Sports Archives for 2022-02

High School Basketball

The high school basketball regular season is over and it's on to the playoffs, and 6 state tournaments kicking off this week.

Locally, there are 4 boys and 4 girls’ teams in the postseason mix as 'march madness' officially begins tomorrow.

However, sadly Saturday the Trinity Lutheran girls were knocked out of the single-a playoffs falling to Jordan valley, 60-58. The Trinity boys were ousted Friday night losing at Powder Valley, 68-63.

1A tournament begins Wednesday in Baker, while the 2A tips off in Pendleton, and the 3A tourney in Coos Bay. You can follow all the brackets online at 'osaa dot org.'

Tomorrow, the 6A boys first round playoffs see #2 ranked and unbeaten Summit host Liberty of Hillsboro. Both Bend and Mt. View hit the road with the Lava Bears playing at 8th ranked Beaverton, and the Cougars traveling to Lake Oswego.

On the girls side of the 6A playoffs, on Wednesday Mt. View visits Oregon City, and Bend plays at Jefferson in Portland.

The 5A boys and girls playoff matchups will be decided Wednesday.

And, the Madras girls will host a 4A playoff game Saturday entertaining Astoria. The Lady Outlaws of Sisters were knocked out of the postseason with its 71-23 loss Saturday at Corbett.
 

Trail Blazers Provide Update On Damian Lillard

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers are reporting some good injury news. The team announced Sunday that Damian Lillard has made it through the first stage of abdominal surgery rehab without any setbacks. Portland also said Lillard begins the reconditioning phase of his rehab next week, which entails strength training and basketball drills. He'll be re-evaluated in 2-to-3 weeks. Lillard averaged 24 points in 29 games this season before undergoing surgery.

Trail Blazers Blown Out By Nuggets

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers are taking another blowout loss. Portland lost at home to the Denver Nuggets 124-92. Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 16 points and Drew Eubanks had 13 points and 10 rebounds. That loss dropped Portland to 25-and-36. The Blazers play the Suns in Phoenix on Wednesday.

Timbers Draw, Sounders Lose

(Undated) -- The Timbers drew the New England Revolution and the Sounders lost to Nashville SC in the opening weekend of MLS play. Portland drew New England 2-to-2 at home on Saturday with goals from Dairon Asprilla and Yimmi Chará. Seattle on the other hand suffered a 1-oh home loss to Nashville last night. The Sounders play Real Salt Lake on Saturday in Utah and the Timbers play L-A-F-C on Sunday in Los Angeles.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga lost to number-23 Saint Mary's 67-57 on the road and U-Dub defeated Wazzu 78-70 in Seattle. Oregon lost to number-16 USC 70-69 in Eugene and Oregon State fell at home to number-13 UCLA 94-55. The Huskies host UCLA tonight and the Beavers play Wazzu in Corvallis.

Report: MLB And MLBPA Making Progress As Deadline Looms

(Jupiter, FL) -- Major League Baseball and the Players Association are continuing their efforts to end the league's current lockout. ESPN reports it was a "productive day of talks" when the sides met multiple times on Sunday. While productive, the union reportedly still feels the sides are far apart on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement. The sides are working to avoid delaying Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 31st. If no deal is reached by the end of Monday, the MLB has made it clear that any games missed won't be rescheduled. That would result in a shortened season for the league.

#13 UCLA Upset By Oregon

(Eugene, OR) -- The Bruins are taking a conference loss on the road. Number-13 UCLA fell 68-63 to Oregon in Eugene. Tyger Campbell and Cody Riley each scored 12 points in the losing effort. The Bruins shot a poor 4-for-24 from 3-point range as they had a three-game winning streak snapped. That dropped their record to 20-and-6 overall and 12-and-5 in Pac-12 play. UCLA plays Oregon State in Corvallis tomorrow to wrap up the weekend.

Trail Blazers Crushed By Warriors

(Portland, OR) -- Eight Warriors scored in double figures as Golden State crushed the Trail Blazers 132-95 in Portland. Anfernee Simons scored a game-high 24 points for the Trail Blazers, who dropped to 25-and-35. Portland had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Blazers host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday.

#16 USC Survives To Beat Oregon State

(Corvallis, OR) -- The Trojans are escaping with a conference win. Number-16 USC outlasted Oregon State 94-91 in double overtime in Corvallis. Drew Peterson poured in 23 points and collected 10 rebounds in the victory. The Beavers tied the game late in regulation to force OT and Trojans pulled away in the second OT period. USC has won five straight and improved to 24-and-4 overall and 13-and-4 in Pac-12 play.

Nuggets, Kings Hold Moment Of Silence Before Game

(Sacramento, CA) -- The Sacramento Kings and Denver Nuggets are standing in solidarity with Alex Len. Before Thursday's game, both teams linked arms and had a moment of silence alongside the Kings center, who is one of two Ukranian players in the NBA. The gesture came just hours after Len and Raptors swingman Svi Mykhailiuk released a statement condemning Russia's invasion of their home country.

MLB And MLBPA Continue Negotiations Amid Lockout

(Jupiter, FL) -- Major League Baseball and the Players Association are continuing negotiations to end the league's current lockout. The sides met for a fourth straight day Thursday, though no progress was made toward agreeing on a new collective bargaining agreement. Talks are now on a time crunch as the sides effort to avoid delaying Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 31st. If the sides don't come to terms by Monday, the MLB has made it clear that any games missed won't be rescheduled. That would result in a shortened season for the league. The lockout first began on December 2nd.

NASCAR Heads To Fontana On Sunday

(Fontana, CA) -- NASCAR is heading out west. The Cup Series is beginning its western trek early in the season as it rolls into Fontana for the Auto Club 400. Austin Cindric is riding plenty of momentum going into California after winning last week's Daytona 500 to kick off the season. Cindric was able to hold on for the win in overtime. Bubba Wallace finished in second.

