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(Istanbul, Turkey)  --  Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is finally talking about the controversial play call that ended the team's hopes for a second straight Super Bowl win.  The man known as "Beast Mode" is currently in Turkey with the organization "American Football Without Barriers" to help spread the game internationally.  In an interview with the leading sports network in Turkey, Lynch said he was expecting to be handed the ball with goal-to-go at the one yard line.  However, Lynch added that football is a team sport and he had no problem with coach Pete Carroll's decision to let Russell Wilson throw the ball.

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Stanford, CA ( - Oregon knocked down a series of
late free throws as the Ducks held on to defeat the Stanford
Cardinal, 73-70, in Pac-12 Conference action at Maples Pavilion.

Joseph Young, who converted a pair at the charity stripe with 2.9
seconds remaining in regulation, accounted for 21 points, matching
the production of Elgin Cook as the Ducks (22-8, 12-5 Pac-12)
notched a fourth straight victory and the eighth in the last nine
outings overall. Dwayne Benjamin, who also had a late free throw to
break a 70-70 tie, added 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Stanford (18-10, 9-7) was paced by Chasson Randle with 17 points,
but he shot only 6-of-18 from the floor and had a costly turnover
late in the meeting as the host had a two-game win streak snapped.
Stefan Nastic added 16 points, Marcus Allen 14 and Anthony Brown 11
for the Cardinal.

Despite shooting only 8-of-22 from the floor in the first half,
which included 1-of-7 behind the 3-point line, Stanford led by six
points early on. However. 48.3 percent accuracy from the field by
Oregon brought the visitors back and moved them out to a 36-30
advantage at the break.

In the second half there were a total of seven ties and 10 lead
changes as Stanford was forced to come from behind in the final
seconds. Unfortunately, after throwing the ball away, Randle was
given a second chance to play the hero, but his wild layup attempt
went unanswered and was recovered on the floor by Young who was
subsequently fouled.

With under three seconds to play Young stepped to the line for this
first free throws of the evening and knocked down both.

Still with time remaining, the Cardinal had another chance to
extend the game, but the inbounds pass was picked off and the Ducks
ran out the clock.

Stanford outscored the Ducks at the free-throw line, 22-11, but the
host made good on a mere 4-of-19 from beyond the arc.

--- Game Notes ---



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03-01-2015 19:25:06

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Sacramento, CA ( -

LaMarcus Aldridge had 26 points and 15 rebounds and the Portland Trail Blazers took down the Kings in Sacramento on Sunday, 110-99.

It was Aldridge's third straight double-double, and Portland's
third straight win, since he missed a 98-92 loss to Memphis on Feb.
22 with a thumb sprain.

Damian Lillard tallied a game-high 31 points with seven assists and
Wesley Matthews added 17 points for the Blazers.

"The last two or three games, I've felt really good out there,"
said Lillard. "It's time to win. It's time to play winning

Sacramento gave them a game despite All-Star center DeMarcus
Cousins missing his second straight game with a left ankle sprain
and bruised left hip.

Rudy Gay went for 24 points and eight rebounds for the short-handed
Kings, while Derrick Williams chipped in 18 points in a reserve

After Portland controlled the opening 12 minutes, Ben McLemore
scored the first eight points of the second quarter to get the
Kings back within three. Meyers Leonard slowed the momentum with a
3-pointer at the other end.

Williams' dunk at 5:23 again cut it to three, but Portland closed
the half on a 20-9 run to take a 64-50 lead into halftime.

The Kings got as close as seven in the third and one in the fourth,
but failed to get over the hump without their star. Williams scored
six straight early in the final stanza and Gay followed with a
3-ball to get Sacramento within 89-88. Lillard silenced the crowd
with a 3, then potted a mid-range jumper on the next series.

"We didn't have much going throughout the first couple quarters,"
said Kings coach George Karl. "They're a very good team."

Portland finished the game on an 8-2 run.

Game Notes

The Kings kick off an eight-game road trip in New York on Tuesday
... The Kings fell to 2-12 without Cousins this season ...
Sacramento shot 3-for-12 from behind the arc ... Sacramento's
reserves outscored Portland's, 44-19.



