Sports Archives for 2021-12

Oregon Coaching Staff Coming Together

(Eugene, OR) -- New Oregon coach Dan Lanning's staff is coming together, according to multiple reports. The Ducks are expected to hire Pittsburgh Steelers offensive line coach Adrian Klemm to the same position. Klemm has spent the last three years in Pittsburgh following nine seasons coaching in college football at UCLA and SMU. They're also bringing in Colorado's Demetrice Martin as the defensive backs coach. Martin has been the Buffaloes' cornerbacks coach for the last two years and spent time before that at Arizona, UCLA and Washington. Reports said Tuesday that the Ducks plan to hire Nebraska defensive line coach Tony Tuioti to the same role.

Blazers-Nets Postponed

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers' game against the Nets tonight has been postponed because Brooklyn does not have enough available players. The Nets had an NBA-high ten players in the health and safety protocols as of Tuesday, including their "Big Three" of Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving. The Blazers have lost eight of their last ten games after dropping Tuesday's road game against the Pelicans, 111-97. They're now off until Monday, when they host the Mavericks.

Clippers Roll Past Kings

(Sacramento, CA) -- The Clippers put the clamps on the Kings. Los Angeles rolled to a 105-89 win over the Kings in Sacramento. Eric Bledsoe led the Clippers with 19 points. Paul George and Serge Ibaka each had 17 points for Los Angeles, which snapped a three-game skid. The Clippers improved to 17-and-15. Tyrese Haliburton led the Kings with 22 points. Sacramento has lost three of four to fall to 13-and-20.

Titans Host 49ers On Thursday Night Football

(Nashville, TN) -- The 49ers head to Tennessee to kick off Week 16. The Titans host San Francisco on Thursday Night Football in an important battle for playoff positioning. Tennessee leads the AFC South at 9-and-5, but has lost three of its past four games. At 8-and-6, the 49ers enter Thursday's matchup as the sixth seed in the NFC. San Francisco is playing great football down the stretch, having won five of its last six games.

CFP Champion Can Be Crowned Via COVID Forfeit

(Indianapolis, IN) -- A new policy is being implemented in college football as a response to the surge in omicron cases across the country. The College Football Playoff management committee says that a team can advance, or win, the national championship by an opponent forfeiting. Changes made during a video conference also state that the January 10th championship game can be potentially pushed back as late as the 14th. If one team can play but the other can't due to COVID, they would have to forfeit if the game can't be rescheduled. If both teams are unable to, a "no contest" will be declared and the championship will instead be vacated. The four teams battling for the title this season are Alabama, Michigan, Georgia and Cincinnati.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon beat Pepperdine 68-59 last night in Eugene, while Oregon State topped Nicholls State 83-61. U-dub lost at home to Utah Valley 68-52 and Portland State fell to Utah State 81-62 in Logan, Utah. Wazzu hosts Boise State tonight and Portland goes on the road to play UC Davis

Blazers Fall On The Road To Pelicans

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Trail Blazers took an L in the Big Easy. Portland lost 111-97 to the Pelicans in New Orleans. Damian Lillard balled out with 39 points and Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 17 points. The Blazers host the Nets tomorrow night.

Suns Roll Past Lakers

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Suns are cruising to another win. Phoenix defeated the Lakers 108-90 in Los Angeles. Devin Booker led the Suns with 24 points. Deandre Ayton added 19 points and 11 rebounds for Phoenix, which is 25-and-5. LeBron James led the Lakers with 34 points and shot an efficient 13-of-19 from the floor. Russell Westbrook offered up 22 points and 10 rebounds in the setback for Los Angeles, which drops to 16-and-16.

49ers Meet Titans On Thursday Night Football

(Santa Clara, CA) -- It is a quick turnaround for the 49ers as they head to Tennessee for Thursday Night Football. San Francisco comes off of a 31-13 win over the Falcons on Sunday. The Niners are flying to Nashville after just a couple of days to get ready for the Titans. Both teams are lined-up for a playoff spot with three games remaining on the schedule. The 49ers are 8-and-6, while the Titans are leading the AFC South at 9-and-5.

Rams Grind Out Win Over Seahawks

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Seahawks offense was shut down yet again and it led to another loss. Seattle lost to the Rams 20-10 in Los Angeles. Seattle's offense struggled all game and Russell Wilson played a big role in that as he completed 17-of-31 passes for 156 yards and a pick. While the Seahawks fell to 5-and-9, Carlos Dunlap played a fantastic game with three sacks. Matt Stafford threw for 244 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in the winning effort. His main target was former Eastern Washington star Cooper Kupp who caught nine passes for 136 yards and two touchdowns.

