Sports Archives for 2022-04

Timbers Return To Action, Sounders Off

(Commerce City, CO) -- The Timbers are returning to the pitch this weekend. Portland takes on the Colorado Rapids in Commerce City. The Timbers come off a 0-0 draw against Real Salt Lake and sit 9th place in the Western Conference. Portland comes in with two wins, five draws and two losses for 11 points. The Sounders have the weekend off from MLS play and they remain in 11th place in the Western Conference.

Giants Draft Kayvon Thibodeaux Fifth Overall

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The Giants are selecting Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. Thibodeaux is a defensive end out of Oregon. The defensive end had seven sacks for the Ducks in 2021. The Giants had the fifth pick after going 4-and-13.

NASCAR Races Dover Sunday

(Dover, DE) -- NASCAR is set to take on the Monster Mile on Sunday. The Cup Series will race at Dover International Speedway. Ross Chastain enters the race with plenty of momentum following his second win of the season this past Sunday at Talladega. Alex Bowman won last year's race in the spring.

76ers, Suns, and Mavericks Advance In NBA Playoffs

(Undated) -- Three more teams are moving on to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. The 76ers, Suns, and Mavericks all punched their ticket to the next round with road victories in Game Six. The 76ers topped the Raptors 132-97 in Toronto, while the Suns beat the Pelicans 115-109 in New Orleans, and the Mavericks edged the Jazz 98-96 in Salt Lake City. Tonight, the Grizzlies will look to advance to the second round as they visit the Timberwolves in Game Six in Minneapolis. The Grizzlies lead the series 3-2.

Six-Way Tie Atop Mexico Open Leaderboard

(Villa Hidalgo, Mexico) -- A number of golfers are leading the way at the Mexico Open in Villa Hidalgo. Kurt Kitayama, Jonathan Byrd, Jon Rahm, Brendon Todd, Trey Mullinax, and Bryson Nimmer are in a six-way tie for first place. All six players finished the first round of the tournament seven under par after shooting a 64. Four other participants are tied for seventh place at six under par.

Bucks, Warriors Advance In NBA Playoffs

(Undated) -- The Bucks and Warriors are moving on in the NBA Playoffs. Milwaukee defeated the Bulls 116-100 in Game Five to punch their ticket to the second round. The Bucks will take on the Celtics in Game One on Sunday in Boston. Out west, the Warriors finished off the Nuggets 102-98 in Game Five in San Francisco to earn a trip to round two. Golden State will face the winner of the Timberwolves and Grizzlies in the second round. Tonight, the Suns will look to finish off the Pelicans in Game Six in New Orleans while the Raptors will look to force a Game Seven as they host the 76ers for Game Six in Toronto. Elsewhere, the Mavericks can move on to the next round with a win over the Jazz in Game Six in Salt Lake City.

Mariners Fall To Rays

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- The Mariners are losing their winning streak on the road. Seattle fell 3-2 to the Rays in St. Petersburg, Florida. Marco Gonzales was charged with his second loss, but allowed only one run and exited in the first inning after getting hit by a comebacker on his left wrist. J.P. Crawford and Abraham Toro launched solo homers in the loss. The Mariners had won four straight coming in and drop to 11-and-7. The club sends right-hander Chris Flexen to the mound this morning.

Seahawks Kick Off NFL Draft

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The Seahawks are heading to Sin City for this year's NFL Draft. The team will test their luck over the three-day event in Las Vegas, which starts tonight. Seattle has its first selection at Number-9 in the first round. Overall the team will have eight draft picks, though none will come in the sixth round. The Jacksonville Jaguars, Detroit Lions and Houston Texans hold the first three selections for tonight's draft.

Angels Fly Past Guardians

(Anaheim, CA) -- The Angels scored nine-straight runs against the Guardians in a 9-5 win in Anaheim. Taylor Ward was a single shy of the cycle and drove in four runs, while Mike Trout went two-for-three with two RBI. Shohei Ohtani [[ show-HEY ]] improved to 2-and-2 after giving up just two runs in five innings. The Angels have won four in a row. Los Angeles sends left-hander Reid Detmers to the mound this afternoon.

Dodgers Lose To D-Backs, Drop Series

(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Dodgers are taking a series loss on the road. Los Angeles fell 3-1 to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Daniel Hudson suffered the loss after allowing two runs in eighth inning. Julio Urias took the no-decision after giving up one run over six frames. Trea Turner had a pair of hits and an RBI in the losing effort. Los Angeles drops the series and falls to 12-and-6. The club returns home to start a series with the Tigers tomorrow night.

Heat Advance To Round Two

(Undated) -- The Heat are the second team to advance to round two of the NBA Playoffs. Miami knocked off the Hawks 97-94 to win the first round series four-games-to-one. The Heat now await the winner of the Philly-Toronto series. In the West, the Grizzlies and Suns both grabbed 3-2 series leads. Memphis edged Minnesota 111-109 behind 30 points from Ja Morant. Mikal Bridges went off for 31 points as Phoenix knocked off New Orleans 112-97 in the desert. Tonight, the Bulls visit the Bucks and the Nuggets are at the Warriors, with both road teams trying to extend their respective series. Chicago trails 3-1 to the defending champs, while Denver is down 3-1 to Golden State.

Dodgers Fall To D-Backs

(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Dodgers are coming up short on the road. Los Angeles fell 5-3 to the Diamondbacks in Phoenix. Brusdar Graterol suffered the loss after allowing a two-run homer in the eighth inning. Will Smith drove in all three of the Dodgers' runs with a bases-clearing double in the first inning. Los Angeles has split its last four to fall to 12-and-5. The club sends left-hander Julio Urias to the mound this afternoon.

Mariners Double Up Rays

(St. Petersburg, FL) -- The Mariners are opening their road series with a win. Seattle doubled up the Rays 8-4 in St. Petersburg, Florida. Logan Gilbert moved to 3-and-oh on the mound after tossing five-and-two-thirds scoreless frames. The Mariners exploded for seven runs in the fourth inning and have won four straight. Seattle now sits 11-and-6 and sends southpaw Marco Gonzales to the mound this afternoon.

Honus Wagner Baseball Card Sells For $1.5M

(Chester, NJ) -- A T206 Honus Wagner baseball card is going to a new home for a massive price tag. Robert Edward Auctions announced the damaged card sold for over one-point-five-million dollars. The card is missing three sides, is creased, and has the edges cut. Wagner played 21 seasons in the MLB from 1897-to-1917. Most of his career was spent with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The winning bidder wants to stay anonymous.

