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(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers continue training camp today as they gear up for the 2015-16 NBA season.  The team returns a lone starter, guard Damian Lillard, from last season's Northwest Division champions.  The preseason begins Monday when the Blazers face the Kings.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Former Blazers guard Damon Stoudamire and ex-Oregon football coach Mike Bellotti highlight the 2015 class of the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame.  The rest of the class includes winningest Oregon high school basketball coach in history Michael Doherty, veteran Pac-12 referee Jack Folliard, veteran Oregon State football and basketball star Elmer Kolberg, track and field star at UO Leann Warren and the 2000 Oregon State Fiesta Bowl champion football team are being enshrined.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are looking to get back to their winning ways this Saturday on the road at Colorado.  The Ducks fell to 2-and-2 with a 62-20 loss at home against Utah.  The Buffaloes are 3-and-1 overall.  Oregon crushed Colorado last season 44-10.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will try to manage a series victory tonight after earning a 6-to-4 win over the Houston Astros.  Seattle halted its six-game losing streak last night, thanks to a two-run single in the eighth inning by Sean O'Malley.  Robinson Cano launched a two-run homer in the sixth.  The Mariners and Astros will close out their three-game series tonight at Safeco Field.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers hope to secure their playoff spot with only four matches remaining.  Portland defeated the Columbus Crew to improve to 12-10-and-8, and remain sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings.  The Timbers finish out the season at home against Sporting KC, away against Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy, while wrapping up the regular season at home against Colorado.



(Chicago, IL)  --  Bulls star Derrick Rose is dealing with another injury.  Rose sustained a left orbital fracture after taking an elbow to the face in the first practice of training camp.  He is expected to undergo surgery today and then the team will set a timetable for his return.



(New York, NY)  --  Don't expect the Patriots to be without quarterback Tom Brady any time soon.  The U.S. Court of Appeals is granting the NFL's request for an expedited hearing in "deflategate" case, but the schedule of court events virtually assures that Brady will play the entire 2015 season without fear of being suspended.



(Dallas, TX)  --  Hall of Fame head coach Larry Brown has been suspended as part of an NCAA ruling against the SMU basketball program.  Brown has been suspended nine games and the team has been banned from postseason play this upcoming year.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon is on the fringe of the top 25 college football rankings.  Following their 62-20 loss to Utah, the Ducks are 25th in the latest "USA Today" Coaches Poll.  UO looks to rebound Saturday on the road at Colorado.



(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Ducks current Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota has tied an NFL record for most touchdown passes through his first three games.  Mariota has eight touchdown passes to only two interceptions for the 1-and-2 Titans.  He won the Heisman Trophy last season while at the University of Oregon.



(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Ex-Oregon linebacker now Philadelphia Eagle Kiko Alonso is getting a second opinion on his sprained left knee.  Alonso was in Florida getting checked out by Dr. James Andrews, who repaired his torn ACL last season.  The third-year linebacker sprained his left knee during the Eagles' Week Two game against Dallas and did not play against the Jets.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says it's not known yet whether Marshawn Lynch will be ready for Monday night's game against Detroit.  Lynch has been nursing several injuries, including a hamstring injury that kept him out for most of Sunday's game against Chicago.  Carroll says the team is waiting on results of an MRI to get a better idea of Lynch's progress.  Rookie reserve running back Thomas Rawls spelled Lynch against the Bears, gaining 104 yards on 16 carries.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are clinging to a playoff spot with only four matches remaining.  Portland defeated the Columbus Crew to improve to 12-10-and-8, and remain sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings.  The Timbers finish out the season at home against Sporting KC, away against Real Salt Lake and the LA Galaxy, while wrapping up the regular season at home against Colorado.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners' losing streak is now at six games, after a 3-2 loss at the hands of Houston.  Three home runs by the Astros made the difference in last night's contest, which was the start of a six-game home stand to finish out the season for Seattle.  Roenis Elias pitched six innings, allowing two runs on six hits and striking out five.  The Mariners and Astros will play again tonight at Safeco Field.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Travis Wilson scored five total touchdowns as the number-17 Utah Utes blew out the 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks 62-20 from Eugene.  Jeff Lockie and Vernon Adams Junior each threw a touchdown in the loss.  Lockie threw two picks while Royce Freeman and Bralon Addison hauled in a score each.  The 2-and-2 Ducks are out of this week's rankings following their worst home loss since 1977.



(Undated)  --  The Oregon Ducks find themselves with a 2-and-2 record, and have taken a big hit in the "USA Today"/Amway Coaches Top 25 poll.  After getting blasted by PAC-12 foe Utah Saturday night, Oregon has dropped eleven spots in the poll, to a tie for 24th with Cal.  UCLA has moved up to tenth, with Utah at 12th, USC at 16th, and Stanford at 20th.  The Ducks will play at Colorado this Saturday.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks are in the win column for the first time this season, after earning a 26-0 victory over the Chicago Bears. Tyler Lockett returned the second-half kickoff 105 yards for a touchdown, the longest scoring play in franchise history. Russell Wilson completed 20 of 30 passes, including a 30-yard touchdown strike to Jimmy Graham in the third quarter. Seattle will host Detroit for a Monday night game on October 5th.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State allowed 325 rushing yards in Saturday's 42-24 loss to the Stanford at Reser Stadium.  Christian McCaffrey rushed for 206 yards, and Barry Sanders added 97 yards and two scores for the Cardinal.  Seth Collins threw for 275 yards and a score for the Beavers.  Jordan Villamin caught seven passes for 138 yards and a score in the loss.  The Beavers fell to 2-and-2.



