UO's Rogers wins Bowerman
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NAMES AND NOTES
• The Bowerman Award — college track and field's highest honor — went to Raevyn Rogers from the University of Oregon on Friday night during a ceremony at Phoenix.
The award is presented annually to one male and one female athlete by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
Rogers was one of three women's finalists; Arizona State thrower Maggie Ewen and Georgia long and triple jumper Keturah Orji were the others.
Rogers broke the NCAA championships 800-meter record, winning in 1 minute, 59.10 seconds. She also ran on relay teams that bettered other all-time college records, and she was the anchor of the UO 4x400 team that pushed the Ducks to the team title and the first triple crown in NCAA Division I history.
Others from Oregon who have won: Laura Roesler (2014), Jenna Prandini (2015) and, for men, Galen Rupp (2009) and Ashton Eaton (2010).
• The Portland Timbers have gained a third-round MLS SuperDraft pick in a deal in which they sent the right of first refusal on defender Taylor Peay to Real Salt Lake. Peay, born in Salt Lake City, had two goals in six games with the United Soccer League Real Monarchs in SLC in 2017.
• Golfer Ben Crane, the 41-year-old PGA Tour pro who grew up playing at Portland Golf Club and then went to the University of Oregon, joins current Duck Norman Xiong in receiving exemptions to tee it up in the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines, Jan. 25-28.
Xiong is a sophomore at Oregon and will compete as an amateur (he's ranked fifth in the world).
Others getting into the field via the tournament exemptions: Padraig Harrington, Hunter Mahan and Maverick McNealy and Sam Burns.
Jon Rahm, ranked fifth in the world, is the defending champion.
• Mary Hardin-Baylor, which ousted Linfield in the second round of the NCAA Division III football playoffs, fell 12-0 to Mount Union (15-0) in its bid for a second straight national title.
Mary Hardin-Baylor, 14-0 coming into the game, gave up a second-quarter field goal and fourth-quarter touchdown and safety in the annual Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl at Salem, Virginia.
Raise your hand if you fully understand the new set-up for picking NBA All-Star Game participants and have figured out the new system for choosing team rosters and know how to best vote as a fan via websties, Facebook, Google Search, Twitter, Amazon Alexa, Weibo and Tencent and are now more excited than ever about the event (which is Feb. 18 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, by the way).
• The Mario Cristobal Era begins on the field.
Oregon's new head football coach will guide the Ducks in the Las Vegas Bowl against Boise State, 12:30 p.m. (KATU 2).
Oddsmakers have had Oregon favored by up to 7 1/2 points.
Cristobal was named UO head coach last week, receiving a promotion after the departure to Florida State by Willie "Who?" Taggart (Tallahassee forecast for Saturday: partly sunny, 64 degrees).
The Ducks are hoping to finish their season with a third consecutive win.
The Broncos (10-3) are Mountain West Conference champions and are 1-1 in their last two games, both against Fresno State, whose coach, former UO offensive coordinator Jeff Tedford, didn't get a serious look from the Ducks this coaching vacancy go-round.
Kickoff is 12:30 p.m. PT at Sam Boyd Stadium (KATU 2).
It's the final UO game for local products Aidan Schneider, the kicker from Grant High, and Henry Mondeaux, a defensive lineman from Jesuit, along with injured offensive lineman Doug Brenner, also from Jesuit.
• The Trail Blazers visit the Charlotte Hornets. Portland is 15-13; Charlotte is 10-18 after losing 104-98 Friday at home against Miami.
Kemba Walker and Dwight Howard lead the Hornets. Former Blazers forward Nic Batum was averaging 10.0 points, 4.7 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 29.8 minutes per game before Friday, but he has played in only 14 games due to, what else?, injury.
• The Portland Winterhawks are back home for a 6 p.m. clash at Memorial Coliseum against the Spokane Chiefs. The teams met Tuesday in Spokane, with the Hawks winning 4-2 and improving to 5-0-0-0 against the Chiefs this season.
• The Portland State men's basketball team (8-3) welcomes Linfield (7-2) for a 1 p.m. nonleague game at Lewis & Clark. Freshman guard Max Lommen from Wilson High comes off the bench for Linfield.
• Oregon State's doubleheader at Moda Center starts with the 17th-ranked OSU women (7-2, four-game win streak) taking on UC Santa Barbara (1-7, seven-game losing streak and lost by 30 to UCLA) at 5:30 p.m. Then it's the Beavers men (7-3, five-game win streak) against Saint Louis (5-5) at 7:30 p.m.