Sports Nov. 16
Rodney Cooper hit a 3-pointer from right in front of the Alabama bench with 12.2 seconds left and the Crimson Tide, who led by as many as 15 points in the second half, beat Oregon State 65-62 on Thursday night in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project.
Alabama (3-0) seemed to be in control of the game when it took a 52-37 lead with 12:31 to play on a 3-pointer by Trevor Lacey, who led the Crimson Tide with 20 points.
But the Beavers (2-1) stopped turning the ball over and took advantage of a shooting slump by Alabama to tie the score at 62 when Devon Collier made two free throws with 43 seconds to play.
Alabama spread the court and ran down the shot clock. Cooper, who finished 12 points, let the ball go with 6 seconds left on the shot clock and it went through.
Nicholas Carries Portland Past Idaho State 51-48
Ryan Nicholas had 22 points and eight rebounds as Portland defeated Idaho State 51-48 Thursday night.
Kevin Bailey added 12 points for the Pilots (1-1), who shot 45.5 percent from the floor.
Chris Hansen led Idaho State (0-2) with 15 points and Neveij Walters had 10.
After a back-and-forth first half, Idaho State went scoreless for the first 6½ minutes after the break. Tanner Riley hit a 3-pointer and Nicholas also made a basket to put Portland ahead 35-29 with 14:19 remaining. The Bengals twice got within one point, the latest coming after a Melvin Morgan jumper with 6 minutes left to make it 45-44.
But Nicholas and Korey Thieleke answered with baskets for the Pilots to put the game away.
Idaho State shot just 33 percent in the second half after hitting 48 percent of its shots before the break. The Bengals were 2 for 6 from the free-throw line.
F Kazemi Can Play For Ducks This Season
Oregon says Rice transfer Arsalan Kazemi is eligible to play for the Ducks this season.
The 6-foot-7 forward was granted a waiver from the NCAA to play this season at Oregon after transferring from Rice in September. Normally players have to sit out a season before they are allowed to play.
Kazemi averaged 12.1 points and 10.2 rebounds a game last season for Rice. He is one of six players who transferred out of the program.
Kazemi will be available to play Friday when the Oregon (2-0) hosts Vanderbilt.
Seattle Again Finds Itself In Huge Playoff Hole
The lesson was supposed to have been learned a year ago, when one lapse during the MLS Cup playoffs and one extra goal did make all the difference for the Seattle Sounders.
Clearly, it wasn't.
For the second straight year, the Sounders go into a second-leg postseason home game facing a 3-0 deficit and knowing how unlikely it will be to advance. The Sounders face Los Angeles in the second leg of the Western Conference finals on Sunday night, with the winner possibly in line to host the MLS Cup final on Dec. 1.
Last year, Seattle lost 3-0 to Real Salt Lake in a sloppy performance in the first leg of the conference semifinals. Seattle made a furious rally in the second leg but ultimately fell short.
Stepfan Taylor Running Into Stanford Record Books
Senior center Sam Schwartzstein and the rest of Stanford's offensive linemen gathered in a meeting room this week and watched one play from the win over Oregon State over and over again.
Schwartzstein wanted to remind them all what can happen when running back Stepfan Taylor has just a little bit of a block.
Overlooked so often when he played alongside Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart, Taylor is leaving all sorts of lasting memories.
Now the subtle senior has a chance to add to his legacy and set a new Stanford standard in one of the biggest games of his career. Taylor is 202 yards shy of Darrin Nelson's school record of 4,033 yards rushing as the No. 14 Cardinal head to top-ranked Oregon on Saturday night.
M's: Scoreboard Will Have MLB's Biggest Screen
Seattle Mariners say they will install the largest scoreboard video screen in the major leagues at Safeco Field during the offseason.
The Mariners say the screen debuting for the 2013 season will cover the same area as the old scoreboard but the screen itself is nearly 10 times the size of the current one. The team says the viewing area will be the equivalent of about 2,182 42-inch flat screen TVs.
The Mariners say the entire high definition board can be programmed to show live action or video replays or be split into sections displaying graphics, animation and statistical data.
Hops To Open Against Salem-Keizer, Then Eugene
The Hillsboro Hops won't have to travel far for their first game.
The Northwest League schedule has been released and it shows the Hops will open their season June 14 against the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Class A affiliate of the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.
After three games at Volcanoes Stadium, the Hops play their first home game June 17 against the other in-state rival, the Eugene Emeralds.
The minor league affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks recently moved to Hillsboro from Yakima, Wash., and will play in a 4,500-seat stadium that's under construction.
The relocation marks a return of professional baseball to the Portland area. It had been without a team since the Portland Beavers left after the 2010 season.
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