(AP) The Portland Trail Blazers have been one of the NBA's most improved defensive teams, but they figure to be tested without their starting center. The Milwaukee Bucks could also be challenged with their second-leading scorer injured. More.
(AP) The College Football Playoff participants are well represented on The Associated Press All-America team. Florida State leads the way with three first-team All-Americans . . . Oregon and Alabama each have two . . . more.
(AP) Former Oregon State assistant coach and chief of staff Jay Locey has been named head football coach at Lewis & Clark. Locey, who has been with the Beavers for the past nine years, replaces . . . more.
(AP) After the drama and turmoil early in the season, the Seattle Seahawks are where they expected to be with two weeks left, on the cusp of being back in the playoffs and with a chance at still landing the No. 1 seed in the NFC. More.