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Items include information about upcoming Oregon Sports Awards; live sporting events beginning and where to watch them; update from Oregon AD Rob Mullens; NWSL extends moratorium

PMG FILE PHOTO - Oregon women's basketball coach Kelly Graves and star player Sabrina Ionescu are two of the many people nominated for awards for the Oregon Sports Awards.• Oregon Sports Awards — It won't be a grand affair at Tiger Woods Center at Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, but the Oregon Sports Awards plans to honor prep, collegiate, amateur and pro athletes and coaches on radio and TV, starting Monday, May 18.

The Portland Tribune helped restart the awards show in the early 2000s, and it has continued in the past several years under the guidance of Sport Oregon and CEO Jim Etzel.

Awards will be announced live daily on "The Brian Noe Show" on Rip City Radio 620AM between 9 a.m.-noon, as well as NBC Sports Northwest. There'll also be interviews. And, you can follow along on Instragram and Twitter — @ORSportsAwards and @NBCSNorthwest — for daily updates.

Announcements begin Monday with the Lou Burge Special Olympics Athlete of the Year. Awards announcements continue through Friday, May 29.

There are nominations in several categories: prep players of the year in football, as well (male/female) volleyball, soccer, cross-country, wrestling, basketball and swimming; Ad Rutschman Small College Athlete of the Year for male/female; Bill Hayward Amateur Athlete of the Year for male/female; Slats Gill Sportsperson of the Year.

Hayward Award finalists are: Male — Justin Herbert, Oregon football; Payton Pritchard, Oregon basketball; Penei Sewell, Oregon football. Female — Ruthy Hebard, Oregon basketball; Sabrina Ionescu, Oregon basketball; Satou Sabally, Oregon basketball.

Slats Gill Award finalists are: Mario Cristobal, Oregon football; Arne Ferguson, Western Oregon football; Kelly Graves, Oregon women's basketball; Josh Rohlfing, Southern Oregon volleyball.

For complete info: www.oregonsportsawards.com.

• Live sports on TV — There will be a bit of live sports programming on your television this weekend, with NASCAR, golf, UFC and German soccer staging events.

NASCAR returns at 12:30 p.m. Sunday with a 400-mile race at Darlington Raceway that can be seen on FOX (12).

Golf fans can watch TaylorMade Driving Relief, a charity skins game featuring Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson, Ricky Fowler and Matthew Wolff at 11 a.m. Sunday on KGW/NBC (8).

UFC continues a busy week of live competition on Saturday with six hours of bouts from Jacksonville, Florida, that will be live on ESPN, starting at 3 p.m. with preliminary matches. The main card bouts begin at 6 p.m. The main event is a heavyweight bout between Walt Harris and Alistair Overeem. 

One of the top soccer leagues in the world, Germany's Bundesliga, is the first major pro sports league to return to action after shutting down for two months because of the coronavirus. There will not be fans in the stadiums.

The Fox family of networks carry the Bundesliga. Here are those games:

On Saturday, the match between Borussia Dortmund and Schalke 04 will air live on FS1 at 6:30 a.m..

Also at 6:30 a.m., RB Leipzig takes on Freiburg on FS2. Three other 6:30 a.m. matches are on Fox Sports streaming services.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Eintracht Frankfurt takes on Borussia Monchengladbach on FS1.

On Sunday, FS1 will show Koln vs. Mainz 05 at 6:30 a.m. and Union Berlin vs. Bayern Munich at 9 a.m.

Rodeo fans can watch the finals of the Professional Bull Riders event from Guthrie, Oklahoma at 11 a.m. Sunday on KOIN/CBS (6).

Live Korean Baseball Organization games on ESPN are scheduled for 12:55 a.m. and 9:55 p.m. Saturday.

• Update (sort of) from Rob Mullens — Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens said his goal remains playing all 12 football games in 2020. But his first priority will be the health of players and coaches.

He has not yet looked at cutting any sports as a result of financial pressures stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a 30-minute video conference with reporters on Friday, Mullens said committees at the university level and at the conference level are exploring a variety of scenarios, but noted that information changes almost daily. He had no definitive answers about what sports at Oregon will look like during the 2020-21 school year.

The Ducks' athletic director said there is "a lot of collaboration" and sharing of ideas during regular meetings with his Pac-12 peers.

Mullens said he believes that football will need six weeks of preparation before the start of the season.

Oregon has a much anticipated schedule, including a September 12 game at Autzen Stadium against Ohio State. The Ducks are scheduled to visit Columbus in 2021.

What happens if Ohio is allowing sports and Oregon isn't come September?

Mullens has talked with Ohio State AD Gene Smith, but said the idea of flipping the home dates with the Buckeyes has not been discussed.

Despite Friday's phase-one reopening of business in Lane County, Mullens said students, including athletes, are banned from using campus facilities as part of a state order through the end of spring term on June 13.

Noting that many decisions will depend upon any restrictions that remain in place, Mullens said that his department has not determined a number of fans that would be permitted inside if Autzen Stadium is allowed to admit fans under social distancing guidelines. He noted that more than 90% of football season ticket holders renewed, a process was completed prior to the start of pandemic restrictions.

The Oregon athletics department has taken a 10% pay cut across the board, including all assistant coaches and support staff.

Mullens said cutting a sport "is the last thing we would want to do. We have not modeled that out yet."

Mullens did not know the number of spring sports athletes who have opted to return next year, but said the added scholarship cost will be $525,000, which he hopes can be covered through additional fundraising.

• NWSL moratorium extended — The National Women's Soccer League has extended its ban on teams holding group activities through at least May 24. Players are not allowed to use any club facilities — with the exception of voluntary individual training sessions on outdoor fields.

 


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