Blazers Play In New Orleans Tonight

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Trail Blazers stay on the road to play one of the worst teams in the NBA. Portland plays the Pelicans in New Orleans tonight. The Blazers have won their last two games entering tonight's game to get to 13-and-18. The Pelicans are 10-and-21.

Rams Face Seahawks Tonight

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Rams are taking on a division foe tonight. Los Angeles is slated to face the Seahawks in a rare Tuesday matchup after the NFL stepped in and moved the game after both teams were hit hard with COVID. The Rams are looking for a third straight win and a chance to tie with Arizona for the lead for the NFC West. At 9-and-4, Los Angeles is also in the hunt for the top seed in the NFC. Seattle has won two straight and enters at 5-and-8.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-4 Gonzaga beat Northern Arizona 95-49 in Spokane. Tonight, Oregon hosts Pepperdine, Oregon State hosts Nicholls State, and Portland State battles Utah State on the road. U-dub is also in action tonight as it hosts Utah Valley.

Warriors Take Down Kings

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Warriors are taking care of business at home. Stephen Curry scored 30 points as Golden State blasted the Kings 113-98 in San Francisco. Damion Lee added 18 for the Warriors, who improve to 25-and-6. Draymond Green finished with 16 points, 10 assists and 11 rebounds for the triple-double. Tyrese Haliburton led the Kings with 24 points. Sacramento has lost two of three to drop to 13-and-19.

Former Minor League Teams Suing MLB

(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball is facing a lawsuit from four former minor league affiliates, and two of the teams are from the Northwest. The antitrust lawsuit was filed in the US District Court in Manhattan on Monday by the Staten Island Yankees, Tri-City Valley Cats, Norwich Sea Unicorns, and Salem-Keizer Volcanoes. It alleges that the commissioner's office violated the Sherman Antitrust Act when it cut the number of minor league affiliates from 160 to 120 at the end of the 2020 season. The MLB has not commented on the lawsuit.

Baylor, Duke Hold As Top Two In Coaches Poll

(Undated) -- Undefeated Baylor holds on to the top spot in the men's college basketball top-25 Coaches Poll this week, while Duke remains number two. Purdue moves up one spot to number three, with two-loss Gonzaga and unbeaten Arizona in a tie at number four. UCLA dropped three spots to number six despite not playing due to COVID-19 issues. Kansas, Iowa State, USC and Michigan State round out the top ten.

Report: NHL To Shutdown All Games Through Christmas Day

(Undated) -- The NHL is pausing its season through Christmas Day in response to the COVID-19 outbreaks throughout the league. Sportsnet reports that all games and practices will be shut down until December 26th when players will return to team facilities to get tested. The league had already been dealing with a flurry of postponed games and the only NHL game that went on as scheduled Monday was Minnesota against Dallas. The Kraken have not avoided the virus, as defenseman Adam Larsson entered COVID-19 protocol yesterday after fellow defensemen Carson Soucy and Jamie Oleksiak entered the protocol over the weekend.

Former Auburn QB Nix To Transfer To Oregon

(Eugene, OR) -- Bo Nix is trading in the SEC for the Pac-12. The former Auburn quarterback announced that he will be transferring to the University of Oregon. Nix finished this past season with 11 touchdowns and three interceptions before an ankle injury ended his season. Nix will have two years of eligibility as a grad transfer.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-4 Gonzaga picked up a 69-55 win over number-24 Texas Tech in Phoenix on Saturday. Oregon lost to number-1 Baylor 78-70 in Eugene on Saturday and the Beavers lost to Texas A&M 83-73. U-Dub topped Seattle U 64-56 and Wazzu took down Northern Colorado 82-56. Gonzaga is set to host Northern Arizona tonight.

Beavers Fall To Utah State In Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Beavers season came to an end with a bowl game loss. Oregon State lost to Utah State 24-13 in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. Beavers quarterback Chance Nolan threw for 263 yards and an interception in the loss. Oregon State finishes the season 7-and-6.

Lillard Leads Blazers Past Grizzlies

(Memphis, TN) -- The Trail Blazers capped off a successful weekend with a win in Memphis. Damian Lillard scored 32 points as Portland took down the Grizzlies 105-100. Norman Powell stepped up in the winning effort with 28 points. The Blazers beat the Hornets on Friday night as well. Portland plays the Pelicans in New Orleans tomorrow night.

DeRozan, Bulls Take Down Lakers

(Chicago, IL) -- DeMar DeRozan poured in 38 points as the Bulls took down the Lakers 115-110 in Chicago. DeRozan shot 16-of-17 from the free throw line and scored 19 of his 38 in the fourth quarter. Los Angeles was unable to overcome 19 turnovers as it dropped to 16-and-15. LeBron James led the way with 31 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Carmelo Anthony added 21 points off the bench for the Lakers, who have lost two straight.

