Oregon-UCLA on for Saturday — UCLA and Chip Kelly are scheduled to visit Autzen Stadium at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, the Pac-12 Conference announced late Wednesday.
The game is slated to be carried on ESPN2.
Oregon is 2-0. UCLA is 1-1, coming off a Sunday win over California in a game that was put together at the last minute after the scheduled opponents for UCLA and Cal both were unable to play because of COVID-19. The Ducks and Bruins were scheduled to play Friday night, but the game was moved to Saturday when UCLA played last Sunday.
NWSL 2021 plans — The National Women's Soccer League on Nov. 18 announced plans for its 2021 season, including an early-season tournament at one or two bubble sites.
The second NWSL Challenge Cup will take place in mid-April. The NWSL regular season will begin in mid-May, with each team playing 24 matches. The schedule will be announced at a later date.
The playoffs will expand with six of the 10 teams qualifying. The top two teams will get a bye into the semifinals. The championship match is scheduled for the weekend of Nov. 20, 2021.
For national team players, the Olympic Games in Tokyo July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021, is the major event on the calendar.
OSU women's basketball — Oregon State guard Aleah Goodman and Taylor Jones are among 50 players named to the 50-player preseason watch list for the Naismith Trophy.
Goodman is a senior guard from Milwaukie (La Salle Prep). Jones a 6-4 sophomore from Forney, Texas. She also is on the watch list for the Katrina McClain Award as the nation's top power forward.
The Naismith Trophy for the women's college basketball player of the year will be announced April 3. Players not on the initial watchlist can be added when the team names 30 midseason candidates for the award.
The Beavers are among nine Pac-12 players on the initial 50-player list.
Portland Open golf no more — The 2021 Korn Ferry Tour schedule was announced this week, and the Portland Open is not part of it.
The developmental tour has held a tournament, sponsored by WinCo Foods, at Pumpkin Ridge in North Plains since 2014. During that time, it was the last opportunity for Korn Ferry Tour golfers to make the top 25 on the tour's money list to qualify for the PGA Tour.
Can Seahawks rebound Thursday? — After enjoying life on the edge and rolling to a 6-1 record, the Seahawks have fallen over that edge.
Russell Wilson covered up Seattle's flaws with MVP-level play in six of the Hawks' first seven games. In consecutive losses to Buffalo and the Los Angeles Rams, Wilson has been intercepted five times and lost two fumbles — turnovers that cost Seattle wins.
To be fair, the Hawks have been thin at running back and this season have basically asked Wilson to carry them.
All is not lost. If Seattle, which got a solid defensive effort against the Rams, can bring the Arizona Cardinals back to earth on a quick turnaround Thursday, they will be back atop the division. But the Cardinals figure to be a challenge after an improbable Sunday win on a Hail Mary pass from Kyler Murray to DeAndre Hopkins that beat Buffalo.
Former Oregon State and Astoria standout Jordan Poyer was one of three Bills surrounding Hopkins, who won the battle for the ball in the end zone. Poyer did have an interception for the second week in a row.
Jake Luton, in his second NFL start, threw for 169 yards with a touchdown and interception as Jacksonville pushed Green Bay before falling 23-20 at Lambeau Field.
Justin Herbert fell to 1-7 as a starter and had his worst performance of the season in a 29-21 loss at Miami. He threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, but threw a costly fourth-quarter interception that all but ended LA's chances. The good news? The winless New York Jets visit Los Angeles on Sunday.
Ducks' awards watch — The 10th-ranked Oregon women's basketball team has two players on national watch lists entering the season. Senior Erin Boley, the Ducks' lone returning starter, is one of 20 players on the preseason watch list for the Cheryl Miller Award, given to the top small forward in the country.
Junior Taylor Mikesell, a transfer from Maryland, is on the watchlist for the Ann Meyers Drysdale Award as the nation's best shooting guard.
Rasheed tops Big Sky list — Grant High grad Khiarica Rasheed, entering her senior season at Northern Arizona, was named the preseason MVP for Big Sky women's basketball by coaches and media.
Rasheed was first-team all-Big Sky last season, when her 16.5 scoring average was second in the conference.
Northern Arizona is scheduled to visit Portland State Feb. 11 and 13.
Another player from the greater Portland area, Washougal, Washington, native Beyonce Bea, was also on the Big Sky preseason all-conference team. She is entering her sophomore season at Idaho.
Fall recruiting — Nov. 11 was the start of the signing period for most Division I sports except football. Highlighting the day regionally was Portland Pilots men's soccer announcing a class ranked No. 2 nationally by Top Drawer Soccer.
The eight-player class of 2021 includes players from across the United States, plus Canada and New Zealand. Three of them come from MLS academy programs and two played for LA Galaxy II in the USL this season, including winger Sebastian Nava, Top Drawer Soccer's No. 25 national recruit.
Other notable recruits:
Oregon State women's basketball added two five-star recruits, 6-0 guard Greta Kampschroeder from Illinois and 5-11 guard Talia von Oelhoffen from Pasco, Washington.
Oregon women's basketball signed 6-1 guard Taylor Bigby, a five-star recruit from Las Vegas.
The Oregon State men signed 6-3 shooting guard Dashawn Davis, a native of the Bronx, New York, and one of the top junior college prospects in the class.
Portland men's basketball signed 6-4 guard Deng Dut, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who plays at College of Southern Idaho.
Portland State men's basketball signed JT Elder, a 6-7 wing out of Tucson, Arizona, their first signee for the 2021-22 class.
The Portland State women added four Class of 2021 recruits, three guards and a forward, who will join five current freshmen to form a future nucleus for the Vikings.
The Portland women's soccer program announced seven recruits, including forward Cally Togiai from Tualatin High.
Nine wrestlers signed with Oregon State, including West Linn's Ricky Bell and Cael Brunson and McMinnville's Jacob Barnes.
Pilots hoops slate — As of Nov. 18, the Portland Pilots men's basketball team is slated to begin its season by hosting the U.S. Bank Portland Invite Nov. 25-29 at Chiles Center. Idaho, Seattle U and NAIA school William Jessup of Rocklin, California are scheduled to participate. Cal Poly has pulled out because of COVID-19.
Portland is scheduled to play Idaho at 4 p.m. on Nov. 27, Northwest University at 4 p.m., Nov. 28 and William Jessup at 1 p.m. Nov. 29.
Other nonconference could be added, but the schedule has continued to change as COVID-19 restrictions dictate.
The Pilots are currently slated to open conference play on Jan. 2 at Pacific, before playing three straight at home, including a Jan. 9 visit from Gonzaga.
• The Pilot women open Nov. 25 at Seattle U and play host to Oregon at 8 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Portland schedule has been a challenge to build, but tentatively includes a home game with Seattle U and road games at Portland State Dec. 13 and at Fresno State Dec. 18. UP opens WCC play at Pepperdine on Dec. 28.
— Paul Danzer
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