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Washington State takes on free-falling Ducks

The Washington State men’s basketball team has struggled in the early part of Pac-12 play, but has a chance to collect a win today against Oregon, a program in flux. The Cougars have lost six of their last seven games while the Ducks come to Pullman riding a five-game losing streak. During coach Dana Altman’s four years the Ducks have found success with players who transferred from another school, and were able to quickly join with the players already on the roster to form a cohesive unit. But despite talented players such as UNLV’s Mike Moser and Houston’s Joseph Young joining the team, this year’s squad has struggled in Pac-12 play, particularly defensively.

Four corners: Washington State Cougars

COMING UP: Sunday vs. Oregon, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks) OUTLOOK: It has been a bleak Pac-12 season for the Cougars thus far, with only a 49-46 win over Utah staving off the prospect of a winless conference slate. Without leading scorer DaVonte Lacy – out 2-4 more weeks with a rib injury – WSU ranks dead last in the Pac-12 in scoring at 63.4 points per game. Coach Ken Bone has gone away from his favored up-tempo offense in an effort to slow down the game and limit opponents’ possessions. He also said that the Cougars want to slow things down to save the legs of WSU’s best scorers, without whom the team often goes three or four minutes without a basket.

No. 10 Oregon crushes Texas in Mack Brown’s finale

SAN ANTONIO – No. 10 Oregon first felt overlooked by the BCS, and then came to the Alamo Bowl overshadowed by Mack Brown’s final game at Texas. But the Ducks fly home with an attention-getting blowout.

Making the best of it

SAN ANTONIO – Mack Brown didn’t want to go out like this, and No. 10 Oregon didn’t want its season to end here. That makes the Alamo Bowl tonight a finale for two programs making the best of disappointment: Texas (8-4) wanting a fond farewell for Brown after the tension surrounding his resignation, and the Ducks (10-2) denied a BCS bowl for the first time in five years.

Longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Aliotti retiring

SAN ANTONIO – Longtime Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said Friday he will retire following next week’s game against Texas in the Alamo Bowl, revealing that he wanted to step away after last season but didn’t once Chip Kelly bolted for the NFL. Aliotti has spent 24 years with the Ducks, including 17 as defensive coordinator. After Oregon won the Fiesta Bowl last season, Aliotti said he was so certain that he coached his final game that he grabbed a chunk of turf from the field and stuffed it in a plastic bag, which remains in his briefcase.

Ducks find a way

EUGENE, Ore. – Marcus Mariota gave Josh Huff all the credit for the 12-yard touchdown pass with 29 seconds left that swung another Civil War rivalry game Oregon’s way. “Quite frankly, it was a bad throw,” Mariota said. “Huff made a great catch. I said, ‘Thank you man, that would’ve looked bad.’ ”

Ducks suspend two

Guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter have each been suspended by the No. 19 Oregon men’s basketball team for the season’s first nine games for selling team apparel. The length of the suspension was announced Thursday, two days after the school revealed the NCAA violations. Artis and Carter did not accompany the team on its trip to South Korea for the Ducks’ opener against Georgetown today. Both must donate the value of the apparel to charity. Artis, a sophomore, averaged 8.5 points and 3.2 assists last season. Carter, also a sophomore, averaged 2.4 points and 2.3 rebounds. – Associated Press

Oregon, Stanford set for Pac-12’s game of the year

STANFORD, Calif. – The matchup between Oregon and Stanford the past three seasons has been billed as the biggest game of the year on the West Coast, a de facto Pac-12 title game and national semifinal. What it also has been is a spoiler.

Ducks move up to No. 2 in BCS rankings

Oregon passed Florida State and moved into second place behind Alabama in the BCS standings. The Ducks jumping the Seminoles was not a surprise. Florida State had a slim lead on the Ducks in the first standings last week. Oregon’s convincing 42-14 victory against UCLA gave the Ducks the boost it needed.

Newsmakers

Arrested Former Oregon tight end Colt Lyerla has been arrested on drug-related charges in Eugene. Lyerla, who left the No. 2 Ducks earlier this month and plans to enter the NFL draft in April, was held in the Lane County Jail following his arrest on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office says in a statement that Lyerla was observed by a drug investigation unit snorting a white powdery substance while sitting in a parked car. He was arrested on suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer. Awarded Olympic champion swimmer Katie Ledecky has won the U.S. Olympic Committee’s SportsWoman of the Year award. The award will be presented on Oct. 29 in New York. The 16-year-old from Bethesda, Md., won four gold medals and set two world marks at last summer’s world championships in Spain. Requested A request that stadium officials in Minneapolis avoid using the Redskins name and logo when Washington faces Minnesota for a nationally televised game Nov. 7, is spurring conversation but may not produce action. Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chief Michele Kelm-Helgen says the agency is meeting with people raising concerns and consulting attorneys. But she says its power is limited during NFL events.

Ducks’ Aliotti sorry for rapping Leach

EUGENE – Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti apologized for comments he made following the No. 2 Ducks’ 62-38 football victory over Washington State in which he complained about the Cougars leaving in their starters and throwing for two late touchdowns. Aliotti had called out Washington State head coach Mike Leach, calling the tactic “low class.” Oregon pulled its starters in the fourth quarter of Saturday night’s game.

Cougars will need to avoid panic if they want to compete with Ducks

EUGENE – Though the task ahead of the Washington State football team may be mountainous, it isn’t complicated. To stay with the second-ranked and league-leading Oregon Ducks won’t require gimmicks or surprises. Nor will it necessitate superhuman effort, or a colossal collapse by America’s flashiest team.

No. 2 Oregon up next for Cougars

Fresh off of one of the toughest one-quarter beatings a team can take, the Washington State Cougars take on No. 2 Oregon on Saturday.

Mariota magic

On the flight from Seattle back home to Hawaii three years ago, Marcus Mariota made a decision. “Mom,” he said, “I’m going to be a Husky.”

Huskies can’t linger on loss

SEATTLE – Between a debatable replay call, special teams lapses and gutty efforts, it would be easy to understand if coach Steve Sarkisian and No. 16 Washington let what happened last weekend at Stanford linger. There’s no time with No. 2 Oregon visiting Seattle on Saturday.

Oregon put on probation, but faces no bowl ban

The NCAA stripped Oregon of a scholarship in each of the next two seasons and placed the program on probation for three years, opting against stiffer penalties like a bowl ban despite issuing a show-cause order against former coach Chip Kelly, who apologized to the school, its fans and it players.

Spokane Chiefs release preseason plan

WHL: The Western Hockey League’s Spokane Chiefs announced their seven-game preseason schedule, which includes tournaments in Everett and Kennewick. The Chiefs will begin at the Everett Silvertips Holiday Inn Preseason Classic, playing Portland on Aug. 30, the host Silvertips on Aug. 31 and Seattle on Sept. 1.