(Columbus, OH)  --  Fanendo Adi notched both goals for Portland as the Timbers topped Columbus Crew SC, 2-1, on Saturday in Columbus.  Adi started the scoring in the 28th minute and added another in the 50th to lead the Timbers.  Portland has 44 points in the standings, good for sixth in the Western Conference.



(Portland, OR)  --  Training camp opens for the Portland Trail Blazers tomorrow at the Moda Center.  Media day is today.  The preseason begins next Monday when the Blazers face the Kings.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks host 17th-ranked Utah tomorrow at Autzen Stadium.  UO improved to 2-and-1 with a 61-28 win over Georgia State.  The Utes are 3-and-0 to start the season.  The Ducks rolled Utah last season in Salt Lake City 51-27.  Kickoff from Eugene 5:30.  The status of Oregon starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. continues to be a question mark.  Adams sat last week against Georgia State with a broken index finger.  Jeff Lockie started in his place and led the Ducks to an easy victory over Georgia State.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State plays host to 24th-ranked Stanford tonight in Corvallis.  The Beavers improved to 2-and-1 last week with a 35-21 win over San Jose State.  The Cardinal is coming off an upset of USC.  Stanford crushed OSU last season in Palo Alto 38-14.  Kickoff from Reser Stadium at 7:00.



(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota [[ MAR-ee-OH-tah ]] is leading his Tennessee Titans against Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts this Sunday.  The Titans are 1-and-1 after losing to the Cleveland Browns last week.  The Heisman Trophy winner has thrown for 466 yards and six touchdowns in two games.



(Columbus, OH)  --  The Timbers look to break a four-match winless streak as they visit Columbus Crew SC tomorrow at MAPFRE Stadium.  The two squads last fought to a 3-3 draw in May in Portland.  The Timbers are sixth in the Western Conference with 41 points.



(Portland, OR)  --  Training camp is less than a week away for the Portland Trail Blazers.  Camp opens next Tuesday in Portland.  Damian Lillard will lead the new-look Blazers following the offseason departure of big man LaMarcus Aldridge.



(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  Eli Manning threw for 279 yards and two touchdowns as the Giants knocked off the Redskins, 32-21, on "Thursday Night Football."  Odell Beckham Jr. and Rueben Randle had the touchdown grabs in New York's first win of the season.



(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Royals are division champions for the first time in three decades.  Kansas City clinched the American League Central title with a 10-4 win over the Mariners last night.  The defending AL champs captured their first division title since 1985.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The 13th-ranked Oregon Ducks take on number-17 Utah on Saturday at Autzen Stadium to open Pac-12 play.  No starting quarterback has been named yet for Oregon.  Jeff Lockie got the start last week after Vernon Adams couldn't play because of a broken finger.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State opens up Pac-12 action tomorrow night as they face number-24 Stanford at Reser Stadium.  The Beavers are coming off a 35-21 win over San Jose State.  They are 2-and-1.  The Cardinal upset USC last week, 41-31, at the Coliseum.



(Portland, OR)  --  Training camp is less than a week away for the Portland Trail Blazers.  Camp opens next Tuesday in Portland.  Damian Lillard will lead the new-look Blazers following the offseason departure of big man LaMarcus Aldridge.



(Columbus, OH)  --  The Timbers look to break a four-match winless streak as they visit Columbus Crew SC on Saturday at MAPFRE Stadium.  The two squads last fought to a 3-3 draw in May in Portland.  The Timbers are sixth in the Western Conference with 41 standings points.



(Renton, WA)  --  The contract holdout of Seattle Seahawks cornerback Kam Chancellor is over.  The three-time Pro Bowler reported to the team facility on Wednesday.  He is expected to play for the 0-and-2 Seahawks in Sunday's game against the Bears.



(Undated)  --  The baseball world mourned the loss of Yogi Berra on Wednesday.  The Yankees wore a number-8 patch during their game against the Blue Jays in honor of Berra, who died Tuesday night at age 90.  A spokesman for President Obama called the Yankee legend an American icon.



(Undated)  --  Baseball legend Yogi Berra has passed away at age 90.  The Yankee icon won three American League MVP awards and 10 World Series championships during his playing days.  The 15-time All-Star was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks will host Brigham Young in football in 2022 at Autzen Stadium.  The independent Cougars are considered a "Power Five" opponent.  Oregon's future nonconference schedules include Power Five foes Ohio State, Auburn, Nebraska and Virginia.  The game is scheduled to be in week two, on September 10th.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks have yet to name a starting quarterback for their upcoming game against Utah.  Senior graduate transfer Vernon Adams Jr. may return from a broken index finger that forced him to the sidelines for last week's win over Georgia State.  Backup Jeff Lockie was able to pilot Oregon to the easy victory in Adams' absence.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon Ducks fourth-string quarterback Travis Jonsen is out for the remainder of the season after undergoing a medical "procedure."  Head coach Mark Helfrich says the freshman will redshirt for 2015.  Vernon Adams Jr., Jeff Lockie, Taylor Alie and Morgan Mahalak are all the remaining quarterbacks on the Ducks' roster.



