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(Houston, TX)  --  Damian Lillard scored a game-high 34 points, but it was not enough for the Trail Blazers, who lost 111-104 to the Rockets in Houston.  C.J. McCollum contributed 22 points in defeat.  The Blazers had their two-game winning streak snapped.



(Undated)  --  Tonight:  Oregon will be back on the court when the Ducks host San Diego and Portland State will be at BYU in a West Coast Conference game.  Saturday:  6-and-2 Oregon State will play Texas A&M in Portland at Moda Center in the Dam City Classic and Portland will host Grambling State at Chiles Center.



(Memphis, TN)  --  The Blazers are back in action tonight facing the Grizzlies in Memphis.  The Grizzlies are 8-and-4 at home.  Memphis is holding opponents to 102.8 points per game.  The Blazers lost 114-104 last night in Houston.  The Portland bench was outscored 37-to-13 in the defeat.  The Blazers have dropped seven of their last nine away games.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks will try to extend their winning streak to five straight on Sunday when they go to San Francisco.  Seattle is coming off a 21-7 home victory over the Vikings on Monday night.  The Seahawks are 8-and-5 and appear poised to make the playoffs as a Wild Card.  The 49ers are 3-and-10 after beating Denver 20-14 last Sunday.



(Washington County, OR)  --  A former Oregon Ducks player is back in jail.  This time Colt Lyerla is facing a heroin possession charge.  He was previously arrested in 2013 for cocaine possession and in 2017 for using counterfeit money.  He escaped from a work release center while serving his sentence.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Mariners manager Scott Servais said the team is going a different direction next season at the baseball winter meetings in Vegas.   After winning 89 games last year, Seattle won't have Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, Jean Segura, James Paxton and Edwin Diaz next season.  General manager Jerry Dipoto has dealt nine key players in six trades this off-season for prospects and younger players.  Felix Hernandez and Kyle Seager are the only remaining players from the team Servais took over in 2016.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks scored 18 points in the fourth quarter to break open a 3-0 game and beat the Vikings 21-7 on Monday Night Football in Seattle.  Chris Carson had a two-yard touchdown run and Justin Coleman returned a fumble 29 yards for a score as Seattle won its fourth straight to move to 8-and-5.  Minnesota has lost three-of-four to fall to 6-6-and-1.



(Undated)  --  The Ducks will be back in action tomorrow night when they host San Diego.  Oregon is 5-and-3 and coming off a 84-61 win over Nebraska Omaha.  After falling 65-61 on the road to Saint Louis on Sunday, 6-and-2 Oregon State will be back at home against Texas A&M on Saturday.  Portland will host Grambling State on Saturday.  Portland State will visit BYU tomorrow night.



(Houston, TX)  --  The Trail Blazers visit the Rockets tonight in Houston.  Portland is coming off a 113-105 win at home over Minnesota on Saturday.  The Blazers have won two-straight games and are hoping to build their streak.  Houston has lost three straight.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners have claimed former Angels first-round pick Kaleb Cowart off waivers.  Seattle plans to use Cowart as a two-way player in spring training akin to that of Angels' two-way player Shohei Ohtani.  Cowart can play across the infield along with the outfield and hasn't pitched in the minors or majors.  He was a top pitching prospect in high school in Georgia.
 



(Houston, TX)  --  The Trail Blazers will be back in action tomorrow night when they visit the Rockets in Houston.  The Trail Blazers picked up a 113-105 win at home over the Timberwolves on Saturday.  Portland has won two straight and is 15-and-11. 



(Atlanta, GA)  --  The Timbers will not be bringing home the MLS Cup to Portland.  They fell 2-0 to Atlanta United on Saturday.  Atlanta won the cup in just its second year in the MLS.



(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ethan Thompson scored 22 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for Oregon State in a 65-61 loss on the road against Saint Louis.  The Beavers had a three-game winning streak snapped and fell to 6-and-2.  They will host Texas A&M on Saturday.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks will host the Vikings on Monday night football tonight.  The Seahawks have three-straight games and are in the driver's seat in the Wild Card mix at 7-and-5.  They are coming off a 43-16 win over the 49ers.  The Vikings are trying to make a playoff push as well at 6-5-and-1. 



(Undated)  --  Portland will return to the floor when they host Grambling State on Saturday.  The Pilots are 6-and-5.  Portland State will be back in action when they visit BYU on Wednesday night.  The Vikings are 5-and-3 and looking for their first road win.



(Undated)  --  Jeff Kingston resigned as assistant general manager of the Mariners to take the same position with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday.  Kingston had been with the club since 2009, and was promoted to vice president and assistant GM in 2015.  Justin Hollander will fill his role for Seattle.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will attempt to take down Atlanta United FC and bring another MLS Cup to Portland.  The two sides meet tomorrow in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium  The Timbers and Atlanta played to a 1-1 tie on June 24th in Georgia for their only meeting in the regular season. The Timbers advanced to the finals by beating Sporting KC, Seattle and Dallas in the postseason. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard scored 25 points and Jake Layman contributed a career-high 24 points as the Trail Blazers crushed the Suns 108-86 at the Moda Center.  Portland snapped a three-game skid and had lost six of its previous seven.  The Blazers played without starting guard CJ McCollum, who has a sprained left ankle.  The Blazers are home again tomorrow night against Minnesota.



(Undated)  --  In area college basketball,  Tomorrow: the Oregon Ducks will attempt to end a two-game slide when they play UN-Omaha in Eugene and the Portland Pilots will host Sacramento State.  Sunday:  The 6-and-1 Oregon State Beavers return to action at Saint Louis against the 6-and-2 Billikens.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks linebacker was named the team's nominee for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award.  The prestigious award recognizes a player's charitable actions within the community and on-field success.  Wright is one of 32 nominees from across the league and the winner will be announced during 'NFL Honors' the night before Super Bowl 53.
 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are getting ready to face the Vikings on Monday night football.  Starting left tackle Duane Brown was a new face on the injury report as he didn't practice as he suffers from an ankle injury.  Linebacker K.J. Wright and defensive end Dion Jordan didn't participate either. The Seahawks are 7-and-5 and in the driver's seat in the Wild Card race.  The Vikings are 6-5-and-1 and also in the mix for the Wild Card while just two games back of the Chicago Bears in the NFC North.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle NHL expansion franchise will have a name by June, according to the Puget Sound Business Journal.  Seattle was awarded the league's 32nd franchise after a unanimous vote from the Board of Governors on Tuesday.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The NCAA put Oregon's athletic department on probation for two years.  They announced several infractions by men's basketball coach Dana Altman, multiple-infractions involving women's basketball and coach Kelly Graves, plus academic misconduct with a track athlete having a grade change.  The university released a statement disagreeing with the conclusions and may appeal.  Graves must serve a two-game suspension during the season.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will attempt to take down Atlanta United FC and bring another MLS Cup to Portland.  The two sides meet Saturday in Atlanta at Mercedes-Benz Stadium  The Timbers and Atlanta played to a 1-1 tie on June 24 in Georgia for their only meeting in the regular season. The Timbers advanced to the finals by beating Sporting KC, Seattle and Dallas in the postseason. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The slumping Trail Blazers will host the Phoenix Suns tonight at Moda Center.  While Portland has lost eight of its last 11, the Suns are 4-and-20, the worst record in the NBA.  The Suns will likely be without leading scorer Devin Booker, who has a hamstring strain.  The Blazers are 8-and-4 at home this season.


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