Sports Archives for 2021-11


(Salt Lake City, UT) -- The Trail Blazers did not have a good night in Utah. Portland lost to the Jazz 129-107 in Salt Lake City. Anfernee Simons scored 24 points off the bench, and Jusuf Nurkic had 24 points and 10 rebounds. The Blazers host the Pistons tonight.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- USC has its new head football coach. Lincoln Riley was officially introduced on Monday. He comes to the Trojans after leading Oklahoma to four straight Big 12 titles and three College Football Playoff appearances. He replaces Clay Helton, who was fired in September. Several coaches from the Oklahoma program are making the move west with Riley.



(Undated) -- Oregon defeated Montana 87-47 in Eugene. Number-3 Gonzaga did not play its best game in a 64-55 win over Tarleton State in Spokane. Chet Holmgren had 15 points and nine rebounds in the win.



(Seattle, WA) -- The Huskies have a new football coach. Washington hired Fresno State head coach Kalen DeBoer on Monday. DeBoer comes off a 9-and-3 season with Fresno and was the offensive coordinator for the Indiana Hoosiers in 2019. He was also the three-time NAIA National Coach of the Year at the University of Sioux Falls in the 2000s and left that job with a 67-and-3 record. DeBoer replaces Jimmy Lake, who was fired by U-dub on November 14th after less than two seasons in charge.



(Jupiter, FL) -- Tiger Woods says he won't play on the PGA Tour "full-time, ever again." Woods is still recovering from what could have been a fatal single car crash in California last February, and tells Golf Digest he'll probably just "pick and choose" a few events a year moving forward. Woods added "it's an unfortunate reality" as he continues to rehab after his serious leg injures. Woods has 15 major championships, just three behind all time record holder Jack Nicklaus.



(Undated) -- The Ducks have emerged victorious in one of the biggest college football rivalries in the Northwest. Number-11 Oregon beat Oregon State 38-29 in Eugene on Saturday. The Ducks clinched the Pac-12 North with the win.  Oregon faces off with Utah in Las Vegas Friday.  On the line: A trip to the Rose Bowl.



(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga lost to number-6 Duke 84-81 in a thriller in Vegas on Friday night. Oregon State lost to Wake Forest and Penn State in the Emerald Coast Classic. On Saturday, Wazzu lost to Eastern Washington 76-71 in Pullman and U-Dub lost Winthrop 82-74 in Seattle. Seattle U also beat St. Thomas 81-64 on Saturday. Tonight, Gonzaga hosts Tarleton State and Oregon hosts Montana.



(San Francisco, CA) -- The Blazers were the latest victims of the Warriors. Portland lost to the Warriors 118-103 on Friday in San Francisco. Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 19 points off the bench, and Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both had 16. The Blazers play the Jazz in Utah tonight.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Steph Curry poured in a game-high 33 points as the Warriors cruised past the Clippers 105-90 in Los Angeles. Otto Porter Jr. posted 18 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for Golden State, which leads the NBA at 18-and-2. Paul George put up 30 points to pace the Clippers, who dropped to 11-and-9. Eric Bledsoe added 13 points and 10 boards in defeat.



(Landover, MD) -- The Seahawks visit the Washington Football Team on Monday Night Football. Washington is 4-and-6, but it has won its past two games. Taylor Heinicke guides the offense with 15 touchdown passes, while Antonio Gibson leads the ground game with 601 yards and five scores. The Seahawks are struggling this season at 3-and-7 and have lost five of their past six games. Russell Wilson has played in two games since returning from his finger injury, but Seattle's offense has struggled with just 13 points in those two games.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Oklahoma head football coach Lincoln Riley is bolting for the West Coast. Riley will take over at USC, saying leaving OU was one of the most difficult decisions of his life. He replaces Clay Helton, who was fired in September after going just 42-and-24 in seven seasons in Los Angeles. Riley heads to USC after guiding the Sooners to four straight Big 12 titles and three CFP playoff appearances in his first four seasons in Norman.



