Sports Archives for 2022-06

Mariners Beat Orioles In Series Finale

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Mariners are grabbing a home series win.  Seattle beat the Orioles 9-3 at T-Mobile Park.  Chris Flexen picked up his fourth win after allowing three runs over six frames.  Rookie Julio Rodriguez hit his 12th home run of the season with a two-run bomb in the fourth inning.  Sam Haggerty had three hits and an RBI for Seattle, which improved to 36-and-41.  The M's host the Athletics tonight and send right-hander Logan Gilbert to the mound.  

LA Kings Acquire Fiala From Wild

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Los Angeles Kings are bringing in a playmaking forward.  The Kings acquired left winger Kevin Fiala from the Minnesota Wild in a trade that sent blue-line prospect Brock Faber and the 19th overall pick in this year's NHL draft to St. Paul.  ESPN reports that Fiala is expected to sign a seven-year extension with Los Angeles.  The 25-year-old is coming off the best season of his career, scoring 33 goals and tallying 52 assists in 82 games.

Washington Lands Pair Of 2023 Commitments

(Undated)  --  The Huskies are adding a pair of players to their 2023 recruiting class.  Quarterback Lincoln Kienholz and offensive lineman Landen Hatchett both announced they are committing to play for Washington.  Kienholz is a three-star QB from Pierre, South Dakota and chose the Huskies over offers from Wisconsin, Wyoming and other schools.  Hatchett is a three-star offensive lineman f

Tigers Edge Giants

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Eric Haase hit a go-ahead home run in the sixth inning as the Tigers edged the Giants 3-2 in San Francisco.  Haase launched a two-run bomb to break a 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth.  Alex Wood was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs over five-and-two-thirds frames.  Evan Longoria hit his eighth homer of the year for San Francisco, which fell to 40-and-34.  
 

Storm Beat Aces

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Storm are knocking off the top team in the WNBA.  Seattle beat the Las Vegas Aces 88-78 at Climate Pledge Arena.  Jewell Loyd scored a game-high 24 points, while Stephanie Talbot added 15 points off the bench.  The victory was the 324th career win for Sue Bird, which is good for the most in WNBA history.  The Storm have won three of four to improve to 12-and-7.  Seattle hosts the Indiana Fever tomorrow night.  

Sounders, Timbers Return To Pitch

(Undated)  --  The Sounders and Timbers are hitting the pitch for some mid-week action.  Seattle hosts CF Montreal tonight at Lumen Field.  The Sounders come off a 3-0 win over Sporting KC and sit seventh in the Western Conference with 23 points.  Meanwhile, Portland hosts the Houston Dynamo tonight at Providence Park.  The Timbers come off a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids and rank 11th in the Western Conference with 19 points.  

Angels Fall To White Sox

(Anaheim, CA)  --  Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani homered but it wasn't enough in an 11-4 loss to the White Sox at home.  Ohtani went 3-for-3.  Oliver Ortega took the loss in relief for the Angels.  Los Angeles is 36-and-41.

Giants Edge Tigers

(San Francisco, CA)  --  Carlos Rodon allowed just one run over six innings as the Giants edged the Tigers 4-3 at home.  Evan Longoria drove in two runs for San Francisco.  Mike Yastrzemski also plated a pair of runs for the Giants.  San Francisco is 40-and-33.

Sounders, Timbers Return To Pitch

(Undated)  --  The Sounders and Timbers are hitting the pitch for some mid-week action.  Seattle hosts CF Montreal tonight at Lumen Field.  The Sounders come off a 3-0 win over Sporting KC and sit seventh in the Western Conference with 23 points.  Meanwhile, Portland hosts the Houston Dynamo tonight at Providence Park.  The Timbers come off a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Rapids and rank 11th in the Western Conference with 19 points.  

Oregon Officials Brace For Protests Around LIV Golf Event

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland officials are bracing for "significant" protests surrounding this week's LIV Golf event.  The tournament at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club marks the first US event for the divisive newcomer to the golf world.  The LIV Series is financially backed by the Public Investment Fund of Saudi Arabia.  Eleven mayors from Washington County wrote a letter to the owners of Pumpkin Ridge to publicly denounce the event.  The event has also caused several members of the golf club to leave out of protest.

Angels Edge White Sox

(Anaheim, CA)  --  Taylor Ward hit a two-run, go-ahead double in the seventh inning as the Angels edged the White Sox 4-3 at home.  Brandon Marsh had three hits in the win.  Noah Syndergaard gave up just three runs over seven innings to pick up the win for Los Angeles.  The Angels are 36-and-40.

Adrian Peterson And Le'Veon Bell Set For Boxing Match

(Undated)  --  Two NFL running backs are clashing in the boxing ring.  ESPN reports Adrian Peterson and Le'Veon Bell have each signed contracts to meet in a heavyweight boxing exhibition later this summer.  The fight will take place on July 30th at Crypto-dot-com Arena in Los Angeles and marks the first time each athlete will compete in the ring.  Both Peterson and Bell are currently free agents, but each played with multiple teams last season.  Bell played eight games with the Ravens and Buccaneers, while Peterson suited up for a total of four games with the Titans and Seahawks. 

Giants Host Tigers Tonight

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Giants are at home this evening.  San Francisco will welcome the Detroit Tigers to town.  Carlos Rodon takes the mound for the Giants.  Tarik Skubal starts for the Tigers.  San Francisco is 39-and-33 on the season.
 

Pro Baseball

Former Beaver Baseball great Adley Rutschman made his return to the northwest last night in Seattle as the starting catcher of the Baltimore Orioles.

Rutschman was the number one draft pick in 2019 in the MLB draft after earning All American Honors, and leading the Oregon state to the 2018 NCAA world series title.

The Sherwood High-School graduate signed for $8-million, and three years later he is in  the starting lineup for the Orioles.

Rutschman wasted no time celebrating his homecoming of sorts last night, belting his third home run of the year over the right feild fence with two-out, and nobody on base in the third inning giving the O's a 3 to nothing lead over the Mariners.

He started the night with an RBI single in the opening frame.

Ironically. Rutschman was drafted in the 40th round by Seattle after his senior season at Sherwood High-School.

The Orioles went on to beat the M's, 9-2 of the series is tonight at 7:10.

Bend Elks

The Bend Elks returned home last night, following a week long road trip in Washington, only to go extra innings entertaining the Bellingham Bells.

The Bells came into town leading the north division of the Westcoast League by 3-1/2 games over Kamloops, and the Elks entered the night just 1-game behind idle Corvallis for the south lead.

Bend had a 6-2 lead until the 8th inning when Bellingham plated 4-runs to tie the game. Both teams went scoreless in the 9th.

But, in the top of the 10th, Elijah Hainline belted a 1-out solo home run to give Bellingham a 7-6 lead.

First pitch this evening in the 2nd game at 6:35, and its '2 Dollar Tuesday' with $2-dollar general admission, and hot dogs and beverages.

Bend Trails Corvallis by one and a half games for the division lead. The Knights begin a series with Springfield tonight in Lane County.

Sounders, Timbers Grab Wins Over The Weekend

 

The Sounders and Timbers are grabbing wins in their return to the pitch. Seattle beat Sporting KC 3-0 at Lumen Field. Will Bruin, Jordan Morris and Cristian Roldan each scored in the victory. The Sounders still sit seventh in the Western Conference with 23 points. Meanwhile, Portland beat the Colorado Rapids 3-0 at home. Sebastian Blanco scored on a penalty, while Jaroslaw Niezgoda netted a pair of goals. The Timbers moved up to 11th in the Western Conference with 19 points.

Damian Lillard Attempts To Recruit Durant

Damian Lillard might be recruiting one of the top players in the NBA to the Trail Blazers. The point guard posted a photoshopped photo of him and Brooklyn Nets forward Kevin Durant on his Instagram story over the weekend. Durant reportedly is considering his future options after the Nets and Kyrie Irving are discussing his future with the team. Portland has been busy this offseason and it looks to rebuild the team around Lillard.

Soccer

The Portland Timbers scored a 3-zip shutout M-L-S win at home over Colorado saturday night for only the 4th-win of the season.

