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Bend Elks Place 5 Players on WCL All-League Teams

The West Coast League announced its all-league teams yesterday and five Bend Elks earned honors. Catcher Beau Sylvester, first baseman Evan Scavotto, and Elijah Jackson captured first-team placement, while Elks relief pitcher Jake Green was named to the 2nd all-league team. Decker Stedman received an honorable mention. 

The Elks finished the season 28-26 and missed the playoffs in 2022. The Corvallis Knights captured the WCL title on Monday.

Major League Baseball Brief August 19

In Major League Baseball the Oakland A’s fell to the Rangers 10-3. Sheldon Neuse homered in the losing effort for the Athletics, making them 43-76. The A's host the Mariners tonight at 6:40.

The Mariners are coming off a sweep of the Angels in anaheim.  Seattle is now 65-54 overall, currently good for the top AL Wild Card.

The San Francisco Giants couldn't scratch a run across as they fell 5-0 to the Diamondbacks at home.  San Francisco finished with just four hits. The Giants visit the Rockies this evening at 5:40.
 

Seahawks Stumped by Bears 27-11; More Preseason Games This Weekend

The Seattle Seahawks got blasted by the Bears 27-11 last night. Former Washington quarterback Jacob Eason finished 17-35 for 141 yards for Seattle while Geno Smith ended 10-of-18 for 112 yards. Seattle is 0-2 in the preseason and meets the Cowboys next week.

The 49ers are back in preseason action tomorrow.  San Francisco will visit the Minnesota Vikings. The Raiders will also take the field Saturday against the Dolphins. Both games begin at 4.

Big Ten Makes $7 Billion Dollar TV Media Rights Deal Official

The Big Ten Conference is making its seven-billion-dollar TV rights deal official.  The agreement is with multiple broadcast partners and is for seven years.  Beginning with next year's athletic season, Big Ten sports will be seen on Fox, CBS, and NBC.  This ends a four-decade run between the conference and ESPN.  This all comes with the news of UCLA and USC joining the conference in 2024.  It's also being reported the Big Ten plans on adding more schools to its roster.

NASCAR Heads To Watkins Glen Sunday

 It's time for the NASCAR Cup Series to navigate a 7-10 split as the Go Bowling at The Glen takes place at Watkins Glen on Sunday.  It's back to road course racing as NASCAR's best fight for the victory.  Kevin Harvick has been on a roll lately.  Harvick has won back-to-back races at Michigan and Richmond.

Seahawks Meet Bears in Preseason Week 2

The Seahawks are kicking off week two of the NFL preseason.  Seattle hosts the Bears this afternoon at 5 at Lumen Field.  The Seahawks had expected to start Drew Lock at quarterback, but he'll miss the game after testing positive for COVID-19.  

If we look to Saturday the Las Vegas Raiders meet the Dolphins and the 49ers visit the Vikings.

Portland Trailblazers Release 2022-23 Schedule

The Portland Trail Blazers have released their regular season schedule for the 2022-23 season.  Their first game will be on the road Wednesday, October 19th against the Sacramento Kings.  Portland's first home game is against the Phoenix Suns on Friday, October 21st. The Blazers also have 11 back-to-backs this season. All games will be broadcast on ROOT Sports.
 

Major League Baseball Brief August 18

In the Major Leagues, the Seattle Mariners hit four home runs to beat the Angels 11-7. Cal Raleigh blasted two homers and Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez each added one more. The M’s swept the series to improve to 65-54.

The Oakland A’s downed the rangers 7-2. Sean Murphy mashed a pair of home runs to up his season total to 16 long balls. The A's play the Rangers tonight before hosting the Mariners on Friday.

Also, Oakland released shortstop Elvis Andrus on Wednesday, a day after releasing outfielder Stephen Piscotty. Andrus had been batting .237 with eight home runs and 30 RBI this season.

The San Francisco Giants fell to the Diamondbacks 3-2. This loss ended a five-game winning streak for the Giants, but they have a chance to start a new one this afternoon when they wrap up the series with Arizona at 12:45.

