THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Former Duck libero Benson, Olympian Kim Hill from Portland Christian make U.S. women's volleyball team


• Caroline Inglis, in her first full LPGA season out of the University of Oregon, fired a 3-under-par 68 and was tied for third after the first round of the Hugel-JTBC Open at Los Angeles.

Inbee Park was first with a 66.

Inglis bogeyed her fourth hole of the day, the par-5 13th, but she played her final 13 holes in 4-under to match Lexi Thompson, ANA Inspiration/major championship winner Pernilla Lindberg and others.


• Veteran Ben Crane from Beaverton and the University of Oregon had an opening-day, par-72, and was tied for 35th at the Valero Texas Open.

Tour rookie Aaron Wise, also a former Duck, shot 78 and was tied for 131st.

The leader of the San Antonio event, Grayson Murray, had a 67.


• Portland native Peter Jacobsen and Jay Haas shot a 1-under 70 to open the Bass Pro Shops Legends of Golf at Ridgedale, Maryland. They were in 32nd place out of 46 teams.

Jeff Maggert and Jesper Parnevik grabbed the lead with a 63.


• Rookie Wyndham Clark from the University of Oregon shot a 1-under-par 71 to tie for 21st after one round of the North Mississippi Classic in Oxford, Mississippi.

Scott Harrington, a tour veteran who prepped at Jesuit High, had a 75 and was tied for 102nd.

The leaders, Conner Godsey and Sabastian Munoz, shot 67.


Former Oregon Duck libero Amanda Benson and veteran Olympian outside hitter Kim Hill from Portland Christian High are on the U.S. team for play in the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League.


NEW ORLEANS 119, Portland 102

• It was all Pelicans in Game 3 of the NBA first-round playoff series between New Orleans and the Trail Blazers.

The Pels jumped to a 36-20 lead after one quarter and raced to 29 points off 24 Blazers turnovers in the game.

Nikola Mirotic had a career-high 30 points for New Orleans, which got 32 fats-break points, and Anthony Davis' 28 points (with 11 rebounds) helped the Pelicans tally 62 points in the paint.

CJ McCollum, Al-Farouq Aminu and Damian Lillard scored 22, 21 and 20 points for the Blazers.

Game 4 in the best-of-seven series is 2 p.m. PT Saturday at New Orleans.


Houston 9, SEATTLE 2

• Despite turning a triple-play, the Mariners (9-8) lost their series finale with the World Series champs, who took three out of four games at Safeco Field.

Houston's four-run fifth got to starter Marco Gonzales and broke a scoreless tie.

The Astros improved to 13-7, before a crowd of 16,927.

The M's got two runs in the eighth on RBI doubles by David Freitas and Jean Segura.

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