Sports Archives for 2016-04

Trail Blazers On Verge Of Advancing In NBA Playoffs

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers will try to advance to the second round of the NBA playoffs when they face the Clippers tonight at the Moda Center.  Portland leads the best-of-seven series, three games to two.  The series winner will advance to face Golden State in the Western Conference semifinals. Win or lose, Blazers play again Sunday at 12:30.

Timbers Prepare For Toronto

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers continue to prepare for their match against Toronto at Providence Park on Sunday.  Portland is coming off a 1-1 draw against New England on Wednesday.  The Timbers are eighth in the Western Conference with nine points and a record of 2-3-and-3.

Oregon's Buckner Selected By 49ers

(Chicago, IL)  --  The San Francisco 49ers selected Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner with the seventh overall pick in the 2016 NFL Draft.  Bucker was named the Pac-12's Defensive Player of the Year as a senior.  He also won the Morris Trophy for being the conference's top defensive linemen.  Buckner will reunite with his former college coach, Chip Kelly, who now is the head coach of the 49ers.

Seahawks Pick Germain Ifedi In First Round

(Chicago, IL)  --  The Seattle Seahawks are looking to strengthen their offensive front with the acquisition of Texas A&M's Germain Ifedi as the final pick in the first round of the NFL Draft.  Ifedi, who's six-feet-six and weighs 324 pounds, was drafted 31st after Seattle traded the 26th pick in the draft to Denver.  The Seahawks received the 94th pick in the third round for moving down.  Seattle GM John Schneider says the team will have three picks in the third round and nine more in all.

Blazers Take Game Five From Clippers

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The shorthanded Clippers couldn't hang with the Trail Blazers as they lost, 108-98, at the STAPLES Center in Game Five of their first round series.  Los Angeles didn't have Blake Griffin or Chris Paul and won't again for Game Six on Friday in Portland, as they trail 3-to-2 in the best-of-seven matchup.  C.J. McCollum paced the Blazers with 27 points, and Damian Lillard knocked down five threes on his way to 22.

Timbers Draw Revolution

(Foxborough, MA)  --  Portland's Jack Barmby scored his first MLS goal as the Timbers and Revolution ended in a 1-1 draw at Gillette Stadium.  After a scoreless first half, Portland took a 1-nil lead on Barmby's goal in the 64th minute.  New England scored the equalizer when Timbers' defender Jermaine Taylor scored an own goal in the 89th minute.  Portland hosts Toronto at Providence Park on Sunday afternoon.

Pilots Hire Assistant Basketball Coach

(Portland, OR)  --  Terry Porter, the University of Portland's men's basketball coach, has made the first addition to his staff by adding Mike Burns as an assistant coach.  Burns has 22 years of collegiate coaching experience and was most recently the interim head coach at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.  Burns, a Pacific Northwest native, graduated from Central Washington University.

Ducks Earn All-Conference Honors

(Eugene, OR)  --  Three members of Oregon's women's lacrosse team have received All-Conference honors.  Carly O'Connell, Cambi Cukar and Ali Scharkey have been selected to the All-Mountain Pacific Sports Federation team.  O'Connell and Cukar received first-team honors, while Scharkey was named to the second team.  The sixth-seeded Ducks face third-seeded Colorado in the MPSF Conference Tournament this afternoon in Stanford, California.

Steel Face Rattlers On Saturday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Steel will hit the road this weekend to take on the Arizona Rattlers in Phoenix on Saturday.  The Steel will be looking for their first win of the season, but it will be a tough task against undefeated Arizona.  The Rattlers have the league's highest-scoring offense, while their defense has allowed the fewest points this season.

Mariners Get New Ownership Group And CEO

(Seattle, WA)  --  A change is taking place in the Seattle Mariners' ownership.  Nintendo of America is selling most of its interest in the franchise to a group of 17 local minority owners, led by John Stanton.  Stanton will replace the retiring Howard Lincoln as the Mariners' chairman and chief operating officer.  The group will own 90 percent of the club, and Nintendo of America will own ten percent, pending approval by Major League Baseball.

Blazers Visit Clippers In Game Five

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers visit the injury-riddled Los Angeles Clippers in a pivotal Game Five in their first round playoff series.  Portland has won back-to-back games to tie the series at two games a piece.  Clippers guard Chris Paul is out indefinitely with a broken hand and forward Blake Griffin is out for the remainder of the playoffs with a quad injury.  Tip from LA at 7:00.

Blazers' Stotts Finishes Second In COY Voting

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Portland Trail Blazers head coach Terry Stotts is the runner up for the NBA Coach of the Year.  Stotts finished second to Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.  The honor was won by Kerr, who totaled 381 points to Stotts' 335 points.

