Redbirds at BEAVERS, 7 p.m., PGE Park

Memphis is part of the Portland Beavers' home-opening act; the series continues with games at 7 p.m. Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday and 6:30 p.m. Monday.


Huskies at DUCKS, noon, Hayward Field, Eugene

A track tradition ÑÊthe Washington-Oregon dual meet.


Lakers at BLAZERS, 2:30 p.m., Rose Garden

Portland's depth vs. Shaq's girth.


BASEBALL: The University of Portland (13-16, 3-4 West Coast Conference) is at home against Saint Mary's at 3 p.m. today and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Travis Hanson is batting .342 for UP, with 30 RBIs, 12 doubles and five home runs. Other leading hitters are Kory Casto (.333, 22 RBIs, four homers), Matt Allen (.327, 24 RBIs, six HRs), Matt Hollod (.324, 18 RBIs) and Joe Watson (.324). Top pitchers include Steve Chamberlain (4-1, 3.70 ERA), Hollod (4-2, 6.45), Eric Hull (six saves) and Sach Yarbrough (two saves). É Oregon State (19-12, 3-3 Pacific-10 Conference) plays host to Hawaii-Hilo at noon Saturday, 1 p.m. Sunday and 2 p.m. Monday. Junior third baseman Brian Barden is batting .348 for the Beavers (.417 in Pac-10 games), with 27 RBIs, eight doubles and five homers.

SOFTBALL: Portland State and Loyola Marymount will play a doubleheader at 1 p.m. Saturday at Erv Lind Stadium. PSU (11-20, 3-5 Western Athletic Conference) is led offensively by Nichole Ivie (.325, 15 RBIs, five doubles). On the mound, Morgan Seibert is 8-9 with a 2.06 ERA and 143 strikeouts in 115 innings. É Oregon State (31-11, 6-2 Pac-10) is home at 2 p.m. today against Arizona and at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday versus Arizona State. Oregon (18-15, 0-6 Pac-10) plays host to ASU at 2 p.m. today, then welcomes Arizona at 2 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. Sunday.

TRACK AND FIELD: The Oregon Ducks have lost NCAA javelin champion John Stiegeler for the season after he injured his left knee in a meet last week in Austin, Texas. Stiegeler, a redshirt junior, won the competition with a throw of 242 feet, 11 inches. He holds the school record at 252-10.

BASKETBALL: Only Portland was busy as the national signing period opened Wednesday. The Pilots signed guards Eugene 'Pooh' Jeter and Donald Wilson from the Los Angeles area. The 5-9 Jeter averaged 23 points, 10 assists and 3 steals for Serra High School, which he led to a 26-5 record. The 6-4 Wilson averaged 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists for Dorsey High, which made the L.A. city semifinals. The two join Andreas Gahlmann and Dustin Geddis as Pilot recruits this season. ... Oregon has two scholarships available, and might fill one this spring; Oregon State has two open, and new coach Jay John has already started trying to fill them. Portland State also has two scholarships, but hasn't filled them yet.

Oregon State hired John, 43, as head men's basketball coach Tuesday. He succeeds Ritchie McKay, who resigned after two years to take over the coaching job at New Mexico. John previously served as an assistant at Arizona for four seasons, and coached at Oregon as an assistant twice.

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