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Associated Press

Posted on April 2, 2013 at 10:34 PM

MARINERS-ATHLETICS

Hernandez delivers win over A's in Mariners opener

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Felix Hernandez struck out eight on opening day in his first start since signing a $175 million, seven-year contract in February, and the Mariners beat the reigning AL West champion Oakland Athletics 2-0 on Monday night.

Hernandez surrendered one walk while pitching 7 2-3 scoreless innings. He didn't allow a hit until John Jaso doubled to left-center with one out in the fourth, only a couple of hours after the pitcher gifted his former backstop with a Rolex watch for catching his perfect game in August against the Rays.

Hernandez (1-0) outdueled Brett Anderson while making his sixth career opening day start and fifth in a row, retiring the first 10 batters of the game in order.

Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run single in the fifth to break a scoreless tie, and it held up for Hernandez.

TRAIL BLAZERS-JAZZ

Jefferson, Williams lift Jazz over Blazers 112-102

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 24 points, Mo Williams hit six 3-pointers and the Utah Jazz beat the Portland Trail Blazers 112-102 Monday night to extend their winning streak to a season-best five games.

The win was Utah's second in four days over the Blazers (33-41), losers of five consecutive.

Wesley Matthews scored 23 for Portland, still without leading scorer LaMarcus Aldridge because of a sprained ankle.

Rookie standout Damian Lillard added 17 points, including three 3-pointers to break the NBA's single-season rookie record (166) for 3s.

Utah moved a half-game ahead of the idle Los Angeles Lakers for the eighth Western Conference playoff spot, and two games ahead of Dallas.

NCAA-GEORGIA-CALIFORNIA

Cal rallies to beat Georgia 65-62 in overtime

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Layshia Clarendon scored 17 of her 25 points in the second half and overtime, and California rallied from down 10 with less than 7 minutes left in regulation to beat Georgia 65-62 in the Spokane Regional final and advance to the Final Four for the first time in school history.

Clarendon and the second-seeded Golden Bears became the first team from the western U.S. other than Stanford to reach the Final Four since Long Beach State in 1988. They did it with a gritty rally down the stretch and big shots by Clarendon, Afure Jemerigbe and Talia Caldwell.

Jemerigbe hit a 3-pointer with 2:48 left in overtime to give California a 59-55 lead and Clarendon added a putback for a 61-55 advantage with 1:26 remaining.

Jemerigbe finished with 14 points and Caldwell added 10.

Shacobia Barbee led Georgia with 14 points.

AP ALL-AMERICA TEAM

McDermott repeats on AP All-America hoops team

(Stations: Note Gonzaga interest.)

(AP) — Creighton's Doug McDermott is an All-America for the second straight year while Trey Burke of Michigan and Otto Porter Jr. of Georgetown tied as the leading vote-getters for The Associated Press' first team.

Victor Oladipo of Indiana and Kelly Olynyk of Gonzaga are the other players on the team announced Monday.

Burke, the dynamic point guard, and Porter, the smooth, solid forward, both received 62 first-team votes and 319 points from the same 65-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25.

Oladipo, whose all-around play kept the Hoosiers in the No. 1 ranking longer than any other team this season, was third in the voting. McDermott, the efficient scorer, is the 51st repeat selection and the second in as many years following Jared Sullinger of Ohio State.

Olynyk, who became the country's best center, rounds out the first team.

WASH ALL-STATE TEAM

LaVine, McPhee voted AP players of the year

SEATTLE (AP) — Bothell senior Zach LaVine and Mount Rainier junior Brittany McPhee have been voted the 2013 Associated Press Washington state basketball players of the year.

LaVine and McPhee were also the respective players of the year in Class 4A when the all-state teams were announced on Monday. LaVine edged out Class 3A player of the year D.J. Fenner of Seattle Prep for the honor, while McPhee was a unanimous selection.

LaVine, who has signed with UCLA, led the Seattle area averaging 28.3 points per game. McPhee averaged 26.5 points, 12.4 rebounds, 3.3 blocks and was the MVP of the Class 4A state tournament.

She was the Class 4A player of the year in 2012.

SEAHAWKS-RAIDERS TRADE

Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn from Seahawks

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have traded for Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn in the team's latest change at the game's most important position.

The deal announced by the Seahawks on Monday signals the end to Carson Palmer's tenure in Oakland. Palmer is expected to be dealt to Arizona.

Oakland will send a fifth-round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 to Seattle for Flynn, who left Green Bay and signed a lucrative free agent deal with Seattle last year. But he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson for the starting job.

The Raiders also will receive a late-round pick from Arizona if the deal for Palmer is completed.

The Raiders traded a 2012 first-round pick and 2013 second-rounder to Cincinnati for Palmer midway through the 2011 season.

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