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Riverhawks fall one game short

Tough weekend in Everett, Ducks, PSU seasons end
Staff report

The Umpqua women’s basketball team reached the NWAC Championship game Sunday, but fell to Walla Walla 90-74 to finish second.

The Riverhawks got 27 points and 13 rebounds from Dajanay Powell in 38 minutes, and 16 points from Jordan Stotler, but lost for only the second time all season. Umpqua finished 31-2.

Walla Walla finished 32-1 and with a 29-game win streak to end the season. The Warriors reached the final last season, but lost.

Umpqua was seeking its third league title, having won in 1997 and 2000. The program also reached the final in 2014.

MEN’S NWAC BASKETBALL RECAP

Portland and Linn-Benton both reached the Final Four on the men’s side, but lost Saturday a game from the finals.

PCC, the Southern Region champion, fell 79-73 to North Idaho, ralling from a 4-of-17 performance from 3-point territory to take a brief lead in the second half. The Panthers finished with a 17-12 deficit in turnovers and shot just 38 percent from the field for the game. The Cardinals had a 31-14 edge in free-throw attempts as well.

Linn-Benton lost to Peninsula 89-75 Saturday, finishing with a 32-6 deficit in free-throw attempts.

North Idaho beat Peninsula 90-83 in overtime to win the title Sunday.

OREGON FALLS IN CHICAGO

The Oregon men lost 101-92 to Marquette Saturday to end its run in the National Invitational Tournament. Oregon, which trailed 58-36 at halftime, finished 23-13 on the season.

PSU ENDS IN SAN DIGO

Portland State dropped out of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament with a 67-64 loss to San Diego Saturday, with the final points scored by the Toreros on a 3-point shot with 0.5 seconds left in regulation. PSU closed the season, the first under coach Barret Peery, at 20-14.

Pac-12 diamond play begins

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OSU, Oregon begin their conference schedules in baseball, softball
Staff report

Oregon Staten and Oregon begin their Pac-12 baseball and softball schedules this weekend, with both colleges having a top-10 team.

The Beavers's baseball team, at 15-1, are ranked No. 1 play a three-game series at Cal starting today before returning home for a three-game series with Washington starting March 23.

Oregon, 12-4, plays at Arizona State in its conference opening series beginning today, then plays host to Cal March 23-25.

Oregon's softball team enters its schedule at 23-4 and ranked sixth in the nation. The Ducks play host to UCLA in their conference-opening series today.

Oregon State, at 17-9, plays host to Cal in its conference opener today as well.

The first of the Civil War series begins in Softball, March 29.

The Ducks and Beavers don't meet each other until April 19 in baseball.

OSU first up in tourney

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4CAST: Women's Tourney, men's hoop, NWAC, Hawks
Staff report

The Beavers play in Knoxville, Tenn., in a four-team sub-regional that begins today, with the winner advancing to the Lexington, Ky., Region final.

Oregon State, the sixth seed, plays Western Kentucky today and 9 a.m., with Tennesee, the third seed and sub-region host, playing Liberty in the other game. The winners meet Sunday.

Four teams will play in Lexington regional with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. Louisville and Baylor are seeded 1, 2, in the region.Oregon is fresh from sophomore Sabrina Ionescu has been named a finalist for national player of the year the university announced this week.

Ionescu, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is one of four finalists for the Wade Trophy, which is voted on by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson are the other finalists.

The Ducks play host to a four-team sub-regional that begins today, with the winner advancing to the region finals in Spokane, Wash. Oregon plays Seattle University Friday, following the Minnesota-Wisconsin Green Bay contest. The winners meet Sunday. Four teams will play in Spokane with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30.

The first game is set for 1:30, while the Oregon-Seattle game is set for 4:30, and will be televised by ESPN2.

Notre Dame is the top seed in the Spokane regional, with Oregon seeded No. 2.

Connecticut is seeded No. 1 in the Albany, N.Y., region, with Mississippi State seeded No. 1 in the Kansas City region.

2. OREGON, PORTLAND STATE TOURNAMENT ACTION

With Marquette's 67-60 win over Harvard Wednesday, the Oregon Ducks will head to Milwaukee for a game against the Golden Eagles Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the second round of the NIT. Oregon beat Rider in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night. in Eugene.

The winner of Sunday's game will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Penn State game Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The Final Four is set for March 27-29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Portland State, continuing one of its strongest season in more than a decade, will play at San Diego Saturday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. Match-ups for the following round - quarterfinals, will be established following this weekend's games. All games will be played on campus sites.

