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Coverage of Oregon-Stanford (6 p.m. Thurs. – ESPN)

Blog coverage of the Oregon-Stanford football game on ESPN television at 6 p.m. on Thursday.
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James Harden, Dwight Howard lead Rockets to bounce-back win against Portland

PORTLAND, Ore. — Houston’s All-Star tandem of James Harden and Dwight Howard refused to let the Rockets give in to fatigue. Harden scored 33 points, Howard added 29 points and 13 rebounds, and the Rockets beat the Portland Trail Blazers 116-101 on Tuesday night despite playing for the fourth time in five days. Houston (4-1) bounced back from getting routed...
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49ers getting major reinforcements

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers‘ practice field is an amazingly talented place these days.  In what has a chance to be one of the most compelling storylines in the NFL in the second half, the 49ers are getting mass reinforcements.  The 49ers (6-2) had their bye in Week 9 following a five-game...
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Ducks Dominic Artis, Ben Carter suspended

SEOUL, South Korea – Oregon arrived Wednesday afternoon without two key players for the season opener against Georgetown after both were suspended for selling shoes provided to them by the university, according to the school. Sophomores Dominic Artis and Ben Carter could miss anywhere from nine to 12 games for the NCAA violation. The No. 19 Ducks play Georgetown on Saturday morning...
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Power Rankings: No. 4 Seattle Seahawks

A weekly examination of the Seahawks’ ESPN.com Power Ranking:  It’s difficult to judge the Seahawks this week. Do you reward them for earning the biggest comeback win in franchise history, overcoming a 21-0 deficit and defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers 27-24 in overtime?  Or do you penalize them for falling behind by three touchdowns at home to...
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HS Agenda: OSAA soccer playoffs start today

The OSAA Soccer State Championship first round gets underway today, with two Basin-area girls and one boys team playing this afternoon. Henley girls soccer head coach Rod Husain Tuesday OSAA Girls Soccer PostseasonKlamath Union at Sisters – 2 p.m.Brookings-Harbor at Henley – 3 p.m.Junciton City at La Grande – 1 p.m.McLouglin-Weston-McEwen at North Bend...
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Oregon RB expects at least 40 points

Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas doesn’t expect Stanford to derail the Ducks’ national championship hopes for the second year in a row. Last year, Oregon lost its only game of the season 17-14 in overtime to Stanford. But Thomas is confident this year’s team won’t be held to two touchdowns. “I don’t think so,” Thomas told...
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Carroll trusts Golden Tate to take chances

RENTON, Wash. — Going by the fundamentals of the game, players shouldn’t field a punt inside their 10-yard line.  Seattle coach Pete Carroll knows that sometimes a player like Golden Tate can improvise on those rules. Tate did so Sunday when he fielded a punt at the 4 and returned it 71 yards to the Tampa...
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The week ahead for the 49ers

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — It’s time to dust off the NFL cobwebs with the San Francisco 49ers’ bye week now in the books. The 49ers are 6-2 and have five straight wins going into their home game against Carolina on Sunday. Here are some things to watch for this week:  Smith’s progress: The big story...
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O-line changes helped Seattle on Sunday

After getting sacked seven times at St. Louis, quarterback Russell Wilson wasn’t sacked in Seattle’s 27-24 overtime victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday.  That’s the good news, but there is a dark side.  Wilson still was put under duress a career-high 55 percent of his dropbacks (16-of-29) against the Bucs. He entered the game as the...
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