Sports Archives for 2020-03

MLB, Union Agree To Stipulations For Eventual Return

(New York, NY)  --  MLB and the union have stipulations set for an eventual return to play.  In an agreement reached late last week, ESPN reports the season won't start until there is no ban on mass gatherings, no travel restrictions and no health threat to players, staff and fans.

Report: Grizzlies Owner Inquired About Relocation

(Memphis, TN)  --  According to reports, Memphis Grizzlies owner Robert Pera inquired about relocating the franchise in August of last year.  As one of the smallest markets in the NBA, rumors built around the team moving to a bigger city such as Seattle.  The Grizzlies were in Vancouver from 1995-2001.  Seattle hasn't had a team since the SuperSonics left in 2008.

Agent Boras Upset Over Possible Draft Reduction

(Undated)  --  Agent Scott Boras is upset that the deal between MLB and the union could shorten the draft.  ESPN reports commissioner Rob Manfred could potentially reduce the draft from 40 rounds to as little as five.  Boras says it would limit the financial pool for amateurs.

Former OSU Star Wiese Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(Undated)  --  Former Oregon State basketball star Sydney Wiese has tested positive for the coronavirus.  She says she's exhibiting mild symptoms.  Wiese, who played for the Beavers from 2013-2017, helped lead them to the women's basketball Final Four in 2016.  She is currently on the Los Angeles Sparks.

NCAA Voting On Eligibility Relief Today

(Undated)  --  The NCAA is voting today on whether or not to grant eligibility relief to student-athletes in spring sports.  Those students are losing out on this season due to the coronavirus pandemic and are fighting for an additional year.  The NCAA says the main concern is the financial burden it will have on smaller schools.

High School Basketball Honors

In prep basketball, all-league honors have been handed out in the 5-A Girls Intermountain conference. Ridgeview’s Paige Pentzer named Player of the Year. Alaina Clark and Jenna Albrecht from Ridgeview also named first team and Ravens coach Alicia Love is the coach of the year.


Ellie Corwin of Redmond named to the second team, and Crook County’s Dallas Hutchins and Liz Barker earn third team honors with Skyla Gonzalez of Redmond and Marley Sargent of Ridgeview.


On the boys side…Crook County dominates as Kevin Sanchez is the Player of the Year with Caleb Arnold earning first team recognition. Redmond’s Dylan Moss joins them with Crook County head coach Jason Mumm tabbed coach of the year.

New Seahawks CB Says He Wanted To Come To Seattle

(Renton, WA)  --  The newest member of the Seahawks' secondary is making it known he wanted to come to Seattle.  Cornerback Quinton Dunbar told 710 ESPN that he wanted to be a part of the Seahawks and that he watched some of the great Seattle secondaries while he was in college.  The Seahawks acquired Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick last week.

MLB, MLBPA Agree To Deal

(Undated)  --  According to reports, MLB and its players association have agreed to deal surrounding the league stoppage due to COVID-19.  Players have voted and owners are expected to ratify a deal that will cover an advance in salary for players along with the right to shorten the MLB Draft and honor full service time for 2020 if no season occurs.

NFL Draft Is Set

(Undated)  --  The NFL Draft will go on with its original date.  Commissioner Roger Goodell sent a memo around the league stating the draft will keep its dates from April 23rd to 25th.  According to ESPN, the memo warns of punishment for anyone that criticizes the league's decision. The commissioner also told teams to prepare for conducting the draft process outside of their facilities, which have closed amid the ongoing coronavirus.

M's, MLB Navigating Coronavirus Instead Of Opening Day

(Undated)  --  On what would have been Opening Day, the Mariners and MLB are instead navigating through a pandemic.  ESPN reports MLB is working with teams and the union to advance a portion of player salaries.  MLB also wants all non-player employees to be paid through at least April.

NCAA To Vote On Eligibility Monday

(Undated)  --  The NCAA will vote on March 30th on whether athletes from winter and spring sports will get an extra year of eligibility.  Many sports seasons were abruptly canceled weeks ago once the coronavirus pandemic began.  Athletes in their final season of NCAA eligibility won't get to make up their seasons if the vote doesn't go through.

NHL Postpones, Combine, Awards, Draft

(New York, NY)  --  The NHL is postponing a trio of June events.  The Scouting Combine in Buffalo, the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas and the NHL Draft in Montreal have all been called off.  The league says location, timing and format of the draft will be announced when details are finalized.

