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TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Kevin Durant has had a huge impact on Golden State in his first season with the Warriors.
December 08, 2016

Warriors get even more dominant with Durant

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Westbrook, Harden and a host of young big men make season interesting
COURTESY: GODUCKS.COM - The Heisman Trophy, as shown at the University of Oregon after being won in 2014 by Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota, is up for grabs this year. The winner will be announced at 5 p.m. PT Saturday in New York City.
December 06, 2016

Winnowing list of Heisman hopefuls

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS
December 06, 2016

Portland State football to play Arkansas

by Kerry Eggers
Portland State will face its first-ever Southeasern Conference opponent — Arkansas — to open the 2019 football season. PSU will play the Razorbacks on Aug. 31, 2019. One source says the Vikings…


TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: PATRICK COTE - SPOELSTRA
December 02, 2016

Things have changed for Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS/ON THE NBA Life has changed in a couple of ways since Erik Spoelstra last touched down in Portland with the Miami Heat in March. Gone is Dwyane Wade, the player with whom Spoelstra…
December 01, 2016

Oregon State football depth chart for 2017

by Kerry Eggers
(Projected two-deep by position for the start of Beavers spring football) OFFENSE WR: *Seth Collins, junior; Trevon Bradford, sophomore WR: *Jordan Villamin, senior; Paul Lucas, junior WR:…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Victor Bolden makes an acrobatic catch for Oregon State.
November 24, 2016

Bolden's done it all for Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
Only thing left is a win over Ducks/'It will make this season year really sweet if we go out with a win over them'
KERRY EGGERS
November 23, 2016

KERRY SAYS: Strong offense gives Ducks slight edge

by Kerry Eggers
Oregon owns an eight-game stronghold on Oregon State in their Civil War series. OSU’s last win came in 2007 at Autzen Stadium, the thriller in which James Rodgers’ 25-yard touchdown run on a fly…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon State football coach Gary Andersen (right) and wife Stacey share their Corvallis home with pets Aggie (left) and Blue, who areGreat Dane/English Mastiff mixes - 'mutts,' as the coach affectionately refers to them.
November 22, 2016

For Beavers coach, it's a (big) dogs' life

by Kerry Eggers
Aggie, Blue have become part of the OSU family, too
ANDERSEN
November 22, 2016

Bring it on: OSU coach loves a good Civil War rivalry game

by Kerry Eggers
Gary Andersen ready to welcome the Oregon Ducks to Reser Stadium
On the 1942 Rose Bowl
November 22, 2016

HOLIDAY GIFT SHOPPING IDEAS FOR SPORTS FANS - BY THE BOOK

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS With the holidays approaching, gift-giving time will soon arrive, too. Herewith a look at some potential presents in regard to sports-related books ... “Fields of Battle”…
COURTESY: ANNEMARIE JACQUES - Portland State quarterback Alex Kuresa sprints away from Eastern Washington defenders during Friday night's game at Providence Park.
November 19, 2016

Vikings vow they'll be back

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS A perusal of the Big Sky football schedule in August would have indicated a regular-season finale at Providence Park — Eastern Washington against Portland State — might…
November 17, 2016

KERRY SAYS: A big win is in store

by Kerry Eggers
Something's got to give when Arizona visits Oregon State on Saturday
COURTESY: KARL MAASDAM - Andrzej Hughes-Murray, a freshman from Federal Way, Washington, has stepped in admirably at outside linebacker for Oregon State.
November 14, 2016

War of attrition makes Beavers battle-tested

by Kerry Eggers
Youth is served, especially at outside linebacker for Oregon State
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Seth Collins (right) battles for a ball in Oregon State's game against Idaho State this season.
November 14, 2016

Beavers' thoughts with ill teammate Collins

by Kerry Eggers
Sophomore receiver improves some, listed in fair condition at Corvallis hospital
November 13, 2016

Beavers lose another close one, and it hurts

by Kerry Eggers
Bruins beat Beavers
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF OREGON - BALLARD
November 10, 2016

On OSU's AD search, the deaths of Ballard and Ladd, Larry Scott…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS
November 10, 2016

KERRY SAYS: Rose Bowl win? Not quite for Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
Oregon State-UCLA game figures to be close, though
TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Chip Kelly has his detractors in San Francisco, but even after another loss on Sunday his players seem supportive, and he might get to continue his building plan for the 49ers.
November 06, 2016

In Kelly the 49ers still seem to trust

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS
COOKS
November 06, 2016

Saints receiver having big year

by Kerry Eggers
Ex-Beaver Cooks hopes to whip up Pro Bowl honors
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - ANDERSEN
November 05, 2016

Beavers fail to follow recipe

by Portland Tribune
McCaffrey-led Stanford cooks up win
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - CARLIN-VOIGT
November 03, 2016

Pilots in position for something special in men's soccer

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS It’s been awhile since University of Portland men’s soccer has been relevant. After a great run under the late Clive Charles, including a 1995 NCAA College Cup semifinals…
November 03, 2016

