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Blazers try to extend playoff series, hosting Warriors

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The NBA playoff series between the Portland Trail Blazers and Golden State picks up tonight with the Blazers trying to hold off elimination by the Warriors.

Golden State got an overtime win 132-125 over Portland Monday night, with star Stephen Curry scoring 17 of his 40 points in the extra period to put the game away. The Warriors hold a 3-1 lead.

Warriors forward Draymond Green commented after the game he thinks the Trail Blazers are “done” after the Warriors’ comeback win. But the Warriors are generally dismissing the remark.

Coach Terry Stotts told reporters yesterday afternoon that Green “does a lot of talking.” The team spent yesterday going over some film before flying to the Bay Area.


Mariners use pair of home runs to beat Rays 6-4

SEATTLE (AP) — Franklin Gutierrez hit a two-run homer in the first inning, Dae-Ho Lee added a three-run shot in the fourth and the Seattle Mariners beat the Tampa Bay Rays 6-4 on Tuesday night.

The Mariners took the first two games of the three-game series and won for the 18th time in the past 25 games. This time it was thanks to home runs from an unlikely duo, both off Tampa Bay starter Drew Smyly.

Gutierrez’s homer was his first of the season after hitting 15 in just 59 games last year. Lee’s homer was his fifth of the year in limited action while splitting time at first base.

Steve Pearce hit a pair of solo homers and Steven Souza Jr. added a solo shot for Tampa Bay. But those were the only costly mistakes made by Seattle starter Wade Miley (3-2), who allowed four hits and struck out six over six-plus innings in winning his third straight decision.


Walker to start for Mariners Wednesday

SEATTLE (AP) — Taijuan Walker get the start tonight for Seattle as they again face the Tampa Bay Rays.

Walker is 2-2 on the season. He left his last outing against Houston after just two innings because of neck spasms.

Even with the short stint in Houston, Walker has thrown at least six innings and allowed two or fewer runs in four of his six starts.

The Rays will start Chris Archer, who is seeking his second straight win. He threw six scoreless innings in his last start, against the Los Angeles Angels.


Benoit throws bullpen session

SEATTLE (AP) — Mariners right-hander Joaquin Benoit has thrown a bullpen session as he deals with right shoulder issues.

Benoit had a strong session Monday, with the team saying he is closer to returning to Seattle’s bullpen.

Benoit has not pitched since April 21 and was placed on the disabled list for the shoulder soreness.


Amputee from 9/11 attacks wins 7 medals at Invictus Games

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Sarah Rudder was on the verge of a key promotion in the U.S. Marines on Sept. 11, 2001, when the terrorist attacks struck and eventually left her without a leg.

But she has come back from that setback to thrive on another stage, winning seven medals through Tuesday in two days of Paralympic events ranging from rowing to shot-put at the international Invictus Games. The event was founded by Britain’s Prince Harry for wounded members of armed services.

Rudder was unscathed in the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon and able to help others to safety. But when she returned to the defense complex to help remove remains of victims, her left ankle got stuck in a concrete barrier and was crushed. Her leg had to be amputated.


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