(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Former Oregon Ducks and Philadelphia Eagles linebacker Kiko Alonso is dealing with a sprained ACL.  An MRI revealed the injury, and the third-year linebacker suffered the injury in the Eagles home loss to Dallas on Sunday.  Alonso reunited with his former college coach, Chip Kelly this past offseason when he was acquired from Buffalo for running back LeSean McCoy.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers may add a former top overall NBA Draft pick to their roster.  Yahoo! Sports reports the Blazers may try and add big man Anthony Bennett.  The 6-foot-8 forward was reportedly bought out by the Minnesota Timberwolves.  Bennett has yet to reach his number-one overall potential in his first two seasons, averaging just 4.7 points and 3.4 rebounds in 109 career games.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are holding steady in the latest top 25 rankings.  Oregon remains 13th in the "USA Today" Coaches' Poll following its 61-28 win over Georgia State.  The Ducks open their Pac-12 slate Saturday at home against 17th-ranked Utah.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon starting quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. says he is day-to-day with a broken index finger.  The senior graduate transfer broke the finger on his throwing hand in the Ducks season opening win over Eastern Washington.  Backup Jeff Lockie threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns in UO's 61-28 drubbing of Georgia State, while Adams sat with the injury.



(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Former Oregon Ducks coach now Philadelphia Eagles head man, Chip Kelly says he is "embarrassed" by his team's dreadful offensive performance.  The Dallas Cowboys held Kelly's high flying offense at bay in a 20-10 victory.  When Kelly was at Oregon, the program was always at the top in major offensive scoring categories.



(Portland, OR)  --  The reeling Portland Timbers look to get back on track this Saturday on the road at the Columbus Crew.  Portland fell to the New York Red Bulls 2-nil over the weekend.  The Timbers remain in sixth place despite the loss, just one point above the red line and the lurking San Jose Earthquakes.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers training camp is fast approaching.  Portland hosts its media day on September 28th before beginning camp.  The 2015-16 Blazers only return one starter from their Northwest Division championship team.  Portland opens its preseason on October 5th at the Moda Center against Sacramento. 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Jeff Lockie threw for 228 yards and two touchdowns in his first career start, helping Oregon beat Georgia State, 61-28, in Eugene on Saturday.  Royce Freeman ran for 101 yards and a TD for the Ducks, who bounced back from a loss to Michigan State and are 2-and-1.  Oregon opens up Pac-12 play this weekend hosting Utah.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to pull away from San Jose State for a 35-21 win on Saturday in Corvallis.  Quarterback Seth Collins accounted for three touchdowns, two on the ground and one through the air for the Beavers, who are 2-and-1.  Oregon State hosts Stanford in its Pac-12 opener on Friday.
 



(Pocatello, ID)  --  Portland State rumbled for 236 yards on the ground and two touchdowns in its 34-14 win over Idaho State on the road on Saturday.  The Vikings had three interceptions on their way to 2-and-0 and 1-and-0 in conference play.  They host Western Oregon this weekend.



(Green Bay, WI)  --  Aaron Rodgers threw for 249 yards and two touchdowns as the Packers beat the Seahawks, 27-17, in an NFC Championship Game rematch in Green Bay.  James Starks replaced an injured Eddie Lacy and ran for 95 yards in the win.  The Seahawks dropped to 0-and-2.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers fell to the Red Bulls, 2-0, at Providence Park.  Portland gave up both goals in the first half.  They still hold onto the sixth and final playoff spot in the West with 41 points.  The Timbers are at the Crew this weekend.



(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo broke his left collarbone yesterday's 20-10 win over the Eagles.  Romo is scheduled to have tests today to determine how much time he will miss.  The Cowboys are already without top wide receiver Dez Bryant.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers hope to bounce back from a tough road loss tomorrow at home against San Jose State.  Oregon State was crushed by Michigan at the Big House 35-7 to drop to 1-and-1.  The Spartans are 1-and-1 this season.  Kickoff from Reser Stadium at 5:00.



(Green Bay, WI)  --  The Seahawks will try to get into the win column Sunday when they play the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field.  The Packers will be seeking revenge for their loss to Seattle in last season's NFC Championship game.  The Seahawks will try to bounce back from their season-opening loss to St. Louis in overtime.  Kickoff Sunday evening is set for 5:30.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The 13th-ranked Ducks should have no problem rebounding from their loss last weekend at Michigan State, when the team hosts Georgia State tomorrow.  Oregon fell to 1-and-1 with the setback to Sparty.  Quarterback Vernon Adams is a game-time decision with a broken index finger.  The Panthers are 1-and-1 overall.  Kickoff from Autzen Stadium at 11:00.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are on the pitch at Providence Park on Sunday to clash with the New York Red Bulls.  Portland is struggling, and has not won in three straight matches.  The Timbers are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, as they're one point ahead of San Jose in the standings.



(Cleveland, OH)  --  Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota looks to improve on an impressive NFL debut.  Mariota was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for Week One.  The Heisman Trophy winning signal-caller and the Tennessee Titans visit the 0-and-1 Cleveland Browns on Sunday.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers open preseason action in less than three weeks.  The Sacramento Kings visit the Moda Center on October 5th.  The preseason is seven games long, with three games at home.
 



