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Posted on May 1, 2014 at 7:04 PM

Updated Thursday, May 1 at 7:04 PM

HOUSTON (AP) — Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds, and Jeremy Lin came off the bench to score 21 points and help the Houston Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 108-98 last night to avoid elimination. The Trail Blazers lead the first-round series 3-2 entering Game 6 on tomorrow in Portland. Houston finally slowed down LaMarcus Aldridge, limiting him to eight points, after he averaged 35.3 points in the first four games.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks general manager John Schneider says the team expects recently re-signed wide receiver Sidney Rice to be ready for the start of the 2014 season after suffering a torn ACL midway through last season. Schneider added that Terrelle Pryor was acquired from Oakland with the idea that he'd compete as a quarterback.

NEW YORK (AP) — The game between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees was postponed because of rain. No makeup date was immediately announced yesterday. The Mariners say the teams will play their regularly scheduled game tonight at Yankee Stadium.

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Jesse Chavez allowed one hit in seven scoreless innings, Eric Sogard matched his season total with three RBIs last night and the Oakland Athletics completed a three-game sweep with a 12-1 rout of the sloppy Texas Rangers. Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EHN'-ehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) had two doubles, scored twice and drove in two runs for the A's, who scored 10 runs combined in the third and fourth innings to answer a three-game sweep by the Rangers in Oakland last week.

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