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Seahawks Sign Wright To Four-year Extension


(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.

Oregon QB Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy


(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.

Trail Blazers Turn Back Pacers


(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.
 

Andersen Hired As OSU Head Coach


(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.

Blazers' Rally Falls Short


(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.

Trail Blazers Make It 5 Wins In A Row


(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. 

Oregon State Associate AD Also Heading To Nebraska


(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. 

Mariota Is Heisman Finalist, Wins Unitas Award


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota is officially a Heisman Trophy finalist.  The junior has been one of the front-runners all season for the prestigious award for college football's best player.  Mariota also became the school's first Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award winner earlier yesterday.  He leads the Ducks into the Rose Bowl against Florida State on New Year's Day with a chance to play in the  national championship game on the line.

Eastern Washington Coach Rumored For OSU Slot


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Eastern Washington football coach Beau Baldwin is a top candidate to replace Mike Riley at Oregon State.  The "Oregonian" reports OSU has Baldwin high on its list to take over for Riley after his departure for Nebraska.  Baldwin has directed Eastern Washington into this weekend's Football Championship Subdivision semifinals and led the Eagles to the 2010 FCS national championship.

Blazers Win 4th In A Row


(New York, NY)  --  The Trail Blazers are now on a four-game winning streak.  Portland made it four in a row last night at Madison Square Garden in New York with a 103-to-99 win over the Knicks.  LaMarcus Aldridge led the way with 24 points and eleven rebounds for the Blazers.  Portland blew a ten-point lead in the fourth quarter but clawed back for the four-point win.

Seahawks Make Statement In Philadelphia


(Philadelphia, PA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are making a statement that they're not going to give up their Super Bowl trophy easily.  Seattle fired a warning shot to the rest of the NFL yesterday with a 24-to-14 win at Philadelphia. The Seahawks held the high-powered Eagles offense to just 139 total yards.  Seattle improved to 9-and-4 on the season, just a game behind the Arizona Cardinals in the NFC West.

OSU Coach Riley Headed To Nebraska


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley will be the next coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers.  Riley coached at OSU for 14 seasons, where he compiled a 93-and-80 record and a 6-and-2 record in bowl games.  The Huskers were in the market for a new coach, following the firing of Bo Pellini.  Nebraska will reportedly pay Riley's 500-thousand-dollar buyout.

Blazers Top Pacers, 88-82


(Portland, OR)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge says it was a win, even though it was ugly.  The Portland Trail Blazers held off the Indiana Pacers last night, 88-82, with Aldridge scoring 18 points and collecting 13 rebounds.  Damian Lillard led all scorers with 23 points and Nicolas Batum added 13.  The Blazers will visit the New York Knicks Sunday night.

Mariners Finalize Deal With Cruz


(Seattle, WA)  --  The contract between free-agent slugger Nelson Cruz and the Seattle Mariners is official.  The team has confirmed the four-year deal, reportedly worth 58-million dollars.  The Mariners tried to sign Cruz last year, but he opted instead to sign with Baltimore.  He slammed 40 home runs and drove in 108 runs last season for the Orioles.

Mariners OF Saunders Traded To Blue Jays


(Seattle, WA)  --  Seattle Mariners outfielder Michael Saunders is headed to Toronto.  The Mariners have traded Saunders to the Blue Jays for veteran left-handed pitcher J.A. Happ.  In six major-league seasons with Seattle, Saunders batted .231 with a .301 on-base percentage and a .384 slugging percentage.  Last season, Happ had an 11-and-11 record with Toronto, with an ERA of 4.22.

Blazers Top Nuggets For Second Straight Win


(Denver, CO)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are on a two-game winning streak, after outscoring the Nuggets in Denver, 105-103.  LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 39 points and eleven rebounds.  Damian Lillard added 17 points and Wesley Matthews tallied 15 for the Blazers, who improved to 14-and-4 on the season.  Portland will host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.  
 