3. PCC, LBCC, UMPQUA HIT FINAL FOUR

The Portland Panther, Linn-Benton Roadrunners and Umpqua Skyhawks will play Saturday for a spot in the NWAC championship game Sunday in Everett, Wash.

Portland, which played the entire men's regular season ranked No. 1 or 2, plays North Idaho at 4 p.m., following the Linn-Benton-Peninsula game.

Umpqua played the entire women's season ranked No. 1 and heads into the Final Four at 30-1. The Skyhawks play Bellevue at 6 p.m. with the winner meeting either Wall Walla or Big Bend Sunday.

All the games are available via video on nwac.org.

4. WINTERHAWKS NEAR REGULAR SEASON CLOSE

The Portland Winterhawks close their regular season this weekend with games at home against Seattle tonight, at Seattle Saturday and at home against Spokane Sunday.

The Hawks are 43-21-1-4, with 91 points in the U.S. Division standings, four points behind Everett for the division lead. Portland has one more game in-hand with nine points possible this weekend. The Hawks have eight wins in their past 10 games.

ALSO

The Portland Thorns finish their preseason schedule with a game against Houston at Merlo Field Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

 

Ducks, Beavers excitement continues

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4CAST: Women's hoop, men's hoop, PAC-12 diamond play, Track
Staff report

Oregon sophomore Sabrina Ionescu has been named a finalist for national player of the year the university announced this week.

Ionescu, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, is one of four finalists for the Wade Trophy, which is voted on by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association.

UConn's Katie Lou Samuelson, Ohio State's Kelsey Mitchell and South Carolina's A'ja Wilson are the other finalists.

The Ducks play host to a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the region finals in Spokane, Wash. Oregon plays Seattle University Friday, following the Minnesota-Wisconsin Green Bay contest. The winners meet Sunday. Four teams will play in Spokane with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30.

Notre Dame is the top seed in the Spokane regional, with Oregon seeded No. 2.

Connecticut is seeded No. 1 in the Albany, N.Y., region, with Mississippi State seeded No. 1 in the Kansas City region.

The Beavers play in Knoxville, Tenn., in a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the Lexington, Ky., Region final. Oregon State, the sixth seed, plays Western Kentucky Friday, with Tennesee, the third seed and sub-region host, playing Liberty in the other game. The winners meet Sunday.

Four teams will play in Lexington regional with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. Louisville and Baylor are seeded 1, 2, in the region.

2. OREGON, PORTLAND STATE TOURNAMENT ACTION

With Marquette's 67-60 win over Harvard Wednesday, the Oregon Ducks will head to Milwaukee for a game against the Golden Eagles Sunday at 1:30 p.m. in the second round of the NIT. Oregon beat Rider in the opening round of the tournament Tuesday night. in Eugene.

The winner of Sunday's game will play the winner of the Notre Dame-Penn State game Tuesday in the quarterfinals. The Final Four is set for March 27-29 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Portland State, continuing one of its strongest season in more than a decade, will play at San Diego Saturday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. Match-ups for the following round - quarterfinals, will be established following this weekend's games. All games will be played on campus sites.

3. BEAVERS, DUCKS START PAC-12 SCHEDULE FOR BASEBALL, SOFTBALL

Oregon State and their rivals from Eugene begin their Pac-12 baseball and softball schedules this weekend, with both colleges having a top-10 team.

The Beavers's baseball team, at 15-1, are ranked No. 1 play a three-game series at Cal starting Friday before returning home for a three-game series with Washington starting March 23.

Oregon, 12-4, plays at Arizona State in its conference opening series beginning Friday, then plays host to Cal March 23-25.

Oregon's softball team enters its schedule at 23-4 and ranked sixth in the nation. The Ducks play host to UCLA in their conference-opening series Friday.

Oregon State, at 17-9, plays host to Cal in its conference opener Friday as well.

4. DECATHLON, HEPTATHLON HIGHLIGHT EARLY SEASON TRACK

Willamette's Keaton Beckmann won the decathlon in a dual with Corban that finished Wednesday with a point total of 6,184 in the first multi-event competition of the season for the Bearcats. Sara Falardeau won the heptathlon at 3,478 for Willamette in the dual.

Small college track and field heats up with George Fox playing host to the Rich Allen Classic Saturday.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks close their regular season this weekend with games at home against Seattle Friday, at Seattle Saturday and at home against Spokane Sunday.

 

NCAA Tournament has a weak pulse this season

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COLUMN: The women's bracket is far more interesting than the CBS side
By Cliff Pfenning, Oregonsports.com

The NCAA Tournament begins today, at least the men's portion does, and I'm probably the least interested that I've ever been in the bracket.

