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NBA playoffs: Aldridge fires Blazers past Rockets

HOUSTON — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a franchise playoff-record 46 points and Damian Lillard added 31, including the go-ahead free throws in overtime, to lift the Portland Trail Blazers to a 122-120 victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series.

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Texas speedway hopes to lure Final Four fans

FORT WORTH, Texas — Common sense apparently isn’t something NASCAR is interested in using when it comes to scheduling races. There’s no explanation why one of Texas Motor Speedway’s two biggest weekends is taking place with the Final Four coming to town.