NFL Considering Changing One-Helmet Rule

(New York, NY)  --  The Seahawks may be wearing more than one helmet during the season starting as early as 2021.  The league is considering changing its one-helmet rule that prohibits different logos to match throwback jerseys.  A league spokesman tells ESPN no decision has been made.

MLS Extends Training Ban

(Undated)  --  Don't look for the Sounders or Timbers on the pitch any time soon.  Major League Soccer announced Wednesday it is extending its training ban through April 3rd in order to follow CDC guidelines in limiting the spread of COVID-19.  MLS suspended its season on March 12th.

Seahawks Add Veteran Receiver

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are bringing in a veteran receiver.  The Seahawks are signing Phillip Dorsett to a one-year deal.  Dorsett caught 29 passes for the Patriots in 2019.

NFL To Institute Coronavirus Rules

(Undated)  --  The NFL is instituting rules regarding the coronavirus.  The policies are in effect with those set by states across the country in the wake of COVID-19.  Facilities around the league will close today to all employees except those deemed essential.

NFL, GM's Clash Over April Draft

(Undated)  --  The NFL and its general managers are at odds over when the draft should be held.  According to ESPN, the league wants to continue on with the draft being held April 23rd to 25th while the general managers would like it pushed to a later date so they can have more time to do testing that has been paused as a result of COVID-19.  The GM subcommittee voted to approve the recommendation.

IOC Postpones Olympic Games

(Tokyo, Japan)  --  The IOC is postponing the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.  The IOC and Japan have determined the Games must be delayed in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.  The two sides concluded the Games must be played no later than the summer of 2021.

Former Seahawk Jon Ryan Announces He Has Cancer

(Undated)  --  Former Seahwaks punter Jon Ryan i sannouncing he was recently diagnosed with skin cancer on his neck.  He said he will have surgery soon, according to the Seattle Times, but the procedure is being delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak.  He described it as slow moving to the paper. 

Seahawks Acquire Dunbar From Redskins

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are making moves to fortify their secondary.  Seattle made a trade with the Redskins on Monday, sending a fifth-round pick to Washington in exchange for cornerback Quinton Dunbar. The fifth-year pro started 11 games for the 'Skins last season, making a career-high four interceptions. 

Trail Blazers Raise Money For COVID-19 Relief

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers Foundation is establishing a COVID-19 Relief Fund.  Both the foundation and players are contributing money.  The move is part of an overall NBA effort to raise 50-million dollars.  So far, more than 35-million dollars have been raised. 

U.S. Olympic Committee Recommends Postponing Tokyo Games

(Undated)  --  The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee is recommending that the 2020 Tokyo Games be postponed.  USOPC Chair Susanne Lyons and CEO Sarah Hirshland put out a joint statement Monday evening that the Games should be postponed until they can be conducted under safe and fair conditions.  IOC member Dick Pound then stated early Monday that the Olympics would not start on July 24th and will be postponed, but the IOC refuted that in its own statement. 

U.S. Soccer Federation Hires New CEO

(Undated)  --  The U.S. Soccer Federation now has a new CEO.  The USSF has hired William Wilson away from Wasserman Sports Agency, where he has served as executive vice president.  Wilson also previously worked as an executive for the MLS.  He replaces Dan Flynn, who stepped down last fall after nearly two decades on the job. 

Report: NFL To Hold Draft In Studio Setting

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The NFL Draft is still scheduled to begin next month, but it won't be the big event in Las Vegas as previously planned.  The L.A. Times reports that the draft will likely be held in a studio setting, with video cut-ins of teams at their headquarters making selections.  The draft was supposed to take place at the Bellagio Hotel.  The NFL already announced last week that all public events related to the draft in Las Vegas have been canceled.  Utah State quarterback Jordan Love and Utah cornerback Jaylon Johson are among the local players expected to be selected next month.

Mariners Shut Down Spring Training Operations

(Peoria, AZ)  --  The Mariners are the next team to shut down their spring training operations.  Seattle is closing its Peoria complex.  The Mariners are among many teams shutting things down as baseball is currently suspended amid the ongoing coronavirus.

