March 21, 2014 in Sports

In brief: Trail Blazers run past Wizards

 
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Portland forward Dorell Wright, left, passes off against Washington forward Kevin Seraphin during the first half.
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Wesley Matthews had 28 points, including four 3-pointers, and the Portland Trail Blazers defeated the visiting Washington Wizards 116-103 on Thursday night.

Damian Lillard added 23 points and 10 assists for the Blazers, who are still playing without injured All-Star LaMarcus Aldridge.

Portland remained in fifth place in the Western Conference with three victories in their last four games after a four-game skid.

John Wall had 24 points and 14 assists for Washington, which trailed by as many as 17 points in the second half.

• Durant, Thunder hold off Cavs: Kevin Durant scored 35 points, finding his shooting touch after a rough start, and Serge Ibaka had 16 as the visiting Oklahoma City Thunder held off a furious Cleveland comeback for a 102-95 win over the injury-riddled Cavaliers.

Durant missed five of his first six shots, but the NBA’s top scorer finally got it going. He has scored 25 or more in 33 straight games — the league’s second-longest streak since Michael Jordan did it 40 consecutive times in 1986-87.

Rockets roll past Timberwolves: James Harden had 28 points with eight assists and the Houston Rockets rolled to an easy 129-106 win over the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves.

• Bucks lose Sanders for season: Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders will not return this season because of a fractured right orbital bone. Sanders was injured Feb. 8 when Houston’s James Harden elbowed him in the right eye as the two fought for a rebound. He had surgery shortly afterward.

Last-second OT goal lifts Wings over Pens

NHL: Daniel Alfredsson scored his second goal of the game with 1 second left in overtime to give the Detroit Red Wings a 5-4 victory over the visiting Pittsburgh Penguins.

Alfredsson’s shot went off Pittsburgh goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury and appeared to be knocked into the net by Penguins defenseman Rob Scuderi, who scored into his own net earlier in the game. The goal stood after video review.

Sharks beat Ducks, grab top spot: Brent Burns scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:59 to play to help the San Jose Sharks take sole possession of first place in the Pacific Division for the first time in more than three months by beating the visiting Anaheim Ducks 3-2.

Devils beat Wild in OT: Andy Greene scored from in close 2 minutes into overtime and the Devils snapped a three-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Minnesota Wild in Zach Parise’s first game back in New Jersey against his former teammates.

Adam Henrique and Patrik Elias each had three assists and combined to set up the game-winner for New Jersey, which blew a two-goal third-period lead.

Scott off to record start at Bay Hill

GOLF: Masters champion Adam Scott tied the course record at Bay Hill with a 10-under 62 in the Arnold Palmer Invitational in Orlando, Fla.

Scott made two eagle putts and had three birdie putts longer than 20 feet, one of them from well off the green on the 15th hole. It gave the 33-year-old Australian a four-shot lead among the early starters on a perfect day at Arnie’s place.

Pressel chases 59, settles for 65 in Founders Cup: Morgan Pressel’s bid for history ended in a tangled desert bush. She settled for the second spot on the crowded leaderboard in the JTBC Founders Cup in Phoenix.

Golf’s magic number of 59 in range after a sizzling start, Pressel had consecutive bogeys and parred the last five holes for a 7-under 65 at Desert Ridge. That left her a stroke behind Mirim Lee. Former Washington State golfer Kim Welch shot a 73.

Penn State eyes NCAA wrestling title

MISCELLANY: Three-time defending champion Penn State leads the NCAA wrestling championships after the first day of completion in Oklahoma City.

Five Nittany Lions won their first two matches and advanced to Friday morning’s quarterfinals. All 10 of Penn State’s wrestlers are still alive to score points.

Penn State leads with 26.5 points.

Minnesota and Oklahoma State are tied for second with 21.5 points and Iowa and Oklahoma are tied for fourth with 20.5.

MLS referees to return from lockout: The lockout of Major League Soccer’s referees has ended following an agreement on a five-year labor contract.

The Professional Referee Organization, which manages game officials for the U.S. Soccer Federation and MLS, and the Professional Soccer Referee Association announced the agreement Thursday.

Replacements had been used for the first two weekends of MLS games.

IndyCar to give double points for 500-mile races: IndyCar will award double points for the three “Triple Crown” races and award points based on qualifying for the Indianapolis 500.

The three “Triple Crown” races are the only 500-mile events on the schedule: The Indianapolis 500, the July race at Pocono and the season finale at Fontana.

Ball State gives Lembo extension: Ball State coach Pete Lembo has received a five-year contract extension and raise that puts him among the highest paid coaches in the Mid-American Conference.

Lembo is 25-13 in three seasons with Ball State, and was 10-3 last year. He has led Ball State to two straight bowl games.

Lembo was given a $79,000 yearly raise, bumping his annual salary to $475,000.

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