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Wolves lead in-state hoop hopefuls

OS College - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 10:14am
Western, Eastern, Southern Oregon all playoff primed By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Courtesy Western Oregon University.

As the men's and women's basketball regular season heads to a close, a number of Oregon schools are well-positioned for success on the national and regional stage, starting with the Western Oregon men's team.

The Wolves, 25-1 entering the week, were ranked No. 4 in the latest NCAA Div. II Coaches poll. Senior Tanner Omlid, a 6-foot-4 forward from Central High, leads Western Oregon at 13.8 points per game with only one other player averaging in double figures. Western Oregon is the top-ranked team from the Great Northwest Athletic Conference.

The GNAC leader among women's teams is Alaska-Anchorage.

George Fox, at 22-3, leads the Northwest Conference in women's basketball and is ranked No. 15 nationally in the latest NCAA Div. III coaches poll. On the men's side, Whitworth is the conference leader.

At NAIA Div. II, Eastern Oregon is 20-0 in the Cascade Conference and ranked No. 6 nationally. Southern Oregon is ranked No. 10 and Northwest Christian is No. 16. College of idaho leads the men's side.

And in the Northwest Athletic Conference, Umpqua is 25-0 and ranked No. 1 on the women's side, with Clackamas at No. 4 and Lane at No. 7. Portland has been ranked No. 1 or 2 all season on the men's side, with Linn-Benton at No. 7 and Clackamas at No. 8.

 

 

TUESDAY 4CAST: Oregon gets huge win

OS College - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 7:24am
Pac-12 Men, Timbers, Prep Staff report Oregon players celebrate Monday. Associated Press photo

After playing their way to a 19-point lead Monday night, the No. 10 Oregon women's basketball team did what all the fans at Matthew Knight Arena thought they would do - they made the game exciting.

No. 8 UCLA fought back and took a three-point lead in the final minute before the Ducks rallied and won in overtime, 101-94, before a crowd of 7,098 and a national audience on ESPN2.

Oregon's win kept the Ducks (14-2, 25-4) atop the conference standings - all alone after No. 16 Stanford (13-3, 19-9) lost to rival Cal on Saturday - heading into the final weekend of the season: a pair of road games in Arizona.

UCLA (12-4, 21-6) dropped a full two games out of first after entering the weekend tied with Oregon and Stanford.

No. 12 Oregon State (12-4, 21-6) swept UCLA and USC and moved into a third-place with with the Bruins.

2. OREGON, OSU MEN'S HOOP

With a shot at moving up to second in the conference standings, the Oregon men dropped to seventh with a pair of weekend losses in Southern California and are essentially on a path where they need to win the conference tournament to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.

Oregon plays host to the Arizona schools this weekend, as does Oregon State (5-9, 13-13).

3. BLAZERS ADD BRANDON RUSH

With the final stage - two months - of the regular season upcoming, Portland signed much-travelled guard Brandon Rush to a 10-day contract Monday.

Rush has played for nine years in the league, but not this season.

4. PREP FINALS

After the second and third round of high school state championships played out Friday and Saturday with wrestling and swimming, OSAA sports get a weekend off before the first three boys and girls basketball finals begin. But, non-OSAA sports have a championship weekend upcoming with bowling.

The Oregon bowling championships begin Friday in Klamath Falls, with nordic and alpine finals set for March.

 

Sportsland, Oregon 2018 - Episode 6

OS Sportsland - Tue, 02/20/2018 - 6:51am

Cliff and Derek delve into the Oregon Wonder Women basketball season that includes Monday's OT win over UCLA. The All-Star Game, high school championships, Timbers and more, recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.

Oregon women duel with UCLA

OS College - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 7:02am
4CAST: Ducks, Timbers, Damian, High School Hoops Staff report

The Oregon Ducks will look to hold onto their spot atop the Pacific 12 Conference and move up in the national rankings tonight when they play host to the UCLA Bruins at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon enters ranked No. 9, while UCLA is No. 7 for the time, having lost to Oregon State Friday night.

ESPNU will be on hand to televise the game.

One key note in the game is Oregon's Ruthie Hebard, who has made her last 30 field-goal attempts to set an all-time NCAA record.