(Portland, OR) -- After a little break, the Trail Blazers are back in action. Portland hosts the Denver Nuggets tonight. The Blazers have won three straight, the most recent being a 118-111 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night. Portland is now 9-and-8 on the year.



(Undated) -- The Ducks topped Chaminade 73-49 in the Maui Invitational in Las Vegas. Oregon plays Saint Mary's.  KBND Broadcast starts at 4:30 today. Washington beat George Mason 77-74 in the Crossover Classic in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Number-1 Gonzaga kept on rolling with a 107-54 win over Central Michigan in the Good Sam Empire Classic in Vegas. Seattle U also won as it beat Arkansas-Pine Bluff 77-56 in Seattle.



(New York, NY) -- The NBA is suspending LeBron James for the first time in his 19-year career. The league announced Monday that James and Pistons center Isaiah Stewart were each suspended for their altercation that took place during Sunday's game. James hit Stewart in the face during a box out attempt, leading to his ejection from the game. James was dealt a one-game suspension, while Stewart was suspended for two games.



(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the Western Conference Semifinal. Portland goes on the road to play the top-seeded Colorado Rapids in the conference semifinal on Thanksgiving Day. The Timbers beat Minnesota United FC 3-1 on Sunday to move on to the semifinal.



(Tampa, FL) -- Tom Brady and the Buccaneers are snapping their losing streak in primetime. Tampa Bay defeated the Giants 30-10 in a Monday Night showdown in the Sunshine State. Brady threw for 307 yards and two touchdowns as he helped the Bucs snap a two-game losing skid. It was tough sailing for New York, which dropped to 3-and-7. Daniel Jones managed only 167 passing yards, a TD and two picks.



(Undated) -- The Oregon Ducks College Football Playoff hopes came to a screeching halt in Salt Lake City. The number-3 Ducks were pounded by number-23 Utah 38-7. The Beavers ground out a 24-10 win over ASU on Saturday night, while U-dub lost to Colorado 20-17. On Friday night, the Cougs earned bowl eligibility with a 44-18 win over Arizona.



(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the Western Conference Semifinal after a win over Minnesota! The Timbers defeated Minnesota United FC 3-1 in Portland in the first round of the playoffs. Sebastián Blanco scored two second half goals in the Timbers' win. Blanco scored in the 46th and 66th minutes and actually left the game briefly with an injury. Larrys Mabiala put Portland on the board with a goal in the 43rd minute. Portland goes on the road to play the top-seeded Colorado Rapids in the conference semifinal on Thanksgiving Day.



(Portland, OR) -- After a little break, the Trail Blazers are back in action. Portland hosts the Denver Nuggets tomorrow night. The Blazers have won three straight, the most recent being a 118-111 victory over the 76ers on Saturday night. Portland is now 9-and-8 on the year.



(Undated) -- Oregon State had a rough night in a 81-80 loss to Princeton in Corvallis on Sunday. U-dub wasn't much better in a 77-72 overtime loss to Wyoming in Seattle on Thursday. Wazzu on the other hand smoked the Idaho Vandals 109-61 in Moscow. On Friday, Number-1 Gonzaga crushed Bellarmine 92-50 at home.



(Sacramento, CA) -- The Sacramento Kings fired head coach Luke Walton, the son of former Blazer great Bill Walton, yesterday after getting off to a disappointing start in his third season in charge. Walton was informed of the decision a day after a 123-105 home loss to Utah that dropped the Kings to 6-11 on the season. the Kings have lost 6 of their last 7 games. Walton had a 68-93 record in two-plus seasons as coach, failing to help Sacramento end its 15-season playoff drought. Associate coach Alvin Gentry takes over on an interim basis.



(Undated) -- Oregon State had a rough night in a 78-77 loss to Samford in Corvallis, and U-dub wasn't much better in a 77-72 overtime loss to Wyoming in Seattle. Wazzu on the other hand smoked the Idaho Vandals 109-61 in Moscow. Number-1 Gonzaga hosts Bellarmine tonight. The Beavers host Princeton on Sunday.



(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers have the chance to win three in a row tomorrow. The Trail Blazers host the Philadelphia 76ers tomorrow night. Portland is 8-and-8 after beating Toronto and Chicago in its last two games.



