ON THE HIGH SCHOOL HARDWOOD, THEY'RE HALF-WAY THROUGH LEAGUE PLAY AS WE WIND DOWN THE MONTH AND TEAMS START TO POSITION THEMSELVES FOR MARCH MADNESS AND THE PLAYOFFS.
ALTHOUGH THE SUMMIT BOYS ARE IDLE TONIGHT, THE STORM ARE RANKED 2ND IN THE STATE IN THE 6-A LEVEL AND REMAIN UNBEATEN AT 14-AND-0 AS THEY HEAD TO SALEM TOMORROW NIGHT TO FACE MCKAY.
MEANTIME, IN THE 5-A DIVISION THERE ARE TWO KEY GAMES TONIGHT IN THE INTERMOUNTAIN CONFERENCE FOR BOTH REDMOND AND RIDGEVIEW.
THE 5TH RANKED PANTHERS AT 11-AND-5 OWN A HALF-GAME LEAD OVER HOOD RIVER WHO REDMOND HOSTS TONIGHT AT 630.
AND, JUST DOWN THE ROAD ON THE SOUTH END OF REDMOND, THE 12TH RANKED RIDGEVIEW RAVENS WELCOME THE DALLES.
ON THE 1-A DOCKET, IT'S SURE TO BE A PREVIEW OF A POSSIBLE STATE TOURNAMENT SHOWDOWN IN BAKER IN MARCH WHEN TRINITY LUTHERAN TRAVELS TO MEDFORD TONIGHT AT 7 TO MEET ROGUE VALLEY ADVENTIST.
TRINITY, WHO BEAT ROGUE VALLEY IN DECEMBER, 48-45, HAS JUST A ONE-HALF GAME LEAD OVER ADVENTIST ATOP THE MOUNTAIN VALLEY LEAGUE.
IN THE PAC-12 WITH UCLA'S WIN OVER ARIZONA TUESDAY NIGHT, THE BRUINS AND WILDCATS ARE TIED LEADING THE PAC-12 WITH 6-AND-1 RECORDS.
ARIZONA IS RANKED 3RD IN THE NATION AND HOSTS RIVAL ARIZONA STATE SATURDAY, WHILE #7 UCLA GREETS CAL TONIGHT AT 6PM ON THE PAC-12 NETWORK.
COLORADO COMING OFF ITS ROAD WIN AT OREGON TWO NIGHTS AGO IS IN SEATTLE TONIGHT TO PLAY THE HUSKIES AT 8PM, ALSO ON THE PAC-12 NETWORK.
ONE OTHER GAME TONIGHT HAS 3RD PLACE AND 15TH RANKED USC HOSTING 5TH PLACE STANFORD IN AN 8PM TIPOFF TELEVISED ON FOX SPORTS ONE.
OREGON AND OREGON STATE ARE BACK ON THE FLOOR SATURDAY NIGHT WHEN THEY CLASH IN THE IN-STATE RIVALRY GAME IN EUGENE AT MATT KNIGHT ARENA. TIPOFF IS SET FOR 7PM.
(Portland, OR) -- It just wasn't the Blazers' night last night. Portland lost to the Mavericks 132-112 at the Moda Center. Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 23 points, CJ McCollum added 20 and Norman Powell had 19 points. Portland drops to 20-and-28. The Trail Blazers play the Rockets in Houston tomorrow night.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Bruins and Trojans are both back on the hardwood tonight. Number-8 UCLA hosts Cal at the Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins are going for their fifth straight win and sit at 14-and-2 overall and 6-and-1 in Pac-12 play. Number-15 USC also is home as it faces Stanford at the Galen Center. The Trojans come off a 78-56 win over Arizona State and have won three straight. USC enters 17-and-2 overall and 7-and-2 in Pac-12 play.
(Undated) -- Brett Favre is not confident that current Packers starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers will be returning to Green Bay. In an appearance on WNSP in Mobile, Alabama, Favre said he has a gut feeling he may try his hand somewhere else. Favre went on to mention that quarterbacks like Tom Brady, Joe Montana, and Peyton Manning switched teams after a long, productive career somewhere else. Rodgers has said that he does not want to be part of a rebuilding process, and was noncommittal as to whether he will return to the Packers.
(Undated) -- Oregon lost to Colorado 82-78 in Eugene. Tonight, Wazzu men's basketball hosts Utah. Seattle U is also in action tonight at home against Stephen F. Austin.