Oregon, OSU Prospects Await NFL Draft Fates

(Chicago, IL)  --  Prospects from Oregon and Oregon State await their NFL fates in tomorrow's 2016 Draft.  The Ducks have eight prospects hoping to hear their named called over the three day event, and the Beavers have four draft eligible players.  Former Oregon defensive end DeForest Buckner is expected to be selected in the top 10.

Timbers Visit Revolution Tonight

(Foxboro, MA)  --  The Portland Timbers visit the Revolution tonight in New England.  The Timbers are in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 2-3-and-2.  The Revolution are 1-2-and-5 overall.  Opening kick from Foxboro at 4:30.

Ducks Prep For Spring Game

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks host their annual spring football game this Saturday.  The team wraps up its 15 practice slate at Autzen Stadium.  It will be the fans first chance to see senior transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop under center.  Kickoff for the event is set for 11 a.m.


Mariners Defeat Astros, 11-1

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners remain in first place in the AL West after clobbering Houston, 11-1.  Robinson Cano led the Mariners' onslaught last night with six RBI, including a grand slam home run in the seventh.  Nathan Karns allowed no runs on two hits and struck out six for Seattle.  The Mariners and Astros will wrap up their series tonight at Safeco Field.

Blazers Beat Clippers To Even Series

(Portland, OR)  --  Al-Farouq Aminu dropped in 30 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Clippers, 98-84, in Game Four of their first round series at the Moda Center.  C.J. McCollum added 19 points for Portland, which evened up the best-of-seven set at two games apiece.  Game Five is Wednesday in LA.

Timbers Visit Revolution Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers visit the Revolution tomorrow in New England.  The Timbers are in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 2-3-and-2.  The Revolution are 1-2-and-5 overall.

Ducks Prep For Spring Game

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks host their annual spring football game this Saturday.  The team wraps up its 15 practice slate at Autzen Stadium.  It will be the fans first chance to see senior transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop under center.  Kickoff for the event is set for 11 a.m.

Mariners Take First Place With Win Over Houston

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are in a slim lead for first place in the AL West, after defeating Houston, 3-2.  Taijuan Walker struck out eleven to earn his second win of the season.  Leonys Martin and Kyle Seager each had a solo home run for Seattle.  The Mariners and Astros will play again at Safeco Field tonight.

Trail Blazers Bounce Clippers

(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard piled up a game-high 32 points to lead the Trail Blazers past the Clippers, 96-88, in Game Three of their first-round series from Portland on Saturday.  C.J. McCollum scored 27 points, while Mason Plumlee pulled down 21 boards and dished out nine assists to go along with six points.  The Blazers look to even up the series at two games apiece tonight at the Moda Center.

Timbers Prep For Revolution

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers continue to prepare for their match against the Revolution.  Portland will take on New England on Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.  The Timbers are in eighth place in the Western Conference with a record of 2-3-and-2.

PSU Holds Spring Game

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State football team held its annual spring game on Saturday at Stott Community Field.  Running back Nate Tago led the ground attack with touchdown runs of 83 yards and four yards.  Quarterback Alex Kuresa went 10-of-13 for 173 yards and a touchdown.  The Vikings open the regular season on September 3rd against Central Washington University at Providence Park.

PSU Breaks Ground On Viking Pavilion

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State University broke ground on the new Viking Pavilion on Saturday.  The 50-million-dollar project will renovate the current Peter W. Stott Center to include a 15,000 square foot area for academics and advising.  A new 3,000-seat arena will also be built.  The project is scheduled to be completed by Spring 2018.

Mariners Win Series With Angels

(Anaheim, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will head back home after winning their series with the Los Angeles Angels.  The M's 9-4 win yesterday was the first as a Mariner for Wade Miley, who allowed four runs on six hits.  Kyle Seager, Leonys [[ lee-OWN-is ]] Martin, and Seth Smith each homered for Seattle.  The Mariners will host Houston for a three-game series, starting tonight.

Blazers Down By Two Games In NBA Playoffs

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers find themselves down by two games in their NBA playoff matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers.  Portland has lost each of the first two games by at least 20 points.  Game Three of the best-of-seven series is tomorrow night at the Moda Center.

PSU Basketball Signs Mayhew

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State men's basketball team has signed Michael Mayhew, a transfer from Hill College in Texas.  Mayhew averaged 13.7 points per game in his lone season with the Rebels.  He'll have three years of eligibility remaining for the Vikings.

PSU's Peterson Named To All-Conference Team

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland State golfer Krissy Peterson has been named as a first-team selection in the All-Big Sky Conference honors.  Peterson led the Vikings in scoring this season with an average score of 75.3.  The Vikings ended the season with a 10th-place finish at the Big Sky Conference Championships on Wednesday.

Portland Soccer Signs Dixon

(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Portland men's soccer team has signed Malcolm Dixon, a Division One transfer from the University of Virginia.  Dixon appeared in seven matches for the Cavaliers last season.  He'll have three years of eligibility remaining for the Pilots.