(Pullman, WA) -- The Cougs have a chance to get bowl eligible tonight. Wazzu hosts the 1-and-9 Arizona Wildcats tonight in Pullman. Tomorrow, the number-3 Oregon Ducks have a huge game against the 23rd-ranked Utah Utes in Salt Lake City. U-dub heads to Boulder to play Colorado, and Oregon State welcomes ASU to Corvallis.



(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers playoff journey starts on Sunday. The Timbers host Minnesota United FC in Portland on Sunday afternoon. Portland finished fourth in the Western Conference with 55 points, while Minnesota finished fifth with 49 points.



(Boston, MA) -- It looks like LeBron James will be getting back on the court soon. ESPN is reporting that there is a "50-50" chance James will play tonight in the Lakers game against the Celtics in Boston. Los Angeles officially upgraded James to questionable. James has missed the Lakers last eight games with an abdominal strain. The 36-year-old went through ball handling and shooting drills before Los Angeles' road game against the Bucks on Wednesday.



(Portland, OR) -- Despite trailing by 15 points at halftime, the Blazers found a way to beat the Bulls. The Trail Blazers defeated the Bulls 112-107 in Portland. Damian Lillard led the way with 22 points and 10 assists, Jusuf Nurkic and Norman Powell each scored 18, and Larry Nance Jr. added 16 points off the bench. Portland hosts the 76ers on Saturday.



(Eugene, OR) -- The Ducks have one less wide receiver on their roster. Wide receiver Mycah Pittman has entered the transfer portal and left the program. Pittman caught 12 passes for 197 yards this season with the Ducks.



(Undated) -- The NCAA is expanding the field of teams that will participate in the women's college basketball tournament. Starting this season, an additional four teams will be invited to play in the tournament, bringing the total number of schools to 68. The day of the women's selection show has also been changed to accommodate for the extra games. The show will now be held on Sunday March 13th instead of the traditional Monday broadcast.



(Undated) -- The Huskies, Cougars and Beavers men's basketball teams are in action tonight. Oregon State hosts Samford, U-dub welcomes Wyoming to Seattle, and Wazzu travels east across the border to play the Idaho Vandals. Also tonight, Seattle U hosts Morgan State and the Portland Pilots host Arkansas-Pine Bluff.



(Milwaukee, WI) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo flexed his offensive muscles as the Bucks beat the Lakers 109-102 in Milwaukee. Antetokounmpo set a season-high in scoring with 47 points and added nine rebounds for Milwaukee, which improved to 7-and-8. Talen Horton-Tucker led Los Angeles with 25 points and 12 rebounds. Russell Westbrook also chipped in with 19 points and 15 assists for the Lakers, which fell to 8-and-8.



(Undated) -- The latest College Football Playoff rankings are out, and the Oregon Ducks are still at number-three. Georgia is atop the rankings at number one while Alabama is second and Ohio State is fourth. On the outside looking in is Cincinnati at fifth, Michigan is sixth, and Michigan State at seventh. Utah is the only other Pac-12 team in the rankings at number 23.



(Brooklyn, NY) -- The Warriors outscored the Nets 35-18 in the third quarter en route to a 117-99 win. Golden State led for the entire second half. Steph Curry hit nine three's and finished the game with 37 points. Andrew Wiggins poured in another 19 points. The 12-and-2 Warriors have won eight of their last nine games. James Harden had 24 points for the Nets, and Kevin Durant finished with 19.



(Portland, OR) -- It was not a pretty night for the Oregon Ducks in the Phil Knight Invitational. BYU smoked number-12 Oregon 81-49 in the Moda Center. Tonight, Portland State hosts George Fox.



(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers welcome another Eastern Conference team to town. The Trail Blazers play host the Chicago Bulls tonight. It should be a tough matchup for Portland because the Bulls are off to a surprising 10-and-4 start.



