Just wondering É • Does anybody buy Shaun Alexander's 'apology' after accusing Seahawk coach Mike Holmgren of 'back-stabbing' his quest for the NFL rushing title in the team's regular-season finale against Atlanta? Alexander showed his true colors as a me-first guy, putting his individual pursuits ahead of the team.
• Why haven't Nate McMillan and Rick Adelman been given contract extensions? Both are lame ducks, working in the final year of their deals with Seattle and Sacramento, respectively. McMillan's Sonics are the surprise team of the NBA. Adelman's Kings continue to win big, as they have throughout his seven years with the team. These two coaches deserve better.
• Travis Parrott finished 2004 ranked 59th on the ATP doubles list, the highlight of the year coming when he and partner Robby Koenig reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open. Parrott aspires for even more in 2005.
'If you had told me at the beginning of the year I would finish (59th), I would have been more than happy,' says Parrott, a Portland resident and former University of Portland standout. 'My goal was the top 50. I didn't quite make that, but I came pretty close.'
Parrott, 24, is the seventh-ranked American in doubles play after earning nearly $90,000 in official prize money last year. He leaves Portland Wednesday for the Australian Open, where he will team with new partner Ashley Fisher.
'I'll be able to get into a lot more events than I did last year,' Parrott says. 'I'll be able to play all four majors. My goal is to finish the year in the top 20 in the world.'
• Kevin Love, Lake Oswego's 6-9 all-state sophomore who has missed the entire season while recuperating from knee surgery, will make his debut Friday when the Lakers play host to St. Helens.
• Tom Pappas left Oregon on Tuesday for Austin, Texas, where next week he will marry 2003 world heptathlon champion Kim Schiemenz. Then Pappas, who spent the last two weeks visiting relatives in his native Azalea, will begin training for the 2005 track and field season.
Pappas, 28, had a disappointing end to the 2004 season when a foot injury forced him to pull out on the second day of decathlon competition in the Olympic Games at Athens.
'The foot is doing well,' says the 2003 world outdoor and indoor champion and winner of the Harry Glickman Pro Athlete of the Year at the Oregon Sports Awards. 'I haven't been back to full training, but I can run and jump with no pain.'
Pappas won't compete indoors but intends to have a full slate of outdoor competition this year as he shoots for the 2008 Olympics.
'If I can stay healthy, I should be at my physical peak over the next four years,' Pappas says.
nOregon State will miss Southern Cal in 2005 Ñ and in 2006 unless NCAA legislation is passed allowing an annual 12-game football schedule. In that event, the Pac-10 is locked into a round-robin system with each team facing all nine conference opponents each season beginning in '06.
The Beavers have moved scheduled games against Wisconsin in 2005 and 2006 to 2011 and 2013, and next season's visit to Utah to 2008. Athletic Director Bob De Carolis is looking for an opponent for the open Sept. 17 date and hopes to have that finalized by the end of the month.
OSU unveils expanded Reser Stadium in its Sept. 3 opener against Portland State. Sales have been brisk, with 19 of the 22 suites and 172 of the 200 loge seats sold for next season. About 1,200 club seats have been sold, three-fourths of the way to the goal of 1,600 for '05.