Sandoval Dominates In Angels Win Over Guardians

(Anaheim, CA) -- Patrick Sandoval is continuing his hot start to the season. The Angels starter allowed two hits and struck out nine in seven innings in a 4-1 win over the Guardians in Anaheim. Sandoval picked up his first win of the season and hasn't given up an earned run in 15 innings this season. Mike Trout went deep and drove in three runs in the victory. Los Angeles has won three games in a row. The Angels send two-way star Shohei Ohtani [[ show-HEY ]] to the mound tonight.

Novak Djokovic Cleared To Play In Wimbledon After Vaccine Mandate Lifted

(London) -- The number one men's tennis player in the world is cleared to play in Wimbledon after its COVID-19 vaccine mandate was lifted. Novak Djokovic will now be able to defend his title after the All England Club said players are no longer required to be vaccinated. Djokovic previously missed the Australian Open earlier this year due to being unvaccinated. Players are now also allowed to book their own accommodations instead of staying together at the same hotel like last year's tournament.

Celtics Advance, Raptors Survive In NBA Playoffs

(Undated) -- The Celtics are moving on to the second round of the NBA Playoffs. Boston swept the Nets with a 116-112 victory in Game Four in Brooklyn. The Raptors meanwhile are hanging on. After falling behind 3-0, the Raptors now trail 3-2 after winning 103-88 over the 76ers in Game Five in Philadelphia. The Mavericks meanwhile are one win away from the second round after taking a 3-2 series lead over the Jazz with a 102-77 win in Dallas. Tonight, the Hawks visit the Heat for Game Five looking to avoid elimination, the Grizzlies host the Timberwolves for Game Five, and the Pelicans and Suns meet for the fifth game of their series in Phoenix.

Suns' Booker Remains Out For Game Five

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Devin Booker is going to miss more time with his strained right hamstring. The Suns officially ruled their superstar guard out for Game Five of their first round series against the New Orleans Pelicans. Booker injured his hamstring in the third quarter of Game Two and has missed the last two games. The Booker-less Suns will try to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven series when they tip off at home tonight.

Ja Morant Wins Most Improved Player Award

(Undated) -- Ja Morant is adding some hardware to his trophy case. The NBA announced Monday that the Grizzlies guard was named the league's Most Improved Player. Morant becomes the first player in NBA history to win both the Rookie of the Year award and Most Improved. The 22-year-old also became the first Grizzlies player to ever win the award. He beat out Spurs guard Dejounte Murray and Cavaliers guard Darius Garland.

Trevor Bauer Files Defamation Lawsuit

(Undated) -- Dodgers pitcher Trevor Bauer is filing another defamation lawsuit. Bauer is filing a lawsuit against the woman who accused him of assaulting her last year during two sexual encounters at his home in Pasadena. The lawsuit names the woman and her attorney as defendants and accuses them of defaming him by making false statements about what happened between Bauer and the woman last year. The lawsuit seeks general and punitive damages in amounts to be established at trial. Bauer has been on paid administrative leave since July 2nd.

49ers GM John Lynch Says Team Doesn't Want To Trade Samuel

(Santa Clara, CA) -- The 49ers aren't making plans to trade their star wide receiver just yet. San Francisco general manager John Lynch said Monday that he "can't ever imagine moving on" from Deebo Samuel, despite the receiver's widely reported trade request. Lynch added that the 49ers have been in contact with Samuel over the past few weeks and that the 26-year-old "means so much to this franchise." Samuel is entering the final year of his rookie contract and led the team in receptions, yards and touchdowns last season.

Winker Lifts Mariners Past Royals In Extras

(Seattle, WA) -- Jesse Winker knocked in the game-winning run in the 12th inning as the Mariners walked off the Royals 5-4 in Seattle. Winker hit an RBI single to help Seattle complete the sweep over Kansas City. Ty France launched his fifth homer of the season and had three hits for the Mariners, who improved to 10-and-6. Yohan Ramirez picked up his first win in relief. Seattle starts a road series with the Rays tomorrow afternoon.

Gobert Fined Ahead Of Game Five

(Dallas, TX) -- Jazz center Rudy Gobert is being fined for using profane language. The Utah big man has been fined 25-thousand-dollars by the NBA for using profane language during a live television interview. Gobert was being interviewed by TNT following his team's Game Four victory when he used explicit language while answering a question. Utah's first round series shifts back to Dallas for Game Five with the series tied at two games apiece.

Nuggets Stave Off Elimination, Bucks Cruise In NBA Playoff Action

(Undated) -- The Nuggets aren't going home just yet. Denver avoided being swept after defeating the Warriors 126-121 in Game Four in Denver. Golden State still leads the series 3-1. Elsewhere, the Bucks are one win away from the second round after throttling the Bulls 119-95 in Game Four in Chicago. The Bucks lead 3-1. The Heat also sit on the doorstep of the second round after crushing the Hawks 110-86 in Atlanta to earn a 3-1 series lead. New Orleans remains a thorn in the side of the Suns after 118-103 win at home to even the series up at two games apiece. Tonight, the Celtics will look to sweep the Nets in Game Four in Brooklyn, the 76ers will look to finish off the Raptors in Game Five in Philadelphia, and the Jazz and Mavericks battle in Dallas in Game Five as the two are deadlocked at 2-2.

Ross Chastain Wins GEICO 500 At Talladega

(Lincoln, AL) -- Ross Chastain is winning a thrilling race at Talladega Superspeedway. Chastain outlasted everyone behind him, including cars wrecking across the finish line to win the GEICO 500. It's the second win of the season for Chastain. Austin Dillon finished in second. Kyle Busch, Kyle Larson, and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top five.

Cantlay and Schauffele Win Zurich Classic

(Avondale, LA) -- The pairing of Patrick Cantlay and Xander Schauffele are celebrating a victory at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Cantlay and Schauffele finished atop the leaderboard by two strokes over Sam Burns and Billy Horschel. On the final day of the tournament, Cantlay and Schauffele combined to shoot a 72 to finish the Zurich Classic 29-under par. Horschel and Burns shot a 68 in the final round to finish in second place at 27-under. Rounding out the top three were Doc Redman and Sam Ryder at 24-under par after a 67.