Rams Set To Host Seahawks On Tuesday

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Rams-Seahawks game has been moved back to Tuesday night. The game was rescheduled because of the Rams' COVID-19 issues from last week. Los Angeles had to enact enhanced mitigation protocols and the team's practice facility was closed during the week. As of Thursday, 25 Rams players were on the list, but a handful have been activated since then. Seattle had placed Tyler Lockett and Alex Collins on the COVID list Thursday, but six more players were added Sunday, notably starting corner D.J. Reed and right tackle Brandon Shell. The playoffs are a slim possibility for the 5-and-8 Seahawks, but their offense has scored at least 30 points in the last two games.

High School Basketball roundup

In boy's prep basketball tonight at 630, Summit welcomes South Eugene, and Bend greets Grants Pass.

Elsewhere, both Redmond and Crook County are in Coos Bay for the weekend 'South Coast Les Schwab Tournament' as well as Madras. La Pine travels to Toledo high school outside of Newport to play Central tonight at 5 in the 'Boomer Bash' tourney. In single-A action, Gilchrist hosts North Lake, and Country Christian is on the road at Willamette Christian in Eugene.

On the girl's scoreboard last night,  Bend lost at Grants Pass, 48-27. Redmond girls scored a 45-24 win over Marshfield, the host of the 'Southcoast Les Schwab' tourney, while Crook County ran past tourney co-host North Bend, 56-38.


And, trinity Lutheran was a 38-26 winner over rogue valley Adventist of Medford.


Tonight, the summit girls are at south Eugene. Redmond and crook county continue 2nd round tourney play in coos bay. Madras visits banks. La pine plays Eddyville charter in Toledo. 


And, north lake girls play at Gilchrist.


Blazers Play Hornets Tonight

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers are back in action as they look to end their seven-game losing skid. Portland hosts the Charlotte Hornets tonight. The Blazers enter the matchup at 11-and-18 and will still be without CJ McCollum, who is out with a collapsed lung.

Beavers Take On Utah State In Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Beavers close out their season tomorrow afternoon in a new bowl game. Oregon State plays Utah State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl. The Beavers are in the bowl after a 7-and-5 regular season, while Utah State enters at 10-and-3 after winning the Mountain West.

COVID-Riddled Rams Set To Host Seahawks

(Inglewood, CA) -- Rams-Seahawks game are usually entertaining, but this matchup will surely be different than most. Los Angeles enters Sunday's game with big COVID-19 issues. The Rams are dealing with enhanced mitigation protocols and the team's practice facility was closed during the week. As of Thursday 25 Rams players were on the list. Seattle is in far less trouble when it comes to COVID, since just Tyler Lockett and Alex Collins were put on the COVID list on Thursday. The playoffs are a slim possibility for the 5-and-8 Seahawks, but their offense has scored at least 30 points in the last two games.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon is in action against number-1 Baylor in Eugene tomorrow at 7:00. Sunday at 5:00, Oregon State hosts Texas A & M with the Beavers hoping to end an 8-game losing streak.  Number-4 Gonzaga plays number-24 Texas Tech in Phoenix tomorrow.  The OSU women play Idaho this evening in Hawaii, and Oregon’s women play at Kansas state tomorrow.

Oregon Hires FSU Offensive Coordinator Kenny Dillingham

(Eugene, OR) -- Dan Lanning has added a new name to his staff. Oregon hired Florida State offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham to be the Ducks OC. The 31-year-old Dillingham worked with Lanning in the past when they were both at Memphis.

Blazers Fall To Grizzlies At Home

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers faltered in the fourth quarter in their loss to Memphis. The Blazers were outscored 33-to-21 in the fourth quarter in their 113-103 loss to the Grizzlies in Portland. Norman Powell led the Blazers with 25 points, Damian Lillard scored 21 and Anfernee Simons had 22 points off the bench. Portland hosts the Charlotte Hornets tomorrow night.

McCollum Out With Collapsed Lung

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Trail Blazers say guard C.J. McCollum will be out for at least another week as he recovers from a collapsed lung. McCollum is undergoing light conditioning and will be reevaluated in a week. He won't travel with the team on their upcoming road trip to Memphis and New Orleans. McCollum was injured when the Blazers were playing the Boston Celtics on December 4th.