Bend Elks

The Bend Elks finished off their week long road trip with a 5-4 win over the Cowlitz Black Bears last night. Bend won five of the seven games on the trip to Yakima and Cowlitz County. The wins elevate the 14-and-7 Elks to within 1-game of the south division lead of the westcoast league behind Corvallis. The Elks are back home tonight to entertain and size up the Bellingham Bells for a 3-game series. The bells lead the north division of the W-C-L with a 15-and-5 record after winning two out of three games in Corvallis against the 5-peat league champion knights.

Bellingham has won 11 of their last 12-games.

First pitch this evening is at 635, and tomorrow is the first '$2 dollar tuesday' promotional night with $2-dollar general admission, and $w-dollar hot dogs and beverages. See more information, and how to buy V-I-P box seats, online at' BENDELKS.com

College Baseball

The College Baseball season came to a close yesterday in Omaha with ole miss claiming it's first ever national championship. The rebels from Oxford, Mississippi  took down Oklahoma 4-2 yesterday to win game-2 of the title seris, and record the series sweep after thumping the sooner saturday night, 10-to-3.Oklahoma was hoping to grab it's third championship, but ole miss made a magical run as the rebels were one of the last -4 teams selected to the National Playoffs. Ole miss won a regional title on the road, and the super Regional Championship, also on the road enroute to Omaha. They become the 7th-different S-E-C school to win the college world series, and 8 of the last 13 titles have been claimed by S-E-C teams.

Sounders, Timbers Both Get Draws Over Weekend

(Undated) -- The Sounders and Timbers are both coming away with draws this weekend. Seattle battled to a 1-1 draw with Los Angeles FC on Saturday at Lumen Field. Albert Rusnák scored the lone goal for the Sounders in the 58th minute. Meanwhile, Portland also ended up with a 1-1 draw with the LA Galaxy. Yimmi Chará gave the Timbers an early lead in the 38th minute. Portland sits 13th place in the Western Conference with 16 points, while Seattle stays at seventh with 20 points.

Mariners Fall To Angels

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are dropping another series at home. Seattle fell 4-0 to the Angels in their series finale at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners managed only two hits and struck out eight times in the losing effort. Logan Gilbert took his third loss after giving up two runs in six innings. Seattle has lost five of its last six to fall to 29-and-39. The Mariners hit the road to start a series with the A's tomorrow night.

High School Baseball

THE PREP BASEBALL 5A & 6A ALL STAR SERIES WAS THIS WEEKEND IN CORVALLIS. IN THE OPENER ON SATURDAY, THE SOUTH ALL STARS SECURED AN 8-3 WIN. YESTERDAY NORTH WON THE SECOND MATCHUP 10-2.

3 LOCAL ATHLETES WERE SELECTED AS SOUTH ALL STARS.  BLAINE CAUSEY AND DECLAN CORRIGAN ARE EACH 2022 GRADS OF MOUNTAIN VIEW, AND THEY WERE JOINED BY REDMOND SENIOR AIDEN GEBHARD.

IN THE 4A ALL STAR SERIES MADRAS’S ETHAN GRAEME EARNED ALL STAR HONORS AND HELPED HIS TEAM TO A 15-5 VISTORY OVER THE NORTH STARS ON SATURDAY.

College Baseball World Series

MOVING TO OMAHA IN THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES YESTERDAY TEXAS A&M DISPATCHED OF TEXAS IN THE LOSERS BRACKET 10-2. IN THE SECOND GAME OF THE DAY OKLAHOMA BEAT NOTRE DAME 6-2 IN THE WINNERS BRACKET. 
PAC 12 CHAMPION STANFORD HAD LAST NIGHT OFF AFTER GETTING ROLLED OVER BY ARKANSAS 17-2 ON SATURDAY. THE SECOND-SEEDED CARDINAL WILL MEET AUBURN IN A DO-OR-DIE ELIMINATION GAME THIS MORNING AT 11 ON EPSN.
ALSO TODAY, ARKANSAS MEETS OLE MISS IN A WINNERS BRAKCET AFFAIR. THE FIRST PITCH IS AT 4PM ALSO ON EPSN.
FOLLOW THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES AT NCAA DOT COM SLASH BASEBALL.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

THE BEND ELKSHAD A 3-GAME WINNING STREAK SNAPPED LAST NIGHT BY THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS, LOSING 4-1. SPRINGFIELD SCORED A RUN IN EACH OF THE FIRST 4 INNINGS AGAINST BEND STARTER A.J LATTERLY. THE RIGHTHANDER STILL TOSSED 6 INNINGS AND FANNED 7 IN HIS FIRST START OF THE SEASON. THE ELKS SCORED THEIR LONE RUN IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 4TH WHEN RILEY KASPER SCORED ON A FIELDER'S CHOICE.

THE ELKS WILL TAKE A TRAVEL DAY TODAY BEFORE A TUESDAY DATE IN YAKIMA VALLEY TO PLAY THE PIPPINS. THEY’LL PLAY 4 GAMES IN 3 DAYS IN YAKIMA WITH THE DOUBLE HEADER COMING ON THURSDAY TO MAKE UP A JUNE 12TH GAME THAT WAS POSTPONED.

BEND SPORTS A 9-5 RECORD AND IS TWO AND A HALF GAMES BACK OF THE SOUTH DIVISION LEADER CORVALLIS. THEY ARE TIED WITH THE PORTLAND PICKLES FOR SECOND IN THE DIVISION. 

THE ELKS ARE ON THE ROAD 7 NIGHTS BEFORE RETURNING TO VINCE GENNA STADIUM ON JUNE 27TH TO HOST BELLINGHAM. VISIT BEND ELKS DOT COM FOR THE FULL SCHEDULE AND TICKET INFORMATION.

High School Baseball

THE PREP BASEBALL SEASON ENDED TWO WEEKS AGO, BUT THE POSTSEASON AWARDS CONTINUE TO BE HANDED OUT HEADING INTO THIS WEEKEND'S ALL-STAR SERIES' IN THE WILLAMETTE VALLEY.

THE LOWER CLASSIFICATION LEVEL ALL-STATE TEAMS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED AND CONGRATULATIONS TO ETHAN GRAEME OF MADRAS WHO EARNED 3RD-TEAM 4-A HONORS.

AT THE 3A LEVEL, LA PINE INFIELDER AND SENIOR DAWSON COOK NAMED TO THE FIRST-TEAM; ALONG WITH JUNIOR TYSON FLACK 2ND-TEAM, AND JUNIOR COLTON CAMPBELL, AND SOPHOMORE HUNTER HEAL EARNING HONORABLE MENTION.

AT THE 1A/2A DIVISION, CULVER SENIOR BRAYDEN MACY RECEIVED FIRST TEAM HONORS, AND HIS BROTHER LOGAN MACY 2ND-TEAM.

MANY OF THESE ALL-STATE HONOREES WILL PLAY IN 1A-THROUGH-4A ALL-STAR SERIES AT NORTH MARION HIGH SCHOOL SATURDAY AND SUNDAY.

THE 5A-6A 'RICHARDSON ALL-STAR SERIES' TAKES PLACE AT GOSS STADIUM ON THE CAMPUS OF OREGON STATE, ALSO TOMORROW AND SUNDAY.

MT. VIEW'S DECLAN CORRIGAN AND TEAMMATE BLAINE CAUSEY WILL JOIN REDMOND'S AIDEN GEBHARD ON THE SOUTH ALL-STAR TEAM

Bend Elks / West Coast League

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME...AND SO TRUE FOR THE BEND ELKS, WHO RETURN TO VINCE GENNA STADIUM TONIGHT TO HOST THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS.

SPRINGFIELD IS A NEW EXPANSION TEAM IN THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE WHO GOT THE BEST OF THE ELKS IN LANE COUNTY A WEEK AGO IN A SERIES TAKING 2 OUT OF THREE GAMES.

FIRST PITCH TONIGHT IS SET FOR 635.