LLWS: Bonney Lake Loses Opening Game

The Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League team suffered a tough loss in their opening game of the Little League World Series.  The team fell 11-1 in five innings to Honolulu Little League from Hawaii.  Bonney Lake/Sumner was held to one hit in the lopsided loss.  The team will next play on Saturday with their opponent still to be determined.  

WNBA: Seattle Storm Ready For First Round Matchup With Washington

The Seattle Storm are starting their best-of-three playoff series at home.  Seattle hosts the Washington Mystics tonight at 7 at Climate Pledge Arena.  The Storm enters the WNBA playoffs as the fourth seed after finishing the season 22-14.

Sabrina Ionescu's New York Liberty beat the Chicago Sky 98-91. Ionescu scored 22 points and secured seven rebounds and six assists.

Oregons Board of Trustees Approve Altman Contract

The Oregon Ducks have officially signed men's basketball coach Dana Altman to a one-year extension worth four million dollars. That will keep Altman coaching in the green and yellow through the 2027-28 season. The university’s board of trustees approved the contract yesterday. Altman also made some changes to his staff as he hired Chuck Martin from South Carolina and Armon Gate from Nebraska to be his lead assistants.

Tyrone Williams is set to join the Oregon Men's Basketball team this week. Williams was the nation's leading JUCO scorer last season poring 27 points per game on opponents and clearing 12 boards. The 6’5 guard commits to Oregon last fall.

Major League Baseball Brief August 17

The Seattle Mariners downed the Angels 8-2. Robbie Ray struck out 10 over six innings. The Mariners go for the sweep this afternoon at 1 pm. They are 11 games back of Houston for the AL West lead.

Seattle will host the next MLB All-Star game.  On Twitter, the Mariners announced the midsummer classic has been scheduled for July 11th, 2023.

The Oakland A’s bested the Rangers 5-1. J.P. Sears pitched five scoreless innings to earn the win for Oakland, which snapped a nine-game losing streak. Oakland challenges Texas again today at 5.

The San Francisco Giants earned a 2-1 walk-off win over the Diamondbacks. Brandon Crawford launched a two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning to propel San Francisco to victory. The Giants host Arizona again tonight at 6:45.

Little League World Series Begins in Williamsport

The Bonney Lake/Sumner Little League team is kicking off their journey at the Little League World Series.  The team won the Northwest Region after beating Bend, Oregon 3-2 in the championship game.  Bonney Lake/Sumner will take on Honolulu Little League this afternoon.  The team from Hawaii won the West Region to make it to Williamsport.  

Seahawks QB Tests for COVID Before Second Preseason Game

The Seahawks are getting closer to their second game of the preseason.  Seattle hosts the Bears tomorrow afternoon at Lumen Field.  The Seahawks announced quarterback Drew Lock will miss the game after he tested positive for COVID-19. The kickoff is at 5 pm tomorrow.

NBA To Release 2022-23 Schedule Today

The NBA is set to release its complete schedule today.  The Athletic reports the season will open on October 18th with the Philadelphia 76ers taking on the Boston Celtics and the Los Angeles Lakers facing off against the Golden State Warriors.  It also reported the league's Christmas Day schedule that includes Milwaukee vs. Boston, Philadelphia against the New York Knicks, and the Phoenix Suns against the Denver Nuggets.  The full NBA schedule will be released today at noon.

Oregon Ducks Rank 11th in AP College Football Poll

The Oregon Ducks are ranked 11th in the first AP Top 25 poll of the season. Oregon is the second highest PAC 12 team on the board behind 7th ranked Utah, but they are ahead of #14 USC. The Ducks play ranked teams three times this season including the season opener against Georgia and a home date with #25 BYU.

UO Signs Dana Altman to 1-Year Extension

The Ducks are locking up their men's basketball coach for an extra year. Oregon is giving Dana Altman a one-year extension to keep him through the 2027-28 season.  The extension is worth four million dollars. In Altman's 12 seasons as coach of the Ducks, they are 300-125 and have won 20 games each year. He is the winningest head coach in Ducks history.