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03-01-2015 21:15:01

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(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' two-game losing skid is over, after last night's 111-95 win at home over San Antonio.  Wesley Matthews led all scorers with 31 points, and Damian Lillard added 18 for Portland.  LaMarcus Aldridge had eleven points and 13 rebounds.  The Blazers will host Oklahoma City tomorrow night.

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(Portland, OR)  --  Fans of former Portland Trail Blazers great Jerome Kersey will have the opportunity to pay their respects next week.  A public memorial has been scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Winning Way.  Kersey died last week at the age of 52 after a blood clot traveled from his leg to his left lung.  The memorial is scheduled to begin at four p.m., and doors will open at three.

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(Renton, WA)  --  Marshawn Lynch is looking to cash in on a phrase he uttered repeatedly during the week of Super Bowl 49.  His pat answer of "I'm just here so I won't get fined" to nearly every question asked during a news conference became an immediate media sensation, and Lynch has formally applied to have the sentence trademarked.  The Seahawks running back has previously applied for trademarks on other phrases, including "Beast Mode" and "All about that action, Boss."

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(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will prepare for Wednesday night's game after losing at home.  The Blazers fell to Memphis last night, 98-92, after blowing a 13-point lead in the fourth quarter.  Damian Lillard had 18 points and seven assists for Portland, while Nicolas Batum added 17 points and collected ten rebounds.  The Blazers will host San Antonio Wednesday night.

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Salt Lake City, UT ( -
Damian Lillard netted 19 points and LaMarcus Aldridge supplied 14
points and eight boards for Portland, which had won four of its
last five contests coming in.

The Jazz ripped off 17 straight points from the final minute of the
third quarter to the beginning of the fourth to turn the game into
a rout. The Jazz led by as many as 22 down the stretch.

Earlier, Aldridge netted six quick points as the Blazers raced out
to a 15-9 start. They were up 24-18 following a quarter of play and
43-39 at the break.

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(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are hoping to know soon whether Marshawn Lynch will return next season.  Seahawks General Manager John Schneider, who's attending the NFL Combine in Indianapolis, says the star running back will decide soon on whether to retire or continue his career.  Schneider says Lynch knows the team wants him to come back and has given no specific indication that he won't return.  

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Corvallis, OR ( - Delon Wright posted nine
points, nine rebounds and five assists as No. 9 Utah beat Oregon
State 47-37 on Thursday night, ending the Beavers' best home start
in school history.

Dakarai Tucker led the Utes (21-4, 11-2 Pac-12) with 11 points off
the bench.

Malcolm Duvivier scored a game-high 12 points for Oregon State
(16-10, 7-7), which was held to 33.3 percent shooting.

The Beavers suffered their first loss in 15 games at Gill Coliseum
this season.

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( - Jerome Kersey, best known as an integral part of the Portland Trail Blazers' title-contending teams in the early 1990s, has died at the age of 52. The cause of death has yet to be confirmed, though the Oregonian reported the fire department was called to his home early Wednesday evening. After being taken to the hospital, Kersey was pronounced dead.



Pictured: Mike Rice, Jay Reese, Frank Bonacquisti and Jerome Kersey


Kersey played 17 years in the NBA, 11 with the Blazers from 1984-95 after they selected him in the second round of the famous '84 draft. He is fifth on the Blazers' all-time scoring list and third in rebounds. "Today we lost an incredible person and one of the most beloved players to ever wear a Trail Blazers uniform," said Blazers owner Paul Allen. "My thoughts and condolences are with the Kersey family. He will be missed by all of us. It's a terrible loss." The 6-foot-7 forward also spent time with Golden State, the Lakers, Seattle, San Antonio and Milwaukee, and he won an NBA title with the Spurs in 1999.

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(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin says he regrets his controversial touchdown "celebration" in Super Bowl 49.  Baldwin caught a scoring pass from Russell Wilson in the third quarter and proceeded to squat over the ball in the end zone.  Baldwin says the act was directed at New England Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis, and says he apologizes to fans and anyone who was offended by the celebration.

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(Undated)  --  It didn't take long for Amar'e Stoudemire to find a new home.  Multiple reports say Stoudemire has agreed to sign with the Mavericks once he clears waivers on Wednesday.  Stoudemire's contract was bought out by the Knicks.