College Baseball World Series

THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES BEGINS TODAY IN OMAHA WITH 8-TEAMS GUNNING FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE WITH TWO 4-TEAM BRACKETS OF DOUBLE-ELIMINATION PLAY.

ALL GAMES TODAY THROUGH TUESDAY ARE SCHEDULED FOR 11AM AND 4PM PACIFIC TIME STARTS ON ESPN.

IN THE OPENING ROUND TODAY, #5 TEXAS A&M MEETS OKLAHOMA, FOLLOWED BY #9 TEXAS FACING NOTRE DAME WHO TOOK OUT TOP-RANKED TENNESSEE IN LAST WEEK'S SUPER REGIONALS.

TOMORROW, IT'S 2ND RANKED STANFORD TAKING ON ARKANSAS, AND AUBURN MEETING OLE MISS.

THE SEMIFINALS ARE TUESDAY AND THE BEST-OF-3 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BEGINS ONE WEEK FROM TOMORROW.

ONLY 3 OF THE ELITE-8 ENTERING THE WORLD SERIES WERE SEEDED IN THE TOP-16 TWO WEEKS TO BEGIN THE NATIONAL PLAYOFFS.

Horse Racing

THE SUMMER HORSE RACING SEASON COMES OUT OF THE GATES WITH GRANTS PASS DOWNS HOSTING THE SUMMER MEET PRESENTED BY THE SOUTHERN OREGON HORSE RACING ASSOCIATION.

THE FIRST OF 7 DATES BEGINS FATHERS DAY AT 1PM AT THE JOSEPHINE COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS.

FOR RACING NEWS, SCHEDULE, POST TIMES, AND OFF-TRACK WAGERING INFORMATION, VISIT 'RACING ON THE ROGUE dot ORG.'

RACING RETURNS TO PRINEVILLE JULY 13TH WITH THE CROOKED RIVER ROUNDUP.

Warriors Take Down Celtics In Game Six, Win 2022 NBA Championship

(Boston, MA) -- The Golden State Warriors are 2022 NBA Champions. Golden State defeated the Celtics 103-90 in Game Six in Boston. Stephen Curry scored 34 points to lead the Warriors to their fourth championship in the last eight seasons. Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points for the Warriors. It's the seventh title in franchise history for Golden State. Jaylen Brown scored 34 points as Boston lost in its first NBA Finals appearance since 2010.

Warriors Look To Claim NBA Championship Tonight

(Boston, MA) -- The Warriors have a chance to add their seventh NBA Championship in franchise history tonight. Golden State will visit the Celtics for Game Six of the NBA Finals in Boston. The Warriors hold a 3-2 series advantage after winning Game Five 104-94 at home. The Celtics are hoping to force a Game Seven in San Francisco on Sunday. Boston is chasing its 18th Championship in franchise history.

>>Steelers Make Safety Minkah Fitzpatrick Highest Paid In History

(Pittsburgh, PA) -- Pittsburgh Steelers' Minkah Fitzpatrick is now the highest paid safety in NFL history. The NFL Network reports the Steelers are giving Fitzpatrick a four-year, 73-million-dollar extension, with 36-million guaranteed. Fitzpatrick was traded from the Miami Dolphins to the Pittsburgh Steelers for a first round pick in 2019. Since then, he's made eleven interceptions and scored three defensive touchdowns, while forcing three fumbles.

Avalanche Edge Lightning In Overtime In Game One

(Denver, CO) -- The Avalanche are striking first in this year's Stanley Cup Final. Andre Burakovsky netted the game-winner in overtime as Colorado beat the Lightning 4-3 in Game One in Denver. Tampa Bay stormed back to force overtime after trailing 3-1 after the first period. Burakovsky would give the Avs a 1-0 series lead after the teams battled through a scoreless third period. The teams meet again for Game Two on Saturday in Denver.

US Open Preview

(Brookline, MA) -- One of golf's toughest majors is back. The first round of the US Open at The Country Club in Brookline tees off this morning. Jon Rahm is the defending champion after winning last year's tournament with a finish of six under par. Rahm will be joined by Collin Morikawa and James Piot for the opening round. Erik Barnes, Michael Thorbjornsen, and Matt McCarty will be among the first group of players teeing off the first round.

Astros Make History With Two Immaculate Innings

(Arlington, TX) -- The Astros are making some history on the mound. Houston became the first team is MLB history to throw two immaculate innings in one game in the team's 9-2 win over the Rangers in Arlington. Starting pitcher Luis Garcia and reliever Phil Maton each tossed an immaculate frame in the victory with Garcia doing it in the second inning and Maton completing the feat in the seventh. Even more improbable was the fact that both pitchers faced the same three Texas batters in the lineup: Nathaniel Lowe, Ezequiel Duran and Brad Miller.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

IT'S NOT OFTEN A SUPER BOWL CHAMPION NFL STAR FINDS HIMSELF PLAYING IN A SUMMER COLLEGIATE AMATEUR BASEBALL LEAGUE, BUT THAT'S JUST WHAT HAS TRANSPIRED FOR GOLDEN TATE.

TATE, A 10-YEAR VETERAN WIDE RECEIVER WHO WON AN NFL TITLE WITH THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS IN 2013 SIGNED A DEAL TO PLAY IN THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE FOR THE PORT ANGELES LEFTIES.

THE 33-YEAR OLD FORMER NOTRE DAME BASEBALL AND FOOTBALL STAR WASTED NOT TIME FINDING SUCCESS ON THE DIAMOND AS IN HIS DEBUT LAST NIGHT FACING THE BEND ELKS, TATE WENT 2-FOR-4 INCLUDING AN RBI DOUBLE LEADING THE LEFTIES TO A 5-2 WIN OVER BEND.

TATE STARTED IN CENTERFIELD AND WAS SLOTTED TO BAT SECOND IN THE PORT ANGELES LINEUP.

THE ELKS CONTINUE THE SERIES IN PORT ANGELES TONIGHT AT 635, AND FINISH THE 3-GAME SET TOMORROW NIGHT BEFORE RETURNING HOME FRIDAY TO HOST THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS.

TATE WAS DRAFTED TWICE BY MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS, FIRST IN HIGH SCHOOL IN THE 42ND-ROUND BY THE ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS, THEN AGAIN IN THE 50TH-ROUND 2010 BY THE SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS.

TATE, WHO IS ORIGINALLY FROM TENNESSE, PLAYED FOR THE SEAHAWKS, LIONS, EAGLES, GIANTS, AND TITANS.

Gilbert, Mariners Shut Down Twins

(Seattle, WA) -- Logan Gilbert tossed another gem as the Mariners beat the Twins 5-0 in Seattle. Gilbert earned his seventh win after giving up just four hits over six scoreless innings. Eugenio Suarez broke a scoreless tie with a two-run bomb in the fourth, and Ty France added another two-run shot in the fifth. Seattle snapped a two-game losing skid and improved to 28-and-34. The M's send left-hander Marco Gonzales to the mound this afternoon.

NBA Finals Continues Tomorrow

(Boston, MA) -- The Warriors will look to clinch their seventh NBA Championship in franchise history when they visit the Boston Celtics for Game Six of the NBA Finals tomorrow. Golden State is coming off a big 104-94 win at home in Game Five to take a 3-2 series lead. Andrew Wiggins led the way for the Warriors with 26 points and 13 rebounds. Boston is hoping to force a Game Seven in San Francisco on Sunday.

Apple To Stream All MLS Matches For 10 Years Starting In 2023

(Cupertino, CA) -- Apple is announcing it'll stream all Major League Soccer matches for the next ten years starting in 2023. The new partnership is a first for a major professional sports league and it lets fans around the world view MLS, Leagues Cup, and select MLS NEXT pro matches in one place. There also won't be any local broadcast blackouts as part of the streaming package. The MLS will be available on Apple TV starting next year.

Russian Court Extends Brittney Griner's Detention

(Moscow) -- WNBA star Brittney Griner is seeing her detention in Russian custody extended through at least July 2nd. Griner was taken into custody in Moscow in Feburary after allegedly having marijuana vape cartridges on her person, which is illegal in Russia. Griner was playing for the Russian Premier League when she was arrested. The former Baylor Bear won the 2012 National Championship and she won the WNBA title in 2014 with the Phoenix Mercury, Griner's current team.