Again, at least the men's side.

With the Oregon men's team pretty much making next season far more interesting than this one due to recruiting, and playing only into the NIT, and Oregon State just in the background of the conference, the local need to pay attention went away in the past month. And, that's

Then, there's the national scene that went haywire, which I'll get to later.

Oregon's women, and the Beavers, too, helped save some my attention for college hoop, but sports fans on the national level still aren't ready for women's basketball other than on cable television. The Ducks are going to be televised, but only at a neighboring restaurant that pays for the most expanded cable package available.

Oregon State, too.

One of the key issues in college men's basketball this season has been all the scandals involving the biggest programs. North Carolina, Louisvill, Arizona. And, there's the issue of whether high school players should be able to return to simply bypassing college altogher and go to the NBA.

And, there's Lavar Ball and European basketball. In covering high school games, I've taken to asking players being recruited by Div. I colleges if they'd consider heading to Europe if a two-year contract worth more than $100,000 per season were offered them by a team in Greece. Would they sign that? So far, the answer has been "no - my education comes first," but, perhaps, only because that thought never came up before. When asked a second time, and the amount of money being stressed further, the answer came back as, "I'd have to talk to my parents," for both the players I talked with.

The high school season really captivated my interest in the game, but it's over.

If you have a television in your house, and who doesn't, you can't miss the men's tournament, and it is fun to await the crazy upsets that happen today and tomorrow. I picked the Pac-12 teams to advance at least to their region finals in my online bracket, but two of the three teams already lost their play-in games. Thanks UCLA and Arizona State.

Hopefully, the Ducks will blow out their first two opponents this weekend in the women's tournament.

Probably the most interest I'll have this weekend is in Knoxville, Tenn., where Oregon State got sent with a sixth seed. I might even follow their game Sunday against Tennessee - if it happens - online, to pull for the Beavers giving a big middle finger to the NCAA selection committee for making them a six seed despite being ranked 13th.

The NCAA doesn't seem to think much of Corvallis, so this is a great year for Oregon State to make a playoff run like the Ducks did last year as a 10-seed reaching the Elite Eight.

I'm a fan of the underdog, so Oregon State might actually be the team I'm pulling for most, at least this weekend.

 

Oregon men shoot to second round

4CAST: Ducks, Oregon women, Oregon State women, Thorns
Staff report

The fourth quarter was the perfect time for the Oregon men's basketball team to establish themselves in the opening round of the National Invitational Tournament Tuesday night.

Down 44-36 at halftime, the Ducks (23-12) made 20-of-26 shots from the field in the second half, including their first 10 shots of the fourth quarter, to beat Rider 99-86 before 2,327 fans at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon outscored their opponents from New Jersey 38-21 in the fourth quarter of the game, which uses four quarters rather than the two halves college men's team are familiar with from their NCAA seasons.

Victory Bailey, Jr., made an incredible 7-of-8 3-point shots and finished with 23 points, a total matched by Payton Pritchare for the Ducks.

Oregon outrebounded Rider 38-31 and finished with a 27-19 edge in free throws.

The Ducks will play the winner of tonight's Harvard at Marquette game.

2. OREGON WOMEN

The Ducks play host to a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the region finals in Spokane, Wash. Oregon plays Seattle University Friday, following the Minnesota-Wisconsin Green Bay contest. The winners meet Sunday. Four teams will play in Spokane with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30.

Notre Dame is the top seed in the Spokane regional, with Oregon seeded No. 2.

Connecticut is seeded No. 1 in the Albany, N.Y., region, with Mississippi State seeded No. 1 in the Kansas City region.

3. OREGON STATE WOMEN

The Beavers play in Knoxville, Tenn., in a four-team sub-regional that begins Friday, with the winner advancing to the Lexington, Ky., Region final. Oregon State, the sixth seed, plays Western Kentucky Friday, with Tennesee, the third seed and sub-region host, playing Liberty in the other game. The winners meet Sunday.

Four teams will play in Lexington regional with the winner moving forward to the Final Four in Columbus, Ohio, March 30. Louisville and Baylor are seeded 1, 2, in the region.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns play again today and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad beginning at 7:30. Saturday's game is against the Houston Dash also beginning at 7:30

ALSO

The Portland State men's basketball team will play at San Diego Saturday in the second round of the Collegeinsider.com Tournament. Match-ups for the following round - quarterfinals, will be established following this weekend's games. All games will be played on campus sites.