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(Villanova, PA)  --  Seton Hall guard Sterling Gibbs was ejected after throwing a vicious elbow in an 80-54 loss to sixth-ranked Villanova.  Gibbs was assessed a flagrant foul 2 and thrown out after striking Villanova's Ryan Arcidiacono in the face.

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(Seattle, WA)  --  Former Milwaukie Brewer Rickie Weeks is the latest acquisition for the Seattle Mariners.  If Weeks passes a physical, he stands to make two-million dollars during the upcoming season plus two-million more in incentives.  The "Seattle Times" reports Weeks, who played second base during his career with Milwaukie, is likely to be used as a utility bench player with the Mariners.  Last season, he batted .274 with an on-base-plus-slugging percentage of .809.

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(Portland, OR)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge finished with 18 points and 12 rebounds to help guide the Blazers to a 102-86 victory over the Lakers at the Moda Center.  Wesley Matthews led all players with 20 points and Damian Lillard tallied 15 points and eight assists for Portland, which has won four of five.  Jordan Clarkson paced LA with 17 points and six boards in a losing effort.  Wayne Ellington chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds as the Lakers dropped their sixth straight game.  Both teams are now off for the All-Star break.

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Los Angeles, CA ( - Joseph Young netted 26 points
and pulled down five rebounds to lead his Oregon Ducks to a tight
80-75 victory over the USC Trojans in Pac-12 Conference action at
the Galen Center.

Elgin Cook and Dillon Brooks each chipped in with 15 points for
Oregon (18-7, 8-4 Pac-12). Cook contributed with seven rebounds and
six assists in the win, which was the fourth in a row for the Ducks.

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Los Angeles, CA ( - Bryce Alford netted 22 points
on 6-of-10 shooting to lead his UCLA Bruins past the Oregon State
Beavers, 75-59, in a Pac-12 Conference tilt at Pauley Pavilion.

Gary Payton II scored 24 points with five rebounds to lead oregon
State (16-8, 7-5), while Langston Morris-Walker contributed 19
points with eight boards. Jarmal Reid came off the bench to chip in
10 points in the loss, which ended a two-game Beavers win streak.

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Former Medford Black Tornado and Oregon State Beaver ‘Hall of Famer’ Bill ‘Earthquake’ Enyart passed away today at the age of 67 in Bend, Oregon.

Enyart graduated from Medford High School, helping the Black Tornado to a state title. He played varsity football for the Beavers from 1966-68. Enyart was part of the iconic 1967 “Giant Killers,” who went 7-2-1 with victories over No. 1 USC, No. 2 Purdue and a tie vs. No. 2 UCLA.

He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2011 joining former Heisman Trophy winner Terry Baker as the only Beaver players to be enshrined. He was a member of one of the first classes to be inducted into the OSU Sports Hall of Fame in 1991 and added the State of Oregon Sports Hall of Fame honor in 2003. - Jay Reese Sports

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(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks assistant coach Rocky Seto has a new title.  Seto has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach for Defense after serving as the defensive passing game coordinator for the past three seasons.  He's the first Assistant Head Coach for Defense for the Seahawks.  Tom Cable is Assistant Head Coach for Offense.

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(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon and head football coach Mark Helfrich have agreed to a new five-year extension.  The pact runs through January 2020 and is worth at least 17.5-million dollars.  The 41-year-old Helfrich has gone 24-and-4 in two seasons since replacing Chip Kelly.  Helfrich guided to Ducks to a spot in this year's national title game, where they lost to Ohio State.

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(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon may have just landed its replacement for NFL-bound Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.  Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. announced on Twitter that he will play out his final season of eligibility with the Ducks.  Adams Jr. has been the runner-up in each of the past two seasons for the Walter Payton Award, which honors the FCS player of the year.  He is eligible to play immediately next season under the NCAA's graduate student transfer-exception rule.  Oregon opens its 2015 campaign at home on September 5th against Adams' former Eastern Washington team.