Beavers Eliminated By Auburn In Super Regionals

(Corvallis, OR) -- The Beavers' season is coming to an end. Third-seeded Oregon State fell 4-3 to Auburn in Game Three of their best-of-three Super Regional series in Corvallis. Justin Boyd had three hits and drove in two runs in the losing effort. The Beavers came up one win short of a trip to the College World Series in Omaha. Oregon State closed the season with a 48-and-18 record.

Warriors Top Celtics In Game Five

(San Francisco, CA) -- The Warriors are one win away from another NBA Championship. Golden State defended homecourt with a 104-94 win over the Boston Celtics in Game Five of the NBA Finals in San Francisco. Andrew Wiggins led the Warriors in scoring with 26 points and collected a game-high 13 rebounds. Jayson Tatum led the game in scoring with 27 points for Boston and led his team in rebounds with 10. The Celtics will be looking to force a Game Seven back in San Francisco when they host the Warriors in Game Six on Thursday night in Boston.

Report: Nuggets Trade With Thunder

(Undated) -- The Denver Nuggets are agreeing to a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder. ESPN reports the Nuggets are sending forward JaMychal Green and a protected 2027 first round pick to the Thunder for the 30th pick in this month's draft, and two future second rounders. Oklahoma City will be sending Denver its second round picks in 2023 and 2024. Green is expected to opt into his 8.2-million dollar deal for the upcoming season.

Mariners Fall To Twins

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are dropping their home series opener. Seattle lost 3-2 to the Twins at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners were held to six hits and struck out 11 times in the losing effort. Chris Flexen suffered his eighth loss on the mound after giving up two runs in five innings. Taylor Trammell launched a solo shot for his second homer of the season. Seattle dropped to 27-and-34 and sends right-hander Logan Gilbert to the mound tonight.

Grizzlies Sign HC Taylor Jenkins To Extension

(Memphis, TN) -- The Grizzlies are locking down their head coach for years to come. Memphis announced Monday that it signed head coach Taylor Jenkins to a multi-year extension. Terms of the contract weren't disclosed as Jenkins is set to continue his tenure with the Grizzlies. Since taking over the team in 2019, the 37-year-old head coach has led Memphis to two playoff appearances. The Grizzlies won the Southwest Division for the first time in franchise history this past season and earned their highest playoff seed in team history.

College Baseball

IT'S A WINNER-TAKE-ALL GAME TODAY AT 430 IN CORVALLIS WHEN OREGON STATE FACES AUBURN IN THE THIRD, AND DECIDING GAME OF THE NCAA COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER-REGIONAL PLAYOFFS.

AT STAKE IS A TRIP TO THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES IN OMAHA WHICH BEGINS FRIDAY.

LAST NIGHT, THE BEAVERS HELD OFF AUBURN IN A 'MUST-WIN' GAME FOR OSU BEATING THE TIGERS, 4-3 TO EVEN THE SUPER-REGIONAL SERIES AT ONE GAME A PIECE.

AUBURN TOOK DOWN THE BEAVERS, 7-5 IN THE OPENING GAME SATURDAY.

WITH A WIN TODAY, OREGON STATE WILL ADVANCE TO OMAHA FOR THE 8TH TIME IN SCHOOL HISTORY.

ELSEWHERE, STANFORD, THE PAC-12 REGULAR SEASON, AND LEAGUE TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS LOST THEIR SUPER-REGIONAL OPENING GAME AT HOME TO CONNECTICUT, 13-TO-12, BUT THE CARDINAL CAME BACK TO WIN LAST NIGHT, 8-2 TO FORCE A DECIDING THIRD-GAME TONIGHT AT 7.

6 OF THE 8 SPOTS IN OMAHA ARE FILLED INCLUDING NOTRE DAME WHO ELIMINATED TOP-RATED TENNESSEE.

THE IRISH OPEN THE WORLD SERIES FACING TEXAS WHO IS MAKING THEIR 38TH APPEARANCE IN OMAHA.

TEXAS A&M PLAYS OKLAHOMA, ARKANSAS AWAITS THE STANFORD-UCONN WINNER, AND OLE MISS IS WAITING FOR EITHER OREGON STATE, OR AUBURN.

THE WORLD SERIES WHICH BEGINS FRIDAY IS AN 8-TEAM, DOUBLE-ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT WITH TWO 4-TEAM BRACKETS, AND THE WINNERS MEET FOR A BEST-OF-3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

ON THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE DIAMOND, RAIN CANCELLED LAST NIGHT'S HOME GAME FOR THE BEND ELKS WHO WERE LOOKING FOR A 3-GAME SERIES SWEEP OF THE YAKIMA PIPPINS.

BEND TOOK THE FIRST THE TWO GAMES BLASTING THE PIPPINS FRIDAY NIGHT, 15-5, AND EDGING YAKIMA SATURDAY NIGHT, 10-9.

THE ELKS ARE 6-AND-2 OVERALL, IN 3RD-PLACE OF THE SOUTH DIVISION ONLY ONE-HALF GAME OUT OF FIRST-PLACE.

BEND IS ON THE ROAD TOMORROW IN PORT ANGELES TO START A 3-GAME SET AGAINST THE LEFTIES BEFORE RETURNING HOME FRIDAY NIGHT FOR A REMATCH SERIES HOSTING THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS.

YOU CAN FOLLOW THE ELKS ONLINE AT 'BEND ELKS dot COM.'

Sabrina Ionescu Makes WNBA History With Triple-Double

(Brooklyn, NY) -- Sabrina Ionescu is making some WNBA history with her latest big game. The Liberty guard posted 27 points, 13 rebounds and 12 assists in New York's 88-86 loss to the Chicago Sky. Ionescu reached the mark in the third quarter, making her the first ever player to have a triple-double in the first three quarters of a game. It also marked the second career triple-double for Ionescu, who became the youngest player in league history to post multiple triple-doubles. Ionescu holds the NCAA Division One record for most triple-doubles with 26 when she played for Oregon.

Former Oregon Receiver Runs Third Fastest 110-Meter Hurdles

(New York, NY) -- A former Oregon receiver is making some splashes on the track. Eagles rookie receiver Devon Allen ran the third fastest 110-meter hurdles in history at the USA Track and Field New York City Grand Prix on Sunday. Allen recorded a 12.84 second finish in the race and was just four-hundredths of a second off the world record. The 27-year-old signed with the Eagles in April, but hasn't played football since 2016 when he was a receiver for the Ducks. Allen was busy competing at the past two Olympics, where he just missed making the podium in the 110-meter hurdles.

Mariners Fall To Red Sox

(Seattle, WA) -- The Mariners are taking a loss in their home series finale. Seattle fell 2-0 to the Red Sox at T-Mobile Park. The Mariners managed only one hit, courtesy of Luis Torrens, and struck out 10 times in the losing effort. Paul Sewald took the loss in relief after starter Robbie Ray tossed seven scoreless frames for the no-decision. Seattle dropped to 27-and-33 and hosts the Twins tonight. The M's send right-hander Chris Flexen to the mound.