(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Broncos scored two touchdowns nine seconds apart in the final minute of the fourth quarter to pull out an improbable 31-24 win over the Chiefs.  Bradley Roby returned a Jamaal Charles fumble 21 yards for a score with 27 seconds left to give Denver the win.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State takes on the San Jose Spartans on Saturday at Reser Stadium.  The Beavers are 1-and-1 this season, with a win over Weber State and a loss at Michigan.  The Spartans fell to Air Force last week.  Oregon State begins Pac-12 action next Friday when Stanford comes to town.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is a game-time decision for Saturday's matchup with Georgia State.  The index finger on Adams' throwing hand is broken, and he and backup Jeff Lockie have been splitting reps with the starters this week in practice.  Adams says he broke the finger in Week One against his former school, Eastern Washington.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are back at Providence Park on Sunday to clash with the New York Red Bulls.  Portland is mired in a three-match winless streak.  The Timbers are clinging to the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, as they're one point ahead of San Jose in the standings.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners are winners of five of their last eight games, after defeating the Los Angeles Angels, 3-1.  Jesus Montero launched a three-run homer in the fourth inning to account for all of Seattle's runs.  Hisashi Iwakuma pitched six solid innings to pick up his eighth victory of the year.  The Mariners will visit Texas for a three-game series starting tomorrow night.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers open preseason action in less than three weeks.  The Sacramento Kings visit the Moda Center on October 5th.  The preseason is seven games long, with three games at home.  Tickets are now available.
 



(Foxboro, MA)  --  Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has the support of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.  Brady says he hopes his golf partner can win, adding there would definitely be a putting green on the White House lawn if that happens.  Brady's locker also featured a "Make America Great Again" hat sent to him by Trump.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is dealing with a broken index finger on his throwing hand.  ESPN reports his status for the Ducks upcoming game against Georgia State has yet to be determined.  Adams suffered the injury in the team's season opener against Eastern Washington, but still played in the Ducks' 31-28 loss to Michigan State on Saturday.  The senior graduate transfer has passed for 555 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions for 13th-ranked Oregon.  He also has rushed for 100 yards and another score.
 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State soccer is cracking the top 10 in the national polls.  The 5-0-and-0 Beavers are number-eight in the NSCAAA Coaches Poll and number-six in the Top Drawer Soccer rankings.  OSU's Timmy Mueller was also named Pac-12 player of the week.  Up next, the Beavers play Portland tomorrow at 7:00.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is looking to bounce back from their loss at Michigan this weekend.  The Beavers, who were crushed 35-7 by the Wolverines, host San Jose State on Saturday.  OSU is 1-and-1 with the loss, and their season opening win in Corvallis against Weber State.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to salvage a series victory tonight after falling to the Los Angeles Angels, 4-3.  Felix Hernandez picked up his ninth loss of the season against 17 wins, allowing four runs on five hits in seven innings.  Nelson Cruz and Franklin Gutierrez [[ GOO-tee-AIR-ez ]] each had a solo home run for Seattle.  The Mariners and Angels will wrap up their three-game series tonight at Safeco Field.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are prepping for their match with the New York Red Bulls.  Portland is back on the pitch on Sunday.  The Timbers played to a 0-0 draw last week against Sporting KC.  Portland is 11-9-and-8 overall, which is good enough for sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings.



(Undated)  --  The mother of Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is calling for the head of offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell.  Delisa Lynch posted on Facebook that he's the "worst play-caller" ever and should have been fired after they lost the Super Bowl by throwing at the goal line instead of running.



(San Francisco, CA)  --  Despite losing to Michigan State, Oregon wide receiver Bralon Addison is being honored by the Pac-12 Conference.  Addison is the Pac-12 Special Teams Player of the Week for his effort in the Ducks' setback.  He returned four punts for the Ducks, including an 81-yard return for a touchdown in the 31-28 loss to the Spartans.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State is making a move in the latest FCS Top 25 poll.  The Vikings are 19th in the rankings following their 34-14 victory over Idaho State.  PSU is off this week, but hosts Western Oregon on September 26th.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Following their loss to Michigan State, Oregon is sliding in the latest college football rankings.  The "USA Today" Coaches' Poll has the Ducks dropping eight spots, from fifth to 13th in the top 25.  UO looks to rebound from the setback on Saturday at home against Georgia State.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says there's nothing new to report on the status of contract negotiations with safety Kam Chancellor.  Chancellor has been holding out for more than a month, seeking to have his contract amended.  Carroll says Chancellor's absence during Sunday's game at St. Louis was "not specifically" a factor in the overtime loss.  Rams quarterback Nick Foles passed for 297 yards, including a 37-yard touchdown pass to Lance Kendrick to force overtime.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are gearing up for their match with the New York Red Bulls.  Portland is back on the pitch on Sunday.  The Timbers played to a nil-nil draw last week against Sporting KC.  Portland is 11-9-and-8 overall, which is good enough for sixth in the MLS Western Conference standings.
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will try to win their series with Los Angeles tonight after defeating the Angels, 10-1.  Taijuan Walker pitched seven solid innings, allowing a run on four hits and striking out seven.  Seth Smith led Seattle's offensive barrage with a two-run homer in the second inning.  The Mariners and Angels will play again tonight at Safeco Field.



