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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge scored 26 points in his return after missing one game with a sore left elbow, leading the Portland Trail Blazers to a 119-106 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves last night. Nicolas Batum (bah-TOOM’) added 24 points for Portland, which is 5-5 since interim coach Kaleb Canales replaced the fired Nate McMillan. Oregon native Kevin Love had 26 points and nine rebounds for the Timberwolves, who have lost eight of their last 10 games.
SEATTLE (AP) – Washington guard Terrence Ross has decided to enter the NBA draft. Ross averaged a team-high 16.4 points this season as Washington won the Pac-12 regular-season title and made it to the NIT semifinals. The 6-foot-6 Ross was the only player on the team to reach 30 points, accomplishing the feat twice, and had nine games of 20-plus points. Ross averaged 25 points in four games in the NIT before a 68-67 overtime loss to Minnesota ended the Huskies’ season.
PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – Miguel Olivo and Kyle Seager hit consecutive home runs during a six-run sixth inning and the Seattle Mariners rallied past Kansas City 6-4 yesterday in their first game since opening the regular season in Japan last week. Munenori Kawasaki had three hits for the Mariners, who used six projected starters on Sunday. He had two hits in the sixth inning alone. Olivo’s three-run homer tied it at 4. Seager followed with his fourth home run of the spring.
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