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Status Report

Blazers: Portland is one step away from returning to the NBA Western Conference finals for the first time since its 2000 Game 7 fourth-quarter collapse against the L.A. Lakers. The Blazers-Spurs series starts at 6:30 PT tonight at San Antonio.

Winterhawks: Portland is 2-0 after two home games in the WHL finals. Games 3 and 4 are at Edmonton, tonight and Wednesday, 6 p.m. PT.

NHL: Three former Winterhawks remain in the playoffs, with the NHL down to eight teams. Marian Hossa (Chicago) and Nino Niederreiter (Minnesota) are in one Western Conference semifinal series. In the other West semi, Luca Sbisa (Anaheim) is up against Los Angeles.

Timbers: With a 3-2 home win against D.C. United, Portland is 1-3-5 (8 points), five behind Vancouver for the fifth spot — and final playoff berth — in the MLS Western Conference. At 11:30 a.m. Sunday, the L.A. Galaxy (2-2-2, 8) pay a visit to Providence Park.

Thorns: Portland’s first showdown with the Seattle Reign is 7 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park. The Thorns improved to 2-0-2 (8 points) with a 1-1 draw last week at the Western New York Flash, while Seattle is 5-0-0 (15 points) after topping the Washington Spirit 2-1.

Thunder: QB Danny Southwick returned to the controls last weekend and passed for 8 TDs (24 of 33, 307 yards, two interceptions) as Portland won its second Arena Football League game in a row. The Thunder (2-5) beat the host Tampa Bay Storm 61-42. Portland plays host to the 7-0 Arizona Rattlers at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center.

Mariners: Seattle has key games at 7 tonight and 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at AL West-leading Oakland. The Mariners had won five of their last six, going into Monday, for a 14-15 record.

Fencing: Mariel Zagunis, the two-time Olympic women’s saber champion from Beaverton, won the Korfanty World Cup in Chicago.

College baseball: The Pac-12’s top three are Oregon State is 17-4, Washington 19-5 and Oregon 13-8. The Beavers (34-8) swept host Cal last week, winning 10-4, 9-3 in 10 innings and 5-0. The Ducks, who played host to Arizona, won 6-1, 7-6 (10 innings) and 5-1. .... Oregon junior outfielder Kyle Garlick got his 12th career triple, breaking the UO record set by George Shaw, the former Ducks quarterback from Grant High who was the No. 1 pick in the 1955 NFL draft.

• Linfield remained No. 1 in the D-III rankings last week, but the Wildcats then lost three in a row at home (8-0 and 4-2 Saturday to NAIA power Lewis-Clark State, 10-2 Sunday to George Fox) and slipped to 33-7 heading into the D-III playoffs.

n Concordia went 3-2 in the NAIA West tournament at Vancouver, B.C., to finish its season with a 29-20 record.

College softball: No. 1 Oregon (47-6-1) split two home games with No. 3 Arizona State. The rubber match was called after six innings Sunday because of rain, with the teams tied 2-2.

• Portland State’s season ended with a 1-2 mark at home against Weber State last week. The Vikings finished 8-36 and placed last in the Big Sky at 3-14. Team leaders this year for PSU included Brittany Hendrickson (.338, 44 hits, 28 RBIs), Becca Bliss (26 runs) and Crysta Conn (five HRs).

• Linfield (34-7) is third in the D-III rankings going into a three-team regional at University of Redlands starting Friday.

• Concordia, ranked No. 24 among NAIA teams last week, won its second Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament title in four years. The Cavaliers (33-16) went 3-0 at Klamath Falls, beating College of Idaho (twice) and No. 17 Oregon Tech by a combined 26-11. Six Cavs (Taylor Bussey, Taylor Copher, Cassidy Horner, Mariaha Jiminez, Meaghan Luebbert and Kate Santos) homered. The Cavs earned a spot in the national playoffs and will be in a four-team, double-elimination tournament May 12-14. The winner goes to the NAIA Softball World Series May 23-29 at Columbus, Ga.

College tennis: Catlin Gabel’s David Furman, ranked seventh in the Pacific Northwest boys 18 singles, will join the University of Portland program in the fall.