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No. 16 Oregon State assesses the Civil War

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No. 16 Oregon State assesses the Civil War

CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) When the Oregon State Beavers gathered to discuss the wreckage that was a 48-24 loss to Oregon Saturday, there was really no need for a post-mortem. The causes of the disaster were obvious.

The Beavers never gave themselves a chance. Six turnovers - four interceptions and two fumbles - buried the Beavers as much as Oregon's otherworldly spread offense, which rolled up 570 yards. Oregon State trailed 20-17 in the third quarter before the Ducks scored 28 unanswered points.

No. 16 Oregon State (8-3, 6-3 Pac-12) was left mourning a lost opportunity to do something no current Beaver player had done: defeat the sixth-ranked Ducks, who won the Civil War for the fifth straight year Saturday.

``It hurts. I wanted this - we wanted it - really bad,'' senior receiver Markus Wheaton said.

That leaves Oregon State looking ahead to a game that to this point was considered an afterthought. In fact, the Beavers' Dec. 1 matchup with Nicholls State of Thibodaux, La., was a few weeks ago seen as an impediment that the school considered canceling because fears of that it might drag down the strength of schedule and inhibit the team's chances at making a Bowl Championship Series Bowl.

After losing its third game of the season - the Beavers' previous two losses were by a total of seven points - a BCS bowl is out of reach for Oregon State. The Holiday Bowl appears to be the most likely destination.

Now, Saturday's matchup with the Colonels of the Football Championship Subdivision is something the Beavers can look forward to, providing them with a chance to end the regular season on a positive note and not this bitter one while waiting several weeks to play in a bowl.

``That'll be a good thing,'' senior cornerback Jordan Poyer said after the game. ``I want to take this out on somebody. This hurts.''

Oregon State was supposed to host the Colonels Sept. 3 in the season-opener, but the game was postponed when Hurricane Isaac swept in and closed the Nicholls State campus.

The Colonels are enduring a miserable 1-9 season (they are 0-7 in the Southland Conference), tallying their only win against Evangel University of Missouri, which competes in NAIA. In short, Nicholls State is in no way a threat to upset Oregon State. However, just its upcoming presence in Corvallis gives the Beavers a game to get prepared for rather than dwell the on the Ducks debacle.

``We have another opponent. There is no time to pout, feel sorry for yourself,'' Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion said.

One area the Beavers will have an opportunity to work on is in the passing game. Mannion's four interceptions brought his season total to 13. Mannion blamed some bad decisions and his attempt to force some passes late in the game once the Beavers fell behind.

``Turnovers are absolute killers,'' Oregon State coach Mike Riley said. ``I felt like had we just taken care of the football we could have made an attempt to keep pace.''

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Wizards have big questions to answer coming out of All-Star break

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chase Hughes and Chris Miller look ahead to the biggest questions the Wizards need to answer after the All-Star break. They also explain why Bradley Beal proved a lot in his first All-Star Game appearance.

They also unveiled a new segment involving guessing Wizards players based on their social media captions.

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Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

Capitals place Taylor Chorney on waivers, which could signal something, or nothing

When the Capitals acquired defenseman Michal Kempny on Monday, that put the team at the maximum of 23 players on the roster including eight defenseman.

Another move seemed likely and the Caps made it on Tuesday by placing veteran blueliner Taylor Chorney on waivers.

Teams now will have 24 hours to potentially claim Chorney. Should he clear at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, it is expected that he will be sent to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Whether he is claimed or sent to Hershey, his entire $800,000 cap hit will no longer count against the Capitals' salary.

One important thing to note, however, is that placing Chorney on waivers was not required in order for Washington to remain under the salary cap.

Having eight defensemen would mean scratching two every game — assuming the team does not dress seven and after that failed experiment in last year's playoffs, why would they — which means it would be a struggle to make sure everyone gets consistent playing time in the final weeks of the season.

Perhaps placing Chorney on waivers is the team trying to get him more playing time to keep him sharp in case the team suffers injuries on the blue line and he is called upon in the playoffs.

Or perhaps it could mean something else.

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Chorney played on Feb. 15, but that was during the mentor's trip. Barry Trotz's policy for those trips is to get everyone in at least one of those two games. Before that, Chorney had not played since Jan. 2. It certainly seems like the team was comfortable with him being the designated No. 7 and was not all that concerned about getting him regular playing time before now.

When asked if the Kempny trade would mean any roster moves, Trotz said Monday that he was not sure and hinted that perhaps more moves could be coming from general manager Brian MacLellan. Moving Chorney's salary off the books does not clear much cap room, but it does clear some.

Perhaps MacLellan has another move up his sleeve before Monday's trade deadline.