Sounders, Timbers Return To Action

(Undated) -- The Sounders and Timbers are returning to the pitch this weekend. Seattle hits the road to face the Quakes in San Jose tomorrow. The Sounders come off a 1-0 loss to Inter Miami CF and sit 11th place in the Western Conference with seven points. Meanwhile, Portland hosts Real Salt Lake at Providence Park tomorrow night. The Timbers come off a 0-0 draw with the Dynamo and are 9th in the Western Conference with 10 points.

Report: Booker Injury More Serious Than Originally Believed

(New Orleans, LA) -- The New Orleans Pelicans may not have to worry about Phoenix Suns star Devin Booker for the rest of their first-round playoff series. Sources tell ESPN the Suns guard has a Grade One right hamstring strain, meaning he could be out for at least two weeks. He was already expected to miss Games Three and Four of the series. Pelicans players have reportedly been told by Head Coach Willie Green to expect Booker to play again. Booker played in the NBA Finals last year with a strained hamstring.

Grizzlies Storm Back, Mavs Take Series Lead In NBA Playoff Action

(Undated) -- The Grizzlies are leaving the Timberwolves shell shocked. Memphis rallied from 26 points down to defeat the Timberwolves 104-95 in Game Three in Minneapolis to take a 2-1 series lead. Elsewhere, the Mavericks now have a 2-1 series lead after defeating the Jazz 126-118 in Salt Lake City. The Warriors are one win away from the second round after taking down the Nuggets 118-113 in Denver to grab a 3-0 series lead. Tonight, the Heat visit the Hawks for Game Three, the Bulls host the Bucks for Game Three, and the Suns visit the Pelicans for the third game of their series.

NASCAR Heads To Talladega Sunday

(Lincoln, AL) -- It's time for the NASCAR Cup Series to hit high speeds. The Geico 500 will take place from Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. Kyle Busch heads into the race with plenty of momentum after winning the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol last week. It was the first win of the season for Busch. Brad Keselowski won last year's spring race at Talladega.

NCAA Adds Appeals Process For Targeting, Installs Other Rules

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The NCAA is adding an appeals process for targeting calls that are made in college football games. Targeting is defined as when a player "takes aim at an opponent for purposes of attacking with forcible contact that goes beyond making a legal tackle." Players who are ejected in the second half of a game can now appeal the ruling. Normally, the ejected player would miss the first half of his team's next game. The NCAA will also investigate teams that are "awarded an injury timeout through deceptive actions." Quarterbacks will also not be able to "fake" a slide to avoid defenders.

Embiid Lifts 76ers Past Raptors, DeRozan Shines In NBA Playoff Action

(Undated) -- The NBA Playoffs are heating up with the biggest stars making the biggest plays. 76ers superstar center Joel Embiid sunk a go-ahead three in the winding seconds of overtime as the 76ers topped the Raptors 104-101 in Toronto to take a 3-0 lead. DeMar DeRozan meanwhile put the Bulls on his back with a 41-point performance to carry Chicago to a 114-110 win over the Bucks in Game Two in Milwaukee. The series is tied at one game apiece. Finally, the Celtics topped the Nets 114-107 to take a 2-0 series lead. Tonight, the Grizzlies visit the Timberwolves for Game Three, the Jazz host the Mavericks for Game Three, and the Warriors head to Denver for the third game of their series.

Freeman, Dodgers Take Down Braves

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Freddie Freeman launched his second home run of the year as the Dodgers beat the Braves 5-1 in Los Angeles. Freeman hit a two-run bomb in the first inning and finished with three hits. Edwin Rios also went deep in the victory for Los Angeles, which improved to 9-and-3. Tony Gonsolin allowed one hit over six scoreless frames to pick up his first win. The Dodgers start a road series with the Padres tomorrow night.

Mariners Lose Servais As COVID Cases Continue

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are losing their manager amid their COVID-19 outbreak. Manager Scott Servais and third base coach Manny Acta each tested positive for COVID and will be away from the team. This comes after Seattle had two players moved to the COVID injured list this week. A third was added on Wednesday as pitcher Paul Sewald was placed on the list. First base coach Kristopher Negron will handle manager duties for the team.

Mariners Double Up Rangers

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are getting a third straight win. Seattle beat the Rangers 4-2 at T-Mobile Park. Logan Gilbert earned the win after tossing six-and-two-thirds scoreless frames. Adam Frazier added three hits and Ty France finished with two hits and an RBI. The Mariners have won five of six to improve to 7-and-5. Seattle sends left-hander Marco Gonzales to the mound tonight.

Ohtani Dazzles, Angels Blank Astros

(Houston, TX) -- Shohei Ohtani [[ show-HEY ]] tied a career-high with 12 strikeouts as the Angels blanked the Astros 6-0 in Houston. The two-way star allowed only hit one through six scoreless innings to earn his first win of the year. Ohtani also added two hits and two RBI at the plate for Los Angeles, which improved to 8-and-5. The Angels scored all six of their runs in the first inning. Los Angeles returns home to host the Orioles tomorrow night.

Mariners Beat Rangers In Series Opener

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are opening their home series with a victory. Seattle beat the Rangers 6-2 at T-Mobile Park. Robbie Ray picked up his second win after allowing two runs over six frames. Eugenio Suárez added a three-run homer, while Abraham Toro and Jarred Kelenic also went deep in the victory. The Mariners have won four of five to improve to 6-and-5. Seattle sends right-hander Logan Gilbert to the mound tonight.

Pelicans Stun Suns, Heat Roll In NBA Playoffs

(Undated) -- The young Pelicans keep on shocking the basketball world. New Orleans stunned the top-seeded Suns 125-114 in Game Two of the first round in Phoenix to tie the series at one game apiece. Suns guard Devin Booker left the game with a hamstring injury. In the Eastern Conference, the Heat topped the Hawks 115-105 to take a 2-0 series lead. Elsewhere, the Grizzlies blew out the Timberwolves 124-96 to even their series up at 1-1. Tonight, the Celtics host the Nets for Game Two, the 76ers visit the Raptors for Game Three, and the Bucks host the Bulls for Game Two.

Rockies Sign Freeland To Extension

(Undated) -- The Colorado Rockies are agreeing to an extension with a member of their rotation. Left-hander Kyle Freeland and the Rockies agreed to a five-year, 64.5-million dollar contract that includes a sixth-year player option. The extension guarantees Freeland the most money for a Rockies pitcher since they signed Mike Hampton to a 121-million dollar deal more than 20 years ago. Freeland's best season came in 2018 when he finished fourth in voting for the National League Cy Young award.

