Matthews scores 21 to lead Blazers past Grizzlies
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Wesley Matthews scored 21 points, J.J. Hickson added 19 points and 11 rebounds, and the Portland Trail Blazers beat the Memphis Grizzlies 86-84 on Friday night.
Rudy Gay's jumper from near the top of the key was off the mark, allowing the Trail Blazers to escape a closely played game that saw nine ties and 21 lead changes.
LaMarcus Aldridge had 15 points and 12 rebounds for Portland, while Nicolas Batum and Damian Lillard added 11 points apiece, Lillard also handing out eight assists.
Marreese Speights had a season-high 22 points and 13 rebounds for the Grizzlies in place of Zach Randolph, who missed the game with flu-like symptoms. Gay had 19 points, but was 8 of 21 from the field.
Nyingifa leads No. 16 UCLA women over Oregon 89-80
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Atonye Nyingifa scored 18 points, leading five players in double figures, to help No. 16 UCLA beat Oregon 89-80 Friday night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Nyingifa was 7 of 13 from the field. Nirra Fields scored 14 points, and Thea Lemberger and Kari Korver had 11 points apiece. Markel Walker had 10 points, 11 rebounds and six assists for UCLA (10-2).
UCLA led 50-32 at halftime and never looked back.
Jillian Alleyne had 19 points and 12 rebounds for the Ducks (2-11) Ariel Thomas led the Ducks in scoring with 20 points. Devyn Galland added 11 points, and Danielle Love had 10.
UCLA shot 45.8 percent from the field for the game, while Oregon shot 42 percent, and made 32 points off the Duck's 18 turnovers.
Washington women beat Arizona State 77-74
SEATTLE (AP) — Talia Walton scored 19 points to lead Washington to a 77-74 victory over Arizona State on Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Jada Blackwell scored a career-high 29 points to lead Arizona State (8-5), which entered the game with a five-game winning streak.
Walton was 8 of 17 from the field for the Huskies (9-3).
Aminah Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jazmine Davis scored 17 points, and Kristi Kingma had 14 points.
Washington led 36-32 at halftime in a game with 17 lead changes.
The Huskies shot 43.9 percent from the field for the game, while Arizona State shot 41.7 percent. Arizona dominated the boards 52-30.
Blackwell was 12 of 17 from the field and had eight rebounds.
Janae Fulcher had 15 points and 11 rebounds. Adrianne Thomas added 11 points. Micaela Pickens and Elisha Davis had six assists apiece.
Arizona women defeat Washington State 71-65
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Alli Gloyd scored 19 points to help Arizona beat Washington State 71-65 Friday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams.
Gloyd, who led five players in double figures, also had a team-high eight rebounds.
Davellyn Whyte had 12 points and 11 assists for the Wildcats (9-3). Kama Griffitts had 14 points, Cheshi Poston had 12 and Erica Barnes added 10.
Washington State led 34-31 at halftime, but Arizona's offense kicked in during the second half, shooting almost 52 percent. Arizona shot 44.8 percent from the field for the game, while Washington shot 33 percent.
Arizona hit all nine of its free throw attempts in the final 60 seconds.
Lia Galdeira scored 17 points to lead Washington State (4-8). Carly Noyes had 14 points and nine rebounds, including the 400th of her career. Sage Romberg added 10 points.
The Cougars hit a season-high eight 3-pointers.
Fiesta Bowl could be Kelly's last with the Ducks
The Oregon Ducks enter the offseason with uncertainty over coach Chip Kelly's continued tenure and possible NCAA sanctions.
But at the same time the team faces a future with a strong foundation that includes redshirt freshman quarterback Marcus Mariota and speedy sophomore running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Fifth-ranked Oregon finished this season 12-1 with a 35-17 victory over No. 7 Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. It was the Ducks' fourth straight trip to a BCS bowl game and second straight win.
It is the third season that Oregon has finished with 12 wins. The team's lone loss this season came to Stanford on Nov. 17.