The Honda Classic Round One

(Palm Beach Gardens, FL) -- Kurt Kitayama is in sole possession of first place after the first round of the Honda Classic at PGA National was suspended. Kitayama is six-under par after shooting a 64 in round one. In a three-way tie for second place Rory Sabbatini, Daniel Berger, and Chris Kirk shot five-under. Several other golfers are in a five-way tie at three-under par. Three players have yet to finish all 18 holes in round one.

Blazers Center Jusuf Nurkic Out Four Weeks With Foot Injury

(Portland, OR) -- The Trail Blazers are losing their best big man for about a month. Portland announced Wednesday that center Jusuf Nurkic [[ you-SUF nur-KITCH ]] will miss at least four weeks with left foot plantar fasciitis. The Blazers said it had been bothering him since September. Nurkic is averaging 15 points and 11.1 rebounds in 56 games this season. He will be re-evaluated after the four-week period.

OR College Athletes To Receive Royalties Under Newly Passed Bill

(Salem, OR) -- College athletes whose names or images are used on team jerseys, video games, and trading cards must be paid royalties under a bill passed by the Oregon Legislature. The bill builds on a law from 2021 that gives college athletes the right to earn compensation for the use of their name, image, and likeness. Twenty-eight other states have similar laws. If the Governor signs the bill, it'll take effect on July 1st.

#13 UCLA Visits Oregon

(Eugene, OR) -- The Bruins are looking to pick up another conference win. Number-13 UCLA hits the road to face Oregon tonight in Eugene. The Bruins come off a 66-52 win over Arizona State and have won four of their last five. That brought the team's record up to 20-and-5 overall and 12-and-4 in Pac-12 play. UCLA is also looking to avenge a 84-81 overtime loss to the Ducks when the teams met last month.

MLB Doesn't Plan To Reschedule Missed Games

(Jupiter, FL) -- Major League Baseball is planning to shorten the season should the league's current lockout continue. An MLB spokesman said on Wednesday that "A deadline is a deadline. Missed games are missed games. Salary will not be paid for those games." That was in reference to Monday's deadline, which was set in order to avoid moving Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 31st. After a third straight day of negotiations with the Players Association, the sides again failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement.

#16 USC Visits Oregon State

(Corvallis, OR) -- The Trojans are looking to extend their winning streak. Number-16 USC takes a road trip North as it faces Oregon State tonight in Corvallis. The Trojans come off a 62-60 win over Washington State and have won four straight. That brought the team's record up to 23-and-4 overall and 12-and-4 in Pac-12 play. USC is going for the season series sweep after beating the Beavers 81-71 when the teams met last month.

KBND Morning Sports

Last night in high school playoff basketball action, the Trinity Lutheran boys advance to the class 1-a 'second round' with their 63-55 home playoff win over prairie city.

Now, Trinity Lutheran, 17-9, travels Friday night to take on #2 ranked Powder Valley who owns a 22-and-2 overall record. The winner advances to the 1A state tournament next week in Baker City.

The Trinity Lutheran girls await a 'to be named later' playoff opponent they could host Saturday.

 

Elsewhere last night, in the 5A ranks...the Redmond boys finished the regular season undefeated at 10-and-0 with its 61-46 win at Ridgeview. The Panthers will host a playoff game one week from Friday night.

On the girl’s side...the 6th ranked Lady Ravens of Ridgeview ran past Redmond, 56-20. Ridgeview will host a state playoff game one week from Saturday.

In 4A season ending action, both the Sisters’ boys and girls lost as Woodburn thumped the boys, 57-37, and the Lady Outlaws were nipped by one, 36-35.

Tonight, in the 6A division, the regular season comes to a close with the bend girls entertaining South Salem and win for the Lady Lava Bears would force a 2nd-place tie with the Saxons in the Mountain Valley Conference.

On the westside of town, Summit welcomes league-leading and 14th ranked west Salem.

The boy’s side has undefeated 21-and-0, and 2nd ranked Summit at West Salem, and Bend visiting South Salem.
 

Report: MLB And MLBPA Continue Talks

(Jupiter, FL) -- Major League Baseball and the Players Association are continuing their efforts to end the league's lockout. ESPN reports the sides met again Tuesday in what was another failed attempt to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The players union made changes to its demands for two-year arbitration, but requested an increase in minimum salary. That was viewed by the MLB as a step backwards in talks. The sides are reportedly slated to meet every day until February 28th.

Womens' Soccer Settles Equal Pay Suit

(Undated) -- U.S. women soccer players are getting equal pay. The group reached a settlement with the U.S. Soccer Federation in a suit over unequal pay compared to the men's team. The 24-million dollar settlement, announced Tuesday, will see both teams paid the same for all tournaments, including the World Cup.

Rare Kobe Bryant Card Sells For Two-Million Dollars

(Undated) -- A Kobe Bryant basketball card is selling for an eye-popping amount of money. The rare collectible was sold for two-million dollars over the weekend as the sale was announced by PWCC Marketplace on Tuesday. The Bryant card is a 1997-98 Metal Universe Precious Metal Gems Emerald, but features no autograph or game-used memorabilia swatch. It's the most expensive card sold featuring Kobe.

Aaron Rodgers Explains Instagram Post

(Undated) -- Aaron Rodgers says there isn't much to read into about his recent Instagram post. Rodgers said Tuesday on "The Pat McAfee Show" that his lengthy I-G post was not an indication of his future. He explained that it was a post to show gratitude toward some of his Packers teammates and said on the show, "There's nothing cryptic about gratitude." There is speculation Rodgers could ask for a trade from Green Bay or retire this offseason after recent friction with the franchise.

