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Aker takes Franklin High boys basketball job; NCAA Tournament games set for Portland; Bell opts for NBA draft

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TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Durant questionable for Game 2; OSU lands gymnastics regionals; Concordia women's soccer adds transfers from Portland State, Austin Peay State

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - SCOTT AKERPREPS

Franklin High has hired veteran Scott Aker to be its new boys basketball coach.

Aker, who coached at Franklin early in his career, has been the longtime boys basketball coach at Wilson, where he also served for many years as athletic director.

Aker's 2016-17 Wilson team finished 12-12 overall and 8-8 in the Portland Interscholastic League.

He takes over at Franklin for Jeffrey McGee, whose varsity went 4-20 last season.

The Quakers will move next school year into their remodeled grounds in Southeast Portland and have the use of a new gymnasium and athletic fields.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

First- and second-round NCAA Tournament men's games in 2022 will be played at Moda Center. Games are set for Thursday, March 17 and Saturday, March 19. Oregon State will be the host school.BELL

Portland also will be the site of women's regionals in 2019 and 2020. The 2019 regional will be March 29-April 1, and the 2020 event is scheduled for March 27-30.

• Add Jordan Bell to the exodus list in Eugene.

The Oregon Ducks' biggest inside presence during their 2016-17 Final Four season, Bell has decided to enter the NBA draft and bypass his senior season.

The 6-9, 225-pound forward from Long Beach, California averaged 10.9 points and 8.8 rebounds this past season.

The Ducks also are losing guards Tyler Dorsey and Casey Benson and forward Dillon Brooks.

• Point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who went from Happy Valley to prep school in Nevada to the University of Washington to the Gonzaga Bulldogs, will skip his senior season in Spokane, Washington, and declare for the NBA draft as he hires an agent.

Williams-Goss led Gonzaga to the NCAA championship game this season. He led the team in scoring with 16.8 points per game and was named West Coast Conference player of the year.

BLAZERS

Golden State forward Kevin Durant (spained left calf) and guard Shaun Livingston (sprained index finger and bruised hand) are questionable for Game 2 Wednesday night in the Warriors' best-of-seven, first-round playoff series with Portland.

Also questionable, with a spained ankle/foot, is small forward Matt Barnes.

• Portland's selections are set for the 2017 NBA draft. The Blazers have the 15th, 20th and 26th picks, as finalized in a coin flip tiebreaker by the league.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS

Oregon State will play host to NCAA regionals in 2019 and 2022.

The competitions at Gill Coliseum are set for April 6, 2019, and April 2, 2022.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S SOCCER

Concordia has added transfers Isabel Holmes and Shannon Peth.

Holmes, a defender/midfielder, played in 18 games last season for Austin Peay State in Tennessee. She is from Seattle.

Peth comes from Portland State, via Mukilteo, Washington, and is a goalkeeper.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S TENNIS

Portland State senior Tracy Dong is the Big Sky player of the week.

She helped lead the Vikings to their first-ever victory over Sacramento State.

Dong, from Surrey, British Columbia, went 4-0 in singles and doubles matches against Sac State and in a 7-0 sweep of Bellevue College last weekend.

The Viks beat the Hornets 4-3, after going into the conference match 0-16 all-time against Sacramento State.

COLLEGE CROSS-COUNTRY

NCAA Division II West Regional meets will take place at Ash Creek Preserve, hosted by Western Oregon, in November 2019 and 2021.

COLLEGE SOFTBALL

Oregon State junior Alysha Everett is the Pac-12 player of the week.

She had seven RBIs as OSU took two of three games from UCLA, winning a series against the Bruins for the first time ever.

The native of Trabuco Canyon, Calif., hit .625 as the Beavers' designaed player, with a double and her seventh home run of the season.

TRACK AND FIELD

The last five world No. 1 high hurdlers are booked for the 43rd Prefontaine Classic May 26-27 at Hayward Field.

Omar McLeod, Aries Merritt, Sergey Shubenkov, David Oliver and Pascal Martinot-Lagarde will head the field in that event.

• Former Oregon State high jumper Dick Fosbury, 1968 Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion, will be honored with the E.B. Lemon Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday in Corvallis.

GOLF

Professional Tim Sovay of The Golf Club of Redmond (Washington) Ridge and amateur Charlie Rice of Bend Golf & Country Club have the first day at 4-under-par 68 in the Pacific Northwest Senior Players' Championship.

Chris Isaacson of Emerald Valley Golf & Resort is third at 69.

Twenty-three golfers are at par of better going into Wednesday's final round at Wine Valley Golf Club at Walla Walla, Washington.

In the four-ball tournament, pro Bruce Stewart of Stone Creek and amateur Denny Taylor of Arrowhead took the first-day lead with a 64. They lead by one over Rice and Isaacson.