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SCORESHEET/Blazers wrap up Texas two-step; Plus, notes on MLB to Portland, college basketball, and Oregon and Portland in college volleyball tournaments

College football: Oregon will play Michigan State at noon Monday, Dec. 31, in the Redbox Bowl at Santa Clara, Calif., and Ducks coach Mario Cristobal says junior QB Justin Herbert will play.

Herbert "is healthy" after bruising a shoulder against Oregon State on Nov. 23, and won't skip the game to save himself for the NFL draft, Cristobal says.

The Ducks (8-4) and Spartans (7-5) split games in 2014 and 2015.

Coach Mark Dantonio's 2018 team gave up only 18.0 points and 81.3 rushing yards per game during the regular season, but the offense averaged just 19.9 points and 343.0 total yards.

Trail Blazers: After Sunday's loss at San Antonio, the Blazers are 13-10 going into the 5:30 p.m. PT Tuesday game at Dallas (11-10). Then Portland will be at home for 7 p.m. tip-offs Thursday with Phoenix and Saturday vs. Minnesota.

MLB: Portland Diamond Project announced last week that it has signed an agreement in principle to develop the Port of Portland's 45-acre Terminal 2 property along the Willamette River.

The letter of intent begins a collaborative process with the city of Portland to create a major league baseball park and lure an MLB team to Portland.

"This has the potential to be a transformative landmark project for this city," PDP president Craig Cheek said in a statement. "Building an iconic, state-of-the-art ballpark along the Willamette River will catalyze economic development and capture great views" of both the city and the river.

Terminal 2 features more than 2,000 linear feet of waterfront on Northwest Front Avenue, just north of the Pearl District and Slabtown. PDP officials also are negotiating to tender a land option on the adjacent 42-acre Terminal 1 property, which has three businesses in various degrees of operations — Lithia Motors (which stores cars there), Dolan Designs Lighting, and Sulzer Pumps US Inc. of Switzerland.

PDP officials, who have met with MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, envision landing a franchise one of two ways — relocation or expansion.

Manfred has told the media that once ballpark issues with existing franchises have been stabilized (Oakland and Tampa Bay), he will turn his attention to adding two expansion teams to bring MLB to 32 clubs.

College men's basketball: Oregon State is 6-1, Oregon 4-3, Portland State 4-3 and Portland 5-4. Concordia (NCAA Division II) is 3-5 (0-2 in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference). Lewis & Clark is 0-5 (0-2 in the Northwest Conference). In the NAIA D-II Cascade Collegiate Conference, 17th-ranked Warner Pacific is 8-2 (2-0), Multnomah 7-3 (1-1). ... Game to watch this week: Portland at PSU, 7 p.m. Wednesday.

College women's basketball: No. 3 Oregon is 7-0, No. 9 OSU 6-1, PSU 5-0, UP 5-2, Concordia 4-3 (0-2 GNAC), L&C 2-4 (1-1 NWC), WPU 5-2 (2-0 CCC) and Multnomah 6-3 (2-0). ... Warner Pacific plays at Multnomah on Tuesday, with the women's game at 5:30 p.m. and the men's game at 7:30 p.m.

College volleyball: No. 15 seed Oregon will play No. 2 Minnesota at Minnesota in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen at 1:30 p.m. PT Friday. The winner will face either No. 7 Nebraska or No. 10 Kentucky on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four.

Oregon defeated Minnesota 3-1 at Stanford on Sept. 7. The Gophers were ranked No. 1 at the time.

"We know what they look like," Oregon coach Matt Ulmer says. "It was an absolute battle, and I'm sure they want revenge, plus it's at their place. What a great environment. Let's see what we're made of."

The Ducks stared down 25th-ranked Baylor in five sets Friday at Matthew Knight Arena to advance to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 2014 — and for the first time under second-year head coach Matt Ulmer.

"So proud of my team," Ulmer said after the 25-18, 13-25, 25-17, 22-25, 15-13 victory before a crowd of 2,508.

"It just shows where Oregon volleyball is headed," said junior middle blocker Ronika Stone. "I love our coaching staff so much. I wouldn't want to play for anyone else in the entire world. … I just want to play as hard as I can for Matt, our coaches, our teammates. I'm so glad we got this."

Oregon rode the efforts and game-high 21 kills of senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide, who also beamed with pride about leaving a mark with the program and getting Ulmer to next week's regional at Minneapolis.

"He deserves it," Vander Weide said. "This is the start of something great for this program, and I cannot wait to see where he takes it. He is the best coach in the country by far."

• The Portland Pilots will be at Chiles Center at 7 p.m. Thursday to take on UNLV (21-11) in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Challenge.

UP won two matches last week — its first-ever postseason wins in volleyball. At Laramie, Wyo., the Pilots downed Northern Colorado 3-0, then stopped Utah Valley 25-19, 16-25, 29-27, 27-29, 19-17. That lifted Portland's season record to 20-12 — the most wins ever in a single season by a Pilot team.

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