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2. PORTLAND TIMBERS KEEP PRESEASON MOVING FORWARD

The Timbers dropped a 2-1 decision to FC Dallas Saturday, but kept its drive to the regular season on track by playing many of its predicted starters for most of the game. Forward Fanendo Adi and midfielder Diego Valeri were among the group that played 80 or more minutes.

Newcomer Samuel Armenteros, who joined the club last week, scored for Portland. Former Timbers forward Maximiliano Urruti scored both goals for Dallas.

Portland plays the New York Red Bulls on Wednesday. The regular season begins March 3 in Los Angeles.

3. DAMIAN LILLARD ALL-STAR

Damian Lillard, representing the Portland Trail Blazers for the third time at the All-Star Game, scored a team-high 21 points in 21 minutes, but Team Steph lost 148-145 to Team LeBron at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Liillard made 9 of 14 shots from the field and grabbed three rebounds. All five of his misses were from beyond the three-point line.

Portland (32-26) returns to action with a game Friday at Utah (30-28), and Saturday at Phoenix (18-41). The Blazers are currently tied with Denver for the sixth spot in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind No. 5 Oklahoma City, and one game ahead of the No. 9 Los Angeles Clippers.

4. PLAYOFFS BEGIN FOR 3A, 2A, 1A BASKETBALL

The smaller schools across the state begin their playoffs Wedensday when the Class 1A boys and girls play the first of two rounds of games 16 teams playing elimination games. The eight winners of Wednesday's games will be paired with a league champion for the eight-team tournament play-in round Saturday with seeding among the 16 teams taking place at that time.

The Class 3A and 2A teams have a one-game play-in round Saturday having reached the end of their regular season this past weekend.

At CLASS 3A, De La Salle North Catholic of Portland is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket, while Salem Academy is seeded No. 1 in the girls bracket.

AT CLASS 2A, Western Mennonite is seeded No. 1 in the boys bracket with Kennedy seeded No. 1 among the girls.

 

 

 

Roseburg leads repeat champions

OS Prep Feed - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:56am
indians take fifth title along with Culver at wrestling finals By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Roseburg wrestlers raise coach Steve Lander on their shoulders Saturday. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - The state rankings might have had Roseburg's wrestling program ranked third going into the state tournament this weekend, but with 22 qualifiers the Indians largely just needed to perform to their individual seedings and they would likely win their fifth consecutive Class 6A title. And, they did.

Roseburg outdueled Newberg, Sprague and David Douglas to win its fifth consecutive title before the annual cheering crowd that shows up for the state's five divisions and the newly introduced girls tournament. Roseburg finished with 252 points to Newberg's 223.5, with Sprague coming in at 192 and David Douglas at 161. The Indians have won 10 titles in the past 12 years.

Culver matched Roseburg's five consecutive titles with a decisive win at the Class 2A level, nearly doubling second-place Central Linn's results, 201.5-104.

In the other three classes, last year's runner-ups all improved and won team titles: Dallas at 5A, Crook County at 4A and Willamina/Falls City at 3A.

The title for Willamina/Falls City was the program's first, while Dallas won it's second having won previously in 2012.

Crook County has won five of the past six 4A titles.

 

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Big surprise highlights swim finals

OS Prep Feed - Sun, 02/18/2018 - 12:55am
North Bend gets a late win, Newport breaks through among repeats By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com North Bend swimmers react after learning they've won the state title. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - In the lull between the final two events at the Class 4A state swim finals at Mt. Hood Community College Saturday, North Bend coach Sasha Trichler tracked down her nearby swimmers and showed the a key result - Catlin Gabel had been disqualified from the final relay event. And, that bumped the Bulldogs into first.

It was an unexpected state championship and the girls reacted accordingly.

On the boys side of the same meet, Newport won its first title, although without the drama as it dominated the meet.

In the Class 6A meet there was plenty of drama in scoring for the girls, and Sunset edged Jesuit by 1.5 points, which in the overall aspects of the meet boiled down to a few tenths of seconds in numerous races. Jesuit's boys won their fourth straight title.

Bend won the boys and girls 5A titles for the second consecutive year.