(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers lost a tight matchup against the Timberwolves. The Blazers fell to Minnesota 109-107 in Portland. D'Angelo Russell scored on a goaltending call with 2.9 seconds left to push the Timberwolves over the Blazers. Nassir Little and Jusuf Nurkic each scored 20 points and Anfernee Simons added 17. Portland falls to 20-and-27. The Blazers host the Mavericks tonight.
(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the players association are still working to end the league's current lockout. ESPN reports the sides weren't able to reach a deal on a new collective bargaining agreement on Tuesday. Though there were some positive gains as the MLB reportedly agreed to accept parameters of a pre-arbitration bonus pool. The sides do remain apart on a starting minimum salary for first-year players, revenue sharing and a competitive balance tax. It's reported that a deal would need to be reached by February 1st to avoid delaying the start of spring training camps.
(Cooperstown, NY) -- David Ortiz will be a baseball Hall of Famer, while Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens will not. Ortiz was announced into the National Baseball Hall of Fame's 2022 Class Tuesday. Also known as "Big Papi," Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star and also won World Series championships in 2007 and 2013. Bonds and Clemens did not make the cut in what was their last year on the ballot. Bonds, the MLB's home run king, and Clemens, one of nine pitchers to ever win more than 350 games, both did not reach the 75-percent vote threshold for induction.
(Undated) -- Word around the NBA is that James Harden's interest in testing the open market this summer is increasing. According to Bleacher Reports' Jake Fischer, Harden's impending free agency is impacting the Philadelphia 76ers' asking price for Ben Simmons. Harden remains invested in competing for the title in Brooklyn this season, but has informed former teammates and coaches of his interest in exploring other opportunities this summer.
(Green Bay, WI) -- Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says he'll have a conversation with the team's general manager "when the time comes." Rodgers appeared on the Pat McAfee Show just days after being eliminated in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs. The star QB said he still hasn't made a decision on whether to return to Green Bay or even continue playing football at all. Rodgers said "everything is definitely on the table."
(Undated) -- Eastern Washington men's basketball beat Idaho State 89-63 on the road. Portland State lost to Idaho 84-79 in Portland. Tonight, Oregon plays Colorado in Eugene. 6:30 pre-game/7:00 o'clock tip-off.
(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers are back in the friendly confines of the Moda Center. Portland hosts the Minnesota Timberwolves tonight. The Blazers enter the game at 20-and-26, while Minnesota comes in at 23-and-23.
(Undated) -- The Lakers are getting their star big man back. Los Angeles upgraded the status of forward Anthony Davis to probable for tonight's game against the Nets. Davis has missed the past five weeks with a sprained M-C-L in his left knee. His absence took its toll on the Lakers as they were down their second-leading scorer for 17 games. Davis is averaging 23.3 points and 9.9 rebounds per game this season. Los Angeles sits at 23-and-24.
(Seattle, WA) -- The Huskies are adding to their defense. Pittsburgh linebacker Cam Bright announced he is transferring to U-Dub. Bright started three years at Pitt and was a captain for the Panthers last season when they won the A-C-C. He had 58 tackles, six tackles for loss, three-and-a-half sacks and one interception.
(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the MLB Players' Association are planning to meet again today after a productive bargaining session on Monday. During the two-hour meeting, the union gave a broad proposal to drop the request for age-based free agency and lowered the revenue sharing number it was asking the league to move away from small-market clubs. Players are requesting such things as raising the minimum salary and a draft lottery. Negotiations continue to be time-sensitive, as spring training starts in a little under a month, with the regular season starting March 31st.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trojans are picking up another conference win. Number-15 USC beat Arizona State 78-56 in Los Angeles. After a close first half, the Trojans erupted in the second half and outscored the Sun Devils 47-to-32. Drew Peterson led the way with 16 points and eight rebounds in the victory. USC has won three straight to improve to 17-and-2 overall. The team now sits 7-and-2 in Pac-12 play.
(Undated) -- The Ducks smoked the Huskies 84-56 last night in Eugene. On Saturday, Portland State lost to Montana State 73-60 at home, Portland fell to BYU 78-65 in Provo, Eastern Washington fell to Northern Colorado 87-83 at home, and Seattle U beat Tarleton State 76-68 on the road. Tonight, Eastern Washington plays at Idaho State and Portland State hosts Idaho.
