DALLAS (AP) - The Dallas Mavericks rallied in the fourth quarter after blowing a 30-point to beat the Portland Trail Blazers 103-98 yesterday. LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 20 for Portland, including 18 in the third quarter when the Blazers went in front for the first time at 69-67 after trailing 44-14 early in the second quarter.
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - The new season opens for the Portland Timbers tonight against the Philadelphia Union at the newly renamed Providence Park. First-year coach Caleb Porter, with his possession-oriented attack, was named the MLS Coach of the Year last season after guiding the Timbers to a 14-5-15 record and their first playoff berth since joining the league in 2011. The finish was a stunning 23-point turnaround from the previous season.
SEATTLE (AP) - Five disabled athletes from Washington, Oregon and Idaho flew to Russia to compete in the Paralympic Winter Games that opened yesterday in Sochi. Northwest Public Radio reports the members of the U.S. Paralympic Team are competing in downhill and cross-country skiing, biathlon and sled hockey.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - The Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race has a new leader. Race officials say Aliy Zirkle (AL'-ee ZUR'-kal), of Two Rivers, Alaska, is the first musher into the Yukon River community of Galena. Zirkle reached the former mining town at 6:10 a.m. yesterday with 14 dogs after a five-hour, 52-minute run on the river from Ruby. Zirkle has never won the race but finished second the past two years. In second place is four-time champion Martin Buser (BOO'-zer), of Big Lake, Alaska.
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