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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Oregon says its standout power forward has no structural damage to injured knee, though; Timbers add Paraguayan right back to roster


The Oregon Ducks list power forward Ruthy Hebard as questionable for games this weekend against UCLA and USC.

According to the U of O, a Tuesday MRI revealed no structural damage in the knee she injured Monday in the second quarter of a loss at Oregon State.

Hebard, a 6-4 junior from Fairbanks, Alaska, is averaging 16.4 points and 8.9 rebounds and shooting 69.0 percent from the field this season for the Ducks, who were ranked No. 2 in the nation going into this week and have a two-game lead on Stanford and Oregon State with four games remaining in the regular season.

Oregon is 13-1 in league play; the Cardinal and Beavers are 11-3.

Oregon plays host to UCLA (16-10, 9-5) at 8 p.m. Friday and USC (15-10, 5-9) at 11 a.m. Sunday, then visits Arizona (17-8, 7-7) on March 1 and 17th-ranked Arizona State (18-6, 9-4) on March 3.

The Pac-12 tournament is March 7-10 at Las Vegas, Nevada.


COLLEGE OF IDAHO 96, Warner Pacific 61

The host Yotes, ranked seventh in NAIA Division II, ended the Knights' season in the Cascade Collegiate Conference quarterfinals.

C of I, seeded second in the eight-team tournament, went to halftime on top 45-25 at Caldwell, Idaho.

Collin Malcolm led WPU with 21 points and eight rebounds. But he and the Knights struggled from beyond the art; Malcolm was 1 of 10, and the rest of the team went 3 for 13.

Brandon Bell added 12 points for the Knights.

Warner Pacific, the seventh seed, finished 16-14 overall.


The Timbers have acquired Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira form Argentine club River Plate.

The 29-year-old fits the profile of the right back the club has been looking to add since trading Alvas Powell to Cincinnati FC.

Moreira comes to Portland on loan with a purchase option.

Moreira has made more than 250 appearances as a professional and spend the last three years at River Plate, one of Argentina's top clubs.

Listed at 5-8, 165, Moreira has played 17 times for Paraguay's national team, including nine starts in qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup.

The Timbers used Targeted Allocation Money to acquire Moreira, who will occupy an international slot on the roster.

Moreira figures compete with Zarek Valentin for playing time at right back.

"Jorge is an experienced player who has played at the highest level in South America and internationally, and his addition further strengthens our defensive group," Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese said in a club statement. "As a right back, he has shown to be balanced defensively and comfortable with the ball and going forward, and his addition will create an additional level of competition to our club this season."


Oregon finished fifth out of 16 teams in The Prestige at La Quinta, California.

The 42nd-ranked Ducks had a three-day, 54-hole total of 17-over-par 869.

The top four were 16th-ranked LSU at 14-under 838, No. 1 Oklahoma State at 844, No. 14 Pepperdine at 857 and No. 44 UCLA at 866.

Stanford, ranked 39th, tied No. 46 Iowa State for sixth at 876.

Oregon's top individuals were Ryan Gronlund and Edwin Yi. Gronlund closed with a 2-over 73 while Yi shot 71 on Wednesday. That put Gronlund 10th at par 213 and Yi in a tie for 11th at 214.

The winner, Viktor Hovland, fired a 66 in the final round to beat Stanford's Brandon Wu by one stroke.


Portland State's Lucas Castelo Branco has been named Big Sky Player of the Week.

The senior transfer from Oklahoma Baptist and Teresina, Brazil went 2-0 in No. 2 singles and 1-1 at No. 2 doubles for the Vikings, who beat two-time defending conference champion Idaho State, then lost 4-3 to Sacramento State — two teams PSU had a 1-31 all-time record against until last weekend.

• The 9-1 Oregon Ducks are 15th in the first ITA computer rankings this season.

Oregon's lone loss is to No. 6 Stanford.

The Ducks will take an eight-match win streak into matches on the road this weekend against No. 46 Drake and Wisconsin.

Other Pac-12 teams ranked in the top 40: No. 14 UCLA, No. 24 USC, No. 38 Arizona and No. 40 California.

Oregon senior Thomas Laurent is the No. 7-ranked singles player, and sophomore Emmanuel Coste is ranked 78th.

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