Mavs blow 30-point lead, rally past Blazers 103-98
DALLAS (AP) - Dirk Nowitzki scored 22 points, Devin Harris hit the go-ahead shot in the final minute and the Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter after blowing a 30-point to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98 Friday night.
LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter.
The score was tied 98-all when Aldridge missed a shot from the lane and Harris won the scramble for the rebound. He dribbled the length of the floor and hit a leaning shot on the baseline and was fouled by Damian Lillard.
The free throw put Dallas up by three and Aldridge's pass went over Lillard's head out of bounds.
After Vince Carter made two free throws, and Ellis had a steal to seal a wild win that snapped the Mavericks' season-high three-game losing streak.
Timbers hope to take Porterball further
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Timbers were the surprise of Major League Soccer last season under first-year coach Caleb Porter. Playing what fans dubbed "Porterball," the team finished atop the Western Conference standings and advanced to the conference finals.
When the season finally closed on the Timbers, Porter was already plotting his club's improvement.
The new season opens for Portland on Saturday night against the Philadelphia Union at the newly renamed Providence Park.
Porter, with his possession-oriented attack, was named the MLS Coach of the Year last season after guiding the Timbers to a 14-5-15 record and their first playoff berth since joining the league in 2011. The finish was a stunning 23-point turnaround from the previous season.
The run was highlighted by a 15-game unbeaten streak.
Heisey hits 2 HRs, sends Reds over Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Chris Heisey hit two home runs, Brandon Phillips also connected and a Cincinnati Reds split squad defeated the Seattle Mariners 10-9 Friday.
Heisey hit his second and third homers of spring training and drove in four runs. Phillips hit his first homer and drove in three while scoring three.
Billy Hamilton stole two bases, giving him four in Cactus League play for the Reds.
Reds starter Brett Marshall threw three shutout innings, working around four hits and three walks while striking out four.
Randy Wolf allowed four runs on three hits and two walks in three innings.
Jesus Montero doubled twice for the Mariners and Kyle Seager reached base three times.
No. 21 Gonzaga handles San Francisco 81-68
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Sonja Greinacher scored 22 points as No. 21 Gonzaga, top-seeded in the West Coast Conference, easily handled eighth-seeded San Francisco 81-68 in a WCC tournament quarterfinal game.
Jazmine Redmon added 18, Lindsay Sherbert had 17, Haiden Palmer 13 and Shelby Cheslek 10 points and 10 boards as Gonzaga shot 50 percent from the floor.
Gonzaga used a 15-4 run early in the first half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Redmon, to take an eight-point lead en route to 38-27 lead at the break.
Gonzaga led by as much as 18 early in the second half. San Francisco cut its deficit to nine after a Taj Winston layup and Taylor Proctor 3-pointer with 6:28 to go, but the Bulldogs responded with a 7-0 run and cruised home from there.
Proctor scored 28 points to lead San Francisco. Winston finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
Seattle signs Jeanpierre, Johnson to 1-year deals
RENTON, Wash. (AP) - The Seattle Seahawks have signed offensive lineman Lemuel Jeanpierre and safety Jeron Johnson to one-year contract extensions.
Terms of the deals were not announced on Friday. Jeanpierre and Johnson were restricted free agents.
Jeanpierre has proved a vital backup for the Seahawks with the flexibility to play both center and guard on the offensive line. Jeanpierre made three starts at center last season when Max Unger was out with injuries. He played in all 16 games during the regular season.
Johnson was an undrafted free agent out of Boise State who found a role as a backup with the Seahawks. He has played mostly on special teams in his time with the Seahawks while backing up starting strong safety Kam Chancellor.
5 NW athletes at Winter Paralympics at Sochi
SEATTLE (AP) - Five disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho flew to Russia to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games that opened Friday in Sochi.
Northwest Public Radio reports the members of the U.S. Paralympic Team are competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey. In addition, two sighted guides went to Sochi in tandem with the visually impaired skiers.
One athlete is paralyzed U.S. Air Force veteran Sean Halsted. He grew up able-bodied, skiing downhill at Mt. Spokane and North Idaho's Schweitzer Mountain. Now, he competes in cross-country and biathlon on what's called a sit-ski. The 43-year-old fell from a helicopter during a training exercise and was paralyzed from the waist down.
RECORD WALLEYE CRITICS
Pasco angler criticized for keeping record walleye
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A Pasco fisherman who caught a state record walleye is catching some barbed remarks from catch-and-release anglers.
The Spokesman-Review reports about one-fifth of its reader comments are critical.
They say John Grubenhoff should have released the egg-laden 20-pound female back into Lake Wallula so it could spawn and perhaps be caught again.
State Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries manager Bruce Bolding defends Grubenhoff. Bolding says it doesn't take many females to maintain a healthy population of walleyes. And he doesn't begrudge Grubenhoff keeping a "fish of a lifetime."
Bolding says the walleye population is under-fished in many Washington lakes and pools in the Columbia River.
Aliy Zirkle reaches Galena, takes lead in Iditarod
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new leader.
Race officials say Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'-kal), of Two Rivers, Alaska, is the first musher into the Yukon River community of Galena.
Zirkle reached the former mining town at 6:10 a.m. Friday with 14 dogs after a five-hour, 52-minute run on the river from Ruby. Zirkle has never won the race but finished second the past two years.
In second place is four-time champion Martin Buser (BOO'-zer), of Big Lake, Alaska. Buser reached Ruby at 6:44 p.m. Thursday, and after resting eight hours, departed at 2:44 a.m. Friday.
Aaron Burmeister of Nome left two hours later in third place. Two-time champion Robert Sorlie of Hurdal, Norway, left Ruby in fourth place about two hours after Burmeister.
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