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49ers-Seahawks Preview

Riding an eight-game winning streak, it’s easy to understand why the San Francisco 49ersfeel they can perform better than they did in their last two visits to Seattle. Whether they’re good enough to end their road struggles against the Seahawks and reach the Super Bowl for a second straight season will be determined Sunday with...
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Trail Blazers-Spurs Preview

The Portland Trail Blazers already appear destined to end a brief playoff drought. How far they can advance, however, remains to be seen. A challenging road trip could provide a glimpse of their potential. Portland opens a stretch of four road games against Western Conference contenders in five days Friday night against the red-hot San Antonio Spurs....
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Beavers are Pac-12 winners in mock draft

Quick, which Pac-12 team will have the most first-round picks in the NFL draft according to ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr.?  If you guessed Oregon State, pat yourself on the back.  The Beavers have a pair of first-round picks projected in Kiper’s first mock draft for 2014, which accounts for half the conference’s total. 
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Blazers best Cavaliers for 3rd straight

PORTLAND, Ore. – LaMarcus Aldridge knew when it was his time. The two-time All-Star went on a personal nine-point rally to pull Portland ahead for good and the Trail Blazers closed out the Cleveland Cavaliers with a 12-0 run for a 108-96 victory on Wednesday night. Aldridge finished with 32 points and 18 rebounds for his 22nd double-double...
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Season wrap: Oregon State

At the midway point, we pointed out Oregon State‘s season was clearly divided into an easier portion (the first seven games) and a decidedly more difficult portion (the final five).  Other than the surprising upset to FCS Eastern Washington in the season opener, the Beavers held serve in the former — reaching bowl eligibility by their seventh...
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Seahawks: Lynch is beastly against the 49ers

RENTON, Wash. – Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch has been a beast against the San Francisco 49ers.  Lynch has accounted for four of the top seven rushing games against the 49ers since he joined the Seahawks in 2010. Here’s the list of those seven games: 
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49ers hope to Cash-in with another road win

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are rolling with the Man in Black.  Leave it to coach Jim Harbaugh to make late country singer Johnny Cash a figure in this week’s NFC championship game at the Seattle Seahawks.  This will be the 49ers’ third straight road playoff game. They won at the Green Bay Packersand at the Carolina Panthers....
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Ducks: Don Pellum to be Oregon DC

What had been rumored for days became official when Oregon announced the promotion of longtime assistant Don Pellum to defensive coordinator on Tuesday. Pellum replaces another Oregon institution, Nick Aliotti, who retired after 17 seasons following the Ducks’ 30-7 victory against Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl.
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Cavaliers-Trail Blazers Preview

With a four-game road trip against some of their top Western Conference competition looming, the Portland Trail Blazers will have to be careful not to look past their next opponent. The way the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers have played lately, that would be a huge mistake. The Trail Blazers seek a third straight win Wednesday night when they face...
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Seattle worried about ticket brokers

RENTON, Wash. — The Seattle Seahawks say their decision to limit ticket sales for the NFC Championship Game to certain states was due to concerns over ticket brokers. The Seahawks sold out a small allotment of available tickets — less than 3,000 — in less than 30 minutes Monday. The team has taken heat for excluding...
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