Seahawks Linked To Pass Rushers In Free Agency

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are being linked to pass rushers in free agency.  According to reports, Seattle has been linked to Jaguars pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue.  The team has also been linked to bringing back Jadeveon Clowney, who still has not signed a deal in free agency.  Clowney was acquired by the Seahawks before last season.

Trail Blazers Owner Commits 1.4-Million Dollars To Help Arena Employees

(Portland, OR)  --  Trail Blazers owner Jody Allen is the latest to help out arena employees affected by COVID-19.  The wife of the late Paul Allen is donating 1.4-million-dollars to aid Rose Quarter employees.  Teams from around the league have been donating to help employees that are out of work as a result of COVID-19.

Iditarod Standings

(Undated)  --  Thomas Waerner is still in front in the latest Iditarod standings.  He's followed by Mitch Seavey and Jessie Royer.  Brent Sass and Aaron Burmeister round out the top five.

Seahawks Add OL Finney

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are bolstering their offensive line with two more players.  They have reached deals with tackles Brandon Shell and Cedric Ogbuehi.  This comes after agreeing to a deal with O-lineman B.J. Finney earlier this week.  Shell's two-year deal is a reportedly worth 11-million-dollars, while Ogbuehi got a one-year, 3.3-million pact.

Seahawks Bringing Back DE Irvin

(Renton, WA)  --  Bruce Irvin is returning to the Emerald City.  The 32-year-old defensive end has agreed to a deal with the Seahawks, the team that drafted him in the first round in 2012.  Irvin tweeted about his return to Seattle, saying he's so happy to be going home.  He played his first four seasons with the Seahawks.

Seahawks Let Thompson Seek Trade

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are letting safety Tedric Thompson seek a trade.  NFL Network reports the Hawks are letting "T2" find a new team.  The 25-year-old lost his starting job last season.  He would likely net the Seahawks a late-round draft pick in a trade. 

Seahawks' Wilson Donates One Million Meals To Seattle Food Bank

(Seattle, WA)  --  Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his wife Ciara are making a big contribution in the wake of COVID-19.  The quarterback and his wife are donating one million meals to the Seattle food bank.  The deadly virus and a shortage of supplies have rocked the Seattle region recently.

Former Seahawk Jefferson Bolts For Bills

(Orchard Park, NY)  --  The Seahawks are losing one of their own.  Defensive end Quinton Jefferson is taking his talents to the Buffalo Bills.  Jefferson will receive a two-year deal from Buffalo.  The defensive lineman had been with Seattle since 2017.

Seahawks Sign Offensive Lineman Finney

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are adding some depth to the offensive line.  Seattle has reportedly agreed to a two-year deal with former Steeler B.J. Finney.  The deal is reportedly worth eight-million dollars.  He has 13 starts in his career.

Waerner Still Leads At Iditarod

(Undated)  --  Thomas Waerner is still in the lead at the Iditarod.  He is followed by Mitch Seavey and Jessie Royer.  Brent Sass and Aaron Burmeister round out the top five.

Mariners Set Up Fund For Stadium Employees

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners are aiming to take care of stadium employees in the wake of COVID-19.  All 30 MLB teams are pledging one million dollars to help employees who are affected from the league suspension.  Seattle is expected to raise even more than the million dollars as the efforts to aid those around the league continue.

Former Sonic Durant Tests Positive For Coronavirus

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  A former Seattle SuperSonic has tested positive for the coronavirus.  Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant has tested positive for COVID-19, along with three teammates.  Durant was drafted by the SuperSonics in 2007 and played with the franchise until it relocated to Oklahoma City.

Timbers, Thorn To Assist Staff Affected By COVID-19

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers and Thorn are aiming to help those affected by the coronavirus.  The clubs released a list of initiatives they will be taking in the wake of COVID-19.  The goal is to aid staff members and others in the community.

Seahawks Resign Reed, Make Other Moves

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks have agreed to terms with defensive tackle Jarran Reed.  The deal is worth 23-million dollars for two years, according to ESPN.  The team has also tendered restricted free agents center Joey Hunt and defensive end Branden Jackson. 

Seahawks Give Restricted FA Hollister Tender

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seahawks are placing a second-round tender on restricted free agent Jacob Hollister.  According to ESPN, that's worth 3.259-million dollars for 2020 and would entitle Seattle to a second-round pick if it declines to match another team's offer for the tight end.  The team could have nice depth at the position with free agent signing Greg Olsen and the return of Will Dissly. 

