Sports in brief

BASEBALL

Ducks score narrow win over Pilots — Oregon pitchers Porter Clayton and Trent Paddon combined on a five-hitter Wednesday, allowing no earned runs in a 3-2 nonconference win over Portland at the Pilots’ Joe Etzel Field. Tyler Baumgartner’s solo home run put the Ducks up 1-0 in the first inning, but Portland answered with two unearned runs in the second, both of which scored on a wild pickoff attempt by Clayton. Oregon tied it when Shawn Chase scored on a wild pitch in the fifth, and in the sixth, the Ducks scored what proved to be the winning run when Baumgartner drove in Kevin Minjares with a sacrifice fly. Kyle Garlick and Josh Graham had two hits apiece for Oregon. The Ducks (35-14) return to Pac-12 play Friday when they open a three-game series at Arizona State.

Mariners affiliate overcomes 16-run deficit, wins — A minor league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners has pulled off a major rally, coming back from a 16-run deficit to win in the Class A Midwest League. The Clinton LumberKings trailed the Burlington Bees 17-1 after five innings Wednesday night in the game between clubs based in Iowa. Clinton wound up winning 20-17 in 12 innings. Clinton scored six runs in the sixth inning, five in the eighth and five more in the ninth to tie it at 17. Justin Seager, the younger brother of Seattle third baseman Kyle Seager, drove in the go-ahead run in the 12th. Seager finished with four hits. Burlington is an affiliate of the Los Angeles Angels

MLB maintains progress in diversity — Major League Baseball maintained its racial and gender hiring practices in the last year, while the percentage of African-American players equaled a study’s all-time low set in the 2007 season, according to the annual report by Richard Lapchick’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports at the University of Central Florida. It gave MLB an A grade in racial hiring and C-plus in gender hiring. The baseball rosters on opening day featured 8.2 percent of players who identified as African-American, equaling the all-time low for the second time since the study began in 1988. It’s a decline from 8.3 percent in 2013 and 8.9 percent in 2012. Overall, 39.1 percent of players (295) in baseball are people of color, with Latino players making up 28.4 percent (214) of that figure. Still, study author Richard Lapchick noted that there is concern throughout baseball about the steady decline of African-American players since 2000.

FOOTBALL

Sherman is NFL’s top-paid corner — Richard Sherman is the latest member of the Seattle Seahawks secondary to be locked up for the long term. The All-Pro cornerback is getting paid the best of anyone. Sherman signed a four-year contract extension Wednesday with the Seahawks, a deal that makes him one of the highest-paid cornerbacks in NFL history. Sherman announced the deal on his website ahead of a news conference that was called by the team. Sherman wrote that the extension is for $57.4 million with $40 million guaranteed. It’s unclear whether the deal incorporates the final year of his rookie contract in 2014 or is a completely new deal starting in 2015. Sherman wrote on his website that there is no other team or city that he would want to play for. “The goal has always been to stay in Seattle and continue to play for the Seahawks,” Sherman wrote. “With this chapter closed, I can continue to focus on what is important — defending our Super Bowl Championship and being the best cornerback in the NFL.”

— Bulletin staff and wire reports