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(Portland, OR)  --  C.J. McCollum scored 29 points as the Trail Blazers turned back the Nuggets, 110-103.  Allen Crabbe added 20 points for Portland, which has won three in-a-row.  Damian Lillard missed his fifth straight game.  The Blazers tip back-to-back road games tonight against the Utah Jazz.  


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State hosts Oregon on Sunday as the teams tip their Pac-12 schedules.  The Beavers finished non-conference play 9-and-2, while the Ducks are 11-and-2 overall.  UO swept the two-game season series last season with OSU.  


(Undated)  --  Former Oregon head coach Chip Kelly may reunite with for Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota.  Multiple reports Kelly is interested in the Tennessee Titans head coaching job.  Kelly coached Mariota for one season at Oregon before leaving for the NFL.  The Philadelphia Eagles fired Kelly one game before the end of his third season with the team.  


(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Oregon and current Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota will not play in the team's season finale on Sunday.  Interim head coach Mike Mularkey say it's not worth the risk.  Mariota sat out last week's game with a sprained MCL.  The first-year signal-caller threw for more than 28-hundred-yards, 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 12 games this year. 


(San Antonio, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks are gearing up for their showdown with TCU in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.  Oregon is ranked 15th, while the Horned Frogs enter the contest 11th.  UO has won six straight to improve to 9-and-3, and TCU is 10-and-2 overall.  


(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch won't play in the regular-season finale against Arizona this Sunday.  Head coach Pete Carroll says Lynch isn't yet at the point where he can return to practice.  Lynch has been rehabbing over the past few weeks after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.  Carroll says he's hopeful Lynch can make it back in time for the Seahawks' first playoff game next weekend. 


SAN ANTONIO (AP) The latest on the arrest of TCU quarterback 
Trevone Boykin 
 
TCU quarterback Trevone Boykin has been charged with felony assault 
of a police officer. 
 
San Antonio Police spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame said Boykin is being 
held on $5,000 bond. Bexar County Magistrate's website showed 
Boykin was arrested at 1:45 a.m. Thursday. 
 
A police report said the 22-year-old was fighting with employees at 
a bar. People whom Boykin was with told police they would take him 
back to the hotel. 
 
Police said Boykin then charged at responding officers and swung at 
one officer before he was taken to the ground. The report also said 
Boykin resisted arrest until he was told they would use a stun gun 
on him. 
 
TCU plays Oregon on Saturday in the Alamo Bowl. 
 
The school said in a statement that they are aware of the situation 
and will ''closely monitor'' it and ''evaluate additional details 
as they become available.'' 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers host the Denver Nuggets tonight from the Moda Center.  The Blazers have won back-to-back games on the heels of a five-game losing streak.  The team is 13-and-20 overall.  The Nuggets are 12-and-19 on the season.  Tip set for 7:00.  
 


(San Antonio, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks are prepping for their showdown with TCU in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.  Oregon is ranked 15th, while the Horned Frogs enter the contest 11th.  UO has won six straight to improve to 9-and-3, and TCU is 10-and-2 overall.  


(Eugene, OR)  --  Tyler Dorsey racked up 25 points, eight rebounds and five assists to lead Oregon to an 88-60 rout of Western Oregon at Matthew Knight Arena.  Elgin Cook chipped in with 19 points and seven boards for the Ducks, who improved to 11-and-2.  The Ducks open Pac-12 play on the road at rival Oregon State Sunday.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) Chip Kelly went three-and-out - much like his 
inconsistent offense. 
 
Kelly was fired by the Philadelphia Eagles on Tuesday night with 
one game left in his third season, completing a dramatic drop for a 
coach who was heavily recruited and lauded as an offensive genius 
only a couple years ago. 
 
Kelly was dumped after missing the playoffs for the second straight 
season and failing miserably in his first year in charge of 
personnel. 
 
The Eagles entered the season with Super Bowl expectations, but are 
6-9. They've lost several games by a lopsided margin and players 
had lost confidence in Kelly. 
 
Two current Eagles players, speaking on condition of anonymity 
because the team was not publicly discussing the firing, told The 
Associated Press late Tuesday night that several players had met in 
groups in recent weeks to discuss their frustration with Kelly. 
They said they expressed relief in text exchanges with teammates 
after the team announced it had fired Kelly, after most players had 
left the team's practice facility for the day. 
 
