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49ers RB Gore loving big holes created by O-line

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Frank Gore looks at his three 100-yard rushing performances, four touchdowns and overall stellar output in the season’s first half and is quick to praise an unheralded offensive line that plays such an integral part in helping him do it. Helping San Francisco’s entire offense shine, too. These big boys...
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Mariners to build academy in Dominican Republic

SEATTLE — The Seattle Mariners have announced plans to build a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic serving players from Latin America. The Mariners revealed their plans on Wednesday and said they expected to complete the project near the end of 2013. The academy will be able to accommodate two full teams and staff....
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Big Mac returns to SoCal as Dodgers hitting coach

LOS ANGELES — Mark McGwire is coming home as hitting coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers, lured by the chance to spend more time with his wife and five young children. He was hired Wednesday to replace Dave Hansen and improve an offense that struggled last season when All-Star slugger Matt Kemp was hobbled...
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Mazama girls, Henley boys win in playoff soccer

Two Basin soccer teams are moving on in the OSAA postseason, while three were eliminated Tuesday – two by penalty kicks. The top-ranked Mazama Vikings girls used 26 shots to defeat North Marion 5-0 in Klamath Falls. Tiffany Taylor scored two goals to move the Vikings to the OSAA 4A Girls Soccer State Championship...
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Owls lose Div. I showdown with Nevada

RENO, Nev. — The Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls men’s basketball team played NCAA Division I University of Nevada tough for a full 40 minutes in an 86-75 loss at the Lawlor Events Center Tuesday. The Owls put four players in double figures led by Mihajlo Matic’s 19 points on five three-pointers. Josh Wiseman scored...
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Kenjon Barner rushes into Heisman consideration

Kenjon Barner modestly said No. 2 Oregon did ”pretty well” in its big win over USC. As for his own record-setting effort, the ever-humble running back credited his teammates. So it fell to former Ducks running back and good friend LaMichael James to come right out and say it: Barner has proven he’s one...
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Oregon St.-Stanford Preview (Sat. – 1150 KAGO)

When this season began, neither Kevin Hogan nor Cody Vaz figured to be starting in a critical Pac-12 matchup. The quarterbacks could be needed to shoulder heavy burdens Saturday when Hogan and No. 16 Stanford host Vaz and No. 13 Oregon State. Any chance these teams have of catching unbeaten and second-ranked Oregon in...
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Hogan named Stanford’s starting QB vs OSU

STANFORD, Calif. — Even though Kevin Hogan grew up the son of a lobbyist and attended high school six blocks from the Capitol building, nobody had to do any politicking for him to be Stanford’s starting quarterback. The way Hogan has played made him a nearly unanimous choice. In one of the smoothest and...
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California may use backup QB vs. No. 2 Oregon

BERKELEY, Calif. — Allan Bridgford prepares each week as if he is the starting quarterback for California. The difference this week is he could likely get that chance for the Golden Bears against No. 2 Oregon because starter Zach Maynard is hampered by an injured left knee. Bridgford took the majority of practice snaps...
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Mayo leads Mavericks to win over Blazers

DALLAS — It’s been more than four years since O.J. Mayo has scored 30 points in back-to-back NBA games. But he’s now done it in two consecutive outings for his new Dallas Mavericks team, performances that allow the birthday boy in Monday’s 114-91 victory over the visiting Trailblazers to stake his claim as the...
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