Chiefs Battle Chargers For First In Division

(Inglewood, CA) -- The Chiefs are visiting a division rival in Week 15 when they visit the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday Night Football. Kansas City enters the game leading the AFC West at 9-and-4 and will be looking to extend its winning streak to seven games. Los Angeles is in second-place at 8-and-5 and is hoping to push its winning streak to three games.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon beat the University of Portland 96-71 in Eugene. Wazzu lost to New Mexico State 64-61 in Pullman. Portland hosts San Jose State tomorrow night.

Urban Meyer Out As Jaguars Head Coach

(Jacksonville, FL) -- The Urban Meyer experiment in Jacksonville is over. The team announced that Meyer is out as the Jaguars head coach. The NFL Network reports that Jacksonville offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will serve as the interim head coach for the final four games of the season. Meyer leaves the NFL with a record of 2-and-11. Jacksonville team owner Shad Khan said that "an immediate change is imperative for everyone".

Blazers Lose To Suns In Overtime

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers hung tough with the Suns but still lost. The Blazers lost to the Suns 111-107 in overtime in Portland. Damian Lillard led all scorers with 31 points and 10 assists, Norman Powell added 23 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 17 points and 13 rebounds. Portland hosts the Memphis Grizzlies tonight.

Bucks' Antetokounmpo Enters Health And Safety Protocols

(Milwaukee, WI) -- The Bucks won't have their superstar at home against the Pacers Wednesday. According to reports, Milwaukee superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo has entered the league's health and safety protocols. To return from protocols, Antetokounmpo either has to sit out 10 days or return two negative PCR tests 24 hours apart.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon State suffered another tough loss. The Beavers lost to UC Davis 71-64 in Corvallis. Tonight, Oregon hosts the University of Portland at home.

Oregon State Officially Promotes Bray To Defensive Coordinator

(Corvallis, OR) -- The Beavers' interim defensive coordinator is no longer an interim. Oregon State promoted Trent Bray to defensive coordinator. Bray served as the Beavers' interim defensive coordinator for the last three regular season games.

Lakers Cancel Practice, Horton-Tucker To COVID-19 Protocols

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are dealing with some COVID-19 issues. The team canceled practice Tuesday after a player tested positive for coronavirus. That player was 21-year-old guard Talen Horton-Tucker and he was placed into the NBA's health and safety protocols. At a minimum, T-H-T will miss tonight's game against the Mavericks and could be sidelined for multiple games. The Lakers look for a third straight win as they take on Dallas.

Steph Curry Breaks NBA's All-Time Made 3-Pointers Record

(New York, NY) -- Steph Curry is staking his claim as the NBA's best all-time shooter. The Warriors guard broke Ray Allen's all-time made three-pointers record on Tuesday night against the Knicks. In the first quarter, Curry tied then broke Allen's record which stood at two-thousand, 973 made threes. He now sits at 2,977 after making five shots from deep in the Warriors win over the Knicks.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- The Portland Pilots defeated Cal Poly 78-77 in Portland. Tonight, Oregon State hosts UC Davis. The Beavers are looking to get on the right track after starting the season 1-and-8.

Blazers Host Phoenix Suns

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers welcome in the defending Western Conference champions tonight. Portland hosts the Phoenix Suns tonight. The Blazers enter tonight's game on a five-game losing streak.

UO Officially Welcomes Dan Lanning

(Eugene, OR) -- The University of Oregon officially welcomed new head football coach Dan Lanning. He says this is a destination job and he doesn't plan to leave if another program comes calling. He says the resources, support from the administration, and the fan base are what drew him to Eugene. Lanning will still serve as Georgia's defensive coordinator in the College Football Playoff.

Report: Vegas Will Host Super Bowl 58

(Henderson, NV) -- The Super Bowl is reportedly heading to Sin City. The NFL is expected to announce on Wednesday that Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will host Super Bowl 58 in 2024. Final approval for a Vegas Super Bowl would be made during Wednesday's owners meeting. Both the Raiders and the NFL have declined comment. Las Vegas is also scheduled to host this season's Pro Bowl and the 2022 NFL Draft.

Rams Clip Cardinals On MNF

(Glendale, AZ) -- The Rams are clipping the Cardinals from the top spot in the NFC. Matthew Stafford threw three touchdown passes as the Rams beat the Cards 30-23 on Monday Night Football in the desert. Cooper Kupp racked up 13 catches for 123 yards and a TD for the Rams, who moved to 9-and-4 on the season. L.A. now sits just one game behind Arizona for the NFC West lead. The Cards fell from first to third in the NFC at 10-and-3 due to tiebreakers with Green Bay and Tampa Bay. Kyler Murray threw for 383 yards and two interceptions for the Cards, while James Conner ran in for two scores in the setback.

