Montero helps Mariners beat White Sox 7-4
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Jesus Montero had two singles and an RBI and Scott Baker continued to make a good impression in his bid for winning a rotation spot Thursday as the Seattle Mariners beat a Chicago White Sox split-squad 7-4.
Montero's second hit came in the seventh to cap the Mariners' three-run, go-ahead rally. Montero is coming back from a 50-game suspension for his involvement in the Biogenesis scandal and season-ending knee surgery.
Baker allowed one earned run in his second spring start with hopes of making the rotation. He allowed three hits with no walks or strikeouts.
White Sox left-hander John Danks allowed one hit, walked two and struck out two in his first three innings of the spring as he looks to bounce back from going 4-14 in 2013.
Adam Eaton had three hits for the White Sox and Dyan Viciedo had a double and a run scored.
Loyola Marymount edges past Portland 67-64 in WCC
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Evan Payne scored 19 points as 10th-seeded Loyola Marymount edged past No. 7 seed Portland 67-64 on Thursday night and advanced to the quarterfinals in the West Coast Conference tournament.
The game stayed within a two-point margin through the last 5 minutes with four lead changes and one tie until Nick Stover hit a layup and two free throws to give the Lions a four-point advantage with 12 seconds left.
Stover and Anthony Ireland scored 14 points each. The Lions (13-18) shot just 4 of 15 from 3-point range but went 19 of 24 from the free-throw line.
Thomas van der Mars and Bobby Sharp scored 18 points each for the Pilots (15-16), and van der Mars finished with 10 rebounds. Ryan Nicholas added 13 points and 11 rebounds as Portland grabbed 12 more boards than the Lions.
Adams leads UCLA past Washington 91-82
SEATTLE (AP) — Jordan Adams scored a career-high 31 points, fighting through apparent leg cramps in the second half, and UCLA wrapped up the No. 2 seed in next week's Pac-12 Conference tournament with a 91-82 win over Washington on Thursday night.
Adams scored 16 points in the first 12-plus minutes of the second half before having to sit with his legs appearing to cramp.
When Adams returned, it was Seattle-area native Zach LaVine taking over, scoring 11 of his 14 points in the final five minutes for UCLA. LaVine's closing punch included a three-point play off a Washington turnover with 1:24 left that gave the Bruins an 87-77 lead and finally put the Huskies away.
C.J. Wilcox led Washington with 20 points despite sitting for more than five minutes of the second half with foul trouble. Nigel Williams-Goss added 17 points.
UMKC rallies to beat Seattle 76-70
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Frank Williams scored 16 points Thursday night and Martez Harrison added 14 as the University of Missouri-Kansas City beat Seattle 82-73.
The win guarantees the Kangaroos at least a No. 4 seed in the WAC tournament March 13-15 in Las Vegas.
UMKC led 13-7 on a layup by Harrison, but Seattle pulled ahead 31-26 on free throws by Shore Adenekan and led 31-29 at halftime.
UMKC used a 7-2 run to take a 36-33 second-half lead, then retook the lead 45-42 on a 3 by Williams, then pulled ahead by as many as eight. Seattle pulled to within three points on a trey by Jarell Flora with 22 seconds to play, but UMKC's John Burke iced the win with a dunk.
Nelson Kirksey scored 13 for UMKC and Isaac Kreuer 10.
Flora led the Redhawks with 19 and Emmanuel Chibuoqwu added 12.
4-time champion leads Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Four-time champion Jeff King is leading Alaska's Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
King, who last won in 2006, was first to reach Ruby — the first checkpoint on the frozen Yukon River — arriving at 6:41 a.m. Thursday after a 70-mile run from the Cripple checkpoint. The Iditarod website says King plans to take a mandatory 24-hour layover in the Athabascan village, 480 miles from the finish line in Nome on Alaska's western coast.
Race veteran Sonny Lindner was second to Ruby, clocking in one hour behind King.
The nearly 1,000-mile race began Sunday with 69 teams.
As of Thursday morning, 12 mushers have scratched and one was withdrawn. That leaves 56 teams on the trail.