(Toronto, ON) -- The Blazers picked up a win north of the border. Portland defeated the Raptors 114-105 in Toronto. CJ McCollum, Anfernee Simons and Nassir Little each scored 19 points in the victory. Jusuf Nurkic finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Ben McLemore added 17 points off the bench. The Blazers improved the 20-and-26, and host the Minnesota Timberwolves tomorrow night.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trojans are landing another offensive talent via the transfer portal. Running back Travis Dye will join USC after entering the portal last week. Dye led Oregon with an impressive 1,271 yards and 16 touchdowns last season. He stays within the Pac-12 conference and joins the program as a graduate transfer. Dye is the latest big name to transfer to the Trojans as new head coach Lincoln Riley builds his roster for next season.
(La Quinta, CA) -- Hudson Swafford is celebrating a victory at the American Express in La Quinta, California after finishing the tournament 23-under par. Swafford climbed four spots on the leaderboard after shooting eight under on the day. Tom Hoge finished with a 68 in the final round to claim second-place. Hoge completed the tournament 21-under par. Tied for third at 20-under par were Lee Hodges, Lanto Griffin, and Brian Harman.
(Undated) -- Conference Championship Sunday is set for the NFL. Four teams will become two on the road to Super Bowl 56 in Inglewood. The Rams will host the 49ers in the NFC Championship Game as they look to become the second-straight team to play in a Super Bowl in their home stadium. In the AFC, the Chiefs will host their fourth straight AFC Championship Game as they welcome the upstart Cincinnati Bengals to town.
(Melbourne) -- The year's first Grand Slam continues at the Australian Open. On the men's side, Number-2 seed Daniil Medvedev impressed with a four-set win over American Maxime Cressy. His loss leaves Taylor Fritz as the final American in the field. On the women's side, top-seeded Ashleigh Barty rolled past Amanda Anisimova to continue her dominant run. Number-27 seed Danielle Collins ousted 19th-seeded Elise Mertens in three sets to move on. Collins became the third American to reach the Quarterfinals, joining Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys.
(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga defeated the University of San Francisco 78-62 in Spokane. Washington beat Oregon State 82-72 in Corvallis. Portland State lost to Montana 66-64 at home and Seattle U beat Abilene Christian 72-62 on the road. On Saturday, Portland State hosts Montana State, Portland plays BYU in Provo and Eastern Washington hosts Northern Colorado. On Sunday, the Ducks play the Huskies in Eugene. 6:30 pre-game, 7:00 tip-off on KBND.
(La Quinta, CA) -- Patrick Cantlay and Lee Hodges are tied for the lead at the American Express after round one. Cantlay and Hodges each shot a 62 to finish 10 under par. Two players are tied for third place after shooting a 64. K.H. Lee and Cameron Young are both eight under par. Eight players are tied for fifth place after shooting a 65. Sam Ryder, Danny Lee, and Tom Hoge are among the golfers that shot seven under par. Ryder will be one of the first players to tee off in round two.
(Undated) -- To all the baseball fans who want robot umpires, you're dream is one step closer to fruition. Major League Baseball is adding automated strike zones to Triple-A, which is the highest level in the minor leagues. The MLB posted a job on its website seeking seasonal employees to operate the Automated Ball-Strike system for a handful of Triple-A teams, including the Oklahoma City Dodgers, Sacramento River Cats and Tacoma Rainiers.
(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the players association are setting up another meeting amid the league's current lockout. ESPN reports the sides are set to meet on Monday in an effort to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. This follows the MLB and MLBPA meeting on January 13th, but failing to come to a resolution. The union reportedly will present a counter proposal to the league's first offer. The MLB has been shut down since owners locked out players on December 2nd.
(Melbourne) -- The year's first Grand Slam continues at the Australian Open. On the men's side, Number-2 seed Daniil Medvedev took out Australian fan favorite Nick Kyrgios with a four-set victory. American Steve Johnson was eliminated by 11th-seeded Jannik Sinner. On the women's side, it was a big day for the Americans as 21st-seeded Jessica Pegula and Madison Keys each advanced to Round Four. Keys survived a three-set thriller over Qiang Wang. Elina Svitolina and Emma Raducanu were the latest seeded players to be ousted from the tournament.
(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga hosts the University of San Francisco tonight. Oregon State is also in action on home court against Washington. Portland State hosts Montana tonight and Seattle U goes on the road to play Abilene Christian.
