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Arizona State women 55, Oregon 49 — The Ducks (14-7, 7-3 Pac-12) went 0 for the desert as the Sun Devils defense won the day in Tempe. Endyia Rogers scored 18 points, but Te-Hena Paopao and Nyara Sabally were limited to a combined 10 points on 5-of-25 shooting. Oregon still had a couple of looks late at 3-pointers to tie or take the lead, but missed and ASU clinched the win at the line.

Arizona women 73, Oregon State 61 — An 11-1 Wildcats run late in the fourth quarter separated the teams at Tucson, part of a 24-14 fourth quarter for Arizona. Talia von Oelhoffen again led the Beavers with 17 points and Tasya Corosdale had 10 rebounds and four assists.

Herbert Pro Bowl MVP — Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert was named the offensive MVP of the Pro Bowl, won by the AFC 41-35 at Las Vegas in a game that was closer to flag football than pro football. Herbert was 7 for 11 with two touchdown passes and an interception. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was 9 of 17 for 77 yards with two interceptions


Bucks rout Blazers — The NBA champs, Milwaukee Bucks, rolled into town and blew out the Trail Blazers, 137-108 at Moda Center.

The Blazers (21-33) lost their fifth consecutive game and seventh in eight games.

Bobby Portis had 30 points and Giannis Antetokounmpo 29 for Milwaukee (33-21). The Bucks shot .533 and made 23 of 50 3-pointers (.450).

Anfernee Simons and Ben McLemore had 19 points each for Portland. The three new Blazers acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers — Eric Bledsoe, Justise Winslow and Keon Johnson — were in Portland, but only Winslow played, scoring six points in 20 minutes.

Portland plays host to Orlando, 7 p.m. Tuesday.

College hoops — Oregon (15-7, 8-3 Pac-12) almost let it slip away, but beat Utah 80-77 on the road. Will Richardson had 23 points for Oregon. … The slide for Oregon State (3-17, 1-9 Pac-12) continued with a lopsided loss at Colorado, 86-63. Glenn Taylor had 15 points for OSU, which has lost seven games in a row. … Portland State (8-13, 6-7 Big Sky) beat Sacramento State 73-65 at Viking Pavilion. Ezekiel Alley had 26 points for PSU. … San Francisco topped the Portland Pilots (11-12, 2-6 WCC) at Chiles Center, 74-71. Chris Austin scored 25 points for UP.


Arizona women 63, Oregon 48 — At Tucson, the No. 8-ranked Wildcats dominated the second half to halt the No. 19 Ducks’ win streak at eight.

Arizona won with smothering defense in front of more than 10,000 fans, avenging an overtime loss in Eugene.

Endyia Rogers led Oregon (14-6, 7-2 Pac-12) with 17 points and Nyara Sabally scored 15.

The Ducks got up only 44 shots and were held 26 points below their season average.

Arizona (16-3, 6-3) scored 22 points off 21 Oregon turnovers.

Oregon announced Friday that its makeup game at Washington State is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, Feb. 9, adding to a busy slate that includes games at Oregon State on Feb. 11 and at home against the Beavers on Feb. 13.

Arizona State women 67, Oregon State 57 — At Tempe, the Sun Devils (10-8, 2-3 Pac-12) held the Beavers (11-6, 4-3) scoreless for the final 3:09 to win a hotly-contested game. Oregon State made its final field goal with 4:17 left to tie the score at 55.

After a Jade Loville jumper put ASU up 59-57 with 1:42 on the clock, the Beavers managed just one more shot up with the outcome in doubt, a 3-pointer miss from Ellie Mack with 1:21 on the clock. The Sun Devils got an extended possession with an offensive rebound and a steal from a trap. OSU coach Scott Rueck drew two technical fouls and ASU converted six free throws with 17 seconds left to seal the win.

Talia von Oelhoffen led the Beavers with 16 points.

Jones out for season — Oregon State on Friday announced that third-year sophomore post Taylor Jones had successful shoulder surgery and will miss the rest of this season but be ready in the fall for her fourth season. Averaging 12.4 points and 6.9 rebounds in nine starts this season, Jones hasn’t played since Dec. 19.

