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(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers have a playoff berth in the bag, following last night's 109-86 win over the Phoenix Suns.  Damian Lillard led Portland with 19 points and seven assists.  LaMarcus Aldridge added 17 points and collected seven rebounds.  The Blazers will host the Los Angeles Clippers tomorrow night.

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Seattle Mariners left-handed pitcher Roenis Elias is being optioned to Triple-A Tacoma.  The "Seattle Times" reports Elias, who had a solid rookie season last year, lost a battle for the final spot in the 2015 starting rotation with Taijuan [[ TIE-wahn ]] Walker.  Elias started five games during the pre-season, going oh-and-two with a six-point-75 ERA.

(Salt Lake City, UT)  --  The losing streak is over for the Portland Trail Blazers.  Damian Lillard had a solid fourth quarter as the Blazers battled from a ten-point deficit to beat Utah, 92-89.  Lillard finished with 23 points and 12 assists, while LaMarcus Aldridge added 19 points and nine rebounds.  Portland will visit the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks will be getting additional picks in this year's NFL Draft.  The league has awarded four extra draft choices to the Seahawks as compensation for the losses of Golden Tate, Clinton McDonald, Breno Giacomini [[ BRENN-oh JAH-co-MEE-nee ]], and Brandon Browner to free agency in 2014.  That means Seattle will have a total of eleven picks in the 2015 Draft.  The Hawks will receive one additional pick each in the fourth and fifth rounds, and two extra picks in the sixth round.

(Omaha, NE)  --  The Oregon Ducks are headed home for the season after falling to top-seed Wisconsin in the NCAA Tournament, 72-65.  It was the second straight year the Ducks lost to the Badgers in a Round of 32 game.  Oregon's Joseph Young led all scorers with 30 points.  The Ducks, who defeated Oklahoma State in their first-round game, finished the season with a 26-and-10 record.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State women's basketball team is done for the season after being upset by Gonzaga, 76-64.  The third-seeded Beavers staged a late rally in the second half, but fell short to the eleventh-seeded Bulldogs.  Jamie Weisner was Oregon State's leading scorer with 24 points.  The Beavers, who defeated South Dakota State to open the tournament, finished their season with a 27-and-5 record.

Omaha, NE ( - Joseph Young scored a game-high 27 
points to lead Oregon in a 79-73 victory over Oklahoma State in the 
second round of the NCAA Tournament West Region. 

Elgin Cook scored 18 points with five rebounds and Dillon Brooks 
added 17 points for the eighth-seeded Ducks (26-9), who had won 
seven straight before losing to Arizona in the Pac-12 Tournament 
final to garner at at-large nod in the NCAA Tournament. 

Oregon moves on to take on the winner of the Wisconsin/Coastal 
Carolina matchup in Sunday's third round. 

Le'Bryan Nash scored 18 points with seven rebounds and Anthony 
Hickey gave 17 points for the ninth-seeded Cowboys (18-14), who 
gained a tournament nod despite losing six of their final seven 
games, including a loss to Oklahoma in their only game of the Big 
12 Tournament. 

(Portland, OR)  --  Attendance at the Moda Center for the NCAA Tournament figures to be at the lowest level since the event returned to Portland in 2009.  Yesterday's early session included Arizona defeating Texas Southern and Ohio State beating Virginia Commonwealth.  In the late session, Utah defeated Stephen F. Austin and Georgetown won over Eastern Washington.  Officials say the two sessions drew a total of 27-thousand-895 fans.

(Miami, FL)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are having a tough road trip.  Rip City fell victim to a second-half surge by Miami last night in a 108-104 loss to the Heat.  LaMarcus Aldridge had a good night, however, scoring 34 points and collecting 12 rebounds.  The Blazers hope to snap their two-game losing skid when they visit Orlando tomorrow evening.

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are denying a report that defensive end Michael Bennett is seeking to be traded.  A Fort Worth newspaper reported yesterday that Bennett was trying to force the Seahawks to trade him to Atlanta, and that Bennett was asking for a raise after signing a 32-million-dollar deal with Seattle a year ago. reports the Seahawks are denying knowledge of a trade request from Bennett.

