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Posted on March 17, 2014 at 8:04 PM

MARINERS-ANGELS

Mariners beat Wilson, Angels 5-3

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — C.J. Wilson pitched into the sixth inning in the Los Angeles Angels' 5-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Sunday.

Wilson was charged with four runs, two earned, and six hits in five-plus innings. The left-hander, who had a career-high 17 wins last season, struck out seven.

Wilson got off to a slow start. Michael Saunders and Dustin Ackley each had an RBI single for Seattle in the first.

Left-hander Roenis Elias, considered a dark horse to make Seattle's rotation out of spring training, made his first start and fourth appearance. He allowed one run and two hits in five innings.

Elias went 6-11 with a 3.18 ERA with Double-A Jackson in 2013.

MLS-FIRE-TIMBERS

Timbers play to 1-1 draw with Fire on late goal

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gaston Fernandez scored in the 79th minute to pull the Portland Timbers to a 1-1 draw with the Chicago Fire on Sunday.

It was the second game that the newly acquired Argentine forward scored a late equalizer. Fernandez's goal in stoppage time gave the Timbers a 1-1 tie in the opener against Philadelphia last weekend.

Jeff Larentowicz scored on a penalty kick in the 19th minute for the Fire, who shook up their starting lineup after a 3-2 loss to Chivas in their opener.

Portland dominated possession at 64 percent, but several good chances at goals just missed. Fire goalkeeper Sean Johnson was credited with six saves.

CANUCKS-PANTHERS

Canucks get the best of Luongo with shootout win

(Eds: Canucks 4, Panthers 3, SO. New approach. With AP Photos.)

SUNRISE, Fla. (AP) — Nicklas Jensen scored in the first period and added the only goal in the shootout and the Vancouver Canucks earned a victory over former goalie Roberto Luongo and the Florida Panthers.

Alex Burrows had a goal and two assists and Dan Hamhuis also scored for the Canucks. Eddie Lack made 26 saves.

Jimmy Hayes scored two power-play goals for the Panthers. Vincent Trocheck also scored and Luongo stopped 29 shots.

Luongo faced his former team just 12 days being traded from the Canucks to the Panthers on March 4. Luongo is 2-3 since joining the Panthers. Lack stopped all three shots in the shootout and won against Luongo, his former teammate.

WARRIORS-TRAIL BLAZERS

Curry, Thompson lift Warriors past Trail Blazers

((Eds: Warriors 113, Trail Blazers 112. Corrects to Blazers losing for fifth time in six games. With AP Photos.))

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Stephen Curry scored 28 of his 37 points in the second half and Klay Thompson made the go-ahead 3-pointer with 11.1 seconds remaining to lead the Golden State Warriors to a 113-112 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday night.

Thompson finished with 27 points and David Lee added 16 for the Warriors, who rallied from an 18-point deficit in the third quarter. Golden State snapped a two-game skid and pulled 1½ games behind the Blazers for the Western Conference's No. 5 playoff spot.

Damian Lillard scored 26 points and Nicholas Batum had 23 points and 14 rebounds as the Blazers, playing without injured All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge, lost for the fifth time in six games.

Batum had a chance to tie the score with 5.8 seconds remaining, but missed the second of two free throws. The Blazers failed to get a shot off after gathering the rebound.

NCAA-GONZAGA-OKLAHOMA ST-MATCHUP

Gonzaga to open tournament with Oklahoma State

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Gonzaga is headed to the NCAA tournament. Again.

The perennial mid-major standout is making its 16th straight tournament appearance. This season the Bulldogs (28-6) visit San Diego to face Oklahoma State (21-12) on Friday.

The eighth-seeded Zags have advanced to the tournament's round of 16 five times, and they've made it to the Elite Eight once. But they've never been to the Final Four.

Gonzaga defeated BYU 75-64 to win the West Coast Conference tournament.

Ninth-seeded Oklahoma State, which won national championships in 1945 and 1946, is making its 26th overall tournament appearance and second in a row as an at-large selection.

The Cowboys have bounced back since losing star guard Marcus Smart to a three-game suspension for shoving a fan at Texas Tech. Oklahoma State lost 77-70 in overtime to No. 10 Kansas in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 tournament.

NCAA-BYU-OREGON

Oregon faces BYU in Milwaukee

Last season the Oregon Ducks won the Pac-12 tournament to make the NCAA tournament. This year it wasn't quite as easy.

After slumping to start conference play, the Ducks (23-9) finished the regular season with seven straight wins, including a 64-57 victory over Arizona in the finale. They beat rival Oregon State to open the conference tournament before falling to UCLA in the semifinals

Earning the No. 7 seed in the West, Oregon heads to Milwaukee to face BYU on Thursday. As an automatic bid last season, the Ducks advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 before losing to Louisville.

The 10th-seeded Cougars (23-11) have also surged late, winning eight of their last 10 games.

But BYU was hurt in the West Coast Conference championship game when the team lost point guard Kyle Collinsworth to a knee injury. The Cougars lost 75-64 to Gonzaga.

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