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Blazers: Portland is down to its final four games before the NBA playoffs, with the team is likely to face Houston in the first round. The Blazers’ next game is at home against Sacramento, 7 p.m. Wednesday. Portland visits Utah at 6 p.m. PT Friday, then plays host to Golden State at 6 p.m. Sunday and the L.A. Clippers at 7:30 p.m. April 16.

Winterhawks: The winner of the Portland-Victoria series is likely to face WHL regular-season points leader Kelowna in the Western Conference finals. The Rockets have a 2-0 lead on Seattle in their best-of-seven semifinals, with Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday at Kent, Wash. Kelowna won at home last week 6-2 and 6-3.

Timbers: Chivas USA (1-2-2, 5 points) is next for Portland (0-2-3, 3). Kickoff is 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park. Chivas has scored only six goals. The Timbers exploded for four goals on Saturday at home against Seattle — but imploded defensively late in the match, giving up two goals in the final five minutes for a 4-4 draw. No. 1 goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts is expected back for Portland after serving a two-game MLS suspension for a red card.

Thorns: Portland’s 2014 opener is at the expansion Houston Dash, who play at BBVA Compass Stadium, the 22,039-seat home of the MLS Houston Dynamo. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT Saturday for the defending National Women’s Soccer League champions. The Dash roster includes former Thorns midfielders Nikki Washington and Becky Edwards and Canadian goalie Erin McLeod. Houston defeated Texas Tech 7-0, Texas A&M 3-1 and 1-0 and Rice 3-0 in its preseason tests.

Thunder: Coming off a 44-34 loss at the Los Angeles KISS on Saturday, Portland’s first-year Arena Football League team is headed to Spokane for a 7 p.m. Saturday game against the Shock. The Thunder (2-1) are 13th out of 14 AFL teams in points per game (34.7). Portland has thrown eight interceptions and picked off eight opponent passes.

Mariners: Seattle is 4-2 after its first two series, both on the road. The team’s home opener is 7 tonight at Safeco Field against the Los Angeles Angeles. The M’s took two of three at Anaheim to open the season. For Seattle, new second baseman Robinson Cano is batting a club-high .391, Justin Smoak leads in RBIs with eight, Smoak and shortstop Brad Miller each have two home runs, and ace Felix Hernandez is 2-0 with a 1.88 ERA and 10 hits allowed in 14 1/3 innings, with 19 strikeouts and two walks.

College

Baseball: In the Pac-12, Washington beat visiting Oregon 5-4 in 10 innings Sunday to win the series 2-1 and stay atop the conference. UW is 10-2. ... Oregon State swept visiting Stanford, posting wins of 4-1, 1-0 and 2-1, and is second in the Pac-12 at 9-3. UCLA and WSU are 6-3. Oregon and ASU are 7-5.

Softball: Oregon, ranked No. 3 last week, took two of three from No. 1 UCLA at Eugene. That put the Ducks at 8-1 in the Pac-12, with the Bruins 8-3. ASU is 9-3. Oregon State is 3-7.

Track and field: At Hayward Field, Oregon rolled to victories of 114-47 (men) and 106-52 (women) against Arizona on Saturday. Ducks stars included 1,500 winner Mac Fleet, hammer thrower Greg Skipper and javelin thrower Haley Crouser. Fleet ran 3:44.04 to edge NCAA 5,000 champ Lawi Lawang. Skipper’s winning 231-6 is second all-time by a Duck. Crouser won with a final throw of 164-5. Liz Brenner was second at 158-11.