KERRY SAYS: Stanford losing to Oregon State? Pshaw

by Kerry Eggers
Oregon State has been on a mostly upward path since its 47-6 loss at Colorado on Oct. 1. The Beavers shocked California, played a lousy first half but a competitive second half in a 41-17 loss…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Running back Ryan Nall has been Oregon State's biggest threat on offense.
November 03, 2016

'WRECKING NALL' BUILT FOR SPEED

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — When Ryan Nall gets loose in the secondary — and it has happened a few times in his young career as a college running back — it’s a sight to behold. Oregon State’s 6-3, 235-pound…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Stephen Curry of Golden State gets behind the Trail Blazers for a layup Tuesday night at Moda Center.
November 02, 2016

For a half, he's not Steph Curry; then he is

by Kerry Eggers
For a half, Stephen Curry was a mortal, and the Trail Blazers were within distance of an important early-season victory. Then Curry went mutant, and a close game turned into a rout. The two-time…
COURTESY: POWERSHARE SERIES - John McEnroe will play Friday at Moda Center in a PowerShares Series exhibition.
November 01, 2016

McEnroe still has game, insights and more

by Kerry Eggers
Tennis legend returns to Portland for PowerShares Series exhibition at Moda Center/ When John McEnroe steps onto the Moda Center court Friday night as part of the PowerShares Series exhibition,…
October 31, 2016

Reflections on Beaver football, and the game that got away

by Kerry Eggers
With reliable defense, OSU girds for Stanford match CORVALLIS — A Vine clip of Gary Andersen pulling the headphones off and hailing the referees with what may not have been a very friendly…
October 30, 2016

A first half to remember, second half to forget for Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — From Oregon State’s perspective, reflections on Saturday night’s 35-31 loss to Washington State came down to just a few words. “It’s a crying shame,” is the way coach Gary Andersen…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard reacts to a play Thursday night against the Los Angeles Clippers.
October 28, 2016

Loss to chippy Clippers leaves Blazers in foul mood

by Kerry Eggers
If there were any question after last season’s playoffs that the Trail Blazers’ most bitter rival is the Los Angeles Clippers, it’s official now. Things picked up where they left off between the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Harry Merlo, accepting an award at the 2011 Oregon Sports Awards hosted by Nike, died Monday at age 91.
October 27, 2016

Shoes, Roses, Merlo and more

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Knocking it around on a variety of sporting subjects … • Kevin Harlan walked into Moda Center on Thursday night wearing some outrageous Nike sneakers. But there was method…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Cornerback Treston Decoud has been a mainstay on defense for the Oregon State Beavers, who figure to be busy defending the pass this week against Washington State.
October 27, 2016

Beavers look to confuse Cougs at Reser

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s secondary had great success against California’s “Bear Raid” passing attack, holding quarterback Davis Webb to 113 yards and no touchdowns through the air in the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Damian Lillard lifted the Trail Blazers to a 1-0 start, scoring 39 points Tuesday at Moda Center in a victory over Utah.
October 26, 2016

Great Dame to the rescue as Blazers rally to beat Jazz

by Kerry Eggers
The expected happened Tuesday night at Moda Center. Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had big scoring games, and the Trail Blazers won their home opener. Lillard scored 16 of his 39 points in the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Golden State standouts (from left) Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson give the Warriors the inside track on another NBA Western Conference crown.
October 24, 2016

NBA Western Conference preview, picks

by Kerry Eggers
A look at the 15 teams in the NBA’s Western Conference, with predicted records, in reverse order: 15. Phoenix Franchise player: G Devin Booker. Key acquisitions: F Jared Dudley, G Leandra…
October 24, 2016

Beavers trying to win now, but recruiting also has coaches'…

by Kerry Eggers
Receivers could be key to late-season offensive success/ Oregon State is doing its best to play for the “now.” After sustaining a 41-17 pounding against Pac-12 powerhouse Washington last…
October 22, 2016

Huskies get a leg up early, stroll to win over Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
SEATTLE — The Washington Huskies put their pants on one leg at a time, just like Oregon State’s players. Trouble is, these Huskies can do so much more once they get their britches on. The…
COURTESY: SUE QUILLAN - Fred Quillan was a two-time Pro Bowl center in the glory days of the San Francisco 49ers. Quillan won two Super Bowls snapping the ball to Joe Montana and played 10 seasons in the NFL, all with the Niners.
October 20, 2016

NFL, family were two great loves for 49ers star Quillan

by Kerry Eggers
Center had hard time finding path beyond Pro Bowl career// The hollow feeling of loss grips those who knew Fred Quillan, both for what he was as a person and how it ended. There were…
October 19, 2016

KERRY SAYS: Beavers being thrown to the wolves, er, Dawgs

by Kerry Eggers
Where do you start with the Washington Huskies? Probably on defense, where Washington is tied for the national lead in sacks (24), leads the Pac-12 and ranks seventh nationally in scoring…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - RUECK
October 18, 2016

