Petit nearly perfect as Giants beat D-Backs 3-0
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Yusmeiro Petit's bid for a perfect game was broken up by Eric Chavez's two-out single in the ninth inning, but the right-hander got the next batter to close out the San Francisco Giants' 3-0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night.
Petit struck out Chris Owings to begin the ninth, and Gerardo Parra followed with a routine grounder to second. He then went to a full-count on Chavez, who dumped a pinch-hit single just in front of Hunter Pence in right field.
The crowd of 41,190 fans followed with a standing ovation for Petit, who struck out seven in his 95-pitch gem against his former team.
Griner, Mercury secure West's last playoff spot
PHOENIX (AP) — Britney Griner had 12 of her 16 points in the second half and grabbed a season-high 14 rebounds to help the Phoenix Mercury beat San Antonio 83-80 Friday night, clinching the last playoff berth in the Western Conference.
Candice Dupree had 18 points and eight rebounds for Phoenix (16-13), which reached the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons after missing the postseason a year ago and then selecting Griner with the first overall pick in this year's WNBA draft.
Phoenix, which improved to 6-2 under interim coach Russ Pennell, led by 18 in the second half before San Antonio got within two in the in final minute. Diana Taurasi then made three of four free throws in the final 23 seconds to help secure the win.
Danielle Adams had 26 points, including nine in the final 3:34, and Jia Perkins added 14 for the Silver Stars (11-20).
Carey returns to backfield for Wildcats
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Arizona rolled up 306 yards on the ground against Northern Arizona in a 35-0 win last week. And that was without Ka'Deem Carey, the nation's leading rusher last season with 1,929 yards.
Saturday night against UNLV, the junior All-American makes his return after being suspended for the team's season opener, reportedly as discipline stemming from a pair of off-field incidents during the offseason.
UNLV comes into the game on the heels of a mistake-riddled loss at Minnesota, where the Gophers used a pair of special teams touchdowns and an 89-yard fourth-quarter interception return TD to blow open a close game. The Gophers, who led 16-13 at halftime, won 51-23.
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Chicago Cubs make deal with Anheuser Busch
CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Cubs say they've struck a deal with Anheuser-Busch InBev that could mean the Budweiser logo on a new sign in the right-field at Wrigley Field.
The team announced Friday that the brewer would be its "exclusive marketing partner" for beer and malt beverages at Wrigley Field. The deal also includes the Cubs spring training facility in Mesa, Ariz. Terms of the deal weren't disclosed. Cubs spokesman Julian Green says the new agreement means the Budweiser sign could go up as early as 2014.
The Cubs say in a written statement that the agreement means the team is ending its decades-long marketing relationship with Old Style in 2014. However, Old Style beer still will be served at Wrigley Field for remaining games.