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Feb. 5 updates: Wnterhawks to play in March; MLS CBA agreement; Art Jones dies; UO volleyball wins.

Winterhawks to start in March — Portland Winterhawks will return to action on or about March 19 if plans announced Friday pan out.

The Western Hockey League plans to have its five U.S. Division teams play games in Washington state beginning March 19. The plan for is for each team to play 24 games. No fans will be allowed in arenas.

The Winterhawks, at least initially, will play all of their games on the road because COVID-19 restrictions in Oregon currently prohibit contact sports, even without fans. A change in Washington state protocols on Feb. 1 enables the WHL to plan a 24-game season.

Players will live with billet families in the Portland area, as usual.

The date for the players' arrival has not been announced.

The WHL's Alberta province teams have been cleared to begin inter-division play starting Feb. 26.

MLS avoids work stoppage — Major League Soccer and the MLS Players Association on Friday announced a tentative agreement to on a new collective bargaining agreement that will run through 2027.

Details have not been released. The agreement must be approved by vote of the MLSPA membership and by the MLS Board of Governors.

MLS has set Feb. 22 as the first day of training camps, with season openers on the weekend of April 3-4. The schedule has not yet been announced.

Former Buckaroos' great dies — Art Jones, a star in the Western Hockey League for the Portland Buckaroos, died Feb. 3 at age 86.

Jones played for Portland from its arrival in the WHL in 1960 through the professional league folding in 1974. Jones won the league MVP award twice, led the league in scoring six times and helped the Buckaroos win three Lester Patrick Cup championships.

Jones averaged 1.34 points per game in 1,180 WHL games, scoring 578 goals.

College volleyball — Oregon fought off a match point for USC in the fourth set and beat the Trojans 3-2 at Galen Center in Los Angeles. The Ducks used balance in their attack and played a cleaner match to outlast a USC team that had 71 digs. The Trojans were hurt by 21 service errors and 34 attack errors. Brooke Nuneviller and Gloria Mutiri each had 10 kills for Oregon (3-2).

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