• David Yost — new quarterbacks coach for the Oregon Ducks. He coached inside receivers at Washington State the past three years. He’s a 1992 Kent State graduate who played tight end for one year in college. He was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Missouri before taking a break from coaching, then joining coach Mike Leach’s staff at WSU.YOST

• Mitch Karraker — The former University of Oregon catcher is the Ducks’ new pitching coach. He has been with the program in various roles, including administrative assistant, the past four years, after playing for UO from 2009 to 2011 upon its return to the school athletic program. He replaces Dean Stiles, who left coach George Horton’s staff for a pitching coach job at Florida International.

• Zarek Valentin — The Portland Timbers acquired Valentin, a 24-year-old defender, on Tuesday from the Montreal Impact in exchange for a 2016 international roster spot. He was the No. 4 pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft, by Chivas USA, and played at the University of Akron, formerly coached by Timbers coach Caleb Porter. He has international experience in Norway and is 6-0, 160 pounds. He was born in Lancaster, Pa.

• Ned Grabavoy — Age 32, the midfielder is a Timbers’ free-agent signing. He has played in 279 games during a 12-year MLS career. He had two goals and three assists last year for New York City FC. A 5-7, 160-pound native of Joliet, Ill., he played college soccer for Indiana.

• Jack McInerney — The forward who played for the Columbus Crew last season reportedly is headed to the Timbers. He’s 23, 5-10 and 150 pounds and has been in MLS since 2010, having turned pro out of high school. A native of Chattanooga, Tenn., he has 36 career MLS goals. Portland will be his fourth team in the league.


• Rodney Wallace — The Timbers are down to four remaining members with the departure of winger Wallace, who scored the winning goal in their 2-1 MLS Cup victory at Columbus a month ago but has rejected the club’s new contract offer.


• Jonathan Stewart — The Carolina Panthers’ top running back, from the University of Oregon, says he plans to return from injury on Sunday, when the team with the best regular-season record in the NFL opens its playoff quest at home against Seattle. He’s been out for three weeks with a sprained foot.


• Marshawn Lynch — The Seattle Seahawks’ controversial running back, who worked out last week but didn’t travel to the team’s playoff game at Minnesota, is back on the practice field as the Hawks prepare for Sunday’s NFC postseason road game at Carolina. But Seattle coach Pete Carroll says it’s “one day at a time” and he doesn’t know whether Lynch will play. Lynch had abdominal surgery on Nov. 25.

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