(Undated) -- Things seem to be trending in the right direction for LeBron James returning to the court. ESPN reports the Lakers star forward could make his return on Friday against the Celtics after missing the last two weeks with an abdominal strain. Los Angeles has stumbled without James, going 3-and-4 in the seven games he missed due to the injury. The 36-year-old is averaging 24.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 7.0 assists per game this season.



(Undated) -- The Oregon Ducks picked up some style points over the weekend. Number-3 Oregon beat Washington State 38-24 on Saturday in Eugene. Oregon State clinched bowl eligibility with a 35-14 win over Stanford, while the Huskies lost to Arizona State 35-30 in Seattle.



(Undated) -- The Blazers won a game and lost a game over the weekend. Portland beat the Rockets 104-92 in Houston on Friday, then lost to the Nuggets 124-95 in Denver yesterday. The Blazers are 6-and-8 and host the Raptors tonight.



(Undated) -- Drew Timme scored 37 points in Number-1 Gonzaga's 86-74 win over Number-5 Texas on Saturday in Spokane. On Friday, Oregon State lost to Iowa State 60-50 and Number-12 Oregon beat SMU 86-63. The Cougs topped Seattle U 79-61 on Friday.



(Santa Clara, CA) -- Matthew Stafford and the Rams are in the Bay Area to take on the 49ers in a Monday Night showdown. Los Angeles comes off its second loss of the season as it sits 7-and-2 on the year. Stafford threw a season-high two picks in the loss to the Titans, but now has a new receiver in the form of Odell Beckham Jr. It has been hard sailing for San Francisco, which has lost five of its last six games. The offense did get a boost last weekend with the return of star tight end George Kittle, who had 101 yards and a TD. He was a safety net for Jimmy Garoppolo. The 49ers are 3-and-5.



(Green Bay, WI) -- The highly-anticipated returns of Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson resulted in a defensive struggle. The Packers ground out a 17-0 win over the Seahawks in Green Bay. Rodgers was solid in his comeback from COVID-19 protocol, throwing for 292 yards and one interception. Kevin King and Adrian Amos each picked off Wilson in the end zone. Wilson had arguably his worst game of his career, completing 20-of-40 passes for 161 yards and two interceptions. Seattle's defense was led by Jamal Adams who had 11 tackles and an interception. This is the first time a Russell Wilson-led Seahawks team has been shut out. Green Bay moves to 8-and-2 and Seattle drops to 3-and-6.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Anthony Davis dominated inside as he led the Lakers to a 114-106 win over the Spurs in Los Angeles. Davis scored 34 points, 27 of which came in the first half, and collected 15 rebounds. Talen Horton-Tucker added 17 points in his season debut for Los Angeles, which improved to 8-and-6. Wayne Ellington hit 5 threes as he chipped in 15 off the bench. The Spurs drop to 4-and-9.



(Corvallis) -- Oregon State Men with their first ever PAC-12 soccer title after a home double-overtime 2-2 draw with Washington last night. OSU finishes with 3 more season points than the Huskies with the tie and receives an automatic berth in the NCAA Tournament.



(Houston, TX) -- The Blazers have a chance to pick up a win against one of the worst teams in the NBA. Portland plays the Rockets in Houston tonight. The Trail Blazers have struggled early this season with a 5-and-7 record, but the young Rockets are even worse at 1-and-10.



(Undated) -- The Washington Huskies opened up the weekend with a 73-62 win over Northern Arizona last night in Seattle. Tonight, Wazzu hosts Seattle U, Oregon State plays Iowa State in Ames, and number-12 Oregon hosts SMU. Top-ranked Gonzaga wraps up the weekend with a matchup against number-5 Texas in Spokane.



(Eugene, OR) -- The number-3 Oregon Ducks are in for another big game this weekend. Oregon hosts Wazzu tomorrow night in a Pac-12 North showdown. Meanwhile, U-dub hosts Arizona State in their first game with Jimmy Lake suspended and Oregon State plays Stanford in Corvallis.



(Undated) -- Week Eleven of the college football season is getting underway this weekend. Stanford ventures up North as it takes on Oregon State in Corvallis. UCLA hopes to snap a two-game losing skid as it hosts Colorado at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Cal and USC both have the weekend off after their game was postponed earlier this week. Cal is still dealing with positive COVID-19 cases within its program.