The Portland Winterhawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

 

 

 

Ducks, Beavers get tournament pairings

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4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, PSU men, Thorns
Staff report

Fresh off the first Pac-12 Tournament championship in program history, the Oregon Ducks women's basketball team was seeded second in the West Region on Monday in this year's NCAA Tournament.

The Ducks will host the first two rounds of the tournament, looking to extend their school-record 30-win season against No. 15 seed Seattle University on Friday in Matthew Knight Arena - a game that will be televised at 4:30 p.m. by ESPN2.

The No. 2 seed is the highest in school history, ahead of the No. 3 seed earned by the 1984 team.

The Ducks play host to two first-round games Friday. No. 7 seed Green Bay and No. 10 seed Minnesota will meet Friday at 2 p.m., followed by the Ducks and Redhawks. The winners will meet Sunday for a trip to the Sweet Sixteen.

Oregon is playing in the Spokane Regional, and thus could stay in the Pacific Northwest by winning twice this weekend.
The Ducks were a 10 seed in the tournament last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut.

Oregon State was seeded third in its bracket and will play in Knoxville, Tenn, for a spot in the Sweet 16. The No. 6 seed Beavers will take on 11-seeded Western Kentucky on Friday.
 
Should Oregon State advance, it will play Sunday against the winner of No. 3-seed Tennessee and No. 14-seed Liberty. The second-round winner will head to the Sweet 16 at the Lexington Regional.
 
This season marks the fifth-straight season Oregon State has made the NCAA Tournament, the most consecutive tournament runs in program history. The Beavers head to this year's NCAA Tournament with a record of 23-7, as the team has notched its fifth-straight 20-win campaign.

Oregon State has reached the Sweet-16 in back-to-back seasons, including a Final Four run in 2016.

2. OREGON NIT

The Oregon men's basketball team plays host to Rider tonight at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon, which reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals but missed a spot in the NCAA - UCLA and Arizona State got in, is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

3. PSU CIT

The Portland State Vikings were selected Sunday to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined later today.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns play again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

The Western Oregon men's basketball team suffered a season-ending loss at home in the NCAA Div. II West Region final against Cal Baptist, losing 80-76. The Wolves finished the season 31-2.

Oregon State baseball, the defending national champions, returned to No. 1 in the college rankings.

 

 

Ducks, Beavers await tournament pairings

4CAST: NCAA women, Oregon men, Blazers, Thorns
Staff report

The Oregon and Oregon State women's basketball programs will get their official NCAA Tournament placements tonight, giving their fans and end to more than a week of waiting.

The Ducks won the Pac-12 Tournament title last weekend for the first time, a day after Oregon State's regular season ended. The Ducks are likely to receive their highest tournament seed in the program's history.

Oregon, 30-4, enters the tournament ranked No. 6 nationally, and with a nine-game win streak. The Ducks were a 10 seed last year, but played into the Elite Eight before losing to Connecticut 90-52.

Oregon State, 23-7, is ranked 13th. The Beavers were a No. 2 seed last year, but got knocked out by Florida State in the Sweet 16.

The women's tournament begins on Thursday.

2. OREGON NIT

The Oregon men's basketball team missed out on the NCAA Tournament - Arizona, UCLA and Arizona State received spots - but did get into the NIT and will play host to Rider on Tuesday night at Matthew Knight Arena.

Oregon reached the Pac-12 Tournament semifinals and is 22-11 overall. Rider, 22-9, won the regular-season title in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference title, but missed out on the automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament by not winning the MAAC tournament. It's the first-ever meeting between the schools. Rider is located in Lawrenceville, N.J.

3. BLAZERS MIAMI

Portland, in third place in the Western Conference, will put its nine-game win streak up against Miami, the No. 7 team from the Eastern Conference.

The Blazers are 40-26 and two games ahead of fourth-place New Orleans, Minnesota and Oklahoma City.

Miami is 36-31 and has a two-game win streak.

4. PORTLAND THORNS PRESEASON

The Portland Thorns lost their first of three preseason games Sunday, 1-0, to the Chicago Red Stars at Merlo Field. The team plays again Wednesday and Saturday Merlo Field in preparation for the start of the season, March 24. Wednesday's game is against the U.S. National Under-23 squad.

ALSO

The Portland Winterhawks rebounded from Saturday's loss with a 2-0 victory over Everett at the Moda Center, and have three games remaining in the regular season. The Hawks play again Friday against Seattle at the Moda Center.

