Spurs hold off Blazers 112-109
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Gary Neal had 27 points, Manu Ginobili hit two big free throws in the final seconds and the San Antonio Spurs edged the Portland Trail Blazers 112-109 on Saturday night.
The Blazers hit four straight 3-pointers to tie it at 109 with 40.5 seconds left, but Portland stumbled from there and was saddled with its third consecutive loss. Nicolas Batum had a career-high 33 points.
Tim Duncan added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Spurs, who snapped a seven-game losing streak at the Rose Garden.
San Antonio played without Tony Parker because of a flu bug that has been making its way around the team. Patty Mills started in his place.
Sounders' Burch suspended, fined
NEW YORK (AP) — MLS Commissioner Don Garber suspended Seattle Sounders defender Marc Burch for three games and fined him an undisclosed amount Saturday night for using unacceptable and offensive language toward an opponent Thursday night in a playoff game against Real Salt Lake.
Garber also ordered Burch to attend diversity and sensitivity training.
Burch will sit out the two-game Western Conference finals against the Los Angeles Galaxy. If the Sounders advance to the MLS Cup, he will sit out the title game. If Seattle fails to advance, the suspension will carry over to the first game next season.
"Major League Soccer has a zero-tolerance policy in response to this type of behavior from its players or staff," Garber said. "While I understand and believe that Mr. Burch is remorseful, Major League Soccer is committed to providing an environment in which all individuals are treated with dignity and respect."
Ducks star RB Barner leaves briefly with injury
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Oregon star running back Kenjon Barner was taken to the locker room briefly after apparently injuring his right hand against California on Saturday night.
Barner left the game for the second-ranked Ducks late in the first quarter holding his hand and grimacing on the sideline before being taken to the locker room. He came back to the field before the next series and got on the field for one play without getting the ball.
Barner ran for a school-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in last week's win over Southern California. His 19 rushing TDs on the season are two shy of tying LaMichael James' single-season school mark.
Byron Marshall replaced Barner and scored on a 3-yard run on his first play after the injury.
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Montana State routs Portland State 65-30
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — DeNarius McGhee threw four touchdown passes and Cody Kirk scored three TDs as Montana State routed Portland State 65-30 on Saturday.
The Bobcats (9-1, 6-1 Big Sky) saw six players score in the first half, when they scored 59 points, and had touchdowns on offense, defense, and special teams in dominating the Vikings. Two weeks after gaining a school-record 695 yards, MSU had 389 yards by halftime before sending in its second team early in the second half. Shawn Johnson scored on a 54-yard pass play and a 72-yard punt return and Kirk, who ran for 122 yards, had scoring runs of 17 and 14 yards, along with a 54-yard touchdown reception.
DJ Adams had a 69-yard touchdown run in the first quarter to cut the Bobcats' lead to 10-7, but Portland State (3-7, 2-5) didn't manage another first down until its final drive of the half.
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Eastern Washington hangs on, beats UC Davis 31-28
CHENEY, Wash. (AP) — Vernon Adams' 9-yard touchdown run with 8:13 to play capped a second-half rally, and Eastern Washington blocked a late field-goal attempt Saturday to beat UC Davis 31-28 and move into a first-place tie in the Big Sky Conference.
Adams' score came after Kyle Padron hit Greg Herd for a 51-yard touchdown to pull the Eagles (8-2, 6-1) within 28-24. Later, UC Davis lined up to attempt a game-tying 52-yard field goal with 44 seconds left, but David Gaylord blocked it to seal the win.
EWU's Demitrius Bronson finished with 63 yards rushing and two first-quarter touchdowns. That gave the Eagles a 14-3 lead before the Aggies (3-7, 2-5) scored 21 unanswered points on Randy Wright's 72-yard touchdown pass to Corey Galindo and Dalton Turay's two short scoring runs.
The Eagles are now tied with Northern Arizona and Montana State. All three teams finish their regular season next week.
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Wilson says he has quit Washington State team
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Star receiver Marquess Wilson says he has quit the Washington State football team, and blamed the coaching staff for what he called abuse of players.