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(New York, NY)  --  Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will be playing in the NBA All-Star Game after all.  Lillard has been named to replace Blake Griffin of the L.A. Clippers on the Western Conference roster.  Griffin is about to undergo surgery for a staph infection in his elbow.  Lillard will join fellow Blazer LaMarcus Aldridge for the game, which will be played in New York's Madison Square Garden on February 15th.

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(Houston, TX)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will return home Wednesday night after chalking up a 109-98 win over Houston.  LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard combined last night for 47 points to hold off the Rockets, who made the game close after a third-quarter surge.  The Rockets' James Harden scored 45 points, but Houston shot only 38 percent from the field to the Blazers' 53 percent.  Portland will host the Los Angeles Lakers Wednesday night.

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(Renton, WA)  --  Add safety Kam Chancellor to the list of Seahawks who played through pain during Super Bowl 49.  Chancellor says he suffered a deep bone bruise and a torn MCL in his knee, two days before the game during practice.  Fellow safety Earl Thomas played with a separated shoulder and cornerback Richard Sherman was ailing from damaged ligaments in his elbow.  Sherman says many of his teammates played with pain during the season, and he felt it was important to play in the Super Bowl despite his injury.

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(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon football team's 2015 recruiting class is ranked 17th in the country by, and contains 22 prospects.  The class includes a half-dozen athletes with four-star-or-better ratings who enrolled early, and three of the nation's top four all-purpose running backs.  Two of the higher-profile prospects are six-seven, 290-pound defensive end Canton Kaumatule from Hawaii, and dual-threat quarterback Travis Waller out of Anaheim, California.

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(New York, NY)  --  The thrilling contest between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots is the new ratings champion for Super Bowl games.  NBC Sports says Super Bowl 49 attracted 49-point-two percent of households with a television, good for a 72 share.  The previous record was held by Super Bowl 47, which garnered 48-point-one percent and a 71 share.  That game, between the San Francisco 49ers and Baltimore Ravens, included a power outage that lasted more than a half-hour at the Superdome in New Orleans.

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(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is defending his decision to run a pass play from the one-yard line with about a half-minute remaining in Super Bowl 49.  Carroll says there was no thought in his mind that the Hawks would make a mistake on the play, and he credits Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler with the move he made to make the interception that assured New England its fourth Super Bowl title.  Seattle had a ten-point lead going into the fourth quarter, but ended up on the short end of a 28-24 game.  Carroll says the outcome of the game "hurt uniquely" was "so far off of what should have happened" to the Seahawks.

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(Glendale, AZ)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll is taking the blame for the team's final offensive play of Super Bowl 49.  Carroll says he's responsible for the play in which quarterback Russell Wilson was intercepted at the goal line, which sealed the New England Patriots' 28-24 win.  Most Seahawks fans expected Wilson to hand off at the one to Marshawn Lynch, who earlier scored on a three-yard run.  The Seahawks led the game by ten points at the end of the third quarter, but Tom Brady's Patriots put together two touchdown drives in the fourth period.

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(Renton, WA)  --  Marshawn Lynch is reported to be considering a contract-extension offer from the Seahawks. is reporting that the Seahawks are offering to pay the star running back ten-million dollars next season, which is twice what he was scheduled to be paid.  Lynch's current contract expires at the end of next season, and the new deal would reportedly keep him in Seattle for the remainder of his career.

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(Phoenix, AZ)  --  "Deflategate" notwithstanding, the main focus this weekend is on Super Bowl 49.  The defending world champion Seattle Seahawks are hoping to capture their second straight title, while the New England Patriots are looking to earn their fourth Super Bowl victory.  The game is still rated a virtual tossup.  Kickoff Sunday from Glendale, Arizona is set for 3:30 p.m.

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(New York, NY)  --  Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge will play in the NBA All-Star game for the fourth straight season.  Western Conference coaches have chosen Aldridge as a reserve for the game, which will be played on February 15th at Madison Square Garden in New York.  The Blazers' Damian Lillard, who played in last year's All-Star game, wasn't chosen to go there this year.

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(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Seahawks defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas appear to be healthy as the team prepares for its Super Bowl Sunday showdown with the New England Patriots.  Thomas suffered a separated shoulder in the NFC Championship game against Green Bay, and Sherman suffered a hyperextended elbow. reports all 53 players on the Seahawks' active roster fully participated in yesterday's practice.