Blazers lose — On a day that saw Portland trade Norman Powell and Robert Covington to Los Angeles Clippers for three players (including Eric Bledsoe) and a draft pick, the Trail Blazers played competitively but lost to Oklahoma City, 96-93, at Moda Center.

Anfernee Simons’ last-second 3-pointer for the tie, off a well-executed out of bounds play, fell off the rim.

The Blazers (21-32) have lost four games in a row and six of seven and play defending NBA champ Milwaukee at 7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center.

Simons and CJ McCollum had 19 points and Jusuf Nurkic 14 points and 16 rebounds. Luguentz Dort had 23 points for OKC (17-34).

The Blazers went 6 of 33 (.182) on 3-pointers.


Oregon men 66, Colorado 51 — For the first time in Ducks history, the men’s team won a game in Boulder, Colorado over the Buffs.

Jacob Young kept Oregon in the game in the first half with 16 points, including a 3-pointer right before the break to give the Ducks a 36-35 advantage.

Then the defensive clamps came out in the second half as Colorado only scored 16 points in the second 20 while Oregon posted 30 and cruised for the historic win. Young finished with a team-high 21 points while Will Richardson had five steals. The Ducks finished with 12 as a team on the night.

Oregon is now 14-7 on the season and 7-3 in Pac-12 play, good enough for fourth behind Arizona, UCLA and USC. The Ducks play at 5:30 p.m. at Utah.

Portland women 75, No. 16 BYU 64 — For the first time since the 1997-1998 season, the Pilots took down the Cougars at home, and it was their first win over a ranked team since a win over Gonzaga in the 2020 WCC tournament.

Alex Fowler led the way with 23 points, eight assists and seven rebounds while the bench pitched in 21 points, Rose Plfug with 13 of those.

BYU led only for 22 seconds in the game, but it came late with under four minutes to go in the game. But a quick 7-0 run from the Pilots gave them the lead back as they closed things out for the big WCC win. BYU shot just 22 percent from the field as Portland forced 13 steals as well.

Portland is now 14-4 overall and 4-2 in WCC play, good enough for third place behind 8-1 BYU and 8-0 Gonzaga.

Portland State men 106, Northern Colorado 99 — Don’t look now but the Vikings men are on a hot streak, taking home their third consecutive win Thursday night on the road.

Ezekiel Alley had a season-high 23 points in a game that saw two starters out with injuries and two more foul out of the game before the under-four mark in the second half. Despite being down to seven players, the Vikings kept scoring and went 10 for 14 on 3-pointers in the second half to close the gap with the Bears and walk away with the win.

Portland State now sits at 7-13 overall and 5-7 in Big Sky play.

Utah men 84, Oregon State 59 — The Beavers season continues to get worse with another embarrassing loss at Utah on Thursday. Jarod Lucas and Roman Silva led the way scoring with 12 points each, but not much else came with them.

Utah led 46-33 at the break and continued to build the lead into the second half with no real threat from the Beavers a majority of the way.

OSU sits at 3-16 overall this season and now 1-8 in Pac-12 play, putting them in last place.

St. Mary’s men 75, Portland 54 — The Gaels took an early first half lead and never gave it back in the big win over the Pilots. Tyler Robertson led the way for Portland with 15 points, but he and Mike Meadows were the only ones with double digit points with Meadows chipping in 10.

Portland shot just 28 percent from deep while the Gaels went 35 percent from beyond the arc, including two from leading scorer Logan Johnson who had 17 points on the night.

Portland is now 11-11 on the season and 2-5 in WCC play.

Northern Colorado women 59, Portland State 51 — A big run to start the fourth quarter gave the Vikings a lead, but they couldn’t hold on to it Thursday night at home.

However, the Bears responded to the runs all night and this one was no different. The Vikings’ buckets had a response from UNC each time and ultimately handed PSU it’s 13th loss.

The Vikings are 5-13 this season now and 0-10 in Big Sky play.

