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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Thornton scored 20 points and made the winning jumper with 3.4 seconds left, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 104-103 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Thornton hit a 17-footer off an inbound pass before Portland’s Raymond Felton missed a desperation shot from halfcourt at the buzzer. DeMarcus Cousins scored 23 points and Tyreke (ty-REEK’) Evans had 20 for the Kings. Wes Matthews made a career-high eight 3-pointers and had 31 points for Portland.
SEATTLE (AP) — Brendan Ryan hit a two-run homer, Justin Smoak added a solo shot and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 yesterday. Ryan’s homer in the second inning was his first of the season. Seattle’s starting shortstop hit three home runs last season all of them coming on the road. Snapping streaks was the tone of the day. While Ryan hit his first homer before the home crowd, Smoak snapped a skid of 11 at-bats in a row without a hit when he lined a solo homer out to right.
ROCKINGHAM, N.C. (AP) — Kasey Kahne (kayn) celebrated NASCAR’s return to Rockingham Speedway with a win yesterday in the Truck Series race. The track was purchased at auction by Andy Hillenburg, and he successfully brought NASCAR back. The Enumclaw, Wash.-born Kahne held off James Buescher for the win. Kahne had to start at the back of the field since he didn’t qualify the truck Saturday while at the Sprint Cup race in Texas. It was Kahne’s fourth win in five career Truck Series races.
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