SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 36 points and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the San Antonio Spurs 110-106 on Wednesday night, spoiling LaMarcus Aldridge’s return from a health scare. C.J. McCollum added 26 points for the Trail Blazers, who were coming off a 23-point loss in New Orleans on Tuesday.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Tyler Geving has been dismissed after eight seasons as head coach of the Portland State Vikings. Geving had two years left on his contract, the school said on Wednesday. The Vikings went 15-16 overall and 7-11 in the Big Sky Conference this past season. He went 112-133 as the Vikings’ head coach with three appearances in the Big Sky Tournament semifinals. The search for a new head coach would begin immediately.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington has fired coach Lorenzo Romar after 15 seasons at the school, falling short of an NCAA Tournament bid in the final six despite a steady stream of NBA talent. Washington athletic director Jennifer Cohen announced the decision Wednesday, although a split between Romar and his alma mater seemed destined as the Huskies slogged through another lackluster season — even with freshman star Markelle Fultz, a projected top-five NBA draft pick.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Another dog connected to the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has died. Race officials say a 3-year-old male named Shilling from musher Roger Lee’s team died Wednesday as Lee approached the Bering Sea village of Unalakleet (YOO-nah-la-kleet). A necropsy is planned. Lee, a rookie, was in 62nd place Wednesday afternoon. Mitch Seavey won the race Tuesday. Four other Iditarod dogs have died, including two that had finished racing.
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