OSU grapples with title shot
In the last year, only two teams in the state have won Pac-10 championships - Oregon State baseball and Oregon men's cross country.
This weekend, Oregon State's resurgent wrestling team has a shot at its first Pac-10 title since 1994.
The 16th-ranked Beavers' main competition figures to come from UC Davis, Cal State-Bakersfield and defending champion Arizona State. The conference meet is Saturday and Sunday at Cal State-Bakersfield.
OSU has nine wrestlers in the Pac-10 rankings, including seven who are rated first, second or third at their weight. UC Davis has 10 ranked wrestlers, but only four are in the top three. Cal State-Bakersfield has eight wrestlers in the rankings, but only two in the top three. ASU has six ranked wrestlers, including three who are No. 1 in their weight class.
Put me in, coach
Former Concordia University pitcher Michael Devaney made one jump in the pro ranks last year and has gone to spring training with hopes of moving up again this season.
In 2006, the 6-4, 220-pound right-hander was 8-2 with a 1.62 ERA for Class A St. Lucie (Fla.) and 4-2 with a 3.06 ERA in 10 starts with AA Binghamton (N.Y.). He had two complete-game shutouts (seven innings each) for the AA club.
'My main goal is to get to AAA this year,' says Devaney, 24.
He hopes ultimately to be a big-league starter or long reliever.
'Only two starting spots on the Mets are definitely taken, so I think it's kind of a wide-open race for the guys in the system,' he says.
Former Portland State receiver Shaun Bodiford will be a candidate to return kickoffs and punts for Green Bay next season. Bodiford played briefly for the Packers last year before suffering a leg injury. The Pack ranked 24th in the NFL in punt returns and 31st in kickoff returns. 'I'm going to look at Bodiford and some other young guys,' coach Mike McCarthy tells the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. … Ex-Beaver T.J. Houshmandzadeh of the Cincinnati Bengals is among a group of players who will meet with new NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell soon to discuss how to alleviate off-the-field player behavior problems. … New Orleans plans to bring Jason Fife to camp for the second straight year and give the ex-UO standout a shot at the No. 3 QB spot.
Right on track
Freshman sprinters Latasha Essien from Reynolds High and Nyema Sims from Jefferson led Seattle Pacific to the Great Northwest Athletic Conference indoor track title this week. Essien won the 60- and 200-meter dashes at Nampa, Idaho, with Sims second in both. Essien also ran on the winning 1,600-meter relay, and Sims took sixth in the long jump and seventh in the high jump.