College Baseball

THE ROAD TO OMAHA, AND THE NCAA 'COLLEGE WORLD SERIES' BEGINS TODAY ACROSS THE COUNTRY ON 8-CAMPUS SITES, AND 8 MORE TOMORROW INCLUDING IN CORVALLIS. SATURDAY NIGHT AT 7PM, THE #3 OREGON STATE BEAVERS HOST AUBURN IN THE SUPER-REGIONALS 'BEST-OF-3' PLAYOFF SERIES WITH THE WINNER JOINING 7 OTHER SUPER REGIONAL WINNERS NEXT WEEK IN OMAHA FOR THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP. OSU, 47-AND-16, MEETS THE 40-AND-19 AUBURN TIGERS WITH GAME-1 TELEVISED ON ESPN-2. GAME-2 IS SUNDAY NIGHT AT 7, AND IF NECESSARY, A DECIDING GAME-3 WILL BE MONDAY WITH THE TIME TO BE DETERMINED. OREGON STATE IS SEEKING ITS 8TH TRIP TO THE WORLD SERIES. AUBURN HAS NEVER BEEN TO OMAHA. ELSEWHERE, PAC-12 CHAMPION STANFORD ENTERTAINS U-CONN TOMORROW EVENING AT 730 IN ITS SUPER-REGIONAL SERIES.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

ON TO WESTCOAST SUMMER COLLEGIATE LEAGUE BASEBALL WHERE FOR THE SECOND NIGHT IN A ROW THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS, EXUDING SOME 'BEGINNERS LUCK,' IF YOU WILL, BEING THE NEWEST EXPANSION TEAM IN THE LEAGUE, NOTCHED ANOTHER 'WALK-OFF' WIN OVER THE BEND ELKS. IN 10-INNINGS THE DRIFTERS EDGED THE ELKS, 4-3 TO WIN THE SERIES, 2-GAMES TO ONE. SPRINGFIELD MOVES INTO 3RD PLACE JUST BEHIND COWLITZ AND CORVALLIS, AND ONE-HALF GAME AHEAD OF BEND. SPRINGFIELD TRAVELS TO WENATCHEE, AND YOUR BEND ELKS ARE BACK HOME TONIGHT TO HOST THE YAKIMA PIPPINS THROUGH SUNDAY. FIRST PITCH THIS EVENING IS AT 635. THE PIPPINS ARE LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST WIN.

High School Baseball

THE PREP BASEBALL SEASON MAY BE OVER, BUT NOT THE MEMORIES, AND AWARDS OF OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENTS BY THE STUDENT-ATHLETES, AND THERE ARE 6 YOUNG MEN IN CENTRAL OREGON WHO HAVE BEEN NAMED '1ST-TEAM' ALL STATE AS SELECTED BY THE STATE COACHES ASSOCIATION. CONGRATULATIONS TO MT. VIEWS (deck-lun) DECLAN CORRIGAN, BLAINE CAUSEY; SUMMIT'S CANON REEDER, AIDEN GEBHARD FROM REDMOND, LA PINE'S DAWSON COOK, AND CULVER'S BRAYDEN MACY. CORRIGAN, CAUSEY, AND GEBHARD WERE ALSO SELECTED TO THE SOUTH TEAM TO PLAY IN NEXT WEEK'S 'NORTH-SOUTH' ALL STAR SERIES AT OREGON STATE. THE 1A THROUGH 4A ALL STAR SERIES TEAMS WILL BE ANNOUNCED NEXT WEEK.

Oklahoma Defeats Texas To Win WCWS

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Oklahoma Sooners are making it back-to-back titles at the Women's College World Series. Oklahoma defeated Texas 10-5 to clinch the national championship in Oklahoma City. The Sooners plated a combined eight runs over the fifth and six innings as they swept the Longhorns 2-0 in their best-of-three series. Oklahoma has now won four national titles in the past six NCAA Softball tournaments.

Warriors Look To Even NBA Finals With Boston

(Boston, MA) -- The Warriors look to even the score with the Celtics in the NBA Finals tonight. Game Four of the best-of-seven set is in Boston with the Celtics currently holding a two-games-to-one lead. The C's took the series lead after they cruised to a 16-point win in Game Three on Wednesday. Jaylen Brown and Jayson Tatum combined for 53 points in the victory.

College Softball

THE WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP 'BEST-OF-3' SERIES OPENED LAST NIGHT IN OKLAHOMA CITY, AND IT WAS A ROUT.

THE OKLAHOMA SOONERS SMASHED A RECORD 6-HOME RUNS IN GAME-1 OF THE TITLE SERIES ENROUTE TO A 16-TO-1 THRASHING OF TEXAS IN JUST 6-INNINGS, AS THE GAME ENDED EARLY VIA THE 'MERCY RULE.'

OKLAHOMA SCORED IN EVERY INNING AND FINISHED WITH 16-RUNS ON 16-HITS. TEXAS OPENED WITH A 1-TO-NOTHING LEAD, BUT WAS BLANKED THE REST OF THE WAY.

OKLAHOMA CAN CLAIM THE CHAMPIONSHIP TODAY, SOONER, NO PUN INTENDED, THAN LATER, AS FIRST PITCH FOR GAME-2 OF THE SERIES IS AT 430PM TELEVISED ON ESPN-2.

OKLAHOMA IS SHOOTING FOR ITS 6TH NATIONAL TROPHY WHILE TEXAS IS IN ITS FIRST-EVER TITLE SERIES.

College Baseball

COMING UP TOMORROW THE NCAA COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER-REGIONALS BEGIN WITH 8 OF THE 16 TEAMS IN THE HUNT FOR THE NATIONAL TITLE BEGIN PLAY.

THE SUPER REGIONALS ARE A BEST-OF-3 SERIES, ONE ON ONE.

PAC-12 CHAMPION STANFORD AND OREGON STATE BOTH PLAY SATURDAY NIGHT.

THE BEAVERS HOST #14 AUBURN ON CAMPUS IN CORVALLIS, AND THE GAME TIME AS BEEN MOVED UP TO 7PM SATURDAY NIGHT.

IT'S THE FIRST MEETING IN HISTORY ON THE DIAMOND BETWEEN OSU AND THE TIGERS.

STANFORD ENTERTAINS THE UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT IN PALO ALTO.

LOG ON TO 'NCAA dot COM FORWARD SLASH SPORTS, FORWARD SLASH BASEBALL, FORWARD SLASH 'D-1.'

Bend Elks / West Coast League

THE BEND ELKS CAME UP JUST SHORT OF WINNING ITS 5TH-STRAIGHT GAME IN AN AS MANY GAMES TO OPEN THE NEW WESTCOAST LEAGUE LAST NIGHT IN SPRINGFIELD.

THE ELKS AND DRIFTERS PLAYED 13-INNINGS UNTIL SPRINGFIELD NOTCHED A WALK-OFF WIN WITH AN RBI SINGLE IN THE HOME-HALF OF THE 13TH TO EDGE THE ELKS, 4-3.

THE SERIES IS TIED AT 1-GAME EACH, AND THE FINALE' IS TONIGHT WITH FIRST PITCH SET FOR 635 AND ONLINE AT 'DRIFTERS dot COM.'

MAKE YOUR PLANS TO PACK THE PARK TOMORROW NIGHT AT VINCE GENNA STADIUM WHEN THE ELKS RETURN HOME TO HOST THE YAKIMA PIPPINS WHO ARE SEEKING THEIR FIRST WIN OF THE SEASON.

FOR TICKET AND PROMOTIONAL INFORMATION, VISIT 'BEND ELKS dot COM.'

Celtics Take Lead Over Warriors In NBA Finals

(Boston, MA) -- The Celtics are taking a lead in the NBA Finals. The C's topped the Golden State Warriors 116-100 in Game Three in Boston. Stephen Curry led all scorers with 31 points in Golden State's second loss of the series. Jaylen Brown led the Celtics in scoring with 27 points as he, Jayson Tatum, and Marcus Smart all had at least 20 points, five rebounds, and five assists. Robert Williams was a force in the paint recording four blocks for Boston. The Warriors will be looking to even the series at two games apiece in Game Four on Friday night.

Angels Lose 14th Straight, Fall To Red Sox

(Anaheim, CA) -- The Angels are continuing to make history with their losing skid. Los Angeles fell 1-0 to the Red Sox in Anaheim. The Angels have lost 14 straight games, which marks a new franchise record for consecutive losses. Jimmy Herget was tagged with his first loss in relief. Juan Lagares had a pair of hits for Los Angeles, which fell to 27-and-31. The Angels send right-hander Shohei Ohtani to the mound tonight.

College Softball

THE WOMEN'S SOFTBALL COLLEGE CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES BEGINS TONIGHT IN OKLAHOMA CITY, AND IT FEATURES OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS IN A BEST-OF-3 TITLE SERIES.

