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Associated Press

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 7:34 PM

TRAIL BLAZERS-76ERS

76ers rally late to top Portland 101-100

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Spencer Hawes had 18 points and 13 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 27 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 101-100 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

The Sixers wasted a 14-point lead and Portland took the lead late in the fourth. Holiday, though, rallied the Sixers and stretched the lead to 101-97 on a pair of free throws.

Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 101-100. Holiday fell on the inbound pass and the ball sailed into the Sixers bench, giving Portland the ball with 7.1 seconds left. LaMarcus Aldridge missed the potential winner on a turnaround over Hawes.

Aldridge had 32 points and 14 rebounds, and Lillard scored 27 points.

T25-COLLEGE BKB POLL

Gonzaga No. 1 in final AP poll

(Stations: Please also note Oregon interest.)

(AP) — Gonzaga's first stint on top of The Associated Press' college basketball poll has run through the final Top 25 of the season.

The Bulldogs (31-2), the fourth of the four top seeds in the NCAA tournament, were a runaway No. 1 for a third straight week on Monday, receiving 45 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel.

Louisville, the overall No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, is second and got the other first-place votes. Kansas and Indiana — the other No. 1 seeds — are third and fourth followed by Miami, Duke, Ohio State, Georgetown, Michigan State and Michigan.

The week's lone newcomer is Pac-12 champion Oregon.

The Ducks replace VCU, which lost to Saint Louis in the Atlantic 10 tournament championship game.

USC SUSPENSIONS

Police investigate USC players in fights

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Police have confirmed they are investigating two Southern California basketball players over a series of fights in Spokane, Wash., on March 10.

Police declined to release the names of the two players.

USC officials had said last week they had suspended starting center Dewayne Dedmon and backup big man James Blasczyk for violating an unspecified team rule. At the time, interim coach Bob Cantu said the program was aware of an investigation in Spokane and declined to comment further.

Neither player has been arrested or charged in the incidents.

Spokane police say they will travel to Southern California to interview the players.

The fights in the downtown area early on March 10 sent four people to the hospital.

The Trojans were staying in Spokane following a loss to Washington State in Pullman.

T25-NCAA-GEORGIA

Lady Dogs heading west to face Montana in NCAAs

(Stations: Note Spokane, Wash., interest.)

(AP) — Georgia has received a No. 4 seed to the NCAA women's tournament.

The Lady Bulldogs (25-6) will face 13th-seeded Montana in Spokane, Wash., on Saturday.

This will be the 19th straight NCAA appearance for Georgia, which hopes to last longer than it did a year ago. The Lady Bulldogs were eliminated in the opening round, just the third time in the last decade they have not reached at least the round of 16.

Despite all its NCAA success, coach Andy Landers' program has never won a national title.

Stanford is the top seed in the Spokane Regional.

If the Lady Bulldogs win their first two games on the West Coast, they would have to return to Spokane for the regional the following weekend.

MARINERS-ATHLETICS

Morse's 6th homer helps A's beat Mariners 6-5

PHOENIX (AP) — Michael Morse broke a sixth-inning tie with his sixth home run of spring training, and the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland Athletics 6-5 Monday.

Morse homered off starter A.J. Griffin for a 4-3 lead, and Dustin Ackley added an RBI single later in the inning against Ryan Cook. Ackley added another run-scoring single in the eighth off Pat Neshek.

Right-hander Hisashi Iwakuma, one of the candidates to become the Mariners' No. 2 spot behind Felix Hernandez, gave up three runs and six hits in five innings, including Derek Norris' two-run homer.

Oakland's Coco Crisp leaped and reached over the center-field fence to rob Jesus Montero of what appeared would be a two-run homer in the second.

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