Eagles CEO Jeffrey Lurie issued a one-sentence statement to 
reporters saying he appreciates Kelly's contributions and wishes 
him success going forward. 
 
Lurie told fans in an email that he decided to make a change after 
''evaluating the many factors involved in our performance as a 
team.'' 
 
The Eagles also fired Ed Marynowitz, who was vice president of 
player personnel. Longtime NFL executive Tom Donahoe will assume 
the role of senior director of player personnel. 
 
Kelly gained full control of personnel decisions last offseason, 
winning a power struggle with then-general manager Howie Roseman. 
But Kelly tore apart a winning team and several of his bold moves 
backfired. 
 
Since March 2014, Kelly released three-time Pro Bowl wide receiver 
DeSean Jackson, traded two-time All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy, 
didn't re-sign 2014 Pro Bowl wideout Jeremy Maclin, cut two-time 
Pro Bowl guard Evan Mathis and traded quarterback Nick Foles and a 
2016 second-round draft pick for Sam Bradford. 
 
He also gave big money in free agency to running back DeMarco 
Murray and cornerback Byron Maxwell. Murray has been a bust and 
Maxwell has underperformed. Kelly even signed Tim Tebow, but 
released him after he won the competition for the No. 3 quarterback 
job. 
 
A person familiar with the decision to fire Kelly told the AP on 
Tuesday night that the team didn't consider only stripping him of 
personnel control, opting to part with him entirely. The person 
spoke on condition of anonymity because Lurie will address Kelly's 
dismissal on Wednesday. 
 
Kelly didn't want players perceived as ''me-first'' guys. He 
alienated some of his players, though the only ones who spoke out 
against him did it after they were gone. 
 
McCoy, the franchise's all-time leading rusher and a fan favorite, 
made headlines when he said there's a reason Kelly got rid of ''all 
the good black players.'' Cornerback Brandon Boykin, who was traded 
to Pittsburgh, said Kelly was ''uncomfortable'' around black 
players. 
 
Other players supported Kelly and moves such as signing Murray and 
Maxwell contradicted McCoy's claim. But Kelly's reputation took a 
hit anyway. 
 
Shortly after Kelly was fired, former Eagles linebacker Emmanuel 
Acho tweeted: ''Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts 
absolutely.'' 
 
Suspended Cleveland Browns receiver Josh Gordon tweeted: ''Shady, 
Maclin, Foles, Djax.. Smh.'' 
 
Kelly replaced Andy Reid and led the Eagles to an NFC East title in 
2013 after they were 4-12 a year earlier. The Eagles lost at home 
to New Orleans in the playoffs and missed the postseason in 2014 
following a 9-3 start. 
 
They were 7-12 in Kelly's last 19 games. 
 
Kelly was considered one of the most innovative coaches in college 
when the Eagles lured him away from Oregon in 2013. He brought his 
up-tempo offense and a unique approach that included monitoring 
players' sleep habits, changing the menu in the cafeteria and 
playing loud music during practices. Players had protein shakes 
waiting for them after practice and the team took the field on 
Tuesdays, which is a day off for the rest of the NFL. 
 
Kelly's offense was dynamic his first season and set several 
franchise records. It steadily declined the next two years. The 
defense has been the worst in the NFL for three seasons. 
 
Offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur will coach the team in the season 
finale at the New York Giants on Sunday. 
 
Lurie told fans President Don Smolenski and Roseman, the executive 
vice president of football operations, will assist him in the 
search for a new coach. 
 
Roseman helped convince Kelly to take the job after he initially 
decided to stay at Oregon. Kelly ended up taking Roseman's job 
without the title - the Eagles technically didn't have a GM this 
season. But Roseman is the last one standing in Philadelphia. 


(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are off the hardwood until tomorrow.  The Blazers host the Denver Nuggets at the Moda Center.  Portland has won back-to-back games to improve to 13-and-20 overall.  


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon men's basketball wraps up non-conference play tonight at home against Western Oregon.  The Ducks have won three in-a-row to improve to 10-and-2 overall.  UO faces rival Oregon State to tip Pac-12 play on Sunday.  Opening tip at 6:00 from Matthew Knight Arena.  


