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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – LaMarcus Aldridge had 24 points and nine
rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers rallied after surrendering
the lead to New Jersey in the fourth quarter for a 101-88 win over
the Nets last night. Nic Batum (bah-TOOM’) added 20 points and 10
rebounds for the Blazers, who led by as many as 16 points in the
third quarter before a late surge put New Jersey in front in the
fourth. Portland’s turnaround came when Kris Humphries was called
for goaltending on J.J. Hickson, making it 86-85.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Hector Noesi allowed one run and seven
hits in seven innings and Seattle beat Colorado 7-2 yesterday in
the teams’ final Cactus League game in Arizona. Noesi solidified
his role as the No. 3 starter with his longest outing of the
spring. Seattle bunched seven hits and a walk for five runs in the
fourth. John Jaso, who finished with three hits, had a two-run
double and Chone (shahn) Figgins a run-scoring triple in the
inning. Seattle’s Ichiro (EE’-cheer-oh) Suzuki had a single in the

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) – The Seattle Mariners have optioned
left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush and outfielder Carlos Peguero
to Triple-A Tacoma to reach the major league-mandated 25-man roster
limit. Seattle made the roster moves yesterday in Peoria, ahead of
its final exhibition game against Colorado. The Mariners will go
through a second opening day tomorrow when they play at Oakland.
The Mariners and the A’s started the Major League Baseball season
last week with a two-game series in Tokyo.

RENTON, Wash. (AP) – The Seattle Seahawks’ preseason will begin
with some familiar faces returning to the Pacific Northwest.
Seattle announced its 2012 preseason schedule yesterday, and the
Seahawks will open at home against the Tennessee Titans. The
Titians feature former Seahawks quarterback Matt Hasselbeck and
former University of Washington star quarterback Jake Locker, both
of whom would be making their first professional appearances in
Seattle since joining the Titans.

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge has sided with Nike, saying
Reebok can’t sell Tim Tebow (TEE’-boh) New York Jets jerseys.
Reebok International Ltd. wanted the judge to lift his ban on
apparel sales, but the judge yesterday decided to continue it. The
ban came after Nike Inc. sued Reebok last week, days after Tebow
was traded from Denver to New York. The trade occurred just as
Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike was preparing to assume the NFL’s
merchandising deal from Canton, Mass.-based Reebok.

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