Portland Names Wade Interim Director Of Sports Performance

(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Portland has named Cat Wade the Interim Director of Sports Performance.  Wade joined the Pilots as the Senior Assistant Athletic Performance Coach in July of 2011.  Wade's promotion accompanies the name change of the department from Athletic Performance to Sports Performance.

Mariners Beat Cleveland In 10 Innings, 10-7

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners are winners of five of their last seven games, after beating Cleveland in ten innings, 10-7.  Robinson Cano slammed a three-run homer in the tenth to allow Seattle to win the three-game series.  Tony Zych picked up the win in relief.  The Mariners will start a three-game road series with the Angels tonight.

Clippers Destroy Blazers

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Chris Paul tallied 25 points, six rebounds and five assists, leading the Clippers to an easy 102-81 win against the Trail Blazers in Game Two of the first round at the STAPLES Center.  Los Angeles took a 2-0 lead with both wins coming by at least 20.  Portland was held to 34-percent shooting and missed 21-of-26 threes in the loss.  Damian Lillard and Miles Plumlee each put up 17 points for the Blazers, who host Game Three on Saturday.

Timbers Prepare For Revolution

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers continue to prepare for their match against the Revolution.  Portland will travel to Foxboro, Massachusetts and take on New England next Wednesday at Gillette Stadium.  The Timbers are in seventh place in the Western Conference with a record of 2-3-and-2.  New England is fifth in the Eastern Conference with a record of 1-1-and-5.

Pilots Sign Carrington

(Portland, OR)  --  The University of Portland women's basketball team has signed Jojuan Carrington, a transfer from Diablo Valley College in California.  Carrington averaged a double-double as a freshman for the Vikings, scoring over 16 points and grabbing 10 boards per game.  Carrington was named to the Northern California All-State Team and the Big Eight All-Conference Team in her lone season at Diablo Valley.  She'll be eligible to play immediately for the Pilots.

Portland State Football To Hold Spring Game On Saturday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland State Vikings will hold their annual Spring Game on Saturday at Stott Community Field.  A groundbreaking ceremony will be held prior to the game for the Viking Pavilion, the new athletics facility.  Construction is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.  The Vikings open the 2016 regular season against Central Washington at Providence Park on Saturday, September 3rd.

Mariners Defeat Cleveland, 2-1

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to win their three-game series with Cleveland later today, after winning Game Two, 2-1.  Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed only an unearned run on three hits and struck out six to pick up the victory.  Nori Aoki had two RBI for Seattle.  The two teams will wrap up the series in Cleveland at 9:10 this morning.

Blazers Try To Even Series Tonight In LA

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers try and even their series with the Clippers tonight in LA.  Portland fell down 0-1 to Los Angeles with a 115-95 loss in Game One.  Tip from the Staples Center at 7:30.  Including the playoffs, the Blazers are 1-and-4 against the Clippers this season.

Former Beavers Named To All-Century Pac-12 Baseball Team

(San Francisco, CA)  --  A pair of former Oregon State players are being selected to the Pac-12 All-Century Team.  Outfielders Jacoby Ellsbury and Michael Conforto join the likes of Barry Bonds and Fred Lynn.  Ellsbury was an All-American and co-league player of the year, while Conforto was a two-time Pac-12 Player of the Year and three-time All-American.

PSU Football Player Accused of Impersonating Cop

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland State football player is in trouble with the law.  Sherwood police say Troy Matthew Bacon has been indicted on one count of criminal impersonation of a cop.  Bacon allegedly pulled a woman over last month in Tigard.

Ducks' Adams Holds "Impressive" Workout For Rams

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Former Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams had an impressive workout for the team holding the top pick in the NFL Draft.  Multiple reports say Adams had a great workout for the Rams in Los Angeles.  In his lone season for the Ducks, Adams passed for over 26-hundred-yards, 26 touchdowns and six interceptions.

Indians Edge Mariners

(Cleveland, OH)  --  Carlos Carrasco gave up just one run in six-and-a third innings of work to help the Indians edge the Mariners, 3-2, in Cleveland.  Seattle broke up the shutout in the sixth in a solo shot from Kyle Seager.  Wade Miley couldn't get through the fourth inning for the Mariners, giving up three runs on nine hits.

Seahawks Sign Four Players

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks came to terms with four more players Monday after signing cornerback Brandon Browner the day before.  Center Patrick Lewis, tight end Cooper Helfet, cornerback Mohammad Seisay and safety Steven Terrell all signed exclusive rights tenders.  Lewis, Helfet and Terrell have all seen playing time for Seattle over the last two seasons, while Seisay spent all of 2015 on injured reserved after being acquired from Detroit.  The team also began its voluntary workout program Monday.