NFL Draft Still On Schedule

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL Draft will go on as scheduled next month, but changes are being made.  The NFL said the draft will take place on April 23rd through the 25th.  However, public events associated with the draft in Las Vegas have been canceled.  The NFL says "innovative options for how the process will be conducted" will be announced later.

Jets Sign Former Seahawk Fant

(East Rutherford, NJ)  --  The New York Jets have agreed to terms with former Seahawks offensive tackle George Fant.  The deal is worth 30-million dollars for three years and includes more than 13-million guaranteed, according to ESPN. 

MLB Further Delays Start Of The Season

(New York, NY)  --  Major League Baseball is delaying the start of its season even further.  The league said today the season will be delayed for eight weeks, with a May opener probable.  That goes along with CDC recommending events with 50 or more people over that time frame should be postponed or canceled.  The statement from the league went on to say, "The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins."

NFL Puts New Standards In Place Because Of Coronavirus

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is postponing OTA's and limiting free agency abilities because of the coronavirus.  Offseason training activities have been suspended indefinitely because of the pandemic.  The league also said teams aren't allowed to bring any free agents to club facilities or any other location to meet with personnel.  This edict has not slowed down early signings, however, as many clubs have agreed to big-money contracts with free agents.

Iditarod Continues Despite Coronavirus

(Undated)  --  Iditarod is still continuing in Alaska, despite the coronavirus. Thomas Waerner is in first and Aaron Burmeister is in second.  They are the only two mushers at Koyuk.

MLS Remains Suspended

(Undated)  --  The MLS season remains on hold due to the coronavirus.  The Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are on pause.  Seattle has four points, while Portland has three.

NFL Legal Tampering Window Set To Open Today

(Undated)  --  Business will carry on as usual for the NFL today.  The NFL's league tampering window will open.  Free agency will officially get underway on Wednesday.  The Seattle Seahawks will be able to negotiate with agents before free agency but cannot sign any deals until the new league year and free agency officially begins on Wednesday.

NFL CBA Approved

(New York, NY)  --  There will not be a work stoppage in the NFL.  The league and the players association have voted to ratify a new CBA.  The deal will lead to the eventual expansion of the playoffs to seven teams per conference and a 17-game while season while giving the players a larger portion of revenue.

MLS Remains Suspended

(Undated)  --  The MLS season remains on hold due to COVID-19.  Both the Seattle Sounders and Portland Timbers are away from action for the time being.  Seattle has four points while Portland has three.

Mariners Have Option To Leave Spring Complex

(Peoria, AZ)  --  MLB players have the option to go home.  With spring training suspended and Opening Day delayed, Mariners players can depart their spring complex if the way wish.  The league has pushed back play amid the ongoing coronavirus.

Iditarod Continues Despite Coronavirus

(Undated)  --  Despite COVID-19, the Iditarod is still going on in Alaska. Thomas Waerner is first at the moment. He is followed by Brent Sass and Wade Marrs.

NCAA Will Not Release March Madness Bracket

(Undated)  --  There will be no NCAA bracket.  Despite March Madness being canceled, some were hoping for a bracket to still be released for the 68 teams.  Oregon and Gonzaga were both likely to be among the 68 while Washington, Washington State and Oregon State were not.

NBA Will Allow Players To Leave Cities

(Undated)  --  According to reports, NBA players will be able to leave their host city today.  Players had been self-quarantined in their city following the suspension of the league.  The Trail Blazers are working on a plan to take care of arena workers during the time off.

Masters Postponed

Augusta National decided Monday to postpone the Masters because of the spread of the coronavirus. Club chairman Fred Ridley says he hopes postponing the event puts Augusta National in the best position to host the Masters and its other two events at some later date. Ridley did not say when it would be held. The PGA Tour has canceled all events through the Masters, and golf has a full schedule of events through the year. The next major would be the PGA Championship in San Francisco in May.

NCAA Cancels March Madness

(Indianapolis, IN)  --  March Madness is over before it even really started.  After the Pac-12 and other major conferences canceled their tournaments, the NCAA then called off both the men's and women's NCAA Tournaments.  All winter and spring sports have been canceled.

