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Report: Former Oregon LB Troy Dye played multiple games with torn meniscus

Report: Former Oregon LB Troy Dye played multiple games with torn meniscus

Troy Dye, the Oregon Ducks leading tackler and former defensive captain, just proved he's not just mentally tough, but physically tough too. 

After suffering a broken thumb vs. Washington, in which he had it put in a cast, then broke the cast and finished the game with all while blood trickled down his arm in a post-game interview, James Crepea of The Oregonian revealed Dye also played with torn meniscus in the Rose Bowl.

Teammate Jordon Scott, however, says Dye actually had the meniscus injury for more than a game.

“Last 4-5*,” Scott corrected.

That means Dye could have been playing with the torn meniscus dating back to early November. This might provide some explanation for why Dye pulled out of the Senior Bowl a week before the event.

Despite his pain, Dye never missed a practice at Oregon and was available during open periods of practice leading up to the Rose Bowl. 

As a four-year starter, Dye helped take a 4-8 team in 2016, that was without a bowl game, to a 12-2 season his senior year, which included a Pac-12 Championship and Rose Bowl victory. Dye finished his 2019 campaign with 84 tackles, 2.5 sacks, two interceptions and two forced fumbles. 

Dye is anticipated to be a Day 2 selection in the NFL Draft come April. Whether he will be able to participate in the NFL Combine and take part in any on-field drills or tests this week, remains unknown. 

Indiana Pacers honor Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts

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Indiana Pacers honor Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts

Portland Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is celebrating his induction into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame a month early.

Stotts and the Trail Blazers arrived in Indiana on Wednesday for Portland’s first game of a three-game road trip beginning with the Indiana Pacers.

Upon their arrival, the Pacers had a screen setup with a throwback photo of Stotts and the words "Congrats Terry Stotts," to honor the Trail Blazers coach who will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame next month.

Such a nice gesture, Pacers. 

Several members of the Trail Blazers can be seen in the room chanting the words “Terry! Terry! Terry!”

Stotts played his final two seasons of high school basketball at Bloomington North High School in Bloomington, Indiana, before four years at the University of Oklahoma.

He was an All-Star and All-State selection at Bloomington North in 1976. He averaged 24.4 points and 13.6 and led the Cougars to their first regional championship in school history.

Forty-four years after Stotts had his first taste of Indiana high school basketball, the Trail Blazers coach will be inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame. He is expected to be honored on March 25.

The Trail Blazers will take on the Pacers on Thursday night at 5:00 p.m. on NBC Sports Northwest.

Damian Lillard's ‘bad shot’ and wave still has Thunder fans salty

Damian Lillard's ‘bad shot’ and wave still has Thunder fans salty

Dear Oklahoma City Thunder fans,

It’s been nearly a year and we know you are still upset.

We would be, too, if Damian Lillard launched as cold-blooded of a game-winning shot as he did on that fateful day in the 2019 NBA Playoffs.

For those who don’t remember what went down, we will quickly recap:

Tied at 115-all in Game 5 of the opening-round playoff series, Lillard dribbled down the clock before launching a 40-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer over then Defensive Player of the Year Paul George.

You know what happened next, the shot went in and then Dame in all of his glory, waved goodbye to the Thunder bench. It was one of the most savage series game-winners you’ll ever see and obviously the stuff of legends.

Moving on, the Trail Blazers are 26-33 so far this season and are on the fringes of the final playoff spot in the West, while the Thunder is 36-22 and 10.5 games ahead of Portland in the standings.

Portland has been back-and-forth with Lillard sidelined with a groin injury suffered before All-Star break. On Wednesday, the Blazers succumbed to the Boston Celtics in a 118-106 loss.

Enter Thunder troll:

Dame shot back with a poised response of his own:

Dame’s right. Thunder fans are still hurting. But they do not want Dame coming for them in the playoffs again this season. With 23 games left to play, don’t count the Blazers out of the playoff picture. 

