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Mariners Fall To Rangers, 8-6

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will head to Miami today after dropping their third straight game to the Texas Rangers, 8-6.  The Ms got a six-run third inning sparked by Robinson Cano's three-run homer, but the Rangers prevailed in the shootout.  Erasmo Ramirez was roughed up for five runs on six hits over just two innings.  The Mariners will play the Marlins this afternoon to begin a three-game series.

Blazers Close Out Regular Season With Win Over Clippers

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are heading into the NBA playoffs on a five-game winning streak after holding off the Los Angeles Clippers, 110-104.  As both teams rested key players, Portland was led in scoring by Will Barton, who had a career-high 23 points.  Portland is seeded fifth in the Western Conference, and will play the Rockets in a first-round series starting Sunday in Houston.

Seahawks Re-sign Sidney Rice

(Renton, WA)  --  Wide Receiver Sidney Rice will be a Seattle Seahawk for another season.  Hours after he reportedly visited with the New York Jets, Rice signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks, who released him in February in a salary-cap move.  He missed most of last season after suffering a torn ACL midway through.  Rice proclaimed earlier this week that he's recovered from the injury and is ready to return.

Blazers last game of the regular season tonight

The Blazers wrap up the regular season tonight when the Los Angeles Clippers come to town. L.A. will be looking for a win to potentially surpass the Thunder for the No. 2 seed in the West, while Portland coach Terry Stotts will likely restrict the minutes of his main rotational players. The Blazers are now locked into the fifth seed in the West matching them up against the No. 4 Rockets in the first round of the playoffs.

Texas Blanks Mariners, 5-0

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners are now even in their series with Texas after losing to the Rangers, 5-0.  Blake Beavan made his first start of the season for the Mariners, giving up two runs on six hits over four innings.  Seattle managed seven hits but stranded nine runners.  The Ms and the Rangers will play the third game of their four-game series this evening.

Mariners Thump Rangers, 7-1

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners remain a game-and-a-half back of first place in the AL West after defeating division rival Texas, 7-1.  Roenis Elias [[ roh-ENN-is eh-LEE-us ]] gave up one run on five hits and struck out five in six-and-two-thirds innings.  Mike Zunino slammed a solo homer in the fifth inning for Seattle.  The Mariners and Rangers will play the second game of their four-game series in Arlington tonight.

Blazers Sink Warriors In OT

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers locked up a top-five seed in the Western Conference when Andre Iguodala missed an open three on Golden State's final possession as the Warriors fell 119-117 in overtime at the Moda Center.  All five Portland starters scored in double figures paced by LaMarcus Aldridge's 26 points.  Wesley Matthews added 24, while Nicolas Batum chipped in 18 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.  Portland is 53-and-28, trailing the Rockets by a half-game for the fourth-seed.  Steph Curry's 47 points wasn't enough for Golden State.  Curry knocked down 7-of-14 from behind the arc.  Klay Thompson contributed 25 for the Warriors, who are 49-and-31.

Seahawks' Preseason Schedule Released

(Renton, WA)  --  The defending world champion Seattle Seahawks will begin the 2014 preseason with a rematch against Super Bowl opponent Denver.  Seattle will play at Denver on a date to be determined between August 7th and 10th.  Week Two of the preseason will see the Seahawks play San Diego at home, and the Hawks will host the Chicago Bears the following week.  Seattle will close out the exhibition season on August 28th at Oakland.

Blazers Hold Off Sacramento, 100-99

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are winners of six of their last seven games after holding off Sacramento, 100-99.  Dorell Wright hit a baseline three-pointer with eight seconds left to put the Blazers on top.  The Kings' Ray McCallum missed a last-second jumper.  The Blazers will be in Utah Friday night to play the Jazz.

Mariners Win Home Opener Over Angels, 5-3

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are reigning supreme over the Los Angeles Angels so far in the young season.  Seattle won its home opener last night over the Angels, 5-3, after overcoming a 3-0 deficit in the first inning.  Designated hitter Corey Hart hit two homers for the Mariners and starting pitcher James Paxton picked up his second win of the year.  The two teams will play again tonight at Safeco Field.

