Oregon beats Utah 64-45 in Pac-12 semifinals
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Damyean Dotson and E.J. Singler scored 14 points each and Oregon raced away from Utah early for a 64-45 win Friday night in the Pac-12 tournament semifinals.
Oregon (25-8) had its regular-season conference title chances spoiled by Utah (15-18) last weekend, but gave the Utes no chance of a repeat upset at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
The third-seeded Ducks built a 14-point lead in the first half and kept the cushion near double figures the rest of the way to earn a spot in Saturday's title game against No. 21 UCLA.
Oregon also stifled Jarred DuBois and Jordan Loveridge, Utah's top two scorers, all night. DuBois missed all eight of his shots and went scoreless, while Loveridge had eight points on 1-of-10 shooting.
Utah shot 29 percent and went 5 of 17 from 3-point range.
No. 1 Zags make case for top seed
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Coach Mark Few has heard all the arguments about why No. 1 Gonzaga doesn't deserve a No. 1 seed when the NCAA tournament field is announced Sunday.
And he realizes the issue is now out of his hands.
Critics of Gonzaga have one major argument: the West Coast Conference is a middling league, meaning Gonzaga doesn't face the type of tough conference schedule that teams in the Big Ten or ACC endure. It's been a constant argument almost since Gonzaga burst onto the national scene in 1999.
But Gonzaga has been impressive this season. The Zags are 31-2, played a tough nonconference slate and went undefeated through the WCC. Their only losses came to Illinois in December and at Butler in January, and they have the best record of any Division I team.
Balentien has 5 RBIs as Netherlands beats Mariners
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Wladimir Balentien hit a three-run home run and finished with five RBIs against his former team, leading the Netherlands to an 8-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night.
Balentien, now playing in Japan four years after his last stint with the Mariners, homered against Seattle starter Jon Garland in the top of the first inning. Jurickson Profar hit the game's first pitch for a single and Jonathan Schoop had walked ahead of Balentien.
Balentien added a two-run single in the second, driving in Schoop and Roger Bernadina.
The Dutch team heads to San Francisco for the WBC semifinals against the Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico on Monday.
Garland, out of baseball last season after right shoulder surgery in July 2011, allowed five runs and six hits while striking out seven in three innings.
Dustin Ackley had two hits, including a run-scoring double in the first for the Mariners.
Julio Morban homers twice for Mariners
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Julio Morban homered twice and Seattle right-hander Jeremy Bonderman allowed two runs in four innings in his second spring start to help the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 8-5 on Friday.
Morban hit a two-run shot off Angels starter Tommy Hanson in the second for his first homer of the spring, and added another two-run blast off Billy Buckner in the eighth.
Bonderman is recovering from Tommy John surgery and hasn't pitched in the majors since 2010.
Hanson made his third spring start. He allowed two hits and three earned runs in four innings and also gave up a solo homer to Justin Smoak, his third of the spring.
Los Angeles' Peter Bourjos hit his second spring homer off Andrew Carraway, a solo shot in the sixth.
MLS-CASCADIA CUP BEGINS
Seattle, Portland open 2013 Cascadia rivalry
SEATTLE (AP) — When Major League Soccer decided the third week of the regular season was going to feature matchups of the league's best rivalries, they made sure Seattle facing Portland was the centerpiece.
It might seem a little early in the schedule, but the heated competition in Cascadia is already set to begin on Saturday night when the Sounders host the Timbers.
Seattle has two tasks on Saturday: Erase the taste of a disappointing season-opening home loss to Montreal and start down the road of re-claiming the Cascadia Cup that Portland won a year ago. The Timbers have not won in Seattle since joining the MLS and got just one point out of two home games to start the season.
ALASKA-ANCHORAGE-ST CLOUD ST
St. Cloud State beats Alaska-Anchorage in playoffs
ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — Joey Benik and David Morley had a goal and two assists each to lead St. Cloud State to a 6-1 Western Collegiate Hockey Association playoff win over Alaska-Anchorage on Friday.
Benik scored for the Huskies (22-14-1) in the second period and assisted on goals by Garrett Milan and Morley in the first period. Morley assisted on Milan and Benik's goal.
Jonny Brodzinski scored twice for St. Cloud State, which can wrap up the best-of-three series with a win on Saturday. The Huskies outshot the Seawolves 32-23.
Ryan Faragher started in goal and made 19 saves in two-plus periods. Joseph Phillippi made three saves in six minutes of the third period.
UAA (4-24-7) got a goal from Scott Warner and 26 saves from Rob Gunderson.
UAA has lost eight straight games.
David Frost leads Toshiba Classic
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — David Frost shot an 8-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round of the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic.
Frost had eight birdies in his bogey-free round, four on the first five holes on the back nine and another on the par-5 closing hole. Three of his approach shots stopped within a foot of the hole for tap-in birdies.
Couples, the 2010 winner at Newport Beach Country Club, had seven birdies and a bogey. He's playing his second senior event and third overall tournament of the year after cutting his schedule to make sure he's healthy for the Masters. He made six putts from 15 feet or longer, including a 50-footer for birdie on No. 7.
Jim Gallagher Jr. opened with a 66. He qualified for the event under the Career Victory Exemption List, but that status runs out after this event. He has a sponsor exemption next week in his home-state event in Mississippi.
Bernhard Langer topped the group at 67.
Frost has three victories on the 50-and-over tour. In three events this year, the South African has finished no worse than a tie for ninth and lost in a playoff to John Cook at the season-opening Mitsubishi Electric Championship.