Blazers Try To Tie Series Tomorrow

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers try and tie their first-round playoff series tomorrow night in LA against the Clippers.  The Blazers fell in the series opener 115-95.  Including the playoffs, Portland is 1-and-4 against Los Angeles this season.  Tip set for 7:30 tomorrow.

Beavers Edge Ducks After Blowing Lead

(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon State blew an eight-run lead before pulling out an 11-10 win over Oregon at PK Park.  The Beavers scored six in the third before the Ducks put up six of their own in the sixth.  The two teams meet again April 27th until facing off in Pac-12 play.

Steel Seeking First Win

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Steel have to wait another week to win their first game of the Arena Football League season.  The Steel dropped to 0-and-3 after falling to the Philadelphia Soul 70-32 on Sunday.  Portland next meets the Arizona Rattlers on April 30th.

Timbers Off Until Next Week

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are off the pitch until next week.  Portland defeated San Jose 3-1 on Saturday to improve to 2-3-and-2 overall.  Up next, the Timbers visit the New England Revolution on April 27th.

Clippers Clobber Blazers In Game One

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Clippers clobbered the Trail Blazers, 115-95, in Game One of their West quarterfinal series in LA.  Damian Lillard scored 21 points for Portland, which will look to even the best-of-seven set Wednesday.  C.J. McCollum had only nine points on 3-of-11 shooting.

Timbers Shake 'Quakes

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland scored three second-half goals as the Timbers defeated the San Jose Earthquakes, 3-1, in front of a sell-out crowd at Providence Park on Saturday.  Jack McInerney started the scoring for Portland, and Fanendo Adi finished it with two goals of his own.  The Timbers are off until Wednesday, April 27th when they travel to Gillette Stadium to face the New England Revolution.  Portland is 2-3-and-2 on the season.

Seahawks Sign Brandon Browner

(Renton, WA)  --  All members of the Seahawks' original "Legion of Boom" are back in place.  The team has reached a one-year deal with cornerback Brandon Browner, who posted an Instagram message saying that he's "grateful and can't wait to get back to work."  Browner played for the Seahawks from 2011 to 2013, then played for New England in 2014 and New Orleans last season.  Fellow Legion of Boom member Chris Clemons was signed by the Seahawks on April 1st after playing for Jacksonville over the last two seasons.

Beavers Hold Spring Game

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State football team held its annual spring game at Reser Stadium on Saturday.  Junior quarterback Darell Garretson threw for 263 yards and three touchdowns, while Noah Togiai hauled in seven catches for 107 yards.  The Beavers open the 2016 regular season at the University of Minnesota on Thursday, September 1st.

Oregon's Acrobatics And Tumbling Team Advances To Semifinals

(Waco, TX)  --  The Oregon acrobatics and tumbling team was victorious in all six events at the National Collegiate Acrobatics and Tumbling Association's quarterfinal meet to advance to the semifinals.  The second-seeded Ducks defeated sixth-seeded Alderson Broaddus University, 276.38 to 266.  Oregon will face third-seeded Quinnipiac at 3:00 p.m. today for a chance to advance to the NCATA finals.

Blazers Prepare For Clippers

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers open their playoff series against the Clippers on Sunday in Los Angeles.  The two teams matched up four times in the regular season, with Portland winning the first meeting but losing the last three.  The fifth-seeded Blazers finished the regular season with a record of 44-and-38.

Blazers' Lillard Has Historic Season

(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard had a historic season for the Trail Blazers, setting several franchise records while leading Portland to the fifth seed in the Western Conference playoffs.  He became the third Blazer ever, behind Clyde Drexler and Kiki Vandeweghe, to average over 25 points per game.  Lillard also became the first Portland player to finish among the NBA's top 10 in scoring and assists.  His 25.1 points per game were sixth in the NBA, while his 6.8 assists per game were eighth in the league.

Oregon's Alleyne Selected In WNBA Draft

(Eugene, OR)  --  Jillian Alleyne has been selected with the 20th overall pick in the WNBA Draft by the Phoenix Mercury.  The senior forward from Fontana, California finished her collegiate basketball career with 92 double-doubles, second most in NCAA history.  Alleyne is currently rehabbing in Eugene with the Ducks' training staff after suffering a season-ending ACL injury in February.

OSU's Weisner, Hamblin Selected In WNBA Draft

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Jamie Weisner and Ruth Hamblin were selected with back-to-back picks in the second round of the WNBA Draft.  Weisner went 17th overall to the Connecticut Sun, while Hamblin was picked at number-18 by the Dallas Wings.  The Beavers ended the season ranked number-two after falling to UConn in the Final Four.