(Phoenix, AZ) -- Suns forward Frank Kaminsky scored 31 points off the bench in the Blazers loss to Phoenix. The Trail Blazers were defeated by the Suns 119-109 in Phoenix. Damian Lillard led Portland with 28 points, Norman Powell added 23 and CJ McCollum finished with 18 points. The 5-and-7 Blazers stay on the road to play the Rockets tomorrow night.



(San Francisco, CA) -- The Warriors are coming away with a win at home. Andrew Wiggins scored 35 points as Golden State defeated the Timberwolves 123-110 at home. Stephen Curry added 25 for the Warriors, who improve to 10-and-1. Anthony Edwards had a career high 48 points for the Timberwolves. Minnesota drops to 3-and-7.



(San Antonio, TX) -- The Kings couldn't get many stops on defense as they went on to lose 136-117 to the Spurs in San Antonio. De'Aaron Fox scored a season-high 37 points for Sacramento, which dropped to 5-and-7. Buddy Hield added 12 points, but shot only 5-for-14 from the field. Tyrese Haliburton missed his second straight game due to lower back tightness. The Spurs hit 18 3-point shots as they improved to 5-and-7.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers battled back from a late deficit as they beat the Heat 120-117 in overtime in Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook racked up 25 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds for his second straight triple double. He was aided by Malik Monk, who scored a season-high 27 points off the bench. Anthony Davis added 24 points and 13 rebounds for Los Angeles, which improved to 7-and-5.



(Miami Gardens, FL) -- The Ravens will look to invade South Beach when they visit the Dolphins on Thursday Night Football. Baltimore enters the game at 6-and-2 after a thrilling overtime win over the Vikings at home. The Ravens are first in the AFC North. The Dolphins meanwhile are struggling at the bottom of the AFC East. Despite a win over the Texans this past Sunday, Miami is just 2-and-7 on the season.



(Houston, TX) -- The first round of the Houston Open is teeing off Thursday. Six Americans will get the day started as the first group. Jason Dufner, Kyle Stanley, Russell Henley, Bronson Burgoon, Scott Stallings, and Kelly Kraft begin the tournament. Last year's champion Carlos Ortiz will not be participating in this year's Houston Open. Viktor Hovland will also not be participating after he came away with last week's WWT Championship.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Only four Trail Blazers reached double figures in their loss to the Clippers. Portland fell to the Clippers 117-109 in Los Angeles. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 27 points, Norman Powell added 23 points, and Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 15 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers are now 5-and-6 and play the Suns in Phoenix tonight.



(Eugene, OR) -- Ducks quarterback Anthony Brown is getting some recognition. Brown was named a finalist for the Davey O'Brien Award. He was the only Pac-12 quarterback nominated for the award. Marcus Mariota won the award in 2014. Oregon offensive lineman Ryan Walk was named a semifinalist for the Burlsworth Trophy, which honors the top college football player who started his career as a walk-on.



(Undated) -- The latest College Football Playoff Rankings are out and the Ducks are number three. Georgia remains in the top spot after decimating Missouri. Alabama is second while Oregon moves up to the third spot following Michigan State's loss. Ohio State is now fourth. The Spartans fall to seventh in the rankings. Cincinnati moves up to the number five spot. Michigan is sixth, while MSU, Oklahoma, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma State round out the top 10.



(Undated) -- A Pac-12 football game is being postponed to due to a COVID-19 outbreak. Cal will not be able to play USC on Saturday after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the program. Cal reported that the team had a 99-percent vaccination rate among players, but had additional positive cases after Saturday's game. The game has been rescheduled for December 4th, a day after the Pac-12 championship game.



(Undated) -- It was a successful start of the men's college basketball season for all but one major program in the northwest. The number-12 Ducks topped Texas Southern 83-66, the Beavers outlasted Portland State 73-64, the Cougars defeated Alcorn State 85-67, and the top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs trounced Dixie State 97-63. Washington on the other hand, lost to Northern Illinois 71-64 in Seattle.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trail Blazers play their first game of a four-game road trip tonight. Portland plays the Clippers in Los Angeles. The Blazers have won their past two games and improved to 5-and-5.



