WEDNESDAY SPORTS NEWS/ World team picked for Nike Hoop Summit; Aldridge back for Spurs-Blazers game; PSU's Finigan named Big Sky golfer of the week; Timbers' Nagbe on U.S. roster; Beavers add two tight ends


Portland State has fired men's basketball coach Tyler Geving, who had two years remaining on his contract.

Geving spent 12 years on the Park Blues, starting as an assistant coach for Ken Bone from 2005-2009.

This season, the Vikings were 15-16, including 7-11 in the Big Sky. They lost in the second round of the Big Sky tournament to eventual champion North Dakota.

Geving was 112-133 in eight seasons as head coach. Three of his teams got to the conference tourney semifinals. His best seasons were 17-15 in 2011-12 and 2013-14.


The 12-man World Select Team has been picked for the Friday, April 7 Nike Hoop Summit at Moda Center.

The team will play the USA Basketball Junior National Select Team at 7 p.m.

The world team, consisting of players age 19 and young, has won three of the past four years, although the U.S. won 101-67 a year ago.

This year's world squad consists of guards Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (6-5, Canada), Lindell Wigginton (6-1, Canada), Nickell Alexander-Walker (6-5, Canada) and Angus Glover (6-4, Australia); forwards Tadas Sedekerskis (6-7, Spain/Lithuania), Kostja Mushidi (6-5, Serbia/Germany), Borisa Simanic (6-11, Serbia) and Isaiah Hartenstein (6-11, Lithuania/Germany); and centers Felipe Dos Anjos (7-2, Spain/Brazil), Nick Richards (6-11, Jamaica) and Ikechukwu Obiago (7-0, Nigeria).

College commitments from this group include Richards (Kentucky) and Obiagu (Florida State)


LaMarcus Aldridge will get to play against his former team Wednesday night.

The ex-Blazers forward has been cleared to return to action for San Antonio, which is playing host to Portland.

Aldridge had missed two Spurs games with a minor heart arrhythmia.

He is averaging 17.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.


Tara Finigan of Portland State via Coto de Caza, California, has been named Big Sky golfer of the week.

She won the Grand Canyon Spring Invitational and helped the Vikings defeat nine other NCAA Division I teams. Her 2-under-par 214 total was a career best.


Nathan Boniel, a Portland State junior, has been chosen as the Big Sky player of the week in his sport.

He swept two singles and two doubles matches versus Montana and Montana State last weekend.

He also tied the PSU record for career singles and No. 1 singles victories (both 28).


To no one's surprise, the U.S. men's national team will have Portland Timbers midfielder Darlington Nagbe on its roster for 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches against Honduras (March 24, San Jose, California) and Panama (March 28, Panama City).


Oregon State has added tight ends Jack Holum of Lakeridge High and Bryce Bramscher of St. Mary's (Medford) to its 2017 class.

Holum, 6-6, 240 pounds, was all-Three Rivers League at end on offense and defense.

The 6-4, 210 Bramscher played in the East-West Shrine Game and caught 19 touchdown passes last season, compiling more than 1,200 yards receiving.

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