 

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Newberg keeps Cheer streak alive

OS Prep Feed - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 9:37pm
Tigers win sixth straight, Westview, South Albany repeat By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Newberg finishes its routine Saturday. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Westview. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Newberg, Westview and South Albany all retained state titles at the Oregon Cheerleading state finals Saturday on what was a record-setting day at Memorial Coliseum.

Three of the six divisions were decided by less that two points, and two were by less than one point, a record for most divisions being decided by such close margins.

Tualatin edged Thurston in the Coed Large division 181.80 to 181.50, earning the school its first title since 2012, and first in the coed division.

At 4A, Henley edged Newport by just 0.90 points to win only its second title, and keep the Cubs from winning their first.

Central Linn won its first title by scoring an upset of two-time champion Delphian, 161.50-160.20.

Newberg had the high score of the day at 202.40, and retained the small coed title it won last year after winning the 6A Small division for four consecutive years.

Westview had the high score for a non-coed team at 194.50 with a nearly flawless routine.

South Albany won its third-straight title at Class 5A.

Overall, a record 27 schools competed in the coed divisions.

WESTVIEW TITLE VIDEO

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HENLEY TITLE VIDEO

CENTRAL LINN TITLE VIDEO

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OSAA CHEERLEADING CHAMPIONSHIPS

COED LARGE

Tualatin 181.80, Thurston 181.50, Lebanon 164.10, McMinnville 161.70, North Medford 141.30.

COED SMALL

Newberg 202.40, David Douglas 191.40, West Albany 178.60, Gladstone 172.70, Sherwood 162.60.

 

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SATURDAY 4CAST: Oregon survives USC

OS College - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 9:09am
Oregon women, Oregon men, Damian, Timbers Staff report Lexi Bando celebrates a late 3-pointer. Associated Press photo

The Oregon women's basketball team beat USC Friday night in double-overtime at the Matthew Knight Arena, getting a key three-point shot from Lexi Bando that secured a 80-74 win.

The ninth-ranked Ducks improved to 13-2 in conference play and remained in first place when Oregon State beat No. 7 UCLA 67-64 in overtime in Corvallis to improve to 11-4.

Oregon plays host to UCLA on Monday night.

The game featured forward Ruthie Hebard making all 12 of her field goals to run her streak to 30 consecutive made field goals - an NCAA record for both men and women.

USC plays at Oregon State on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. OREGON MEN GET ANOTHER SHOT AT LA

The Oregon men's basketball team dropped a key game Thursday night, giving up the decisive basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in a 72-70 loss at USC.

MiKyle McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17, but the Ducks lost their chance to stay within a half-game of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon entered a half-game behind the Trojans in the conference standings behind USC and UCLA, but both LA schools won Thursday with the Bruins beating Oregon State at the same time as the Oregon game played out.

Oregon, 7-6 in the conference, gets a chance to stay within striking distance with a game at UCLA Saturday.

OSU lost 75-68 and fell to 5-8 in conference play with a game at USC Friday.

 

3. DAMIAN HEADS FOR TEAM STEPH

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard will be in LA this weekend as well for his third trip to the NBA All-Star game, being played Sunday at the Staples Center.

Lillard will play on the roster selected by Steph Curry in the new All-Star game set-up in which the team stars, Curry and Lebron James, selected their teams ala playground-style.

Curry's team includes James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

4. TIMBERS PREP FOR NEXT PRESEASON MATCH

The Portland Timbers will play their fourth preseason match Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., fresh from a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday.

Portland faces FC Dallas Saturday as it contines to prepare for the season opener in Los Angeles, March 3.

Jeff still owns Portland

OS Prep Feed - Sat, 02/17/2018 - 8:42am
No. 1 Democrats survive No. 2 Grant again, 72-68 By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Kamaka Hepa drives to the basket around Kelton Samore Friday. Associated Press photo

PORTLAND - Jefferson's K'lum Strickland grabbed a key turnover and made two free throws with 7.5 seconds left to secure a 72-68 victory over Grant Friday night in a battle between the state's top Class 6A teams that was everything it was everything fans had hoped for.

And, there were a lot of fans as school officials cut off ticket sales 30 minutes before the game started at 7:15 p.m.