High School Basketball

On the local prep hardwood, the OSAA state basketball playoffs tipoff tonight with the 'Class 1-A first round' where Trinity Lutheran hosts prairie city in a 6pm tipoff.

Trinity Lutheran, coached by Kyle Gilbert, is ranked 20th in the state and is the #2 seed from the mountain valley league where they just lost the league title playoff game Saturday night by just 7-points to Rogue Valley Adventist of Medford who earned the first-round bye.

With a win tonight, Trinity Lutheran will advance to the second-round Friday night against an opponent that will be determined by seeding. The single-a state tournament tips off one week from tomorrow in Baker City.

Meantime, the Trinity Lutheran girls’ team who won the regular season league title will play a 2nd round game state playoff game Saturday night.

Elsewhere, the Madras boys who are not playoff bound finished the regular season at home last night with a stunning 64-59 win over 11th ranked Gladstone.

The 8th-ranked madras girls also won, rolling gladstone in Portland, 53-33, clinching the league title by 1-game over gladstone. 

Tonight, in the 5-A division, it's an inner-city rivalry double-header at Ridgeview high school with the lady ravens looking to win the league title hosting Redmond at 6, followed by the boys game where 5th ranked Redmond looks to finish league play unbeaten with a 10-and-0 mark.

And, finally, Sister’s girls and boys host Woodburn in a twin bill tipping off at 5:30 with the boys, followed by the girls game at 7.


 

Blazers Sign Trendon Watford

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers are investing in one of their young bench players. Portland signed forward Trendon Watford to a four-year deal worth 5.8 million dollars. The 21-year-old undrafted rookie is averaging 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 33 games this season. The Blazers waived Dennis Smith Jr. in a corresponding move. Portland also signed Drew Eubanks to a 10-day contract and Brandon Williams to a two-year, two-way deal. The Blazers host the Warriors on Thursday.

Report: MLB And MLBPA Still Have No Deal

(Jupiter, FL) -- Major League Baseball and the Players Association are still making little progress in their effort to end the league's lockout. ESPN reports the sides met Monday for nearly five hours and didn't come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement. The lockout has already affected spring training, which was delayed until at least March 5th. The sides are still working to avoid moving Opening Day, which is scheduled for March 31st.

Juwan Howard Suspended Rest Of Regular Season

(Ann Arbor, MI) -- Michigan men's basketball head coach Juwan Howard is being suspended for the rest of the regular season. Howard received the suspension after hitting a Wisconsin assistant coach in the face following Michigan's loss on Sunday to the Badgers. Wisconsin head coach Greg Gard and Howard exchanged words postgame after Howard took exception to a timeout Gard called with just 15 seconds remaining.

XFL To Collaborate With NFL

(Greenwich, CT) -- The XFL is joining forces with the NFL to further expand the game of football and create increased opportunities for player development. The spring football league announced its partnership with the NFL to install physical and mental fitness programs for players. It'll also study playing surfaces and equipment along with sharing of game trends. The collaboration may also include international development and scouting along with officiating.

Kentucky Derby Winner Medina Spirit Disqualified

(Louisville, KY) -- Kentucky Derby winner Medina Spirit is being disqualified for a drug violation. Trainer Bob Baffert's horse was the first to the cross the finish line last May, but tested positive for an anti-inflammatory steroid that's banned on race days in Kentucky. This is the second time in the 147 year history of the Derby that a horse has been disqualified for a drug-related offense. Churchill Downs released a statement recognizing Mandaloun as the winner of last year's Derby. They congratulated the owner of the horse, jockey and trainer and said they look forward to celebrating the horse on a future date.

U.S. Finishes 5th Place Overall In Winter Olympics Medal Count

(Beijing) -- The United States is finishing fifth place in the Winter Olympics final medal count total. Team USA's athletes earned a total of 25-medals after Norway's 37, Russian Olympic Committee's 32, Germany's 27 and Canada's 26. The Americans won eight gold, 10 silver and seven bronze medals in total in Beijing.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- The University of Oregon and Oregon State University men's basketball teams are recovering from weekend losses. Oregon lost to number four Arizona 84-81 Saturday in Tucson. Oregon State lost to ASU 73-53 in Tempe on Saturday.

Stephen Curry Wins NBA All-Star Game MVP

(Cleveland, OH) -- Stephen Curry is taking home some hardware at the NBA All-Star Game. Curry scored 50 points to earn the Kobe Bryant All-Star Game MVP as Team LeBron defeated Team Durant 163-160 in Cleveland. The Warriors' superstar guard fell just short of the record of 52 points scored by Anthony Davis in 2017. He did set a record with 16 made three-pointers.

Report: Suns' Paul To Miss Six To Eight Weeks

(Undated) -- The Phoenix Suns are receiving some bad news in the injury department. TNT reports guard Chris Paul is going to miss six to eight weeks due to an avulsion fracture in his right thumb. Paul suffered the injury during the third quarter of last week's win over the Houston Rockets. The 36-year-old was seen wearing a cast or wrap on his right hand during media availability for the All-Star Game.

Austin Cindric Wins 2022 Daytona 500

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- Austin Cindric is the winner of "The Great American Race." Cindric won the 2022 Daytona 500 after surviving multiple cautions and NASCAR overtime. It's the first career win for Cindric in his eighth cup start. Bubba Wallace finished second while Chase Briscoe took third. Ryan Blaney and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

Michigan Basketball Coach Scuffles With Wisconsin Assistant After Road Loss

(Madison, WI) -- Michigan basketball coach Juwan Howard is in trouble after he grabbed a Wisconsin assistant coach after their loss in Madison Sunday afternoon. After the game, Howard told reporters he did not think the time-out called by Badgers coach Greg Gard with 15 seconds to go was necessary, and he let Gard know that after the game. The exchange became heated and other players and coaches got involved, leading to the large scuffle. The Big Ten Conference has released a statement saying they are aware of the incident and they are working to "take swift and appropriate disciplinary action."