Mariners Confirm Seager's Contract Extension


(Seattle, WA)  --  Kyle Seager's contract extension with the Seattle Mariners is officially a done deal.  The team says the All-Star third baseman will be signed with the Mariners through 2021, with an option for 2022.  The club has not confirmed the reported 100-million figure.  Seager led Seattle last season with 25 home runs and 96 RBI, and a batting average of .268, which was second only to Robinson Cano's .314.
 

Report: Seahawks' Lynch Might Retire


The NFL Network is reporting that Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch might retire after the 2014 season.  The network's Ian Rappaort quotes "sources with direct knowledge of Lynch's thinking" that the 28-year-old is considering leaving football on his own terms.  Rappaport says while Lynch has missed only one game in the past four years, health may be a concern as he's suffered back pain throughout.  Lynch is third in the NFL in rushing so far this season with 956 yards, with nine touchdowns on the ground and three receiving.

Mariners Sign Cruz For $57 Million


(Seattle, WA)  --  Multiple outlets are reporting that the Seattle Mariners and free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz have come to terms on a four-year, 57-million-dollar deal.  Cruz, who's 34-years-old, led the major leagues with 40 home runs and finished third in the American League with 108 RBI last season with the Baltimore Orioles.  Cruz rejected a qualifying offer by Baltimore of 15-point-three-million dollars per year, meaning the Orioles will receive draft-pick compensation.

Oregon rolls past Oregon State in Civil War


Corvallis, OR (SportsNetwork.com) - The 118th installment of the
Civil War wasn't even close as Marcus Mariota led No. 3 Oregon to a
47-19 rout of Oregon State on Saturday.

Mariota polished off the regular season and his potential Heisman
Trophy campaign with six total touchdowns in helping the Ducks
(11-1, 8-1 Pac-12) down their in-state rival for the seventh
consecutive time.

He threw for 367 yards and four touchdowns, while also rushing for
39 yards and two scores.

"It was the week of preparation," Mariota said of the offensive
success. "The coaches did an awesome job of preparing us for every
look that they were going to give us."

Oregon now sets its sights on a meeting with Arizona in the Pac-12
championship on Friday night. The Wildcats handed the Ducks their
lone loss of the season, a 31-24 setback in Eugene on Oct. 2.
Oregon has won seven consecutive games since.

Seahawks Shut Down 49ers, 19-3


(Santa Clara, CA) -- The Seattle Seahawks are poised for a run at the NFC West title, after last night's 19-3 win over the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks defense held San Francisco to only 164 total yards, and Richard Sherman intercepted two Colin Kaepernick passes. Russell Wilson passed for 236 yards and a touchdown, and Marshawn Lynch rushed for 104 yards. Seattle will visit Philadelphia on December 7th to play the Eagles.

UO, OSU Set For Civil War Battle


(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are hoping to solidify their position among the top four college football teams in the country, when they play in the annual Civil War tomorrow night against Oregon State.  The Ducks have ten wins this year against one loss, and the Beavers will try to earn their sixth victory of the season and become bowl-eligible.  The Ducks have won six straight in the series, including last year's one-point victory in Eugene.  Kickoff tomorrow in Corvallis is set for five p.m.

Seahawks, 49ers Meet Tonight


(Santa Clara, CA)  --  Tonight's Seahawks-49ers game is considered the nightcap to a football-filled Thanksgiving.  What some are calling the NFL's biggest rivalry will be renewed at the 49ers' new facility, Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara.  The last contest between the two teams happened last January in the NFC Championship Game, which Seattle won, 23-17.  Kickoff for tonight's game is set for 5:30.

Blazers Top Hornets, 105-97


(Charlotte, NC)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' winning streak is now at nine, thanks to a 105-97 road win over the Charlotte Hornets.  The Blazers overcame an eleven-point halftime deficit to take control in the second half.  Wesley Matthews scored 28 points and Damian Lillard added 22.  Portland will be back home to host the Memphis Grizzlies tomorrow night.