Oregon Hires Dan Lanning As Head Football Coach

(Eugene, OR) -- The Ducks search for their new football coach has come to an end. Oregon hired Georgia defensive coordinator Dan Lanning as its next head football coach. The 35-year-old Lanning visited Eugene over the weekend, but will still serve as defensive coordinator for Georgia in the College Football Playoff. The Athletic also reported that Lanning is targeting Florida State offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham to be the Ducks OC.

Blazers Lose To Timberwolves

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers couldn't pick up a home win last night. Portland lost to the Timberwolves 116-111 in the Moda Center. Anfernee Simons led all scorers with 26 points off the bench for the Blazers and Damian Lillard chipped in with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Portland hosts the Phoenix Suns tomorrow night.

Timbers Lose In MLS Cup

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers' season did not end under celebratory confetti. Portland lost to NYCFC 4-2 in penalty kicks after the two teams played a 1-1 draw through regulation and overtime on Saturday. Felipe Mora scored for Portland in extra time.

Lakers Storm Past Magic In Third Quarter

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers outscored the Magic 36-10 in the third quarter on their way to a 106-94 win in Los Angeles. LeBron James led the way with a triple-double, going for 30 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. Russell Westbrook and Talen Horton-Tucker both tallied 19 points for the Lakers, who have won five of their last seven. The Lakers begin a three-game road trip on Wednesday in Dallas.

Seahawks Pull Away From Texans

(Houston, TX) -- The Texans kept it close early but the Seahawks pulled away in the second half. The Seahawks scored 17 unanswered points in the second half to beat the Texans 33-13 in Houston. Russell Wilson threw for 260 yards and two touchdowns, and connected with Tyler Lockett five times for 142 yards and a score. Rashaad Penny rushed for 137 yards and two touchdowns for Seattle, which improved to 5-and-8.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- The Oregon Ducks men's basketball team lost to Stanford 72-69 in Palo Alto yesterday. The Beavers had to postpone their game on Saturday against Sacramento State due to COVID-19 issues. That game will be made up on December 28th. Washington State lost to South Dakota State 77-74 on Saturday in Spokane. Number-five Gonzaga's game against the Huskies on Sunday was canceled due to COVID-19 protocols in the U-dub program. Tonight, the Portland Pilots host Cal Poly.

Report: Oregon Eyeing Chip Kelly As Next Head Coach

(Eugene, OR) -- A familiar face could be roaming the Ducks sideline next season. ESPN is reporting that Oregon is making a push to bring back Chip Kelly as the team's head football coach. Kelly is in his fourth season as head coach of the UCLA Bruins and next season is the final year of his contract with the Bruins. Kelly went 46-and-7 in his four seasons with the Ducks and led the program to the BCS National Championship Game in 2010.

Timbers Host MLS Cup

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup, and they'll be playing the match on home turf. Portland hosts New York City FC tomorrow afternoon in the MLS Cup. The Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final last weekend.

OSU Men's Basketball Deals With COVID-19 Illness

(Corvallis, OR) -- The Oregon State University men's basketball team is dealing with COVID-19 illnesses. OSU reports the game against Sacramento State that was scheduled for December 11th, is being rescheduled due to COVID-19 testing and contact tracing protocols. The game will now be played on December 28th at 2:30 p.m.

Blazers Host Timberwolves On Sunday

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers have a few days off before their next game. Portland hosts the Timberwolves on Sunday night. The Blazers enter the game at 11-and-15.

Short-handed Grizzlies Beat Lakers

(Memphis, TN) -- Jaren Jackson Jr. scored 25 points as the Grizzlies beat the Lakers 108-95 in Memphis. Jackson help Memphis overcome five players being out, with Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks headlining those sidelined. LeBron James reached a career milestone with his 100th triple double in the losing effort. Anthony Davis supplied 22 points and eight rebounds for Los Angeles, which dropped to 13-and-13. The Grizzlies improved to 15-and-11.

Trail Blazers Fall To Warriors In San Francisco

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Blazers weren't able to pick up a win in the Bay Area. Portland lost to the Warriors 104-94 in San Francisco. Norman Powell led the Blazers with 26 points, followed by Nassir Little with 18 points. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 12 points and 13 rebounds. The Blazers were without CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard as both were out with injuries. Portland hosts the Timberwolves on Sunday.

Clippers Fend Off Celtics

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Brandon Boston Jr. erupted off the bench as the Clippers fended off the Celtics 114-111 in Los Angeles. Boston scored a team-high 27 points off the bench and shot a resounding 9-for-13 from the field. He was helped by Marcus Morris Sr. who added 20 points and Reggie Jackson who chipped in 17 points and seven assists. Los Angeles has won two straight to improve to 14-and-12.