Nicklaus: Tiger Will Still Break My Record

(Augusta, GA)  --  Golf legend Jack Nicklaus is more confident in Tiger Woods than many others.  Nicklaus told ESPN's "Mike & Mike" on Tuesday that he still believes Woods will break his record of 18 major championships.  Woods is currently stuck on 14 titles, and won't play this week at The Masters.

UConn Crushes Notre Dame, Captures Ninth Title

(Nashville, TN)  --  Connecticut cruised to a 79-58 win over Notre Dame to win its ninth NCAA championship in women's basketball yesterday.  Breanna Stewart scored 21 points to lead the Lady Huskies, who are back-to-back champs after going 40-and-0.  UConn won the men's title on Monday.

Notre Dame, UConn To Clash In Women's Title Game

(Nashville, TN)  --  It will be a battle of undefeated teams tonight in the women's basketball national championship game in Nashville.  The 37-and-0 Notre Dame Fighting Irish face the 39-and-0 Connecticut Huskies.  UConn is looking to sweep the men's and women's titles after doing the same thing in 2004.

UConn Runs Past Kentucky For Fourth Title

(Arlington, TX)  --  Connecticut is celebrating its fourth national championship after defeating Kentucky 60-54 from AT&T Stadium.  Shabazz Napier had 22 points with six rebounds to earn Most Outstanding Player honors for UConn.  The Huskies last won it all in 2011.  Kentucky was after its ninth title.

Blazers Clinch Playoff Spot

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are in the playoffs after defeating the New Orleans Pelicans, 100-94.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds to help the Blazers clinch a post-season berth.  Wesley Matthews added 21 points, Damian Lillard tallied 20, and Nicolas Batum had 16 points and 12 rebounds.  Portland will host the Sacramento Kings Wednesday night.

Mariners Drop 6-3 Decision To Oakland

(Oakland, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are getting ready for their home opener after losing to the Oakland A's, 6-3.  It was a rough start for Erasmo Ramirez, who gave up five runs on seven hits over four innings.  Robinson Cano had a double in the third inning and scored a run for Seattle.  The Mariners will play the L.A. Angels at Safeco Field tomorrow night in the first game of a two-game series.

Mariners Suffer First Loss Of The Season

(Oakland, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners' season-opening winning streak is over.  The Ms dropped the first game of a four-game series with the Oakland Athletics, 3-2, in 12 innings.  Oakland's Coco Crisp had a walk-off homer in the 12th to end the contest.  The Mariners and A's will play again tonight at 7:05.

Carroll To Receive Contract Extension

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are reportedly about to announce a contract extension for head coach Pete Carroll.  The Tacoma "News Tribune" quotes a source as saying Carroll, who led the Seahawks to their first Super Bowl victory in franchise history, will receive a new deal.  Carroll is in the final year of a five-year contract he signed in 2010.

Mariners Sweep Angels

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are off to their best start since 1995 after defeating the Los Angeles Angels, 8-2.  It's only the third time in franchise history that the Mariners have begun a season with a 3-and-0 record.  James Paxton pitched seven shutout innings for Seattle, striking out nine.  Mike Zunino, Justin Smoak, and Corey Hart homered for the Mariners, who will open a four-game series at Oakland tonight.

Blazers Top Lakers, 124-112

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' winning streak is now four after they defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 124-112.  Damian Lillard and LaMarcus Aldridge combined for 65 points as Portland earned its sixth win in its last nine games.  Aldridge also pulled down 15 rebounds for the Blazers.  Portland will play again Friday night in Phoenix against the Suns.

Assistant To Leave Oregon To Coach At Montana State

(Eugene, OR)  --  University of Oregon assistant men's basketball coach Brian Fish is leaving Eugene to be the head coach at Montana State.  It will be the first college head-coaching job for Fish, who will take over a team that finished with a 14-and-17 record this past season.  He'll replace longtime Montana State head coach Brad Huse, who recently resigned.

Mariners Blast Angels In Opener, 10-3

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners have a win under their belts to begin the 2014 season.  Felix Hernandez struck out eleven after giving up a first-inning home run to help the Ms defeat the Los Angeles Angels, 10-3.  Seattle's six-run ninth inning included a three-run homer by Justin Smoak.  The Mariners and Angels will play the second game of their three-game series tonight.

