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Indiana can’t keep pace with Portland

PORTLAND — After Portland had withstood a late barrage from the Indiana Pacers and Paul George, the Trail Blazers gathered at midcourt and raised their hands together. It might be early in the season, but this was a statement win for the Blazers. LaMarcus Aldridge had 28 points and 10 …

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Portland loses big lead, salvages game

LOS ANGELES — Portland’s enormous fourth-quarter lead dwindled to a single point before the Trail Blazers finally figured out how to hold off the Los Angeles Lakers’ patchwork lineup. Wesley Matthews thinks the harrowing experience will be good for the Blazers as they try to cement their spot among the …

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Color the Crimson Tide aw-burned after Tigers’ steely Iron Bowl upset

AUBURN, Ala. — That crazy tipped pass for a long game-winning touchdown is now the second-most stunning and improbable play of Auburn’s wild season. Yes, the Tigers found a way to top “The Immaculate Deflection.” Chris Davis returned a missed field-goal attempt more than 100 yards for a touchdown on …

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Beavers get career day from Ward in loss

Oregon State ran for 231 yards, more than triple its season average. That number bothered Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, but it was softened by the final numbers on the scoreboard that showed Oregon’s 36-35 Civil War victory on Friday night at Autzen Stadium. “I didn’t want them to run …

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Altman to stay through 2020

Dana Altman’s first recruit knew the coach planned to call Oregon home for a while. “He’s been saying he wants to say here for a long time, so it sounds like it,” Oregon senior guard Johnathan Loyd said. In the middle of Altman’s original contract, Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens …

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Portland makes it 11 straight

PORTLAND — LaMarcus Aldridge believes the key to the Trail Blazers’ early success this season is chemistry. “I think this team is jelling together better than any other team I’ve been on,” said Aldridge, who had 18 points and 14 rebounds for Portland in the team’s 11th straight victory, a …

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Timbers’ feel-good season ends in Western Conference finals

PORTLAND — Long after all the fans had gone and the turf was being vacuumed of confetti, Real Salt Lake was still celebrating its Western Conference championship. Aided by a boom box, RSL players sang and danced as they headed for their bus following Sunday night’s 1-0 victory over the …

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Blown-out Beavers try to move past UW

CORVALLIS — A rally squad member sprinted past the end zone holding an Oregon State flag aloft after a late score by the Beavers Saturday night. There was no one left to cheer the moment except the OSU marching band. Fans had abandoned Reser Stadium in droves during halftime, leaving …

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Lowell swats Hornets’ streak to reach finals

COTTAGE GROVE — To be the best, you have to beat the best. Top-ranked Lowell still has one game left to prove that it’s the best team in the state, but on Saturday the Red Devils toppled the program that has dominated eight-man football for the past half-decade. Lowell’s high-flying …

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Lions’ last roar leaves them euphoric over state-title shot

Scotty Hitner stood near the sideline with one hand on his head as he searched for the right word to describe how he felt at that exact moment. “Euphoria, dude,” the Cottage Grove quarterback said. “Just euphoria.” A quick glance at the raucous celebration taking place all around him, and …

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