Sticking with hoops, the PAC-12 released its conference schedule for this upcoming season. Oregon will host Washington State on December 1st which is one night before the conference's football championship.
 

Bend Cyclists Place Well at 'Haulin Aspen' Races

Last weekend nearly 500 runners challenged themselves in the 'Haulin Aspen' races at the Wanoga Sno park. There were three different races including a 26.2-mile marathon, a 13.1-mile half marathon, and a 6.5-mile race. Jose Molina of bend earned a victory in the 6.5-mile race, winning in just under 49 minutes, while the top 3 runners in the women’s 6.5-mile race were all from Bend. Cait Vanleer, Louisa Lamarre, and Sharon Kolanik finished in order.

Corvallis Earns 6th Straight WCL Title

The West Coast League crowned the Corvallis Knights 2022 league champions last night. Corvallis shut out Bellingham 5-0 in front of over 2,000 people in the final game. The Knights have won a historic six straight league titles dating back to 2016. All told, Corvallis has won nine WCL titles since the league was created in 2005.

OSAA Still Searching for Fall Officials

Yesterday was the first day of practice for high school sports athletes across the state. The first games of the 2022-23 sports season will be played on August 25th, but the OSAA is still looking for new officials so if you want to stay in shape, stay involved, and earn some money, head over to https://www.osaa.org/officials to begin your journey. 

Bend Elks Hosting Youth Baseball Camp This Week

The Bend Elks couldn’t crack the WCL playoffs but that doesn’t mean Vince Genna Stadium will be empty. The Elks are hosting a youth baseball camp this week from 9 to noon for kids 7-14. The cost is $50 per day or $160 for the whole week. Get details at https://www.bendelks.com/.

Also, Bend will be hosting an exhibition game between the Oregon State Beavers and Gonzaga Bulldogs on October 1st. Tickets are available online.
 

Corvallis Goes for 6th Straight WCL Title Tonight Against Bellingham

The stage is set for the West Coast League Championship tonight as the five-time defending champion Corvallis Knights take on the Bellingham Bells. The WCL final is one game and the winner takes it all at Goss Stadium. The Knights earned their bid to repeat after beating Ridgefield 5-2. The Bells punched their ticket after downing Wenatchee 4-2. 

The Knights have the best record in the league at 39-15, but Bellingham holds the season series two games to one. These squads have met in two title games previously, in 2014 when Bellingham won its only pennant and 2016 when Corvallis earned the trophy. The first pitch is tonight at 6:35.

High School Athletes Begin Practice Today

Today is the first official day of practice for high school athletes competing in fall sports. The first contest date for volleyball, boys and girls soccer, and boys and girls cross country is August 25th, which is next Thursday. Football players have to wait until September 1st for their first game. 

The OSAA is still looking for officials for fall sports so if you want to stay in shape, stay involved, and earn some money, head over to https://www.osaa.org/officials to begin your journey.
 

Major League Baseball Brief August 15

The Seattle Mariners dropped two of three against the Rangers over the weekend including a 5-3 loss yesterday. Seattle has split its last six games and visits the Angels tonight at 6:30.

The Oakland A’s were swept by the Astros in three games. Oakland is on an eight-game losing streak. The A's visit the Rangers this afternoon at 5.

The Giants broke out the brooms for the Pirates yesterday as they earned an 8-7 walk-off win. San Francisco continues its homestand tonight as it hosts the Diamondbacks. The first pitch is at 6:45.

NFL Preseason: Raiders & 49ers Grab Wins

In the NFL, preseason is underway as every team in the league has at least one game under their belt. The Las Vegas Raiders picked up their second win of the preseason by beating the Vikings 26-20. Former Beavers QB Sean Mannion went 8/12 passing for 79 yards for Minnesota.

The 49ers earned a 28-21 victory over Green Bay. Trey Lance completed 4/5 passes for 92 yards and a touchdown. 

The Seattle Seahawks fell to the Steelers 32-25. Drew lock impressed as he completed 11/15 passes for 102 yards and two touchdowns. Geno Smith rushed for a score and threw for 101 yards.

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