(San Antonio, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks are gearing up for their showdown with TCU in the Alamo Bowl on Saturday.  Oregon is ranked 15th, while the Horned Frogs enter the contest 11th.  UO has won six straight to improve to 9-and-3, and TCU is 10-and-2 overall. 


(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota may have one more game left in his rookie season.  Mariota tested his sprained right knee in practice, and the Titans are waiting to see how Mariota feels before deciding whether to play him in their season finale at Indianapolis.  The Heisman Trophy-winner has passed for over 28-hundred-yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first season out of Oregon.  


(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says running back Marshawn Lynch could return this week.  Lynch recently underwent abdominal surgery and has missed six games.  Carroll says Lynch worked out yesterday and will do so again today, and should be ready to participate in practice tomorrow.  Seattle will visit division rival Arizona this Sunday to end the regular season.  


(Seattle, WA)  --  The five-game winning streak is over for the playoff-bound Seahawks, as they lost a 23-17 decision yesterday to the St. Louis Rams.  The Rams led all the way and kept the pressure on Russell Wilson, who was sacked four times.  He passed for two touchdowns and was intercepted once.  Seattle will round out the regular season next Sunday afternoon against NFC West champ Arizona.   


(Sacramento, CA)  --  C.J. McCollum dropped 35 points with 11 rebounds, nine assists and four steals, leading the Trail Blazers to a 98-94 win against the Kings in Sacramento.  Meyers Leonard posted 16 points and 11 boards off the bench for Portland, which has won two in-a-row.  The Blazers host the Nuggets on Wednesday.  


(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners say former player and broadcaster Dave Henderson has died at age 57.  Henderson died yesterday morning at Harborview Medical Center after suffering a heart attack.  He played for the Mariners organization for nine years after being the franchise's first-ever pick in the Major League draft in 1977, and ended his career with Kansas City in 1994. Henderson also worked for the Mariners as a broadcaster for eleven years. 
 


(Undated)  --  Oregon is ready to return to action.  The Ducks wrap up non-conference play against Western Oregon tomorrow.  UO is 10-and-2 on the season.  Meanwhile, Oregon State is not in action until facing the Ducks to open Pac-12 play on Sunday.  The Beavers are 9-and-2 overall. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Caleb Jones lit the lamp on a penalty shot in overtime lifting the Winterhawks to a 5-4 win over the Americans at the Moda Center.  Portland improved to 17-16-1-and-0.  They are at Tri-City tomorrow night.  


(New Orleans, LA)  --  The Pelicans won two straight games for the second time this season in a 115-89 thrashing of the Trail Blazers at the Smoothie King Center.  C.J. McCollum had 19 points and seven assists in Portland's fifth loss in a row.  Damian Lillard missed his second straight game.  The Blazers are back home to host LeBron James and the Cavs on Saturday. 


(New Orleans, LA)  --  Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard was sidelined for the second straight game with a plantar fasciitis in his left foot.  The injury surfaced following the Blazers' loss to the Miami Heat on Sunday.  Lillard is averaging 24.6 points and 6.8 assists per game this season for Portland.  


(Undated)  --  Oregon is off the hardwood until next week.  The Ducks wrap up non-conference play against Wester Oregon on Tuesday.  UO is 10-and-2 on the season.  Meanwhile Oregon State is not in action until facing the Ducks to open Pac-12 play on January 3rd.  The Beavers are 9-and-2 overall.

 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon football is off the practice field until after the holidays.  The Ducks will return to practice and gear up for their matchup with TCU in the Alamo Bowl on January 2nd.  UO finished the regular season 9-and-3, while the Horned Frogs are 10-and-2. 


(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Winterhawks are off the ice until Sunday.  The team is getting a break during the holidays.  The 'Hawks are 16-16-and-1, and face Tri-City on the 27th. 


(Portland, OR)  --  The MLS champion Portland Timbers host the Columbus Crew on March 6th to open the 2016 season.  It will be a rematch of the MLS Cup.  The opener marks Columbus' first trip to Portland since the 2014 season.  Since 2011, the Timbers are 2-0-and-3 in home openers.  The full schedule will be released January 7th.  


(New Orleans, LA)  --  The Trail Blazers continue their nightmare road trip tonight in the Big Easy.  Portland takes on the New Orleans Pelicans.  The Blazers are trying to avoid losing all five contests of their road trip.  The Pelicans are 8-and-19 overall.  Tip from New Orleans at 5:00. 


