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(Undated) -- The Ducks smoked the Huskies 84-56 last night in Eugene. On Saturday, Portland State lost to Montana State 73-60 at home, Portland fell to BYU 78-65 in Provo, Eastern Washington fell to Northern Colorado 87-83 at home, and Seattle U beat Tarleton State 76-68 on the road. Tonight, Eastern Washington plays at Idaho State and Portland State hosts Idaho.



(Toronto, ON) -- The Blazers picked up a win north of the border. Portland defeated the Raptors 114-105 in Toronto. CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little each scored 19 points in the victory. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ben McLemore added 17 points off the bench. The Blazers improved the 20-and-26, and host the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trojans are landing another offensive talent via the transfer portal. Running back Travis Dye will join USC after entering the portal last week. Dye led Oregon with an impressive 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He stays within the Pac-12 conference and joins the program as a graduate transfer. Dye is the latest big name to transfer to the Trojans as new head coach Lincoln Riley builds his roster for next season.



(La Quinta, CA) -- Hudson Swafford is celebrating a victory at the American Express in La Quinta, California after finishing the tournament 23-under par. Swafford climbed four spots on the leaderboard after shooting eight under on the day. Tom Hoge finished with a 68 in the final round to claim second-place. Hoge completed the tournament 21-under par. Tied for third at 20-under par were Lee Hodges, Lanto Griffin, and Brian Harman.



(Undated) -- Conference Championship Sunday is set for the NFL. Four teams will become two on the road to Super Bowl 56 in Inglewood. The Rams will host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game as they look to become the second-straight team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. In the AFC, the Chiefs will host their fourth straight AFC Championship Game as they welcome the upstart Cincinnati Bengals to town.



(Melbourne) -- The year's first Grand Slam continues at the Australian Open. On the men's side, Number-2 seed Daniil Medvedev impressed with a four-set win over American Maxime Cressy. His loss leaves Taylor Fritz as the final American in the field. On the women's side, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty rolled past Amanda Anisimova to continue her dominant run. Number-27 seed Danielle Collins ousted 19th-seeded Elise Mertens in three sets to move on. Collins became the third American to reach the Quarterfinals, joining Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys.



(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga defeated the University of San Francisco 78-62 in Spokane. Washington beat Oregon State 82-72 in Corvallis. Portland State lost to Montana 66-64 at home and Seattle U beat Abilene Christian 72-62 on the road. On Saturday, Portland State hosts Montana State, Portland plays BYU in Provo and Eastern Washington hosts Northern Colorado. On Sunday, the Ducks play the Huskies in Eugene. 6:30 pre-game, 7:00 tip-off on KBND.



(La Quinta, CA) -- Patrick Cantlay and Lee Hodges are tied for the lead at the American Express after round one. Cantlay and Hodges each shot a 62 to finish 10 under par. Two players are tied for third place after shooting a 64. K.H. Lee and Cameron Young are both eight under par. Eight players are tied for fifth place after shooting a 65. Sam Ryder, Danny Lee, and Tom Hoge are among the golfers that shot seven under par. Ryder will be one of the first players to tee off in round two.



(Undated) -- To all the baseball fans who want robot umpires, you're dream is one step closer to fruition. Major League Baseball is adding automated strike zones to Triple-A, which is the highest level in the minor leagues. The MLB posted a job on its website seeking seasonal employees to operate the Automated Ball-Strike system for a handful of Triple-A teams, including the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Sacramento River Cats and Tacoma Rainiers.



(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the players association are setting up another meeting amid the league's current lockout. ESPN reports the sides are set to meet on Monday in an effort to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. This follows the MLB and MLBPA meeting on January 13th, but failing to come to a resolution. The union reportedly will present a counter proposal to the league's first offer. The MLB has been shut down since owners locked out players on December 2nd.



(Melbourne) -- The year's first Grand Slam continues at the Australian Open. On the men's side, Number-2 seed Daniil Medvedev took out Australian fan favorite Nick Kyrgios with a four-set victory. American Steve Johnson was eliminated by 11th-seeded Jannik Sinner. On the women's side, it was a big day for the Americans as 21st-seeded Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys each advanced to Round Four. Keys survived a three-set thriller over Qiang Wang. Elina Svitolina and Emma Raducanu were the latest seeded players to be ousted from the tournament.



(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga hosts the University of San Francisco tonight. Oregon State is also in action on home court against Washington. Portland State hosts Montana tonight and Seattle U goes on the road to play Abilene Christian.



