Megan Rapinoe left early, her work done for the day. The celebration came early, too, for a U.S. team determined up until the final minute to win this Women’s World Cup on its own terms.

It was headed toward being one of those ill-fated Mariners washout trades that people love to throw in their faces. Daniel Vogelbach could have joined the list of touted Seattle prospects who fizzle and fade and then quietly disappear.

He was essentially considered the “B” side of the deal. Not quite a throw-in, but definitely part of the undercard. A solid starting shortstop? No doubt. A 23-year-old rife with potential? Sure. But an offensive juggernaut bombing 482-foot home runs while sliding into the National League’s s…

Ethan Paul has had some soaring moments of accomplishment during his four years at Vanderbilt, none greater than helping lead the Commodores to the championship series at the College World Series. The best-of-three showdown with Michigan began Monday in Omaha, Neb., with the Wolverines winning 7-4.

RENTON — “Let’s talk kickers,’’ gushed Pete Carroll, beginning his final press briefing of the Seahawks offseason on Thursday with unabashed enthusiasm over a mundane topic.

The opening game of the 1999 Women’s World Cup between the United States and Denmark was at the old Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., home to a pair of NFL teams. 

When the seniors at DeSales High School walk down the aisle and receive their diplomas on Saturday night, it will culminate Alvaro Campos Ontiveros’ — as well as the classmates he’s been with in the Walla Walla Catholic Schools system since his third-grade year — prep careers.