(Miami, FL) -- The Blazers were outscored 26-to-12 in the fourth quarter in their loss to Miami. Portland fell to the Heat 104-92 in South Florida. Anfernee Simons led all scorers with 27 points, followed by CJ McCollum with 24 points. Jusuf Nurkic showed out with 18 points and 14 rebounds and Robert Covington had a double-double as well with 11 points and 12 boards. The Blazers drop to 18-and-26. Portland continues its road trip against the Boston Celtics tomorrow night.
(Denver, CO) -- The Nuggets are pulling off a thrilling win in overtime. Aaron Gordon hit a go-ahead three in the waning seconds as the Nuggets defeated the Clippers 130-128 in Denver. Nikola Jokic posted a triple-double with 49 points, 14 rebounds, and 10 assists. Gordon finished with 28 points. Ivica Zubac led the Clippers with 32 points in defeat. Reggie Jackson added 28 points in the setback.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Caris LeVert scored 22 points in the fourth quarter as the Pacers beat the Lakers 111-104 in Los Angeles. LeVert would finish with 30 points to lead Indiana, which snapped a four-game losing skid. The Pacers outscored Los Angeles 35-24 in the final frame to improve to 16-and-29. LeBron James led the Lakers with 30 points and 12 rebounds. Los Angeles has lost four of its last five to drop to 22-and-23.
(Sacramento, CA) -- Terence Davis exploded for 35 points as the Kings fell 133-131 to the Pistons in Sacramento. Davis' big game nearly carried Sacramento to a victory, but the team allowed Detroit to go on an 11-0 run to close the game. De'Aaron Fox also impressed with 27 points and eight assists for the Kings, who dropped to 18-and-29. Sacramento has lost seven of its last nine.
(Arlington, TX) -- CBS says its broadcast of the Cowboys vs 49ers game from this past weekend is the most watched NFL Wild Card Game in seven years. Dallas hosted San Francisco on Sunday and averaged over 41-million viewers on CBS and Nickelodeon. The viewing audience peaked with more than 50 million viewers at one point. The 49ers defeated the Cowboys 23-17.
(Undated) -- Tomorrow's Cougars versus Ducks men's basketball game has been postponed. The game in Eugene has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols in the Washington State program. The game will be rescheduled on a date that will be announced later.
(Miami, FL) -- The Blazers are staying in Florida for their next game. Portland plays the Heat in Miami tonight. The Blazers have won four of five to get to 18-and-25. Miami is an Eastern Conference contender at 28-and-16.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are hoping to get back over .500 as they continue their homestand. Los Angeles hosts the Pacers tonight at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The Lakers come off a 101-95 win over the Jazz, but have lost three of their last four. The team is hoping to get Carmelo Anthony back after he missed the last three games due to a back injury. He is listed questionable to play. Los Angeles enters 22-and-22, while Indiana sits 15-and-29.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Dodgers are naming their first general manager since the end of the 2018 season. Los Angeles announced Tuesday that Brandon Gomes was promoted to general manager. Gomes becomes the 12th GM in team history after serving as the vice president and assistant GM for the past three seasons. Gomes is a former MLB pitcher and retired after the 2016 season. He fills the three-year vacancy left by Farhan Zaidi.
(Undated) -- The USC Trojans are landing the son of an NFL Hall of Famer. Brenden Rice, whose father is NFL legend Jerry Rice, announced Tuesday that he will transfer to USC. Rice spent the last two seasons playing at Colorado and finished with 21 catches for 299 yards and three touchdowns in 2021. He entered the transfer portal on January 1st. Rice becomes the latest transfer addition for new USC head coach Lincoln Riley.
(Orlando, FL) -- The Blazers were victorious in CJ McCollum's return to the court. Portland defeated the Magic 98-88 in Orlando. McCollum scored 16 points, while Jusuf Nurkic dominated with 21 points and 22 rebounds. Nassir Little had a double-double as well with 13 points and 10 boards. The Blazers improved to 18-and-25 and play the Heat in Miami tomorrow night.
(Inglewood, CA) -- The Rams are moving on in the playoffs. Los Angeles crushed the Cardinals 34-11 in the NFC Wild Card Round in Inglewood. Matthew Stafford threw two touchdowns to earn his first career playoff victory. Stafford also rushed for a score. Odell Beckham Jr. caught a touchdown for the Rams, who will face the Buccaneers in the NFC Divisional Round on Sunday. Kyler Murray threw two interceptions in the loss for the Cardinals.