Pitch Clock Cutting Down Game Time In Minors

(Undated) -- The minor league pitch clock seems to be doing its job. Game lengths in the lower baseball levels are down by an average of 20 minutes since the strict clock was enacted. The new rule also isn't having a noticeable effect on scoring over its first 132 games, meaning it will likely be ready to be implemented in Major League Baseball starting in 2023. The rule forces pitchers to throw a pitch within 14 seconds without runners on base and within 18 seconds when a base is occupied. The latest CBA allows MLB to implement new rules with a 45-day notice.

Padres Announce Deal With Motorola For Jersey Ad

(Undated) -- The Padres are becoming the first team in the MLB to sport an advertisement on their uniform. San Diego announced Tuesday that the team will be wearing a patch with the Motorola logo starting for the 2023 season. It's the first deal of its kind in baseball after the MLB and the Players Association agreed to sell patch ads and sticker ads on helmets as part of the new collective bargaining agreement. The ad will be placed on the right sleeve of the Padres' jerseys and marks a key milestone for the future of jersey advertising in baseball.

OSU Inks Deal For Athlete Endorsement Provider

(Corvallis, OR) -- Oregon State University is one of the first schools in the country to launch a single marketplace to support student athletes who want endorsements. OSU has made an agreement with the company Opendorse that markets athletes for name, image, and likeness opportunities. Some 75-thousand athletes across the country are using the service. They create a profile that allows third parties to contact, pitch and pay them through the platform. Once a deal is completed, the activity is automatically disclosed to meet compliance requirements.

Seahawks Kick Off NFL Offseason Workouts

(Renton, WA) -- The Seahawks will be getting in offseason work this week. Seattle starts its first round of NFL Offseason workouts today. Phase One of the voluntary program spans over two weeks and players are limited to meetings, strength and conditioning and physical rehab. The Seahawks will continue various activities throughout the offseason.

Jaime Jaquez Jr. Announces Return To UCLA

(Undated) -- The Bruins are getting one of their top scorers back next season. Guard Jaime Jaquez Jr. announced Monday that he plans to return to UCLA for his senior season. That will be a big boost for the Bruins as the guard averaged 13.9 points per game last season, which was good for second-best on the team. Jaquez also led the team in rebounding at 5.7 boards per game. He wrote in a statement that he wants "to win a national championship and want to hang banner number 12 in Pauley Pavilion."

Angels Fall To Astros

(Houston, TX) -- The Angels are dropping their series opener against the Astros. Los Angeles fell 8-3 to Houston on the road. The Angels were missing a key hitter in Mike Trout, who was out of the lineup after getting hit on his left hand with a pitch on Monday. Max Stassi launched a solo homer for Los Angeles, which fell to 6-and-5. Michael Lorenzen was dealt his first loss. The Angels send lefty Patrick Sandoval to the mound tonight.

76ers, Warriors Roll As NBA Playoffs Continue

(Undated) -- Statements are being made early in the NBA Playoffs. The 76ers rolled over the Raptors 112-97 in Philadelphia to take a commanding 2-0 series lead. Philadelphia is two wins away from reaching the next round. Out west, the Warriors had their way with the Nuggets to the tune of 126-106 as they take a 2-0 series lead. Elsewhere, Dallas has evened things up at 1-1 with the Jazz after a 110-104 victory in Dallas. Tonight, three Game Two's are on tap as the Heat host the Hawks, the Grizzlies host the Timberwolves, and the Suns host the Pelicans.

Mariners Defeat Astros To Steal Series

(Seattle, WA) -- Ty France launched a three-run bomb as the Mariners defeated the Astros 7-2 in Seattle. France gave Seattle plenty of breathing room after breaking the game open in the fourth inning. Matt Brash picked up his first career win after allowing two runs over five-and-a-third innings. The Mariners have won three of their last four to improve to 5-and-5. Seattle starts a home series with the Rangers tomorrow night.

Angels Overpower Rangers, Win Series

(Arlington, TX) -- Matt Duffy collected three hits and an RBI as the Angels overpowered the Rangers 8-3 in Arlington. Duffy was one of seven players to record hits for Los Angeles, which improved to 6-and-4. Mike Trout added an RBI double, but exited in the fifth inning after getting hit on his left hand by a pitch. Mike Mayers got the win in relief for the Angels, who have won three straight and take the series. Los Angeles visits the Astros tonight in Houston.

Trout Hit By Pitch, Hand Injury Is Day-To-Day

(Arlington, TX) -- The Angels are getting some good news on the status of their star outfielder. Los Angeles announced Sunday that the X-rays on Mike Trout's left hand came back negative and that he is considered day-to-day. Trout took a hit to his hand by a pitch in the fifth inning of the Angels' 8-3 win over the Rangers in Arlington. The outfielder was pulled from the game after he spoke with Angels trainer Mike Frostad and manager Joe Maddon.

Bucks, Suns Take Care Of Business In NBA Playoff Action

(Undated) -- Last year's NBA Finals teams are taking care of business to tip off the NBA Playoffs. The defending NBA Champion Bucks handled the Bulls 93-86 in Game One in Milwaukee to open their postseason on Sunday. Meanwhile out west, the Suns handled the Pelicans 110-99 to take an early 1-0 series lead. Elsewhere Sunday, the Heat blew out the Hawks 115-91 in Game One while Jayson Tatum sunk a buzzer beater to lift the Celtics over Kyrie Irving and the Nets 115-114. Tonight, the 76ers host the Raptors for Game Two. Philly is up 1-0 in the series. The Jazz will look to go up 2-0 when it visits the Mavericks for Game Two and Golden State will host the Nuggets. The Warriors lead the series 1-0.

Jordan Spieth Wins RBC Heritage

(Hilton Head Island, SC) -- Jordan Spieth is celebrating a victory at the RBC Heritage. Spieth beat Patrick Cantlay in a one-hole playoff to clinch his 13th career PGA Tour title, and second straight on Easter Sunday. Spieth and Cantlay finished the fourth round of the tournament at 13-under par to force the playoff. Several players finished tied for third place at 12-under.

Kyle Busch Wins NASCAR Food City Dirt Race

(Bristol, TN) -- Kyle Busch is the king of dirt and asphalt. Busch took home the checkered flag at the Food City Dirt Race at Bristol. Tyler Reddick took second while Joey Logano finished in third. Kyle Larson and Ryan Blaney rounded out the top five.