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon lost to Arizona State 81-57 in Tempe and U-dub fell to number-17 USC 79-69 in Los Angeles. Wazzu was blown out 14th-ranked UCLA 76-56 in LA and Oregon State fell to number-4 Arizona 83-69 in Tucson. Tomorrow, Oregon heads to Tucson to battle Arizona, number-1 Gonzaga hosts Santa Clara, Washington stays in LA to play UCLA, and the Beavers take on ASU in Tempe. The Cougars play USC on the road Sunday night.

NBA All-Star Weekend Gets Underway

(Cleveland, OH) -- The Blazers can relax for a bit now that All-Star Weekend is here. The 2022 NBA All-Star Weekend will take place from Cleveland. On Saturday night, it's a mixture of the league's best as the Skills Challenge, Three-Point Contest, and Dunk Contest take place and the highlights flow along Lake Erie. Sunday, it's all about the league's best squaring off as Team LeBron James battles Team Kevin Durant. Portland returns to the court on Thursday when it hosts the Warriors.

Niemann Leads Genesis Invitational After First Round

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Joaquin Niemann is the leader of the Genesis Invitational after one round at Riviera Country Club. The 23-year-old Chilean shot an eight-under to finish three strokes ahead of the field on Thursday. Ten other golfers shot four-under or better including Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas. Meanwhile, Wyndham Clark was disqualified after signing an incorrect scorecard following a six-over first round.

Portland Pickles' Missing Mascot Returned

(Portland, OR) -- A missing pickle mascot is back in the dugout in Oregon. The Portland Pickles announced that someone dropped off their missing mascot at a local donut shop on Wednesday. The team's mascot went missing at the end of last month after luggage carrying the costume got lost in transit following a trip to the Dominican Republic. The costume was found and delivered to the team's office, but a porch pirate later stole it.

Daytona 500 Takes Place Sunday

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- It's time to rev the engines on the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series season. The "Great American Race" gets underway on Sunday as the Daytona 500 takes place in Florida. Defending Cup Series Champion Kyle Larson is on the pole for the event. He's joined up front by teammate Alex Bowman. Michael McDowell won last year's event.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga walloped Pepperdine 86-66 in Malibu and Seattle U pounded UT Rio Grande Valley 102-62 on the road. Tonight, Oregon plays Arizona State in Tempe and U-dub plays number-17 USC in Los Angeles. Wazzu battles 14th-ranked UCLA on the road and Oregon State plays number-4 Arizona in Tucson.

Simons Leads Blazers Past Grizzlies

(Memphis, TN) -- Anfernee Simons hit a clutch three with 44 seconds left in Portland's 123-119 win over the Grizzlies in Memphis. Simons finished with 31 points, Jusuf Nurkic led the Blazers with 32 points and Josh Hart had 22 points. Grizzlies star Ja Morant balled out too with 44 points and 11 assists. Portland has won four straight games to improve to 25-and-34 entering the All-Star Break.

Kyle Larson Wins 2022 Daytona 500 Pole

(Daytona Beach, FL) -- The champ is on the pole. Kyle Larson will begin his trek to defending his NASCAR Cup Series Championship on the pole at the 2022 Daytona 500 on Sunday. Larson will be joined up front by teammate Alex Bowman. Former Formula One Champion and Indy 500 winner Jacques Villeneuve also clinched a spot in "The Great American Race."

PGA Genesis Open Tees Off Today

(Pacific Palisades, CA) -- It's back to California for the PGA today. The PGA Genesis Open will tee off from the Riviera Country Club. Scottie Scheffler is hoping to build off his momentum after last week's win at the Waste Management Phoenix Open. Scheffler survived multiple playoff holes to earn the win. Max Homa is the defending champion after winning last year's event.

Report: Dallas Cowboys Settled Voyeurism Claims With Four Ex-Cheerleaders

(Frisco, TX) -- Four ex Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders are getting a large settlement after issuing voyeurism claims against owner Jerry Jones' former spokesperson. ESPN reports the team gave almost 400-thousand dollars each to the cheerleaders in 2016 after one of them accused Rich Dalrymple of hiding behind an AT&T Stadium locker room wall with a phone extended past it. A Cowboys spokesperson says Dalrymple's phone was confiscated and no evidence of wrongdoing was found on it. Dallas admitted no wrongdoing in the settlement and the women were told they couldn't comment on it.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Oregon State lost to Colorado 90-64 in Corvallis. The Beavers dropped to 3-and-20 with the loss. Tonight, number-1 Gonzaga plays Pepperdine in Malibu and Seattle U plays UT Rio Grande Valley on the road.

Team USA Eliminated In Men's Ice Hockey

(Beijing) -- The US men's ice hockey team's quest for an Olympic medal is over as Team USA was topped by Slovakia 3-2 in a shootout. The United States led the game 2-1 late in the third period after goals from Nick Abruzzese and Sam Hentges. Slovakia tied the game in the final minute of the third to send the battle into overtime. After a scoreless extra frame, the US was held without a goal in all five of their shootout chances. With the loss, the US has been eliminated from the tournament.

Suns Hold Off Clippers

(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Suns are coming out on top yet again. Phoenix held off the Clippers 103-96 at home. Devin Booker had 26 points to lead the Suns. Chris Paul added 17 points and 14 assists for Phoenix, which is a league-best 47-and-10. Marcus Morris Sr. led the Clippers with 23 points. Los Angeles falls to 29-and-31.