(East Lansing, MI)  --  Conner Cook threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns as Michigan State avenged last year's loss to Oregon with a 31-28 victory over the Ducks Saturday in East Lansing.  Vernon Adams finished with 309 yards and a touchdown through the air and added a score with his legs, but also threw two picks for the Ducks.  Royce Freeman rushed for 92 yards and a TD on 24 carries and Bralon Addison tallied 138 receiving yards and took a punt 81 yards for a touchdown in a losing effort.  Oregon returns home this weekend to face Georgia State.



(East Lansing, MI)  --  Oregon wide receiver Byron Marshall entered the record book over the weekend.  Marshall broke the NCAA record for consecutive games with a touchdown by scoring in his 70th straight game.  He found the end zone on as 15-yard pass from Vernon Adams in the fourth quarter.



(Undated)  --  The Oregon Ducks are down a few notches in this week's Amway Coaches' college football poll.  Oregon fell from fifth to 13th, following Saturday night's 31-28 loss to Michigan State.  The only PAC-12 school in the Top Ten this week is USC, who moved up from tenth to seventh.  UCLA is ranked 12th, Arizona is 19th, and Utah is 21st.



(Tampa, FL)  --  Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota showed why he was a first round pick in his regular season debut yesterday.  The 2014 Heisman winner finished 13-of-16 for 209 yards and four first-half touchdowns to lead the Titans to a 42-14 win over the Buccaneers.  Mariota became just the second rookie to post a perfect passer rating, joining only Robert Griffin the Third.



(Ann Arbor, MI)  --  The Beavers totaled just 138 yards of offense as they fell to Michigan, 35-7, in Jim Harbuagh's home debut in Ann Arbor.  Seth Collins threw a 21-yard touchdown to Hunter Jarmon on the game's opening drive for their lone score.  At 1-and-1, OSU returns home this weekend to host San Jose State.
 



(St. Louis, MO)  --  The Seahawks are off to an 0-and-1 start on the new NFL season, after losing to St. Louis in overtime, 34-31.  Marshawn Lynch was stopped for a loss on fourth-and-one in OT to end the game.  Russell Wilson completed 32 of 41 passes for 251 yards, one touchdown, and one interception.  Seattle will visit Green Bay next Sunday evening.



(Ann Arbor, MI)  --  The Beavers take on the Michigan Wolverines at the Big House in Ann Arbor tomorrow.  Oregon State took down Weber State, 26-7 last Friday.  True freshman quarterback Seth Collins ran for 152 yards and threw two touchdowns in the win.
 



(East Lansing, MI)  --  Number-five Oregon heads to East Lansing for a matchup with the sixth-ranked Michigan State Spartans tomorrow.  The two teams faced off last year in Eugene, with the Ducks running wild in a 46-27 win.  Marcus Mariota's replacement, graduate transfer Vernon Adams Junior, compiled 340 total yards and two scores in Saturday's 61-42 win over Eastern Washington.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers have begun conducting workouts and scrimmages at their team facility as training camp nears.  Training camp opens in the first week of October, with the preseason beginning the same week.  Point guard Damian Lillard will enter the season as the official face of the franchise after signing a $120-million dollar extension this season.



(Tampa, FL)  --  Former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota makes his regular season NFL debut on Sunday when he faces off with familiar foe Jameis Winston and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Mariota led the Ducks to a 59-20 rout of Winston's Florida State Seminoles in January's Rose Bowl.



(Pocatello, ID)  --  After a huge upset over Washington State, the Portland State Vikings will try to carry the momentum into tomorrow's game at Idaho State.  The Bengals won last year's contest, 31-13, in a turnover-plagued performance by the Vikings.  This will be the Big Sky Conference opener for both teams.  Kickoff tomorrow afternoon in Pocatello is set for 3:05.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are winners of seven of their last nine games, following a 5-0 shutout of the Texas Rangers.  Felix Hernandez picked up his 17th win of the year, allowing only three hits and recording eight strikeouts over eight innings.  Nelson Cruz had his 40th home run of the year with a two-run shot in the seventh inning.  The Mariners will begin a three-game series at home tonight against Colorado.
 



ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) Jim Harbaugh's home debut as Michigan's coach
has created quite a buzz in a town beat down by a string of
lackluster seasons under Brady Hoke and Rich Rodriguez.

Since Lloyd Carr retired following the 2007 season, the college
football team with the most all-time wins was just four games over
.500 under Hoke and Rodriguez.

Harbaugh chose to return to the program where he was a quarterback
for Bo Schembechler in a city he grew up loving when his dad worked
for the late, great coach.

Eight-plus months after Harbaugh was hired in a move hailed by
graduates and fans of the school, he will lead the Wolverines in
their home opener Saturday against Oregon State.

While Harbaugh downplayed the moment when talking to reporters,
tight end Jake Butt was more forthcoming.

''Oh man, it is going to be an unbelievable feeling,'' Butt said.
''It seems like it has been building up since Coach Harbaugh got
hired.''

What does the leader of the institution think of the hype Harbaugh
has generated?

''I think it's great,'' University of Michigan President Mark
Schlissel said Thursday night.

The Wolverines (0-1) hope to keep the atmosphere festive with a win
after starting the season by losing 24-17 at Utah.

''There's a bad taste in our mouth when you lose a football game,''
Harbaugh said. ''There's only one mouthwash for that, and that is
winning a football game.''

The Beavers (1-0) opened with a 26-7 victory over Weber State in
their first game with former Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen on the
sideline, but are expecting a tougher test.