New-look Oregon State women's basketball team looks versatile,…

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Life will never be the same for the Oregon State women’s basketball team. But it still might be pretty darn good. Gone from the OSU team that went 32-5, won the Pac-12 championship…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Marcus McMaryion is getting another chance to start at quarterback for the Oregon State Beavers.
October 17, 2016

Meet Marcus McMaryion, the Beavers' new leader

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Marcus McMaryion is a 3.8 student at Oregon State who recently switched his major from kinesiology to public health. He can see himself moving into a career as a physician’s…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - A broken foot has sidelined Oregon State QB Darrel Garretson for the rest of the season.
October 17, 2016

OSU quarterback Garretson out for season

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS -- Oregon State coach Gary Andersen confirmed Monday that starting quarterback Darell Garretson will be lost for the season. Garretson suffered a broken bone in a foot in last…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The Trail Blazers are telling new guard/forward Evan Turner to make opposing defenses react to him when he has the ball.
October 17, 2016

BLAZERS GIVE GLIMPSE OF THEIR GAME FACE

by Kerry Eggers
The Trail Blazers head into their final two preseason games — road contests against Utah on Wednesday and Golden State on Friday — with a 3-2 record after a 106-97 loss to Denver Sunday night at…

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TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The Trail Blazers are telling new guard/forward Evan Turner to make opposing defenses react to him when he has the ball.
Oct 17, 2016

BLAZERS GIVE GLIMPSE OF THEIR GAME FACE

by Kerry Eggers
The Trail Blazers head into their final two preseason games — road contests against Utah on Wednesday and Golden State on Friday — with a 3-2 record after a 106-97 loss to Denver Sunday night at…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Marcus McMaryion is back in the picture as a quarterback for the Oregon State Beavers.
Oct 17, 2016

All sorts of questions surround OSU football

by Kerry Eggers
Beavers' defense making progress, but offense lacking There are more questions than answers after Oregon State’s 19-14 loss to Utah Saturday at Reser Stadium. Let’s get right to some of the most…
Oct 17, 2016

Beavers had a chance to win

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s Saturday afternoon at Reser Stadium ended with its top two quarterbacks on crutches on the sidelines and its coach lamenting the loss of a golden opportunity. The…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: KYLE GREEN - The legendary Arnold Palmer and Peter Jacobsen enjoy a laugh during the Fred Meyer Challenge.
Oct 14, 2016

Jacobsen remembers 'impactful' Arnold Palmer

by Portland Tribune
(and other column notes)/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS// Knocking it around on a variety of sporting subjects … • When Arnold Palmer died on Sept. 25, it brought out a flood of memories for his…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Linebacker Caleb Saulo, a spread offense quarterback in high school, is like the QB of the Oregon State defense.
Oct 17, 2016

'Solid' Caleb Saulo at core of OSU football

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Oregon State’s young football team needs “solid,” and the Beavers have that in senior linebacker Caleb Saulo. “Talk about a team leader,” OSU linebackers coach Chad Kauha’aha’a says.…
Oct 12, 2016

KERRY SAYS: A game OSU coach Gary Andersen would dearly love to…

by Portland Tribune
If there is a game on the schedule that Oregon State coach Gary Andersen would like to win, it’s probably Oregon. Next in line would be Utah, the Beavers’ opponent Saturday at Reser Stadium.…
COURTESY: USA VOLLEYBALL - Kim Hill, from Portland Christian High, and the U.S. women's volleyball team, had to settle for bronze at Rio de Janeiro, but she says it was an incredible and unforgettable experience.
Oct 11, 2016

MATCH FOR BRONZE A TOUGH JOB AT RIO GAMES

by Kerry Eggers
Volleyball star Kim Hill regroups after Olympics/ The phone call came late one night from Istanbul, the voice on the other end Kim Hill. The 6-4 former Portland Christian great had just arrived…
Oct 11, 2016

OT win over Cal could be spark Beavers needed

by Kerry Eggers
OSU performance helps them regain fans' faith CORVALLIS — There were lessons to be learned from Oregon State’s upset victory over California, not the least which was, “Don’t ever give up on…
COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - Sam Tweedt returns to a potentially depth Oregon State pitching corps.
Oct 11, 2016

Casey's Beavers building with youth, pitching depth for 2017

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — It’s a long way to the middle of February, when Oregon State will begin its 2017 baseball season. But the seeds are being planted now during fall ball at Goss Stadium. The Beavers…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Winning at the Olympic Trials shot put in Eugene gave Gresham's Ryan Crouser a boost in what turned out to be a gold medal performance at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Oct 11, 2016

Olympic champ Ryan Crouser eager to take shot at more success

by Kerry Eggers
Life changed forever for Ryan Crouser on the night of Aug. 18 in Rio de Janeiro. Winning an Olympic gold medal will do that. The Gresham native and Barlow High grad wrote his ticket to fame by…