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Posted on April 1, 2013 at 10:33 AM


Curry's 39 leads Warriors past Blazers, 125-98

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 39 points and the Golden State Warriors moved one step closer toward ending their five-year playoff drought with a 125-98 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday night.

Carl Landry had a season-high 25 points and 10 rebounds coming off the bench, while David Lee had 13 points for the Warriors, who maintained their 1½-game lead over Houston for sixth place in the Western Conference. Golden State lowered its magic number for clinching a playoff berth to five games.

Meyers Leonard led the Trail Blazers with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Damian Lillard scored 16 points for Portland and tied the NBA's single season rookie record for 3-pointers, but was nowhere as effective as he was in his first trip back home. The Oakland native shot just 4 of 11 from the floor and committed three turnovers.


RSL claims 1st home win of '13, 2-1 over Sounders

SANDY, Utah (AP) — Robbie Findley and Luis Gil each scored first-half goals and Real Salt Lake claimed its first home victory of the 2013 season with a 2-1 win over the Seattle Sounders on Saturday night.

Brad Evans scored for the Sounders (0-3-1), who remain winless a month into the 2013 season.

RSL (2-2-1) played without leading scorer Alvaro Saborio, who injured his knee while playing for Costa Rica this week.

Findley made up for Saborio's absence with a big first-half goal. He collected a cleared ball and drilled a left footer from the right side of the box to put RSL up 1-0 in the 8th minute.

It snapped a 408-minute scoreless streak against Seattle going back to last season. Findley left the game a few minutes after his goal with a left adductor strain and did not return.


Johnson lifts Timbers into 2-2 tie with Colorado

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. (AP) — Will Johnson scored two goals, including a penalty kick in the 71st minute, and the Portland Timbers rallied from a two-goal second-half deficit to tie the Colorado Rapids 2-2 on Saturday night.

Johnson scored Portland's first goal in the 55th minute.

The Timbers (0-1-3) have never won in Colorado, going 0-3-1 in their matches at the Rapids.

Portland continued its trend of allowing the first goal in all four games.

Dillon Powers scored his first career goal for Colorado (0-3-2) in the 18th minute and Hendry Thomas scored on a penalty kick in the 48th.

The tie extended Colorado's winless streak to start a season to five games. The franchise record is six, 0-5-1 to open the 2003 season.


Morales, Smoak homer, M's beat Rockies 4-3

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Kendrys Morales and Justin Smoak homered and the Seattle Mariners beat the Colorado Rockies 4-3 Saturday in their final spring tuneup

Morales, who played for the Los Angeles Angels' Triple-A affiliate in Salt Lake City from 2006-2008, ripped a fastball over the left center fence in the top of the fourth inning and Smoak went deep in the fifth to help the Mariners finish with the best spring training record in team history at 22-11.

Troy Tulowitzki and Todd Helton both hit solo home runs to chase Brandon Maurer, who is slated to be Seattle's fourth starter. The Rockies had the bases loaded in the eighth after Jordan Ribera's single scored David Kandilas and trimmed the lead to a run before Raul Ibanez caught Jonathan Herrera's line drive to end the inning.


Drury tops Western Washington 107-97 in DII semis

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Alex Hall scored a season-high 35 points, making seven 3-pointers to help Drury topple defending champion Western Washington 107-97 on Saturday in the NCAA Division II semifinal.

The Panthers' top scorer shook off foul trouble to finish 10 of 15 from the field and set the pace for Drury's 34-of-59 shooting (57.6 percent). That offense was crucial in surviving Western Washington's rally from 24 down in the second half to get to 85-79 with 4:48 left.

Hall sandwiched two foul shots around three baskets by Cameron Adams to make it 93-81. Brandon Lockhart (24 points) and Ian Carter (19) both added two free throws to stretch it to 97-81 with just over 2 minutes left and seal the high-scoring game.

Teddy Simniok added 12 points for Drury, which faces Metro State in the championship on April 7 in Atlanta. Metro State beat top-ranked West Liberty 83-76 in the other semifinal.


Ducks' season capped by run in the NCAA tourney

For E.J. Singler, Oregon's run in the NCAA tournament was a sweet way to end his college career. Sure, he would have liked to play for a title, but the Ducks' surprising success this season made for a satisfying ride.

Oregon wrapped up its season 28-9 with a 77-69 loss to Louisville Friday in the NCAA's round of 16.

Singler calls the overall experience awesome considering many people didn't think Oregon would get so far. The Ducks hadn't been to the tournament since 2008.

At the start of the season Oregon was picked to finish seventh in the Pac-12. But the Ducks wound up with a share of second place in the league's regular season standings before winning the conference tournament to earn an automatic berth.


Joe Discoe won his 3rd US dual moguls title

HEAVENLY, Calif. (AP) — Joe Discoe won his third dual moguls title Saturday in the U.S. Freestyle Championships, and Sophia Schwartz took the women's event.

Discoe, from Telluride, Colo., threw a D-spin in his top air and a backflip on his bottom air in soft snow conditions. Sho Kashima of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., was second, and Dylan Walczyk of Breckenridge, Colo., finished third.

Schwartz, from Sun Valley, Idaho, did a back full up top and a back lay in her bottom air. Mikaela Mathews of Frisco, Colo., was second, and defending champion K.C. Oakley of Piedmont, Calif., settled for third after she lost control out of her top air and skied into Mathews' line.