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 last 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.
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.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — No. 16 UCLA beat Oregon 89-80 last night in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. UCLA led 50-32 at halftime and never looked back. Ariel Thomas led the Ducks in scoring with 20 points. UCLA shot 45.8 percent from the field for the game, while Oregon shot 42 percent.
SEATTLE (AP) — Talia Walton scored 19 points to lead Washington to a 77-74 victory over Arizona State yesterday in the Pac-12 opener for both teams. Walton was 8 of 17 from the field for the Huskies. Aminah Williams had 14 points and 12 rebounds. Jazmine Davis scored 17 points, and Kristi Kingma had 14 points.
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — Cornerback Brandon Browner is expected to start for the Seattle Seahawks in the playoff opener tomorrow at Washington despite just returning this week from his four-game suspension. Coach Pete Carroll was pleased with a nearly empty injury report yesterday. The only players listed were running back Marshawn Lynch and cornerback Jeremy Lane. Both were probable and expected to play.