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Monday, Feb. 8, sports updates: Jack Cain named commisioner of new baseball league; Beaver men, Duck women lose in hoops.

COURTESY PHOTO: MAVERICKS INDEPENDENT BASEBALL LEAGUE - Jack Cain is returning to baseball as commissioner for the a new Keizer-based independent league.Jack Cain returning to baseball — Jack Cain is back in baseball.

The former owner of the Class A Portland Rockies and a senior adviser and executive for the Triple-A Portland Beavers will serve as commissioner for the Mavericks Independent Baseball League.

"It'll be fun. I'm looking forward to it," Cain said, noting that it's been 11 years since the Beavers last played in Portland.

The new league will begin play on May 13. Games are scheduled Thursday through Sunday and all games in the four-team league will be played at Volcanoes Stadium in Keizer. The league was formed by Salem-Keizer Volcanoes owner Mickey Walker after his team was left out of the revamped Northwest League. The league expects to attract post-college players who are not playing in the minor leagues.

Cain said the new league, which expects to be able to have 25% capacity at Volcanoes Stadium, has sold about 400 season tickets.

Cain owned and operated the Northwest League's Bend Bucks/Rockies, which became the Portland Rockies, from 1981 to 1999 when the Triple-A Beavers returned to Portland. He served as Northwest League president from 1985-90 and was three times named the Northwest League executive of the year.

As commissioner, Cain will help promote the new league and assist with game operations.

"It'll be kind of like when I was president of the Northwest League, but this is with only four teams," Cain said.

Part of a commissioner's job is to rule on any protests or game controversies.

"I ought to get out the rule book and study it," Cain joked.

College men's basketball — Colorado pulled within one game (two in the loss column) of the Pac-12 lead by burying visiting Oregon State 78-49 on Monday, Feb. 8.

The Buffaloes (15-5, 9-4) had three players score in double figures, led by 16 points from Jeriah Horne.

Colorado led 40-27 at halftime and opened the second half on a 13-2 run.

Ethan Thompson led Oregon State (10-8, 6-6) with 10 points as the Beavers shot 32.7%, including 4-of-16 3-point shooting.

College women's basketball — No. 10 Arizona dominated the second half and completed a season sweep of No. 11 Oregon with a 79-59 win over the Ducks in Matthew Knight Arena.

The Wildcats led by a point at halftime and took over with a huge third quarter, outscoring the Ducks 27-14.

Arizona (12-2, 10-2 Pac-12) shot 50.8% and made nine of 15 3-pointers. But the Wildcats' defense was the difference as the Ducks shot 32.4%, including 20% from 3-point land.

St. Mary's Academy grad Bendu Yeaney had three rebounds and two blocked shots before exiting the game in the second half with an apparent shoulder injury.

Nyara Sabally led Oregon (12-4, 9-4) with 17 points.

Portland 69, Pacific 67 — At Chiles Center, Haylee Andres hit a tough driving shot with less than a second remaining to win it for the Pilots (10-7, 7-4 WCC).

Alex Fowler scored 20 points and Andrews added 17.

College volleyball — Portland State suffered a tough five-set loss at Eastern Washington. The Vikings (1-5, 0-4 Big Sky) rallied from a two-set deficit but dropped the decisive fifth set, 15-12.

Jasmine Powell had 18 kills and 13 digs for PSU. Megan Sester had 17 kills and Parker Webb 14 kills and 15 digs.


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