Wilson was suspended this week for an unspecified violation of team rules. He said in a press release Saturday that he has left the program because of the actions of first-year coach Mike Leach and his staff.
Wilson said the new staff has "preferred to belittle, intimidate and humiliate us."
Team spokesman Bill Stevens could not confirm that Wilson, the team's career receptions leader, has left. Stevens said Wilson remains suspended.
Wilson, a junior, set school single-season records last year with 82 receptions and 1,388 yards receiving. This season, he leads the team with 52 receptions for 813 yards.
Mariota leads No. 2 Oregon past California 59-17
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Marcus Mariota overcame a brief injury to throw for a career-high 377 yards and tie a school record with six touchdown passes as No. 2 Oregon made a case for the top ranking in the country by beating California 59-17 on Saturday night.
The Ducks (10-0, 7-0 Pac-12) withstood injuries to its entire starting defensive line and brief absences by Mariota and star running back Kenjon Barner to extend the longest active winning streak in major college football to 13 games.
The win over California (3-8, 2-6) could be enough to move Oregon up to No. 1 after top-ranked Alabama lost earlier in the day 29-23 to No. 15 Texas A&M. Even more importantly, the Crimson Tide loss cleared one potential rival for a spot in the BCS title game, leaving Notre Dame and Kansas State as the only other major undefeated teams eligible for a bowl. The Ducks are currently third in the BCS rankings.
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Motum, Washington State down E Washington 88-69
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Brock Motum added 23 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for his fourth career double-double to help Washington State beat Eastern Washington University 88-69 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Mike Ladd and DaVonte Lacy each added 15 points for Washington State and D.J. Shelton pulled down 12 rebounds as the Cougars outrebounded the Eagles 47-34.
Justin Crosgile added 28 points and had seven 3-pointers for Eastern Washington. Crosgile hit five 3-pointers late in the second half, but it would not be enough as the Eagles struggled from the field most of the night.
Washington State's defense held the Eagles to 34 percent from the field (25 of 72). The Cougars shot 54 percent from the field, 61 percent in the second half.
Oregon beats Northern Arizona 83-73
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Tony Woods scored 14 points, including an emphatic two-handed dunk late in the game to put Oregon up for good in an 83-73 victory against Northern Arizona on Saturday night in the season opener for both teams.
Damyean Dotson also scored 13 points for the Ducks, E.J. Singler added 12 points and eight rebounds, and Dominic Artis had 10 in the season-opener for Oregon, which sealed the win with a game-ending 16-6 run.
The Ducks, who returned only four scholarship players with game experience, started three freshmen against the Lumberjacks and played six, but it was the veterans who ignited the rally.
Oregon trailed 67-66 with 5:43 to play following back-to-back 3-pointers by NAU's Dewayne Russell and Blake Hamilton.
But Woods, a senior center, put the Ducks on top when he thundered home a dunk for a 68-67 advantage.
Singler followed with a rebound basket and Carlos Emory drained a 3-pointer as the Ducks took off on a 13-0 run that ended with a 79-67 lead.
The Lumberjacks missed eight straight shots during Oregon's run.
Russell finished with 15 points to lead NAU.
Cooper, Kellogg lead Ohio past Portland 81-52
ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — D.J. Cooper scored 18 points and Nick Kellogg added 18 points off the bench to help Ohio pull away in the second half and beat Portland 81-52 Saturday in the season opener for both teams.
Ohio and Portland played to a 33-33 tie at halftime, but Ohio outscored the Pilots 48-19 in the second half.
The Pilots shot just 25.9 percent (7 for 27) in the second half, while Ohio shot 61.5 percent (16 for 26).
Ivo Baltic and Reggie Keely also scored in double digits for Ohio, with 10 points and 13 points, respectively.
Jon Smith added eight rebounds and four blocks for the Bobcats, while Cooper also had six assists and five rebounds.
Ohio took its first lead 33 seconds into the second half and used a 21-6 run in the first 7:07 of the period to run away with the game.