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(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are losers of six of their last seven games, after falling last night to Cleveland, 99-94.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 38 points and grabbed eleven rebounds to lead Portland.  Damian Lillard added 14 points and Wesley Matthews scored 11.  The Blazers will visit Atlanta tomorrow night.

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(Phoenix, AZ)  --  Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch always seems to leave them wanting more.  At yesterday's pre-Super Bowl Media Day event in Phoenix, Lynch answered all questions with the same statement: "I'm just here so I won't get fined."  Lynch has been fined tens of thousands of dollars over the past two seasons for failing to comply with NFL policy that requires players to meet with reporters at scheduled times.  Lynch sat at the table yesterday for the allotted four minutes and 30 seconds before the alarm went off on his cell phone and he got up and left.

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(New York, NY)  --  Last night's game between the Portland Trail Blazers and the Brooklyn Nets is being rescheduled due to snow.  A blizzard that's pounding the Northeast forced the game in Brooklyn to be postponed.  The contest will be played on April 6th, when the Blazers were originally slated to have a day off between home games.  Portland's next game is scheduled for tomorrow night in Cleveland.

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(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' LaMarcus Aldridge says he'll postpone surgery on his thumb.  The All-Star forward says he'll continue to play with a torn ligament and will have the surgery after the season ends.  Team officials say the delay could double Aldridge's recovery time, meaning he could miss the beginning of training camp for next season.

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are in their final week of preparation to defend their Super Bowl title against the New England Patriots.  The Hawks arrived yesterday in Phoenix after getting a huge sendoff from 12s at Sea-Tac International Airport.  Thousands of fans lining South 188th Street cheered as team buses traveled to the airport.  Players gave high-fives to fans outside the Delta hangar and posed for pictures with airport employees.

Corvallis, OR ( - Gary Payton II led the way with
21 points and 10 rebounds, as the Oregon State Beavers downed the
USC Trojans, 59-55, in a Pac-12 showdown at Gill Coliseum.

For the Beavers (14-5, 5-2 Pac-12), Jarmal Reid added 14 points,
Olaf Schaftenaar tallied 11 points and Malcolm Duvivier posted nine
points, five rebounds and five assists.

Katin Reinhardt led the Trojans (9-10, 1-6) with 17 points, while
Nikola Jovanovic scored 13 points and Jordan McLaughlin finished
with seven assists.

Eugene, OR ( - Joseph Young led five Ducks in
double-figures with 16 points as Oregon dispatched the UCLA Bruins,
82-64, in Pac-12 Conference action at Matthew Knight Arena.

Dwayne Benjamin came off the bench to net 15 points in 19 minutes
for the Ducks (14-6, 4-3 Pac-12), who have now won two in a row.
Elgin Cook added 11 points, while Ahmaad Rorie and Jalil
Abdul-Bassit scored 10 points apiece.

Norman Powell led UCLA (11-9, 3-4) with 23 points on 7-of-14
shooting from the floor. Bryce Alford and Kevon Looney contributed
15 points apiece, with the latter also accounting for a game-high
eight boards.

Oregon knocked down 75 percent of its field goal tries, including a
6-of-7 clip from beyond the arc in the opening 20 minutes of the
contest. The Bruins went into the intermission trailing, 46-31,
after they were limited to 42.9 percent efficiency from the floor
in the first half.

UCLA failed to mount a comeback after the break as it was held to
39.4 percent shooting from the field. The Ducks hit on 51.7 percent
of their field goal attempts in the second period to extend their lead.

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(Portland, OR)  --  Trail Blazers All-Star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is expected to be out of action for six to eight weeks.  An MRI on Aldridge's left hand showed a tear in a radial collateral ligament.  Aldridge suffered the injury during Portland's win over Sacramento.  He'll need surgery to repair the tear, and won't likely be back on the court until March.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will try to rebound from a disappointing 90-89 loss at home to the Boston Celtics.  Boston won it with a three-pointer by Evan Turner with less than two seconds remaining.  Damian Lillard led Portland with 21 points and seven assists.  The Blazers will host the Washington Wizards tomorrow night.

