Spurs go up 3-0 with 118-103 win over Blazers
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tony Parker scored 29 points and the San Antonio Spurs pulled into a commanding 3-0 lead in their Western Conference semifinal series against Portland with a 118-103 victory over the Trail Blazers on Saturday night.
The Spurs led by as many as 23 points in the first half, building a big early lead just as they had in the first two games of the series in San Antonio. The teams meet again on Monday at the Moda Center.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 21 points and 12 rebounds for the Portland, which pulled within eight points in the third quarter but couldn't get any closer. The Blazers were hurt by 15 turnovers and only six points from their bench.
No NBA team has come back from a 3-0 deficit to win a seven-game series.
Young strong in Mariners' 3-1 win over Royals
SEATTLE (AP) — Chris Young pitched eight efficient innings, Justin Smoak and Dustin Ackley homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Kansas City Royals 3-1 Saturday night.
Young allowed three hits, while striking out three and walking none. The right-hander needed just 96 pitches, setting down the lineup in order in five of his eight innings.
It is the first time Young has thrown at least eight innings since he tossed a complete game for the San Diego Padres in 2008. Young didn't play last season and pitched sparingly from 2009-12.
Fernando Rodney pitched around a two-out single in the ninth inning to record his 11th save in 12 attempts.
Royals starter Yordano Ventura allowed three runs in 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander issued a season-high four walks, while notching a season-low three strikeouts.
Umpire leaves Royals-Mariners game with injury
SEATTLE (AP) — Home plate umpire Scott Barry left the game between the Seattle Mariners and Kansas City Royals before the fourth inning after appearing to take a wild pitch off his right hand.
Barry was hit in the hand during the second inning Saturday night when Yordano Ventura bounced a 1-0 pitch in front of the plate. Barry remained behind the plate for the third, although the game was played with three umpires while crew chief Jeff Nelson changed into protective gear. Nelson had been umpiring at first base.
Barry was escorted off the field before the fourth inning by a member of the Mariners training staff and the game continued with three umpires.
Busy day nets Seattle 7 players, 4 on defense
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — John Schneider, Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks looked for athleticism in the seven picks made on the final day of the NFL draft.
Seattle had a trio of fourth-round selections, using those on UCLA defensive end Cassius Marsh, Alabama wide receiver Kevin Norwood and Boston College linebacker Kevin Pierre-Louis.
Seattle took Middle Tennessee defensive tackle Jimmy Staten in the fifth round, selected Marshall offensive tackle Garrett Scott and San Diego State defensive back Eric Pinkins in the sixth round and finished out the draft picking Arkansas fullback Kiero Small in the seventh round.
Seattle began the draft with six picks, but three trades netted the Seahawks additional picks. Along with getting picked in the draft, Staten and Scott were celebrating their college graduations on Saturday.