Timbers Host MLS Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup, and they'll be playing the match on home turf. Portland hosts New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. The Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday.

Caeleb Dressel, Suni Lee Named Sports Illustrated's Athlete of the Year

(New York, NY) -- Caeleb Dressel and Suni Lee are Sports Illustrated's Athletes of the Year. Dressel and Lee both won Olympic gold medals at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Sports Illustrated Woman Athlete of the Year Suni Lee was the first Asian American woman to win a gold medal in the all-around gymnastics competition. Caeleb Dressel won five gold medals in different swimming competitions and was named Sports Illustrated Male Athlete of the Year.

Australia, UK And Canada Joining Diplomatic Boycott Of Winter Olympics

(Undated) -- More countries are joining the United States in a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom said Wednesday they are all taking part in the diplomatic boycott. Activists have been calling for a boycott for months over human rights abuses by the Chinese government. Beijing was accused by the US and other nations of imprisoning more than a million Muslim-majority Uyghurs in detention centers, where they say they were tortured and abused.

Serena Williams Skipping Australian Open

(Undated) -- Serena Williams is confirming that she will not be participating in next month's Australian Open. Williams said that she's following the advice from her medical team as the reason for not competing. Williams admitted to not being where she needs to be physically to compete and will miss seeing the fans in Melbourne.

McCollum Suffers Collapsed Lung

(Portland, OR) -- Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is out indefinitely after suffering a collapsed lung. He underwent a CT scan on Tuesday which found the injury, which he attained in Portland's game against the Celtics this past Saturday. The Blazers haven't announced how many games McCollum will miss, but he did not travel with the team for its game against the Warriors. The 30-year-old has averaged 20-point-six points per game in 24 starts this season.

Trail Blazers Play Warriors In Bay Area

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Blazers have a tough test tonight, especially without the services of CJ McCollum. The Blazers play the Warriors in San Francisco tonight. Golden State has gotten off to a blazing hot 20-and-4 start to the season, while Portland is 11-and-14.

NBA Warns For Unvaccinated Players Traveling To Canada

(Undated) -- The NBA is warning unvaccinated players that they soon won't be able to play games in Toronto. ESPN obtained a memo from the league that warns teams that unvaccinated players won't be allowed to travel to Canada starting on January 15th due to a new Canadian law. It also stated that unvaccinated players who leave the country with a temporary VISA status won't be allowed to re-enter the United States. Teams will also have to report which players remain unvaccinated to the league office by Friday.

Timbers Host MLS Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup, and they'll be playing the match on home turf. Portland hosts New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. The Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday.

Kings Host Magic

(Sacramento, CA) -- The Kings are seeking a third straight win as they host the Magic tonight in Sacramento. After two straight wins over the Clippers, Sacramento improved to 10-and-14. The team could get some help as forward Maurice Harkless is listed questionable as he looks to return from a knee injury. The Kings take on one of the NBA's worst teams. Orlando enters at 5-and-20 and has dropped its last two games.

Kayvon Thibodeaux Declares For The Draft

(Eugene, OR) -- Another Duck is flying away from Eugene. Oregon star defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux  has declared for the NFL Draft and will miss the Alamo Bowl. He's regarded as a top five pick. Thibodeaux finished the season with seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss and 49 total tackles.

Oregon Announces Coach Mario Cristobal's Departure

(Eugene, OR) -- University of Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal is leaving to take the top job with the Miami Hurricanes. The university announced Cristobal's departure and added a nationwide search is underway for his replacement. Cristobal had a 35 and 13 overall record with the Ducks. Oregon won back-to-back Pac-12 championships, until losing to Utah on Friday. Cristobal played for the Hurricanes from 1989 to 1992 as an offensive lineman. Also, Oregon named Bryan McClendon as its interim head coach for the Alamo Bowl against Oklahoma.

Timbers Host MLS Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup, and they'll be playing the match on home turf. Portland hosts New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. The Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday.

Trail Blazers Lose To Clippers

(Portland, OR) -- Jusuf Nurkic and Norman Powell combined to score 60 points, but it wasn't enough for Portland. The Trail Blazers lost to the Clippers 102-90 in Portland. Nurkic scored 31 points and Powell had 29. The Blazers' bench struggled with just 11 points. The Blazers play the Warriors in San Francisco tomorrow night.

Patriots Down Bills On Monday Night Football

(Orchard Park, NY) -- The Patriots are churning out a hard-fought win in primetime. New England defeated the Bills 14-10 in a Monday Night Football clash in Orchard Park, New York. With high winds and the cold affecting both teams, the Pats opted to play an old-school game. New England ran the ball 46 times for 222 yards and a touchdown. Mac Jones completed 2-of-3 pass attempts to help the 9-and-4 Pats extend their winning streak to seven games. The Bills fell to 7-and-5.

