Aldridge has 27 and Blazers beat Pacers 100-80
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge scored 27 points and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Indiana Pacers 100-80 on Wednesday night to snap a six-game losing streak.
Rookie Damian Lillard added 20 points and eight assists for the Blazers, who also stopped a four-game losing streak at home and avoided dropping five straight at the Rose Garden for the first time since 2006.
J.J. Hickson had 14 points and 13 rebounds for his 24th double-double this season, and Portland shot a season-high 56.4 percent from the floor.
Paul George had 22 points and seven rebounds for the Pacers, who had won seven straight against Western Conference teams, their longest streak since 2004.
Indiana (26-17) lost for the third time in 10 games.
No. 16 Oregon beats Washington State 68-61
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — E.J. Singler scored 19 points and No. 16 Oregon rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat Washington State 68-61 on Wednesday night.
Singler scored 14 points in the second half for the Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12), who trailed 39-29 at halftime before pulling out their eighth straight victory.
Arsalan Kazemi added 16 points for Oregon and Damyean Dotson had 10 points and nine rebounds.
Mike Ladd had 19 points and Brock Motum scored 14 for the Cougars (10-9, 1-5).
Singler took over 5 minutes into the second half with the Ducks trailing 44-38. The senior forward scored 10 straight points, tying the game 46-46 with the second of his consecutive 3-pointers.
His free throws at the 11:45 mark gave the Ducks their first lead of the game, 48-46.
The Cougars went back up 53-52 on a layup by Royce Woolridge with 7:38 to play, but Kazemi answered with a dunk off a pass from Singler, and Dominic Artis made a 3-pointer off another assist by Singler as the Ducks took a 57-53 lead.
They led the rest of the way.
Oregon State holds off Washington for 74-66 win
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Devon Collier had 16 points and Oregon State held off a second-half run by Washington for a 74-66 win on Wednesday night.
Eric Moreland added 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Beavers (11-8, 1-5 Pac-12), who saw a 20-point first-half advantage shrink to one but never gave up the lead.
C.J. Wilcox had 23 points and seven rebounds and Aziz N'Diaye (AH'-zeez EHN'-jeye) added 10 points and 10 rebounds for Washington (12-7, 4-2).
Mariners happy with their offseason additions
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners' offseason focus was on adding bats to the worst offense in baseball.
They believe they accomplished their goal with the additions of Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse, and they hope Jason Bay and Raul Ibanez still have some pop left in their bats.
The additional benefit is that they added some veterans that manager Eric Wedge and general manager Jack Zduriencik (zur-EN'-sik) believe will bring more help to the clubhouse than previous veterans provided for a team trying to build around a young core group.
When the Mariners arrive at spring training next month, they will be a healthy group.
Only two players underwent offseason surgery and both second baseman Dustin Ackley (ankle) and shortstop Brendan Ryan (elbow) have been cleared for all activity.
13 US cities to host Gold Cup games
(Stations: Note Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., interest.)
MIAMI (AP) — Thirteen U.S. cities, from Miami to Seattle, will host Gold Cup games this summer.
The federation for soccer in North America, Central America and the Caribbean announced the sites Wednesday for the July 7-28 event. Matchups have not been determined.
Eight of the stadiums have never taken part in the tournament: Atlanta; Baltimore; Denver; Hartford, Conn.; Houston; Miami; Portland, Ore.; and Salt Lake City.
The tournament returns to five venues in Arlington, Texas; Chicago; Pasadena, Calif.; Harrison, N.J.; and Seattle.