OKLAHOMA IS THE DEFENDING NATIONAL CHAMPION, AND WON IT ALL IN 2000, 2013, AND BACK-TO-BACK IN 2016-2017.

TEXAS IS MAKING ITS FIRST EVER TITLE SERIES APPEARANCE IS LED BY FORMER OREGON HEAD COACH MIKE WHITE WHO LED THE DUCKS FOR 9-SEASONS WINNING 5-PAC 12 TITLES WHILE TAKING OREGON TO 3 WORLD SERIES.

WHITE HAS BEEN AT TEXAS SINCE 2019.

 

High School Softball

MOVING TO HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL, THE SEASON CAME TO AN END YESTERDAY IN EUGENE WITH CASCADE BEATING MARIST TO WIN THE 4A TITLE, AND TIGARD NIPPED OREGON CITY IN 10-INNINGS, 1-ZIP, TO GRAB THE 6A TROPHY.

High School Baseball

THE FINAL TWO PREP STATE BASEBALL TITLE TROPHIES WERE AWARDED YESTERDAY IN KEIZER WITH LA GRANDE SMASHING HIDDEN VALLEY OF GRANTS PASS, 10-TO-1, TO CLAIM THE CLASS 4A CHAMPIONSHIP.

THE 6A TITLE GAME WAS A 14-TO-NOTHING ROUT BY WEST LINN THUMPING CANBY.

College Baseball

THE NCAA DIVISION-1 COLLEGE BASEBALL SUPER REGIONALS ARE SET TO BEGIN FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AT 8-CAMPUS SITES, WITH A BEST-OF-THREE PLAYOFF FORMAT.

THE 8-WINNERS WILL ADVANCE TO OMAHA FOR THE COLLEGE WORLD SERIES.

FRIDAY'S OPENING MATCHUPS SEE TOP-RANKED TENNESSEE PLAY NOTRE DAME. #4 VIRGINIA TECH MEETS OKLAHOMA. #5 SEED TEXAS A&M FACES LOUISVILLE, AND #8 EAST CAROLINA HOSTS #9 TEXAS.

ON SATURDAY...#2 SEED STANFORD HOSTS U-CONN. 3RD-SEED OREGON STATE ENTERTAINS AUBURN SATURDAY NIGHT AT 730. #10 NORTH CAROLINA MEETS ARKANSAS, AND 11-SEED SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI FACES OLE MISS.

IN OTHER COLLEGE BASEBALL NEWS...

THE NCAA DIVISION-3 NATIONAL TITLE WAS DECIDED YESTERDAY IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA, AND EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE SWEPT SALISBURY OF MARYLAND IN TWO GAMES, 11-6 AND 3-2 TO WIN THE D-3 PENNANT.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

THE BEND ELKS WON THEIR FIRST ROAD GAME OF THE NEW WESTCOAST LEAGUE SEASON LAST NIGHT TO IMPROVE TO 4-AND-0.

THE ELKS DEFEATED THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS, 7-TO-3.

BEND CENTERFIELDER NICK SCHNOPP BELTED A 2-RUN HOMER IN THE 2ND INNING, AND THIRD-BASEMAN MICHAEL BALL ADDED AN RBI DOUBLE IN THE 4TH INNING TO LEAD THE WAY.

GAME-2 OF THE SERIES IS TONIGHT AT 635, AND YOU CAN WATCH THE GAME AT 'DRIFTERS BASEBALL dot COM.'

College Baseball

IT WASN'T EASY, BUT OREGON STATE WON THE NCAA BASEBALL 'CORVALLIS REGIONAL' YESTERDAY DEFEATING 2-TIME NATIONAL CHAMPION VANDERBILT, 7-TO-6.

THE 3RD-RANKED BEAVERS IMPROVE TO 47-AND-16, BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, ADVANCE TO SUPER-REGIONALS HOSTING 14TH RANKED AUBURN IN A BEST-OF-3 SERIES WHICH BEGINS this Friday

OSU HAD TO SHUT DOWN VANDY IN THE FINAL INNINGS AND BROUGHT IN ACE PITCHER, AND A FINALIST FOR NATIONAL PITCHER-OF-THE-YEAR, COOPER HJERPE (jurr-pee) WHO STRUCK OUT THE SIDE IN THE 8TH AND RETIRED THE COMMODORES IN THE 9TH TO SEAL THE WIN.

MEANTIME, LAST NIGHT IN PALO ALTO, TEXAS STATE OWNED A 3-1 LEAD OVER STANFORD HEADING TO THE BOTTOM OF THE 9TH, UNTIL THE PAC-12 CHAMPION CARDINAL SMACKED BACK-TO-BACK HOME RUNS TO TIE THE GAME.

THEN, THE CARDINAL GOT AN R-B-I BASE HIT TO NOTCH A WALK-OFF, 4-3 WIN OVER THE BOBCATS.

2ND-RANKED STANFORD HOSTS U-CONN IN THE SUPERS.

ELSEWHERE, BOTH UCLA AND ARIZONA WERE ELIMINATED MONDAY.

IN OTHER PAC-12 BASEBALL NEWS YESTERDAY, WASHINGTON HEAD COACH LINDSAY MEGGS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT, AND USC COACH JASON GILL WAS LET GO.

MEANWHILE, THE NCAA DIVISION-3 TITLE SERIES BEGINS THIS MORNING AT 9AM IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA.

EASTERN CONNECTICUT STATE FACES SALISBURY UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND IN A BEST-OF-3 TITLE SERIES.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

THE BEND ELKS WHO ARE OFF TO A 3-AND-0 START AFTER SWEEPING WENATCHEE IN THE HOME OPENING SERIES, AND TONIGHT PLAY THEIR FIRST ROAD GAME OF THE SEASON FACING THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS.

THE ELKS RETURN HOME FRIDAY NIGHT TO PLAY THE YAKIMA PIPPINS IN A WEEKEND SERIES. FOLLOW THE ELKS AT 'BEND ELKS dot COM.'

High School Baseball and Softball

THE PREP BASEBALL SEASON COMES TO AN END TODAY WITH THE FINAL TWO STATE TITLE TROPHIES UP FOR GRABS IN KEIZER AT VOLCANOES STADIUM.

AT 4PM IT'S HIDDEN VALLEY OF GRANTS PASS FACING LA GRANDE FOR THE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP, FOLLOWED BY WEST LINN AND CANBY IN THE 6A TITLE FEATURE.

THE 4A AND 6A PREP SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES ARE TODAY IN EUGENE AT JANE SANDERS STADIUM.

AT 3PM, MARIST MEETS CASCADE FOR THE 4A CROWN, FOLLOWED BY TIGARD-OREGON CITY TANGLING FOR THE 6A BLUE TROPHY.

College Softball

THE NCAA WOMEN'S SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP TITLE SERIES IS SET TO BEGIN TOMORROW, AND IT WILL BE OKLAHOMA AND TEXAS FOR ALL THE MARBLES..

OKLAHOMA IS AIMING FOR ITS 6TH TITLE IN SCHOOL HISTORY. TEXAS, COACHED BY FORMER DUCKS SKIPPER MIKE WHITE, IS MAKING ITS INAUGURAL TITLE SERIES SHOWING.

GAME-1 OF THE 3-GAME SERIES IS WEDNESDAY AT 530 ON ESPN.

 

West Coast League Baseball

(WESTCOAST LEAGUE) THE BEND ELKS KICKED OFF ITS WESTCOAST LEAGUE SEASON FRIDAY NIGHT AT VINCE GENNA STADIUM, AND THE OPENING GAME WAS HALTED IN THE 7TH-INNING BECAUSE OF A STADIUM LIGHT ISSUE, BUT THE ELKS EARNED THE WIN SATURDAY, AND ADDED ANOTHER 'W' WITH THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED NIGHT GAME. THE ELKS COMPLETED THE SERIES SWEEP OF WENATCHEE LAST NIGHT BEATING THE APPLESOX, 5-4, IN 11-INNINGS. BEND PLAYS A 3-GAME SET IN SPRINGFIELD AGAINST THE NEW EXPANSION TEAM, THE DRIFTERS, BEGINNING TOMORROW NIGHT. THE ELKS NEXT HOME SERIES IS FRIDAY WHEN THEY ENTERTAIN YAKIMA.