 

 

Wolves reach final

4CAST: Western Oregon, Hawks, Blazers, Timbers
Staff report

After scoring a season-low 21 first half points, No. 3-ranked Western Oregon University used a 3-point barrage after the break to defeat Saint Martin's University, 77-55, in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II West Region Tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Western Oregon (31-1) advances to the championship game where it will face California Baptist (27-5) Monday. CBU, ranked No. 21 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll, defeated Azusa Pacific, 72-68, in the first semifinal contest inside the New P.E. Gymnasium.

Western Oregon will carry a 24-game winning streak into the title game. Saint Martin's season ends with a 25-8 overall record. The Saints went 15-4 over their last 19 games with all four losses against Western Oregon, including in the GNAC championship last week in Anchorage.

The Wolves won the regional two years ago, when it was played on its campus, and won its first game at the Elite Eight to advance to the national semifinals.

2. WINTERHAWKS NEAR SEASON CLOSE WITH CELEBRATION

The Portland Winterhawks celebrated their history Saturday night, but dropped a 6-2 decision to the Tri-City Americans at the Moda Center.

The Winterhawks inducted Marian Hossa, Brenden Morrow, Andrew Ference and Todd Robinson into the Winterhawks Hall of Fame prior to the game. Portland also honored the entire 1998 Memorial Cup winning team in a pregame ceremony.

Portland plays host to Everett tonight at 5 p.m. The regular season ends in two weeks.

3. TIMBERS HAVE TIME OFF AFTER LOSS

The Portland Timbers went scoreless for the first time in nearly a year Saturday, and have two weeks off before their next game to recover from a 4-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls at Red Bulls Stadium Saturday.

Portland had scored in 22 straight games, a league high. The Timbers play again March 24 in Dallas.

4. BLAZERS HAVE HOT STREAK IN HAND

Portland plays host to Miami on Tuesday with a league-high nine game win streak working.

 

 

Wolves headed for Region final

Umpua, Portland, Linn-Benton reach NWAC Final Four
Staff report

After scoring a season-low 21 first half points, No. 3-ranked Western Oregon University used a 3-point barrage after the break to defeat Saint Martin's University, 77-55, in the semifinals of the NCAA Div. II West Region Tournament on Saturday.

With the win, Western Oregon (31-1) advances to the championship game where it will face California Baptist (27-5) Monday. CBU, ranked No. 21 in the latest NABC Coaches' Poll, defeated Azusa Pacific, 72-68, in the first semifinal contest inside the New P.E. Gymnasium.

Western Oregon will carry a 24-game winning streak into the title game. Saint Martin's season ends with a 25-8 overall record. The Saints went 15-4 over their last 19 games with all four losses against Western Oregon, including in the GNAC championship last week in Anchorage.

The Wolves won the regional two years ago, when it was played on its campus, and won its first game at the Elite Eight to advance to the national semifinals.

NWAC TOURNAMENT

The Portland Panthers scored a blowout in their Elite Eight match-up with Spokane and advanced to the Final Four in action from Sunday in Everett, Wash.

Linn-Benton scored an upset of defending tournament champion Walla Walla Sunday.

Umpqua, unbeaten on the season, shot the lights out and played into the women's Final Four. 

All Final Four games will also be played in Everett, Saturday and Sunday.

Portland beat Spokane 93-65, and will play Northern Idaho, which won its game Sunday 112-110 in double overtime, Saturday at 4 p.m.

Linn-Benton beat Walla Walla 84-75 and will play Peninsula Saturday at 2 p.m. The final is Sunday.

Umpqua beat Columbia Basin 93-66 Friday in its Elite Eight game, and will play Bellevue at 6 p.m. Saturday. The Riverhawks made 77 percent of their field-goal attempts, and got 46 points and 12 rebounds from sophomore center Dajanay Powell.

Big Bend will play Walla Walla in the other women's Final Four game.

PSU TOURNAMENT BOUND

The Portland State Vikings were rewarded on Sunday for having one of their finest Division I basketball seasons when they were selected to take part in the CollegeInsider.com Post-season Tournament. The Vikings will await their opponent from Monday's first-round CIT games (see schedule below) and play at a location and on a day later this week to be determined.
           
The Vikings went 20-13 on the year, marking their third-best season in their 22-year history in the Big Sky Conference. PSU was knocked out of the Big Sky Conference Tournament last week by Big Sky-finalist Eastern Washington, eliminating their chances of an NCAA Tournament bid. However, the CIT bid marks the seventh time in its 57-season basketball history that Portland State has received a national post-season bid, and the second time PSU has been picked for the CIT (NAIA in 1955 and 1956; NCAA College Division in 1967; NCAA Division I Tournament in 2008 and 2009; CIT in 2014 and 2018).

 

 

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