Report: Derek Carr Could Get 40-Million Per Season Extension

(Henderson, NV) -- Raiders quarterback Derek Carr could be earning a big time raise this offseason. The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports Carr could receive a contract extension within the range of 40-million dollars per season. Carr is entering the final year of his five-year deal that he signed in 2017. The NFL Network reported Las Vegas plans to move forward with Carr under center for the foreseeable future.

Super Bowl Viewership Reaches 112.3 Million Across All Platforms

(Los Angeles, CA) -- NBC may be celebrating just as much as the Super Bowl champions. Final viewership numbers for Sunday's big game show more than 112-million people watched the Los Angeles Rams raise the Vince Lombardi Trophy across all television and streaming platforms. That marks a 16-percent jump from last year's ratings. Super Bowl 56 was the most watched Super Bowl since 2015.

Simons Shines In Blazers' Win Over Bucks

(Milwaukee, WI) -- If the Blazers are trying to tank, they aren't doing a good job. Anfernee Simons scored 31 points in the Blazers' 122-107 win over the Bucks in Milwaukee. Newly-acquired Josh Hart added 27 points and Jusuf Nurkic finished with 23 points and 16 rebounds in Portland's win over the defending champs. Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo [[ ah-dedo-KOON-bo ]] did not play due to an ankle injury. The Blazers improved to 24-and-34. Portland plays the Grizzlies in Memphis tomorrow night.

Harden Out Through All-Star Break With Hamstring Strain

(Philadelphia, PA) -- 76ers fans will have to wait to see James Harden in action. Philadelphia announced Monday that Harden will be sidelined with a hamstring strain through this weekend's All-Star break. The star guard had been rehabbing his hamstring the last few games of his time with the Brooklyn Nets. His first chance to play in a Sixers uniform will be February 25th against the Timberwolves in Minnesota.

Memorial Of John Madden Takes Place In Oakland

(Oakland, CA) -- Coaches, former players, colleagues and family members are coming together to celebrate the life of the late, legendary John Madden. A memorial took place at the RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland on Monday evening. All told stories of the legendary coach and what he meant to them and the community. Madden passed away in December at the age of 85.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- The Ducks defeated Wazzu 62-59 in Eugene. Oregon improved to 17-and-8 overall and 10-and-4 in conference with the victory. Tonight, Oregon State plays Colorado in Corvallis and the Portland Pilots host Bushnell University.

MLB Wants To Cut Minor League Roster Sizes

(Undated) -- Major League Baseball is attempting to trim down its labor force in the minor leagues. ESPN reports that the league wants to reduce the size of the Domestic Reserve List, which currently allows clubs to have up to 180 players in their minor league systems. The MLB is trying to gradually decrease the number of players to below 150 throughout the next collective bargaining agreement. In December of 2020, the league got rid of 42 minor league teams when it restructured the farm system.

Simons Scores 30 In Blazers' Win Over Knicks

(Portland, OR) -- Who says the Blazers are tanking? Anfernee Simons scored 30 points in the Blazers' 112-103 win over the Knicks in Portland on Saturday. Newly-acquired Josh Hart added 23 points, Jusuf Nurkic finished with 12 points and 20 rebounds, and Ben McLemore added 17 points off the bench. Portland improved to 23-and-34 with the win. The Blazers play the Bucks in Milwaukee tonight.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga defeated number-22 Saint Mary's 74-58 on Saturday in Spokane. Washington lost to 5th-ranked Arizona 92-68 in Seattle, while Wazzu fell to Arizona State 58-55 in Pullman. Also on Saturday, Oregon took a 78-64 home loss to Cal and Oregon State lost to Stanford 76-65 in Corvallis. The Ducks host Wazzu tonight.

Clippers Lose Powell To Foot Injury

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Clippers are losing one of their top acquisitions from the trade deadline. Forward Norman Powell was diagnosed with a fractured bone in his left foot and will be out indefinitely. Powell suffered the injury in Thursday's loss to the Mavericks and the original assumption was that the injury wasn't serious. It was later discovered that the forward has a fractured bone and there is no timetable for his return.

Scheffler Outlasts Cantlay In Waste Management Phoenix Open Playoff

(Scottsdale, AZ) -- Scottie Scheffler is going the distance. Scheffler outlasted Patrick Cantlay in a three-hole playoff to win the Waste Management Phoenix Open at the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona. Scheffler and Cantlay each finished 16-under for the tournament. Brooks Koepka was among a group of three golfers to finish tied for third at 15-under.

Report: Packers Ready To Spend To Keep Rodgers

(Undated) -- Could Aaron Rodgers end up staying in Green Bay after all? ESPN is reporting that the Packers are preparing to spend close to the salary cap in 2022 to entice Rodgers to stay in Green Bay. The Packers are also ready to spread money into future years. The 38-year-old Rodgers said Thursday that his past animosity towards the franchise is gone. Green Bay is currently about 50-million dollars over its projected cap for 2022.

Blazers Host Knicks Tomorrow

(Portland, OR) -- The Blazers are playing some afternoon hoops tomorrow. Portland hosts the New York Knicks tomorrow afternoon. The Blazers enter at 22-and-34 after a flurry of moves ahead of the NBA trade deadline.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga smashed Pacific 89-51 in Spokane, while Wazzu lost at home to number-5 Arizona 72-60. Oregon beat Stanford 68-60 in Eugene and Washington topped Arizona State 87-64 in Seattle. Big day on Saturday as Gonzaga hosts number-22 St. Mary's, U-Dub hosts Arizona and Washington State plays ASU in Pullman. The Ducks host Cal on Saturday and the Beavers play Stanford in Corvallis.