(Miami, FL) -- The Blazers were outscored 26-to-12 in the fourth quarter in their loss to Miami. Portland fell to the Heat 104-92 in South Florida. Anfernee Simons led all scorers with 27 points, followed by CJ McCollum with 24 points. Jusuf Nurkic showed out with 18 points and 14 rebounds and Robert Covington had a double-double as well with 11 points and 12 boards. The Blazers drop to 18-and-26. Portland continues its road trip against the Boston Celtics tomorrow night.



(Denver, CO) -- The Nuggets are pulling off a thrilling win in overtime. Aaron Gordon hit a go-ahead three in the waning seconds as the Nuggets defeated the Clippers 130-128 in Denver. Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double with 49 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Gordon finished with 28 points. Ivica Zubac led the Clippers with 32 points in defeat. Reggie Jackson added 28 points in the setback.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Caris LeVert scored 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers beat the Lakers 111-104 in Los Angeles. LeVert would finish with 30 points to lead Indiana, which snapped a four-game losing skid. The Pacers outscored Los Angeles 35-24 in the final frame to improve to 16-and-29. LeBron James led the Lakers with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five to drop to 22-and-23.



(Sacramento, CA) -- Terence Davis exploded for 35 points as the Kings fell 133-131 to the Pistons in Sacramento. Davis' big game nearly carried Sacramento to a victory, but the team allowed Detroit to go on an 11-0 run to close the game. De'Aaron Fox also impressed with 27 points and eight assists for the Kings, who dropped to 18-and-29. Sacramento has lost seven of its last nine.



(Arlington, TX) -- CBS says its broadcast of the Cowboys vs 49ers game from this past weekend is the most watched NFL Wild Card Game in seven years. Dallas hosted San Francisco on Sunday and averaged over 41-million viewers on CBS and Nickelodeon. The viewing audience peaked with more than 50 million viewers at one point. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 23-17.



(Undated) -- Tomorrow's Cougars versus Ducks men's basketball game has been postponed. The game in Eugene has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols in the Washington State program. The game will be rescheduled on a date that will be announced later.



(Miami, FL) -- The Blazers are staying in Florida for their next game. Portland plays the Heat in Miami tonight. The Blazers have won four of five to get to 18-and-25. Miami is an Eastern Conference contender at 28-and-16.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are hoping to get back over .500 as they continue their homestand. Los Angeles hosts the Pacers tonight at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The Lakers come off a 101-95 win over the Jazz, but have lost three of their last four. The team is hoping to get Carmelo Anthony back after he missed the last three games due to a back injury. He is listed questionable to play. Los Angeles enters 22-and-22, while Indiana sits 15-and-29.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Dodgers are naming their first general manager since the end of the 2018 season. Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Brandon Gomes was promoted to general manager. Gomes becomes the 12th GM in team history after serving as the vice president and assistant GM for the past three seasons. Gomes is a former MLB pitcher and retired after the 2016 season. He fills the three-year vacancy left by Farhan Zaidi.



(Undated) -- The USC Trojans are landing the son of an NFL Hall of Famer. Brenden Rice, whose father is NFL legend Jerry Rice, announced Tuesday that he will transfer to USC. Rice spent the last two seasons playing at Colorado and finished with 21 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. He entered the transfer portal on January 1st. Rice becomes the latest transfer addition for new USC head coach Lincoln Riley.



(Orlando, FL) -- The Blazers were victorious in CJ McCollum's return to the court. Portland defeated the Magic 98-88 in Orlando. McCollum scored 16 points, while Jusuf Nurkic dominated with 21 points and 22 rebounds. Nassir Little had a double-double as well with 13 points and 10 boards. The Blazers improved to 18-and-25 and play the Heat in Miami tomorrow night.



(Inglewood, CA) -- The Rams are moving on in the playoffs. Los Angeles crushed the Cardinals 34-11 in the NFC Wild Card Round in Inglewood. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdowns to earn his first career playoff victory. Stafford also rushed for a score. Odell Beckham Jr. caught a touchdown for the Rams, who will face the Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday. Kyler Murray threw two interceptions in the loss for the Cardinals.



(Eugene, OR) -- The Oregon women's basketball team defeated the dominant program in the sport yesterday. The Ducks defeated number-11 UConn 72-59 on Monday in Eugene. Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon with 22 points and eight rebounds, and Sedona Prince scored 14 points off the bench. The Beavers women's hoops team picked up a big win as well, beating number-22 Colorado 69-66 in overtime in Corvallis.


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