(Seattle, WA) -- More and more drama coming from Montlake. UW suspended Jimmy Lake for one game after he shoved a player during the Oregon game. The Huskies play Arizona State this Saturday. Defensive coordinator Bob Gregory will take over as acting head coach for that game. This comes after the Huskies fired offensive coordinator John Donovan on Sunday.



(Los Angeles, CA) -- Carmelo Anthony poured in 29 points off the bench as he led the Lakers to a 126-123 overtime win over the Hornets in Los Angeles. Russell Westbrook tallied his second triple-double as a Laker and Anthony Davis contributed with 32 points and 12 rebounds. The Lakers blew a 14-point lead, but managed to hold off the upset bid to improve to 6-and-5. The Hornets drop to 5-and-7.



(Undated) -- College basketball starts back up today. The Ducks host Texas Southern at 3:30 pre-game and 4:00 tip-off here on KBND.  The Beavers host Portland State, Cougars host Alcorn State and the Huskies host Northern Illinois. The top-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs play Dixie State in Gonzaga.



(Undated) -- The Huskies and Beavers shook up their coaching staffs this weekend. U-Dub fired offensive coordinator John Donovan on Sunday and Oregon State fired defensive coordinator Tim Tibesar. Also of note, U-dub athletic director Jen Cohen announced that she is looking into an incident that showed Huskies coach Jimmy Lake shoving a player during the Oregon game.



(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers had a successful weekend on the court. Portland topped the Pacers 110-106 on Friday night, then dismantled the Lakers 105-90 on Saturday. The 5-and-5 Trail Blazers play the Clippers in LA tomorrow night.



(Undated) -- It was another feisty Washington-Oregon game under the rain in Husky Stadium on Saturday night. The number-4 Ducks defeated the Huskies 26-16 in Seattle. Saturday, Oregon hosts Washington State.  5:30 p.m. pre-game and 7:30 kick-off.  Oregon State fought hard in Boulder, but lost 37-34 in overtime to Colorado. Wazzu was on a bye this weekend.



(Avondale, AZ) -- Kyle Larson is finally going home with the big one. Larson finished first to win the NASCAR Cup Series Championship in the final race of the year at Phoenix Raceway. The driver had returned this year after being suspended by NASCAR for use of a racial slur during an e-sports game. Martin Truex Jr. finished in second. Denny Hamlin took third while Ryan Blaney and Chase Elliott rounded out the top five.



(Undated) -- The Portland Trail Blazers are looking into allegations of workplace misconduct on the part of the team's president of basketball operations, Neil Olshey. The Trail Blazers confirmed on Saturday that an independent investigator had been brought in to handle the matter. The team released a brief statement saying they are committed "to continuing to build an organization that positively impacts our colleagues, communities and the world in which we live and play."



(Quintana Roo, Mexico) -- Viktor Hovland is defending his title at the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba in Mexico. It was the first time Mayakoba has had a repeat winner since it began in 2007. Hovland finished the tournament 23-under, four strokes ahead of Carlos Ortiz, who took second place at 19-under. Justin Thomas finished third at 18-under.



(Seattle, WA) -- It should be another testy environment for the Oregon-Washington game on Saturday. The Huskies host the number-4 Ducks tomorrow afternoon. 2:30 pre-game and 4:30 kick-off on KBND. The Oregon State Beavers play the Colorado Buffaloes in Boulder tomorrow as well.



(Undated) -- Nick Rolovich may not be at Washington State University anymore but he's still making headlines. Rolovich, the former head football coach at Wazzu, has filed an appeal to the university for being fired for not complying with Washington state's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. One of Rolovich's main sticking points in the appeal was that the University did not allow him to forgo the vaccine due to his religious beliefs.



