Blazers return home with a 2-0 advantage


(AP) Houston has a LaMarcus Aldridge problem. The Trail Blazers' All-Star forward has been dominating with more than 40 points in each of the opening two playoff games with the Rockets in Houston. More.

Seahawks to open NFL season vs. Packers


(AP) . . . The last time Green Bay visited CenturyLink Field was in Week 3 of the 2012 season, a 14-12 Seahawks victory clinched on what now is often dubbed the "Fail Mary." More.

NCAA endorses more power for big schools


(AP) The NCAA's board of directors endorsed a proposal Thursday giving schools in the five largest football conferences more autonomy and more voting power in changing rules within the organization. More.

Aldridge's 43 lifts Blazers over Rockets


AP) LaMarcus Aldridge scored 43 points and Damian Lillard made six free throws down the stretch to give the Portland Trail Blazers a 112-105 win over the Houston Rockets . . . more.

McRoberts fined $20K for foul on James


(AP) Charlotte Bobcats forward Josh McRoberts was fined $20,000 by the NBA on Thursday for making unnecessary and excessive contact with Miami Heat forward LeBron James. More.