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Friday sports highlights: Thorns sign Charley; OSU women win, Ducks postponed; college baseball slates announced.

COURTESY PHOTO: CLIFF GRASSMICK - Aleah Goodman scored 21 points and passed 1,000 in her Oregon State career to help the Beavers beat Colorado on Jan. 29.College women's basketball — An 11-2 run to open the fourth quarter separated Oregon State from Colorado in a 72-64 Beavers win at Boulder, Colorado, on Friday night, Jan. 29.

Aleah Goodman had 21 points and the La Salle High grad passed 1,000 career points. Goodman also had five assists for the Beavers (5-5, 3-5 Pac-12). Ellie Mack had 15 points and Talia von Oelhoffen 13.

"I think you can see it in the way we are playing, the way we are executing — we've been communicating at a completely different level as we are gaining some consistency in our schedule," Oregon State coach Scott Rueck said.

Oregon State hit 10 of 19 3-pointers and shot 54.7% for the game.

Colorado (6-8, 4-7) had four players score in double figures, led by 22 points from Mya Hollingshed.

The Buffaloes scored 18 point from 14 Beavers turnovers, but Oregon State scored 32 points in the paint and an 11-0 advantage in second-chance points.

• Ducks' games postponed — Oregon paused all team-related activities because of COVID-19 protocols, joining the Ducks men's basketball program in a pandemic-related stoppage. Games Friday at Utah and Sunday at Colorado have been postponed.

Thorns re-sign Charley — The Portland Thorns have signed forward Simone Charley to a two-year contract.

Charley has played two seasons with Portland. She had two goals and three assists in 10 games in 2020.

"Simone gives us a unique dimension in the final third with attacking qualities that provide a constant threat to the opposition," Thorns coach Mark Parsons said. "She has shown an incredible commitment to her own development and we are confident she can reach new heights in the coming years."

The Thorns are scheduled to open training camp on Monday, Feb. 1.

• Former Thorn and U.S. Women's National Team attacker Tobin Heath is expected to miss up to 12 weeks after suffering an ankle injury in training with Manchester United. That means she will not be available to play for the United States in next month's She Believes Cup.

MLS negotiations extended — Major League Soccer on Friday announced an extension by one week of ongoing negotiations with the MLS Players Association. The deadline will now be 8:59 p.m. PT on Thursday, Feb. 4, for a agreeing on an updated collective bargaining agreement.

The league, which has said it lost $1 billion in 2020, has offered to pay 100% of player salaries in 2021 in exchange for extending the CBA through the 2027 season to allow time to recover lost revenue.

The league said if no new agreement is reached by the new deadline, MLS has said it will lock out its players.

The 2021 MLS season is scheduled to begin April 3, with training camps allowed to open Feb. 22. No schedules have been announced.

College volleyball — After dropping the first set, Oregon State (1-2) took the next three to beat USC (0-1) by a score of 3-1 at Gill Coliseum. The Beavers won the key third set 26-24, then rode that momentum to a 25-12 win in the fourth set.

Kateryna Tkachenko (15 kills) and Izzi Szulczewski (31 assists) were among the leaders for OSU.

• UCLA 3, Oregon 1 — The No. 19 ranked Bruins beat the Ducks in four sets at Matthew Knight arena. Oregon was missing several players because of COVID-19 protocols, won the third set 25-19 before UCLA (3-0) took the momentum back in a 25-13 fourth set.

Brooke Nuneviller led Oregon (1-2) with 15 kills and 15 digs. Taylor Borup had nine kills and 12 digs.

College baseball schedules announced — The Pac-12 announced its 2021 baseball schedule on Friday.

OSU hosts Washington State March 19-21 to open Pac-12 play. The Beavers also host Utah (April 1-3), California (April 16-18), USC (May 7-9) and Arizona (May 21-23).

The Beavers' conference road games are against Washington (March 26-28), Oregon (April 9-11), UCLA (April 30-May 2), Arizona State (May 14-16) and Stanford (May 27-29).

Oregon State also announced some of its non-conference schedule. The Beavers open on Feb. 19 against Kansas State at Surprise Arizona, the first of eight games in Arizona to open the season.

Oregon's Pac-12 home series are against Arizona State (March 19-21), Oregon State (April 9-11), UCLA (April 23-25), Washington (May 7-9) and Stanford (May 21-23).

Oregon's conference road series are at Arizona (March 26-28) at USC (April 16-18), Washington State (April 30-May 1), Utah (May 14-16) and California (May 27-29).

Oregon will open its 54-game schedule at home on Feb. 19 against Omaha.

Fans will not be allowed at games until further notice.


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