Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sloppy Ducks Fall To VCU Rams In Brooklyn

At Brooklyn:

In Tuesday's consolation game in the Legends Classic, Melvin Johnson scored 19 points to lead the Virginia Commonwealth Rams (#14 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 4-1) to a 77-63 win over the Oregon Ducks (3-2), who turned the ball over 20 times and shot 35% from the field.

College Football Playoff Rankings: Top Four Stay The Same

The Oregon Ducks stayed at number two in the latest College Football Playoff rankings while top-ranked Alabama, third-ranked Florida State, and fourth-ranked Mississippi State also remained where they were last week.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Vikings Top SIU-Edwardsville In OT To Stay Unbeaten

At Portland, Oregon:

The Portland State Vikings (3-0) defeated visiting Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1-3) 90-87 in overtime on Monday. DaShaun Wiggins scored a career-high 32 points to pace the Vikings.

Beavers Fall To Cowboys Of Oklahoma State In Vegas

At Las Vegas:

Le'Bryan Nash scored 19 points on Monday as the Oklahoma State Cowboys (5-0) held Oregon State to 33% from the field in their 66-53 victory over the previously-unbeaten Beavers (3-1) in the opening game of the MGM Grand Main Event.

Wolverines Hand Duck First Setback

At Brooklyn, New York:

Zak Irwin scored 19 points and Caris LeVert added 18 as the Michigan Wolverines (#19 in the Associated Press poll, # 18 in the USA Today/Coaches rankings; 4-0) defeated the previously-unbeaten Oregon Ducks (3-1) 70-63 in the semifinal round of the Legends Classic on Monday.  Joseph Young paced the Ducks with 20 points.

Men's College Hoops: Ducks Support In Coaches Poll Grows

There was a spurt of growth in the new USA Today/Coaches men's college basketball poll for the Oregon Ducks as they now garnered enough support to where they would be ranked #33.

That was the only support for any of the Beaver State's four men's NCAA Division I basketball programs as all four schools (all undefeated with a combined record of 11-0) were shut out of the Associated Press poll with no support.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Grey Cup Playoffs: It's Ti-Cats Vs. Stamps For The Marbles

The Canadian Football League's Grey Cup Playoffs continued on Sunday as both divisional finals were played.

At Hamilton, Ontario:

Brandon Banks and Nic Grigsby each scored a pair of touchdowns as the Hamilton Tiger-Cats handled the visiting Montreal Alouettes 40-24 to win the Eastern Division final and advanced to their second straight Grey Cup Final.

At Calgary, Alberta:

Bo Levi Mitchell threw for four touchdowns and ran for another as the Calgary Stampeders dominated the visiting Edmonton Eskimos 43-18 in the Western Division Final.

The Tiger-Cats and Stampeders will square off in next Sunday's 102nd edition of the Grey Cup Final, to be played at Vancouver's BC Place (3:00 PM Pacific Time, ESPN 2 in the United States, TSN in Canada).

Niners Battle Back, Upend Redskins For Third Straight Win

At Santa Clara, California:

Carlos Hyde ran four yards for the game-winning touchdown with 2:59 remaining on Sunday as the San Francisco 49ers (7-4) came from behind to defeat the visiting Washington Redskins (3-8) 17-13 for their third consecutive victory.

MLS Cup Playoffs: Revs (On Road), Galaxy (At Home) Take Conference Final Series Openers

The Major League Soccer Cup Playoffs resumed on Sunday with the opening contest of each of the respective conference finals.

At Harrison, New Jersey:

Jermaine Jones scored the winning goal in the 86th minute as the New England Revolution took the opening match of the Eastern Conference Final 2-1 on the road over the New York Red Bulls.

At Carson, California:

Marcelo Sarvas scored the only goal of the match in the 52nd minute as the Los Angeles Galaxy bested the visiting Seattle Sounders 1-0 in game one of the Western Conference Final.

Ducks Stay #3 In Both AP And Coaches Polls

The Oregon Ducks stayed put at #3 in both the Associated Press (with two first-place votes) and USA Today/Coaches (six first-place votes) polls.

Huskies Thump Sluggish Beavers, Gain Bowl Eligibility; OSU Bowl Chances In Jeopardy

At Seattle:

Quarterback Cyler Miles completed 18 of 23 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns (54 yards to Jaydon Mickens and 68 more to Darrell Daniels) while Dwayne Washington carried the ball 14 times for 100 yards---68 yards on a TD run of his own---as the Washington Huskies (7-5 overall, 3-5 in Pac-12 play) gained bowl eligibility on Saturday night with a 37-13 home win over the Oregon State Beavers (5-6, 2-6) , who now must defeat College Football Playoff-aspiring archrival Oregon at home in next Saturday's Civil War Game (5:00 PM Pacific Time, ABC-TV) in order to become bowl-eligible themselves.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Pilots Dominate Visiting SIU-Edwardsville, Stay Unbeaten

At Portland, Oregon:

Volodymyr Gerun scored 21 points (hitting 10 of 12 from the field) and the Portland Pilots (3-0) defeated visiting Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville (1-2) going away on Saturday.

Ducks Buffalo Colorado At Home

At Eugene, Oregon:

In what may have been his final home game, junior quarterback Marcus Mariota completed 24 of 32 passes for 323 yards and three touchdowns (two of them to Charles Nelson) and ran for 73 yards and another TD while running back Royce Freeman ran for 105 yards and two additional scored as the Oregon Ducks (#2 in the College Football Playoff rankings, #3 in both the Associated Press and USA Today/Coaches polls; 10-1 overall, 7-1 in Pac-12 play) manhandled the visiting Colorado Buffaloes (2-9, 0-8) 44-10 on Saturday.

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.