Univ. Of Oregon Announces Coach Mario Cristobal's Departure

(Eugene, OR)  --  University of Oregon head football coach Mario Cristobal is leaving to take the top job with the Miami Hurricanes.  The university announced Cristobal's departure and added a nationwide search is underway for his replacement.  Cristobal had a 35 and 13 overall record with the Ducks.  Oregon won back-to-back Pac-12 championships, until losing to Utah on Friday.  Cristobal played for the Hurricanes from 1989 to 1992 as an offensive lineman.


Ducks Blown Out By Utah In Pac-12 Championship Game

(Las Vegas, NV) -- Speaking of the Oregon Ducks, they had a rough Friday night. Number-14 Oregon lost to number-11 Utah 38-10 in the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday night in Las Vegas. The Ducks finish the regular season 10-and-3, while Utah is going to the Rose Bowl.

Cristobal Linked To University Of Miami

(Coral Gables, FL) -- The Ducks may be looking for a new head football coach soon. Multiple reports over the weekend have linked Mario Cristobal to the Miami Hurricanes. CBS Sports reported yesterday that Cristobal is weighing his options. ESPN also reported yesterday that Cristobal spent the day recruiting in Southern California.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- The Beavers and Ducks both took L's on the hardwood yesterday. Oregon State lost to number-11 Arizona 90-65 at home, and Oregon fell to ASU 69-67 in overtime in Eugene. U-dub forfeited to number-5 UCLA due to COVID-19 issues in the Husky program. On Saturday, Wazzu lost to number-18 USC in Pullman and number-3 Gonzaga lost to number-16 Alabama 91-82 in Seattle.

Timbers Host MLS Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers are heading to the MLS Cup, and they'll be playing the match on home turf. Portland hosts New York City FC on Saturday afternoon. The Timbers advanced to the MLS Cup with a 2-0 win over Real Salt Lake in the Western Conference final on Saturday.

Trail Blazers Fire Neil Olshey

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers fired the General Manager of Basketball Operations Neil Olshey on Friday following an investigation. It centered around his treatment of employees. The investigation was conducted by an independent organization. The Blazers say they're confident the changes will help build a more positive and respectful working environment. Joe Cronin has been promoted to interim GM while a search is conducted for a permanent replacement.

Bowl Games Announced For Ducks, Beavers And Cougars

(Undated) -- The Ducks, Beavers and Cougars know where they will go bowling. Oregon State plays Utah State in the Jimmy Kimmel LA Bowl on December 18th. Oregon plays Oklahoma in the Alamo Bowl on December 29th. Wazzu plays Miami in the Sun Bowl on New Year's Eve.

Blazers Host Clippers Tonight

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers are back in action. Portland hosts the LA Clippers tonight. The Blazers are 11-and-13 after a lopsided loss to the Celtics on Saturday. Damian Lillard remains out with an abdomen injury.

Blazers Blown Out By Spurs

(Portland, OR) -- The scoreboard got ugly for the Blazers last night. Portland lost to the San Antonio Spurs 114-83 in the Moda Center. CJ McCollum and Norman Powell each scored 16 points to lead the Blazers, and Ben McLemore added 11 points off the bench. Portland hosts the Boston Celtics tomorrow night.

Ducks Play Utah In Pac-12 Championship Game Tonight

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The Ducks have a chance to win the Pac-12 for the third straight year. Number-10 Oregon plays number-17 Utah at Allegiant Stadium tonight in Vegas. Oregon lost to Utah 38-7 in Salt Lake City two weeks ago.

Timbers Prepare For Western Conference Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers have a chance to extend their playoff run this weekend. Portland hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday in the Western Conference Final. The Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 last week to get to the Western Conference Final.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- The Beavers lost to Cal 73-61 in Berkeley, Eastern Washington lost to Southern Utah 89-76 at home, and Portland State beat Idaho State 63-55 on the road. Tomorrow, Wazzu hosts USC and number-3 Gonzaga plays number-16 Alabama in the Battle of Seattle. Oregon State hosts number-11 Arizona on Sunday, U-dub hosts number-5 UCLA, and Oregon hosts ASU.

Lincoln Riley Flips Another Commitment For USC

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Lincoln Riley is flipping another recruit to his new team. The recently hired USC head coach landed the talents of four-star running back Raleek Brown on Thursday. Brown had originally committed to play at Oklahoma, but will instead follow Riley and play for the Trojans. ESPN ranks the 5-foot-7 back as the 60th overall prospect from the class of 2022. Brown, who plays at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, said Riley leaving the Sooners changed "everything".


