• Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard walks off the court after Game 6 of the team's NBA basketball first-round playoff series against the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday, April 29, 2016, in Portland, Ore. The Trail Blazers won 106-103. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Blazers have proven the doubters wrong into the 2nd round

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers continue to surprise this season, even if they benefited by untimely injuries for the Los Angeles Clippers.

  • Los Angeles Clippers forward Jeff Green, right, collides with Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee during the first half of Game 6 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Friday, April 29, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Blazers advance 4-2 with 106-103 victory over the Clippers

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 28 points and the Portland Trail Blazers advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by beating the resilient Los Angeles Clippers 106-103 on Friday night to claim the first-round playoff series 4-2.

  • 49ers select Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner at No. 7

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — As DeForest Buckner waited for his name to be called, he hoped for this very scenario: An Oregon reunion in Northern California.

  • In this March 10, 2016, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Ohio Gov. John Kasich, right, speaks as Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, listens, during a Republican presidential debate sponsored by CNN, Salem Media Group and the Washington Times at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fla. Declaring the Republican presidential contest at "a fork in the road," Cruz and Kasich defended their extraordinary new alliance on April 25 as the party's last, best chance to stop Donald Trump, even as the New York billionaire surged toward another big delegate haul. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

    What’s the deal? Voters cheer, jeer, shrug off GOP pact

    FRANKLIN, Indiana (AP) — Kathy Hiel said she hadn’t made up her mind to vote for Donald Trump — until the billionaire businessman’s two Republican White House rivals formed an extraordinary political non-aggression pact to stop him.

  • Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson, left, has the ball stripped by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Paul leaves with broken hand, Blazers beat Clippers 98-84

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — As the Trail Blazers celebrated, the Clippers’ locker room was somber.

  • Portland Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson, left, has the ball stripped by Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul, right, during the second half of Game 4 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Monday, April 25, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Paul leaves Game 4 with broken bone in right hand

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Chris Paul broke a bone in his right hand midway through the third quarter and left the Clippers’ Game 4 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

  • Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally Monday, April 25, 2016, in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

    Cruz, Kasich strategies align with goal of beating Trump

    BORDEN, Ind. (AP) — Declaring the Republican presidential contest at “a fork in the road,” Ted Cruz and John Kasich defended their extraordinary new alliance on Monday as the party’s last, best chance to stop Donald Trump, even as the New York billionaire surged toward another big delegate haul.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) starts to leave the court after he was ejected during the fourth quarter in Game 4 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks, Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Dallas. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

    Face of fracas? Durant says testy playoffs just part of game

    DALLAS (AP) — Kevin Durant suddenly, and reluctantly, found himself at the center of a conversation over whether Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble series with Dallas was out of control.

  • Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, right, shoots over Portland Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee during the first half of Game 3 of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series Saturday, April 23, 2016, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Craig Mitchelldyer)

    Lillard has 32 and Blazers beat Clippers 96-88 in Game 3

    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — With a game-opening 3-pointer, Damian Lillard set the tone and the Trail Blazers followed.