(Eugene, OR) -- The Oregon women's basketball team defeated the dominant program in the sport yesterday. The Ducks defeated number-11 UConn 72-59 on Monday in Eugene. Te-Hina Paopao led Oregon with 22 points and eight rebounds, and Sedona Prince scored 14 points off the bench. The Beavers women's hoops team picked up a big win as well, beating number-22 Colorado 69-66 in overtime in Corvallis.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- Nicolas Batum exploded in the second half as the Clippers beat the Pacers 139-133 in Los Angeles. Batum scored all 32 of his points after the halftime break, while shooting 7-of-10 from deep. He became the fourth player this season to have 30-plus points in a half. Los Angeles snapped a two-game skid to improve to 22-and-23. Caris LeVert had 26 points and nine rebounds for Indiana, which fell to 15-and-29.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are getting back into the win column. LeBron James had 25 points, seven assists and seven rebounds as Los Angeles beat the Jazz 101-95 at home. The Lakers outscored Utah 29-17 in the fourth quarter to steal the win and snap a three-game losing skid. Russell Westbrook and Stanley Johnson each chipped in 15 points in the victory. Los Angeles improved to 22-and-22.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trojans are taking their second loss in their last three games. Number-7 USC was upset 79-69 by Oregon in Los Angeles on Saturday. The Trojans trailed by 16 at halftime and couldn't complete a second-half comeback as they dropped to 14-and-2 on the year. Isaiah Mobley and Boogie Ellis each scored 18 points in the losing effort. The team dropped to 4-and-2 in Pac-12 play.
(Orlando, FL) -- The Blazers are staying on the road to face the worst team in the NBA. Portland plays the Magic in Orlando tonight. Orlando is a league-worst 8-and-36. The Blazers beat the Washington Wizards on Saturday in Washington DC and improved to 17-and-25.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Bruins are bouncing back from their first conference loss. Number-3 UCLA took care of business in a 81-65 win over Oregon State on Saturday. The Bruins came out firing with a 43-point first half as they improved to 11-and-2 on the season. Johnny Juzang led the way with 24 points and six rebounds. Jules Bernard chipped in with 16 points as UCLA also improved to 3-and-1 in Pac-12 play.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are hoping to snap their losing skid. Los Angeles hosts the Jazz at Crypto-dot-com Arena tonight. The Lakers come off a 133-96 loss to the Nuggets and have dropped three straight games. Carmelo Anthony is questionable to play due to a back injury, while Anthony Davis remains sidelined with a knee injury. Los Angeles enters 21-and-22, while Utah sits 29-and-14. The Jazz have lost four of their last five.
(Undated) -- The Buccaneers, 49ers, and Chiefs are joining the Bengals and Bills in the next round of the NFL Playoffs. The defending champion Bucs blasted the Eagles 31-15 in Wild Card action on Sunday to advance. The Niners upset the third-seeded Cowboys in Big D 23-17, while the Chiefs cruised past the Steelers 42-21. Cincinnati and Buffalo both advanced with wins on Saturday. The Wild Card round wraps up with the Cardinals facing the Rams in the first-ever Monday night playoff game. The winner visits Tampa in the divisional round. In other divisional round action next weekend, the Niners visit the Packers, the Chiefs host the Bills, and the Bengals travel to Tennessee.
(Denver, CO) -- It just wasn't the Blazers' night in Colorado. Portland lost to the Nuggets 140-108 in Denver. All five of the Blazers' starting lineup scored in double figures, but nobody reached 20 points. Ben McLemore led Portland with 18 points, followed by Dennis Smith Jr. with 17 points and eight assists. The Blazers drop to 16-and-25. They play the Wizards in Washington DC tomorrow.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Trojans are bouncing back from their first loss of the season. Number-7 USC beat Oregon State 81-71 in Los Angeles. Chevez Goodwin had a big game with 20 points and 12 rebounds. USC outscored the Beavers 44-29 in the second half to avoid the upset. The team sits 4-and-1 in Pac-12 play.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Bruins are taking their first conference loss. Number-3 UCLA was upset by Oregon 84-81 in overtime in Los Angeles. The Bruins scored the final six points of regulation to push the game to OT. There the team was outscored 11-to-8 as they dropped to 10-and-2 on the season. UCLA now sits 2-and-1 in Pac-12 play.
(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the players association are still on separate pages when it comes to the league's current lockout. The sides met Thursday for the first time since owners locked out players on December 2nd. ESPN reports the MLB made a labor proposal that was that rejected by the MLBPA. That proposal reportedly offered little of what players are seeking in the new collective bargaining agreement.