(Undated) -- UCLA is coming away with its first conference win. The 5th-ranked Bruins defeated Colorado 73-61 in Los Angeles. Tyger Campbell led the scoring with 21 points, while Myles Johnson had 12 points and 10 rebounds. UCLA led by 16 at halftime and held off a comeback attempt from the Buffaloes to improve to 7-and-1. Meanwhile, the Trojans took down Utah 93-73 in LA. Number-18 USC stayed unbeaten with the win as it moved to 7-and-oh.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Last night, Oregon edged UC Riverside 71-65 in Eugene. Wazzu trounced Arizona State 51-29 in Tempe. Washington's road game against number-11 Arizona is postponed due to COVID-19 protocols with the Huskies. The Pac-12 will work to reschedule the game. Tonight, the Beavers play Cal in Berkeley and Portland State plays Idaho State on the road.

Lillard Out At Least 10 Days With Ab Injury

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers will be without their superstar for the next few days. Portland announced Wednesday that Damian Lillard will miss at least 10 days because of lower abdominal tendinopathy. He will miss at least four games due to the injury. Lillard has averaged 21.5 points per game while shooting just over 30-percent from three-point range. The guard has reportedly been dealing with abdominal pain since he competed in the Tokyo Olympics. The Blazers host the Spurs tonight. Portland enters the game at 11-and-11, while San Antonio has struggled at 6-and-13.

Timbers Prepare For Western Conference Final

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers have a chance to extend their playoff run this weekend. Portland hosts Real Salt Lake on Saturday in the Western Conference Final. The Timbers beat the Colorado Rapids 1-0 last week to get to the Western Conference Final.

Cowboys And Saints Meet On Thursday Night Football

(New Orleans, LA) -- The Cowboys are hoping to snap a two-game losing skid as they visit the Saints in a Thursday Night showdown in New Orleans. Dallas with be without head coach Mike McCarthy after he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this week for the 7-and-4 Cowboys. New Orleans also feels the pressure as it has dropped four straight to fall to 5-and-6. The team reportedly is preparing Taysom Hill to start in place of Trevor Siemian, who has failed to get a win in four starts.

Jonathan Smith Agrees To New Contract With Beavers

(Corvallis, OR) -- Jonathan Smith won't be joining the college football coaching carousel. Smith agreed to a 6-year contract worth 22.6 million dollars with Oregon State. The Beavers' assistant coach salary pool was also increased to a minimum of 4.25 million dollars per year. Smith has been the head coach at OSU since 2018 and led the Beavers to a 7-and-5 record this season.

Blazers Dismantle Pistons

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers improved to 10-and-1 at home with a win over the Pistons. Portland beat Detroit 110-92 at the Moda Center. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 28 points, and Ben McLemore chipped in with 17 points off the bench. Portland hosts the Spurs tomorrow night.

College Hoops Heats Up Tonight

(Undated) -- The college basketball slate is full tonight. The Ducks host UC Riverside tonight 6:30 pre-game/ 7 o'clock tip-off on KBND. Wazzu plays Arizona State in Tempe and Seattle U has a chance to get to 7-and-1 as it hosts McNeese tonight.

Suns Top Warriors For 17th Straight Win

(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Suns are extending their winning streak to 17 straight, which ties the franchise record. Deandre Ayton posted 24 points and 11 rebounds as the Suns topped the Warriors 104-96 in Phoenix. Jordan Poole scored 28 points to pace Golden State, while Steph Curry was held to just 12 points on 4-of-21 shooting. The Suns are also now tied with the Warriors for the best record in the NBA this season at 18-and-3.

LeBron James Enters Health And Safety Protocols

(Sacramento, CA) -- The Lakers are losing LeBron James for a third time this season. Los Angeles announced Tuesday that James entered the NBA's health and safety protocols. ESPN reports James is expected to miss several games as he's expected to be sidelined for at least 10 days. However the star forward can return earlier should he test negative for COVID-19 twice within a 24-hour span. James has already missed time this season due to an abdominal injury and to a suspension. He did reveal in September that he received the COVID-19 vaccine.

Five-Star QB Malachi Nelson Follows Lincoln Riley To USC

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Lincoln Riley isn't wasting time on bringing talent to USC. The now former Oklahoma coach has secured the talents of five-star quarterback Malachi Nelson. The 2023 prospect decommitted from the Sooners after Riley left to take the job with the Trojans. Nelson then pledged his commitment to USC on Tuesday. ESPN ranks Nelson as the third overall prospect for the class of 2023.


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