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Scoresheet: College softball season almost here, with Ducks ranked and poised for better year

Winterhawks: Forward Seth Jarvis was named the Western Hockey League player of the week for the week ending Jan. 26.

The 17-year-old Winnipeg native had four goals and five assists and a plus-6 rating in two games last weekend. The wins over Tri-City and Seattle extended Portland's run to 21 games without a regulation loss (19-0-1-1).

A projected first-round NHL draft pick in June, Jarvis has a team-leading 63 points, fourth in the WHL.

With 22 games left in the regular season, Portland is 35-6-2-3 (75 points), nine points ahead of Everett in the U.S. Division and 10 up on B.C. Division leader Kamloops.

Jarvis and the Winterhawks look to extend their division lead at 7:30 p.m. Friday with a visit to second-place Everett. Then come home games at 6 p.m. Saturday against Seattle (Veterans Memorial Coliseum) and 7 p.m. Tuesday against Spokane (Moda Center).

NFL: The combatants in Sunday's 3:30 p.m. PT Super Bowl LIV at Miami Gardens, Florida, include several with ties to the state of Oregon.

On defense, the San Francisco 49ers start two former University of Oregon stars up front in right tackle — DeForest Buckner and right end Arik Armstead. Buckner is fifth on the club in tackles with 62 and third in sacks with 7.5. Armstead leads in sacks (10) and is sixth in tackles (54). Offensively, Milwaukie High grad Kendrick Bourne, who began his prep career at Benson, is a contributing wide receiver with 30 receptions (fourth on the team) for 358 yards and five touchdowns this season.

A former Duck linebacker who completed his UO career in 2012, Michael Clay, is assistant special teams coach for the Niners.

The Kansas City Chiefs have former Oregon State QB Matt Moore as a backup to star Patrick Mahomes. Moore, in his 12th NFL season, played well when Mahomes was injured during the regular season. Moore completd 59 of 91 passes (.649) for 659 yards and four touchdowns, with no interceptions, giving him a 100.9 rating to Mahomes' 105.3.

College softball: The second year of the Melyssa Lombardi era for Oregon softball begins Feb. 6 in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. The Ducks have improved depth across the board, most significantly in the circle, with four pitchers ready to contribute a year after Jordan Dail was their only option.

After going 22-30 in 2019, the Ducks will open 2020 ranked 19th in the D1Softball.com poll. Oregon is one of five ranked Pac-12 teams, led by No. 2 Washington, No. 3 Arizona and No. 4 UCLA. Arizona State comes in at No. 23.

Alabama is No. 1, and former UO coach Mike White's Texas Longhorns are No. 6.

Oregon plays its first 19 games on the road, with stops for multiteam events in Texas, California and Oklahoma. In Mexico, the Ducks will play five games from Feb. 6-9.

Oregon State opens with five games at Las Vegas, Feb. 7-9. The Beavers will play their first 19 games out of state before meeting Team USA on March 17 at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro.

Portland State, picked to finish third in the Big Sky, opens with five games Feb. 7-9 at Tempe, Arizona.

Timbers: Portland's first preseason match is Saturday against Club Deportivo Saprissa, one of three games planned during 10 days in Costa Rica. Also on tap are games Feb. 5 against Municipal Grecia and Feb. 9 vs. C.S. Herediano.

The Portland preseason slate includes Providence Park matches vs. Vancouver, Minnesota United and New England on Feb. 16, 19 and 22.

The Timbers will open their 10th MLS season at home March 1 against Minnesota.

The Timbers were expected to add 26-year-old Chilean striker Felipe Mora on loan from Mexican club Pumas UNAM, in addition to Polish striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda as a designated player.

Thorns: Portland's Christine Sinclair went into a Wednesday Olympic qualifying match with Canada one goal behind retired U.S. star Abby Wambach on the all-time goals list in international women's soccer. Sinclair, who had 183, also is expected to play Saturday against Jamaica.

The U.S., which played Haiti on Tuesday, takes on Panama on Friday and Costa Rica on Monday in group stage matches. Thorns Tobin Heath, Lindsey Horan and Adrianna Franch are on the 20-player USA roster.


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