Slow start for Pac-12
The Pac-12, which didn't have a team in the conversation for a College Football Playoffs, isn't off to a great start in bowl games.
Arizona lost 38-35 to Purdue in Wednesday's Foster Farms Bowl at Santa Clara, California.
Through Wednesday, the Pac-12 is 1-3 in the postseason and has been outscored by its opponents, 125-110.
Oregon and UCLA also have been beaten. Utah downed West Virginia.
To come: Washington State vs. Michigan State, Thursday, Holiday Bowl; Stanford vs. TCU, Thursday, Alamo Bowl; Arizona State vs. North Carolina State, Friday, Sun Bowl; USC vs. Ohio State, Friday, Cotton Bowl; and Washington vs. Penn State, Saturday, Fiesta Bowl.
• The Portland Winterhawks returned from the Western Hockey League holiday break and lost to the Tri-City Americans, 6-3, Wednesday night at Memorial Coliseum.
The Hawks announced a trade before the game. Paul Danzer, who covers the team for the Tribune, provides this analysis and report:
The deal that sent 17-year-old forward Brad Ginnell to the Kootenay Ice for a pair of future bantam draft picks is likely just the start of the maneuvering for VP/GM/coach Mike Johnston ahead of the Jan. 10 WHL trade deadline.
Despite recent struggles, the Winterhawks have the top winning percentage in the U.S. Division and should be in position to make a long playoff run this season. But they have been carried through the first half of the season with their top line doing most of the scoring, so chances are Johnston will be looking to bolster experience both up front and on defense — if he can.
With a dozen of the league's 22 teams above .500 — including seven Western Conference teams at .570 or better — the ratio of sellers to buyers probably will drive up the cost of trading for proven veterans.
In 76 regular-season games with Portland, Ginnell had 11 goals and 10 assists. He had two goals and one assist in eight playoff games last season.
Portland received a second-round pick in the 2018 bantam draft and a third-round pick in 2019 for Ginnell — picks that might come in handy in future trade discussions.
• Jefferson won big, and Grant won handily, on the first day of the Les Schwab Invitational boys basketball tournament at Liberty High.
Defending Class 6A champion Jeff annihilated Lakeridge, 108-44, while Grant, which should be among the Democrats' major in-state competition this season, got past Lake Oswego, 73-61.
• In men's college basketball on Wednesday night, Lewis & Clark fell to 4-6 with a 87-64 nonconference loss at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (3-6).
Claremont led 15-3 after the first six-plus minutes and was on top 36-30 at the half.
For the visiting Pioneers, Daelon Floyd scored 11 points and had 10 rebounds, both team highs.
• Defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, former Grant High athlete, has win the NFL Miami Dolphins' Dan Marino Most Valuable Player Award for 2017. South Florida media and the organization vote on the award.
• Brooke Henderson, a two-time winner of the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic, has been named Canada's female athlete of the year by Canadian Press. Henderson, 20, got 35 of the 63 votes (56 percent) from broadcasters and sports editors. Swimmer Kylie Masse was second with seven votes. Portland Thorns forward Christine Sinclair and gymnast Ellie Black tied for third with with four votes each.
Henderson, who is from Smiths Falls, Ontario, also won the award in 2015. She was sixth on the LPGA money list in 2017 and ranks 13th in the world.
• Ex-Jefferson High star Terrence Jones has been posting good numbers with the Santa Cruz Warriors in his bid to return to the NBA.
Jones, 25, a 6-9 forward who came to the NBA G League recently after a stint in China, had 27 points and 16 rebounds Tuesday as Santa Cruz beat the Rio Grande Vipers.
• The Trail Blazers' first post-Christmas game is at home against Phiadelphia at 7:30 p.m.
• Local college basketball resumes with the Portland Pilots men opening their West Coast Conference season at BYU. The U of P women are playing host to the Cougars at Chiles Center at 7 p.m.
• The Les Schwab Invitational boys basketball tournament at Liberty High moves into Day 2 of four, with eight games, the first at 9 a.m. and the finale tipping off at 8:30 pm.
Jesuit plays Lake Oswego at noon in the consolation bracket. Other conso games are Oregon City-South Eugene at 9 a.m., Lakeridge-West Salem at 10:30 a.m., and Clackamas-Barlow at 1:30 p.m.
In the winners' bracket, West Linn gets Mater Dei (Santa Ana, California) at 4 p.m., Jeff meets Beaverton at 5:30 p.m., Grant takes on Crespi (Encino, Calif.) at 7 p.m., and Southridge faces Oak Hill Academy (Mouth of Wilson, Virginia) at 8:30 p.m.