Blazers' McCollum wins community award
• Portland guard CJ McCollum has been given the February NBA Cares Community Assist Award for his mentoring of high school students in the metro area.
The award is presented by Kaiser Permanente.
• Tour rookie Aaron Wise from the University of Oregon shot a 3-under-par 69, and fellow former Duck Ben Crane had a 72 in the opening round of the Houston Open at Humble, Texas.
Wise was tied for 28th, Crane tied for 99th.
The leaders, Lucas Glover and Kevin Tway, shot 65.
• Two golfers with ties to the state of Oregon will be fighting to make the cut in Friday's second round of the Savannah Golf Championship in Savannah, Georgia.
Rookie Wyndham Clark from the University of Oregon shot a par-72 on Thursday and was tied for 74th.
Scott Harrington, a former Jesuit High golfer, had a 73 to tie for 97th.
In the lead after Day 1 are Christian Brand and Kyle Jones at 65.
Caroline Inglis, a rookie from Churchill High and the University of Oregon, shot a 1-under 71 in the first round of the first women's golf major championship of the year.
Inglis was tied for 36th going into Friday's second round of the ANA Inspiration at Rancho Mirage, California.
Pernilla Lindberg grabbed a one-shot lead Thursday with a 65.
Portland 4, SPOKANE 3
• Joachim Blichfeld scored at 13:38 and 13.45 of the third period to lift the visiting Hawks to the playoff victory.
Portland leads the best-of-seven first-round Western Hockey League series 3-1.
Game 5 is 6 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
SEATTLE 2, Cleveland 1
• Felix Hernandez (1-0) pitched 5 1/3 innings of two-hit ball in his 10th consecutive opening day start for the Mariners, who got two game-ending strikeouts from Edwin Diaz with two Indians on base in the ninth to preserve the victory.
It came before the largest regular-season crowd in Safeco Field history, 47,149.
Nelson Cruz homered after a hit by Robinson Cano to give Seattle a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Cleveland scored in the seventh on an RBI single by Yan Gomes.