Crawford does it again for Clippers

PORTLAND, Ore. — Chris Paul joked that the Trail Blazers’ near-comeback against the Clippers made for good television. ”You always gotta make it interesting,” he said with a smile. But only to a point. The Clippers built a 25-point lead in the first half then held off a second-half rally by the Blazers for...
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Hamstring injury lingering for Seymour

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Trying to stop Baltimore running back Ray Rice was already a monumental task facing the Oakland Raiders this week. Doing it without seven-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour will make the challenge even more daunting. Seymour missed his second straight practice Thursday due to a lingering hamstring injury and is...
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Beavers, Stanford use unexpected QBs this weekend

It’s a match-up of quarterbacks that weren’t expected to be the QBs this late in the season when BCS No. 11 Oregon State faces No. 14 Stanford. The Cardinal made the change because senior starter Josh Nunes has been inconsistent with 10 touchdowns, but seven interceptions. Redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan replaced him in last week’s 48-0...
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Receiving duo emerges for No. 13 Oregon State

CORVALLIS, Ore. — Two of the keys to No. 13 Oregon State’s surprising turnaround this season are Markus Wheaton and Brandin Cooks, who don’t hesitate in proclaiming themselves the best receiving duo in the Pac-12. Some of the numbers certainly back them up. While USC’s Marquise Lee grabs all the headlines out West, Wheaton...
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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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