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon football is off the practice field until after the holidays.  The Ducks will return to practice and gear up for their matchup with TCU in the Alamo Bowl on January 2nd.  UO finished the regular season 9-and-3, while the Horned Frogs are 10-and-2. 


(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Winterhawks are off the ice until Sunday.  The team is getting a break during the holidays.  The 'Hawks are 16-16-and-1, and face Tri-City on the 27th.  


(Atlanta, GA)  --  The Hawks ran their winning streak to four games with a 106-97 victory over the Trail Blazers.  Portland's starting backcourt of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum both missed the game with injuries.  Allen Crabbe netted 19 for the Blazers, who have dropped four in-a-row.  The Blazers continue their road trip at the New Orleans Pelicans tomorrow.  


(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Kobe Bryant says former Portland Trail Blazers guard Clyde Drexler is one of the top five players he ever faced in his 20-year NBA career.  The Lakers star is retiring at the end of the season, and named Drexler along with Hakeem Olajuwon, Kevin Durant, LeBron James and Michael Jordan.  The Blazers host Kobe and the Lakers one more time on January 23rd.  


(Birmingham, AL)  --  Down by 12 at halftime, the Oregon Ducks rallied past Alabama for a 72-68 win at Legacy Arena.  Dillon Brooks led the charge, scoring 23 points and dishing five assists for Oregon.  The 10-and-2 Ducks host Western Oregon a week from today.  


(Provo, UT)  --  Former Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake is officially in the fold as BYU's next head coach.  He was introduced on Monday in Provo, Utah.  Sitake's defense struggled this past season in Corvallis, giving up 37 points per game, which was 115th in the FBS.  


(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Beavers outscored Quinnipac by 18 points in the second half as they won 82-61 at Gill Coliseum.  Tres Tinkle led Oregon State with 23 points and 11 rebounds.  The Beavers open Pac-12 play January 3rd against instate rival Oregon.  


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon continues its non-conference schedule tonight when the team plays host to Long Beach State at Matthew Knight Arena.  The 8-and-2 Ducks are coming off a 78-63 home win over UC Irvine Tuesday night and look to stay undefeated at home this season.  Tipoff is scheduled for 6:00 


(Orlando, FL)  --  The Trail Blazers are back in action tonight when they visit the Magic at the Amway Center.  Portland has alternated wins and losses in its last four games and sits at 11-and-16 overall.  The Blazers are coming off a 106-90 loss to the Thunder Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.  It will be the first of two meetings with Orlando this year.  Tipoff is slated for 4:00 p.m. 
 


(Portland, OR)  --  Calaen Robinson had seven three-pointers and 21 points, but it wasn't enough as the Portland State Vikings fell to CS Northridge 77-71 at the Stott Center.  Isaiah Pineiro added 17 points for the Vikings, who have lost four straight games and fell to 3-and-6 overall.  The team is back in action Tuesday when it faces CSU Bakersfield on the road. 


(Portland, OR)  --  The Beavers look to rebound after a tough loss to second-ranked Kansas when they take on CS Fullerton tonight in the first game of the Far West Classic.  It will be the second of three consecutive games played on a neutral site for Oregon State.  The 6-and-2 Beavers had the week off after suffering an 82-67 loss to second-ranked Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  Tipoff is slated for 8:00 p.m. at the Moda Center 


(Seattle, WA)  --  Pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma will remain with Seattle for at least another year.  The Mariners say they've re-signed Iwakuma, who failed his physical after agreeing on a contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.  In Iwakuma's four seasons with the Mariners, he has a record of 47-and-25 with a 3.17 ERA.  He pitched a no-hitter in August. 


(Bozeman, MT)  --  Highly coveted FCS quarterback transfer Dakota Prukop is picking where he will be playing next season.  The graduate transfer is choosing to play at Oregon in 2016 over Alabama.  Prukop says the Ducks reminded him of his teammates at Montana State.  He completed over 63-percent of his passes for more than three-thousand yards, 28 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for the Bobcats this season.  Prukop also ran for 797 yards and 11 more scores.  Michigan and Texas also were vying for Prukop's services. 
 