OSU Football To Hold Spring Game On Saturday

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State will hold its annual spring game at Reser Stadium on Saturday.  Kickoff is set for 1:00 p.m. in what will be the final practice session of the spring.  Pregame festivities begin at 11:00 a.m. at Parker Plaza.  The Beavers' regular season home-opener is Saturday, September 17th against Idaho State.

Seahawks' 2016 Schedule Released

(Renton, WA)  --  Five prime-time games will be included in the 2016 regular season for the Seattle Seahawks.  On the schedule that was released yesterday by the NFL, Seattle will open the regular season at home against Miami on September 11th.  The Hawks will play in Los Angeles on September 18th in the first regular-season game in that city since 1994.  The prime-time contests will be played at Arizona on October 23rd; on November 7th in Seattle against Buffalo; the following Sunday at New England; in Seattle against Carolina on December 4th; and at CenturyLink Field against the Rams on December 15th.

Blazers Top Nuggets

(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard scored a team-high 21 points as the Trail Blazers topped the Nuggets, 107-99, in Portland.  C.J. McCollum added 17 for the Blazers, who will face the fourth-seeded Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs.  Lillard set Portland's franchise record for most three-pointers by making the 827th long distance shot of his career.  The fifth-seeded Blazers travel to LA for game one of their playoff series against the Clippers on Sunday.

Timbers Lose To FC Dallas, 3-1

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Timbers head coach Caleb Porter is apologizing to fans, after last night's 3-1 loss to FC Dallas at Providence Park.  The Timbers gave up three goals in the first half on their way to the loss.  Portland played without Darlington Nagbe, who was injured during the Galaxy game in Los Angels over the weekend.  The Timbers will host San Jose Saturday night.

Oregon Lands JUCO Player Of The Year

(Eugene, OR)  --  For the second year in a row, the Oregon men's basketball team has landed a player of the year.  Kavell Bigby-Williams, the National Junior College Athletic Association player of the year, has signed a letter of intent to play for the Ducks.  Bigby-Williams averaged over 16 points, 13 rebounds and five blocks per game as a sophomore for Gillette College in Wyoming.

Oregon's Costa Named Player Of The Year Finalist

(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon's Koral Costa has been named one of 25 finalists for the USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year.  Costa is second in the Pac-12 with a batting average of .450.  The list of finalists will be trimmed to 10 players on May 11th and down to three on May 25th.  The winner will be announced in June, prior to the start of the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City.

Kobe Bryant puts on a show for his final game.

Kobe Bryant capped his illustrious 20-year career with the Lakers
with a 60-point performance, scoring 17 consecutive fourth-quarter
points to rally Los Angeles to a 101-96 victory over the Jazz. It
was the sixth time Bryant reached the 60-point mark and first since
scoring 61 at Madison Square Garden against the Knicks on Feb. 2,
2009. The five-time NBA champion, who shot 22 of 50, finishes third
all-time with 33,643 points, trailing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl

Blazers Wrap Up Regular Season Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers wrap up the regular season tonight at home against the Denver Nuggets.  The Blazers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday 106-105.  Portland is 43-and-38 overall and fifth in the Western Conference standings.  The Blazers are 2-and-1 against the Nuggets this season.  Tip from the Moda Center at 7:30.

Wambach Pleads Guilty To Drunken Driving

(Portland, OR)  --  Retired women's soccer star Abby Wambach is pleading guilty to a drunken driving charge.  The 35-year-old will enroll into a diversion program and could have the charge dismissed in a year.  Portland police say Wambach was pulled over April 2nd after seeing her drive through a red light.  She failed field sobriety tests and was later booked into jail.

Timbers Host FC Dallas Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers look to remain unbeaten against FC Dallas all-time while playing at Providence Park.  Portland is 4-0-and-2 in the six matches between the two clubs.  The Timbers played to a 1-1 tie on Sunday at the LA Galaxy.  The defending MLS champs are 1-2-and-2 overall, while Dallas is 3-1-and-2.

Timbers' Nagbe Has Sprained Ankle

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Timbers are avoiding a serious injury to midfielder Darlington Nagbe.  Coach Caleb Porter says Nagbe has a sprained ankle and will miss Portland's game against Dallas tonight.  The team originally feared the injury could be worse.

Mariners Shut Out By Texas, 8-0

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are struggling through a five-game losing streak in the young season, losing again at home to Texas, 8-0.  Adrian Beltre had five RBI for the Rangers, and the Mariners were held to four hits on the night.  Starter Wade Miley gave up six runs on ten hits in picking up the loss for Seattle.  The Mariners and Rangers will wrap up the three-game series this afternoon at Safeco Field.

Blazers Wrap Up Regular Season Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers wrap up the regular season tomorrow night at home against the Denver Nuggets.  The Blazers fell to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Saturday 106-105.  Portland is 43-and-38 overall and fifth in the Western Conference standings.  The Blazers are 2-and-1 against the Nuggets this season.