College Baseball

(COLLEGE BASEBALL) THE OREGON STATE BEAVERS WILL FACE VANDERBILT AT HOME TODAY AT 1PM IN A WINNER-TAKE-ALL TO DECIDE THE NCAA CORVALLIS REGIONAL BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP, AND THE RIGHT TO ADVANCE TO THE SUPER REGIONALS NEXT WEEKEND. VANDY CAME THROUGH THE LOSER'S BRACKET SUNDAY TO WIN TWO GAMES INCLUDING A DOMINATING 8-1 WIN OVER OSU TO SET UP TODAY'S REGIONAL FINAL.

 

MEANTIME, OREGON SAW ITS SEASON COME TO A CLOSE YESTERDAY MORNING AS LOUISVILLE ELIMINATED THE DUCKS WITH AN 8-5 WIN. OREGON FINISHES 36-AND-25. ELSEWHERE, PAC-12 CHAMPION STANFORD BEAT TEXAS STATE LAST NIGHT IN PALO ALTO, 8-TO-4 TO FORCE A WINNER-TAKE-ALL REGIONAL TITLE GAME TONIGHT. ARIZONA PLAYS OLE MISS AT 10AM AND THE WILDCATS NEED TO BEAT THE REBELS TWICE TO WIN THE CORAL GABLES REGIONAL. AND, UCLA'S FATE HANGS AS THE BRUINS AND AUBURN WERE SUSPENDED LATE LAST NIGHT WITH UCLA TRAILING 9-ZIP. THEY'LL RESUME PLAY TODAY WITH UCLA NEEDING A WIN TO FORCE A DECIDING FINAL GAME.

 

IN NCAA DIVISION-3 BASEBALL, TODAY IS THE NATIONAL SEMIFINALS WITH THE TWO WINNERS MEETING TOMORROW FOR THE BEST-OF-3 CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES IN CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA. AND, ON FRIDAY IN LEWISTON, IDAHO, THE NAIA, SMALL-COLLEGE, CHAMPIONSHIP WAS CLAIMED BY SOUTHEASTERN FIRE FROM LAKELAND, FLORIDA WHO DEFEATED HOST LEWIS-CLARK STATE FRIDAY, 6-5.

Beavers Eliminated From College World Series

(Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Beavers' season is coming to an end. Oregon State lost 3-1 to Arizona over the weekend to be eliminated from the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City. The Beavers fell 7-1 in their opening game against 14th-seeded Florida and couldn't keep up with their fellow Pac-12 opponent, the Wildcats.

High School Softball

TWO MORE PREP BASEBALL STATE TITLES ARE UP FOR GRABS TOMORROW WHEN THE OSAA CHAMPIONSHIPS RESUME. MOTHER NATURE AND RAIN FORCED THE CLASS 4A & 6A BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL TITLES GAMES TO BE PUSHED BACK TO TOMORROW.

Joey Logano Wins NASCAR; Allmendinger wins at PIR

(Madison, IL)  --  Joey Logano is back in victory lane.  Logano earned his second victory of the NASCAR Cup Series season by winning the Enjoy Illinois 300 presented by TicketSmarter at World Wide Technology Raceway.  Logano led 22 laps in the win.  Kyle Busch led 66 laps but finished in second.  Kurt Busch, Ryan Blaney, and Aric Almirola rounded out the top five.

The NASCAR X-FINITY race at Portland International Raceway, the 'Pacific Office Automations 147', Saturday in the rain was won by veteran A.J. Allmendinger.

Bend Elks / West Coast League

IT'S OPENING NIGHT FOR THE BEND ELKS OF THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE AT VINCE GENNA STADIUM WITH FIRST PITCH SET FOR 6:35. THE ELKS HOST THE WENATCHEE APPLESOX IN A 3-GAME WEEKEND SERIES THROUGH SUNDAY. BEND FINISHED LAST YEAR WITH A 26-AND-22 RECORD, AND LAST MADE THE PLAYOFFS IN 2015 WHEN THEY WON THE PENNANT. THE CORVALLIS KNIGHTS HAVE WON THE LAST 5 LEAGUE CHAMPIONSHIPS. FOR GAME TIMES, TICKET AND PROMOTIONAL INFORMATIONAL INFORMATION, VISIT 'BEND ELKS dot COM.'

College Baseball

THE NCAA COLLEGE BASEBALL NATIONAL PLAYOFFS BEGIN TODAY WITH THE 4-TEAM, DOUBLE-ELIMINATION 'REGIONALS,' AND #3 SEED OREGON STATE HOSTS NEW MEXICO STATE TONIGHT AT 7PM. THE CORVALLIS REGIONAL BEGINS AT 1 TODAY WITH VANDERBILT FACING THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO. ELSEWHERE, OREGON MEETS MICHIGAN IN LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY TODAY AT 4 TELEVISED ON ESPN-PLUS.

IN OTHER GAMES OF INTEREST...THE DAY STARTS AT 9AM WITH UCLA PLAYING FLORIDA STATE IN AUBURN. GONZAGA MEETS COLUMBIA AT 10 IN VIRGINIA. ARIZONA PLAYS IN FLORIDA AGAINST OLE MISS AT 11. AND, #2 NATIONAL SEED STANFORD HOSTS BINGHAMTON AT 1PM.

THE SMALL COLLEGE N-A-I-A CHAMPIONSHIP IN LEWISTON, IDAHO LAST NIGHT WAS DELAYED IN THE 7TH INNING BECAUSE OF LIGHTNING AND WILL RESUME THIS MORNING. THE HOST L-C STATE TRAILS SOUTHEASTERN OF FLORIDA, 6-5 IN THE BOTTOM OF THE 7TH. L-C STATE LAST MADE THE TITLE GAME IN 2017 WHEN THEY WON THEIR 3RD STRAIGHT. THE WARRIORS HAVE CLAIMED THE NAIA TITLE 19-TIMES WHEREAS SOUTHEASTERN WON THEIR ONLY TITLE APPEARANCE IN 2018.

High School Softball

THE HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL CHAMPIONSHIP GAMES BEGIN TODAY AT JANE SANDERS STADIUM ON THE UNIVERSITY OF OREGON CAMPUS. FIRST UP AT 2 IS LAKEVIEW PLAYING GRANT UNION FOR THE 1A-2A TITLE, FOLLOWED BY BURNS TANGLING WITH YAMHILL FOR THE 3A RING. TOMORROW AT 11AM, IT'S PENDLETON AND WILSONVILLE DECIDING THE 5A TITLE. AT 2, MARIST MEETS CASCADE IN THE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP, AND TIGARD-OREGON CITY SQUARE OFF FOR THE 6A PENNANT.

College Softball

THE 'WOMEN'S COLLEGE WORLD SERIES' OF SOFTBALL KICKED OFF YESTERDAY IN OKLAHOMA CITY, AND THE PAC-12 DID NOT FARE SO WELL AS UCLA, ARIZONA, AND OREGON STATE ALL LOST OPENING ROUND GAMES. THE BEAVERS FELL TO FLORIDA, 7-1, AND PLAYS ARIZONA TONIGHT AT 630 IN AN ELIMINATION GAME. WITH A WIN, OSU GETS TOMORROW OFF, AND PLAYS SUNDAY AFTERNOON IN A LOSER-OUT GAME.

High School Baseball

THE OSAA PREP BASEBALL CHAMPIONSHIP BEGIN TODAY IN KEIZER AT VOLCANOES STADIUM, AND AT 130 SANTIAM CHRISTIAN PLAYS SOUTH UMPQUA FOR THE 3A CROWN, FOLLOWED BY UMPQUA VALLEY CHRISTIAN FACING KENNEDY IN THE COMBINED 1A/2A TITLE. TOMORROW AT 10AM, CRESCENT VALLEY MEETS LEBANON FOR THE 5A FINAL. AT 130, HIDDEN VALLEY OF GRANTS PASS PLAYS LA GRANDE FOR THE 4A CHAMPIONSHIP, AND WEST LINN AND CANBY BATTLE FOR THE 6A TITLE.

