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Batum, Matthews lead Blazers over Wolves

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Batum, Matthews lead Blazers over Wolves

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) Nicolas Batum and Wesley Matthews each made five 3s and scored 26 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers over the injury-depleted Minnesota Timberwolves 102-97 on Saturday night.

The Blazers made a season-high 16 3-pointers and withstood a fourth-quarter rally by the Timberwolves to win for the 10th time in 13 games and finish their four-game road trip with a 3-1 record.

Nikola Pekovic led the Timberwolves with 21 points but left the game in the third quarter because of a left hip strain. Only hours earlier, Minnesota learned it lost star forward Kevin Love to a broken right hand for the second time this season when an MRI confirmed the injury.

The banged-up Timberwolves - who dressed only 10 players - also played without point guard Ricky Rubio, who sat out with back spasms.

Damian Lillard had 20 points for the Blazers.

The Blazers led by as many as 22 before Derrick Williams fueled a 26-8 run with 18 points in the fourth quarter. His two-handed dunk with 1:19 to play cut Portland's lead to 96-94. Williams rebounded a miss from Lillard on the ensuing possession, but J.J. Barea threw the ball out of bounds with 50 seconds left.

LaMarcus Aldridge followed the turnover with a 13-footer to make it 98-94. Williams appeared to score on a tip on the next possession, but the officials waved off the score saying he traveled.

Matthews and Batum each added a pair of free throws to seal the win.

NOTES: Batum has hit at least three 3-pointers in 15 games this season. ... Love re-fractured his third metacarpal bone in the hand during the third quarter Thursday night at Denver. The Wolves said they expect to know more about a timetable for his return after he is examined by a hand specialist in New York. ... Pekovic had his fifth game with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds this season ... The Blazers had not had a winning record on road trip of four games or longer since going 3-1 from Oct. 27-Nov. 2 in 2010.

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Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series

Furious rally falls short as Loudoun South suffers first loss of Little League World Series


Loudoun South battled back from an 8-2 deficit to tie the game but ultimately fell 12-9 to the West Regional champ out of Hawaii on Wednesday.

Heading into Wednesday’s game, Loudoun South had not allowed a single hit. That changed quickly as Hawaii jumped out to an early lead with five runs in the first inning. Justin Lee, who had pitched all four innings in Sunday’s win, could not get out of the first inning as he allowed one hit, two walks, and four runs in 26 pitches.

Hawaii extended the lead to 8-2 in the third inning, but Loudoun South battled quickly back with a furious rally. They chipped away at the deficit with five singles, three walks and one hit by a pitch all in the bottom of the third to tie the game at 8.

Hawaii, however, would not be denied. The West champs retook the lead with a run in the fourth and extended it with three runs in the fifth for a deficit Loudoun South ultimately could not overcome.

After not allowing a hit for two games, Loudoun South gave up 13 hits to Hawaii. Fielding was also an issue with five errors on the night.

The tournament is not over for Loudoun South as the team will get one more shot to advance. They will play Thursday against the Southwest Regional champ from Louisiana at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to play Hawaii in the United States Championship game. A loss, however, will end Loudoun South’s tournament.

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Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Orioles Roundup: Baltimore takes series against Royals

Great pitching and a handful of home runs combined for a whopping 8-1 victory over the Kansas City Royals at Camden Yards. Here are the latest news and notes.

PLAYER UPDATES:

SP Dylan Bundy threw only one run in seven innings, collecting seven strikeouts and two walks. This was the sixth outing in 24 starts that Bundy did not give up any home runs. Bundy will likely start against the Rays at Camden Yards again this weekend.

RP Mychal Givens earned his first save of the month after protecting a three-run lead. He only gave up a one-out single to Alex Gordon.

2B Hanser Alberto launched a three-run tie-breaking homer in the eighth inning over the center field wall. Between manning second and third base, Alberto is batting .318/.339/.435.

INJURIES: 

OF Dwight Smith Jr.: Calf, 10-day IL, may return late August 

RP Josh Rogers: Elbow, 60-day IL, out indefinitely

SP Alex Cobb: Back, 60-day IL, 2020

DH Mark Trumbo: Knee, 60-day IL, may return in September 

COMING UP:

Thursday, 8/22: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Friday, 8/23: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Saturday, 8:24: Rays at Orioles, 7:05 p.m., Oriole Park at Camden Yards

Source Credit: Rotoworld 

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