More baseball/softball polls — Oregon State baseball found itself in two more top 25 preseason polls Thursday. The Beavers are ranked No. 18 by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and No. 20 in the USA Today coaches poll. Oregon State has also been listed at No. 11 by Baseball America No. 18 by

In softball, Oregon was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 by the conference’s coaches. Oregon received 45 points and tied with Arizona for third. UCLA was picked to finish first with Washington picked to finish second.

Timbers tie Sporting KC — In a preseason match at Tucson, Arizona, Felipe Mora scored the tying goal in the 90th minute as Portland rallied from a 2-0 deficit to draw with Sporting Kansas City. Midfielder Aodhan Quinn, a guest player from Phoenix Rising FC, scored in the 51st minute for the Timbers. Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Johnny Russell scored in the first half for SKC.

The Timbers now return to Portland. They will host preseason doubleheaders at Providence Park on Feb. 13, Feb. 16 and Feb. 19. Norwegian club Viking FK, Minnesota United and Real Salt Lake will join the Timbers for the round-robin preseason event.

Timbers games will be streamed at


Salem retires — Portland Thorns FC midfielder Angela Salem announced her retirement after more than a decade of professional soccer, including the past four seasons with the Thorns. She was selected by the team in the 2018 NWSL Dispersal Draft.

“Representing this city, the fans, and the organization has pushed me to become a better player, leader, teammate, and individual,” she said. She thanked coach Mark Parsons, GM Gavin Wilkinson and owner Merritt Paulson for giving her the opportunity “to live out my dreams while also supporting me in getting my master’s degree.”

She added: “I never took my time in Portland for granted and poured my heart and soul into every game, training, and opportunity that was presented. … I feel at peace knowing that my last game was played exactly where I wanted — with my friends, at Providence Park, in front of our home fans, watching you all wave your scarves one last time.”

Salem, 33, appeared in 23 games last season. She was an NWSL Best XI First Team pick and an MVP finalist.

In all competitions, she made 48 appearances with Portland, including 37 starts.

Kraken win — Philipp Grubauer notched 19 saves in the first shutout for the Seattle franchise, as the Kraken beat the host New York Islanders, 3-0. Jared McCann had a goal and two assists for Seattle (15-27-4), which had three third-period goals. Vince Dunn and Mason Appleton also scored.


Oregon women 72, Arizona State 58 — At Eugene, the Ducks (14-5, 7-1 Pac-12) pulled away down the stretch after being pushed by the Sun Devils (9-9, 1-3) for three quarters. Nyara Sabally had 22 points and Te-Hina Paopao 19 and Oregon outscored ASU 23-12 in the fourth quarter, which started with Oregon up three points.

Timbers add midfielder — The Timbers have officially added 19-year-old Argentine defensive midfielder David Ayala. The long rumored acquisition adds another intriguing young player to the roster using the Under 22 Initiative.

Ayala has been with Club Estudiantes de la Plata in Argentina’s top division since age 17, appearing in 32 games with the club. He made 13 appearances with Argentina’s Under-17 national team.

The Timbers conclude the Tucson, Arizona portion of their preseason cam p with a game against Sporting Kansas City on Wednesday morning.

Thorns open camp — With the National Women’s Soccer League and its players agreeing to a first collective bargaining agreement, the NWSL preseason officially begins Feb. 1.

The Portland Thorns’ first camp under new head coach Rhian Wilkinson begins today in Bend, where the team will train for five days.

The NWSL Challenge Cup tournament begins March 19 and runs through May 7, with a 28-match regular season to follow.

Here is the Thorns roster as training camp begins:

Goalkeepers: Bella Bixby, Shelby Hogan, Abby Smith.

Defenders: Kelli Hubly, Meghan Klingenberg, Natalia Kuikka, Emily Menges, Meaghan Nally, Madison Pogarch, Becky Sauerbrunn.

Midfielders: Sam Coffey (signed 2021 draft pick), Crystal Dunn, Olivia Moultrie, Gabby Provenzano (2022 college draft pick), Rocky Rodríguez, Yazmeen Ryan, Angela Salem (not yet reported), Hina Sugita (not yet reported).

Forwards: Natalie Beckman (2022 college draft pick), Hannah Betfort (2021 draft pick), Marissa Everett, Christine Sinclair (not yet reported), Sophia Smith, Morgan Weaver.