Jefferson led 67-58 before the Generals fought back to tie the game at 68 with one minute left. But, the Demos got a basket and then Strickland's two free throws to score the third win this year, and eighth consecutive overall, against their neighborhood rivals. Grant has not beaten Jefferson since the Democrats moved back to 6A from 5A three years ago.

The Democrats beat Grant earlier this season 79-74 at the Les Schwab Invitational, 81-80 in early January befor a packed house at Marshall High, then Friday. They also beat the Generals in the quarterfinals of the state playoffs last season.

 

 

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Wrestlers hit big stage

OS Prep Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 4:11pm
Five classes move toward state titles By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - It's always one of the most exciting days of the year for high school sports in Oregon - the first day of the state wrestling meet.

Memorial Coliseum gets filled with 10 mats and hundreds of wrestlers from across the state head out for two, sometimes three matches as the 12-hour session takes place.

As the day works its way along, team scores begin to showcase which squads have been best prepared to stand atop the team podium and the Indians of Roseburg were working their way back to that spot in Class 6A having qualified a tournament-best 22 wrestlers.

Roseburg had plenty of competition, though, from Sprague, Newberg and David Douglas with the big points set for Saturday's semifinals and finals.

At 5A, Dallas and Crater, which finished second and first, respectively last year, had separated themselves.

At 4A, Crook County led Sweet Home and Tillamook.

At 3A, Harrisburg led through most of the day with its goal of winning a title for the first time.

And at 2A, four-time champion Culver, which has won 10 times in the past 11 years, already had a dominant lead.

 

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Jesuit takes command of state swim finals

OS Prep Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 1:29pm
Friday prelims lead to Saturday finals in Gresham By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com William Chun of West Linn leads the Lions efforts in the 200 Medley. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

GRESHAM - Defending champion Jesuit had the top time in two of the three relays Friday and set itself up for another boys Class 6A state title in the Oregon Swimming Championships at the Mt. Hood Community College Aquatics Center.

The Crusaders stood first in the 200 Medley Relay and 400 Freestyle Relay and got the top time for the 500 freestyle out of junior Trent Martinez.

The girls team race looked much more competitive with the defending champion Crusaders getting stiff competition from Sunset, which topped the 200 and 400 Freestyle Relays and had the top time in the 100 Freestyle from senior Alayna Connor, 200 Medley from sophomore Tia Lindsay and 200 Freestyle from senior Angie Lindsay.

The finals begin Saturday at 9 a.m. for Class 6A teams with Class 5A and 4A finals following throughout the day.

 

 

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Oregon women get their turn with LA

OS Pro Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 6:54am
Oregon, OSU men drop games, Damian All-Star ready, Timbers Staff report Associated Press photo

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon men's basketball team dropped a key game Thursday night, giving up the decisive basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in a 72-70 loss at USC.

MiKyle McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17, but the Ducks lost their chance to stay within a half-game of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon entered a half-game behind the Trojans in the conference standings behind USC and UCLA, but both LA schools won Thursday with the Bruins beating Oregon State at the same time as the Oregon game played out.

Oregon, 7-6 in the conference, gets a chance to stay within striking distance with a game at UCLA Saturday.

OSU lost 75-68 and fell to 5-8 in conference play with a game at USC Friday.

 

3. DAMIAN HEADS FOR TEAM STEPH

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard will be in LA this weekend as well for his third trip to the NBA All-Star game, being played Sunday at the Staples Center.

Lillard will play on the roster selected by Steph Curry in the new All-Star game set-up in which the team stars, Curry and Lebron James, selected their teams ala playground-style.

Curry's team includes James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

4. TIMBERS PREP FOR NEXT PRESEASON MATCH

The Portland Timbers will play their fourth preseason match Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., fresh from a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday.

Portland faces FC Dallas Saturday as it contines to prepare for the season opener in Los Angeles, March 3.

 

 

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Oregon women get their turn with LA

OS College - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 6:54am
Oregon, OSU men drop games, Damian All-Star ready, Timbers Staff report Associated Press photo

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon men's basketball team dropped a key game Thursday night, giving up the decisive basket with 0.8 seconds remaining in a 72-70 loss at USC.

