Ducks climb in football polls, no love for Beavers from voters
SUNDAY, OCT. 24
College football — Oregon moved from No. 10 up to No. 7 in the AP poll and to No. 8 in the AFCA Coaches' poll following its 34-31 Saturday win at UCLA. The Ducks are the only Pac-12 team in either top 25. Oregon State (seven points), Arizona State (seven) and UCLA (one) also received votes in the AP poll. The Sun Devils (27 points), Beavers (13) and Utah (one) received votes in the coaches' poll.
College volleyball — No. 16 Oregon broke a three-match losing streak by coming back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat host USC in five sets. The Ducks (15-5, 6-4 Pac-12) won the deciding fifth set 16-14.
UCLA swept visiting Oregon State (3-17, 1-9).
College women's soccer — Portland State's season ended with a 2-1 loss to Northern Arizona at Hillsboro Stadium. The Vikings finished 4-10-2 (2-5-2 Big Sky). Parker Reichner, a freshman from West Linn, scored for PSU.
Ally Cook scored in the 108th minute to give Oregon (9-2-5, 4-2-2 Pac-12) its first win at Utah, 1-0.
Oregon State (11-5-0, 3-5-0) lost 3-2 at Colorado on an overtime goal by Shyra James, her second of the match.
SATURDAY, OCT. 23
College women's soccer —The Portland Pilots put an end to Santa Clara's 20-match West Coast Conference win streak, beating the Broncos 2-0 at Merlo Field. Taryn Ries and Jamie Rita scored goals three minutes apart in the first half and the Pilots survived a strong second-half push from the defending national champions. Santa Clara had a 13-1 shots advantage after halftime, but the Pilots limited the visitors to few clean looks at goal.
Portland improved to 7-7, 3-3 in WCC play. Pilots goalkeeper Bre Norris made eight saves.
College volleyball — Portland State moved into second place in the Big Sky Conference by beating Northern Colorado in four sets at the Viking Pavilion. Scores were 25-16, 25-23, 25-27, 26-17. The Vikings are 8-2 in conference play. The Bears are 7-3. Ten ace serves helped separate PSU, five of them from Ellie Snook, who also had 21 digs and six assists. Genevieve Florig had a match-high six blocks. Makayla Lewis led the Vikings with 13 kills. … No. 25 Pepperdine swept the Portland Pilots at Chiles Center, 25-12, 25-21, 25-14.
College men's soccer — Gurman Sangha scored four minutes into overtime to give the Portland Pilots (7-5, 2-1 WCC) a 1-0 win over 15th-ranked Loyola Marymount on the road.
Kraken lose — In the first game at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, the Vancouver Canucks overcame a third-period deficit to beat the Kraken 4-2.
Conor Garland scored the go-ahead goal with 4:02 left in the third period for the Canucks and Justin Dowling iced it with an empty-netter. Bo Horvat scored the first two Vancouver goals, his power-play tally tying the game at 2-2 with 7:08 remaining.
Vince Dunn scored the first goal in the arena 3.2 seconds from the end of the first period to make it 1-0 Seattle. Mark Giordano's first goal of the season made it 2-1 Seattle with 14:51 left in the third.
The Kraken (1-4-1) are home for their next three games, with Montreal visiting on Tuesday.
FRIDAY, OCT. 22
College men's soccer — Eighth-ranked Oregon State (9-1-2/4-0-1 Pac-12) took over first place in the Pac-12 by beating No. 1-ranked Washington 3-2 in Seattle. An 86th-minute penalty kick from sophomore Mouhameth Thiam won it for the Beavers. Freshman Joran Gerbert scored for OSU to tie the score 2-2 in the 73rd minute. A goal from redshirt senior Tyrone Mondi gave Oregon State a ninth-minute lead.
Pac-12 football — Washington (3-4, 2-2 Pac-12) rallied from a 16-7 deficit to beat Arizona 21-16 at Tucson and extend the nation's longest losing streak to 19 games.
College volleyball — No. 16 Oregon (14-5/5-4 Pac-12) dropped its third match in a row — and second in straight sets — falling at No. 17 UCLA 25-20, 25-22, 25-23. … USC beat visiting Oregon State 3-1.
College women's soccer — After a 1-1 draw with Southern Utah, Portland State needs to beat Northern Arizona in the final regular-season match (noon Sunday at Hillsboro Stadium) for any chance of qualifying for the Big Sky tournament.
THURSDAY, OCT. 21
NBA 75th Anniversary Team — Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard is one of 76 current and former NBA stars named to the NBA 75th Anniversary Team. Former Trail Blazers Clyde Drexler, Bill Walton, Scottie Pippin and Carmelo Anthony also made the list.
A panel of current and former NBA players, coaches, general managers and team and league executives, WNBA legends and sportswriters and broadcasters voted for the team. Voters were asked to select the 75 best players in NBA history regardless of position. Their selections were not ranked. Current and former players were not allowed to vote for themselves. Because of a tie in the voting, 76 players were recognized.
UP sports on TV — The University of Portland announced a three-year agreement with KOIN 6 and KRCW to televise select Pilots' home contests. Saturday's women's soccer match against defending national champion Santa Clara (7 p.m., KOIN 6) is the first of 20 events scheduled to be televised during the 2021-22 school year.