Seahawks-49ers Rated Tossup


(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks' Thanksgiving night game with San Francisco is rated a tossup in Las Vegas.  The Seahawks gained ground on the Arizona Cardinals with last Sunday's 19-3 win at CenturyLink Field, and hope to build on that momentum when they visit the 49ers tomorrow night.  Both Seattle and San Francisco are seven-and-four heading into the contest.  Kickoff tomorrow is set for 5:30 p.m.
 

Ducks Still Second In Playoff Rankings


(Undated)  --  For the third straight week, Oregon is second in the College Football Playoff rankings.  The top four teams are the same as last week, with Alabama in front, followed by Oregon, Florida State, and Mississippi State.  The Ducks will play at Oregon State this Saturday. Pre-game at 3:00 p.m., kick-off at 5 o'clock here on KBND. Oregon will play for the PAC-12 Championship the following Saturday.  Oregon's opponent in that game will be either UCLA, Arizona, or Arizona State.
 

Blazers Hold Off 76ers, 114-104


(Philadelphia, PA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are riding an eight-game winning streak, after last night's 114-104 victory in Philadelphia.  LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 33 points and eleven rebounds.  Wesley Matthews added 17 points and Damian Lillard scored 16.  The Blazers will visit the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night.

Seahawks Prep For 49ers


(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks defense now leads the NFL in the category of yards allowed.  The Hawks will need to rely on that defense Thanksgiving night, when they take on Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers.  Head coach Pete  Carroll says Seattle came out injury-free from the win Sunday over the Arizona Cardinals, except for a sprained ankle suffered by tight end Cooper Helfet.  Kickoff Thursday in Santa Clara is set for 5:30 p.m.

Broadcast Schedule


24-Nov-14    Monday    Blazers at Philadelphia    4:00 PM
 
26-Nov-14    Wednesday    Blazers at Charlotte    4:00 PM

28-Nov-14    Friday    Blazers vs Memphis    7:00 PM
29-Nov-14    Saturday    Oregon at Oregon State    3:00 PM
30-Nov-14    Sunday    Ducks MBB vs Portland State    4:30 PM

Portland defeats Boston 94-88


LaMarcus Aldridge scored 20 points and pulled down 14 rebounds as Portland defeated the Celtics, in Boston, 94-88 on Sunday.

 

The Trail Blazers were behind at the half but got hot from the field later in the game and finally erased a Boston lead that persisted through the entire first half.

 

Portland got great contributions from its bench, led by veterans Chris Kaman and Steve Blake.  Kaman scored 16 points and grabbed eight boards in 17 minutes, and Blake chipped in 11 on 5-of-8 shooting from the floor.

 

The Blazers road trip continues in Philadelphia today.  Tip-off at 4:00 p.m.

Lynch To Appeal Fines


(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks star running back Marshawn Lynch plans to appeal the 100-thousand dollars in fines imposed on him by the NFL.  Lynch's agent, Doug Hendrickson, told NBC's Mike Florio that Lynch was sore following the Kansas City loss last Sunday, and elected to quickly change and walk to the team bus to lie down rather than stay and speak with reporters.  The NFL slapped Lynch with the fines Wednesday, saying he violated the league's media policy.  Half the 100-grand was assessed for Sunday's violation, and the other half is a holdover from last season.

Lynch Fined $100K For Violating NFL Media Policy


(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is having to pay 100-thousand dollars in fines for violating the NFL's policy regarding media access.  The amount includes 50-thousand dollars for walking out on reporters who wished to speak to Lynch following last Sunday's game in Kansas City, and the 50-thousand dollar fine that was imposed on him in 2013 but held in abeyance in anticipation of his future cooperation.  The league's policy requires players to be available to the media during the practice week at the team facility and in the locker room following all games.  Lynch has indicated he'll appeal the fines.

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