Warriors "Optimistic" Curry Can Play In Game One

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Warriors are getting some good news ahead of their playoff opener. ESPN reports guard Steph Curry participated in Golden State's team scrimmage on Thursday and the team is now "optimistic" he can play in Saturday's playoff opener against the Denver Nuggets. Curry will still be re-evaluated in the coming days, but cleared another hurdle towards making his return to the court. The 34-year-old has been sidelined since spraining a ligament in his left foot on March 16th.

Clippers To Face Pelicans In Play-In Game

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Clippers are fighting to keep their season alive. Los Angeles takes on the Pelicans tonight at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The teams will battle for the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a first round matchup against the top-seeded Suns. The Clippers got here after falling 109-104 to the Timberwolves in the 7-8 play-in game. The Pelicans advanced after beating the Spurs 113-103 in the 9-10 game.

Dodgers Defeat Reds After 8th Inning Explosion

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Dodgers plated six runs in the eighth inning as they defeated the Reds 9-3 in Los Angeles. Will Smith broke the game open with a three-run homer after Trea Turner plated the go-ahead run in the eighth. Six different batters had two hits for Los Angeles, which improved to 4-and-2. Blake Treinen picked up his first win in relief, after Walker Buehler allowed two runs over five-and-two-thirds frames. The Dodgers send Tony Gonsolin to the mound tonight.

Jackie Robinson Artifacts Auctioned On 75th Anniversary Of MLB Debut

(Runnemede,NJ) -- Rare Jackie Robinson artifacts are being auctioned ahead of the 75th anniversary of Robinson's major league baseball debut. A South Jersey auction house is offering several one-of-a-kind artifacts in a special catalog sale now through May 2nd. We're talking about the bat Robinson used during the 1949 all-star game and the plaque he received in 1962 when he became the first black player elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Number 42's 1951 Brooklyn Dodgers home jersey is also available. A 1950 jersey sold last year for more than four-million-dollars.

Angels Fall To Rangers

(Arlington, TX) -- The Angels are taking a tough loss on the road. Los Angeles fell 10-5 to the Rangers in Arlington. The Angels couldn't overcome a 5-RBI day for Jonah Heim as he took Shohei Ohtani deep in the second inning. Mike Trout and Max Stassi each homered for Los Angeles, which fell to 3-and-4. Ohtani was shelled for six runs in three-and-two-third innings for his second loss. The Angels send lefty Reid Detmers to the mound tonight.

Timbers, Thorns To Hold Charity Match To Benefit Ukraine

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Timbers and Portland Thorns will hold a charity match to benefit Ukrainian children and families affected by the ongoing war with Russia. The match called "PTFC For Peace" will take place on April 27th at Providence Park. Fans can attend for free, but are encouraged to donate. The Thorns plan to match all donations up to 100-thousand dollars to go directly to UNICEF.

Angels Visit Rangers

(Arlington, TX) -- The Angels are looking to stay hot as they hit the road. Los Angeles takes on the Rangers tonight in Arlington. The Angels come off a series sweep over the Marlins and have won three of their last four. The club sends two-way star Shohei Ohtani [[ show-HEY ]] to the mound for the opener. Opposite him is right-hander Dane Dunning for Texas. The Rangers come in at 1-and-4.

Clippers To Face Pelicans In Play-In Game

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Clippers are fighting to keep their season alive. Los Angeles takes on the Pelicans tomorrow night at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The teams will battle for the eighth seed in the Western Conference and a first round matchup against the top-seeded Suns. The Clippers got here after falling 109-104 to the Timberwolves in the 7-8 play-in game. The Pelicans advanced after beating the Spurs 113-103 in the 9-10 game.

Mariners Fall To White Sox

(Chicago, IL) -- The Mariners are taking a second straight loss to the White Sox. Seattle fell 6-4 to Chicago on the road. The Mariners couldn't overcome an early three-run deficit in the loss. Robbie Ray struggled on the mound, allowing six runs over six-and-a-third innings to take his first loss. Ty France homered for Seattle, which dropped to 2-and-4. The Mariners send right-hander Logan Gilbert to the mound today.

Kings Crushed By Avalanche

(Denver, CO) -- The Kings are taking a tough loss on the road. Los Angeles was handed a 9-3 loss by the Avalanche in Denver. Colorado scored the first four goals of the game and it proved too much to overcome for the Kings, who dropped to 39-27-and-10. Adrian Kempe, Alex Iafallo, and Phillip Danault all lit the lamp for the Kings. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five but remains in third place in the Pacific Division with 88 points. The Kings host the Blue Jackets on Saturday.

Dodgers Erupt In Eighth To Beat Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Dodgers scored six times in the top of the eighth inning in their 7-2 win over the Twins in Minneapolis. Trea Turner broke a 1-1 tie with an RBI single to begin the rally, as Justin Turner, Will Smith, and Gavin Lux all picked up RBIs in the hit parade. Daniel Hudson earned his first win out of the bullpen after pitching a scoreless seventh. The Dodgers have split their first four games of the season. They send southpaw Clayton Kershaw to the mound for game two.

Report: Seahawks Pick Up Fant's Fifth-Year Option

(Seattle, WA) -- The Seahawks are buying in on one of their recent additions. ESPN reports Seattle is picking up the fifth-year option on tight end Noah Fant. The 24-year-old was acquired by the Seahawks from the Denver Broncos along with quarterback Drew Lock and defensive end Shelby Harris in exchange for Russell Wilson. Fant is the first player from the 2019 draft to have his fifth-year option engaged, and is the first Seahawks player to ever have his fifth-year option picked up.

Monty Williams Named NBCA Coach Of The Year

(Phoenix, AZ) -- Suns head coach Monty Williams is once again being honored by his peers. The leader of the team with the league's best regular season record has been voted the National Basketball Coaches Association Coach of the Year for a second consecutive time. The award, in honor of late NBCA executive director Michael H. Goldberg, is based on a vote of the league's 30 head coaches.

Angels Walk Off Marlins

(Anaheim, CA) -- Tyler Wade scored the game-winning run on Max Stassi's walk-off fielder's choice as the Angels beat the Marlins 4-3 in Anaheim. The Marlins tied the game in the seventh with a two-run home run from Jazz Chisholm Jr. to set up Los Angeles' heroics. Anthony Rendon hit a two-run shot for the Angels, as Raisel Iglesias picked up his first win of the season out of the pen. The Angels have won three of four and start a road series with the Rangers tomorrow night.

