MONDAY SPORTS NEWS/Trail Blazers' Stotts, Lillard claim NBA Western Conference awards for March; Payton II gets his chance with Bucks, who cut former Jefferson High star Jones


The Oregon State Beavers remained No. 1 in the Top 25 and Baseball America national rankings.

Both and Baseball America have Louisville second and TCU third. Arizona is ninth and 10th, respectively, One other Pac-12 team, Stanford, is ranked, checking in at No. 21 and 20.

OSU also is No 1 in RPI, with Arizona second, North Carolina third, TCU 11th and Louisville 13th.


Portland's Terry Stotts and Milwaukee's Jason Kidd have been named NBA coaches of the month for March in the Western and Eastern Conference, respectively.

Stotts' Blazers posted a league-best 13-3 record in March and moved into the eighth and final West playoff spot. Portland was 6-1 on the road and ended the month on a five-game winning streak.

Kidd's Bucks were 14-4, and beat the Blazers 93-90 in Portland.

• Blazers guard Damian Lillard earned the West player of the week honor. He averaged 29.1 points, 6.0 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 steals.


Former Oregon State guard Gary Payton II figures to get a look from the Milwaukee Bucks, who signed him from the D-League Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

Payton II, who wasn't drafted last year after his final season with the Beavers, was a late training camp cut of the Houston Rockets. He averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds for Rio Grande Valley, with a high game of 51 points.

Payton II made his debut on Sunday, scoring five points in nine minutes of a loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

With the signing of Payton, the Bucks waived former Jefferson High forward Terrence Jones.

Milwaukee has five regular-season games remaining, starting Tuesday at Oklahoma City. The Bucks also will face Indiana, Philadelphia, Charlotte and Boston.

The Bucks are 40-37 and in the No. 5 playoff position from the Eastern Conference.


The Prefontaine Classic has lined up 2016 Olympic gold medalist Dalilah Muhammad as the headliner of the women's 400-meter hurdles field for its 2017 meet at Hayward Field.

The 43rd Pre Classic is May 26-27.

Muhammad, from New York City, is the first U.S. Olympic champion in the event.

Her main competitors in Eugene figure to be Zuzany Hejnova of the Czech Republic, Shamier Little of the U.S., and Sara Petersen of Denmark.

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