Monday, April 26, 2010

Seattle Sports: In the Morning

Mariners lose, Dwight Howard ditches Aaron Goodwin, Kentridge phenom Gary Bell Jr. says he'll attend Gonzaga.

Kansas City 3, Mariners 1 [box]. Felix Hernandez pitched well enough to win...if he pitched for a different team. The anemic M's didn't manage a hit off Kyle Davies until the 6th, and didn't score until the 9th. Milton Bradley returned to LF, going 1-4 with a double. M's 9-11, 3rd place, 3 GB.

The state's B&O coffers just got a little smaller, as Dwight Howard has left Seattle-based agent Aaron Goodwin. Howard will have friends and family manage his career, just like LeBron James did after leaving Goodwin. Silver lining: It's an excuse for Goodwin to update his client list, which includes retirees Chris Webber, Gary Payton and ... Todd MacCullough? For what, his pinball career?

Kentridge shooting guard Gary Bell says he'll play college ball at Gonzaga. Bell, who'll be a senior next year, was also considering UCLA and Washington. Bell will join Stephen Gray as the only Zags from the Seattle/Tacoma metro area. The Zags' success has been achieved mostly without Puget Sound kids; the only 206 star during their run is Erroll Knight, who actually started his college career at UW.

IN OTHER NEWS

Just to recap: Ryan Howard, 30, 5 years, $125M. Felix Hernandez, 23, 5 years, $78M.

The Mariners are now 2-9 on the road.

Ichiro is hitting just .172 against LHP (he's hitting .385 against RHP). For his career, Ichiro actually hits LHP better than RHP.

Carlos Silva had another great start last night, going 7 and allowing 3 ER against the Nationals. Silva's ERA dropped to 1.73, and the Cubs won in extra innings.

When Cliff Lee comes back, Ian Snell will move to the bullpen and Jesus Colome will go to Tacoma, reports Larry LaRue.

The Blazers had an 18-4 lead, but collapsed to lose 107-88 [box] and fall behind the Suns 3-2. Brandon Roy was just 2-7 in 19 minutes off the bench. Game 6 is Thursday in Portland, time TBA.

Magic beat the Bobcats, they sweep the series. Bucks beat the Hawks, that series is tied 2-2.

Friday night's Husky spring game will be a regular game, except with no kickoffs or punts, Sark told Bob Condotta.

Of the undrafted Huskies, Paul Homer is most likely to get a tryout, tweets Condotta.

Stewart Mandel of SI with a long column on Jake Locker and his decision to stay at Washington.

Quincy Pondexter has hired an agent, Bob Myers of Wasserman Media Group. Percy Allen talked to Myers.

Seven-handicapper Kenny Evans of Tacoma is one of five finalists for the Golf Digest/U.S. Open Challenge in June, writes Todd Milles. If Evans wins an online vote, he'd golf with Drew Brees, Wayne Gretzky and Mark Wahlberg for one round at a Pebble Beach course set as if for U.S. Open play.

Everyone's lauding the Seahawks draft, but do post draft report cards mean anything at all? Check out how Mel Kiper's '05 draft report card turned out.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING

"I don't think now is the time to panic." -- Don Wakamatsu, via Geoff Baker.

"Can we bench Junior with all the promos coming up? #mariners #handcuffedbybobbleheads" -- @wbboyd.

"Mariners offense where are you? Echo..echo......echo.." -- @Rodeochihuahua.

"Where can you even buy the ugly ass hat that Dave sims has on? Is there some sort of old man hat store?" -- @SeattleDawg18.

"Just arrived back in Seattle. Officially the worst road trip of my career...thankfully tomorrow is the start of something new." Sounder D James Riley, via Twitter.

"I've had two nightmares in my life that I can remember. One was that I was getting chased around a department store by an invisible Predator. The other was that a then-current girlfriend called me to say she was pregnant. Yuniesky Betancourt striking out on a curve in the dirt but reaching base anyway on a Rob Johnson throwing error was like getting chased around a department store by an invisible Predator while my girlfriend calls to tell me she's pregnant." -- Jeff Sullivan, Lookout Landing (full M's game recap).

"Kam Chancellor should start in week one. Chancellor exhibits solid awareness, and Seattle is better served maximizing the sweet spot where his skills and tools align, and not awaiting incremental improvement to his skills while burning his youth." -- John Morgan, Field Gulls (full scouting report on Chancellor, the Hawks' 5th round pick).

"(Pete Carroll and John Schneider) were legit last week. They turned the draft into a declaration that change will be a good thing during this new regime. And though it's a tenuous emotion, they've acquired trust from a fan base that feared the worst just a few days ago." -- Jerry Brewer, Seattle Times (full column on Seahawks draft).

"Don’t be shocked in the next month or two to see future Baseball Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. join (Walter) Jones on the sidelines. Junior’s swan song with the Mariners has been wonderful in so many ways, but he’s not even average anymore, and one would hate to see Junior wait so long to pull the plug that management has to do it for him." -- Howie Stalwick, Kitsap Sun (full notes column.)

TODAY'S ACTION

Bayern Munich @ Lyon, UEFA Champions League Semi, 11:45 a.m., FSN (2nd leg, BM leads 1-0).

Miami @ Boston, 4 p.m., NBA-TV (BOS leads 3-1).

Chicago @ Cleveland, 5 p.m., TNT (CLE leads 3-1).

M's @ Kansas City, 5:10 p.m., Snell v. Greinke.

UW baseball vs. Gonzaga, 6 p.m. at Husky Ballpark.

Tacoma Rainiers vs. Salt Lake, Doubleheader!, 6 p.m. at Cheney Stadium


Detroit @ Phoenix, 6 p.m., VERSUS (Game 7 of NHL first round).

San Antonio @ Dallas, 6:30 p.m., NBA-TV (DAL leads 3-1).

Zombie Sonics @ Lakers, 7:30 p.m., TNT (Series tied 2-2).

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