Vin Scully Presented With Lifetime Achievement Award By Baseball Digest

(Undated) -- Baseball Digest is presenting its Lifetime Achievement Award to the former voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Retired broadcaster Vin Scully was honored Tuesday with the award that recognizes a living individual "who has made significant contributions to the national game." It's the second Lifetime Achievement Award presented after Willie Mays won it in 2021. The 94-year-old Scully spent 67 years with the Dodgers.

Alyssa Nakken Makes MLB History

(San Francisco, CA) -- Alyssa Nakken is making baseball history. The San Francisco Giants assistant coach became the first female coach to make an on-field appearance in an MLB game. Nakken took over for first base coach Antoan Richardson after he was ejected from Tuesday's game against the San Diego Padres. She had already made major league history after becoming the first full-time female coach.

NBA Play-In Tournament Gets Underway Tonight

(Undated) -- It is time to find out which teams are going to round out the NBA Playoffs. The play-in tournament gets underway tonight. In the Eastern Conference, the Cavaliers and Nets will battle for the seventh seed in Brooklyn. The winner will face the Boston Celtics in the first round. The loser will face the winner of tomorrow's 9-10 game between the Hornets and Hawks for the eighth seed. Out west, the Timberwolves and Clippers will square off for the right to face the Grizzlies. The loser will face the winner of tomorrow's game between the Spurs and Pelicans for the eighth seed and a series against the 64-win Suns in round one.

Mariners Fall To Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Mariners are coming away with a split in their opening series of the season. Seattle fell 4-0 to the Twins in Minneapolis. The Mariners managed only two hits and struck out five times in the losing effort. Chris Flexen was tagged with the loss after giving up three runs on five hits in four-and-a-third innings. The M's have lost two in a row. Seattle sends right-hander Matt Brash to the mound this afternoon against the White Sox.

Dodgers Open Series With Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Dodgers are staying on the road as they continue their season. Los Angeles takes on the Twins tonight in Minneapolis. The Dodgers enter at 1-and-2 after losing their opening series to the Rockies. The club sends left-hander Andrew Heaney to the mound for the opener. Opposite him is righty Chris Archer for Minnesota. The Twins also come in at 1-and-2 after dropping a series against the Mariners.

Angels Cruise Past Marlins

(Anaheim, CA) -- The Angels jumped on the Marlins early on their way to a 6-2 win in Anaheim. Brandon Marsh smacked a three-run homer in the first inning and drove in four. Jo Adell added a solo shot and two RBI for the Halos, who improved to 2-and-3 on the young season. Michael Lorenzen fired six innings of one-run ball for the win. Los Angeles sends left-hander Patrick Sandoval to the mound for game two of the series.

LA Lakers Officially Dump Head Coach After Word Leaked

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Frank Vogel is out as the Los Angeles Lakers head coach. The basketball team made the announcement official a day after it leaked to the press. Vogel was fired after three seasons. His first season ended with an NBA championship in 2020. The current season ended on Sunday with a losing record and no spot in the playoffs.

Sacramento Kings Looking For New Head Coach

(Sacramento, CA) -- The Sacramento Kings are going to begin searching for a new head coach to lead the team next season. Reports say the Kings have said goodbye to interim coach Alvin Gentry, who finished the season after Luke Walton was fired last November. ESPN says Gentry may stay with the team in a front office role. Sacramento was 30-and-52 this season and missed the playoffs for a 16th straight year.

Trail Blazers Close Season With Loss To Jazz

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers are closing their season with an 11th straight loss. Portland fell 111-80 to the Jazz at the Moda Center. Reggie Perry had 20 points and eight rebounds in the losing effort. Ben McLemore added 13 off the bench as the Blazers close the season at 27-and-55. That gives them a 13th place finish in the Western Conference.

Mariners Fall To Twins

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Mariners are taking their first loss of the season. Seattle fell 10-4 to the Twins in Minneapolis. Mitch Haniger hit a three-run home runs in the losing effort, and Marco Gonzales was charged with the loss after giving up six runs in his two innings of work. The loss snaps a two game winning streak for the M's. Seattle closes the series with Minnesota tonight as it sends right-hander Chris Flexen to the mound.

Report: Lakers Parting Ways With Frank Vogel

(Undated) -- The Lakers are planning to fire their head coach on the heels of a disappointing season. ESPN reports Los Angeles is expected to part ways with Frank Vogel as soon as Monday. The Lakers struggled down the stretch this season, resulting in them missing the playoffs. The team is reportedly launching a lengthy search for a new head coach. Over three season under Vogel, the Lakers went 126-and-98 and won the NBA championship in the 2020 NBA Bubble.

Timbers Beat Vancouver

(Vancouver, BC) -- The Timbers are bouncing back with a win from across the border. Portland beat Vancouver FC 3-2 on Saturday in Vancouver. Dairon Asprilla, Jaroslaw Niezgoda and Yimmi Chará all scored goals in the victory. The Timbers led after a late goal in the first half, then never gave up the lead. That puts them at eighth place in the Western Conference with nine points. Portland sits with two wins, three draws and two losses.

Dodgers Fall Short To Rockies

(Denver, CO) -- The Dodgers are taking a loss in their first series of the year. Los Angeles fell 9-4 to the Rockies in Denver. Chris Taylor had a pair of hits and an RBI to lead the Dodgers. Julio Urías [[ oo-REE-ahs ]] was dealt his first loss after allowing three earned runs over two innings. Colorado improved to 2-and-1, while LA dropped to 1-and-2. The Dodgers stay on the road to face the Twins tomorrow afternoon.

Angels Lose Series To Astros

(Anaheim, CA) -- The Angels are also coming up short in their first series of the season. Los Angeles lost 4-1 to the Astros in Anaheim. Jack Mayfield led Los Angeles with a solo homer. Jose Suarez took his first loss after giving up two runs in four-and-a-third innings of work. The Astros improved to 3-and-1, while the Angels drop to 1-and-3. The Angels continue their homestand as they host the Miami Marlins tonight.

History-making Schonz

“Mr. Rip City” … the voice of the Portland Trail Blazers for 30 years … Bill Shchonely will retire as the team’s Founding Broadcaster and Ambassador after Sunday’s game. He called nearly 3-thousand games … and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2002. The Oregon Historical Society invites fans to express their appreciation for Schonely, which will then be shared with the broadcast legend. You can submit memories or thank him for his career, at the Oregon Historical Society website.

 

Timbers Visit Vancouver Tomorrow

(Vancouver, BC) -- The Timbers are returning to the pitch. Portland takes on Vancouver tomorrow night in a road trip across the border. The Timbers come off a 3-1 loss to the LA Galaxy and have yet to win in their last three matches. That puts them at 12th place in the Western Conference as they sit with six points on the season. Portland enters the weekend with one win, two losses and three draws.