(Australia) -- Tennis superstar Novak Djokovic will be detained later today by Australian authorities amid the ongoing vaccine controversy. That decision was made after the country's Immigration Minister canceled Djokovic's visa. He will he interviewed, detained, and taken to his lawyers' office. However, it's unknown where exactly border officials and Djokovic will meet.
(Portland, OR) -- Blazers point guard Damian Lillard's abdominal injury is going to keep him sidelined even longer. ESPN is reporting that Lillard will have surgery to address his lingering abdominal injury. The procedure will reportedly keep Lillard out for at least 6-to-8 weeks. The 31-year-old guard aggravated the injury while playing for Team USA in the Tokyo Olympics last summer and has not played since December 31st. Portland is 16-and-24 and is also dealing with the absence of CJ McCollum, who has missed time with a collapsed lung.
(Undated) -- The Bruins are returning to the hardwood. Number-3 UCLA hosts the Oregon Ducks tonight at Pauley Pavilion. The Bruins enter on a five-game winning streak and sit 10-and-1 on the season. The team most recently beat Cal 60-52 last week. Also in action is Number-7 USC, which hosts Oregon State at the Galen Center. The Trojans come off their first loss of the season as they fell to Stanford on Tuesday.
(Sacramento, CA) -- De'Aaron Fox tallied 29 points as the Kings beat the Lakers 125-116 in Sacramento. Harrison Barnes contributed with 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting from the floor. Tyrese Haliburton added a double-double with 14 points and 10 assists for Sacramento, which improved to 17-and-27. The Kings snapped a five-game losing skid. LeBron James finished with 34 points, seven rebounds and six assists for Los Angeles, which fell to 21-and-21.
(Undated) -- The NBA is dealing with more COVID-19 related issues. ESPN reports the league has had more than 500 confirmed COVID cases among Tier 1 Staffers. That includes anyone working within 15 feet of players. The majority of the positive cases have reportedly come in the last month as NBA general managers scramble to find replacement workers. That has proven difficult as core staffers have a huge impact on the day-to-day operations.
(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers get back on the court tomorrow night. Portland plays the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night. The Blazers are 16-and-24 and have split their last four games.
(New York, NY) -- ESPN is reporting Major League Baseball will meet with the players association on Thursday as they try to end a lockout. It began in early December and this is the first meeting since then. The report says the league approached the union to set up Thursday's gathering. Spring training games are set to start in late February with the regular season beginning in late March.
(Stanford, CA) -- The Trojans are taking their first loss of the season. Number-7 USC fell 75-69 to Stanford in the Bay Area. Isaiah Mobley led the charge with 16 points, seven rebounds and five assists in the losing effort. Boogie Ellis chipped in with 14 points as the Trojans dropped to 13-and-1. USC was outscored 43-36 in the second half to take its first conference loss as well. The Cardinal improved to 9-and-4 with the victory.
(Memphis, TN) -- Ja Morant lifted the Grizzlies to a 10th straight win as they beat the Warriors 116-108 in Memphis. Morant scored a game-high 29 points and dished out eight assists for Memphis, which improved to 29-and-14. Tyus Jones shot a perfect 5-for-5 from deep as he added 17 points off the bench. The Grizzlies extended their franchise record to 10 wins in a row. Steph Curry tallied 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his ninth career triple double.
(Flushing, NY) -- The Mets are retiring Keith Hernandez's number next season. The team announced today that Number 17 will be retired. Hernandez, who played for the Mets from 1983 to 1989, was also part of the Mets' 1986 world championship team. He joins Casey Stengel, Gil Hodges, Tom Seaver, Mike Piazza and Jerry Koosman to be honored.
(Corvallis, OR) -- The Oregon men's basketball team was victorious in their postponed game against Oregon State. The Ducks edged the Beavers 78-76 in Corvallis. Jacob Young led Oregon with 16 points. Oregon is at UCLA Thursday. 6:00 p.m. pre-game/6:30 tip-off on KBND.
(Portland, OR) -- One of the best Timbers players is on the move. MLS Soccer-dot-com reported that Diego Valeri is being transferred to Argentinian club Lanus. The deal isn't 100-percent done yet, but the transaction would mean the Timbers get a transfer fee of 175-thousand dollars and be absolved from his cap hit in 2022. Valeri has 86 goals and 91 assists in 262 regular-season MLS games. He also helped Portland win the 2015 MLS Cup.