But since a 48-24 victory over Oregon State in the Civil War, much of the focus has been on Kelly and whether he'll make the jump to the NFL.
Bills interview 3 candidates, including Chip Kelly
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Buffalo Bills interviewed Oregon's Chip Kelly, former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith and Syracuse coach Doug Marrone on a busy Friday in their coaching search.
Kelly also interviewed with Cleveland, with a person familiar with the negotiations saying the Browns are nearing a deal with Oregon's offensive mastermind.
The Bills, stationed in Arizona for much of this week, didn't provide any details regarding where the interviews took place or how long they lasted.
Next up is a trip to Denver, where the Bills are scheduled to interview Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy on Saturday, according to a person familiar with the team's search. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills haven't revealed who they've lined up to meet.
The Bills fired Chan Gailey on Monday.
Browner to start at CB for Seattle vs. Washington
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to start for the Seattle Seahawks in the playoff opener Sunday at Washington despite just returning this week from his four-game suspension.
Coach Pete Carroll was pleased with a nearly empty injury report Friday. The only players listed were running back Marshawn Lynch (back) and cornerback Jeremy Lane (knee). Both were probable and expected to play.
Carroll said Browner looked fine in practice but that the team will watch his fatigue during the game. Veteran Marcus Trufant will likely get the nod as Seattle's fifth defensive back in passing situations, while Leroy Hill and Malcolm Smith will likely split time at outside linebacker.
On the offensive line, rookie J.R. Sweezy is expected to start at right guard, but John Moffitt could see some time there as well. Moffitt has been inactive the past two weeks.
CARROLL AND SHANAHAN
Pete Carroll, Mike Shanahan meet in playoffs
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Chapter 5 of Pete Carroll's book "Win Forever" is all about the decision he made in 1995 that eventually landed him a gig as the defensive coordinator in San Francisco and helped frame his coaching philosophies moving forward.
The chapter is titled, "The 49ers Way." That chapter was one phone call away from having nothing to do with San Francisco and all about Carroll joining up with Mike Shanahan in Denver.
Once nearly co-workers in Denver, Carroll and Shanahan are in their third seasons respectively with Seattle and Washington. They are opposites with their outward persona. Shanahan this week called Carroll, "excitable." Yet both are respected for their ability to coach offense (Shanahan) and defense (Carroll).
Carroll and Shanahan will reconnect on Sunday when the Redskins host the Seahawks in the NFC playoffs.
Davenport to manage Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
KEIZER, Ore. (AP) — Gary Davenport has been named manager of the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, the Northwest League affiliate of the San Francisco Giants.
The team announced the move Friday.
Davenport has spent the past decade as a coach in the Giants' farm system, including the past five seasons at the hitting instructor for the San Jose Giants.
His roots with San Francisco run even deeper. The Giants drafted him in the 27th round of the 1981 draft and his father, Jim Davenport, played third base for the team from 1958 until 1970.
Davenport replaces Tom Trebelhorn, who managed the Volcanoes for five seasons.
Salem-Keizer opens its season June 14 against the Hillsboro Hops.
HAMLINE COACH SUSPENDED
Hamline suspends basketball coach
(Information in the following story is from: KSTP-TV, http://www.kstp.com)
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Hamline University has suspended basketball coach Nelson Whitmore indefinitely after a player was accused of punching a woman.
The St. Paul school also forfeited Saturday's game at Gustavus Adolphus and said 14 students face discipline.
KSTP-TV reported this week that Hamline forward Eugene Lawrence III was arrested in Spokane, Wash., while on a team trip. Lawrence was charged with second-degree assault for allegedly hitting a woman in the face at the team hotel.
Lawrence posted a $5,000 bond and was released from custody.
In a statement, Hamline says Lawrence has been dismissed from the team and is suspended from the university pending a hearing.
Whitmore is in his sixth season as the Pipers' head coach. Messages left after-hours at his office were not immediately returned Friday.