NASCAR

THE 'NASCAR XFINITY RACING SERIES' MAKES ITS FIRST APPEARANCE IN THE ROSE CITY THIS WEEKEND AT PORTLAND INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY. THE NASCAR TRUCK SERIES LAST RACED AT P-I-R IN 1999 AND 2000. TODAY IS PRACTICE SESSIONS FOR THE XFINITY AND (ark-kuh muh-nards) ARCA MENARD'S SERIES, AND SATURDAY IS THE XFINITY 'PACIFIC OFFICE AUTOMATION-147' FEATURED RACE WITH THE GREEN FLAG WAVING AT 130 TELEVISED ON FOX SPORTS-1. THE INDY CAR SERIES 'GRAND PRIX OF PORTLAND' COMES TO OREGON IN EARLY SEPTEMBER.

NBA Finals Tips Off Tonight

(San Francisco, CA) -- Game One of the NBA Finals between the Warriors and Celtics will tip off from San Francisco tonight. The two historic franchises are set to do battle for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. It's the sixth time in eight seasons Golden State has made the NBA Finals. It's the first appearance for Boston since the 2010 Finals. The Celtics are chasing their 18th championship in franchise history while the Warriors will aim for their seventh.

Celtics' Jaylen Brown Joins Donda Sports

(Undated) -- Jaylen Brown believes he is starting a "beautiful collaboration." The Celtics star recently became the first NBA player to sign with Donda Sports, Kanye West's marketing firm. Brown recently became a shoe free agent after his deal that he signed with Adidas back in 2016 expired. He has been active in social justice causes and has said he prefers future endorsement deals to include investments in those areas.

Rangers Take Lead In Eastern Conference Finals

(Undated) -- The Rangers are taking a 1-0 lead in the Eastern Conference Finals. New York cruised to a 6-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning for its seventh consecutive home win in the postseason. Filip Chytil led the Rangers to the win after scoring a pair of goals. Tampa Bay will look to even the series tomorrow night. Tonight, the Colorado Avalanche will be looking to take a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference Finals against the Edmonton Oilers.

Nets Defer Sixers' First Rounder

(Undated) -- The Nets are deferring the pick they acquired from the Sixers. Brooklyn informed league officials that it would be deferring Philadelphia's 2022 first round pick to the 2023 NBA Draft. The 76ers are slated to pick 23rd in the first round, but deferring the pick allows the Nets to keep flexibility over an extended period on using that pick in trades. The Nets could also land higher on the draft board based upon the success of Philadelphia's upcoming season.

Madden Reveals 2023 Cover

(Redwood City, CA) -- EA Sports' Madden 2023 cover is honoring the man it was named after. The late John Madden will grace this year's cover of the popular video game in three different unique covers. The three covers will pay tribute to different chapters of Madden's life. Madden passed away in late December of last year. He served as head coach of the Oakland Raiders and won a Super Bowl before becoming one of the most legendary broadcasters of all time.

College Softball

TOMORROW, THE WOMEN'S COLLEGE SOFTBALL WORLD SERIES BEGINS IN OKLAHOMA CITY, AND THE 5TH RANKED OREGON STATE BEAVERS, 39-AND-20 ON THE SEASON, MEET #7 FLORIDA IN A 4PM START ON ESPN.

A BEAVER WIN TOMORROW PUTS THEM AGAINST EITHER TOP-RANKED OKLAHOMA STATE, OR ARIZONA ON SATURDAY.

IF OSU LOSES TOMORROW, THEY'LL PLAY FRIDAY NIGHT AGAINST THE LOSER OF OKLAHOMA STATE-ARIZONA.

ELSEWHERE, #6 UCLA CHALLENGES #3 TEXAS COACHED BY FORMER OREGON HEAD COACH MIKE WHITE.

High School Softball

WE START WITH HIGH SCHOOL SOFTBALL WHERE THE BEND LADY LAVA BEARS MADE AN INCREDIBLE RUN AT THE OSAA 6A CHAMPIONSHIP, BUT CAME UP ONE WIN SHORT OF REACHING THE TITLE GAME THIS WEEKEND.

HOWEVER, THE BEARS 29-AND-2 RECORD IS THE BEST IN SCHOOL HISTORY, AND SADLY YESTERDAY THE 2ND RANKED TEAM FELL TO #4 OREGON CITY IN EXTRA-INNINGS, 4-TO-NOTHING IN THE STATE SEMIFINAL SHOWDOWN IN TOWN.

OREGON CITY MEETS TOP-RATED TIGARD FOR THE CROWN. PENDLETON FACES WILSONVILLE FOR THE 5A TITLE. MARIST TANGLES WITH CASCADE FOR THE 4A PENNANT. BURNS BATTLES YAMHILL IN THE 3A CHAMPIONSHIP, AND GRANT UNION MEETS LAKEVIEW FOR THE 1A/2A TITLE.

College Baseball

MEANTIME, ON THE MEN'S SIDE, THE NCAA BASEBALL REGIONAL PLAYOFFS BEGIN FRIDAY WITH 3RD RANKED OREGON STATE HOSTING NEW MEXICO STATE IN A 7PM START.

THE CORVALLIS REGIONAL BEGINS FRIDAY AT 4 WHEN VANDERBILT PLAYS SAN DIEGO.

THE OREGON DUCKS LEAVE TODAY FOR LOUISVILLE WHERE THEY MEET MICHIGAN FRIDAY AT 4.

West Coast League Baseball

THE WESTCOAST LEAGUE KICKED OF ITS SUMMER COLLEGIATE AMATEUR SEASON LAST NIGHT AND THE SPRINGFIELD DRIFTERS, THE NEWEST EXPANSION TEAM OF THE LEAGUE, WON ITS INAUGURAL GAME ON THE ROAD BEATING BELLINGHAM, 4-1.

THE PORTLAND PICKLES WON THEIR HOME OPENER BEATING THE NAMAIMO NIGHT OWLS OF CANADA, 5-1.

THE CORVALLIS KNIGHTS WHO HAVE CLAIMED THE LAST 5-LEAGUE TITLES OPENS ITS SEASON WITH A 9-GAME ROAD TRIP STARTING FRIDAY IN PORT ANGELES.

YOUR BEND ELKS BEGIN THE SEASON ALSO FRIDAY NIGHT HOSTING THE WENATCHEE APPLESOX IN A 3-GAME SERIES THROUGH SUNDAY.

ALL ELKS HOME GAMES START AT 635PM EXCEPT FOR SUNDAY GAMES WHICH BEGIN AT 505PM.

FOR SCHEDULE INFORMATION, TICKETS, AND PROMOTIONAL NIGHTS VISIT THE ELKS ONLINE AT 'BEND ELKS dot COM.'

J-C Baseball

IN COMMUNITY COLLEGE BASEBALL, LINN-BENTON OF ALBANY, COACHED BY FORMER BEAVER GREAT ANDY PETERSON, CAPTURED THE N-WAC CHAMPIONSHIP YESTERDAY IN LONGVIEW, WASHINGTON AS THE ROAD RUNNERS DEFEATED SOUTHERN DIVISION RIVAL MT. HOOD, 4-TO-1.

IT'S THE THIRD N-WAC TITLE FOR LINN-BENTON BUT THE FIRST SINCE 1991. IT WAS THE 7TH TITLE GAME APPEARANCE FOR MT. HOOD WHO HAS 3 PENNANTS TO ITS CREDIT, AND LAST FINISHED RUNNER-UP IN 2015.

 

Report: Blazers Consider Offering No. 7 Pick In Potential Trade

(Portland, OR) -- The Portland Trail Blazers could trade away their number-seven pick in the upcoming NBA Draft to pick up new talent. According to Bleacher Report, the Blazers have been linked to a possible scenario where they would trade the pick for Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby. The 24-year-old is considered to be a strong two-way player. Portland is also reportedly pursuing Detroit forward Jerami Grant.

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