Mariners Open Season Tonight Against Angels

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are hoping to get off to a good start in 2014 when they open the season on the road tonight against the Los Angeles Angels.  Felix Hernandez will take the mound as the Ms look to improve on 2013's fourth-place finish in the American League West.  Seattle has a new manager in Lloyd McClendon and a high-profile off-season acquisition in slugger Robinson Cano.  First pitch tonight is scheduled for 7:05.

Portland wins over Memphis

Portland,  OR  ( -  LaMarcus Aldridge had  28 points and the Portland  Trail Blazers  beat  the Memphis  Grizzlies by  a  105-98 margin  on Sunday.

Mo  Williams and Wesley Matthews added 17 and 15 points, respectively, for the
Blazers,  who  have won three in  a row and sit  two games ahead of the Golden
State Warriors for fifth in the Western Conference.

Zach  Randolph ended  with 21  points,  seven boards  and two  steals for  the
Grizzlies,  who sit a  half-game behind Dallas for the final spot in the West.
Marc Gasol and Mike Conley tallied 20 and 16 points, respectively, with Conley
also dishing out nine assists.

Seahawks Sign Free-agent Cornerback Adams

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are looking to shore up their secondary after losing several players to free agency.  The team has signed cornerback Phillip Adams, who played the past two seasons for Oakland, mainly in a reserve role.  Adams, who was drafted in the seventh round by the 49ers in 2010, has signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks.  He played for Seattle at the end of the 2011 season and during the 2012 pre-season before beginning his stint with the Raiders.

Blazers End Losing Streak, Defeat Atlanta

(Atlanta, GA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' losing streak is over after a 100-85 win over the Atlanta Hawks.  LaMarcus Aldridge returned to the Blazers' lineup with a vengeance, scoring 25 points and grabbing 16 rebounds.  Damian Lillard added 21 points and four assists.  Portland will wrap up its road trip this evening at Chicago.

Jared Allen Signs With Bears

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Seattle Seahawks won't be adding defensive end Jared Allen to their roster.  Allen, who visited the Seahawks twice last week as he tested the free-agency waters, has signed a four-year deal with the Chicago Bears.  The contract is reportedly worth 32-million dollars, with 15-point-five-million guaranteed.  ESPN reported the Seahawks offered Allen a two-year contract at six-million dollars per year.

Portland at Atlanta preview

Portland continues its five-game trip that started 0-3, with losses at Charlotte, Miami and Orlando. The trip concludes Friday at Chicago. ... The Blazers beat the Hawks 102-78 on March 5 at the Moda Center as Batum had 14 points and 18 rebounds to lead six Portland players who scored in double figures. ... The Blazers are averaging 102.8 points in March, their lowest scoring month of the season. Atlanta returns home to complete a back-to-back. The Hawks lost at Minnesota 107-83 on Wednesday to run their losing streak to four games. They had won five in a row before that. ... The Hawks are trying to hold onto the No. 8 playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and still have a 2½-game lead on No. 9 New York. - Mike Tokito, The Oregonian

Oregon State Women Knocked Out Of NCAAs

(Seattle, WA)  --  The season is over for the Oregon State women's basketball team.  The ninth-seed Beavers fell to top-seed South Carolina, 78-69, last night in Seattle in the second round of the NCAA women's tournament.  Jamie Weisner led Oregon State with 21 points, including five three-pointers.  Gabriella Hanson scored 16 for the Beavers, who ended their season after making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 1996.

Blazers Suffer Third Straight Loss

(Orlando, FL)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are on a three-game losing streak after falling to the Orlando Magic, 95-85.  The Blazers only shot 37-percent from the field and had 15 turnovers in the contest.  Robin Lopez scored 20 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead Portland.  The Blazers will continue their road trip tomorrow when they visit the Atlanta Hawks.

LeBron Lifts Heat Past Portland

(Miami, FL)  --  LeBron James' layup with 11.4-seconds left lifted the Heat to a 93-91 win over the Trail Blazers at AmericanAirlines Arena.  James ended with 32 points, six rebounds, five assists and four steals for the Heat, who have won four of their last six.  Chris Bosh donated 15 points, eight boards and four steals on his 30th birthday, while Chris Anderson added 13 points and 11 boards in the victory.  Damian Lillard posted 19 points and six assists to pace Portland, which fell to 0-and-2 on its five-game east coast road trip.  Mo Williams had 17 points, including a pair of free throws with 30.9-seconds remaining that capped a 7-0 run and tied the game at 91.

