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Schimmel, Hamblin waived on eve of WNBA season
The New York Liberty waived former Franklin High guard Shoni Schimmel in trimming their roster for their Sunday season opener.
Schimmel was attempting a comeback after sitting out the 2017 season.
A two-time WNBA All-Star from Louisville, she received limited action and struggled with her shot during the preseason. In two games, she played 25 and seven minutes and was 1 for 6 (all 3-point attempts) from the field, with three points, no assists and five turnovers.
The Dallas Wings cut former Oregon State center Ruth Hamblin. She played a total of 37 minutes in three preseason games, scoring 21 points and getting 14 rebounds while making 9 of 19 shots from the field.
Former OSU guard Sydney Wiese is expected to be back for her second pro season and second year with the Los Angeles Sparks. She started the first of three preseason games and had 13 points, nine rebounds and four assists in 34 minutes of a loss to New York.
And 6-5 rookie center Marie Gulich from the Beavers figures to make the cut with the Phoenix Mercury.
So far, New York has kept rookie draft choice Mercedes Russell, a 6-6 center from Springfield High and Tennessee.
The Las Vegas Aces' roster still includes another rookie from the Volunteers, former Westview High standout Jaime Nared, a 6-2 guard/forward.
Last week, the Minnesota Lynx added former Oregon Ducks star Jillian Alleyne. The 6-3 center/forward was a second-round draft pick of the Mercury in 2016 and was released by New York on May 3.
Rookie guard Lexi Bando, who finished her UO career this year, was cut by the Sparks on May 5.
Seattle 1, MINNESOTA 0
• Center fielder Dee Gordon scored off a Twins throwing error in the top of the eighth inning as the Mariners capped a seven-game road trip with a victory on Monday.
Gordon led off the frame with a double and scored on a sacrifice bunt from shortstop Jean Segura. Twins first baseman Logan Morrison's throw to first sailed into right field, allowing Gordon to advance home from second base.
Seattle was backed by six scoreless frames from left-hander Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 2.51). Making a spot start for the injured Erasmo Ramirez, the 33-year-old LeBlanc allowed four hits on no walks and did not allow a runner past first base.
Relievers James Pazos, Nick Vincent and Edwin Diaz combined for three scoreless innings to seal the victory. Diaz (0-1, 1.77) struck out the side in the ninth to notch his 14th save of the season.
Pazos (1-0, 1.17) picked up his first win of 2018 while Trevor Hildenberger (1-1, 3.66) took the loss.
Seattle improved to 23-17. Minnesota dropped to 17-20.
Seattle opens a three-game set versus Texas (16-26) at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Safeco Field. Right-hander Mike Leake (4.3, 5.72) will start against Rangers left-hander Mike Minor (3-2, 4.73).
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