(Undated) -- Week 10 of the college football season is upon us. On Saturday, it's a showdown between second-ranked Alabama and LSU in Tuscaloosa. Elsewhere, top-ranked Georgia hosts Missouri. Third-ranked Michigan State visits Purdue. Number-four Oregon will be on the road against Washington. Fifth-ranked Ohio State will visit Nebraska in Big Ten action.



(Quintana Roo, Mexico) -- Matthew Wolff is leading the World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba after the first round. Wolff shot a 61 on the first day of the tournament to finish atop the leaderboard at ten-under par. Aaron Wise is in second place at eight-under par. Sergio Garcia, Talor Gooch, Chris Kirk, and Billy Horschel are in a four-way tie for third place at seven-under par.



(Avondale, AZ) -- The NASCAR Cup Series Championship race will take place from Phoenix Raceway on Sunday. Kyle Larson, Denny Hamlin, Chase Elliott, and Martin Truex Jr. are all chasing a title. Elliott enters the race as the defending champion from last season.



(Cleveland, OH) -- The Trail Blazers ended their road trip with a loss. Portland lost to the Cavaliers 107-104 in Cleveland. Damian Lillard shot 10-of-27 to score 26 points, Norman Powell added 23 points and CJ McCollum chipped in with 21 points. The Blazers host the Indiana Pacers tomorrow night.



(San Francisco, CA) -- The Warriors made sure they weren't stung by the Hornets at home. Jordan Poole scored 31 points as the Warriors swatted away the Hornets 114-92 in San Francisco. Stephen Curry added 15 for Golden State, which is 6-and-1. Miles Bridges led the Hornets with 32 points. Gordon Hayward added 23 for Charlotte, which is 5-and-4 on the season.



(Indianapolis, IN) -- Mike White and Jets are looking for a second straight win as they visit the Colts in Indianapolis for a Thursday Night showdown. White guided New York to a surprise win over the Bengals in Week Eight, throwing for 405 yards and three touchdowns. Indianapolis is looking for some answers after a gut-wrenching loss to the Titans in overtime last week.



(Quintana Roo, Mexico) -- The World Wide Technology Championship at Mayakoba is getting underway. The tournament is being held at El Camaleon Golf Course, and Troy Merritt will tee off to start round one. Merritt will be joined in a group by Roger Sloan, Will Zalatoris, Chris Kirk, Jonas Blixt, and Danny Lee. Defending champion Viktor Hovland gets his tournament started later in the day.



(San Francisco, CA) -- San Francisco Giants Catcher Buster Posey is retiring. Multiple reports say the 34-year-old veteran and three-time World Series champion will make it official on Thursday. Posey has had a decorated career with the Giants, winning the National League Rookie of the Year in 2010. He was the NL Comeback Player of the Year and league MVP in 2012.



(Houston, TX) -- The Atlanta Braves are 2021 World Series Champions. Atlanta defeated the Astros 7-0 in Game Six of the World Series in Houston. Jorge Soler, Dansby Swanson, and Freddie Freeman homered for the Braves. Max Fried pitched six scoreless innings to pick up the win for Atlanta. The Astros finished with just six hits. It's the first championship for the Braves since 1995.

Braves outfielder Jorge Soler is being recognized for his efforts in helping lead Atlanta to a World Series victory over the Astros. Soler was named the Willie Mays World Series MVP. The outfielder and designated hitter hit three home runs in the series for Atlanta over the six games. Soler is also the second Cuban to win the World Series MVP.



(Undated) -- The Oregon Ducks are the fourth-ranked team in the first College Football Playoff rankings of the season. Georgia is number-one, followed by Alabama, Michigan State and Oregon. Ohio State is fifth, while Cincinnati, Michigan, Oklahoma, Wake Forest, and Notre Dame round out the top-10.



(Camden, NJ) -- The Ben Simmons drama continues. ESPN reports that Simmons has not accepted help from the organization to address his mental readiness to play. Philadelphia fined Simmons for missing games, practices and meetings earlier this season but stopped on October 22nd when he said he wasn't mentally ready to play.



