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By The Associated Press | Posted - Mar. 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m.



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UNDATED (AP) — The Portland Trail Blazers were likely looking at tonight's matchup against Russell Westbrook and the Thunder in Oklahoma City as a tough one, especially coming off a Monday night game in Minnesota. But, while Westbrook and his mates won't be any less a challenge tonight, the Blazers may at least be a bit better rested. That game last night against the Timberwolves had to be postponed due to a slippery court. Condensation from an ice sheet underneath the court combined with the outside humidity made the floor unplayable, on a day in temperatures in Minneapolis reached the mid-60s

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Longtime agent Rob Pelinka was formally named the Los Angeles Lakers' new general manager today. Pelinka got the job shortly after Lakers owner Jeanie Buss fired GM Mitch Kupchak and her brother, Jim, as the club's top basketball executives last month. The team waited to announce the hiring until Pelinka complied with NBA rules against conflicts of interest, in part by transferring responsibility for his clients to other agents in his firm, Landmark Sports Agency.

BOCA RATON, Fla. (AP) — NHL general managers are talking about possible rules changes in a meeting in Boca Rotan, Florida. But while league officials are fully expecting at least one rule to cause consternation in the playoffs, general managers opted against recommending changes to it or anything else on the second day of meetings. Among the issues of most intrigue was the offside element of the coach's challenge, which was introduced at the start of the 2015-16 season.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Ryan Lavarnway hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Nate Freiman added a three-run shot in the ninth to help Israel beat Taiwan 15-7 Tuesday and improve to 2-0 in the World Baseball Classic. Israel's batters chased Taiwan starter Chun-Lin Kuo from the game before he could secure his third out, opening the top of the first with four straight hits and tagging Kuo for four runs in the frame.

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Nike has unveiled a hijab for Muslim female athletes. The company said the Nike Pro Hijab has been in development for a year. Athletes contributed input into the product, and figure skater Zahra Lari was among those who tested it. The pull-on hijab is made of light, stretchy fabric that includes tiny holes for breathability and an elongated back so it will not come untucked. It will come in three colors: black, vast grey and obsidian.

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