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Opening Day is here

OS Pro Feed - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 10:12am
MLB teams begin a 162-game schedule, and fans are allowed Staff Report ESPN file photo.

Baseball is back, and there are fans in the stands.

And every seat might be occupied in Texas.

Ever since the Dodgers’ Julio Urías put the finishing touch on the 2020 World Series last Oct. 27, we’ve been counting down to this day. Five months after the Los Angeles Dodgers won their first World Series in more than 30 years the expectations for the season openers have been highly anticipated, and the league does not plan to disappoint, with every team scheduled for the traditional 162-game schedule.

With the Orioles-Red Sox game in Boston postponed by rain until Friday and the Mets-Nationals game postponed for at least two days because of ongoing contact tracing involving members of the Nationals organization, 26 teams are scheduled to be in action.

The Dodgers play their first game in Denver against the Rockies.

Seattle, which has a 19-year streak of missing the playoffs - the longest active streak of any franchise in any sport in North America, play host to the San Francisco Giants at 7:05 p.m.

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Road swing ends with Blazers' win

OS Pro Feed - Thu, 04/01/2021 - 9:48am
Portland beats Detroit 124-101 to sweep four-game road trip Staff Report AP photo

Damian Lillard had 33 points and 10 assists and CJ McCollum added 24 points to lead the Portland Trail Blazers past the Detroit Pistons 124-101 on Wednesday, completing a sweep of a four-game road trip.

Carmelo Anthony and Robert Covington each scored 16 and Norman Powell added 14 as Portland improved to 29-18 overall and 15-9 on the road.

“It is always tough to win games on the road in this league, and that’s especially true in these circumstances,” Portland coach Terry Stotts said. “We had a 3-0 trip earlier in this season, and we thought these were four winnable games.

“But this was the last game of a road trip against a team with a poor record, so we could have overlooked it. That didn’t happen.”

The Blazers remained tied with Denver for fifth place in the Western Conference, just a half-game behind the Los Angeles Lakers.

Portland plays host to the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday and Oklahoma City on Saturday.

Jerami Grant scored 30 points for Detroit, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Mason Plumlee added 18 points, but Detroit’s other three starters — Saddiq Bey, Josh Jackson and Saben Lee — combined for two points on 1-for-17 shooting.

Grant had 17 first-half points to help Detroit to a 52-51 lead, but Lillard’s 3-pointer on Portland’s first possession of the second half started a 17-2 run. The Trail Blazers hit their first five 3-point attempts of the quarter and Lillard finished with 16 points in the period as Portland took an 87-79 lead.

“Teams always have a lot of energy at the start of games, but that doesn’t always translate to the second half,” Lillard said. “Right now, stepping it up in the third quarter of games is our specialty and we have to keep doing that.”

The Pistons cut the gap to six early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t put together a sustained run.

Portland shot 59.5% from the floor in the second half, including 9-19 on 3-pointers, and hit 20 of 21 free-throw attempts.

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OSU comeback falls just short

OS College - Mon, 03/29/2021 - 10:49am
Beavers rally from 17 down, but miss Final Four berth Staff Report AP photo

How close were the Oregon State Beavers to reaching the Final Four Monday?

About three minutes, a few missed free throws and some defensive rebounds.

The 12th-seeded Oregon State men's basketball team rallied from a 17-point deficit in the second half to tie second-seeded Houston with 3:48 left, but the Cougars hit a 3-pointer with 3:21 left - after one of their 19 offensive rebounds, and the Beavers could not hit another basket until five seconds remained on the way to a 67-61 loss in the Midwest Regional final. The Beavers, who had been shooting 88 percent at the free-throw line, hit just 11 of 20 attempts in the game and were outrebounded 41-29.

Overall, Houston had 62 field-goal attempts to just 47 for the Beavers.

Maurice Calloo had 13 points off the bench to lead OSU. Ethan Thompson scored 11 points on 3-of-12 shooting. No other Oregon State player reached double figures.

Houston, which led 34-17 at halftime, reached its first Final Four since 1984.

Oregon State has not been to the Final Four since 1963.

Having scored a season-low of 17 points in the first half, and with Thompson scoring just one point, the Beavers made their rally behind a shifting zone defense, and reached 38 points in just 10 minutes. But, they still trailed by 14. Then, the game turned and the Beavers cut the deficit to 52-48 with 6:29 left on a tip-in by Roman Silva.

After trading baskets, Gianni Hunt hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 55 with 3:438 left.

The Beavers, though, got off just four field-goal attempts for the remainder of the game, with Thompson making a lay-up to cut the deficit to 64-58, and Calloo hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left for the final score.

Houston made nine of 12 free-throw attempts in the final three minutes.

Oregon State finished at 20-13 on the season, having reached the Elite 8 for the first time since 1984. The team won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament as well.

 

 

Ducks close out season

OS College - Sun, 03/28/2021 - 11:03am
Oregon struggles with USC's length and drops 82-68 decision in Sweet 16 Staff Report AP photo

Oregon's run into the Sweet 16 ended in a disappointing decision to conference rival USC Sunday afternoon.

The Oregon Ducks tied with USC for the regular-season Pac-12 Conference title in March, but the difference in the two teams couldn’t have been more apparent in the first half of their game Sunday.

Facing off for the second time this season, USC hammered Oregon 41-26 in the first half, and rolled to an 82-68 win in the Sweet 16.

Eugene Omoruyi and Chris Duarte were superlative for Oregon, but the Ducks otherwise struggled with USC’s mix of length on defense and hot three-point shooting.

The Ducks (21-7) trailed by as many as 21 points in the second half before rallying to within nine. But ultimately the deficit was too much to overcome, despite 28 points and 10 rebounds from Omoruyi and 21 points from Duarte.

“Our ball movement against the zone that first half was not good,” UO coach Dana Altman said. “I let the guys down; I didn’t have ‘em ready for that zone. I thought I did. But their length and athleticism really bothered us.”

The Ducks led 17-16 midway through the first half, but USC’s offense and Oregon’s lack of attack on the offensive end doomed the outcome.

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