Sports Update with Randy Adams; Mariners Open Season, Mazama & Henley scores, Blazers Win, Oregon Ducks NCAA Action Tonight!

Randy Adams has been covering local Klamath Basin sports for 40 years and is the voice of the Henley Hornets and Mazama Vikings on radio at 106.5 / 1240AM The Winner CBS Sports Radio and 102.5 / 1450AM KFLS. Hear his daily morning show on Sunny 107!

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Although the Seattle Mariners already kicked off their season with a two-game sweep of the Oakland A’s in Tokyo, today is Opening Day for the Mariners taking on the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox at Seattle’s newly renamed T-Mobile Park.

This will be just the second time the Red Sox have ever opened their season against the Mariners. Pedro Martinez outdueled Jamie Moyer in a 2-0 victory in Seattle in 2000.

Boston will have another ace on the mound in this matchup as Chris Sale takes on Marco Gonzales in a battle of southpaws. Sale is 6-1 with a 1.88 in 11 games (nine starts) against the Mariners in his career.

Ducks play tonight. An NCAA men’s basketball tournament that was expected to be dominated by favorites has lived up to its billing through two rounds.

There’s only been one big-time bracket-buster through two rounds: The No. 12 Oregon Ducks men, who knocked off No. 5-seed Wisconsin in the first round and then beat No. 13 UC Irvine on Sunday to advance to the Sweet Sixteen.

But don’t call the Ducks a Cinderella team. As the UO men prepared to go through their final practice in Eugene before departing Tuesday afternoon for the Sweet Sixteen, and a game tonight against No. 1 Virginia (4 p.m. 1240AM/106.5FM CBS Sports Radio The Winner), they weren’t looking to embrace the underdog role.

Down two starters, the Portland Trail Blazers will need to get production from the entire roster in order to keep pace in the race for homecourt advantage in the first round of the Western Conference playoffs.

Wednesday night, in their first game without both CJ McCollum (left knee strain) and Jusuf Nurkic (broken tibia/fibula), the boost from the bench came early.

The Trail Blazers’ bench, behind the shooting of Seth Curry, scored 34 of Portland’s 59 points in the first half and 70 for the game in a 118-98 victory versus a shorthanded Bulls team.

The Trail Blazers are 47-27 overall, 18-18 on the road and 2-0 versus the Bulls to sweep the season series for the fourth time in the last seven seasons. Portland has won five straight, eight of their last 10 and move into sole possession of third in the Western Conference.

Although it’s Spring Break at the schools, Henley and Mazama were successful on the baseball field yesterday in separate tournaments.  Henley defeated class 6A Dallas 9-3 then outlasted Newport 9-5 in 12 innings in the Newport tournament, while Mazama picked up a 13-3 win over St. Mary’s of Medford in the Hidden Valley tournament.  Mazama has two more games left in tournament play today.

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