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


AP – Oregon Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) – Cal Raleigh and Luis Torrens met consecutive homers, Dylan Moore scored the starting shot on consecutive wild fields and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 4-3. Seattle’s Yusei Kikuchi hit a career high of 12 and Oakland’s Frankie Montas fanned out 10. Neither of the starters played a role in the decision of a game that saw blows thrown at the stands during a fight that drew a lot of views on social media. Moore produced the tiebreaker run. When he hit the seventh pinch hit, he hit an infield single with two outs, stole his 15th bases and scored on two wild pitches from Reliever Jake Diekman. Oakland had won three in a row.

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) – US assistant Dan Hughes is not the face of the Olympic women’s basketball team and he couldn’t be happier in his role. The 66-year-old has more than his share of success but believes his greatest reward is having played a role in the careers of so many coaches, including the American staff. National coach Dawn Staley played for Hughes in the WNBA. Assistant Jen Rizzotti also played for him. Cheryl Reeve was Hughes’ assistant and is one of five current coaches in the WNBA with ties to him.

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) – Sue Bird sees no contradiction in the fact that the US team stays on the field during the national anthem at the Olympic Games. It’s a change for the four-time Olympic champion and her WNBA teammates. During the WNBA season, players typically leave the pitch to raise awareness of social injustice before the anthem is played at games. Bird says not only does everyone know where WNBA players are because of their increased awareness of social injustice, but they are now working to make change happen.

SEATTLE (AP) – The Seattle Kraken found their potential center of the future with the first draft pick in franchise history, which selected Michigan player Matthew Beniers with the No. 2 overall selection in the NHL entry draft. Beniers made perfect sense to Seattle. As a two-way center, Beniers scored 10 goals and 14 assists in 24 games in his first season in Michigan. The 18-year-old also played for the USA in the Junior World Championship and the World Championship and appeared in 13 games on the international stage last year. Beniers looks likely to return to Michigan for another season, but a final decision has not yet been made.