Oregon football recruiting — Oregon climbed to No. 5 nationally in the ESPN recruiting rankings with Wednesday's signings of four-star running back Byron Cardwell out of San Diego and four-star cornerback Avante Dickerson from Omaha, Nebraska. The Ducks landed the top-rated class in the Pac-12 for the third year in a row and their class is rated No. 3 nationally by Rivals and No. 6 by 247Sports.
Oregon signed 21 players in December's early window. The Ducks' best-ever class has 23 players and is highlighted by five-star quarterback Ty Thompson and five-star offensive lineman Kingsley Suamataia, both among the incoming freshmen expected to compete for playing time in 2021.
Coach Mario Cristobal said 13 of the Class of 21 recruits are already enrolled at Oregon.
Oregon State football recruiting — Oregon State added 15 signees on Wednesday and has signed 26 newcomers for next season. Seven of the players who signed with the Beavers on Wednesday are Oregonians: tight end Bryce Caufield (Lakeridge High), running back Gavin Haines (West Linn High), offensive lineman Zach Holmes (West Linn High), tight end Carter Neyman (Sheldon High, Eugene), receiver Jeremiah Noga (Hidden Valley High, Grants Pass), defensive back Tyeson Thomas (Lakeridge/Del Valle, Texas High) and defensive end Jake Wright (Baker High).
Of the 11 December signees for Oregon State, three were from Oregon: running back Damir Collins (Jefferson High), offensive lineman Henry Buckles (Hood River Valley High) and quarterback Sam Vidlak (Hidden Valley High). QB Jake Blair from Camas, Washington also signed in December.
Portland State football recruiting — Defensive back Jayden Brannon from Portland's Wilson High and receiver Tre Anderson from Jefferson High are two of six players who signed letters of intent with Portland State on Wednesday.
The other incoming freshmen will be Mason Packer, an "athlete" from Skyview High in Vancouver, Washington and Jessie Brown, a defensive tackle from Bremerton, Washington.
Two transfers are junior receiver Job Dockery from Oregon State and senior defensive back Broderick Harrell from UTEP.
The low number of signees reflects the COVID-19 impact, as PSU has 23 players recruited in 2020 who can debut in the fall. Also factors are the number of seniors eligible to return in the fall and an signing period extended into August to allow for high school football seasons this spring.
College men's soccer — The Portland Pilots opened their spring season with a 9-0 win over George Fox at Merlo Field.
Luke Hendel, Brandon Cambridge and Yusuf Cueceoglu each scored two goals. Miles Robinson, Buba Fofanah and Nick Fernandez also scored.
Hendel had a goal and assist inside the first four minutes and had his second goal inside the first 20 minutes.
Portland outshot George Fox 28-0.
Milbrett back at UP — Tiffeny Milbrett is returning to the University of Portland as a volunteer assistant coach for the women's soccer program.
Milbrett is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame and the UP Athletics Hall of Fame, starred for the Pilots from 1990 to 1995. Her 103 career goals rank second in program history behind Christine Sinclair.
A World Cup and Olympic champion with the U.S. Women's National Team, Milbrett has spent the past 11 years coaching youth soccer in California, Colorado and Florida.
The Pilots' spring season is slated to begin Feb. 13 with a home game against Oregon State.
• Clive Charles, who coached Milbrett and many other accomplished players at Portland, is on this year's final ballot for the National Soccer Hall of Fame. He is one of 10 nominees in the Builders category.
The voting will happen Feb. 5-10.
Charles built the University of Portland men's and women's soccer programs into national prominence, posting a combined record of 439-144-44 and led the Pilot women to the 2002 national championship.
Women's college basketball — Oregon has scheduled a non-conference home game with UC Davis at 6 p.m. Saturday at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks are expected to return to practice this week after being paused because of COVID-19. Their Friday game against Arizona State has been postponed. Oregon is scheduled to host Arizona at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 8.
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