Timbers' Season On Hold

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers' season is now on hold.  Major League Soccer is suspending its season for 30 days, effective immediately.  The move comes in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  The NBA, NHL and Major League Baseball have all suspended play for now.

Oregon QB Herbert Throws At Pro Day

(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert is showing off his skills for NFL scouts.  He worked out yesterday during the Ducks' Pro Day in Eugene.  There had been some speculation the Pro Day might get canceled.  Some NFL scouts have suspended travel.

UFC Fight Night In Portland Canceled

(Portland, OR)  --  UFC Fight Night Portland won't be coming to the Moda Center after all.  Highlighted by a heavyweight bout between Alistar Overeem and Walt Harris, UFC president Dana White confirms the April 11th event is moving to the UFC APEX facility, but with no fans.

NFL Going Ahead With Start Of New League Year

(New York, NY)  --  The NFL is going ahead as planned with the start of its new league year on Wednesday.  The CBA vote is still tomorrow, with the franchise tag deadline on Monday.  The Seahawks and the rest of the league can also start talking to free agents on Monday.

NBA Season Suspended

(New York, NY)  --  The NBA season has been suspended.  The league has postponed operations due to the ongoing coronavirus.  The decision came after Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert tested positive.  Teams that have recently played the Jazz will go into a self quarantine.

Timbers At New England Sunday

(Foxborough, MA)  --  The Timbers are on the road this weekend.  Portland will visit the New England Revolution on Sunday.  The Timbers are looking to make it two-in-a-row after beating Nashville 1-0 this past Sunday.

Mariners Double Up Padres In Spring Training

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Jose Marmolejos drove in three runs as the Mariners doubled up the Padres 4-2 in Peoria.  Marco Gonzales gave up two runs over three and one third innings.  The Mariners will play a pair of split squad games today taking on the Royals and Reds.

Uncertainty Regarding Mariners' Home Opener Continues

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Major League Baseball is working on a plan for regular season games amid the coronavirus.  The league is evaluating different sites for games to be played if a team can't play at its home due to the outbreak.  The Mariners could potentially open their season at their spring training complex in Peoria.  Large public gatherings have been banned in Washington.

Timbers At New England Saturday

(Foxborough, MA)  --  The Timbers are on the road Sunday.  Portland will take on the New England Revolution.  The Timbers picked up their first win over Nashville at home this past Sunday.

Trail Blazers Take Down Suns

(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard scored 25 points as the Trail Blazers took down the Suns 121-105 in Portland.  Trevor Ariza and CJ McCollum each scored 22 in the win.  The Trail Blazers improve to 29-and-37 and will host Memphis tomorrow.

Former Seahawk Bennett Open To Ending Career With Team

(Undated)  --  A former Seahawk is open to the idea of ending his career in Seattle.  Impending free agent Michael Bennett told NBC Sports Northwest that he would "love" to end his career with the Seahawks.  Bennett played with the Seahawks from 2013 to 2017 and won a Super Bowl with the franchise.

Seahawks Awarded Three Comp Picks

(Renton, WA)  --  The Seahawks are receiving extra draft compensation.  Seattle has been awarded three comp picks for the upcoming NFL Draft.  The Seahawks will receive a third, fourth and sixth round pick in April's upcoming draft.

Pac-12 Tournament Roundup

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Pac-12 Tournament gets underway in Las Vegas today.  The Ducks will play the winner of Oregon State and Utah tomorrow.  The Beavers will play the Utes today.

Mariners Top Angels In Spring Training, Coronavirus Fallout

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Jose Marmolejos drove in a pair of runs as the Mariners topped the Angels 3-1 in spring training in Peoria.  Kyle Seager also drove in a run.  Seattle will take on the Padres in spring training today.  In other Mariners news, Seattle could play regular season games at their spring training complex in Peoria due to the ongoing coronavirus, according to The Athletic. 

Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back Against Suns

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers will be back in action tonight as they take on the Suns at the Moda Center.  Portland has lost two-straight and five-of-seven.  They sit at 28-and-37, but are only four-and-a-half games back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Oregon State Open Pac-12 Tournament Tomorrow

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Beavers will tip off tomorrow to open the Pac-12 Tournament when they face Utah.  The two teams split their games this season with the home team taking each win.  The winner will advance to take on the top-seeded Ducks on Thursday.