''The challenge for our kids is to understand that when opportunity
knocks, you have to make plays,'' Andersen said.

Here are five things to watch at the Big House:

QB CONFIDENCE: Harbaugh, who knows plenty about coaching
quarterbacks after playing the position, picked Jake Rudock to
start last week over Shane Morris and three interceptions isn't
compelling him to make a change. Harbaugh said the graduate
transfer from Iowa beat out Morris, who started in Michigan's bowl
game last year, because he was consistently accurate throughout
preseason practices. While Harbaugh didn't blame Ruddock for all of
the turnovers, he did acknowledge mistakes were made. ''You don't
have to throw the ball if someone doesn't run the right route,''
Harbaugh said.

SETH'S SHOT: Andersen said freshman quarterback Seth Collins will
start at Michigan after throwing for 92 yards and two touchdowns
and running for a team-high 152 yards on 17 attempts in his debut
as the key player in the team's spread offense. Even though Marcus
McMaryion threw an interception on one of just four passes,
Andersen wants him to prepare for another opportunity. ''We're
still in a position to allow both young men to be able to play,''
Andersen said.

SECRET WEAPON? Utah coach Kyle Whittingham put together a good game
plan to spoil Harbaugh's debut, and he might have some tips to pass
along to Andersen, a good friend and former assistant coach. ''I
communicate with somebody on that staff probably once a week,
regardless of the time of year that it is,'' Andersen said. ''There
may be a discussion about that.''

THIN LINE: Michigan started the season without a lot of depth on
the offensive line and the unit took another hit Thursday
afternoon. Logan Tuley-Tillman, who did play against Utah, was
kicked off the team for ''conduct unacceptable for a Michigan
student-athlete,'' leading to no one being listed as Mason Cole's
backup at left tackle.

DYNAMIC DUO: The Wolverines will probably pass a lot if they
struggle to run for a second straight week and there appear to be
two good options for Ruddock. Amara Darboh and Butt each had eight
catches and a touchdown while combining for nearly 200 yards
receiving. ''Those were our two best players on offense,'' Harbaugh
acknowledged.

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(East Lansing, MI)  --  The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks face a tough test as they visit number-six Michigan State on Saturday at Spartan Stadium.  Oregon beat the Spartans last season, 46-27 at Autzen Stadium.  Quarterback Vernon Adams is healthy following a helmet-to-helmet hit last Saturday that knocked him out of the game.  He's made it clear that he'll be ready to play.



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is disappointed last night's game with Sporting Kansas City ended in a 0-0 draw.  Porter says the Timbers failed to take advantage of several breakaways that should have led to scores.  Portland is in the thick of the Western Conference playoff race and has six games remaining on its regular-season schedule, three of them at home.  The Timbers will host the New York Red Bulls this Sunday.



(Portland, OR)  --  Football season is just getting underway, but basketball season is around the corner too.  The Portland Trail Blazers open the preseason on October 3rd against the Sacramento Kings at the Moda Center.  Damian Lillard will be the team's unquestioned leader following the departure of big man LaMarcus Aldridge.



(Ann Arbor, MI)  --  The Oregon State Beavers look to become the second Pac-12 squad to knock off the Michigan Wolverines as they visit the Big House on Saturday.  Oregon State slipped by Weber State last week, 26-7.  The Wolverines lost to Utah in Salt Lake City, 24-17 in head coach Jim Harbaugh's debut at his alma mater.
 



(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says Dion Bailey will start at safety for the season opener this Sunday in place of holdout Kam Chancellor.  Bailey, who was an undrafted free-agent out of USC last year, will be making his first NFL start.  Carroll says he has confidence in Bailey and calls him an "all-out hitter."  Chancellor continues to hold out while seeking a new contract with the Seahawks.



(New York, NY)  --  The Patriots are asking the NFL to reinstate two suspended employees at the center of the "deflategate" scandal.  An equipment assistant and officials locker room attendant were suspended during the investigation into the use of underinflated footballs.  The league says the request is under review.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are holding steady in the latest top 25 football rankings.  UO remains fifth in the "USA Today" Coaches' Poll.  The Ducks eased to a 61-42 victory over Eastern Washington on Saturday.  Oregon visits seventh-ranked Michigan State this weekend.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is gearing up for their date at the Big House this weekend.  The 1-and-0 Beavers visit the Michigan Wolverines and first-year head coach Jim Harbaugh on Saturday.  OSU rolled past Weber State in their season opener.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners will try to regroup tonight after losing their second straight game to the Texas Rangers, 9-6.  Taijuan Walker lasted only three innings, allowing six runs on six hits.  Robinson Cano hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning for Seattle.  The Mariners and the Rangers will play again tonight at 7:10 at Safeco Field.



(Cheney, WA)  --  Eastern Washington roverback John Kreifels [[ KRY-fulls ]] is being suspended, following his hit on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams, Jr. in last Saturday's game in Eugene.  Kreifels was ejected from the game after he popped Adams in the head with a late hit in the fourth quarter.  Eagles head coach Beau Baldwin says Kreifels will be suspended for this weekend's game at Northern Iowa, and it's possible that further punishment will be carried out.  Adams says he's fine and will play this Saturday against Michigan State.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers return to action tonight when they host Sporting KC at Providence Park.  The two clubs are tied for fifth place in the Western Conference at 40 points.  Portland has been off since losing 2-1 to the Sounders last weekend.  Kickoff set for 7:30.



