Blazers: Portland needs to win only one of three potential more games against Houston to eliminate the Rockets from the NBA playoffs and move into the second round against Dallas or San Antonio.

Winterhawks: It’s Portland vs. Edmonton for the Western Hockey League championship for the third year in a row. The Hawks won last year in six games; the Oil Kings won two years ago in seven games. Game 1 is 7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center.

For Portland, defensemen Derrick Pouliot and Josh Hanson and forwards Brendan Leipsic and Nic Petan will be playing in their fourth consecutive WHL championship series. The only other player to do that was Stan Smyl of the New Westminster Bruins of 1975-78. ... Pouliot had 10 assists in the 4-1 West finals win against Kelowna; Petan had four goals and seven assists in the series; Oliver Bjorkstrand had six goals and three assists; Leipsic had four goals and four assists.

Timbers: Portland (0-3-5, five points) will pass the quarter mark of its MLS season on Saturday with a 7:30 p.m. home match against D.C. United (3-2-2, 11 points). The Timbers and Chicago Fire are the only clubs without a win. Portland is 0-3-5 after Sunday’s 1-1 tie at Houston. Gaston Fernandez’s 33rd-minute goal was his third equalizer of the season, and his third goal on eight shots in 2014.

Thorns: Forward Jessica McDonald had two goals in a 3-1 victory Saturday against FC Kansas City that was Portland’s National Women’s Soccer League home opener. McDonald totaled three goals in 16 appearances last season, playing for Chicago and Seattle.

Thunder: Portland looked like a new team Saturday at Jacksonville, with QB Kyle Rowley, in his second appearance since arriving via trade, tossing eight touchdown passes without an interception. The Thunder will take a 1-5 record into a 4:30 p.m. PT game at the Tampa Bay Storm (3-4). ... On the receiving end of TDs were Douglas McNeil III (four), Alvan Robinson (two), Duane Brooks (one) and newcomer Eric Rogers (one). Davon Allen scored on a 1-yard run, his only carry of the year.

Mariners: After going 3-3 in a homestand against AL West rivals Houston and Texas, the M’s have hit the road and are bracing for second baseman Robinson Cano’s return to Yankee Stadium. Seattle plays New York at 4 p.m. PT today, Wednesday and Thursday. Cano is hitting a team-high .292, with 10 RBIs, four doubles and one home run. Seattle is 10-14; the Yanks lead the AL East at 15-10.

College baseball: Oregon State swept visiting Oregon with wins of 3-1, 4-2 and 7-1 at Goss Stadium. The Beavers improved to 31-8, 14-4 Pac-12, tied with Washington. The Ducks fell to 31-13, 10-8. OSU starters Ben Wetzler, Andrew Moore and Jace Fry all earned victories, going a combined 24 1/3 innings, with 10 hits, six walks and one earned run allowed and 23 strikeouts. Beavers coach Pat Casey, in his 20th season, is 700-397-4 (.638) at OSU, 871-510-5 (679) for his 27-year career. ... In the four-day NAIA West double-elimination tournament at the University of British Columbia, No. 2 seed Concordia opens with No. 3 Corban at 1 p.m. Saturday. The tourney champ goes to the national tournament.

College softball: No. 1-ranked Oregon has a 10-game winning streak. ... Oregon State (13-29) has dropped nine in a row. ... Portland State (7-32, 2-12 Big Sky) has been eliminated from contention for the four-team, May 8-10 conference tournament. Last year, the Vikings tied for first in the regular-season, then went 3-0 at the conference tourney to earn an NCAA berth. ... The Cascade Collegiate Conference tournament in Klamath Falls begins Thursday, when No. 2 seed Concordia opens against No. 3 College of Idaho at 9 a.m. Top-seeded Oregon Tech meets No. 4 Southern Oregon at 11:30 a.m. in the double-elimination tourney. The winner goes to the NAIA


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