(Oklahoma City, OK)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers tip a five-game road trip tonight at the Oklahoma City Thunder.  The Blazers have won two out their last three games to improve to 11-and-15 overall.  The Thunder have won five straight to move their record to 16-and-8 on the season.  Tip from O.K.C. at 5:00 here on KBND.


(Eugene, OR)  --  Elgin Cook dropped in 26 points as Oregon crushed UC Irvine 78-63 in Eugene. Chris Boucher had 11 points, 13 rebounds and four blocks for the Ducks, who improved to 8-and-2.  OU hosts Long Beach State on Friday.  


(Kennewick, WA)  --  The Winterhawks gave up four goals in the first period and lost 6-4 at Tri-City.  Alex Schoenbom had a goal and two assists for Portland, which fell to 15-16-and-0.  The 'Hawks visit Spokane on Friday.  


(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls is now on injured reserve after suffering a season-ending ankle injury.  Rawls had been starting in place of Marshawn Lynch, who has undergone abdominal surgery.  The Hawks have re-signed running back Bryce Brown, and have released wide receiver B.J. Daniels, safety Akeem Davis, and running back DuJuan Harris.  Seattle also signed tight end Chase Coffman and activated linebacker Brock Coyle from the injured reserve list. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Those who want to get an up-close look at the MLS Cup that was recently won by the Portland Timbers can see it at the Oregon Historical Society this weekend.  The trophy will be displayed on Saturday from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., and on Sunday from noon until 5 p.m., at the facility on Southwest Park Avenue.  Admission is free, but the Timbers are asking visitors to make a donation to Special Olympics Oregon.   


(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard scored a game-high 30 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Pelicans 105-101 at the Moda Center.  Gerald Henderson added 19 for Portland, C.J. McCollum had 16, and Mason Plumlee recorded a double-double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds.  The Blazers tip a five-game road trip tomorrow in Oklahoma City.


(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are on the outside looking in of the latest college basketball rankings.  The "USA Today" coaches' poll moved the Ducks from 23rd to out of the top 25 following their loss to Boise State last week.  UO tries to get back on track tonight at home against UC Irvine at 8:00. 


(Eugene, OR)  --  A trio of Oregon Ducks are being named All-Americans by the Football Writers Association of America.  Defensive end DeForest Buckner, offensive tackle Tyler Johnstone and running back Royce Freeman were second-team selections.  The 9-and-3 Ducks take on TCU January 2nd in the Alamo Bowl.  


(Renton, WA)  --  Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll says there's no timetable for the return of injured running back Marshawn Lynch.  Lynch is rehabbing from abdominal surgery, and his replacement, rookie Thomas Rawls, is out for the rest of the season with an ankle injury.  Carroll says the team has signed running back Bryce Brown, who spent most of last month with the Seahawks, after signing as a free agent in late October.  Brown is expected to compete with DuJuan Harris and Derrick Coleman for the starting running back spot, and veteran Fred Jackson will continue his role as third-down back.


(Kennewick, WA)  --  The Portland Winterhawks are on the road tonight visiting Tri-City.  The 'Hawks are 15-15-and-0 following their 3-2 loss on Saturday to Prince George.  The Americans are 12-18-and-1 overall.  Faceoff from Kennewick, Washington at 7:05.  


(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers have lost three of their last four games as they prepare to welcome the Pelicans to the Moda Center tonight.  Portland is coming off Saturday's 112-110 defeat at the hands of the Knicks.  Damien Lillard led the Blazers with 29 points and C.J. McCollum scored 22.  At 10-and-15, Portland is in 10th place in the Western Conference.  Tip-off tonight at 7:00 on KBND.


(Kennewick, WA)  --  The Winterhawks will skate with the Tri-City Storm tomorrow night at Toyota Center.  Portland is coming off Saturday's 3-2 loss to Prince George.  Alex Schoenborn and Rihards Bukarta each scored a goal apiece for the Hawks and Adin Hill made 39 saves.  


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon Basketball will welcome UC Irvine tomorrow night to Matthew Knight Arena.  The Ducks are 7-and-2 on the season after falling to Boise State on Saturday, 74-72, in Idaho.  Dillon Brooks scored 26 points in the losing effort, and Elgin Cook added 22.   Broadcast set for 7:30 tomorrow night here on KBND.


