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Matchups to watch: Seahawks at 49ers

With Michael Crabtree‘s return last week, and games remaining against the Buccaneers andFalcons, San Francisco’s playoff chances look pretty good. At 8-4, the 49ers are a game up on the Cardinals, as well as the Cowboys and Eagles, who are competing for the NFC East crown.  The postseason scenario isn’t particularly complicated for Seattle – a win or tie seals the Seahawks’ first NFC West...
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Jazz-Trail Blazers Preview

The way LaMarcus Aldridge has been playing, he may end up warranting discussion for league MVP. Putting up terrific numbers for a Portland Trail Blazers team which leads the Western Conference, Aldridge is coming off possibly his best effort of the season going into Friday night’s home game against the West-worst Utah Jazz. “He’s the best power forward in...
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Ducks: Mariota a boon for Year 2 of Helfrich

Amid the hullabaloo of the week — Sarkisian! Mora? Chris Petersen!? — the news that probably will have the biggest impact in 2014 in the Pac-12 and nationally was Marcus Mariota‘s announcement that he will again be Oregon’s quarterback next fall and not enter the NFL draft.  That, as we noted on Tuesday, makes Oregon the 2014...
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Salt Lake’s edge to be tested by Portland’s home advantage

The second leg of the Western Conference finals (9 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN and WatchESPN) looks to be a case study in reverse psychology.  Real Salt Lake, winners of the first leg 4-2, is riding a wave of confidence. The return of Chris Schuler has done much to solidify the team’s defense, and attacking midfielder...
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Lady Owls will now play against expectations

Oregon Tech women’s basketball coach Scott Meredith has the No. 16 team in the latest NAIA Div. II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll. It is a program-best ranking and it goes along with a 10-0 record. This weekend, the team opens Cascade Collegiate Conference play hosting Warner Pacific and Concordia on Friday and Saturday, respectively,...
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HS Agenda: Chiloquin, Hosanna Christian meet

High School Basketball Scores & Schedule Girls Basketball WednesdayLost River 56, Tulelake 47Henley 42, North Medford 32Hosanna Christian 56, Chiloquin 29 ThursdayRoberta Criss Tournament – Butte Valley High SchoolKlamath Union at Yreka TournamentCrater at Mazama – 7 p.m. FridayKlamath Union at Yreka TournamentRoberta Criss Tournament – Butte Valley High SchoolLakeview, Lost River at La Pine...
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Blazers Snap Thunder’s Streak

PORTLAND, Ore. — As time wound down in the Trail Blazers’ victory over Oklahoma City,LaMarcus Aldridge was showered with shouts of “MVP! MVP!” from the Portland fans. Aldridge had a season-high 38 points and added 13 rebounds in the Blazers’ 111-104 win Wednesday night that snapped the Thunder’s eight-game winning streak. It was his ninth...
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Seahawks-49ers Preview

With a playoff spot already secured, the Seattle Seahawks can focus on achieving some loftier goals. Though the San Francisco 49ers have been dominated by their division rivals in the last two meetings, they’ll have more than revenge on their minds Sunday. Looking for an eighth straight victory, the Seahawks can clinch the NFC West and a first-round...
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Washington names interim coach

SEATTLE — Washington has selected Marques Tuiasosopo as its interim head coach for the Huskies’ upcoming bowl game after Steve Sarkisian left to take the head-coaching job at USC.  Washington athletic director Scott Woodward announced the decision Wednesday afternoon. Tuiasosopo was Washington’s quarterbacks coach this past season and met with Woodward on Wednesday.  Tuiasosopo,...
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Lady Owls earn highest-ever national ranking

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Oregon Tech Lady Owls are the 16th-ranked team in the entire country after the NAIA Div. II Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll came out on Tuesday. Off a program-best 10-0 start, Oregon Tech ascended from the receiving votes category to No. 16, the team’s best-ever ranking. OIT is also the highest-ranked...
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