Timbers Terminate Andy Polo's Contract

(Portland, OR) -- The Timbers terminated the contract of midfielder Andy Polo after he was suspended by Major League Soccer amid domestic violence allegations. Polo allegedly abused his ex-wide in Beaverton on May 23rd. His ex-wife accused him of domestic violence on a popular Peruvian television program on Tuesday. The Oregonian is also reporting that Timbers team officials came to their residence after the incident and Polo's ex-wife said the team knew of the domestic violence allegations against Polo.

Rams Ready To Face Bengals In Super Bowl 56

(Thousand Oaks, CA) -- The Super Bowl is now just days away. The Rams are readying to face the Bengals in Super Bowl 56 on Sunday at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood. Los Angeles becomes the second straight NFL team to play in a Super Bowl at its home stadium. The Rams upgraded Cam Akers and Van Jefferson as to full participants for Thursday's practice. Tyler Higbee still didn't practice as he's dealing with a sprained M-C-L.

NBA All-Stars Teams Set

(Undated) -- Team LeBron and Team Durant are both officially set for All-Star weekend. LeBron James kicked off the All-Star Draft by selecting Giannis Antetokounmpo, while Kevin Durant countered by taking Joel Embiid. Team LeBron also features Stephen Curry, DeMar DeRozan and Nikola Jokic in its starting lineup. Team Durant starts Ja Morant, Trae Young, Andrew Wiggins and Jayson Tatum, who takes the placed of the injured Durant. James Harden notably went last after Durant opted to take Rudy Gobert with his final pick.

Simons, Blazers Take Down Lakers

(Portland, OR) -- Anfernee Simons scored 29 points in the Trail Blazers' 107-105 win over the Lakers in Portland. Jusuf Nurkic chipped in with 19 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, while Justise Winslow and Greg Brown the third each had 11 points. LeBron James had a good game for LA with 30 points, seven rebounds and seven assists. The Blazers improved to 22-and-34 with the victory. Portland hosts the New York Knicks on Saturday.

Blazers, Jazz And Spurs Complete Three-Way Trade

(Undated) -- The Portland Trail Blazers, Utah Jazz and San Antonio Spurs are reshaping their rosters. Utah announced the teams agreed to a three-way trade that sent Joe Ingles to the Blazers. Portland also gets Elijah Hughes and a 2022 second-round draft pick from Utah, but in return the Jazz receive Nickeil Alexander-Walker from the Blazers and Juancho Hernangomez from the Spurs. San Antonio finishes with Tomas Satoransky from Portland and a 2027 second-round pick from Utah.

NBA Trade Deadline Is Today

(Undated) -- Wheeling and dealing is expected to take place in the NBA today. The annual NBA trade deadline will take place. It's the last chance for buyers and sellers to either build for now or for the future as the season winds down. Plenty of big names have been rumored in trades over recent weeks, including Brooklyn's James Harden and Philadelphia's Ben Simmons. Earlier this week, Portland shipped C.J. McCollum to New Orleans.

NFL Commissioner Talks League Racism, Sexual Harrassment Allegations

(Los Angeles, CA) -- NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is facing tough questions ahead of the Super Bowl. Speaking in Los Angeles, Goodell addressed the scrutiny the league is facing following a lawsuit from former coach Brian Flores alleging racism in the league's hiring process. The commissioner said the league must take a step back and look at everything to find out what works and what doesn't work in making sure the hiring process is fair to everyone.

PGA Waste Management Open Tees Off Today

(Scottsdale, AZ) -- It's a party in the desert as the Waste Management Open tees off from the TPC Scottsdale in Arizona today. Brooks Koepka is set to defend his crown after winning the tournament last year. Tom Hoge enters the tournament with plenty of momentum after winning last week's tournament at Pebble Beach. The course is one of the more popular on the tour due to its 16th hole which offers a personal, party-like atmosphere.

Trail Blazer McCollum Being Traded To New Orleans Pelicans

(Portland, OR) -- Portland Trail Blazers Guard CJ McCollum is reportedly being traded to the New Orleans Pelicans. ESPN reports the Blazers are also sending Larry Nance Junior and Tony Snell in the trade. In exchange, the Blazers get Josh Hart, Tomas Satoransky, Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Didi Louzada. The Pelicans are also giving the Blazers a first-round pick and two second-round picks.

Bucks Dismantle Lakers

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo [[ ah-dedo-KOON-bo ]] dominated with 44 points and 14 rebounds as the Bucks dismantled the Lakers 131-116 in Los Angeles. Antetokounmpo shot 17-of-20 from the field, while Bobby Portis added 23 points. Milwaukee has won four straight to improve to 35-and-21. LeBron James had 27 points and eight assists to lead the Lakers, who dropped to 26-and-29. Los Angeles has lost five of its last seven.

NBA Announces 3-Point Contest Participants

(Undated) -- The NBA is announcing the lineup for this year's 3-point contest at All-Star weekend in Cleveland. Headlining the field are Trae Young, CJ McCollum and Zach LaVine. They are joined by Desmond Bane, Fred VanVleet, Luke Kennard, Patty Mills and Karl-Anthony Towns. None of this year's participants have won a 3-point contest before. Last year's winner, Stephen Curry, won't have a chance to defend his crown.

Blazers Lose To Orlando

(Portland, OR) -- The new-look Blazers did not impress. Portland lost to the Orlando Magic 113-95 at the Moda Center. Anfernee Simons led the Blazers with 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic had 14 points and 11 rebounds. Portland fell to 21-and-34 and hosts the Lakers tonight.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- The Portland Pilots beat San Francisco 69-68 on the road. Tonight, Oregon State plays Cal in Corvallis. The Beavers are 3-and-17 and have lost seven consecutive games.