(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks players aren't saying much about "DeflateGate."  That's the tag for the controversy surrounding under-inflated footballs the NFL says were used by the New England Patriots in their AFC title game win over the Indianapolis Colts.  Most of the Seahawks questioned by reporters about the issue yesterday had little to say about it.  But outspoken cornerback Richard Sherman said whether or not it's true that the Patriots intentionally under-inflated most of the footballs they used during last Sunday's game, he's "not sure anything will come of it."

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will turn their attention to tonight's game against Boston, after losing to the Phoenix Suns, 118-113.  The Blazers, who were without LaMarcus Aldridge because of a hand injury, saw their fourth-quarter rally fall short.  Nicolas Batum led Portland with 27 points and ten rebounds.  The Blazers will host the Celtics tonight at seven. 

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' losing streak is over, after last night's 98-94 victory over Sacramento at the Moda Center.  Damian Lillard scored 22 points to lead the Blazers, who had to play most of the contest without LaMarcus Aldridge.  Aldridge scored ten points before leaving the game with an injured thumb.  Portland will visit Phoenix tomorrow night.

(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says he'll be ready to go for the Super Bowl.  ESPN reports Sherman sprained an elbow during Sunday's NFC Championship game against Green Bay, but he says he'll be ready to play against New England on February 1st.  Safety Earl Thomas sustained a separated shoulder in the first half of Sunday's game, but ESPN is reporting he'll also be ready for Super Sunday.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Oregon men's basketball team is preparing for USC after losing to Washington in Seattle last night, 85-77.  The Ducks led by ten points at halftime, but Washington exploded for 53 points in the second half to earn the win.  Dillon Brooks scored 16 points and Dwayne Benjamin added 15 for Oregon.  The Ducks will host the Trojans Thursday night.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are heading back to the Super Bowl.  The defending world champs overcame a 16-0 deficit to defeat the Green Bay Packers in overtime, 28-22, to win the NFC title.  A 35-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Jermaine Kearse, three minutes and 19 seconds into the extra period, assured the turnover-plagued Seahawks of their second straight trip to the Big Game.  Seattle will meet the AFC champion New England Patriots in Super Bowl 49 on February 1st in Glendale, Arizona.

(Renton, WA)  --  Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is this year's NFL executive-of-the-year award winner.  But Seattle coach Pete Carroll is wondering why the award didn't go to Seahawks General Manager John Schneider.  Carroll and Schneider arrived in Seattle at the same time, and the Seahawks have racked up multiple playoff appearances and a Super Bowl title since then.  Carroll says Schneider should be recognized as one of the NFL's top executives for helping the Seahawks attain their success and contend for a possible second Super Bowl championship this year.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will try to regroup after suffering a rare loss at home to the Los Angeles Clippers, 100-94.  LaMarcus Aldridge led all scorers with 37 points while collecting 12 rebounds.  Chris Kaman and Damian Lillard each had 15 points for Portland.  The Blazers will play at San Antonio tomorrow night.

As expected, Oregon junior quarterback Marcus Mariota, winner of the Heisman Trophy for the 2014 season, is entering the 2015 NFL draft. Mariota announced his decision in a release Wednesday. Mariota's decision to go pro comes two days after the Ducks' 42-20
loss to Ohio State in the national title game. A three-year starter, Mariota led Oregon to a 36-5 record, and set an NCAA record by passing for a touchdown in all 41 career starts. He
became the first player in Pac-12 history to account for 5,000 yards of total offense in a single season, reaching 5,224 on Monday in the title game, and he became the first player in FBS history to finish a season with a plus-50 ratio of touchdowns (58) to turnovers (seven).

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(Undated)  --  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is being defended by fans for his past practice of silence to the media, and among those defenders is golf star Rory McIlroy.  Lynch has been slapped with heavy fines by the NFL for refusing to meet with members of the media as required by the league, and fans are petitioning the NFL to "stop bullying" the star running back.  McIlroy recently tweeted in response to Lynch's pat answer of "I'm thankful" to media questions following the playoff game with Carolina, saying "Love this!  Paid to play not answer questions."  The four-time major winner later tweeted that Lynch "has 50 teammates that can answer q's about the game" and that it's unfair that the "media insist that they want him as it's a bigger story."

