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(Seattle, WA)  --  The Timbers are back in action Sunday when they square off with the Sounders at CenturyLink Field.  They are going for their third win in four matches after a 1-0 victory at New York City FC last weekend.  Portland comes in at 2-2-and-3 on the year while Seattle is 3-2-and-1.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers will look to avoid going down 3-0 in their first-round series against the Grizzlies tomorrow night from Moda Center.  Portland trails two-games-to-none in the set after a 97-82 loss in Memphis on Wednesday.  Game Four then takes place on Monday.  The Blazers are still looking for their first win over the Grizz after getting swept in the regular-season series.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Thunder play the second of three straight road games tomorrow when they face the undefeated SaberCats.  Portland enters at 2-and-2 after a 65-47 loss to the Rattlers last weekend.  San Jose is coming off a 20-point victory over the Sharks.

(undated)  --  Winterhawks forward Oliver Bjorkstrand has been named the WHL Western Conference Player of the Year.  He led the league with 63 goals and 118 points during the regular season.  Bjorkstrand, along with Eastern Conference Player of the Year Tim McGauley, is now nominated for the Four Broncos Memorial Award.  The winner of the award will be announced on May 6th.

(Kelowna, British Columbia)  --  The Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets drop the puck tonight in the Western Conference Finals.  The 'Hawks handled the Everett Silvertips in five games to advance in the WHL Playoffs.  Games One and Two are in Kelowna, while Game Three and Four will take place at the Moda Center.

(Lisle, IL)  --  The Portland Thorns FC returns to action tomorrow when it travels to face the Chicago Red Stars.  The Thorns are looking for their third consecutive win to start the year after a 1-0 victory over the Western New York Flash last weekend.  Chicago enters 1-and-0.

(Memphis, TN)  --  The Blazers are in a hole in their first-round series against the Grizzlies after losing 97-82 in Game Two at the FedExForum.  LaMarcus Aldridge scored 24 points on 7-of-20 shooting and grabbed 14 rebounds in the loss.  Damian Lillard chipped in 18 points while shooting 5-of-16 from the field.  Portland tries to avoid going down three-games-to-none in Game Three from Moda Center Saturday.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Former Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is adding sandwich giant Subway to his list of endorsements.  The potential top-two pick in next week's 2015 NFL Draft pairs the new deal with the Nike endorsement he signed.  Subway commemorated the marriage by creating a Mariota statue, made completely out of Subway ingredients.

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Timbers captain Will Johnson is expected to play in Saturday's T2 contest at Arizona United SC.  Johnson is recovering from a broken leg he suffered on September 27th in a match against Toronto FC.  Both Johnson and midfielder Diego Valeri, who is recovering from a torn ACL, practiced full.  The Timbers visit Seattle On Sunday at CenturyLink Field.

(Kelowna, British Columbia)  --  The Winterhawks and Kelowna Rockets drop the puck tomorrow in the Western Conference Finals.  The 'Hawks handled the Everett Silvertips in five games to advance in the WHL Playoffs.  Games One and Two are in Kelowna, while Game Three and Four will take place at the Moda Center.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Thunder head out for their second of three consecutive away games this Saturday.  The team is traveling to San Jose to face the 4-and-0 SaberCats.  It will be the fourth meeting between the two clubs, and the Thunder are winless in the all-time matchup.  Portland is 2-and-2 after falling to the Arizona Rattlers 65-47 last week.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon Ducks head coach Mark Helfrich is coming to Eagles coach Chip Kelly's defense.  Helfrich tells the "Oregonian" the former Quack Pack head coach "is not insane."   He was the offensive coordinator under Kelly with the Ducks for four seasons.  Helfrich says Kelly has a plan and method to his madness.  Kelly added to a crazy offseason by signing quarterback Tim Tebow to a one-year deal earlier this week.

(Memphis, TN)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers look to even their series with the Memphis Grizzlies tonight in the Western Conference playoffs.  The Grizzlies cruised to a 100-86 Game One victory over the Blazers on Sunday.  Guard Arron Afflalo is questionable with a sore shoulder.  The Blazers are 0-and-5 against the Grizzlies this season.  Tip from Memphis tonight at 5:00.

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Pac-12 is suspending Oregon baseball coach George Horton and outfielder Scott Heineman for their actions in Sunday's loss to USC.  The two were both thrown out after arguing an eighth-inning Heineman check swing.  Horton is suspended two games for continuing to argue after being ejected.  Heineman will be forced to sit out a game for unsportsmanlike conduct towards an umpire.