College men's basketball — Portland State has been picked to finish seventh in the Big Sky Conference preseason coaches' poll and to finish eighth in the media poll. Defending regular-season champion Southern Utah was picked to finish first. The Vikings, under new head coach Jase Coburn, open the season Nov. 9 at Oregon State.
College women's soccer — At Colorado, Ally Cook scored for Oregon (8-2-5/3-2-2 Pac-12) in a 1-1 draw with the Buffaloes. At Utah, Oregon State (11-5-0/3-5-0) lost 2-1.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 20
College women's soccer — The Portland Pilots scored four second-half goals to beat the visiting San Diego Toreros 4-1.
Nedya Sawan scored her eighth and ninth goals of the season and Taryn Ries her fourth (on a penalty kick) in a second half that included a San Diego own goal.
Portland is 6-7-0 (2-3-0 WCC).
Next, the Pilots host defending national champion Santa Clara at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23, a match slated to be televised by KOIN 6.
TUESDAY, OCT. 19
College women's basketball —Oregon is ranked 10th and Oregon State 14th in the AP preseason women's basketball Top 25.
South Carolina is No. 1, followed by UConn and defending national champion Stanford. Other Pac-12 ranked teams are No. 20 UCLA and No. 22 Arizona.
Oregon could face South Carolina on Nov. 21 in the Battle for Atlantis tournament. UConn is scheduled to visit Eugene on Jan. 17 for a Monday afternoon contest. The Ducks are at Stanford Jan. 7 and host the Cardinal on Feb. 20.
Oregon State's big non-conference games are at Daytona Beach, Florida, against No. 11 Michigan on Nov. 26 and Notre Dame Nov. 27. The Beavers are at Stanford Jan. 9 and home against the Cardinal Feb. 18.
The Beavers and Ducks again play their two head-to-head games over three days, playing at Corvallis on Feb. 11 and at Eugene on Feb. 13.
Thorns on international duty — Portland Thorns defender Becky Sauerbrunn, midfielder Lindsey Horan and forward Sophia Smith are with the U.S. Women's National Team for a pair of friendlies against Korea Republic (Thursday, Oct. 21, ESPN2 and Oct. 26, FS1). Christine Sinclair (Canada) and Rocky Rodriguez (Costa Rica) also have friendly matches, while Natalia Kuikka is with Finald for a pair of World Cup qualifiers. Additionally, Olivia Moultrie will attend a training camp with the Under-20 U.S. Women's National Team. Crystal Dunn opted out of joining the United States in this window.
Devils beat Kraken — Seattle (1-3-1, 3 points) concluded its five-game road trip to open its first NHL season with its third loss in a row. A Jared McCann power-play goal got the Kraken within 3-2 with 5:19 remaining, but an empty-net goal from Pavel Zacha with 20 seconds left clinched it for New Jersey.
Riley Sheahan scored his first for Seattle to make it 2-1 Devils midway through the second period.
The best news for the Kraken on Tuesday was that Yanni Gourde, expected to miss up to two months of the season after summer shoulder surgery, made his debut and had an assist.
The Kraken make their home debut at 7 p.m. Saturday at Climate Pledge Arena against the Vancouver Canucks (streaming on ESPN+).
College volleyball — Playing its third road match in five days, Portland State's seven-match win streak ended with a 3-0 loss at Sacramento State (25-13, 25-21 and 25-19). The Vikings are third in the Big Sky (7-2) and play six of their final seven matches at home beginning at 2 p.m. Saturday against second-place Northern Colorado.
MONDAY, OCT. 18
Pac-12 football — Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich and four of his assistants are no longer employed at WSU. Rolovich and assistant coaches Ricky Logo, John Richardson, Craig Stutzmann and Mark Weber were fired for not complying with Washington Gov. Jay Inslee's requirement that all state employees be vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18.
Defensive coordinator Jake Dickert is the acting head coach.
It's a difficult turn for a Cougars' team that's won three in a row and now will try to execute the run-and-shoot offense without several offensive coaches. Rolovich, by not complying with the vaccine requirement, made this result inevitable in Pullman.
Rolovich, 42, was in his first full season at Washington State after coming to WSU from Hawaii following the 2019 season. At more than $3 million a year, Rolovich was the highest paid state of Washington employee. He coached a total of 11 games, going 5-6.
Washington State is 4-3 after beating Stanford last weekend.
The Cougars host BYU at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 23.
Kraken fall at Philly — Derick Brassard had a goal and two assists as the Philadelphia Flyers beat visiting Seattle 6-1.
Former Everett Silvertips goalie Carter Hart made a couple big saves on Kraken chances early in the first period, then the Flyers took over. Philadelphia led 3-0 after one period and 5-0 in the second.
Carson Soucy scored for Seattle (1-2-1), which visits New Jersey at 4 p.m. Tuesday (ROOT).
College men's basketball — Oregon is ranked 13th in the first AP poll of the season. Gonzaga is the clear No. 1, receiving 55 of 63 first-place votes. No. 2 UCLA, the only other Pac-12 team in the AP Top 25, received the other eight first-place votes.
NWSL — The National Women's Soccer League appointed longtime sports executive Marla Messing as its interim CEO. Among her experience, Messing was the president and CEO for the 1999 FIFA Women's World Cup.
She will manage day-to-day operations while the league's owners continue to search for the next commissioner.
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