MiKyle McIntosh scored a season-high 23 points and Payton Pritchard added 17, but the Ducks lost their chance to stay within a half-game of second place in the Pac-12 standings. Oregon entered a half-game behind the Trojans in the conference standings behind USC and UCLA, but both LA schools won Thursday with the Bruins beating Oregon State at the same time as the Oregon game played out.

Oregon, 7-6 in the conference, gets a chance to stay within striking distance with a game at UCLA Saturday.

OSU lost 75-68 and fell to 5-8 in conference play with a game at USC Friday.

 

3. DAMIAN HEADS FOR TEAM STEPH

Portland Trail Blazer Damian Lillard will be in LA this weekend as well for his third trip to the NBA All-Star game, being played Sunday at the Staples Center.

Lillard will play on the roster selected by Steph Curry in the new All-Star game set-up in which the team stars, Curry and Lebron James, selected their teams ala playground-style.

Curry's team includes James Harden of the Houston Rockets and Jimmy Butler of the Minnesota Timberwolves.

 

4. TIMBERS PREP FOR NEXT PRESEASON MATCH

The Portland Timbers will play their fourth preseason match Saturday in Tucson, Ariz., fresh from a 1-1 tie with the Houston Dynamo Wednesday.

Portland faces FC Dallas Saturday as it contines to prepare for the season opener in Los Angeles, March 3.

 

 

Jefferson, Grant on collision course

OS Prep Feed - Fri, 02/16/2018 - 6:53am
Grant plays at Jefferson with national attention online Staff report Link:  http://www.oregonsportsbeat.com/live-broadcasts/ Link:  http://www.oregonsportsbeat.com/live-broadcasts/

The top ranking in the state for boys basketball has fluctuated between Jefferson and Sprague for the last month, but it's finally where most of the passionate fans think it should be - with the defending Class 6A champion Democrats, who have yet to lose to an Oregon team this season.

But, Jefferson gets another solid test Friday when it plays host to No. 2 Grant in North Portland, with the game being webcast on Oregonsports.com.

Viewers in Texas are lining up to catch a glimpse of Jefferson's Kamaka Hepa, who has signed with the Longhorns. The Demos Robert Akil signed with Western Oregon two weeks ago, although as a football player.

Grant will be looking to beat the Democrats for the first time in more than three years having lost twice this season by a combined six points.

The Demos beat the Generals three times last year, including the quarterfinals of the state playoffs.

Friday's game was once scheduled by the district to be played at the Chiles Center at the University of Portland, but Jefferson coach Pat Strickland lobbied to have the game played at Jefferson to maintain homecourt advantage. The UP game would have included the Grant vs. Benson girls game.

Coverage of the game begins live at 7 p.m. on Oregonsports.com

 

 

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Oregon men head to LA with big goals

OS College - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 3:10am
Oregon women set for key battle, Hawks lose and Thorns get nabbed Staff report

The Oregon men's basketball team, fresh from a weekend sweep of the Washington schools, is in Los Angeles with a chance to move into second place in the Pac-12 Conference.

Oregon plays at USC Thursday night, then at UCLA Saturday.

The Trojans and Bruins are both at 8-5 in conference play, with the Ducks tied with Washington at 7-5. Oregon held Washington to just 40 points in its 65-40 win over the Huskies Thursday. They followed it up with a 84-57 win over Washington State.

Oregon State, in 10th place at 5-7, plays UCLA and USC as well.

Arizona leads the conference at 10-3.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

3. WINTERHAWKS RUN OUT OF SHOTS

Portland's Valentine's Day game with Vancouver turned went vastly haywire as the Hawks outshot the Giants 49-19, but still lost 4-2.

Portland has a week off to prep for a home game with Kelowna before a three-game road trip.

4. THORNS STARS HEAD FOR NATIONAL DUTY

Portland Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan and defender Emily Sonnett were named to the 26-player preliminary U.S. Women’s National Team roster Wednesday.

The USWNT plays host to the SheBelieves Cup for a third consecutive year with matches against Germany, France and England. Head coach Jill Ellis will name the final 23-player tournament roster near the end of training camp that begins Monday.

The opening games of the tournament will take place March 1 at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus, Ohio, as the United States squares off against Germany at 4 p.m.