Trail Blazers Fall To Pelicans

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Trail Blazers' losing skid continues. Portland fell 127-94 to the Pelicans in New Orleans. Drew Eubanks shot an impressive 9-for-11 from the field and scored a team-high 20 points in the losing effort. CJ Elleby also chipped in with 17 points. The Blazers have lost nine straight to fall to 27-and-53. They stay on the road to face the Mavericks in Dallas tonight.

Dodgers Open Season Against Rockies

(Denver, CO) -- Opening day is officially here for the Boys in Blue. The Dodgers kick off the 2022 campaign on the road as they face the Rockies in Denver this afternoon. Los Angeles tabbed right-hander Walker Buehler as their man on the mound. Opposite him will be lefty Kyle Freeland for Colorado. The Dodgers are looking for redemption after being bounced in the NL Championship Series by the Atlanta Braves.

Lakers Fall To Warriors

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Lakers are taking yet another loss. Los Angeles fell 128-112 to the Warriors in San Francisco. The Lakers couldn't hold on after taking a five-point lead out of the first quarter. Talen Horton-Tucker scored a career-high 40 points for Los Angeles, which fell to 31-and-49. The Lakers have dropped eight in a row. Los Angeles is already out of playoff contention and hosts the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight.

Angels Fall To Astros On Opening Day

(Anaheim, CA) -- The Angels are coming up just short on Opening Day. Los Angeles lost 3-1 to the Astros in Anaheim. The Angels managed only four hits and one walk. David Fletcher knocked in Los Angeles' lone run in the losing effort. Shohei Ohtani [[ show-HEY ]] was dealt a loss, despite striking out nine over four-and-two-third innings. The Angels send lefty Reid Detmers to the mound tonight against Houston.

Trail Blazers Visit Pelicans

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Trail Blazers are getting another chance to snap their losing skid. Portland takes on the Pelicans tonight in New Orleans. The Blazers come off a 98-94 loss to the Thunder and have lost eight in a row. Justise Winslow is listed out for tonight's game with a calf injury, while Brandon Williams is questionable. Portland enters 27-and-52 and sits 13th in the Western Conference. New Orleans comes in at 35-and-44.

The Masters Preview

(Augusta, GA) -- Well it's springtime in the valley on Magnolia Lane and the green jacket is up for grabs at Augusta National with the 86th edition of The Masters. Tiger Woods is making his return to play after suffering serious injuries in a car crash back in February 2021. Woods finished his preparation for the tournament by playing the back nine at Augusta National Golf Club on Wednesday. Hideki Matsuyama is defending his title after winning last year's tournament with a 10-under par. The Masters is set to get underway this morning, but weather could cause a delay with rain in the forecast.

Lakers Visit Warriors

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Lakers are facing a tough test as they continue their road trip. Los Angeles takes on the Warriors tonight in San Francisco. The Lakers come off a 121-110 loss to the Suns and will officially miss the NBA playoffs. LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook are all listed questionable for tonight's game. Los Angeles enters 31-and-48 and sit 11th in the Western Conference. Golden State comes in at 50-and-29.

Dodgers Open Season Against Rockies Tomorrow

(Denver, CO) -- The MLB season is getting underway. The Dodgers kick off the 2022 campaign on the road as they face the Rockies in Denver tomorrow afternoon. Los Angeles tabbed right-hander Walker Buehler as their man on the mound. Opposite him will be lefty Kyle Freeland for Colorado. The Dodgers are looking for redemption after being bounced in the NL Championship Series by the Atlanta Braves.

Mariners Open Season Against Twins Tomorrow

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The Mariners are having to wait an extra day for their road opener. Seattle kicks off the 2022 campaign as it visits the Twins tomorrow afternoon in Minneapolis. The Mariners named left-hander Robbie Ray as their man on the mound for the opener. Opposite him will be righty Joe Ryan for Minnesota. The Mariners are trying to end their 20-year postseason drought. The opener was postponed due to inclement weather.

Trail Blazers Fall To Thunder

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Trail Blazers are taking yet another loss. Portland fell 98-94 to the Thunder in Oklahoma City. Keon Johnson led the way with 18 points and seven assists, while Ben McLemore chipped in with 17 points off the bench. The loss extends the Blazers' losing streak to eight games. That puts them at 27-and-52 on the season. Portland visits the Pelicans in New Orleans tomorrow night.

Spring Training Roundup

(Undated) -- The Dodgers and Angels are wrapping up spring action. The Dodgers blanked the Angels 5-0 as the teams met at Dodger Stadium. Chris Taylor launched a two-run homer in the seventh inning of the victory. Bobby Miller struck out two over three scoreless innings. Michael Lorenzen allowed three runs over four-and-two-thirds innings in the loss. Both the Angels and Dodgers are done with preseason action.

Mariners Fall In Spring Training Finale

(Goodyear, AZ) -- The Mariners are taking a loss in their Spring Training finale. Seattle fell 12-9 to the Reds in Goodyear, Arizona. Chris Flexen struggled, allowing seven runs over four innings. Jarred Kelenic and Eugenio Suárez each went deep in the loss. Cincinnati and Seattle each score five runs in an explosive eighth inning. That completes the preseason slate for the Mariners as they turn their attention to the regular season.

Wazzu Guard Noah Williams Enters Transfer Portal

(Undated) -- The Cougars are losing one of their top scorers from last season. Guard Noah Williams entered the transfer portal on Tuesday as he has two years of eligibility left. Williams was Washington State's third-leading scorer last season at 9.5 points per game. He started 65 games of the 91 he played for the Cougars over three seasons. Williams did struggle last season as he shot 33.2-percent from the field.

Trail Blazers Visit Thunder

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Trail Blazers are getting another shot to end their losing skid. Portland takes on the Thunder tonight in Oklahoma City. The Blazers come off a 113-92 loss to the Spurs and have dropped seven straight. The team will be without Justise Winslow, who was ruled out with a calf injury. Portland enters 27-and-51 and sits 13th in the Western Conference. OKC comes in at 23-and-55.

Spring Training Roundup

(Undated) -- The Dodgers and Angels are continuing action in Spring Training. The Angels beat the Dodgers 10-4 as the teams met at Dodger Stadium. Jose Rojas and Brandon Marsh each went deep in the victory. Jose Suarez struck out three over three-and-two-thirds innings. Julio Urias was tagged for five runs over two innings in the loss. The Dodgers and Angels meet again tonight at Dodger Stadium.

