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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: KIRBY LEE - Pollsters dropped coach Dana Altman's Oregon Ducks out of the national rankings early in the season, but now the team is in the NCAA Final Four for the first time since, well, the first time.
March 26, 2017

Best Ducks day ever

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Hard to top Saturday's NCAA basketball tournament sweep by Oregon
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to stop Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
March 25, 2017

Blazers hit stride, and lots of shots

by Kerry Eggers
McCollum gets 32 points on just 13 shots as Portland pounds Minnesota
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - JUSUF NURKIC
March 24, 2017

Blazers take a step toward the playoffs

by Kerry Eggers
Eight of 11 remaining games will be in Portland, lending hope in the pursuit of Denver


COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - OREGON STATE'S JAKE THOMPSON
March 20, 2017

Great pitching vs. great hitting -- just part of the Oregon…

by Kerry Eggers
Huge early Pac-12 series this week in Corvallis will pit two highly ranked teams: Beavers vs. 2016 NCAA runner-up Wildcats
COURTESY: BETH BUGLIONE - Cornerback Treston Decoud is the most likely player from Oregon State to be drafted into the NFL this season.
March 23, 2017

Pro Day: Athletes audition for NFL

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Here's what takes place as college players try to impress visiting scouts
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Milwaukee Bucks defense tries to put the clamps on Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
March 22, 2017

A struggle for the Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
Milwaukee executes its game plan, and Portland shoots poorly and is 'disappointed to lose'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State players (from left) Kelbie Orum, Sydney Wiese and Breanna Brown acknowledge the crowd after Sunday's victory against Creighton.
March 20, 2017

Departing women hoopsters write storybook ending at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/'It will always have a special place in our hearts. It will always be home'
March 23, 2017

Beavers' spring game analysis

by Kerry Eggers
Luton leads QBs, Nall can throw as well as run, Jarmon impresses, depth helps, and more
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Moments after No. 2 seed Oregon State's one-point victory over No. 15 seed Long Beach State, Beavers Sydney Wiese (left) and Marie Gulich show their relief at Gill Coliseum on Friday.
March 17, 2017

Beavers must play, score better

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Long Beach State finds ways to scare Oregon State; OSU finds a way to win
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KERRY EGGERS - Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese cuts down the net after the Beavers clinched the Pac-12 regular-season championship at Gill Coliseum.
March 15, 2017

OSU women get what they want

by Kerry Eggers
ON COLLEGE HOOPS/Beavers draw No. 2 seed, host first two tourney rounds
TRIBUNE PHOTO: TIMOTHY GONZALEZ - New Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes is analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in planning the Beavers' sporting future.
March 13, 2017

GETTING THE LAY OF BEAVERS' LAND

by Kerry Eggers
Scott Barnes settles in as Oregon State athletic director with 'listen and learn' approach
COURTESY: AL SERMENO/PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS - Portland Winterhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju snaps a pass to a teammate in a game against the Everett Silvertips Sunday at Moda Center.
March 13, 2017

Hawks surprise even the coach

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Comeback vs. Everett shows team's competitive nature
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - DAMIAN LILLARD
March 12, 2017

OSU football will have early opener, and other column notes

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/NBA replay rules need work, Lillard adds an endorsement, Jefferson basketball makes a memory, Cliff Robinson is on the mend, and more
CASEY
March 11, 2017

Pat Casey's not done yet at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Baseball coach is at 800-plus wins at Oregon State -- and counting
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic piled up the stats as Portland beat Philadelphia in overtime.
March 09, 2017

A Beast of a game

by Kerry Eggers
Blazers big man Nurkic quietly modest after posting numbers that said a lot -- and beat 76ers
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Gerald Henderson goes up for two points in a Trail Blazers game against Milwaukee. Now he's playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.
March 09, 2017

Former Blazer Henderson says it's been a 'good year' with 76ers

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Veteran guard stays in touch with some of his ex-teammates in Portland
MOORE
March 09, 2017