 

Damian, Blazers dominate Warriors

OS Pro Feed - Thu, 02/15/2018 - 2:52am
Lillard's 44 leads Portland past Golden State in ESPN showdown Staff report Damian Lillard. Associated Press photo

Damian Lillard turned Wednesday night's game with Golden State into a duel with Kevin Durant and although he lost that battle, the Blazers' point guard won the war with a 123-117 victory at the Moda Center in a nationally-televised game.

Portland led by 15 early on and never trailed in winning for the 10th time in its last 11 home games and snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Warriors.

Lillard finished with 44 points, while Durant tossed in 50.

 

UTAH 115, PORTLAND 96

PORTLAND - The Utah Jazz kept right on moving toward the NBA Playoffs Sunday night with a scorching performance in Portland.

An eight-game win streak turned into nine after a 115-96 win at the Moda Center as the Jazz - all decked out in orange and white - got 27 points from Donovan Mitchell to lead a team effort that overcame a 39-point performance from Damian Lillard.

Portland had its nine-game win streak at home snapped as it prepped for the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.

PORTLAND 118, SACRAMETO 100

It wasn't that long ago that C.J. McCollum dropped 50 points onto an NBA team in three quarters of action. Now, Damian Lillard has another 50-point game to his name.

Lillard didn't fight Portland coach Terry Stotts' decision to sit him in the fourth quarter, even though was was well within reach of his career high for points at 58. Having scored a season-high 50 in 29 minutes -- the fourth 50-point game of his career -- Lillard saw no reason to tempt fate.

Lillard scored 22 points in the third quarter, and the Blazers beat the Kings 118-100 on Friday night.

"I saw we were up 20 and I was like, 'OK, if we keep this lead, there's really no reason to go back in there," Lillard said. "I'd rather have a 50 in 29 minutes with some character than go out there and chase 60. I feel like that's bad karma."

Lillard scored at will, making 16 of 26 shots -- including eight 3-pointers -- and all 10 of his free throw attempts. His only action in the fourth came when Stotts sent him to the scorer's table briefly after Sacramento cut Portland's lead to 13.

When Shabazz Napier stopped the Kings' run with a 3-pointer, Lillard looked at Stotts and the two men nodded in agreement that his night was over.

Lillard, who also had six assists, joined McCollum and Houston's James Harden as the only players to score 50 points through three quarters this season.

 

PORTLAND 109, CHARLOTTE 103 (OT)

PORTLAND - Ahead by 17 points with 7:14 left in the game, the Portland Trail Blazers seemed headed for their ninth straight home with enough fans could head to their nearest Uber ride and go home.

Not the case.

The Charlotte Hornets rallied to send the game into overtime before Portland pulled out a 109-103 victory at the Moda Center Thursday night, ending a three-game skid.

Jusuf Nurkic led Portland with 24 points and 14 rebounds, while C.J. McCollum added 22 points and Damian Lillard scored 18 points and dished out eight assists.

Kemba Walker scored 40 pointsfor Charlotte to lead all scorers.

Portland led 92-75, but was outscored 22-5 in under six minutes. Amazingly, neither team scored in the final 1:45 of regulartion, which ended at 97-all.

The Blazers improved to 30-25 on the season an are a half-game ahead of Denver in the race for sixth place in the Western Conference heading into a game at Sacramento Friday.

 

 

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WEDNESDAY 4CAST: Jefferson, Grant on collision course

OS College - Wed, 02/14/2018 - 11:18am
Grant plays at Jefferson with national attention online Staff report

The top ranking in the state for boys basketball has fluctuated between Jefferson and Sprague for the last month, but it's finally where most of the passionate fans think it should be - with the defending Class 6A champion Democrats, who have yet to lose to an Oregon team this season.

But, Jefferson gets another solid test Friday when it plays host to No. 2 Grant in North Portland, with the game being webcast on Oregonsports.com.

Viewers in Texas are lining up to catch a glimpse of Jefferson's Kamaka Hepa, who has signed with the Longhorns. The Demos Robert Akil signed with Western Oregon two weeks ago, although as a football player.

Grant will be looking to beat the Democrats for the first time in more than three years having lost twice this season by a combined six points.