QB Collins To Remain At OSU

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Quarterback Seth Collins is remaining at Oregon State after all.  Collins requested a transfer following last season, but will return to Corvallis next fall.  The rising sophomore threw for 936 yards and six touchdowns and four interceptions.  He also ran for 580 yards and eight touchdowns.

Timbers "Cautiously Optimistic" About Nagbe's Injury

(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are "cautiously optimistic" about midfielder Darlington Nagbe's injured ankle.  Nagbe does not have a broken ankle and the team hopes the injury is not too severe.  Nagbe was stretchered off the field in the second half of Sunday's game after his ankle was stomped on by LA Galaxy midfielder Nigel de Jong.

OSU, Portland Postponed

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State's matchup today with University of Portland on the baseball diamond has been postponed.  No makeup date has been announced but the spokesman said fans with tickets to today's contest will be able to use those tickets for the rescheduled game when it takes place.  OSU is 22-and-7 overall this season, and takes on Washington State later this week.

Mariners Drop 7-3 Decision To Texas

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to even their series with Texas after losing to the Rangers, 7-3.  Hisashi Iwakuma allowed three runs on eight hits over six innings as Seattle lost its fourth straight game.  Nelson Cruz had a two-run homer in the eighth inning for the Mariners.  Seattle and Texas will play again tonight at Safeco Field.

The Masters

Jordan Spieth suffered a stunning collapse on the back nine at
Augusta National and England's Danny Willett shot a 67 to pull off
a stunning win at the Masters. Spieth made the turn with a
five-stroke lead, having closed the front side with four straight
birdies, but the defending champion bogeyed the next two holes and
hit two balls into Rae's Creek at the par-3 12th, ending up with a
quadruple-bogey 7. Spieth rallied with two birdies and needed to
make up two shots on the final two holes, but missed a par putt on
No. 17 to hand Willett the green jacket.

Timberwolves Top Blazers At Buzzer

(Portland, OR)  --  Karl-Anthony Towns' last-second basket gave the Timberwolves to a 106-105 win over the Trail Blazers in Portland on Saturday.  Damian Lillard had a game-high 31 points for the Blazers, who are in fifth in the Western Conference.  Lillard's four-point play with less than five seconds to go put Portland up by one before the game-winner by Towns.  The Blazers host the Nuggets on Wednesday to wrap up the regular season.

Beavers Scrimmage In Portland

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Oregon State football team held its first scrimmage of the spring practice session at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday.  It was the first time the Beavers played in the Portland area since 2005.  OSU continues to prepare for its annual spring game, which will be held on Saturday at Reser Stadium.

Timbers Draw Galaxy

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Timbers battled to a 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center.  Fanendo Adi scored early in the second half to give Portland a 1-0 lead, but a misplay by Nat Borchers resulted in an own goal equalizer for the Galaxy.  The Timbers have five points and are in ninth place in the Western Conference with a record of 1-2-and-2.

Mariners Swept At Home By Oakland

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are winless at home so far this season, after losing to Oakland, 2-1, in ten innings.  Felix Hernandez struck out ten and allowed only three hits over seven innings, but a two-out home run by Coco Crisp in the tenth made the difference for the A's.  Nelson Cruz scored the Mariners' only run in the sixth.  Seattle will host Texas in a three-game series starting tonight.

Blazers Host T-Wolves

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers host the Timberwolves tomorrow night in the penultimate game of the regular season.  Portland is coming off a 120-115 win over the Thunder on Wednesday.  The Blazers' regular season finale is Wednesday night against the Nuggets.  Portland has clinched a playoff berth and is in sixth place in the Western Conference.

Blazers Set Franchise Record

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers set a new franchise record in Wednesday's win against Oklahoma City.  The win clinched a playoff berth for Portland in what will be the 32nd time in franchise history that the Blazers will be in the playoffs.  That is the fourth-most playoff appearances of any team since Portland joined the NBA in 1970.

Timbers Prepare For Galaxy

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers continue to prepare for their match against the L.A. Galaxy on Sunday.  Portland is coming off a 4-1 loss to Orlando City last weekend.  The match against the Galaxy will mark the start of a busy week for the Timbers, who will host Dallas on Wednesday and San Jose on Saturday.  Portland is ninth in the Western Conference with a record of 1-2-and-1.

Oregon Football To Scrimmage Today

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon football team is in the midst of spring practices in preparation for its annual Spring Game on Saturday, April 30th.  The Ducks will hold their first scrimmage of the season today.  Oregon ended last season ranked number 20, finishing with a 9-and-4 record.

Seattle Seahawks' 2016 Preseason Schedule Released

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seattle Seahawks know which teams they'll be playing during the 2016 preseason.  Dates for two of the games have been set by the NFL, including August 18th at CenturyLink Field versus Minnesota and September 1st at Oakland.  The league has yet to determine when and where games against Kansas City and Dallas will be played.  It will be the eleventh straight year the Seahawks will finish their preseason against the Raiders.

