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MONDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Ducks open Friday at home against Portland State; Oregon State at home against Boise State on Saturday; Ngata retires; Ellsbury says he'll be back


The Oregon Ducks are the No. 2 seed in the Portland regional of the NCAA Division I tournament.

Oregon State is a No. 4 seed.

The Beavers and Ducks both will host the first two rounds this weekend.

The Ducks (29-4) will play host to Portland State (25-7) at approximately 6 p.m. Friday at Matthew Knight Arena.

Indiana (20-12) and Texas (23-9) play in the other first-round game in Eugene at 4 p.m. Friday, with the winners of those games playing on Sunday for a spot in the Portland regional semifinals the following week.

At Corvallis, Oregon State (24-7) opens at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday against 13th-seed Boise State (28-4).

No. 5-seed Gonzaga (28-4) and No. 12 Little Rock (21-10) play at 12:30 p.m. The second-round game in Corvallis will be played on Monday.

The top seed in the Portland regional is Mississippi State (30-2), which has been the national runner-up the last two seasons. Oregon beat Mississippi State 82-74 on Dec. 18 in Eugene.

The No. 3 seed in the Portland regional is Syracuse, and the No. 4 seed is Miami (Florida).

The Portland regional takes place at Moda Center, with semifinals at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., March 29, and the regional final is at 11 a.m. March 31.

Oregon State is in the Albany (New York) regional bracket, where the No. 1 seed is Louisville (29-3), which the Beavers would meet in the regional semifinals. The Cardinals beat the Beavers in a regional final last season. The No. 2 seed in the region is Connecticut, and the No. 3 seed is Maryland.

Baylor is the overall No. 1 seed. The Bears are in the Greensboro regional, where the No. 2 seed is Iowa.

Defending national champion Notre Dame is the No. 1 seed in the Chicago regional, where the No. 2 seed is Stanford. The Cardinal, which knocked off Oregon in the Pac-12 tournament championship game, will play host to UC Davis in the first round. BYU and Auburn also are at Stanford for the opening two rounds.

The Pac-12 put six teams into the tournament, including Arizona State, UCLA and California.

UCLA opens against Tennessee. The Volunteers were no guarantee to make the field, but continued a 38-year streak of playing in every NCAA women's tourney.

This is the second NCAA women's tourney for Portland State, which qualified by winning the Big Sky tournament.

Vikings fourth-year coach Lynn Kennedy said PSU will embrace the opportunity to play Oregon.

"We want to enjoy the moment, but at the same time we're going down to win a game on Friday," Kennedy said. "Anytime you get into postseason play, you're going to have matchups like this. Oregon's a potential Final Four team. For us to have a chance to go up against one of the nation's best teams and kind of see where we stack up is exciting for us."


Concordia was third out of nine teams after the first of two rounds of the Otter Invitational at Bayonet Black Horse Golf Course in Seaside, California.

Dallas Baptist took the lead with a 25-over-par 313. Concordia shot 322.

Concordia's Shantel Antonio and Cammie Decker each shot 7-over 79 and were tied for eighth, three shots behind the leader, Elan Hawkins of Academy of Art.


Warner Pacific junior Brittany Coleman, from Sutherlin, has been named the Cascade Collegiate Conference women's field athlete of the week.

She won the triple jump with a PR jump of 38 feet, 5 inches at the Lewis & Clark Spring Break Open. The mark met the NAIA "A" standard and ranks first in the nation so far this outdoor season.


Haloti Ngata, former University of Oregon defensive lineman, announced his retirement after 13 "unforgettable" years in the NFL.

Ngata, 35, was a five-time Pro Bowler and won a Super Bowl with the Baltimore Ravens at the end of the 2012 season. Over the past 13 years, the 6-4, 340-pounder was the only defensive tackle to post more than 500 tackles, 30 sacks and four interceptions.

He played last season for the Philadelphia Eagles, recording 17 tackles in 13 games and finishing strong after an early season calf injury.

He is the second ex-Duck in two days reportedly to retire. Center Max Unger of the New Orleans Saints reportedly will hang it up after 10 NFL seasons.


Jacoby Ellsbury, the former Oregon State outfielder who missed last season after hip surgery, said he expects to play again for the New York Yankees. But Ellsbury, 35, said from spring training that he doesn't know when that would happen.

"The hip's good," he said, adding that he was still only beginning to resume baseball activites, though, after reporting to camp more than a month late and dealing with plantar fasciitis in his right foot.

Ellsbury, from Madras, has a contract that guarantees him more than $21 million per year through 2020, all part of a seven-year, $153 million deal. It also includes a $21 million team option for 2021, with a $5 million buyout.

In 2017, Ellsbury played in 112 games, hitting .254 with 39 RBIs and seven home runs.

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