OSU star pitches to Mariners

by Kerry Eggers
Andrew Moore joins big-league camp with eye on majors, expanding his pitching repertoire
March 05, 2017

Loss leaves Beavers in need of Plan M.O -- more offense

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Oregon State needs more balanced scoring to make another long run in NCAA Tournament
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (45 points) and Portland's Damian Lillard (33) combined for 78 points in the Blazers' 114-109 victory Thursday night at Moda Center.
March 03, 2017

Recharged Lillard, Blazers have big plans

by Kerry Eggers
Nurkic makes impact in home debut, as Portland steals Westbrook's Thunder
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Life took a tragic turn in 2011 for budding broadcaster Brooke Olzendam, but she overcame it and has settled into a job the Trail Blazers created for her.
March 02, 2017

OLZENDAM BOUNCES BACK

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Tragedy doesn't sideline Blazers' reporter from dream job
March 02, 2017

Coach Gary Andersen on the state of the Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
Passing game improvement plan 'off to a good start,' and Oregon State has three-way battle at quarterback
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - WAYNE TINKLE
March 01, 2017

The lessons of a lost year for Oregon State men's basketball

by Kerry Eggers
'Our players are learning some valuable life lessons -- the staff as well. It's only going to help us moving forward'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State's Gabriella Hanson hugs fellow senior guard Sydney Wiese (24) after the Beavers'  50-47 victory over Stanford on Friday at Gill Coliseum.
February 27, 2017

RISING TO THE OCCASION

by Kerry Eggers
ON COLLEGE HOOPS/After three-peat, Beavers hungry for Pac-12 tournament, NCAA Final Four
February 23, 2017

Pay Blazers now

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/NBA All-Star 'game' needs help, and notes on Ice Cube, Spoelstra, PSU/UP hoops and more
COURTESY PHOTO - Joan Jett, still famous for 1982's 'I Love Rock 'n' Roll,' says of her connection with fans: 'There's that moment of one-ness ... it's a magical thing.'
February 22, 2017

She loves rock 'n' roll — and fans love her

by Kerry Eggers
Joan Jett to play two concerts at Chinook Winds on March 3, 4
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA  - MIKE RILEY
February 20, 2017

Riley shuffles Nebraska staff in hopes of better things in 2017

by Kerry Eggers
Coming off 9-4 season, Cornhuskers 'have a lot of work to do' before they visit Oregon for Sept. 9 rematch with Ducks
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF THE PACIFIC - Damon Stoudamire returned to Portland to coach against the Pilots in his first year as head of the Pacific Tigers men's basketball team.
February 16, 2017

Patience, please -- Stoudamire settles in as college head coach

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Taking the reins of the Pacific Tigers has been 'a lot of fun' for ex-Wilson High, Trail Blazers star
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Mike Johnston coaches the Portland Winterhawks, who play in a market and arena (Moda Center) considered a good fit for the NHL -- if Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen ever gives the go-ahead for a franchise.
February 16, 2017

WILL ICE AGE HIT PORTLAND? NHL RUMORS SWIRL

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Officials deny expansion, relocation talks - for now
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - JUSUF NURKIC
February 14, 2017

Stotts makes plans for new Blazers center Nurkic

by Kerry Eggers
'I want to win. I'm here to help us win. I'm all about winning.'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Blazers guard Damian Lillard tries for a reverse layup against the Atlanta Hawks on Monday night at Moda Center.
February 14, 2017

'It stinks' to lose this one

by Kerry Eggers
Blazers were 'in pretty good position' -- twice -- to knock off Atlanta, but Hawks finish stronger
COURTESY: DAVE NISHITANI/OREGON STATE - Sydney Wiese is the leader of the Oregon State women's basketball team, but teammates say she puts others ahead of herself.
February 14, 2017

STEADY AS SHE GOES

by Kerry Eggers
Team comes first for Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese; point guard is unifying force on, off the court
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Trail Blazers forward Al-Farouq Aminu (right) challenges Boston's Kelly Olynyk en route to 26 points in 30 minutes Thursday night at Moda Center.
February 10, 2017