Heat hope to get back on track, host Portland

It  was  the Trail Blazers' worst loss  of the season.  Damian Lillard had 20 points,  Dorell Wright  scored 17  and Wesley  Matthews ended  with 15  in the defeat for Portland.

"We  have to do a better job, but overall, they just played a better game than us,"  said Lillard, who  has scored at least 20 points in eight straight games and is averaging 24.0 ppg in that time.

The Blazers again played without All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge because of back  ailment  and he is  out for Monday's  game. Aldridge hasn't played since March 12 and is averaging 23.4 points and 11.1 rebounds.

Portland,  losers  in six of nine  games overall, is  1-5 in its last six road games,  19-16  outside the Rose  City and will  also visit Orlando, Atlanta on Chicago on the trip.

The Heat have won two straight and three of four games against Portland, which is 4-1 in its last five trips to south Florida.

Oregon State Women Advance In NCAAs

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Oregon State women's basketball team is moving on in the NCAA Tournament after defeating Middle Tennessee, 55-36.  The Beavers' Sydney Wiese [[ weece ]] scored a career-high 26 points, including six three-pointers.  The Oregon State defense held the Blue Raiders to only 23-percent shooting from the floor.  The Beavers will play top-seed South Carolina in tomorrow night's second-round game at Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle.   

Blazers Defeat Wizards For Second Straight Win

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are winners of three of their last four contests, following a 116-103 victory over the Washington Wizards.  Wesley Matthews led Portland with 28 points, while Damian Lillard scored 23 points and dished out ten assists.  Dorell White added 15 points and Nicolas Batum [[ bah-TOOM ]] scored 12 for the Blazers.  Portland will begin a five-game road trip tomorrow against the Charlotte Bobcats.

Cook, Oregon Handle BYU

(Milwaukee, WI)  --  Elgin Cook was key off the bench as Oregon handled BYU 87-68 in the West Region of the NCAA Tournament.  Cook had 23 points on 8-of-9 shooting and also grabbed eight rebounds in the win.  Joseph Young netted 19 points for the seventh-seeded Ducks.  The 10th-seeded Cougars struggled from the floor, shooting just 32.8-percent in the loss.  Tyler Haws had 19 points and Eric Mika and Matt Carlino 15 each for BYU, which closes out its season at 23-and-12.  The Ducks move on to play second-seed Wisconsin in the Round of 32 on Saturday.

Oregon State Knocked Out Of CBI Tourney

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon state men's basketball team is through for the season after losing its first-round game of the College Basketball Invitational.  The Beavers fell at Gill Coliseum to Radford, 96-92.  Oregon State went into halftime trailing by 12 points, but closed the gap in the second half before time ran out.  Roberto Nelson led the Beavers with 26 points, while Eric Moreland and Hallice Cook each added 23.

Blazers Edge Bucks In OT

(Portland, OR)  --  Wesley Matthews led a balanced attack with 26 points as the Trail Blazers edged the Bucks 120-115 in overtime at the Moda Center.  Nicolas Batum just missed a triple-double with 21 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.  Mo Williams dropped in 23 points off the bench, while Damian Lillard added 20 for the Blazers, who have won two-of-three on the heels of a four-game skid.  Robin Lopez donated 15 points and 14 boards in the victory.  Brandon Knight netted 24 points and Ramon Sessions scored 23 for Milwaukee, which has lost five straight and eight-of-nine overall.  Zaza Pachulia posted 17 points and 13 boards in defeat.

Pac-12 Schedules Basketball In China

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Washington and Texas will compete in the first ever American regular season sporting event in China in November of 2015.  The Pac-12 made the announcement during their conference tournament in Las Vegas.  The move is designed to showcase the conference's talent on a global level.  In addition to the Washington-Texas game, the Pac-12 will also send a conference all-star team to compete against top Chinese professional teams and a leading Chinese university.  Oregon State coach Craig Robinson and his staff will coach the roster made up of 12-to-13 players.


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