LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers capped a trying week with a gritty 111-107 victory over the slumping Portland Trail Blazers last night. Hours after longtime Lakers owner Jerry Buss was buried, and a day after a moving memorial punctuated by eulogies from Kobe Bryant and other franchise greats, the team got back to basketball with a much-needed victory at Staples Center. Portland trails Los Angeles by one and a-half games.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — The San Diego Padres rolled to a 9-3 win over the Seattle Mariners yesterday in the spring training opener for both teams. In a game that marked the 20th anniversary of the Peoria Sports Complex, the shared home of both clubs, Chris Denorfia had a go-ahead RBI single in the first following an error by new Mariners left fielder Raul Ibanez. Seattle's Casper Wells hit a two-run homer in the ninth.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — No. 6 California won its school-record 12th straight game with a 77-55 victory over Oregon last night. Afure Jemerigbe added 13 points for the Bears, who early on looked somewhat ragged offensively without starting point guard Brittany Boyd, who sat out with a strained groin. Cal started pulling away with a 12-2 run to close the first half. Jordan Loera and Ariel Thomas scored nine points each to lead the Ducks.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Arielle Roberson had 17 points and 13 rebounds last night to lead No. 20 Colorado to a 59-45 victory over Washington State. Lia Galdeira led Washington State with 12 points, but made just 2 of 13 shots from the field. The Cougars shot 19 percent.
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge has rejected a lawsuit aimed at undoing a deal to build a new professional basketball and hockey arena in Seattle — a key part of plans to bring the NBA back to town. The judge held that the agreement between the city of Seattle, King County and an investment group led by hedge fund manager Chris Hansen does not violate state environmental law.