Timbers make picks
The Portland Timbers drafted Oregon State forward Timmy Mueller in the third round of the MLS SuperDraft on Sunday. He was the 63rd overall pick.
Another OSU forward, Jordan Jones, went in the third round (47th) to Los Angeles FC.
Other Timbers picks: defender Caleb Duvernay (61st, third round) of North Carolina State, forward Stuart Holthusen (64th, third round) from Akron and forward Mamadou Guirassy (87th, fourth round) from New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Former Portland Thorns star Nadia Nadim got the first goal, giving Denmark the lead, but the U.S. rallied for a 5-1 friendly win at San Diego, California.
Thorns midfielder Lindsey Horan started for the U.S., and went the distance. Former Portland Pilots star Megan Rapinoe of the National Women's Soccer League Seattle Reign started for the U.S., but was replaced in the 19th minute by Crystal Dunn.
Aaron Wise, the 2016 NCAA champion from Oregon, capped a strong showing in the CareerBuilder Challenge at La Quinta, California, firing a final-round, 4-under-par 68 for a 15-under 273 total that moved him up 16 spots and into a tie for 17th.
Another ex-Duck, tour veteran Ben Crane, had a closing 72 and tied for 42nd at 277.
Wise earned $88,500; Crane picked up $18,983.
The winner, Jon Rahm, was 22-under and beat Andrew Landry on the fourth hole of a playoff.
Through Sunday, Portland was sixth in the NBA Western Conference, two games ahead of Denver. The two teams will meet at 6 p.m. PT Monday at Denver.
Here are the West standings:
Golden State 37-10 —
Houston 32-12, 3 1/5
San Antonio 30-18, 7 1/2
Minnesota 30-18, 7 1/2
Oklahoma City 26-20, 10 1/2
Portland 25-21, 11 1/2
New Orleans 24-21, 12
L.A. Clippers 23-22, 13
Denver 23-23, 13 1/2
Utah 19-27, 17 1/2
Phoenix 17-29, 19 1/2
L.A. Lakers 17-29, 19 1/2
Memphis 16-29, 20
Dallas 15-31, 21 1/2
Sacramento 13-32, 23
The two teams that will play in Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4 at Minneapolis have some key players with ties to the state of Oregon.
Philadelphia beat Minnesota 38-7 in the NFC championship game at Philadelphia.
The Eagles had ex-Ducks LeGarrette Blount and Kenjon Barner (running backs) and ex-Oregon State standout Isaac Seumalo (guard) in reserve roles.
Blount scored on an 11-yard run early in the second quarter as Philly took a 14-7 lead, and after the Vikings had scored first. Blount ended the night with six carries for 21 yards.
New England, which rallied to beat Jacksonville 24-20 at home in Sunday's AFC championship game, had former OSU receiver Brandin Cooks make six receptions on eight balls thrown his way, for 100 yards.
Former Oregon safety Patrick Chung made seven tackles, one for loss, for the Patriots.
New England punter Ryan Allen, from West Salem High, averaged 41.7 yards (and 41.7 net) on six kicks, with three inside the 20-yard line.
Jacob Hollister, a tight end from Mountain View High in Bend, was not active for the Pats.
COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
Oregon ended Oregon State's 14-game Civil War series with a dominant performance at Matthew Knight Arena and a 75-63 victory.
The Beavers had the won the first of the two regular-season meetings between the teams, 85-79 in overtime, after sinking their first eight 3-point attempts Friday night at Corvallis.
The Ducks, playing for the second time without injured guard/3-point sharpshooter Lexi Bando, were much better set defensively as well as offensively, especially in transition, and they shredded the Beavers in the first 17 minutes, racing to a 33-14 lead.
Oregon, which was ranked seventh in the nation last week, improved to 18-3 overall. OSU, which was No. 18, fell to 14-5.
The Pac-12 standings through Sunday:
Oregon State 5-3
Arizona State 5-3
Washington State 2-6
Former Hawk Evan Weinger scored twice in the first period, but Portland rallied from a 3-0 deficit to beat the Brandon Wheat Kings 4-3 at Moda Center.
Alex Overhardt broke a 3-3 tie with a power-play goal at 13:48 of the third period.
Portland's next games are next weekend, all against Kamloops — Friday and Saturday on the road and 5 p.m. Sunday at Moda Center.
Western Hockey League U.S. Division standings through Sunday:
Everett 30-16-1-1 (62)
Portland 28-15-1-3 (60)
Seattle 24-16-4-2 (54)
Tri-City 23-16-7-0 (53)
Spokane 24-19-1-2 (51)
The new Donte Pimpleton (remember him?) at the University of Oregon is Jim Mastro.
Mastro has left the same position at Washington State to coach running backs for new Ducks coach Mario Cristobal.
Pimpleton was the new Gary Campbell, a 40-year coaching veteran whose tenure at UO began in 1983 and ended with coach Mark Helfrich's firing after the 2016 season.