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(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says it's "only fitting" that this Sunday's NFC Championship Game at CenturyLink Field will start at 12.  Carroll says the team negotiated with the NFL to move the start time of the game to noon to honor the 12th Man.  The Seahawks will host the Green Bay Packers in a contest to decide who will represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

(Arlington, TX)  --  Ohio State is the first national champion in college football's playoff era.  The Buckeyes beat the Oregon Ducks, 42-20, overcoming four turnovers to win the national title.  Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 37 passes for 333 yards and two touchdowns for the Ducks.  After the game, Mariota said he hasn't made a decision whether to skip his senior year and enter the NFL Draft.

(Seattle, WA)  --  It will be the Seahawks and the Packers for a trip to the Super Bowl.  Green Bay rallied past the Dallas Cowboys yesterday, 26-21, to earn the right to play Seattle for the NFC Championship.  The Seahawks advanced to the conference title game Saturday with a 31-17 win over Carolina.  Kickoff at CenturyLink Field next Sunday is set for 12:05 p.m.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State men's basketball team is riding high, following its 58-56 upset win over sixth-ranked Arizona in Corvallis.  Langston Morris-Walker led the Beavers with 12 points and Gary Payton the Second added ten.  The win snapped a seven-game losing streak for Oregon State against Arizona.  The Beavers will visit Washington Thursday night.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are tied with Golden State for most wins in the NBA this season, after beating the Miami Heat, 99-83.  Portland overcame a slow start and dominated in the second half to improve their record at home to 17-and-3.  LaMarcus Aldridge led the Blazers with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  Portland will host Orlando tomorrow night.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The woman who accused three University of Oregon basketball players of raping her last March is suing the university and men's head coach Dana Altman in federal court.  Lane County prosecutors declined to charge the accused, Brandon Austin, Damyan Dotson, and Dominic Artis, citing lack of evidence.  The three have since been kicked out of school.  The lawsuit claims Austin was the ringleader of the sexual assault, and says the University of Oregon was lax in its investigation of allegations that Austin had been investigated for a sex crime at Providence College in Rhode Island.  The suit claims the school and coach violated Title Nine, which is supposed to guarantee a safe learning environment for all students.

(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says veteran center Max Unger should be ready to go for Saturday's divisional playoff game with Carolina.  Unger has been sidelined the last six games with ankle and knee injuries.  He participated in practice during the Seahawks' bye week, and says he has a good chance to play Saturday.

(New York, NY)  --  Former Seattle Mariners pitcher Randy Johnson will be inducted later this year into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  The "Big Unit" was a near-unanimous choice of the Baseball Writers' Association of America in his first appearance on the ballot.  Johnson pitched for seven teams during his major-league career, but spent the most time with the Mariners, pitching for Seattle from 1989 to 1998.

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are eleven-point favorites in this Saturday's NFC divisional playoff game with the Carolina Panthers.  The top-seeded Seahawks will be coming off a bye week, while the Panthers advanced to the divisional matchup with a 27-16 victory over the Arizona Cardinals.  Kickoff Saturday at CenturyLink Field is set for 5:15 p.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are back on the winning track after defeating the Los Angeles Lakers, 98-94.  The Blazers held off the Kobe Bryant-less Lakers as L.A.'s leading scorer sat out the contest to rest.  Damian Lillard led Portland with 39 points and five assists.  The Blazers will host Miami Thursday night.

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks will now focus their preparations on the Carolina Panthers.  The two teams will play in an NFC Divisional playoff game this Saturday at CenturyLink Field, after the Panthers defeated the Arizona Cardinals over the weekend in their Wild Card matchup.  The Hawks beat Carolina in Week Eight of the regular season, 13-9, in Charlotte.  Kickoff Saturday is set for 5:15 p.m.

(Portland, OR)  --  Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant will be sitting out tonight's game in Portland against the Trail Blazers.  Lakers coach Byron Scott says Bryant will use the time off to rest in the middle of the team's schedule of three games in four nights.  Bryant has suffered a torn Achilles and broken tibial bone in his left knee over the last two seasons.  Tonight's tipoff at the Moda Center is set for seven o'clock.