Beavers Ranked Second In Final Poll

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The Oregon State women's basketball team ended its season with the highest ranking in program history.  The second-ranked Beavers finished only behind national champion Connecticut in the final "USA Today" Women's Basketball Coaches' Poll.  The Beavers are among five Pac-12 teams ranked in the final Top 25 poll of the season.

Blazers Secure Playoff Spot In Win

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Thunder for a 120-115 win in Portland.  Al-Farouq Aminu had a team-high 27 points and C.J. McCollum added 26 for Portland which clinched a playoff berth. Six players scored in double figures for the Blazers, who have won six of their past seven games.  Portland hosts the Timberwolves Saturday.

Ducks Ranked Sixth In Final Poll

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon men's basketball team finished sixth in the final "USA Today" Men's Basketball Coaches' Poll.  The Pac-12 champions set the team record for victories in a season, finishing at 31-and-7.

Timbers Prepare For Galaxy

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers continue to prepare for their upcoming match against the L.A. Galaxy.  Portland is coming off a 4-1 loss to Orlando City on Sunday, in which Diego Chara became the fourth player in team history to play in 150 league games for the Timbers.  Sunday's match against the Galaxy is at 6:30 p.m. in Los Angeles.

Mariners Win Series With Texas

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will have a series win under their belts when they play their home opener tomorrow night.  Seattle rallied yesterday with a five-run ninth to defeat Texas, 9-5.  Robinson Cano hit two home runs and had five RBI.  Leonys  Martin also homered for the Mariners.  Seattle will open a three-game series with Oakland tomorrow night at Safeco Field.

Blazers Beat Kings

(Sacramento, CA)  --  C.J. McCollum netted 30 points as the Blazers beat the Kings 115-107 in Sacramento.  Maurice Harkless had 20 points and 16 rebounds for Portland, which has won five of six.  Damian Lillard added 22 points in the victory.  The Blazers host the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at 7:00.

Porter Formally Introduced As Pilots Head Coach

(Portland, OR)  --  Former Trail Blazer player and coach Terry Porter was officially announced as the next head coach at the University of Portland.  Porter is the 21st men's basketball coach in Pilots' history.  He played 10 seasons for the Blazers and three seasons coaching in the NBA.  U-of-P went 12-and-20 last season under coach Eric Reveno.

Hawks Goalie Hill Signs With Coyotes

(Glendale, AZ)  --  Portland Winterhawks goalie Adin Hill is heading to the NHL's Arizona Coyotes.  Hill signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the 'Yotes.  Hill was selected in the third round, 76th overall, in last June's National Hockey League Draft.  As a 20-year-old next season, he will be eligible to return to Portland.

Friendly Match Set For Autzen

(Eugene, OR)  --  International soccer is coming to Autzen Stadium.  French professional league champion Paris Saint-Germain and legendary Italian club F.C. Internazionale, or Inter Milan, will play at the home of the Ducks on July 24th.  Autzen is one of three college football stadiums to host an ICC match this summer.

Mariners Race Past Texas, 10-23

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to win their series with Texas today, after defeating the Rangers last night, 10-2.  The M's pounded out eleven hits and secured their first win of the season with a six-run eighth inning.  Seattle got home runs from Nelson Cruz, Robinson Cano, Seth Smith, and Luis Sardinas.  The Mariners and Rangers will wrap up their three-game series beginning at 11:05 this morning.

Blazers Visit Kings

(Sacramento, CA)  --  The Trail Blazers clash with the Kings tonight in Sacramento.  Portland has four games left, and all but tonight's will be at the Moda Center.  The Blazers host the Thunder tomorrow and the T-Wolves on Saturday before closing the regular season against Denver next Wednesday.  At 41-and-37, the Blazers currently hold the sixth seed in the Western Conference.

Nike Hoop Summit Lands In Portland

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The World Team and USA Select Team begin practice this week in the Portland area as the two squads gear up for Saturday's Nike Hoop Summit at the Moda Center.  The teams are made up of some of the top teenage basketball players in the world.  West Linn guard Payton Pritchard is the only Oregon native playing in the game.

Timbers Visit LA Galaxy Sunday

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Portland Timbers continue MLS action on Sunday with a road match against the L.A. Galaxy.  The Timbers go for their first road win as they're 0-and-2 away from home so far.  Portland is tied for ninth in the West out of 10 teams.

Griffey To Throw Out 1st Pitch In Mariners Home Opener

(Seattle, WA)  --  Former Seattle Mariners star Ken Griffey, Junior will throw out the first pitch in this Friday's home opener for the team.  Griffey is about to become the first player inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a Mariner, and will do the honors prior to Seattle's Safeco Field opener Friday night against Oakland.  Griffey was a Mariner for 13 of his 23 major-league seasons.  He was elected to the All-Star Game 13 times, won ten Gold Gloves, and hit 630 home runs during his career.

