PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had 31 points and a career-high 25 rebounds, prompting Portland fans to chant "MVP! MVP!" during the Trail Blazers' 111-104 victory over the Houston Rockets last night. Robin Lopez added 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Blazers, who sit atop the Western Conference standings at 19-4. Dwight Howard had 32 points and 17 rebounds for the Rockets, who beat the Blazers 116-101 on Nov. 5.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Bareback rider Kaycee Feild won for the second consecutive round last night in the National Finals Rodeo, scoring 83.5 points on Cool Water. Feild, from Payson, Utah, remained atop the season standings. Bobby Mote of Culver, Ore., fourth with a 78.5 on Full Baggage, is second in the standings
SEATTLE (AP) — All-Star second baseman Robinson Cano and the Seattle Mariners have finalized their $240 million, 10-year contract that was agreed upon late last week. The Mariners announced the contract yesterday following Cano's completion of a physical. The deal is tied for the fourth largest contract in major league history.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Timbers selected midfielder Steve Zukuani in the first stage of the MLS re-entry draft after trading up for the No. 2 pick. Portland sent the No. 17 selection and defender Andrew Jean-Baptiste to Chivas USA yesterday for the No. 2 pick and midfielder/defender Jorge Villafana. Zakuani has played for the rival Seattle Sounders since he was the top pick in the 2009 MLS SuperDraft.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star game will be against legendary German club Bayern Munich, the reigning European and Bundesliga champions. The All-Star game will be played in August at Jeld-Wen Field, home of the Portland Timbers. The MLS All-Star game has pitted league stars against top-flight foreign clubs for the past 10 years.