(Flushing, NY)  --  Top-seeded Serena Williams is moving on to the semifinals of the U.S. Open.  She beat her sister, 23rd-seeded Venus Williams, in three sets on Tuesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.  Serena took the first set, 6-2, before dropping the second set, 6-1.  Serena closed out the match in the deciding set by the score of 6-3.  She is 3-and-2 against Venus at the U.S. Open.  Serena Williams faces Roberta Vinci in the semis as she attempts to become the first woman to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams says he is playing this Saturday against Michigan State after leaving the Ducks' season opener with a head injury.  Adams left the team's victory against his former team Eastern Washington after taking a shot to the head in the third quarter.  He did not suffer a concussion.  The senior graduate transfer went 19-for-25 passing for 246 yards and two touchdowns, and rushed for 94 more yards in the 61-42 win.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers return to action tomorrow when they face Sporting KC at Providence Park.  The two clubs are tied for fifth place in the Western Conference at 40 points.  Portland has been off since losing 2-1 to the Sounders last weekend.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State Beavers are back on the practice field today gearing up for their game in Ann Arbor against Michigan.  OSU cruised to a 26-7 victory over Weber State on Saturday.  Seth Collins is expected to start for the Beavers at quarterback.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says he plans for newly-acquired running back Fred Jackson to see a lot of action right away.  Carroll calls Jackson a "tough competitor" who's a great fit for the team.  Jackson was signed by Seattle after he was released by the Bills after a nine-year career in Buffalo.  He's been tabbed for a backup role to former Bills teammate Marshawn Lynch.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners' winning streak is over, after their 3-0 loss at the hands of the Texas Rangers.  The Mariners managed seven hits but no runs against Ranger pitching and were unable to extend their five-game winning streak.  Seattle pitcher Roenis Elias picked up his eighth loss of the year.  The Mariners and Rangers will play the second game of their four-game series tonight at Safeco Field.



(Blacksburg, VA)  --  Top-ranked Ohio State used a big second half to pull away for a 42-24 win over Virginia Tech.  Cardale Jones got the start at quarterback and threw for 186 yards, two touchdowns and an interception.  Ohio State outscored VT 28-7 in the second half after trailing 17-14 at halftime.
 



(Flushing, NY)  --  Andy Murray's run at the U.S. Open is over.  The third-seeded Murray was upset by Kevin Anderson in four sets in fourth-round play.  Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka and Richard Gasquet were among the winners on Monday.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks will open their 2015 campaign tomorrow when they host the Eastern Washington Eagles.  At quarterback, the Ducks will start former Eagle Vernon Adams, who last season threw for nearly 35-hundred yards and 35 touchdowns with eight interceptions for Eastern Washington.  The Eagles will start Jordan West, who made four starts last season as an injury replacement for Adams and passed for nearly eleven-hundred yards and nine touchdowns.  Kickoff tomorrow is set for 5 p.m.
 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen says he hasn't decided who will start at quarterback this evening against Weber State in the season opener for both teams.  It will be between redshirt freshman Marcus McMaryion and true freshman Seth Collins, who execute the Beavers' two-quarterback system.  It will be the first game as OSU's head coach for Andersen, who replaces longtime coach Mike Riley, who's now at Nebraska.  Kickoff is set for five p.m.
 



(New York, NY)  --  Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is clear to play in next week's season opener after a federal judge ruled in his favor in the "deflategate" case.  Richard M. Berman vacated Brady's four-game suspension and criticized NFL commissioner Roger Goodell for "his own brand of industrial justice."
 



(Seattle, WA)  --  The 2015 preseason is history for the Seattle Seahawks, who earned a 31-21 win over the Oakland Raiders last night at CenturyLink Field.  Russell Wilson completed his only pass of the game for a 63-yard touchdown to Tyler Lockett early in the first quarter.  Jordan Hill recovered a Raider fumble in the end zone for another Seattle score in the second quarter.  The Seahawks will visit St. Louis on September 13th to open the regular season and begin defense of their NFC title.



(New York, NY)  --  The NFL isn't giving up the fight in the "deflategate" case.  Roger Goodell says they are appealing the judge's ruling in an effort to protect the integrity of the game and his office's responsibilities.  The league will not seek a stay to keep Brady off the field during the appeal process.
 



(Undated)  --  Preseason play across the NFL wrapped up last night.  The 4-and-0 Chiefs were the only team to make it through the exhibition schedule undefeated.  The regular season opens with the Patriots hosting the Steelers next Thursday.



(Salt Lake City, UT)  --  The Utah Utes spoiled Jim Harbaugh's debut as Michigan's head coach with a 24-17 win in Salt Lake City.  Harbaugh is in his first season at his alma mater after spending the last four years as head coach of the San Francisco 49ers.