(Kansas City, MO)  --  Tres Tinkle scored 20 points for Oregon State basketball, but it was not enough in an 82-67 loss to seventh-ranked Kansas at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  Gary Payton II had a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists, and Jarmal Reid scored 11.  OSU will be off until Friday when the team plays host to Cal State Fullerton.  


(Baltimore, MD)  --  The Seahawks are winners of six of their last seven games, following their 35-6 road victory over Baltimore.  Russell Wilson threw for 292 yards and five touchdowns, three of them to Doug Baldwin.  Rookie running back Thomas Rawls gained 44 yards on six carries before being injured in the first quarter.  Seattle, which currently occupies the fifth seed in the NFC playoff race, will host Cleveland next Sunday afternoon.  


(Baltimore, MD)  --  Seahawks running back Thomas Rawls, who's been playing in place of the injured Marshawn Lynch, is out for the season.  Rawls suffered a broken ankle and torn ligaments in the first quarter of yesterday's game against the Ravens, which Seattle won, 35-6.  DuJuan Harris and Fred Jackson remain the only healthy running backs on the Seahawks' active roster.  Head coach Pete Carroll indicated he could pick up another running back to boost depth.  


(Kansas City, MO)  --  The Oregon State Beavers look for the upset when they take on the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks Saturday at the Sprint Center in Kansas City.  The Beavers come in at 6-and-1 on the season and are winners of two straight games.  A win would match the program's best start through eight games since 1980-81 team opened up 26-and-0.  Tipoff is slated for 5:00 p.m. 



(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks will try to extend their three-game winning streak when they visit the Baltimore Ravens Sunday.  The Seahawks are looking to make a spot for themselves in the playoffs, while the Ravens are struggling, with a four-and-eight record.  Seattle is a nine-and-a-half-point favorite.  Kickoff Sunday is set for 10 a.m. 



(Boise, ID)  --  The 23rd-ranked Oregon Ducks hit the road to battle the Boise State Broncos Saturday at Taco Bell Arena.  The Ducks have started the season 10-and-1 and are coming off a 67-47 win over Navy Monday at Pearl Harbor.  The contest will be Oregon's first true road game.  Tipoff is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Winterhawks are back on home ice tonight when they take on the Prince George Cougars at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  The Winterhawks are coming off a 7-5 win over the Silvertips Wednesday and hold the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with 28 points.  The puck drops at 7:00 p.m. 



(Eugene, OR)  --  With former offensive coordinator Scott Frost gone to Central Florida, Oregon head coach Mark Helfrich said he and wide receiver coach Matt Lubick will share play calling duties in the Valero Alamo Bowl.  Lubick could be auditioning for a promotion, as Frost was the wide receiver coach before taking over the coordinator position in 2013.  The 15th-ranked Ducks battle number-11 TCU at the Alamodome January 2nd. 



(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The Trail Blazers finish up a four-game road trip tonight when they take on the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena.  Portland has lost two straight games and is coming off a 105-100 loss to the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena Tuesday.  The Blazers sit at 9-and-14, good for second-to-last in the Northwest Division.  Tipoff is slated for 6:30 p.m.



(Undated)  --  College basketball action returns Saturday as 23rd-ranked Oregon visits Boise State at Taco Bell Arena.  Meanwhile, 6-and-1 Oregon State faces off with number-seven Kansas in the Kansas City Shootout.  The Beavers and Ducks face each other on January 3rd in Corvallis. 



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake has been contacted regarding the BYU head coach opening, according to the "Salt Lake Tribune".  BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe reached out to Sitake, who played fullback for the Cougars from 1997-2000.  Sitake joined OSU last December after spending 10 years on the staff at Utah.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukrop will visit Oregon this weekend as he ponders a transfer for his final season of eligibility.  Prukrop threw for over 3,000 yards this season and 28 touchdowns, while adding 11 rushing TDs for the Bobcats.  Prukrop plays in the Big Sky Conference, which produced current Ducks starter Vernon Adams Junior. 


(Undated)  --  Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner has been named a "USA Today" First-Team All-American.  Buckner recorded 16 tackles for a loss and nine-and-a-half sacks while being named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year.  Oregon will face off with TCU on January 2nd in the Alamo Bowl.  