Portland Steel Visit Predators Saturday

(Orlando, FL)  --  Arena Football action continues this weekend as the Portland Steel pay a visit to the Orlando Predators.  The Steel got blasted 80-28 by the Arizona Rattlers on Friday night.  The Steel visit the Philadelphia Soul on April 17th before returning home on May 7th to face the LA Kiss.

Mariners Drop Opener To Texas

(Arlington, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try this afternoon to bounce back from their opening-day, 3-2 loss to the Texas Rangers.  Felix Hernandez held Texas to only one hit yesterday, but the Rangers scored all three of their runs in the fifth inning with help from three walks and two errors.  Robinson Cano and Kyle Seager each got a solo home run for the Mariners.  Seattle will visit Texas again at 5:05 this afternoon.

Warriors Thump Blazers

(Oakland, CA)  --  The Warriors bounced back from their first home loss of the season to defeat the Trail Blazers, 136-111, in Oakland.  Stephen [[ STEFF-ihn ]] Curry led Golden State with a game-high 39 points.  Damian Lillard had a team-high 38 points for Portland, which is in sixth place in the West.  The Blazers travel to Sacramento to battle the Kings tomorrow night.

Oregon State Goes Home After Defeat By UConn

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Oregon State women's basketball team hopes its first Final Four appearance won't be its last.  The Beavers fell victim last night to the undefeated University of Connecticut women by a score of 80-51.  Sydney Wiese scored 13 points for Oregon State and Ruth Hamblin added ten.  UConn will play Syracuse for the championship, after the Orange defeated Washington, 80-59.

OSU's Weisner Named All-American

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Jamie Weisner has been named to the Women's Basketball Coaches Association All-America First Team.  The senior guard from Clarkston, Washington, averaged over 17 points per game this season for the Beavers.  Weisner is the seventh player in program history to be named an All-American.

OSU's Hamblin Receives Awards

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Ruth Hamblin collected a pair of academic awards at the Final Four this weekend.  Hamblin was named a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American in addition to be selected as a recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 award.  The senior center from Houston, British Columbia, has a cumulative grade point average of 3.85 and is majoring in mechanical engineering.

UW Falls In Final Four

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The dream season for the Washington women's basketball team is over.  The seventh-seeded Huskies lost to fourth-seeded Syracuse, 80-59, in the national semifinals yesterday in Indianapolis.  Talia Walton led Washington with 29 points, including a Final Four record eight three-pointers.  The Huskies finish the year with a record of 26-and-11, the fifth straight season with 20-plus wins.

Lions Dominate Timbers

(Orlando, FL)  --  Orlando City dominated the Timbers, 4-1, at the Citrus Bowl.  Portland fell behind early, trailing 2-0 at the half.  The Lions added two more in the second half and nearly blanked the Timbers.  Jack McInerney scored in the 89th minute for Portland to avoid the shutout.  The Timbers will be in Carson, California, on Sunday to take on the LA Galaxy.

Blazers Rally For Win Over Celtics

(Portland, OR)  --  Al-Farouq Aminu's 28 points and nine rebounds led the way as the Trail Blazers rallied to beat the Celtics, 116-109, at the Moda Center.  Damian Lillard had a rough night for Portland, going 3-for-16 to finish with 14 points.  The Blazers have won three straight to keep a grasp on sixth place in the Western Conference.  Isaiah Thomas had 22 points for Boston, which has lost back-to-back games.  The Celtics dropped from fourth to sixth in the Eastern Conference.

Beavers Prep For Final Four

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  The Oregon State women's basketball team is getting ready for this weekend's game against Connecticut in the NCAA Women's Final Four.  The second-seed Beavers are set to play top-seed UConn at three o'clock Sunday afternoon.  The victor will play the winner of the Washington-Syracuse game, which is slated to begin at 5:30 Sunday.  The Beavers will have a tall order, as UConn is undefeated this season and hopes to win its eleventh national title.

Huskies Set For Women's Final Four Sunday

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  Washington goes up against Syracuse in the Women's Final Four Sunday in Indianapolis.  The seventh-seeded Huskies beat Stanford in the Elite Eight to advance.  UConn will face Oregon State in Sunday's other semifinal.  The winners will meet in Tuesday's championship game.

Timbers Travel to Orlando City

(Orlando, FL)  --  The Portland Timbers continue to prepare for their upcoming match against Orlando City.  The Timbers will make their first east coast trip of the MLS season when they head to Orlando today in anticipation of Sunday's match at the Citrus Bowl.  Portland is 1-1-and-1 on the season.


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