken nose.

Prosecutor Denis Tracy said Monday that the investigation showed that Luani probably threw the punch on Aug. 24 that broke the nose of one man. But Tracy says that a jury could also believe that Luani was acting in self-defense.

Luani is one of four Washington State football players who have been arrested for investigation of assault in recent weeks. Tracy has not made charging decisions in the other cases.

Luani sat out the first game of the season, but has played in the past two games.

The Pullman Police Department had recommended that Luani be charged with second degree assault.


Carroll: Russell Wilson has MCL sprain, but “feeling great”

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has a sprained MCL in his left knee.

Seattle coach Pete Carroll said during his weekly radio show on KIRO-AM on Monday morning that Wilson “feels great” and that his recovery is already going “exceedingly well.”

Wilson underwent an MRI on Sunday night that confirmed the ligament sprain and Wilson received treatment all night, Carroll said.

Carroll acknowledged there is a consideration of sitting Wilson this week at the New York Jets with the Seahawks bye coming in Week 5, but also said it’s difficult trying to keep Wilson off the field.

Wilson was injured in the third quarter of Sunday’s 37-18 win over San Francisco when he was pulled down awkwardly while being sacked by Eli Harold.

The news wasn’t as good for running back Thomas Rawls. Carroll said Rawls has been diagnosed with an injury to the fibula in his left leg and will be out a few weeks.


4-time Iditarod champ Lance Mackey out of 2017 race

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Organizers of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race say four-time champion and cancer survivor Lance Mackey has dropped out of next year’s nearly 1,000-mile race because of health reasons.

Race marshal Mark Nordman confirmed the withdrawal to The Associated Press on Monday after the Iditarod Trail Committee announced it on its Facebook page.

Mackey could not immediately be reached for comment. He started last year’s race, but later scratched because of health concerns.

Mackey was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2001 and underwent extensive surgery as well as radiation treatment and the loss of his salivary glands. After returning to the sport he went on to become the only musher ever to win both the Iditarod and the 1,000-mile Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race in the same year. It’s a feat he has accomplished twice.


Copyright 2016 The Associated Press.