Timbers Take On Revolution This Weekend

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will be on the road this weekend when they visit the New England Revolution Sunday.  After being expansion side Nashville SC this weekend 1-nil at Providence Park, Portland sits at 1-and-1 with three points. 

Dragons Lose To Roughnecks In Houston

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Dragons will return to Seattle for XFL action when they host the Los Angeles Wildcats at CenturyLink Field.  They were tough luck losers, in more than one way, when they fell 23-14 to the undefeated Houston Roughnecks over the weekend down in Texas.  The league had to issue an apology, as Seattle should've been awarded the ball on the 22-yard line with two seconds remaining with a chance to tie the game.  They're 1-and-4 on the year.

Pair of Solo Homers Down Mariners Against Brewers

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The first and last Brewers hitters homered as the Mariners lost 2-1 Monday.  Taijuan Walker gave up one run on four hits while striking out four over three innings.  Kyle Lewis drove in the only M's run with a solo shot in the fourth.  They'll take on the Angels today. 

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  --  Elsewhere in college basketball, Thursday, Portland State will take on Montana State in the four-five matchup of the Big Sky tournament.  The Vikings beat the Bobcats twice this season.

Major Sports Leagues Closing Locker Room Access Over Coronavirus Concerns

(Miami, FL)  --  Some of North America's major pro sports leagues are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel.  The NBA, NHL, MLB and MLS issued a joint statement Monday night in response to the coronavirus outbreak.  They say the decision was made after consulting infectious disease and public health experts.  Media interviews will be restricted to designated areas outside of the locker room and clubhouse.  The changes are temporary, but will go into effect on Tuesday.  Some NHL clubs already started the practice over the weekend.

Trail Blazers Look To Bounce Back Against Suns

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers will take on the Suns tomorrow night at the Moda Center as they look to get back on the right track.  Portland has lost two-straight and five-of-seven.  They sit at 28-and-37, but are only four-and-a-half games back of a playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Timbers Top Nashville

(Portland, OR)  --  Diego Valeri scored on a slicing ball in the 12th minute as the Timbers beat Nashville SC 1-nil at Providence Park.  It was Valeri's second goal of the season.  At 1-and-1 this season, Portland will visit New England on Sunday.

Oregon Named Top Seed in Pac-12 Tournament; State Plays Opening Game

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The bracket is out for the Pac-12 tournament, and the Ducks are the top seed.  Meanwhile, the Beavers, the eight seed, will face off with Utah, the nine seed, on Wednesday in Las Vegas, with the winner set to play, guess who, Oregon.  It could set the stage for a possible third Civil War showdown this season between the two teams.

McCollum Fined For Role In Incident During Kings Game

(New York, NY)  --  Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum was fined 20-thousand-dollars by the NBA for shoving Sacramento Kings forward Alex Len which led to an on-court incident during Saturday's game, the league announced yesterday.  Len was fined 15-thousand for his role in the incident.  Both players received technical fouls with 8:50 remaining in the third quarter of the Kings' 123-111 win over the Blazers.  The two had to be separated after a physical altercation with the Kings up 20.  Both players put up their fists, but no punches were thrown. 

Sheffield Shines As Mariners Fall To Giants

(Scottsdale, AZ)  --  Justus Sheffield struck out five over three innings, but the Mariners lost 8-4 to the Giants.  The southpaw gave up an earned run on three hits and no walks.  JP Crawford had a triple and a pair of RBI in the loss as the M's fell to 4-and-11.  Seattle will visit the Brewers today.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  --  Elsewhere in college basketball, Thursday, Portland State will take on Montana State in the four-five matchup of the Big Sky tournament.  The Vikings beat the Bobcats twice this season. 

Dragons Lose To Roughnecks In Houston

(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Dragons built a 14-nothing lead and then a 23-14 lead before falling 32-23 to the Houston Roughnecks in XFL action this weekend in Texas.  BJ Daniels threw for 114 yards and ran for 30 yards and a pair of touchdowns.  Trey Williams also ran for a score as the Dragons fell to 1-and-4.  Seattle will be home next Sunday to take on the LA Wildcats. 