(Phoenix, AZ) -- Chris Paul is moving up on the list the NBA's greatest passers. The Phoenix Suns guard surpassed Steve Nash to move to Number-3 in the league's all-time assists list. Paul finished the game with 18 assists, pushing his total to 10,346 for his career. He now sits behind only John Stockton and Jason Kidd, both of whom are members of the Basketball Hall of Fame.



(Philadelphia, PA) -- The Trail Blazers couldn't find a way to beat the 76ers without two of their best players. Portland lost to the 76ers 113-103 in Philly. Joel Embiid and Tobias Harris did not play for Philadelphia. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum both scored 20, but both shot under 50-percent. Norman Powell impressed with an efficient 22 points and Anfernee Simons had 17 off the bench. The 3-and-4 Blazers play the Cavaliers in Cleveland tomorrow night.



(Undated) -- The Lakers are looking for their third straight win as they host the Rockets tonight in Los Angeles. The two teams meet again after LA beat Houston 95-85 on Sunday night. Elsewhere, the Kings are on the road as they visit the Jazz tonight in Salt Lake City. Sacramento comes off a 105-99 loss to the Mavericks, but sit at 3-and-3 on the season.



(Renton, WA) -- Russell Wilson is one step closer to getting back on the field. Wilson had the pin removed from his right middle finger, the same finger that he injured earlier this season. The Seattle quarterback injured his finger when his hand hit Aaron Donald in the Seahawks Week Five loss to the Rams. Seattle has gone 1-and-2 in Wilson's absence.



(Houston, TX) -- The Braves will try to close out the World Series in Game Six tonight in Houston. Max Fried  will take the mound for Atlanta, which is chasing its first title since 1995. Luis Garcia will get the ball for the Astros. Houston forced a Game Six after winning 9-5 on the road in Game Five.



(Champaign, IL) -- The Fighting Illini men's basketball team will be without one of their top players to begin the season. The NCAA suspended center Kofi Cockburn [[ CO-burn ]] for the first three games of the season for selling apparel and memorabilia. Cockburn sold the items in June, less than a month before name, image, and likeness legislation was enacted in Illinois on July 1st.



(Charlotte, NC) -- The Trail Blazers didn't have it against the Hornets yesterday. Portland lost to the Hornets 125-113 in Charlotte. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 25 points and Anfernee Simons added 19 points off the bench. Damian Lillard had 14 points and 12 assists, but shot 5-of-20 from the floor. Portland plays the 76ers in Philadelphia tonight.



(Undated) -- The Ducks, Cougars and Huskies each picked up wins on Saturday. Wazzu pounded Arizona State 34-21 in Tempe, number-7 Oregon trounced Colorado 52-29 in Eugene, and Washington came from behind to beat Stanford in Palo Alto. Oregon State fell to the Cal Golden Bears 39-25 in Berkeley.



(New Orleans, LA) -- The Saints are picking up a big win over the defending champs. P.J. Williams returned an interception for a touchdown to seal the victory as the Saints defeated the Buccaneers 36-27 in New Orleans. Trevor Siemian threw a touchdown in place of Jameis Winston, who left the game with a potentially "significant" knee injury. Tom Brady threw four touchdowns and two interceptions in the loss for the Buccaneers.



(Cumberland, GA) -- The Astros are forcing a Game Six of the World Series. Houston defeated the Braves 9-5 in Game Five in Cumberland. Martin Maldonado drove in three runs for the Astros. Adam Duvall hit a grand slam for the Braves, who have a 3-2 series lead. Game Six in Houston on Tuesday.



(Ridgeway, VA) -- Alex Bowman is going home with a win and a fresh new feud. Bowman took home the win at the NASCAR Xfinity 500 at Martinsville. After the win, Bowman attempted to celebrate but Denny Hamlin refused to let him by blocking his car. Hamlin took issue with how Bowman raced him toward the end.



(Bermuda) -- Lucas Herbert is celebrating his first career PGA Tour victory at the Butterfield Bermuda Championship. The Aussie shot a 69 in the final round to finish the tournament atop the leaderboard at 15-under par. Patrick Reed and Danny Lee tied for second place at 14-under. Patrick Rodgers finished one stroke behind them for sole possession of fourth place.


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