(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Cavaliers ended a three-game losing streak beating the Trail Blazers, 105-100, at Quicken Loans Arena.  Damian Lillard's 33 points, six assists and six rebounds wasn't enough for Portland, which fell to 9-and-14 despite leading by 18 in the second quarter.  The Blazers visit the Phoenix Suns Friday.  



(Fort Worth, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks will face TCU at near full strength in the Alamo Bowl in January.  Horned Frogs top wide receiver Josh Doctson hopes to play even though his left wrist is still in a cast.  Doctson says he will have a follow-up exam on his surgically repaired wrist.  The senior has 79 catches for nearly 14-hundred-yards and 14 touchdowns this season. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers and their fans celebrated the team's MLS Cup title in downtown Portland.  In a party filled with vuvuzelas, singing and sawing of wood, the partiers reached the thousands.  The Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 on Sunday to earn their first championship since joining the MLS in 2011.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  Nike is signing Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James to a lifetime contract.  ESPN reports it's the largest single athlete guarantee in the sports apparel giant's 44-year history, although no financial terms have been released.  The four-time NBA MVP originally signed a seven-year, 93-million-dollar contract with Nike out of high school in 2003.  He then re-signed with the company in 2010. 



(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State head coach Bruce Barnum is going from interim to the FCS Coach of the Year.  Barnum earned the honor after taking the Vikings from 3-and-9 to 9-and-3 this season, and the second round of the FCS Playoffs.  PSU fell to Northern Iowa on Saturday.  



(Pearl City, HI)  --  Dillon Brooks netted 19 points as 23rd-ranked Oregon cruised past Navy, 67-47, in the Pearl Harbor Invitational in Hawaii.  Dwayne Benjamin added 16 points for the Ducks, who improved to 7-and-1.  Chris Boucher had 14 points and 14 rebounds in the victory.  The Ducks visit Boise State on Saturday.



(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Bucks finished the game on a 12-6 run to beat the Trail Blazers 90-88 at the Bradley Center.  Damian Lillard was led Portland with 23 points and 7 assists, while C.J. McCollum scored 17.  The Blazers had won their previous two.  They remain on the road to face LeBron James and the Cavaliers tonight.



(Undated)  --  In college basketball action this weekend, Oregon fell to UNLV 80-69 Friday and gets Navy tonight at home, while Oregon State beat Nevada 66-62 at Gill Coliseum.  Portland State fell to Washington State 91-67 on the road. 



(Portland, OR ) --  Portland State's season came to an end Saturday when the team lost to Northern Iowa, 29-17, in the second round of the FCS Playoffs. David Jones ran for a score and Chase Loftin caught a touchdown, but the Vikings couldn't overcome three costly turnovers.  Portland State finished the season with nine wins, which were the most in program history. 



(Milwaukee, WI)  --  The Trail Blazers are back in action tonight when they battle the Bucks tonight at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.  Portland is coming off a 109-103 win over the Timberwolves on Saturday in which six different players scored in double figures.  The Blazers have won two straight since losing three of four and sit at 9-and-12 overall. 



(San Antonio, TX)  --  The Oregon Ducks have earned a date with TCU in this year's Valero Alamo Bowl.  The Ducks finished the regular season 9-and-3 and have won six straight games.  TCU sits at 10-and-2 but finished the year 2-and-2 in its last four games.  The game will be held on January 2 at the Alamodome. 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers have suffered back-to-back losses as they prepare to welcome the Pacers to the Moda Center tonight.  Portland took the Mavericks to overtime on Tuesday, before eventually coming up short, 115-112.  Portland is 7-and-12 on the year. 


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State basketball got back into the win column with a 79-70 victory over Loyola Marymount at Gill Coliseum.  Olaf Schaftenaar led the Beavers with 19 points.  The Beavers are now 5-and-1 after waiting more than a week to bounce-back from their first loss of the season. 


(Columbus, OH)  --  Aiden Schneider is the recipient of the 2015 Vlade Award for his kicking accuracy this season.  Schneider connected on all 62 PAT attempts this past season and made 91 percent of his field goal tries.  The sophomore will have to wait until February 6, 2016 for the official presentation of the honor at the Touchdown Club of Columbus Awards in Ohio. 