(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers had three players score 20 points or more in their 114-108 win over the Nets in Portland. Anfernee Simons led the way with 23 points and 11 assists, Robert Covington followed with 21 points and Ben McLemore added 20. The Blazers improved to 16-and-24. Portland plays the Nuggets in Denver on Thursday night.
(Tampa, FL) -- Tom Brady's head coach wants him to take home some hardware. Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians said it would be a "travesty" if Brady doesn't win MVP. The 44-year-old Brady has thrown for a league-leading 5,316 yards, 43 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. As a result, Brady led the Buccaneers to 13-and-4 record and an NFC South Division title. He also set an NFL record with 485 completions this season.
(Undated) -- Another top quarterback is entering the transfer portal. USC QB Jaxson Dart entered the portal on Monday, becoming the latest collegiate star to possibly be on the move before next season. Dart split time under center with Kedon Slovis last season for the Trojans. He threw for 1,353 yards, nine touchdowns and five picks over six games of action. The decision comes after Caleb Williams entered the portal last week and could possibly reunite with Lincoln Riley at USC. ESPN reports the Trojans are among the top schools under consideration for the Oklahoma QB.
(Undated) -- U-dub lost to Colorado 78-64 on Sunday in Boulder. Number-4 Gonzaga smoked Pepperdine 117-83 on Saturday in Spokane. Wazzu picked up a 77-61 win over Utah in Salt Lake City on Saturday as well. The Ducks-Beavers game on Saturday was postponed due to COVID-19 protocols in the Oregon program, but the game is scheduled to be played tonight in Corvallis. 6:30 pre-game/7:00 tip on KBND.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers had their four-game winning streak snapped. Los Angeles fell 127-119 to the Grizzlies at Crypto-dot-com Arena. LeBron James was the lone starter in double-figures as he totaled 35 points. James also added nine rebounds and seven assists, but got little help from his teammates. The Lakers trailed by as many as 29, but used a late 21-0 run to cut into the deficit. Los Angeles drops to 21-and-20.
(Portland, OR) -- Anfernee Simons continues to impress for the Blazers. Simons scored 31 points in the Trail Blazers' 103-88 win over the Kings in Portland. Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 16 rebounds in the winning effort, while Nassir Little and Ben McLemore each scored 13 points. Norman Powell missed the game after entering COVID protocols earlier in the day. The Blazers improve to 15-and-24. Portland hosts the Brooklyn Nets tonight.
(Glendale, AZ) -- The Seahawks are ending the season with a division win. Seattle defeated the Cardinals 38-30 in Glendale. Rashaad Penny rushed for 190 yards and a touchdown in the win. Russell Wilson threw for three touchdowns and an interception for the Seahawks, who finish the season 7-and-10. Kyler Murray threw for 240 yards and a touchdown in the win. James Conner rushed for a touchdown and caught a score for Arizona, which finishes the season 11-and-6 and will visit the Rams in the NFC Wild Card Round.
(Renton, WA) -- Russell Wilson is offering some light as to where he wants to be next season. At a press conference Thursday, Wilson said he hopes to stay in Seattle. He added that his goal is to win more Super Bowls and, "My plan is to win them here." Now this is hardly a guarantee since he never guaranteed he will stay with the Seahawks, but it appears he is considering them for the future. Wilson has thrown for 2,875 yards, 22 touchdowns and five picks this season and missed three games with a finger injury.
(Glendale, AZ) -- The Cardinals will host the Seahawks in the regular season finale in Glendale on Sunday. At 11-and-5, the Cardinals are still alive in the race for the NFC West. Arizona needs a win and the Rams to lose to San Francisco to win the division. The Seahawks meanwhile enter the finale at 6-and-10 with plenty of speculation about the future of the franchise. Seattle is coming off a 51-29 win at home over the Lions.
(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers return to the court. Portland hosts the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. Cleveland is off to a surprising start at 21-and-17, while the Blazers are 14-and-23.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are looking to extend their winning streak to four games. Los Angeles hosts the Hawks tonight at crypto-dot-com Arena. The Lakers come off a 122-114 win over the Kings and have won four of their last five games. The team remains without Anthony Davis and Kendrick Nunn, who are both out with knee injuries. Los Angeles enters 20-and-19, while Atlanta sits at 17-and-20.