(Portland, OR)  --  Keith McKittrick's future with the Portland Winterhawks is uncertain.  McKittrick, an assistant coach with the team, has been on paid leave since his arrest last month in Beaverton on charges including assault.  A Winterhawks spokesman told "The Oregonian" that McKittrick has left the Portland area but is expected to return for a court appearance.  Police say the arrest stemmed from a domestic disturbance.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  A former Oregon State student is suing the university and former head coach Mike Riley after she was allegedly raped by a football player in 1999.  According to "The Oregonian," she accuses the school and Riley of failing to address a culture of sexual assault that led to her rape.  The woman blames the school and Riley for not taking action to prevent a sexually violent culture.  She is asking for seven-and-a-half-million dollars in damages.  Riley, now the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, said he can't comment on pending litigation but is committed to a harassment-free culture in his football program.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers are entering the season with two players seeing snaps at quarterback.  Marcus McMaryion and Seth Collins are listed as co-starters on the depth chart, and both players will see snaps in Friday's season opener against Weber State.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers will play five games on national television this upcoming season.  Their game with Memphis on November 5th will be aired nationally on TNT, with four more games being shown on ESPN.  KGW will air 21 games locally, with Comcast SportsNet airing the rest.  The season opens on October 28th versus New Orleans.



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Clayton Kershaw struck out 15 in a complete-game gem as the Dodgers clipped the Giants, 2-1, in LA.  The Dodgers swept the three-game series and now have a six-and-a-half-game lead on the defending World Series champs in the NL West.
 



(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners are off today after taking two of three in Houston, capped by last night's 8-3 win over the Astros.  Logan Morrison's pinch-hit, three-run homer in the ninth inning helped secure the win for Seattle.  Shawn O'Malley went three-for-four and batted in two runs.  The Mariners will visit Oakland for a three-game series, starting tomorrow evening.



(Undated)  --  NFL teams hold their final dress rehearsals tonight as the preseason comes to a close.  All 32 teams will be in action, though most starters will play very little, if at all.  The regular season kicks off a week from tonight.
 



(St. Louis, MO)  --  Ryan Zimmerman homered twice and doubled in the go-ahead run in the eighth as the Nationals nipped the Cardinals, 4-3.  Jayson Werth added a solo blast to help Washington avoid a three-game sweep.  The Nats are six-and-a-half games behind the Mets in the NL East.



(Undated)  --  While the NFL wraps up its exhibition season, the curtain raises on the 2015 college football season today.  Though three ranked teams will be in action, the schedule is headlined by Jim Harbaugh making his debut as Michigan head coach against Utah.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks kickoff the 2015 college football season on Saturday when they host Eastern Washington.  Oregon went 13-and-2 last season but fell to Ohio State in the National Championship game.  New Ducks quarterback Vernon Adams transferred from Eastern Washington.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers open the 2015 season Friday when they take on Weber State in Corvallis.  Oregon State finished 5-and-7 last year and 2-and-7 in conference play.  Quarterbacks Marcus McMaryion and Seth Collins will share reps at quarterback.



(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to win their three-game series with Houston after earning a 7-5 win over the Astros.  The Mariners hit three home runs to aid the cause, including a two-run shot by Logan Morrison to break a five-all tie in the eighth inning.  Seattle and Houston will wrap up the series beginning at 5:10 this evening.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will be back on the court in just over a month when the team hosts its 11th annual Fan Fest.  The Blazers invade the Moda Center on October 4th.  The team will hold an intra-squad scrimmage and surrounding events and activities.



(Toronto, Ontario)  --  Ryan Goins belted a two-run homer in the bottom of the 10th to lift the Blue Jays to a 5-3 win over the Indians in Toronto.  The Jays have won eight of their last 10 to maintain their game-and-a-half lead on the Yankees in the AL East.



(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Zack Greinke got the best of Madison Bumgarner as the Dodgers nipped the Giants, 2-1, in LA.  Greinke fired seven-and-a-third innings of one-run ball to improve to 15-and-3.  Bumgarner dropped to 16-and-7.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks kickoff the 2015 college football season on Saturday when they host Eastern Washington.  The school is the former home of Ducks starting quarterback Vernon Adams.  Oregon went 13-and-2 last season but fell to Ohio State in the National Championship game.



(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota may be ready for his rookie season with the Tennessee Titans.  Mariota could sit out the Titans' final preseason game on Thursday against the Minnesota Vikings.  The 2014 Heisman Trophy winner has gone 19-for-27 for 252 yards and only one interception.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State Beavers open the 2015 season Friday when they take on Weber State in Corvallis.  The Beavers finished 5-and-7 last year and 2-and-7 in conference play.  Quarterbacks Marcus McMaryion and Seth Collins will share reps at quarterback.



(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to bounce back tonight from their series-opening 8-3 loss to the Houston Astros.  Seattle starting pitcher Vidal Nuno gave up three home runs in a losing effort.  The Mariners' Mark Trumbo had two home runs of his own, one in the second inning and one in the ninth.  Seattle and Houston will play again at 5:10 this evening.



(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Kevin Norwood is being traded to the Carolina Panthers.  The Seahawks will receive an undisclosed 2017 draft pick in exchange.  Norwood played in nine games last season as a rookie for Seattle, and started two of those games.  The Hawks also made cuts to the roster to bring it to the NFL-mandated limit of 75, including center Lemuel Jeanpierre and defensive tackle D'Anthony Smith.



(New York, NY)  --  Tom Brady's "deflategate" fate is now in the hands of a federal judge.  Richard M. Berman said Brady and the league have failed to work out a settlement over his four-game suspension and he will make a ruling most likely either today or tomorrow, but most certainly before the end of the week.



(Flushing, NY)  --  Serena Williams needed less than a half an hour to advance at the U.S. Open.  Williams won after her opponent retired with an injury 27 minutes into the match.  Williams is looking to become the first woman to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988.

 


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