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Nintendo looks to filmmaking for growth after Mariners sale

Japanese video game maker Nintendo Co. is eyeing the movie business for growth. Company spokesman Makoto Wakae said Monday details are undecided but the work might be a theater or …


MLB Notes: Coach Barry Bonds returns to AT&T Park in a Marlins uniform

Barry Bonds is all smiles these days in front of the cameras, seemingly content in his new role as Miami’s hitting coach when initially the job left him longing to …


Curt Schilling fired by ESPN for Facebook comments

ESPN announced that it has fired network analyst and former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling following his comments on Facebook about transgender people.


Sore Jacob deGrom to miss next turn in Mets rotation

One week into the season, the heralded New York Mets starting rotation is having health issues. Jacob deGrom, the 2014 NL Rookie of the Year, will miss his scheduled start …


New MLB rule: Glove laces no longer good enough for a tag

Major League Baseball has made several minor rule changes for this season, including one that covers tag plays when a runner is touched only by the laces of a fielder’s …


Franklin Gutierrez had case of flu

It was notable this week that it was a simple malady, the flu, that sidelined outfielder Franklin Gutierrez. Nothing strange or exotic. Nothing career-threatening. Just the flu.


It’s going to cost you more to purchase the Mariners

The Mariners’ franchise value jumped by $100 million last year to $1.2 billion despite a disappointing season, according to Forbes magazine in its annual financial report on Major League Baseball.


With presidents Obama, Castro watching, Rays beat Cuban team

When Kevin Kiermaier slid into home plate for the Tampa Bay Rays’ first run of the day on Tuesday, President Barack Obama flung his arms wide in the sign for …


Baseball roundup: Parker’s comeback ends in another broken elbow after just 12 pitches

Twelve pitches into his comeback attempt, Oakland’s Jarrod Parker broke his elbow once again.


Iwakuma throws 2 perfect innings, Mariners beat Rangers

Hisashi Iwakuma, who missed 10 weeks last season with a strained right lat, pitched two spotless innings in his first spring outing as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Texas Rangers …


MLB Notes: Unable to agree on deal, New York Mets renew Jacob deGrom’s contract

The New York Mets renewed All-Star pitcher Jacob deGrom’s contract for $607,000 Friday after the sides could not agree on a deal for the 2016 season. DeGrom, who helped the …


Seattle Mariners finalize 1-year deal with Cuban outfielder Heredia

PEORIA, Ariz. – The Seattle Mariners have finalized a one-year contract with Cuban outfielder Guillermo Heredia, a deal that includes a $400,000 signing bonus. Heredia would get the $507,500 minimum …


Rolling Stones to play March 25 show in Havana

The Rolling Stones announced Tuesday that they will play a free concert in Havana on March 25, becoming the biggest act to play Cuba since its 1959 revolution.


MLB Notes: Longtime utility player Tony Phillips dies

Tony Phillips, an infielder and outfielder who made the final defensive play in the Oakland Athletics’ sweep of the Giants during the earthquake-interrupted 1989 World Series, has died. He was …


Right-hander Doug Fister, Astros agree to $7M, 1-year deal

Doug Fister was impressed by what he perceived as the Houston Astros’ will to win.


Hall of Fame baseball player Monte Irvin dies at 96

Hall of Famer Monte Irvin, a power-hitting outfielder who starred for the New York Giants in the 1950s in a career abbreviated by major league baseball’s exclusion of black players, …


Todd Frazier goes from Reds to White Sox in 3-team, 7-player deal

The White Sox were looking to add some pop while solidifying third base, and they are counting on Todd Frazier to provide it.


Commissioner rejects Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred rejected Pete Rose’s plea for reinstatement on Monday, citing his continued gambling and evidence that he bet on games when he was playing for the Cincinnati …


Dodgers look to Zack Greinke to extend playoff run

One ace helped the Los Angeles Dodgers stave off elimination against the New York Mets.


Grip on Sports: Mariners tack on another year of disappointment

Wednesday: We are into the second half of September. The calendar will soon tell us fall is actually here. Which means the World Series will be as well. When will …


Mariners notes: Mark Trumbo has settled in since July 4

SEATTLE – Mark Trumbo’s career-best hitting streak ended at 12 games Friday when he went 0 for 3 with a walk in the Mariners’ 4-2 loss to Colorado. So let’s …


Seattle Mariners hit four homers to topple Rockies

SEATTLE – Four homers. That usually works, right? The Mariners hit four homers Saturday night and continued their (too-late?) late-season surge with a 7-2 victory over the Colorado Rockies at …


Cruz, Cano secure Mariners’ win with back-to-back homers against Rangers

SEATTLE – Muscle is a wonderful thing. The Mariners used a three-homer salvo Friday night in offsetting some early defensive lapses while rallying for a 4-3 victory over the Texas …


Suit seeks safety netting for MLB ballparks

A federal lawsuit filed in San Francisco on Monday is trying to force Major League Baseball to install netting from foul pole to foul pole to protect spectators from flying …


Kansas City’s seven-run fourth inning sends Mariners to 8-2 loss

SEATTLE – Let’s credit the Seattle Mariners with this much over the last couple weeks. When they lose, they don’t mess around. No torment or anguish. No maybe, almost or …


Little League will use TV revenue to expand programs

Little League is turning $4 million in new television revenue into opportunities for local youth teams. The world’s largest organized youth sports program is expected to announce a plan to …


MLB notes: Surging Nationals celebrate wins with chocolate syrup dousing

Let the chocolate syrup flow. As the Washington Nationals have set aside a slow start and grabbed a one-game lead in the N.L. East, they developed an unusual way to …


Steroids will always be part of baseball, other sports

Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens have moved on, their names cleared. The cloud of steroids remains over baseball and all sports. Dugouts no longer are filled with bulked-up players with …


Mariners salvage final game of series by beating Astros 3-2

SEATTLE – J.A. Happ delivered the strong start the Mariners so desperately needed Wednesday night and the bullpen nursed a 3-2 lead through taut moments in a victory over Houston …


Diaz: Pete Rose Hall of Fame ban should stick forevermore

The apologists are lining up for Pete Rose again. Good people. Great people. Iconic names like Cal Ripken Jr., who recently said, “To me, he’s a Hall of Fame player …