Kansas Wins NCAA Men's Basketball National Championship

(New Orleans, LA) -- Kansas is the 2022 NCAA Men's Basketball National Champions. The Jayhawks defeated North Carolina 72-69 in New Orleans. Kansas trailed by 16 points in the first half to complete the largest comeback in championship game history. Jalen Wilson and David McCormack each had 15 points for the Jayhawks. It's the first championship since 2008 for the program. UNC was denied its first title since 2017. The Tar Heels end the season 29-and-10.

Pujols Set To Start Opening Day With Cardinals

(Undated) -- The Cardinals will have a familiar face in their Opening Day lineup. St. Louis manager Oliver Marmol announced Monday that Albert Pujols will serve as the team's designated hitter in Thursday's season opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Pujols will make his 22nd consecutive Opening Day start, which ties him for the second-longest streak in MLB history. The 42-year-old is one short of tying Pete Rose, who holds the record at 23 straight starts. Pujols last started an Opening Day with Cardinals back in 2011.

Report: Pete Carroll Calls Out NFL Owners Over Lack Of Minority Hirings

(Undated) -- Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is reportedly calling out NFL owners over the lack of minority hires in the league. According to ESPN, Carroll spoke for 10 minutes during last week's annual owner meetings and told his fellow coaches and general managers that things won't improve in regards to the hiring of minorities until the league's owners accept there are candidates out there that are unlike themselves. ESPN is also reporting that owners weren't pleased with what Carroll had to say. The NFL has instituted a policy that every team must hire a minority as an offensive assistant for the upcoming season.

Former Dodgers Outfielder Tommy Davis Dies At 83

(Undated) -- The Los Angeles Dodgers are announcing the death of a former player. The team released a statement Monday that former outfielder Tommy Davis has died at the age of 83. Davis signed with the Dodgers in 1956 and spent eight years with the franchise. During that time, he won three World Series titles and was named a two-time NL batting champion. Davis would go on to the play for nine more MLB teams and retired from baseball in 1976. The Dodgers planned to honor Davis with a moment of silence during Monday night's exhibition game at Dodger Stadium.

Kansas, North Carolina Compete For NCAA Men's Basketball Championship Tonight

(New Orleans, LA) -- One shining moment will take place in New Orleans tonight. The Kansas Jayhawks and the North Carolina Tar Heels will compete for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship in New Orleans. Kansas punched its ticket after dispatching Villanova in the Final Four while North Carolina upset Duke and ended the career of the legendary Coach K. North Carolina last won a title in 2017 while Kansas picked up their previous national championship in 2008.

Trail Blazers Fall To Spurs

(San Antonio, TX) -- The Trail Blazers are still struggling to end their losing skid. Portland fell 113-92 to the Spurs in San Antonio. Keon Johnson led the way with 19 points and Drew Eubanks chipped in with 13 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers have dropped seven straight games to fall to 27-and-51. With the loss, Portland was swept in the season series against San Antonio. The Trail Blazers visit the Thunder in Oklahoma City tomorrow night.

South Carolina Fends Off UConn, Wins NCAA Women's Championship

(Minneapolis, MN) -- South Carolina is taking home the title in this year's NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament. The top-seeded Gamecocks defeated the second-seeded UConn Huskies 64-49 in the national championship game in Minneapolis. Destanni Henderson scored a career-high 26 points to guide South Carolina to its second ever national title, with the other coming in 2017. The Gamecocks posted a wire-to-wire victory and led by as many as 18.

Sounders Win, Timbers Fall

(Undated) -- The Sounders and Timbers are coming away with different results from the weekend. Seattle beat Minnesota United 2-1 on Saturday. Meanwhile, Portland fell 3-1 to the LA Galaxy on Sunday. Both teams return to action later this week.

Mariners Beat Royals In Spring Training

(Surprise, AZ) -- The Mariners are picking up another win in Spring Training. Seattle beat the Kansas City Royals 10-8 in Surprise, Arizona. Five different batters went deep in the victory, with Julio Rodríguez racking up three hits and two RBI. In other Mariners news, the team announced Matt Brash will be the team's fifth starter in the pitching rotation. Brash is slated to make his MLB debut on April 12th when the team faces the White Sox in Chicago.

NCAA Final Four Tips Off Tomorrow

(New Orleans, LA) -- The greatest spectacle in college basketball tips off from the Big Easy tomorrow. The NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Final Four will take place from New Orleans. It's an all blue-bloods affair as Kansas battles Villanova and the legendary Coach K looks to lead Duke past bitter rival North Carolina in what is the final season of his illustrious career. The winner of each game will advance to the National Championship Game on Monday.

Oregon Lands 2023 Prospect, Mookie Cook

(Undated) -- The Ducks are landing a top basketball recruit from the 2023 class. Forward Mookie Cook announced Thursday that he is committing to Oregon. ESPN ranks Cook as the fifth best prospect from 2023 class. That would give the Ducks their second top-five recruit since 2007. Cook is a 6-foot-7 forward and is from Portland. He currently attends AZ Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona.

NCAA Women's Final Four Tips Off

(Minneapolis, MN) -- The NCAA Women's Final Four is getting underway in Minneapolis. Top-seeds Louisville and South Carolina clash tonight at the Target Center, while defending champion and top-seed Stanford meets second-seeded UConn in the other semifinal. The Huskies are trying to reach their first title game since 2016. The winners of each Final Four matchup will meet in the National Championship Game on Sunday.

Mariners Announce Ray As Opening Day Starter

(Undated) -- The Mariners are tabbing their man on the mound for Opening Day. Seattle announced Thursday that left-handed pitcher Robbi Ray will start against the Minnesota Twins on April 7th. Ray comes off a career-year and signed with the Mariners on a five-year, 115-million dollar deal. The lefty went 13-and-7 with 248 strikeouts and a 2.84 earned run average last season with the Blue Jays. That earned him the AL CY Young award.

Trail Blazers Visit Spurs

(San Antonio, TX) -- The Trail Blazers are looking to end their losing skid as they hit the road. Portland takes on the Spurs tonight in San Antonio. The Blazers come off a 117-107 loss to the Pelicans and have dropped five straight games. Justise Winslow and Josh Hart are both listed out for tonight's game with injuries. Portland enters 27-and-49, while San Antonio sits 31-and-45.

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