(Bronx, NY)  --  Dairon Asprilla scored in the match's lone goal in the 79th minute to give the Timbers a 1-0 win over New York City FC in the Bronx.  Portland improved to 2-2-and-3 on the young season with the victory.  The Timbers return to action this weekend when they head north for a showdown with the Sounders.

(Memphis, TN)  --  The Blazers shot just 34-percent and trailed from start to finish in their 100-86 loss to the Grizzlies in Game One of their first round series in Memphis.  LaMarcus Aldridge led all players with 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds.  Nicolas Batum chipped in 15 points and Damian Lillard scored 14 on 5-of-21 shooting in a losing effort.  Game Two takes place Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. on KBND before the series shifts to Portland Saturday.

(Everett, WA)  --  The Winterhawks are on to their fifth straight Western Conference Final after claiming a 3-2 victory over the Silvertips in Game Five of their semifinal matchup in Everett.  Oliver Bjorkstrand netted a pair of goals and Nic Petan lit the lamp as well.  Adam Hill racked up 31 saves for Portland, which claimed the series four games to one.  The Winterhawks will take on the Kelowna Rockets in the Conference Finals.  Game One is Friday.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers tip their Western Conference playoff series on the road Sunday against the Memphis Grizzlies.  Despite being a lower seed than Portland, the Grizzlies own home court advantage because they have a better overall record than the Blazers.  The Trail Blazers were 0-and-4 during the 2014-15 campaign against the Grizzlies.  Tip from Memphis Sunday at 5:00.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Marcus Mariota's former offensive coordinator is ripping those who question the quarterback's competitiveness.  Ducks OC Scott Frost tells the "Oregonian" it's ridiculous to question whether Mariota is too nice to play football.  The former Nebraska QB went on to say Mariota would not have won so many games if he were too nice. 

(Portland, OR)  --  The Winterhawks jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held on for a 5-3 win over the Silvertips in Game Three of their second round playoff series at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Nic Petan had a goal and two assists for Portland, which takes a 2-1 series lead.  Aaron Hill made 16 saves in the win.  Game Four is tonight.

(Dallas, TX)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers will now look ahead to the first round of the NBA Playoffs after last night's loss to Dallas in the regular-season finale.  The fourth-seeded Blazers will face the fifth-seeded Grizzlies in Memphis this Sunday to begin a best-of-seven series.  Game Two is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Memphis, and games Three and Four will be played in Portland on April 25th and 27th, respectively.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Winterhawks and Everett Silvertips meet in Game Three of their playoff series tonight.  The series is knotted at one game apiece, as the 'Hawks won Game Two 4-3 in double overtime.  Faceoff from Veterans Memorial Coliseum is set for 7:00.

(Chicago, IL)  --  Quarterback Marcus Mariota may not be attending this months NFL Draft, but former Ducks defensive lineman Arik Armstead will be in Chicago.  Armstead is one-of-26 potential first-round selections that were invited to hear their names called on April 30th.  In three seasons with Oregon, he registered four sacks.

(Dallas, TX)  --  The playoff-bound Portland Trail Blazers wrap up the regular season tonight on the road against the Dallas Mavericks.  The Blazers have lost three straight but have locked up the fourth-seed in the Western Conference playoffs.  The Mavs are 49-and-32 overall.  Portland is 2-and-1 this season against Dallas.  Tip from the Lone Star State at 8:00.

(Dallas, TX)  --  Trail Blazers big man LaMarcus Aldridge is probable for tonight's season finale at Dallas.  The team says forward Nicolas Batum is out for the game after an MRI revealed a "contusion" in his right knee.  The test did not show ligament or tendon damage, which means Batum will likely be available for the playoffs.  Aldridge has missed the Blazers' last two games with a sprained left foot.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Winterhawks and Everett Silvertips meet in Game Three of their playoff series tomorrow.  The series is knotted at one game apiece, as the 'Hawks won Game Two 4-3 in double overtime.  Faceoff from Veterans Memorial Coliseum is set for 7:00.

(Oklahoma City, OK)  --  The Trail Blazers are on the road for their final two games of the regular season.  Tonight, they visit the Thunder at Chesapeake Arena before playing the Mavericks in Dallas on Wednesday.  The Blazers have already locked up the Northwest Division.  OKC is 43-and-36 and still fighting for a playoff spot.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers were done in by expansion Orlando City SC 2-0 at Providence Park.  Kaka notched a goal for Orlando, as did SuperDraft top overall pick Cyle Larin.  Goalie Adam Kwarasey made one save in the loss as Portland fell to 1-2-and-3 on the season.  The Timbers managed four shots on goal in the loss.  They'll face New York City FC next week at Yankee Stadium.

