PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The Portland Trail Blazers have rallied after the All-Star break during the past two seasons. They'll lean on that history as they try to emerge from a cluster of teams in the Western Conference. Portland currently sits tied for sixth in the West but is one of five teams with 26 losses.
SEATTLE (AP) - Fans longing for a professional hockey team in Seattle will soon be able to put down some money for season tickets. Mayor Jenny Durkan and a group trying to bring an NHL team to the city said Tuesday that people can make refundable deposits for season tickets beginning March 1. Billionaire David Bonderman and filmmaker Jerry Bruckheimer are leading the effort to bring a team to Seattle.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Ryon Healy joined his new teammates for the Seattle Mariners' first scheduled full-squad workout of spring training. But all he could do was stand around and watch. Healy had surgery last week to remove a bone spur in his right hand and cannot take part in drills. His prognosis for recovery is four to six weeks before the Mariners hope he can get into games.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The winner of the 2011 Iditarod race says he will not return to trail to compete in the 2018 competition. Former champion John Baker tells KTVA-TV he is tied up with various projects that his company Remote Solutions is working on. In 2011, Baker was the first Inupiat Eskimo to win the Iditarod and the first Alaska Native musher to win since Jerry Riley in 1976.
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