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SCORESHEET/BY STEVE BRANDON/PORTLAND TRIBUNE/Taggart coaching job clarity should be possible now ... and other sports news and notes from Sunday

So, now we know.

The Oregon Ducks will play the Boise State Broncos in the Las Vegas Bowl, 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 (ABC).

And now we still don't know.

Will Willie Taggart coach Oregon in that game? He was at practice Saturday, but that means nothing about Dec. 16.

But all concerned have allowed the Ducks to enjoy their "we're a bowl team again" moment in the sun and have their one-man press conference. Which means the stage is cleared for the more important business of Taggart's contract and future place of employment.

What we also don't know: Will NFL-hopeful seniors Royce Freeman and Tyrell Crosby play in the Vegas Bowl? They practiced, which doesn't guarantee their participation but is possibly encouraging for Ducks fans. Crosby is from Henderson, Nevada, and has another reason to be excited about participating.

Meanwhile, a roundup of some other Sunday sports news:


Normally explosive Portland looked flat coming off a six-game trip as it fell to 20–5-0-1 with a 4-0 loss to Saskatoon at Moda Center on Sunday night.

Hawks center Cody Glass had his point streak end at 12 games.

Portland will be at Vancouver on Tuesday and at Everett on Wednesday.


Former University of Oregon star Caroline Inglis is set for LPGA Tour competition in 2018.

The ex-Churchill High standout secured her tour card on Sunday, finishing with a clutch, 3-under-par spot to nab one of 20 LPGA Tour cards for next year.

The top 20 finishers in the LPGA Qualifying School, a 90-hole event, got their cards. Inglis tied for 10th.

The tournament took place at LPGA International in Daytona Beach, Fla.

Golfers who placed 21st through 45th, and ties, got more limited LPGA playing status.

Britney Yada, a former Portland State golfer, just missed that list. She tied for 56th.

Inglis had a 5-under 355 total for the five rounds.

Yada, who shot 74 on Sunday, was at 4-over 364. Those who tied for 45th shot 362.


Bad but not unexpected news for Seattle on Sunday afternoon. The Los Angeles Rams, who began the day one game ahead of Seattle in the race for the NFL West championship, won 32-16 at Arizona.

Seattle responded, though, with its 24-10 upset of visiting Philadelphia. Quarterback Russell Wilson led the way, but the defense was strong, too, giving the Seahawks more hope that they can do some damage down the stretch and make the NFL playoffs as at least a wild card.


The Oregon Ducks are averaging 89.9 points per game after their 114-87 win over Weber State on Saturday. Only six teams, including Texas (nation-leading 95.0) have produced at a higher rate.

A big game for the Ducks comes Dec. 13 at sixth-ranked Mississippi State (8-0 after Sunday's 79-76 win against visiting Oklahoma State).


For those keeping score at home, five Pac-12 teams are in the NCAA women's Sweet 16: defending champion Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah and Colorado.

The surprise is that conference co-runner-up Washington got upset Saturday night by Illinois.

That kept the Pac-12 from matching the Big Ten's six teams into the final 16.


• Portland Meadows has live horse racing, starting at noon. Parking and admission are free.

• Lewis & Clark College is the site for a Northwest Confernce basketball doubleheader — the women's teams play at 6 p.m., the men are scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m.

The Pacific men, coached by Jerod Gibson (a former assistant at Portland State and Roosevelt High) and assistants Andy McClouskey (who played and coached for Ralph Miller at Oregon State among his many stops) and Joe Schaumburg (a former L&C assistant), are 7-0.

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