Sounders Earn Point After Ruidiaz Gets Second Shot at PK

(Seattle, WA)  --  Raúl Ruidíaz's 79th minute penalty kick was enough to secure a point for the Sounders as they drew the Columbus Crew 1-1 at CenturyLink Field.  Ruidiaz missed the initial try, but the Crew's keeper was ruled off his line by VAR and Ruidiaz buried the second opportunity.  Seattle is now 1-0-and-1 on the year for four points.  They'll be in Houston on Saturday to take on the Dynamo. 

XFL Issues Apology Following Officiating No-Call At the End of Dragons Game

(Undated)  --  The XFL is issuing an apology for an officiating error that denied the Dragons the opportunity to tie the Houston Roughnecks at the end of their game on Saturday.  Houston quarterback PJ walker took a knee on fourth down to end the game, but the league said his knee touched the 22-yard line with two seconds remaining.  Seattle should've been given the ball on the 22 with two seconds remaining.  Had they scored, they could've gone for a three-point conversion attempt from the 10 yard line with a chance to tie the game.  "With a nine-point differential in the score, Seattle was denied an opportunity to tie the game," the XFL said in a statement. "The XFL sincerely regrets this error."

#13 Oregon Crushes Cal

(Eugene, OR)  --  Payton Pritchard posted 20 points as 13th-ranked Oregon crushed Cal 90-56 in Eugene.  Anthony Mathis added 17 points for the Ducks, who improved to 23-and-7.  Oregon can clinch at least a share of the Pac-12 title with a win over Stanford tomorrow at home.  They'll win the title outright if USC beats UCLA tomorrow.

Blazers Visit Suns Tonight

(Phoenix, AZ)  --  The Blazers seek their third straight win as they visit the Phoenix Suns tonight.  Portland is 28-and-35 and sits three-and-a-half games behind Memphis for the eighth seed.  The Blazers return home tomorrow to host Sacramento to tip off a six-game homestand. 

Timbers Host Nashville SC Sunday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers seek their first win of the regular season on Sunday as they host the Nashville SC.  Portland lost to Minnesota United FC 3-1 in the season opener.  The Timbers are at the New England Revolution next Sunday.  

Blazers Smash Wizards

(Portland, OR)  --  Damian Lillard returned from a three-week absence as the Blazers smashed the Wizards 125-104 in Portland.  Lillard scored 22 points after being out due to a strained groin.  C.J. McCollum scored 22, Carmelo Anthony scored 25 and Hassan Whiteside added 24 points, 16 rebounds and four blocks.  Portland visits Phoenix tomorrow.

Oregon Hosts Cal Tonight

(Eugene, OR)  --  Number-13 Oregon clashes with Cal tonight in Eugene.  The Ducks are 22-and-7 overall and 11-and-5 in the Pac-12.  They have won four-of-five.  Oregon closes the regular season on Saturday at home against Stanford.  In Corvallis, the Beavers will host Stanford tonight.  In other hoops action tonight, Portland faces Santa Clara at the WCC Tournament in Las Vegas, and Portland State hosts Northern Arizona.

Timbers Host Nashville SC Sunday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers look to secure their  first win of the season on Sunday as they host the Nashville SC.  Portland lost to Minnesota United FC 3-1 in the season opener.  The Timbers are at the New England Revolution next Sunday.

Ionescu, Graves Earn Pac-12 Honors

(Eugene, OR)  --  Sabrina Ionescu and Kelly Graves are bringing home the accolades for Oregon's women basketball.  The Pac-12 media have voted Ionescu as Player of the Year and Graves as Coach of the Year.  This is the third straight season that Ionescu has won the honor.  The Pac-12 Women's Basketball Tournament tips off today in Las Vegas.  The Ducks have a first-round bye and will play tomorrow.

Blazers Host Wizards Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  The Blazers defend home court tonight as they host the Washington Wizards.  Portland sits at 27-and-35 on the season and is three-and-a-half games behind Memphis for the eighth seed in the West.  The Wizards are 22-and-38 after last night's loss against the Kings.

Marshawn Lynch To Speak At Princeton

(Undated)  --  Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is scheduled to give a speech at Princeton in June.  He will be the Class Day speaker before Yale's commencement ceremony.  Some students expressed in an op-ed this week that they weren't happy with not being included in the decision to pick Lynch. 