(Phoenix, AZ)   --  The Thunder have their first away game Saturday against the Arizona Rattlers.  At 2-and-1, the Thunder beat the Spokane Shock 47-43 from the Moda Center Friday.  The Rattlers sport a 2-and-1 record as well.  This game is the first of three straight road dates for Portland.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State quarterback Luke Del Rio is transferring again.  The son of Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio is transferring from the Beavers after one season with the team.  He came to OSU from Alabama in 2014.  Del Rio completed 8-of-18 passes for 141 yards in three games as a redshirt freshman.

(Everett, WA)  --  The Portland Winterhawks visit the Everett Silvertips in the second round of the playoffs tonight.  The 'Hawks defeated the Seattle Thunderbirds in six games to advance.  Games Three and Four are slated to take place at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.  Puck drops from Everett tonight at 7:35.

(Portland, OR)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge paced a balanced attack with 24 points and 13 rebounds as the Blazers rolled past the Timberwolves, 116-91, at Moda Center.  Robin Lopez chipped in 18 points and Damian Lillard scored 17 and dished out six assists in the victory.  Portland has won seven of eight and now sits two games behind second-seeded Memphis and third-seeded Houston.  The Blazers are back on the road tonight against the Golden State Warriors.

(Portland, OR)  --  Coming off their first victory of the season, the Portland Timbers are looking for more when they take on Orlando City SC on Sunday.  Portland defeated FC Dallas 3-1 to pull its record to 1-1-and-3.  Orlando City is 1-2-and-2 overall.  Kickoff from Providence Park set for 2:00 on Sunday.

(Eugene, OR)  --  Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota made his case for being the top overall selection in this month's NFL Draft.  Mariota worked out privately for Tampa Bay in Eugene Tuesday, and the Buccaneers' staff came away impressed.  The Heisman Trophy winner threw about 45 passes in a fast-paced session that allowed Mariota to show off his arm strength and footwork.  Tampa Bay brass, including head coach Lovie Smith were on hand to assess and evaluate Mariota.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers are back home at the Moda Center to host the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight.  Portland fell to the Brooklyn Nets Monday night 106-96, and is 50-and-27 overall.  The T'wolves own the worst record in the Western Conference at 16-and-61.  Tip tonight at 7:00.

(Kent, WA)  --  The Portland Winterhawks are moving on to the second round of the WHL Playoffs.  Nic Petan scored the winning goal with 59 seconds left in overtime as the Winterhawks beat the Seattle Thunderbirds 5-4 in Game Six of their series in Washington.  Portland is into the second round for a sixth straight season.  The Hawks will face either Everett or Spokane next.

(Philadelphia, PA)  --  Ex-Eagles running back LeSean McCoy says former head coach Chip Kelly does not respect star players.  McCoy tells the "Philadelphia Inquirer" that is why he and wide receiver DeSean Jackson were both shipped out of Philadelphia.  "Shady" says the former Oregon coach "likes the fact it's Chip Kelly and the Eagles."  The 26-year-old has no bad feelings toward Kelly and has tried to call him twice since he was traded, but he didn't answer.  McCoy was dealt to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for former Ducks linebacker Kiko Alonso earlier this offseason.

(Portland, OR)  --  FC Dallas coach Oscar Pareja did not display good sportsmanship when his team fell to the Timbers on Saturday.  Pareja handed Portland head coach Caleb Porter a tissue following Dallas' first loss of the season.  Porter says he was going to shake his hand, but instead received a tissue.  The Timbers take on Orlando City SC on April 12th.

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Nets took advantage of a shorthanded Trail Blazers team pulling out a 106-96 win at the Barclays Center.  Portland was without LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum and Chris Kaman due to rest.  Damian Lillard went off for 36 points as the Blazers two-game winning streak came to an end.  The Blazers are back home to host Minnesota tomorrow.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are off the practice field today, but back tomorrow.  The team practiced in full pads Monday, and ran seven-on-seven and 11-on-11 drills.  Former Ducks QB and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota was on hand for the practice.  Head coach Mark Helfrich says the Ducks will be installing schemes through about the first 10 practices of the spring.

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers try and bounce back tonight on the road against the Los Angeles Lakers.  The Blazers had their four-game win streak snapped by the Clippers Wednesday night 126-122.  The Lakers are 20-and-54 overall.  Portland is 3-and-0 this season against LA.  Tip from the STAPLES Center at 7:30.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch to host FC Dallas from Providence Park tomorrow.  The Timber are seeking their first victory of the season at 0-1-and-3 overall.  Dallas leads the Western Conference with a 3-0-and-1 record.  Kickoff set for tomorrow at 7:30.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are back to the grind today.  The Ducks are back on the practice field after a day off.  UO's schedule the next three weeks is Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and the annual spring game is scheduled for May 2nd at Autzen Stadium.

