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Status Report

Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard combined for 79 points on 50 field-goal attempts as Portland beat Houston 122-120 in OT of Game 1.

Winterhawks: Portland picked up one win in two games at Kelowna last weekend — the team’s first victory over the Rockets in six tries this season. Now, can the Hawks hold home-ice advantage by taking Games 3 and 4 Tuesday and Wednesday at Moda Center?

Timbers: Who expected an 0-3-4 start by a Portland team that figured to contend for the top spot in the MLS regular season? A 1-0 loss at Real Salt Lake wasn’t a huge surprise, though. The Timbers visit Houston (2-3-1) at noon PT Sunday.

Thorns: Portland has only two goals in two games, but the Thorns are undefeated. They drew 1-1 at Sky Blue FC last week and will take a 1-0-1 mark into Saturday’s 7 p.m. home opener against FC Kansas City (0-1-1).

Thunder: Portland (0-5) took San Jose (3-3) to the wire last week at Moda Center before falling 38-32. The Thunder go to Jacksonville this week to play the Sharks (2-3) at 4 p.m. PT Saturday.

Mariners: Ouch. That’s the sound from both Seattle’s injury plagued pitching staff (Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Blake Beavan and Tajuan Walker are on the disabled list), the fans watching the M’s try to hit (team average: .225, 28th out of 30 MLB teams), and maybe new manager Lloyd McClendon as his club dropped six in a row with various follies, overturned replays, shaky relief pitching and other late-inning shortcomings. A home series with Houston concludes with games at 7 tonight and 12:40 p.m. Wednesday.

IBL: The Portland Chinooks open their International Basketball League season Friday at the Santa Barbara Breakers. The Vancouver Volcanoes open Saturday at home (O’Connell Sports Center) vs. the Bellingham Slam.

Baseball: Washington (14-4) continues to lead the Pac-12. Oregon State (11-4) and Oregon (10-5) are next as they go into a three-game series at Corvallis (7 p.m. Friday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday). The Ducks have won nine in a row. ... In the Northwest Conference, NCAA D-III No. 1 Linfield (19-2, 29-4 overall) rallied with two wins after an opening loss to George Fox last week to clinch the league title. ... In the majors, the Chicago Cubs (5-12 through Sunday) still haven’t won a series, but second baseman Darwin Barney (.129 this season) got his first RBIs and first homer of the year, a two-run shot, in an 8-4 Saturday win over visiting Cincinnati.

Softball: No. 1 Oregon beat visiting Cal 9-1, 15-3, 7-2, improving to 40-5, 14-1. The Ducks are at Stanford (3-12 Pac-12) Friday-Sunday. ... Sixth-ranked Linfield (34-7) breezed through the NWC tourney and is headed to the regionals May 9-11 (opponent, site TBD).

Golf: Scott Hval and Gigi Stoll won the OGA’s 70th Tournament of Champions last weekend at Langdon Farms. Hval took the men’s title by four shots with an even-par 144. Stoll claimed the women’s crowd at 145, six better than three runners-up. ... No. 22 Oregon is among eight ranked teams in the Pac-12 men’s championships, Friday through Sunday at The Gallery Golf Club in Marana, Ariz. Washington and Stanford are ranked 1-2 in the nation.

Tennis: Portland State clinched its first berth in the Big Sky championships. The Viks are the No. 4 seed for the Friday-Sunday tourney at Sacramento and will open against No. 5 Montana State.