Timbers Host Nashville SC Sunday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers seek their first win of the regular season on Sunday as they host the Nashville SC on Sunday.  Portland fell to Minnesota United FC 3-1 in the season opener.  The Timbers play their first road game next Sunday at the New England Revolution.

Trail Blazers Visit Magic Tonight

(Orlando, FL)  --  CJ McCollum scored 41 points as the Trail Blazers beat the Magic 130-107 in Orlando.  Gary Trent Jr. scored 24 points and Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 13 rebounds.  Trevor Ariza added 11 points as Portland snapped its three-game losing streak.  At 27-and-35, the Blazers will be back in Portland to take on the Wizards tomorrow night.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  --  Elsewhere in college basketball, Portland State will take on visitors Northern Arizona Thursday, while Portland will take on Santa Clara in Las Vegas in the first round of the West Coast Conference Tournament. 

Ducks Climb Up In Coaches Poll

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks are up in the latest Coaches Poll.  They've flown up three rungs to number 13 with a 22-and-7 record.  They'll welcome Cal to Eugene when Pac-12 play resumes on Thursday.  Meanwhile, the Oregon State Beavers will host Stanford in Corvallis Thursday.

Portland To Host Nashville SC At Providence Park

(Portland, OR)  -- The Timbers will be back at Providence Park Sunday to host expansion club Nashville SC on Sunday.  They dropped a 3-1 decision at home Sunday to Minnesota United on the MLS opening weekend. 

Dragons Fall To Battlehawks

(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Dragons will be back in action this weekend when they take on the Houston Roughnecks on the road on Saturday. They are 1-and-3 on the XFL season.  They are coming off a loss to the Saint Louis Battlehawks.  Backup quarterback BJ Daniels performed, throwing for a touchdown and interception and running for another score. 

Mariners Fall To Rockies

(Peoria, AZ)  --  Wei-Yin Chen got roughed up, giving up four runs over an inning and a third as the Mariners lost 9-6 against the Rockies in Peoria.  Justus Sheffield, the starter for the M's, gave up one run, a solo homer, on two hits while striking out four over three innings.  Seattle will be in Tempe to take on the Angels tomorrow.

Ducks Face Cal, Beavers Face Stanford Thursday

(Undated)  --  The Ducks will take on Cal Thursday when Pac-12 play resumes after beating the Beavers in a Civil War matchup.  They are now 22-and-7 on the year and 11-and-5 in the conference.  Meanwhile, Oregon State will welcome Stanford to Corvallis Thursday.  Both teams will wrap up the regular season on Saturday. 

Trail Blazers Visit Magic Tonight

(Orlando, FL)  --  The Trail Blazers will look to snap their losing streak when they face the Magic in Orlando tonight.  Portland has lost three-straight and six-of-seven.  They will continue to be without Damian Lillard, who has been out with a groin injury.  At 26-and-35, the Blazers will be back in Portland to take on the Wizards on Wednesday. 

Portland Falls In Season Debut

(Portland, OR)  --  Diego Valeri's 56th minute PK tied the game at one-apiece, but two late goals by the Loons lifted Minnesota United over the Timbers 3-1 Sunday at Providence Park.  Felipe Mora thought he drew Portland within one in the third minute of stoppage, but he was whistled offside after beating Minnesota keeper Steve Clark.  The Tims will be back at Providence Park next weekend when they host new expansion club Nashville SC on Sunday. 

Dragons Fall To Battlehawks

(St. Louis, MO)  --  BJ Daniels came on to throw a touchdown and an interception as the Dragons lost to the Battlehawks 23-16 in St. Louis. Daniels also led Seattle in rushing with 84 yards.  Kenneth Farrow had a rushing touchdown in the loss for the Dragons, who fall to 1-and-3.  They'll take on the Houston Roughnecks on the road on Saturday.

Mariners Fall To Cubs

(Mesa, AZ)  --  Cody Anderson gave up four runs en route to a 7-3 Mariners loss to the Cubs in Mesa Sunday.  Daniel Vogelbach had a run-scoring single in the sixth to get Seattle on the board.  At 3-and-6 in the Spring, the M's will take on the Rockies today. 

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated)  --  Elsewhere in college basketball, Portland State was victorious at Weber State on Saturday, winning 89-83 while Portland lost its 14th straight game, falling 73-68 at Santa Clara.


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