(Washington, DC)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers' winning streak is over, following last night's 105-97 loss to the Washington Wizards.  The Blazers fought to erase a 25-point deficit, making it a three-point game late in the fourth quarter, but Washington held on.  LaMarcus Aldridge led Portland with 24 points and 12 rebounds.  The Blazers' next stop is in Miami to play the Heat tomorrow night.

Seven PAC-12 Men's Basketball teams are headed to the post-season of March Madness
Arizona, Oregon, UCLA and Utah earned bids to the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, while Arizona State and Stanford received bids to participate in the N.I.T; the National Invitation Tournament.   Colorado will participate in the College Basketball Invitational.
The Oregon Ducks (25-9) are the no. 8 seed in the West Region of the big dance where they will meet no. 9 Oklahoma State Friday in Omaha, Nebraska. The Cowboys are 18-and-13. Tipoff is set for 3:50pm.  Later today, the Oregon State Women's team will hear their fate as to where the PAC-12 regular season champions will be selected in the Women's National Tournament.

(Toronto, ON)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are winners of three games in a row, after they defeated the Toronto Raptors, 113-97.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points and grabbed ten rebounds, while Damian Lillard added 23 points for Portland.  It was the 12th victory for the Blazers in their last 13 games versus Toronto.  Portland will visit the Washington Wizards this evening.

The Mountain View Cougars bid to get to the 5A Boy's title game came up short in Corvallis yesterday, as Silverton defeated the Cougs in the semifinals, 59-51.

Silverton will meet Wilsonville for the championship, meanwhile Mt. View battles Marist of Eugene for the 3rd place trophy at Gill Coliseum with tipoff at 315pm.

Meantime…in Hillsboro at the Boy's 4A tournament, the Madras White Buffalo lost their quarterfinal game falling to Philomath, 41-30.

Madras meets North Valley of Grants Pass this morning at 1045am in the consolation semis elimination game.

It's down to the top-4 seeds and PAC-12 regular season finishers in Las Vegas today at the PAC-12 tournament at the M-G-M Grand garden arena.
The Oregon Ducks will take on Utah tonight at 8:30 p.m. here on KBND in the league tournament semifinals.
5th ranked Arizona will square off with UCLA at 6:00 p.m.
Oregon ran past Colorado last night 93-85 as PAC-12 player of the year, senior guard Joe Young led all scorers with 30 points.
All five Duck starters scored in double-figures.
The Ducks are 24-8 and Utah 24-7…and beat Utah just three weeks ago in Eugene in the only meeting of the year between the two programs, 69-58.
Pre-game tonight here on KBND at 8:30 p.m.   
The PAC-12 title game is set for Saturday night.

The Portland Trailblazers host the Detroit Pistons this evening at the Moda Center with tip-time set for 7:00 p.m.
The Blazers have the 3rd best record in the West by one half-game over Houston.
Portland, 42-20, will begin a 5-game road trip starting in Toronto sunday night.

The Mountain View Cougars boy's basketball team is one win away from reaching the class 5-a state title game as  the Cougars face Silverton in the semi-finals today at 1:30pm in Corvallis.

A win by Mountain View puts them in the championship game tomorrow night against the winner of Marist versus Wilsonville.

You can follow the cougars game online at OSAA dot-org.

Meantime, the Summit Storm were eliminated from the tournament at Gill Coliseum by losing yesterday in the consolation round to Springfield, 58-53.

In the 4A tournament, the Madras boys meet Philomath this evening at 8:15pm in Hillsboro at Century high school. A White Buffalo win advances Madras to the final-4 tomorrow night.

In Las Vegas, 4 PAC-12 teams have been eliminated including the Oregon State Beavers who lost to Colorado, 78-71. The Beavers end their season with an overall record of 8 and 11.

Cal, Stanford, and USC all advance to today's quarterfinals.

The Oregon ducks meet Colorado tonight here on KBND with tip-off set for 6pm. We have the pregame show for you coming your way at 530p.

If Oregon wins, they play in the semifinals Friday.

The top-ranked Mt. View Cougars Boy's Basketball team is one step closer to playing for the Class 5-A title after yesterday's 58-50 quarterfinal win over Pendleton at the State Tournament.
The Cougars advance to the Final-4 where they will face Silverton Thursday afternoon at 1:00.

