Friday, November 21, 2014

Beavers Top Visiting ORU To Stay Unbeaten

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Olaf Shaftenaar scored 12 points and Gary Payton II added 10 more (to go with his four steals) on Friday night as the Oregon State Beavers (3-0) defeated visiting Oral Roberts University (1-2) 55-42.

Joseph Young Leads Ducks Past Rockets

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 24 points (shooting 7 of 13 from the field and converting all seven of his free throws) while Elgin Cook scored an additional 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and Dwayne Benjamin scored 11 points and grabbed another 12 rebounds as the Oregon Ducks (3-0) defeated the visiting Toledo Rockets (1-2) 78-68 on Friday night.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Mike Nichols, Acclaimed Director Of "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf," "The Graduate," Husband Of Ex-ABC News Anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, R.I.P.

Mike Nichols, who directed such noted motion pictures as "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" and "The Graduate" and who was the husband of recently-retired ABC evening news anchorwoman Diane Sawyer, passed away on Wednesday in Manhattan at age 83.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

What?! No Goats???

The Portland Timbers did not select any players from the roster of recently-deceased Chivas USA in Wednesday's Major League Soccer dispersal draft.

Only seven Goats were selected, topped off by goalkeeper Dan Kennedy, who was chosen with the first pick by FC Dallas.

One ex-Goat who wasn't available was Erick Torres.  MLS was negotiating a long-term contract to keep the striker nicknamed Cubo in the league. 

Players who weren't selected on Wednesday will take part in the Re-Entry Draft, if eligible, or will be made available via the Waiver Draft, set to take place on December 10, the same day as the Expansion Draft for the New York City Football Club and the Orlando City Soccer Club.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Vikings Too Much For D3 Bearcats

At Portland, Oregon:

Bryce White scored 19 points and dished out five assists on Tuesday night as the Portland State Vikings (2-0) broke open what was a close game in the first half and dominated the visiting Willamette Bearcats (Oregon, NCAA Division III; 0-1) 84-63.

GP2 And Beavers Too Much For Warriors

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Gary Payton II (who grabbed nine rebounds and blocked three shots) and Langston Morris-Walker each scored 16 points on Tuesday as the Oregon State Beavers (2-0) dominated visiting Corban (3-1 overall) 86-62.

Jordan Carter paced the Warriors with 18 points.

The game was an exhibition for the NAIA school from Salem, Oregon but counted toward the Beavers' record.

Ducks Still #2 In CFP Rankings; 'Bama Becomes Top Dog

The Oregon Ducks remained in the #2 slot in the College Football Playoff committee rankings as of Tuesday as Alabama, after their victory over unbeaten Mississippi State, jumped to number one.  Florida State remains at #3 while the Bulldogs, despite the defeat, stayed in the top four at number four.

Monday, November 17, 2014

Ducks Break Open Tight Game, Beat Titans Going Away

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young shook off a sluggish start on Monday night and scored 22 points as the Oregon Ducks (2-0) defeated the visiting Detroit Titans (1-1) 83-66.

College Hoops: Ducks Get A Piece Of Support In Coaches' Poll

Following the opening weekend of the men's college basketball season, the Oregon Ducks (who demolished Coppin State at home on Friday) did receive one vote in the USA Today/Coaches poll, which would put them in a three-way tie for 46th place (with Miami of Florida and Dayton).  It was the only vote for support for any of the Beaver State's four Division I basketball teams in either the Coaches' poll or the Associated Press poll.  The Ducks, Oregon State, Portland, and Portland State are a combined 5-0 to start the season.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Grey Cup Playoffs: Alouettes, Eskimos Advance To Division Finals; Riders Detrhoned

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs commenced on Sunday with two games.

At Montreal:

Six different players scored a grand total of seven touchdowns as the Montreal Alouettes demolished the visiting British Columbia Lions 50-17 in the Eastern Division semifinal game.  The Als will visit the Hamilton Tiger-Cats next Sunday in the Eastern Division final (10:00 AM Pacific Time, ESPN in the United States, TSN in Canada).

At Edmonton, Alberta:

A punt return of 88 yards for a touchdown by Kendial Lawrence coupled with a stingy defense that picked off quarterback Kerry Joseph five times enabled the Edmonton Eskimos to detrone the defending Grey Cup champions Saskatchewan Roughriders 18-10 at home in the Western Conference semifinal game.  The Eskimos will visit the Calgary Stampeders in next Sunday's Western Division final (1:30 PM Pacific Time, TSN in Canada).

Niners Pick Off Eli Five Times, Hold Off Giants On Road

At East Rutherford, New Jersey:

Quarterback Colin Kaepernick threw a 48-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter to Michael Crabtree while Phil Dawson kicked three field goals (31, 37, 44 yards) and the defense intercepted Eli Manning five times as the San Francisco 49ers (6-4) held off the home-standing New York Giants (3-7) 16-10 on Sunday.

Ducks Find Themselves #3 In AP and Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks, who were idle this weekend, are ranked #3 in both the Associated Press (as was the case last week and with one first-place vote) and USA Today/Coaches (up a spot from last week and with six first-place votes) polls, released on Sunday. 

Pilots Knock Off Spartans On The Road In OT

At San Jose, California:

Alec Wintering scored 24 points and Kevin Bailey added 22 as the Portland Pilots (2-0) came back from an 11-point halftime deficit and defeated the San Jose State Spartans (1-1) 73-68 in overtime on the road on Sunday. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Beavers Shock Sun Devils, Snap Four-Game Losing Streak; ASU Effectively Out Of National Title Picture

At Corvallis, Oregon:

Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 251 yards and two touchdowns (including a 66-yarder to Jordan Villamin for the go-ahead score with 10:55 remaining) as the Oregon State Beavers (5-5 overall, 2-5 in Pac-12 play) came from behind Saturday night and upended the visiting Arizona State Sun Devils (#6 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #7 in the Associated Press poll, #8 in the USA Today/Coaches poll;  8-2, 5-2) 35-27, snapping their four game losing streak (and keeping their hopes of gaining bowl eligibility alive) while crippling the visitors' hopes of gaining a berth in the College Football Playoff tournament.  Michael Doctor ran back an interception 35 yards for a TD with 98 seconds remaining to seal the Beavers' victory.

Vikings Knock Off Trojans In LA To Kick Off Season

At Los Angeles:

Tiegbe Bamba scored 19 points on Saturday as the Portland State Vikings defeated the Southern California Trojans 76-68 on the road in the regular-season opener for both schools.

The game was the first meeting between the Vikings and Trojans in 37 years.

Ducks Annihilate Eagles To Open Season

At Eugene, Oregon:

Joseph Young scored 32 points and dished out eight assists on Friday night as the Oregon Ducks went on a 33-1 run to close out the opening half and demolished the visiting Coppin State Eagles 107-65 in the regular-season opener for both schools.

Beavers Open Wayne Tinkle Era On Winning Note

At Corvallis, Oregon:

In their first game under new head coach Wayne Tinkle, the Oregon State Beavers, with Jarmel Reid and Malcom Duvivier each scoring a career-high 17 points, defeated the Rice Owls 67-54 Friday night in the regular-season opener for both schools.