Blazers Host Magic

(Portland, OR) -- Portland hosts one of the worst teams in the NBA tonight. The Blazers play the Orlando Magic tonight at the Moda Center. Portland enters the matchup at 21-and-33. Orlando on the other hand, has the league's worst record at 12-and-43.

Labor Secretary Offers To Help Resolve MLB Lockout

(Washington, DC) -- Baseball's ongoing lockout could lead to the nation's labor secretary getting involved. Reports say Marty Walsh announced he has talked with both the league and the player's association. Walsh added he's ready to help. The Players Association last week denied a request by the league for a mediator to help resolve things. The lockout has put the start of both Spring Training and the regular season in jeopardy.

Lakers Host Bucks

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are looking for a win against the defending NBA champions. Los Angeles hosts the Bucks tonight at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The Lakers come off a 122-115 overtime win over the Knicks and have won two of their last three. Carmelo Anthony will again be out due to a hamstring injury and Dwight Howard is listed questionable with a back injury. Los Angeles enters 26-and-28, while Milwaukee sits 34-and-21.

NFL Super Bowl Week Kicks Off

(Inglewood, CA) -- Super Bowl 56 week is kicking off in the NFL. The Rams and Bengals met with members of the media as part of Super Bowl opening night. Bengals tight end C.J. Uzomah says he's doing everything in his power to play after spraining his MCL in the AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs. His quarterback Joe Burrow was busy imparting wisdom on the youth by saying the focus should be on hard work and not posting to social media. Super Bowl 56 takes place at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood on Sunday.

Report: NFL May Have Covered Up "Deflategate" Evidence

(Undated) -- The "Deflategate" saga is taking a new turn. In Mike Florio's latest book "Playmakers," new findings are alleging that the NFL played a role in covering up facts in regards to the Patriots' presumed role in deflating footballs in the AFC Championship Game against the Colts in January 2015. According to the book, the NFL's general counsel reportedly ordered all numbers in regards to testing of air pressure inside football be removed after testing was completed.

Blazers Send Covington And Powell To Clippers

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Trail Blazers traded Robert Covington and Norman Powell to the Los Angeles Clippers on Friday. The Blazers announced that in exchange, the team will get guards Eric Bledsoe and Keon Johnson along with forward Justise Winslow. Portland also received Detroit's 2025 second-round draft pick from the Clippers. Trail Blazers interim general manager Joe Cronin said they wish both guys the very best moving forward. Portland lost at home to the Thunder and Bucks this weekend and dropped to 21-and-33. The Blazers host the Orlando Magic tomorrow night.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Washington lost to Stanford 87-69 in the Bay Area yesterday, while number-1 Gonzaga smashed BYU 90-57 in Provo on Saturday. Gonzaga freshman Chet Holmgren filled out the box score with 20 points, 17 rebounds, six assists and five blocks. Also on Saturday, Oregon edged Utah 80-77 in Salt Lake City, Oregon State fell to Colorado on the road 86-63, while Wazzu topped Cal 68-64 in Berkeley.

Hoge Wins Pebble Beach

(Pebble Beach, CA) -- Tom Hoge is mastering the shoreline. Hoge finished 19-under-par to win the AT&T Pebble Beach tournament in California. The golfer shot a 68 in the final round to hold on to the victory. Jordan Spieth finished second at 17-under while Beau Hossler tied for third at 16-under.

Joey Logano Wins Clash At Coliseum

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Joey Logano is taking victory lane in the city of angels. Logano won the Busch Light Clash at the Los Angeles Memorial Stadium. He was able to hold off Kyle Busch who finished second on the quarter-mile track. Austin Dillon, Erik Jones, and Kyle Larson rounded out the top five.

AFC Defeats NFC In NFL Pro Bowl

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The AFC is hitting the jackpot in Sin City. A 41-35 win was on the table as the AFC held off the NFC in the NFL Pro Bowl in Las Vegas. Justin Herbert threw two touchdowns and an interception in the win for the AFC. Mark Andrews caught two touchdowns in the win. Kyler Murray threw three touchdowns and an interception in the loss for the NFC. Russell Wilson threw two interceptions in the loss.

Bucks Crush Clippers

(Los Angeles, CA) -- Giannis Antetokounmpo [[ ah-dedo-KOON-bo ]] posted 28 points and 10 rebounds as the Bucks crushed the Clippers 137-113 in Los Angeles. All five of Milwaukee's starters scored in double-figures. The Bucks have won three straight to improve to 34-and-21. Norman Powell was a force in his first game with Los Angeles as he finished with a team-high 28 points. The Clippers have lost two of three to drop to 27-and-28.

College Basketball Roundup

(Undated) -- Number-1 Gonzaga beat San Diego 92-62 on the road. Oregon beat Colorado 66-51 in Boulder, Washington pounded Cal 84-61 in the Bay Area, Wazzu edged Stanford on the road 66-60, while Oregon State was blown out by Utah 84-59 in Salt Lake City. Tomorrow, the Zags play BYU in Provo, Oregon plays Utah in Salt Lake City, Oregon State plays Colorado on the road and Wazzu plays Cal in Berkeley. U-dub plays Stanford in the Bay Area on Sunday.

2022 NFL Pro Bowl Preview

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The NFL is once again showcasing its top talent at this year's Pro Bowl in Las Vegas on Sunday. The AFC will be looking to continue its recent run of success over the NFC by locking up a fifth consecutive win. The exhibition will include several rule changes starting with the decision after the coin toss.

