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Posted on February 16, 2014 at 2:34 AM

Updated Sunday, Feb 16 at 2:34 AM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers are limping into the All-Star Break having lost four of their last six games. After spending time atop the Western Conference, Portland is 36-17 and knotted in a three-way tie with Houston and the Clippers for third place. There are 29 games left for the Blazers to solidify their return to the playoffs for the first time since 2011.

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Just days after suffering a concussion, Eureka musher Brent Sass has withdrawn from the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. Four mushers have scratched, leaving 70 in the race. The Anchorage Daily News reports the 34-year-old Sass was in second place in the Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race when he fell off his sled and cracked his head on the ice Feb. 8.

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) —The Southern California women used a 10-point run in the final minutes to pull away from Oregon 88-78. With the scored tied and less than 2 minutes to go, USC (16-9, 9-4 Pac-12) scored on back-to-back layups to go ahead by four. The Women of Troy then made six free throws in the final minute to ice the game.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Tia Presley had 32 points and Lia Galdeira scored 16 of her 18 points in the second half yesterday as the Washington State women beat Utah 83-73. WSU (13-12, 7-6 Pac-12) used an 11-2 run to take a 73-65 lead with 6:06 left and held on from there to reach 13 wins for the first time since 1995-96.

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