2. OREGON WOMEN GET No. 7 UCLA THIS WEEKEND

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

3. PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL - Oregon on the rise

Oregon's men swept Washington and Washington State as well and is actually just a half-game out of second place with a chance to move up this weekend with games at USC and UCLA. The Trojans and Bruins are both at 8-5 in conference play, with the Ducks tied with Washington at 7-5. Oregon held Washington to just 40 points in its 65-40 win over the Huskies Thursday. They followed it up with a 84-57 win over Washington State.

Oregon State, in 10th place at 5-7, plays UCLA and USC as well.

Arizona leads the conference at 10-3.

The men's tournament begins March 7 in Las Vegas.

4. WINTERHAWKS KEEP CHURNING

Entering the final month of the season, Portland has surged back toward the top of the US Division and is just two points behind Everett heading into a home game with Vancouver Wednesday, followed by a week off to prep for a home game with Kelowna. The team heads on a three-game road trip following that game.

 

 

 

 

TUESDAY 4CAST: Ducks get primetime opportunity

OS Pro Feed - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 11:39am
Oregon plays host to No. 7 UCLA Monday; Portland lands GP Staff report

The Oregon women's basketball team, fresh from a pair of wins over the Washington schools, plays host to the Southern California schools this weekend, with No. 7 UCLA on tap for 7 p.m. Monday night.

The ninth-ranked Ducks, Bruins and Stanford are tied atop the Pac-12 Conference standings at 12-2, wich Oregon State in fourth at 10-4. The Beavers, ranked 15th, get their shot at the Bruins on Friday night in Corvallis.

USC, in seventh in the conference at 7-7, plays at Oregon on Friday, and OSU on Sunday.

Both Oregon schools wrap up the regular season with games in Arizona, then head to the conference tournament in Las Vegas, March 2.

2. PAC-12 MEN'S BASKETBALL - Oregon on the rise

Oregon's men swept Washington and Washington State as well and is actually just a half-game out of second place with a chance to move up this weekend with games at USC and UCLA. The Trojans and Bruins are both at 8-5 in conference play, with the Ducks tied with Washington at 7-5. Oregon held Washington to just 40 points in its 65-40 win over the Huskies Thursday. They followed it up with a 84-57 win over Washington State.

Oregon State, in 10th place at 5-7, plays UCLA and USC as well.

Arizona leads the conference at 10-3.

The men's tournament begins March 7 in Las Vegas.

3. WINTERHAWKS KEEP CHURNING

Entering the final month of the season, Portland has surged back toward the top of the US Division and is just two points behind Everett heading into a home game with Vancouver Wednesday, followed by a week off to prep for a home game with Kelowna. The team heads on a three-game road trip following that game.

4. PORTLAND GRAND PRIX RETURNS

A one-time fixture at Portland International Raceway, the Grand Prix of Portland Grand Prix will happen again August 31-Sept. 2.

The race will be part of the Verizon IndyCar Series, which has 17 races starting with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., March 11.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sportsland, Oregon 2018 - Episode 5

OS Sportsland - Tue, 02/13/2018 - 5:58am

The Olympics are here, and so are Orange Julius uniforms. Cliff and Derek delve into these topics as well as the NBA, college hoop, cheerleading and the challenges of getting money out of your friends. All recorded at Pour Sports in SE Portland.

Swimmers head for finals

OS Prep Feed - Mon, 02/12/2018 - 6:52am
Jesuit, Sunset programs head to Gresham as favorites Staff report Artistic rendering by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Jesuit High and neighborhood rival Sunset head to Gresham this week as the favorites to win yet another state championship in boys and girls swimming.

Jesuit has won the past three boys titles after Sunset had a run of four straight, while the two schools won the past two girls titles.

Last year, Jesuit topped Sunset in the boys final, while Sunset topped Jesuit in the girls.

The preliminary rounds are Friday at Mt. Hood Community College for the 6A, 5A and 4A meets, with the finals beginning Saturday morning for 6A schools.

Hillsboro and Sweet Home are the defending boys champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

Bend and Sweet Home are the defending girls champions at 5A and 4A, respectively.

A team hasn't repeated at the 4A boys meet since Summit in 2015, and Sweet Home in 2010 for the 4A meet.

In the girls finals, Summit last repeated in 2014, while Sweet Home is the two-time champion at 4A.

 

 

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