(Phoenix, AZ) -- Chris Paul went for a triple-double as the Suns crushed the Clippers 106-89 in Phoenix. "CP3" finished with 14 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 assists for the Suns, who won their third straight and now lead the NBA at 30-and-8. Cam Johnson added 24 points in the victory. Marcus Morris Sr. scored 26 points to pace LA, which has dropped eight of its last 11. Reggie Jackson donated 16 points in the setback.
(Undated) -- Oregon and Oregon State men's basketball won't play this weekend. The Ducks-Beavers game on Saturday in Corvallis has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols in the Oregon program. Tonight, U-Dub plays Utah in Salt Lake City and Wazzu plays Colorado in Boulder.
(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers hung tough but couldn't beat Miami. The Blazers lost to the Heat 115-109 in Portland. Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 28 points, followed by Norman Powell with 26 points. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Damian Lillard missed the game due to an abdominal injury. Portland hosts the Cavaliers tomorrow night.
(Portland, OR) -- Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard will be out two more games because of a lower abdominal injury he's been dealing with. Lillard will miss the team's games against Cleveland on Friday and Sacramento on Sunday. Lillard will be reevaluated next week.
(Renton, WA) -- The Seahawks brought in Adrian Peterson for his skills on the field, but do they see something more in the future Hall of Famer? The Tacoma News Tribune reports that Pete Carroll asked Peterson if he wanted to be an assistant coach after seeing his work ethic behind the scenes. The 36-year-old running back said he still wants to play. Peterson rushed for 16 yards and one touchdown in one game with Seattle before being placed on injured reserve with a lower back injury.
(Dallas, TX) -- The Mavericks are pulling out a win on the same night that Dirk Nowitzki had his jersey lifted into the rafters. Dallas beat the Warriors 99-82 at the American Airlines Center. Luka Doncic had a strong game with 26 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. Steph Curry had another off game as he scored 14 points and shot 5-of-24 from the field. Andrew Wiggins led Golden State with 17 points. The Warriors dropped to 29-and-8.
(Undated) -- The Miami Heat won't have their best player tonight against the Blazers. Miami ruled out Jimmy Butler for Wednesday's game due to a minor ankle injury he suffered in Monday's loss to the Warriors. Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra said "He turned it," and added that Butler says he feels fine. Portland hosts the Miami Heat tonight.
(Undated) -- Jim Harbaugh could be returning to coach in the NFL. The Athletic reports Harbaugh "might be tempted" to take an NFL coaching job after leading Michigan to the College Football Playoff Semifinals this season. A possible landing spot could be the Las Vegas Raiders, who are looking to fill a vacancy after Jon Gruden resigned in October. Harbaugh coached the 49ers from 2011-to-2014 and led San Francisco to Super Bowl 47.
(Los Angeles, CA) -- LeBron James and Malik Monk combined for 55 points as the Lakers beat the Kings 122-114 in Los Angeles. James finished with 31 points, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter. Monk tallied 24 and shot 6-of-11 from deep for Los Angeles, which improved to 20-and-19. Russell Westbrook played a clean game with 19 points and zero turnovers. The Lakers have won four of their last five. The Kings dropped to 16-and-23.
(Melbourne, Australia) -- Defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic will defend his title later this month. He announced he received an coronavirus vaccine exemption. As a result, Djokovic said he's "heading Down Under." Event organizers announced everybody who participates must either be vaccinated or get a medical exemption.
(Edmonton, AB) -- One of the NHL's best players is entering the NHL's health and safety protocols. Oilers head coach Dave Tippett announced Tuesday that Connor McDavid has tested positive for the coronavirus. McDavid's absence will leave a struggling Edmonton team without two of its top four centers for the next few games. McDavid leads the league with 53 points and 34 assists. He's also scored 19 goals.
(Undated) -- COVID-19 continues to cause problems for college sports programs. Oregon State University had to postpone their men's basketball game against Sacramento State, which was a make-good for a previous game that was postponed by COVID-19. The University of Oregon men's basketball team had to postpone their game against Colorado. Portland State University is postponing their next two men's basketball games due to COVID-19.
(Portland, OR) -- Anfernee Simons and the Trail Blazers' offense was firing on all cylinders against Atlanta. The Blazers defeated the Hawks 136-131 in Portland, despite 56 points from Atlanta star Trae Young. It wasn't just Young lighting up the scoreboard, as Simons posted a career-high 43 points in the win. Norman Powell added 26 points, Nassir Little scored 22, and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Portland hosts the Miami Heat tomorrow night.