Sports Update with Randy Adams, Wednesday 4/10/19 -Blazers over Lakers

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Blazers over Lakers as Magic Johnson steps down at President of Lakers team.

The Portland Trail Blazers penultimate game of the season versus the Lakers Tuesday night got off to an interested and unexpected start with Magic Johnson, Los Angeles’ President of Basketball Operations, resigning a few hours prior to tipoff. And while the end of the actual game wasn’t as surprising, it ended up being just as noteworthy.

After missing his first three attempts, Moe Harkless made his only three-pointer Tuesday night as time expired to lift the Trail Blazers to a 104-101 victory versus the Los Angeles Lakers in front of a sellout crowd of 18,997 Tuesday night at Staples Center.

With the win, the Trail Blazers have clinched home court advantage in the first round of the 2019 Western Conference playoffs, though which team they’ll face and what seed they’ll end up with is still to be determined with one game to play.

The Blazers head home after a win against the Lakers in LA Tuesday night, the last road trip of the regular season.

Let this sink in for a minute. Two Major League teams have scored six or more runs in 11 of their first 13 games in a season since 1908. That would be the 1932 Yankees and — after Tuesday’s 6-3 win over the Royals — the 2019 Mariners.

Things are getting historic in a hurry for a surprising Seattle club, which is off to an 11-2 start with a team expected to take as step back this season with 15 newcomers on its current 25-man roster and having traded away the veteran nucleus of last year’s 89-win club.

The Mariners called up rookie right-hander Erik Swanson from Triple-A Tacoma prior to Tuesday’s game at Kauffman Stadium. Right-handed reliever Chasen Bradford was placed on the 10-day injured list.

Game three of the four game series against the Royals is tonight.

Oregon Tech fell to Simpson University in a doubleheader on Tuesday at Kiger Stadium as the Red Hawks offense and defense came together in the first game to boost them to an 18-7 victory, and held out to win 7-6 in the nightcap. 

Oregon Tech Golf Update

Oregon Tech’s Mayson Tibbs won a thrilling four-hole playoff against British Columbia’s Ethan DeGraff to win medalist honors; the Oregon Tech Men’s and Women’s golf teams finished in second place at the Corban Invite held at the Creekside Golf Club.

“The men did what they needed to do,” said Head Coach Jeff Corkill. “We should hold onto or move up a spot or two in ranks. On to the conference championships and hopefully an at large berth to the NAIA Championships.”

The Oregon Tech men wrapped up the 54-hole tournament at 846 (+6), 14-strokes behind British Columbia who won the event at 832 (-8). Host Corban finished in 3rd out of the 14-team field at 867, a total of 21-strokes behind the Owls.

Tech’s Tibbs shot 67, 67, 72 (206) and won the playoff to capture the individual championship. Tech’s Alejandro Armijo (209) finished tied for 5th. Brandon Erickson (215) was tied for 10th. Tyler Franke (219) was 19th.

“The women took care of business and did what we needed them to do as well,” added Corkill. “The win over Rocky Mountain should help support their place in the rankings. The 312 team score was solid for them today.”

The Owl women fired a combined 615 for the tournament and finished at +39, 24-strokes behind UBC who won the event with a team total of 591. The Owls finished 17-strokes ahead of Rocky Mountain who was third at 632.

Freshman Payton Canon led the Owls in third, finishing with a +4, 148 for the two rounds.  Aerin Song (155) was 6th, Stephanie Koza (156) was 8th, Ashley Zhu (160) was 15th and Kylie Collom (161) finished in 18th.


Blazers: Sacramento at Portland, 7:30 p.m.

Mariners: Seattle at Kansas City, 5:15 p.m.

Drag racing: ET races, Portland International Raceway, 4 p.m.

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