(Undated)  --  Fifthteenth-ranked Oregon basketball is a perfect 6-and-0 as the team prepares for Friday's road game against UNLV at the MGM Grand.  The Ducks most recently beat Fresno State 78-73 at home on Monday.   The Rebels are 6-and-1. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Deron Williams scored nine of his 30 points in overtime as the Mavericks took down the Trail Blazers, 115-112, at the Moda Center.  Wesley Matthews had 18 points in his return to Portland.  Damian Lillard finished two rebounds short of a triple-double in the loss with 25 points and 10 assists.  The 7-and-12 Blazers host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night. 


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon for the third straight week is on the rise in the College Football Playoff rankings.  The committee moved the Ducks up three spots from 18th-to-15th in its second-to-last poll.  UO improved to 9-and-3 with a win over instate rival Oregon State last Friday. 


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon football has a vacancy at offensive coordinator.  Scott Frost has accepted the head coaching job at Central Florida.  The 40-year-old takes over a team that was held winless this season at 0-and-12.  The Ducks set a school record for total offense with 7,345 yards and went 11-and-2 in Frost's first season calling plays.  


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State has four players being honored by the Pac-12 conference.  Victor Bolden, Josh Mitchell, Kyle Peko, Nick Porebski and Isaac Seumalo were selected to the Pac-12 Honorable Mention team by the league's coaches.  OSU finished a tough season 2-and-10 last Friday.  


(Eugene, OR)  --  Five Oregon Ducks are First-Team All-Pac-12.  Running back Royce Freeman, offensive lineman Tyler Johnstone, defensive end DeForest Buckner and placekicker Aidan Schneider were named first-team along with Charles Nelson, as a special teams player.  Receivers Bralon Addison and Darren Carrington were second-team selections.  Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. and center Matt Hegarty were honorable mention selections, along with defensive lineman Alex Balducci and defensive back Tyree Robinson. 


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is back on the hardwood tonight hosting Loyola Marymount from Gill Coliseum.  The Beavers suffered their first loss of the season against Valparaiso last week.  The Lions are 4-and-2 overall.  Tip from Corvallis at 7:00.  


(Renton, WA)  --  Center Drew Nowak is no longer a member of the Seattle Seahawks.  Nowak, who had been displaced by Patrick Lewis, has been released.  Tight end Chase Coffman has replaced Nowak on the 53-man roster.  Coffman will provide the Seahawks depth at tight end after a season-ending injury to Jimmy Graham.  


(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers are three-for-four so far this season against Los Angeles teams, after a 102-87 loss to the Clippers.  The cold-shooting Blazers hit only 38 percent of their field-goal tries, and Damian Lillard left the game in the third quarter with abdominal pain.  Maurice Harkless led Portland with 15 points.  The Blazers will play at home tonight against Dallas. 


(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon football continues to compile wins and climb the latest top 25 rankings.  The Ducks are up two spots to 16th in the "USA Today" Coaches Poll.  UO has won six in-a-row, and await to hear their bowl fate.  


(Eugene, OR)  -- Dillon Brooks dropped 21 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in the Ducks 78-73 win over Fresno State at home.  Oregon improved to 6-and-0.  The Ducks visit UNLV on Friday.  


(Corvallis, OR)  --  Several players are getting one-way tickets out of Corvallis following a tough football season.  Quarterback Nick Mitchell, linebacker Malik Gilmore, defensive lineman Luke Hollingsworth and defensive back Chris Hayes are leaving Oregon State.  OSU finished just 2-and-10 under first-year head coach Gary Anderson.  


(Dallas, TX) --  The Portland Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup Finals after tying the second leg of the West two-game series, 2-2.  The Timbers won in aggregate goals, 5-3, to advance to the club's first MLS Final.  Portland will face the Columbus Crew on Sunday. 


(Renton, WA)  --  Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll expects tight end Jimmy Graham to be ready by the start of the 2016 season.  Graham is out for the remainder of this season after suffering a knee injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with the Steelers.  He'll undergo surgery and has been placed on injured reserve.  The Seahawks have activated defensive tackle A.J. Francis from the practice squad to fill Graham's spot on the roster. 


(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State hosts Northern Iowa this weekend in the second-round of the FCS playoffs.  The Vikings are coming off a bye, but the Panthers beat Eastern Illinois to advance to this stage.  PSU is the sixth-overall seed in the playoffs after finishing the regular season 9-and-2.  

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