Oregon beats No. 21 UCLA 78-69 for Pac-12 title
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Carlos Emory scored 20 points, Johnathan Loyd added 19 and Oregon pulled away from No. 21 UCLA 78-69 to win the Pac-12 tournament championship Saturday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Oregon (26-8) shook off a shaky start with superb perimeter shooting, pulling away in the second half after the Bruins made a run.
Arsalan Kazemi had 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the Ducks hit 7 of 14 from 3-point range to win their third Pac-12 tournament title.
UCLA (25-9) couldn't keep up with the hot-shooting Ducks without freshman Jordan Adams, who sat on the bench with a boot on his right foot after breaking it in the semifinals against No. 18 Arizona.
Larry Drew II had 14 points and six assists, but had five turnovers for the top-seeded Bruins, who may have lost a chance to play in the West Regionals at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Idaho women upset Seattle 67-64 to win WAC tourney
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Stacey Barr had 16 points and 11 rebounds Saturday to lead Idaho to a 67-64 upset of top-seeded Seattle in the Western Athletic Conference championship game.
Trailing 45-40 with 11:14 left in the game, the third-seeded Vandals (17-15) clamped down with a stingy defense while capitalizing on a 17-7 run to seize control of the game and hold on for the victory and automatic NCAA tournament berth.
Barr was one of four Vandals to score in double figures, along with Alyssa Charlston (15 points), Ali Forde (11 points, seven rebounds) and Connie Ballestero (10 points).
Seattle (20-10) also had four players in double figures, led by WAC player of the year Kacie Sowell's 17 points.
Barr was named most valuable player of the tournament and was joined on the all-tournament team by Charlston, Sowell, Sylvia Shephard (Seattle) and Devyn Christensen (Utah State).
Aldridge has 31, Portland beats Detroit 112-101
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and 12 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers handed the Detroit Pistons their eighth straight loss with a 112-101 victory on Saturday night.
Rodney Stuckey had a season-high 32 points for the Pistons, who have yet to win a game in March. They've lost 11 of their last 12.
After trailing by as many as 11 points in the first half, the Blazers took a 90-81 lead on Nicolas Batum's 3-pointer with 8:33 remaining in the game. Portland extended the lead to 99-87 on J.J. Hickson's dunk.
The Pistons went on a 12-2 run to close within 99-97 on Will Bynum's running jumper with 2:54 left, but Batum answered with another 3-pointer. After Stuckey made a layup, Aldridge's hook shot ended Detroit's threat and put the Blazers in front 104-99 with 1:45 left.
Late goal gives Portland 1-1 draw with Seattle
SEATTLE (AP) — Rodney Wallace came open in the penalty box and headed in the tying goal at the beginning of second-half stoppage time, and the Portland Timbers came out of Seattle with a 1-1 draw with the rival Sounders on Saturday night.
Eddie Johnson tapped in a perfectly placed cross from Steve Zakuani in the 13th minute and Seattle held the lead until Wallace scored right at the end of the 90 minutes as stoppage time was beginning. Seattle failed to clear the ball from danger and Andrew Jean-Baptiste's centering pass found Wallace completely uncovered.
The matchup of the Cascadia foes was the centerpiece of what Major League Soccer dubbed "Rivalry Week." And it was Portland getting an important draw in the competition between the Sounders, Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps for the Cascadia Cup.
Morales hits third homer of spring for Mariners
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Kendrys Morales hit his third home run of spring training and Erasmo Ramirez tossed six strong innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 5-2 Saturday.
Mike Jacobs also homered and Jesus Montero and Carlos Pequero each added two hits, an RBI and a run scored for Seattle. Michael Morse was on base all three times and raised his spring average to .375.
Ramirez, projected as the No 4 or 5 starter for the Mariners, allowed a run and three hits to the first five batters he faced before settling down. He allowed five hits and one run over the next five innings. He allowed just two runs over 12 innings this spring, with nine strikeouts and one walk.
Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas takes 100, 200 meters
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas won the 100 and 200 meters, and helped the Ducks' 4x100 relay team to victory at the Oregon Preview meet at Hayward Field on Saturday.
Thomas ran the 100 in a wind-aided 10.31 seconds, a personal best. He ran the 200 in 21.17 followed by football teammate B.J. Kelley, a wide receiver, in second.
Anthony, Kelley, Dior Mathis and Arthur Delaney won the 4x100 in a meet record 40.35 seconds. Mathis also plays cornerback for the Ducks.
The Oregon Preview opened the outdoor track season for the Ducks.
Iditarod dog died of asphyxiation, buried in snow
(Information in the following story is from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.adn.com)
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Officials say a dog that died in this year's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race asphyxiated while getting buried in snow during severe wind.
Race officials disclosed the results of the necropsy Saturday. The dog, a 5-year-old named Dorado, was found dead Friday in Unalakleet, where it was waiting to be flown back to Anchorage.
The dog belonged to rookie musher Paige Drobny's team. The dog was dropped from the race Monday and was being cared for in a dog lot, an area set up to care for dogs dropped from the race.
Drobny continued on to Nome, where the musher finished Thursday in 34th place.
The Anchorage Daily News reports that race officials say Dorado and other dogs were checked on around 3 a.m. Friday.
David Frost maintains lead at Newport Beach
NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. (AP) — David Frost maintained a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples in the Champions Tour's Toshiba Classic, eagling the final hole Saturday for a 5-under 66.
After opening with a 63, Frost had a 13-under 129 total. The South African made an 18-foot putt for the eagle on the par-5 18th, while Couples two-putted from 35 feet for birdie and a 66 of his own.
Jim Gallagher Jr. was third at 8 under after a 68, and Scott Hoch (64), Jay Haas (66), Bob Tway (67) and D.A. Weibring (68) were another stroke back at Newport Beach Country Club.