There is no radio coverage, but you can watch a 'pay-per-view' video broadcast online at

The 5-A title game is set for Friday night.

Meantime, the Summit Storm took a left turn in the bracket losing its opening game, 45-41, to Marist of Eugene.

(Renton, WA)  --  A Saint is now a Seahawk.  New Orleans Saints tight end Jimmy Graham has been traded to Seattle for center Max Unger and the Seahawks' first pick in this year's draft.  The Seahawks will also receive the Saints' fourth-round pick as part of the deal.  Graham caught 85 passes for 889 yards and ten touchdowns last season for New Orleans.

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are looking to shore up their defensive backfield, and have signed free-agent cornerback Will Blackmon.  Blackmon, who was with Seattle during the 2013 offseason, played for Jacksonville for the past two seasons.  The Seahawks have also extended the contracts of linebacker Mike Morgan and tight end Anthony McCoy.

(Renton, WA)  --  It appears the Seattle Seahawks are going to lose cornerback Byron Maxwell to free agency.  Maxwell, who's been considered the top cornerback on the free-agent market, has told ESPN he plans to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.  The Seahawks were reportedly unable to match the offer the Eagles submitted to Maxwell.  The move, if it goes through, won't become official until Tuesday, when the NFL free-agency period starts.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers have mixed feelings after last night's 94-75 win over Dallas.  The victory was the fifth straight for Portland, but guard Wesley Matthews is out for the season after rupturing an Achilles tendon.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 17 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, and Nicolas Batum had 15 points and 12 boards.  The Blazers will visit Minnesota tomorrow night.

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Blazers capped a vicious rally to beat the Clippers in overtime 98-93 at the STAPLES Center.  The Clippers were up by 10 with less than three minutes left, but Portland went on a 12-2 run to tie it up.  Nicolas Batum sealed the game with a three-point dagger to put the Blazers up by five with 21 seconds left in OT.  Batum had 20 and LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and nine rebounds.  DeAndre Jordan had a chance to secure the win on a put back, but mistook the shot clock buzzer for the game buzzer and just held the ball as Chris Paul berated him to shoot.  Paul finished with 36 points and 12 assists and J.J. Redick added 26 for the Clips.

Corvallis, OR ( - Joseph Young scored 15 points,
pulled down six rebounds and handed out six assists as the Oregon
Ducks squeezed by the Oregon State Beavers, 65-62, in Pac-12
Conference action at Gill Coliseum.

The top scorer for the Ducks (23-8, 13-5 Pac-12) was Elgin Cook who
tallied 17 points on 7-of-12 shooting from the floor, followed by
Dwayne Benjamin and Jalil Abdul-Bassit with 12 points apiece as the
team closed out the regular season on a five-game win streak and
victories in nine of the last 10 decisions.

The Beavers (17-13, 8-10) were led by Malcolm Duvivier who tallied
18 points off the bench, while Jarmal Reid dropped in 16 points.
Gary Payton II, who had just the second triple-double in program
history against Grambling earlier this season, came within a single
assist of repeating the feat as he delivered 13 points and 10
rebounds, not to mention six steals, all without suffering a single
turnover. Olaf Schaftenaar pitched in with 11 points.

The Ducks came out firing in the first half, streaking out to an
8-0 advantage less than two minutes in, but after 20 minutes of
action the contest was knotted at 32-32. Oregon State led by as
many as nine with just over five minutes  remaining in the half but
could not hold down the lead at intermission.

The Ducks owned a 63-58 advantage with just over 13 seconds to
play, but Schaftenaar knocked down a triple from the right side to
cut the difference to only two.

Abdul-Bassit then connected on a pair of free throws moments later
to give Oregon some breathing room, en route to the three-point win.

In a game that featured six ties and eight lead changes, Oregon
outscored the hosts at the free-throw line, 19-8.

This was the 344th meeting of the Civil War, an NCAA record.

(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.

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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Metro Networks Inc.

03-01-2015 19:25:06

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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Metro Networks Inc.

03-01-2015 21:15:01

(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.

(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.

(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."

(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.

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.

(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.  

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.

( - 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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

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.

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.

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

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

(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.

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