Dec. 1 update
PSU womens hoops on hold — The first four games of the Portland State women's basketball season have been canceled as the result of one positive COVID-19 test within the program.
Canceled are two games against this week Northwest University, a Dec. 8 game at Oregon and the Dec. 13 home game against Portland.
All players and coaches will self-isolate for 14 days. All team activities, including practices, are suspended during the two-week quarantine period.
The university did not say whether the positive test was for a player, a coach, or a support staff member.
Portland State's men's basketball is not impacted by the decision to suspend women's basketball activities.
Sounders reach MLS West finals — Defender Shane O'Neill scored his first goal for the Sounders, heading home a 49th-minute corner kick, and Seattle beat FC Dallas 1-0 on Tuesday in the MLS Cup Playoffs West semifinals.
O'Neill headed home a Nicolas Lodeiro corner kick and (with a little luck) Seattle held Dallas scoreless to move within two wins of a second consecutive championship.
Seattle will play the winner of Thursday's Minnesota-Sporting Kansas City game (5:30 p.m., Fox 12) in the West final on Monday.
In the East final, New England visits Columbus (noon Sunday, KATU 2).
Nov. 30 update
Farfan called into USMNT — Portland Timbers defender Marco Farfan has been called into the U.S. Men's National Team for a Dec. 9 friendly against El Salvador at Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
He is one of 22 players called into the team for the match, which is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. PT on an ESPN network.
A graduate of Centennial High in Gresham, Farfan is the first player out of the Timbers Academy youth development program to be called into the U.S. national team.
Farfan played 854 minutes in 14 MLS regular-season matches at both left back and right back. He has played in 37 matches across three seasons in all competitions.
Oregon women top Pilots — The Portland Pilots gave the No. 9 Oregon Ducks some early headaches on Monday, but a big third quarter gave Oregon complete control in a 85-52 win at Chiles Center.
Portland played without preseason all-WCC point guard Haylee Andrews (concussion protocol) but gave Oregon (15 turnovers) some trouble with pressure defense.
Ultimately, Oregon's size and depth won out. The taller Ducks outrebounded the Pilots 41-23 and had 23 assists on 33 baskets.
The Ducks (2-0) were led by Erin Boley's 25 points and nine rebounds. Twelve of 13 Oregon players scored.
For the Pilots (1-1), Alex Fowler had 12 points and four rebounds.
Next for the Ducks is a Friday home game against Colorado to begin Pac-12 play. Next for the Pilots is a noon Sunday home game against Seattle U.
Seahawks win — It wasn't artistic, but the Seahawks stayed atop the NFC West on Monday with a 23-17 win at Philadelphia.
Seattle's only touchdowns came in the second quarter, but Jason Myers made three second-half field goals to keep the Hawks in front.
Defense proved to be the foundation of this win. Specifically, six sacks of Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz.
Russell Wilson was 22 of 31 for 230 yards, a touchdown pass to David Moore and no interceptions. The Seahawks netted 76 rushing yards, 41. of them from Chris Carson who scored with a 16-yard touchdown 5:27 before halftime to make it 14-0.
At 8-3, Seattle leads the NFC West by a game over the Rams and by two over the Cardinals.
The Seahawks are scheduled to host the New York Giants at 1:05 p.m. Sunday.
Men's college hoops — After two warm-up games, Oregon State is scheduled to tip off the Pac-12 men's basketball season at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 2, against Washington State. As with every week this season, the status of the game will depend upon COVID-19 testing.
The Beavers got a taste of Pac-12 play with a non-conference win over California on Nov. 25 at Corvallis, winning 71-63. Two days later, they blew out NAIA school Northwest University, 114-42.
Ethan Thompson is off to a good start, averaging 16 points, 6.5 rebounds and four assists in 26.5 minutes. Junior newcomers Warith Alatishe and Marice Calloo started both games and are among five Beavers averaging double figures.
• The Oregon men didn't play last week. On Monday, the Ducks announced a Wednesday, Dec. 2 game against Missouri and a Friday, Dec. 4 game against Seton Hall, both in Omaha, Nebraska and both at 6 p.m. PT (FS1 TV). There is a chance Oregon will also play a game on Dec. 6 while in Omaha. The Ducks' Pac-12 opener is Dec. 12 at Washington.
Without being specific, coach Dana Altman on Monday said there have been some injuries in practice, though freshman guard Jalen terry's ankle injury has improved. Altman also said that tranfers LJ Figuroa and Amauri Hardi have not yet been cleared to play by the NCAA, but will travel to Omaha.
• The Portland men went 2-1 at their U.S. Bank Invitational, beating NAIA schools William Jessup (83-73) and Northwest University (74-69) after losing to Seattle U (82-74). For a program that has nine new players and limited practice time, getting in games is a big step.
The Pilots are slated to play Portland State at 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, in what might be the first game for the Vikings.
Pac-12 women — After impressive opening wins last weekend, Oregon and Oregon State are scheduled (pending COVID-19 protocols) to open Pac-12 play with games Friday and Sunday at home against Colorado and Utah.
The Utah at Oregon State game has been moved from Friday to Tuesday, Dec. 8 in Covallis.
Winterhawks — Seth Jarvis scored a goal last week at the camp for the Team Canada World Juniors Team. All 46 players at that camp are now quarantined in their own hotel rooms in Red Deer, Alberta, after two players tested positive for COVID-19. The development raises questions about whether the IIHF World Juniors Championships will happen. The tournament is slated to start Dec. 26 in Edmonton, Alberta.
• Portland forward Simon Knak is likely to make Switzerland's World Juniors team.
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