(Pasadena, CA)  --  The battle of the last two Heisman Trophy winners was overshadowed by mistakes as Oregon rolled Florida State, 59-20, in the 101st edition of the Rose Bowl. The Ducks advanced to the National Championship Game by forcing FSU into five turnovers, four of which were lost fumbles.  Marcus Mariota threw for 338 yards, ran for 62 and compiled three total touchdowns. Thomas Tyner ran for another two TDs with an additional 124 yards on the ground. Darren Carrington was Mariota's main target hauling in seven receptions for 165 yards and hitting pay dirt twice.

The Seminoles only trailed by five at halftime and then 25-20 midway through the third quarter before allowing the final 34 points.  Jameis Winston threw for 348 yards, one TD, one pick and lost a fumble that was returned for a score. Florida State took their first loss since November 2012, a stretch of 29 games.  The Ducks are 13-and-1 and will face Ohio State on January 12th.

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(Renton, WA)  --  After working on days when many fans are off, the Seattle Seahawks are enjoying a long weekend.  The Hawks have a first-round bye in the NFC Playoffs, but they held practice on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day before taking a three-day break.  On January 10th, Seattle will play the lowest-seeded survivor of either tomorrow's Arizona-Carolina game or Sunday's contest between Dallas and Detroit.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers are back at it tonight.  The Philadelphia 76ers are coming to Portland for a 7 o'clock game tonight at the Moda Center.  After a short holiday break, the Trail Blazers will look to add to their big lead in the Northwest Division.  As for the 76ers, they've won only four games all year.

(Renton, WA)  --  Linebacker K.J. Wright will be a Seattle Seahawk for four more years.  The team has signed Wright to a contract extension that reportedly will pay him 27-million dollars.  Wright, who was a first-round draft pick out of Mississippi State in 2011, is leading the Hawks this season with 95 combined tackles.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are on a three-game winning streak, following last night's 104-97 victory over Milwaukee at the Moda Center.  Damian Lillard had 29 points and seven assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge scored 23 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.  Thomas Robinson added 15 points and 15 boards.  The Blazers will visit the San Antonio Spurs tomorrow night. 

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(New York, NY)  --  Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is the 2014 Heisman Trophy winner.  Mariota has thrown for 3,783 yards, 38 touchdowns and only two interceptions for the second-ranked Ducks this season.  The junior has also rushed for 669 yards and 14 TDs.  He is the first Oregon player to ever win the award.  Mariota and the 12-and-1 Ducks will face last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston and third-ranked Florida State as part of the first-ever College Football Playoff on January 1st.

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge collected 19 points and 14 rebounds as the Trail Blazers turned back the Pacers 95-85 in Indiana.  Damian Lillard added 18 points for Portland, which put the brakes on a two-game skid.  C.J. Watson led all scorers with 23 points for Indiana, which has dropped eight in-row.  Rodney Stuckey finished with 14 points and 14 boards in the setback.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Wisconsin head football coach Gary Andersen will be the next head coach at Oregon State.  Andersen is set to be officially introduced tomorrow as the man who will lead the Beavers.  He'll replace longtime OSU coach Mike Riley, who's headed to Nebraska.  Andersen led Wisconsin to a 19-7 record over the past two seasons.

(Minneapolis, MN)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' winning streak is over, following a 90-82 road loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves.  The Blazers rallied in the fourth quarter, but it wasn't enough to overcome a sluggish start to the game.  Damian Lillard led Portland with 23 points and five assists.  The Blazers will continue their road trip tomorrow night in Chicago.

(Detroit, MI)  --  The Trail Blazers are riding a five-game winning streak after beating the Pistons in Detroit last night.  Portland got 23 points and 11 rebounds from LaMarcus Aldridge to beat the Pistons, 98-to-86.  The win now gives the Trail Blazers an amazing record of 17-and-4. 

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is losing more than just a head football coach to Nebraska.  OSU associate athletic director for football operations Dan Van De Riet will be following coach Mike Riley to the Big 12 Conference school.  Van De Riet had spent the last 14 seasons in Corvallis. 

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