Winterhawks goalie honored — Portland Winterhawks goalie Taylor Gauthier was named the Western Hockey League’s Goaltender of the Month for January. The 20-year-old, acquired in a Dec. 27 trade with Prince George, was 7-0-0 in January with a 1.70 goals-against average and .945 save percentage. The Winterhawks went 10-0-0-1 in January.

LITTLELittle surgery — Trail Blazers forward Nassir Little had successful surgery Tuesday to repair the torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced.

It’ll be performed by Dr. James Andrews in Gulf Breeze, Florida. Little will miss the remainder of the season and is expected to be ready for next season’s training camp.

The third-year pro from North Carolina enjoyed a breakthrough season, averaging 9.8 points and 5.6 rebounds in 25.9 minutes, but improving lately in a starting role. He played in 42 games, including 23 starts.

College softball news — The Oregon softball team continues to show up in preseason rankings, this time a No. 18 distinction from the NFCA. The Ducks are ranked No. 17 in both the USA Softball and Softball America polls, and also No. 16 in D1Softball’s preseason poll.

Up in Corvallis, Oregon State softball freshman Eliana Gottlieb was named to the Israeli national softball team. Fellow freshman Tarni Stepto is also an international softball representative after playing for Australia at the 2020 Summer Olympics and earned a bronze medal with the team.

Hops coaching staff — The Arizona Diamondbacks announced that Vince Harrison will return for a second season managing the Hillsboro Hops. The Pitching coach will be Jeff Bajenaru, hitting coach K.C. Judge and assistant coach Ronald Ramirez.


Blazers lose — Portland was playing a young Oklahoma City team without its best player, the injured Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. And, Portland started Anfernee Simons, CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic, Norman Powell and Robert Covington — and lost.

Portland (21-30) raced to a big first-quarter lead at Oklahoma City, but the Thunder outplayed the Blazers the next three quarters to win 98-81.

Luguentz Dort led the Thunder (15-34) with 18 points.

McCollum had 21 points to lead Portland, which shot only eight free throws (making six) and went 7 of 38 from the 3-point line (.184) — not good.

Portland led 31-19 after one quarter, but the Thunder outscored them by 29 points the rest of the way.

The Blazers conclude their four-game road trip at the Los Angeles Lakers, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Gauthier honored — Portland Winterhawks goalie Taylor Gauthier has been named Western Hockey League’s goaltender of the week for Jan. 24-30.

He went 2-0-0-0 with a 0.50 goals-against average and a .977 save percentage. He stopped 26 of 27 shots against Prince George, his former club, in a 4-1 win. He made 17 saves in an 8-0 win over Tri-City.

He has a 7-0-0-0 record with the Winterhawks, with a 1.70 GAA and .970 save percentage.

Makeup men’s games — Oregon’s State’s home game against Colorado has been moved to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15 at Gill Coliseum. It’ll be televised on Pac-12 Network. It was originally scheduled for Jan. 1.

Oregon’s game against Washington State, originally scheduled for Jan. 20, will be played 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14 at Matthew Knight Arena. It’ll be on ESPNU.

Viking men win — Portland State (6-13, 4-7 Big Sky) built a big first-half lead and beat Northern Colorado 79-76 in Big Sky basketball play at Viking Pavilion.

Ezekiel Alley had 22 points and Damion Squire 19 for PSU. Daylen Keuntz had 30 points for the Bears.

Viking women lose — Southern Utah beat Portland State 77-53 at Viking Pavilion. Jada Lewis had 16 points for PSU (5-12, 0-9 Big Sky).

New CBA — The National Women’s Soccer League announced that the league and the NWSL Players Association have agreed to their first-ever Collective Bargaining Agreement cover the next five seasons through 2026.

The agreement is subject to final approval from the NWSL Board of Directors.

The Portland Thorns are a member of the NWSL.

Agreements include: increased total investment in players (including raise of minimum salary to $35,000); free agency beginning in 2023; defined season, vacation time, other leave; improved health and wellness benefits; enhanced group license provisions.

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