(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers were outscored by 17 points in the fourth quarter en route to a 126-122 loss to the Clippers at Moda Center.  Los Angeles and Portland are currently slated to face each other in the first round of the playoffs in the four-five matchup.  LaMarcus Aldridge put up 29 points and Nicolas Batum scored 21 for the Blazers, who saw their four-game winning streak come to an end.  Damian Lillard logged a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists in the loss.  Portland hits the road tomorrow to visit the Los Angeles Lakers.

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are off the practice field today, but back to the grind tomorrow.  The Ducks held back-to-back practices to open up spring ball, but it is the only time the team will practice on consecutive days.  Head coach Mark Helfrich says hey started spring with a better foundation than ever.  The schedule the next three weeks is Monday-Wednesday-Friday, and the annual spring game is scheduled for May 2nd at Autzen Stadium.

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Daniel Gomis is returning for his senior season for Oregon State basketball.  Gomis met with head coach Wayne Tinkle, and told him his intentions.  The 6-foot-10 junior was hampered by leg injuries last season.  He was able to average 4.3 points and 3.9 rebounds in 30 games for the Beavers this season.

Chris Paul had 41 points and 17 assists as the Clippers rallied
past the Portland Trail Blazers 126-122 on Wednesday night.

Paul appeared to hit Kaman in the groin with his left hand while
grabbing a loose ball rebound. Kaman retaliated by pushing him in
the back and walking away from the fracas.

Glen Davis was about to come to Paul's aid by going after Kaman,
but was sent flying backwards following a LaMarcus Aldridge shove.

Portland led 92-81 prior to the skirmish. The Clippers then went on
a 27-8 run following the incident to seize control of the contest
before holding on in the final minute.

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Seattle Mariners right-handed pitcher Erasmo Ramirez is being traded to the Tampa Bay Rays for southpaw Mike Montgomery.  Ramirez, who's struggled over the past couple of seasons for the Mariners, was unable to win a spot in the starting rotation during spring training.  Montgomery, who was a first-round draft pick for Kansas City in 2008, hasn't yet pitched in the Majors.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

If Oregon wins, they play in the semifinals Friday.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Istanbul, Turkey)  --  Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is finally talking about the controversial play call that ended the team's hopes for a second straight Super Bowl win.  The man known as "Beast Mode" is currently in Turkey with the organization "American Football Without Barriers" to help spread the game internationally.  In an interview with the leading sports network in Turkey, Lynch said he was expecting to be handed the ball with goal-to-go at the one yard line.  However, Lynch added that football is a team sport and he had no problem with coach Pete Carroll's decision to let Russell Wilson throw the ball.

Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Oregon knocked down a series of
late free throws as the Ducks held on to defeat the Stanford
Cardinal, 73-70, in Pac-12 Conference action at Maples Pavilion.

Joseph Young, who converted a pair at the charity stripe with 2.9
seconds remaining in regulation, accounted for 21 points, matching
the production of Elgin Cook as the Ducks (22-8, 12-5 Pac-12)
notched a fourth straight victory and the eighth in the last nine
outings overall. Dwayne Benjamin, who also had a late free throw to
break a 70-70 tie, added 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench.

Stanford (18-10, 9-7) was paced by Chasson Randle with 17 points,
but he shot only 6-of-18 from the floor and had a costly turnover
late in the meeting as the host had a two-game win streak snapped.
Stefan Nastic added 16 points, Marcus Allen 14 and Anthony Brown 11
for the Cardinal.

Despite shooting only 8-of-22 from the floor in the first half,
which included 1-of-7 behind the 3-point line, Stanford led by six
points early on. However. 48.3 percent accuracy from the field by
Oregon brought the visitors back and moved them out to a 36-30
advantage at the break.

In the second half there were a total of seven ties and 10 lead
changes as Stanford was forced to come from behind in the final
seconds. Unfortunately, after throwing the ball away, Randle was
given a second chance to play the hero, but his wild layup attempt
went unanswered and was recovered on the floor by Young who was
subsequently fouled.

With under three seconds to play Young stepped to the line for this
first free throws of the evening and knocked down both.

Still with time remaining, the Cardinal had another chance to
extend the game, but the inbounds pass was picked off and the Ducks
ran out the clock.

Stanford outscored the Ducks at the free-throw line, 22-11, but the
host made good on a mere 4-of-19 from beyond the arc.

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