Too little late for Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
Celtics convert on offense down the stretch to overcome Portland
COURTESY: NBA.COM - Oregon native Danny Ainge has assembled another good Boston Celtics team in his 14th year as the NBA clubs president of basketball operations.
February 09, 2017

Ainge refines his legacy with Celtics

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Behind scoring of Isaiah Thomas, Boston making strong run in NBA Eastern Conference
COURTESY: VENTURA COLLEGE - At 6-6 and 235 pounds, quarterback Jake Luton comes from Ventura College in California to Oregon State with eyes on helping the Beavers win more games.
February 07, 2017

OSU puts focus on pass offense

by Kerry Eggers
Coaches also will cast keen eye on seven prep defensive backs
COURTESY: DAVE NISHITANI/OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY  - The 1965-66 Oregon State mens basketball team gathers for a reunion in Corvallis.
February 06, 2017

Once upon a time, '66 Beavers were kings of the West

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/All 13 players on famed conference championship team gather, relive glory days
February 06, 2017

Atlanta's big mistakes, and other notes

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Blazers could make playoffs despite worst record in four years; an interesting Oregon State recruit; Sabonis remembered; Seattle to get back in the NBA?
February 04, 2017

Shot down -- Dallas deals Blazers frustrating defeat

by Kerry Eggers
Guard Yogi Ferrell, fresh fromthe D-League, 'living the dream' as he outplays Damian Lillard and torches Portland with nine 3-pointers
COURETSY: SCOBEL WIGGINS/OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Nick Madrigal's return will help to solidify the infield as Oregon State bids for a Pac-12 title and return to the College World Series.
February 02, 2017

Deep Beavers eye return to College World Series

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Oregon State has plenty of good qualities going into 2017 baseball season
February 01, 2017

Oregon State's new QB, Jake Luton, has upside, big dreams and…

by Kerry Eggers
'I don't know if there's a kid at the quarterback position with more to work with'
February 01, 2017

Beavers come through with 'successful' recruiting year

by Kerry Eggers
Needs in secondary, receiver and offensive line addressed, and Oregon State finds two running backs

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MORRIS
Feb 01, 2017

Inside four of Oregon State's most interesting signees

by Kerry Eggers
Watson, Morris, Cotton and Flemings look forward to making a difference with Beavers football
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Quarterback Marcus McMaryion of Oregon State runs past Orego Ducks Jimmie Swain (left) and Arrion Springs during the Beavers' Civil War victory last season in Corvallis.
Jan 30, 2017

Andersen, Beavers excited about 'great group' of recruits

by Kerry Eggers
Oregon State football coach says incoming class 'covers our need areas well'
PHILLIPS
Jan 30, 2017

Phillips couldn't pass on Oregon State

by Kerry Eggers
Beavers' new passing game coordinator/receivers coach was 'no-brainer' for coach Gary Andersen, and will have 'huge' input as OSU looks to upgrade its aerial attack
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts talks to his team during a timeout Sunday night against Golden State. Portland has been on an upswing, but needs to pick up its winning pace to make the NBA playoffs.
Jan 30, 2017

Blazers better, but still need a big finish

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Portland presents problems for NBA opponents and appears to have turned a corner on defense in 2017
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Al-Farouq Aminu of the Trail Blazers blocks a shot by Memphis' Vince Carter in the closing seconds of Friday's game at Moda Center.
Jan 28, 2017

Any questions? Lillard answers them

by Kerry Eggers
After All-Star snub, Trail Blazers guard shoots down Memphis with late flurry
COURTESY: FELICIA ANDERSON - Oregon State swimmer Felicia Anderson of Portland is the granddaughter of Jimmy Anderson (right), who was a basketball player and coach for the Beavers.
Jan 26, 2017

Anderson's swimming talent surfaces at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
Famed coach's granddaughter has eye on Olympic trials; 'Nothing throws her off her game'