Billups Says NBA 'Light-Years' Ahead Of NFL In Hiring Practices

(Undated) -- Blazers head coach Chauncey Billups is impressed with how the NBA hires head coaches. Billups said Wednesday that the NBA is "light-years ahead of where any other league is" when it comes to head coach hiring practices. This comes after ex-Dolphins head coach Brian Flores filed a lawsuit against the NFL for alleged racist hiring practices in the league. As of Thursday, the NFL has just one Black head coach out of 32 teams. By contrast, the NBA currently has 14 Black head coaches - and 16 minority head coaches - in the 30-team league. The Blazers host the Thunder tonight.

NHL All-Star Game Preview

(Las Vegas, NV) -- The NHL is celebrating its best players this weekend with the 2022 All-Star Game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Philadelphia's Claude Giroux is the captain of the Metropolitan Division, Toronto's Auston Matthews will captain the Atlantic Division, Dallas' Joe Pavelski is captaining the Central Division, and Edmonton's Connor McDavid is the captain of the Pacific Division. Colorado's Nazem Kadri, Tampa Bay's Steven Stamkos, Anaheim's Troy Terry, and Rangers forward Mika Zibanejad were named All-Stars after winning the Last Men In vote for each division.

Report: MLB Requests Assistance From Federal Mediator

(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball is turning to an outside source to help end the league's current lockout. ESPN reports the MLB requested the immediate assistance of a federal mediator to help resolve its situation. This comes after the league and the MLB players association failed to come to terms on a new collective bargaining agreement after multiple weeks of negotiations. It's reported that the MLB contacted the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service with hopes of getting a deal done with a third party involved. The MLBPA would have to agree to the mediator for it to intervene.

Report: MLB And MLBPA Fail To Agree On Deal

(New York, NY) -- Major League Baseball and the players association are making little progress as they work to end the league's current lockout. ESPN reports the sides met again Tuesday, but failed to agree on terms for a new collective bargaining agreement. That all but ends the league's chances to avoid delaying the start of spring training camps. The sides reportedly still remain apart on numerous economic issues, including a starting minimum salary for first-year players, revenue sharing and a competitive balance tax.

USC Lands Quarterback Transfer Caleb Williams

(Undated) -- The USC Trojans are landing one of the top transfer quarterbacks in the nation. Caleb Williams announced Tuesday that he will transfer to USC after entering the portal in early January. Williams played last season at Oklahoma and will reunite with former Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley. Williams threw for 1,912 yards, 21 touchdowns and four picks as a true freshman at OU. He picked the Trojans over UCLA, Wisconsin, Georgia and a possible return to Oklahoma. Williams told ESPN he wants to "help bring USC back to being a top-rated program."

Blazers Play In LA Tonight

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Blazers are down in Southern California. Portland plays the Lakers in Los Angeles tonight. The Lakers come off a 129-121 loss to the Hawks and have lost three straight. The team will likely be without LeBron James, who is dealing with irritation in his left knee and is listed doubtful. Los Angeles enters 24-and-27, while Portland sits 21-and-30.

NFC, AFC Championship Games Break Viewer Records

(Undated) -- The TV ratings for the AFC and NFC Championship games are some of the highest in recent years. CBS announced the AFC Championship game between the Chiefs and Bengals peaked at over 60-million viewers at one point. Fox reported the NFC Championship game that featured the Rams and 49ers reached over 50-million viewers at its peak. Fox's broadcast was the most watched NFC Championship game since 2014.

Rams' TE Tyler Higbee Has Sprained MCL

(Thousand Oaks, CA) -- The Rams may be without number one tight end Tyler Higbee for the Super Bowl. Team doctors diagnosed Higbee with an MCL sprain, but say there's no structural damage in his knee. Higbee left with a sore knee during the first half of Sunday's NFC Championship Game and never returned to the field. He caught 61 passes in the regular season, second on the Rams to Cooper Kupp.

Tom Brady Officially Announces Retirement

(Tampa, FL) -- A man who many consider the GOAT, or Greatest Of All Time, is officially calling it a career. Tom Brady announced on social media he's retiring after 22 years in the NFL. In a lengthy statement, Brady said in part he's "not going to make that competitive commitment anymore." Brady added, "I have loved my NFL career, and now it is time to focus my time and energy on other things that require my attention." Brady is a seven-time Super Bowl champion, the last one coming as quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

College Hoops Roundup

(Undated) -- Washington guard Terrell Brown Jr. was named Pac-12 player of the week Monday. The 6-foot-3 senior scored 26 points in U-Dub's win over Colorado and dropped 30 in the Huskies' double overtime win over Utah. On the court, Portland State edged Northern Colorado 79-76 in Portland, and Eastern Washington lost to Weber State 90-84 on the road.

Blazers Fall To Thunder

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Blazers suffered a road loss to one of the worst teams in the NBA. Portland lost to the Thunder 98-81 in Oklahoma City. CJ McCollum led all scorers with 21 points and Norman Powell chipped in with 17 points. The Blazers drop to 21-and-30.

Lakers Host Trail Blazers Tomorrow

(Los Angeles, CA) -- The Lakers are still searching for a much-needed win. Los Angeles returns home tomorrow night to face the Trail Blazers at Crypto-dot-com Arena. The Lakers come off a 129-121 loss to the Hawks and have lost three straight. The team hopes to get back LeBron James, who is day-to-day with a knee injury. Los Angeles enters 24-and-27.

Strong Fourth Quarter Propels Pacers Past Clippers

(Indianapolis, IN) -- The Pacers took control in the fourth quarter of a 122-116 win over the Clippers in Indianapolis. The Pacers began the final period with a 12-0 run to take an eight point lead, and they never trailed again. Isaiah Jackson led the way with a double-double of 26 points and ten rebounds. Amir Coffey finished with 27 for Los Angeles as the Clippers have lost two of their last three. Los Angeles dropped to 26-and-27.

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