Lillard is expected to return in a few games and will travel with the team during their upcoming three-game road trip to Indiana, Atlanta and Orlando. The Trail Blazers have not set a date for Jusuf Nurkic’s return following a season-ending leg injury in 2019, but he recently teased out his imminent return with a post on Twitter, which showed two loading icons. Heck, there's even a chance Zach Collins could make it back if he's healthy and risk-free. 

As for the wave, it will live forever. The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is probably constructing a LillardTime wing as we speak. Let it burn Thunder fans, but also appreciate the greatness that's upon you. It's a moment in history, a moment in time, the basketball world won't soon forget. 

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson comes out against NFL's new proposed CBA

Seahawks QB Russell Wilson comes out against NFL's new proposed CBA

Player representatives of the NFLPA voted to send the new proposed collective bargaining agreement (CBA) to full NFL membership for a final vote, as announced Tuesday evening. 

The 17-14 vote among representatives came in favor of the deal, but with one abstention: a simple majority of the rest of the league's 2,000 player union must now vote to accept the agreement. 

Russell Wilson, the league’s highest-paid player, has made it clear he will be voting against the proposal.

The Seattle Seahawks franchise quarterback took to Twitter to voice his opinion on the proposal, urging the NFL to put the players first. 

“The NBA and MLB are doing it right,” Wilson said. “Players come first. All NFL players deserve the same. We should not rush the next 10 years for today’s satisfaction. I VOTE NO.”

Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner retweeted Wilson’s post, and is said to have been a one of the league’s more vocal participants in the NFLPA’s Friday conference call. Per ESPN, Wagner challenged the five “yes” voters on the union’s executive committee to explain why they liked the deal.

Former Seahawk, now 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, along with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers have also criticized the proposed new CBA. 

If approved, the new CBA will move to a 17-game season, which could begin as early as the 2021 season. One of the other controversial points in the new CBA is an increase in the total percentage of league revenue to 48.5 percent, up 1.5 percent from the current CBA of 47 percent. 

Seahawks players Tyler Lockett and Quandre Diggs vocalized their displeasure with this increase, calling for a 50-50 split.

As Seahawks Insider Joe Fann mentioned, lifetime healthcare is also noticeably absent from the proposed CBA.  

Owners are believed to want a new deal in place so that they can begin the negotiation process for new TV deals immediately. The new CBA could take effect prior to March 18, the start of the new league year, if it is agreed upon in the coming days.

‘I’m a lifer’: Sue Bird announces she will return to Seattle Storm for 19th season

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‘I’m a lifer’: Sue Bird announces she will return to Seattle Storm for 19th season

The Bird is back.

In a video via the Seattle Storm on Tuesday, three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird announced she has re-signed with the team and will take the court for a 19th season.

“It’s no secret how I feel about the city of Seattle and the Storm franchise. I’m a lifer and to be able to re-sign is extremely exciting,” Bird said in a statement via the Storm. “I’m looking forward to getting back on the court with my teammates, and playing in front of our amazing fans.”

Bird, who holds the franchise record for points, assists, field goals and steals, missed all of the 2018 season after undergoing knee surgery. The 39-year-old’s last appearance on the court was when Seattle won its third WNBA title.

In addition to her three championships, Bird has also earned four Olympic gold medals, four FIBA World Cup gold medals and one bronze as a member of the USA Women’s National Team.

The Storm will also return 2018 league MVP Breanna Stewart, who missed last season with a ruptured right Achilles. The Storm went 18-16 last season with both stars’ sidelined.

Seattle opens the 2020 WNBA season against Dallas on May 15.

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

How Jake Luton's injury-ridden past paved way to NFL Combine

Overcoming adversity is a part of Jake Luton’s journey.

The former Oregon State quarterback overcame a thoracic spine injury in 2017 and a sprained ankle in 2018 to help pilot the Beavers to their first five-win season since 2014. His determination earned him the 2019 Mayo Clinic Comeback Player of the Year award, a prestigious honor which recognizes a player who battled injury or illness.

The award speaks volumes of Luton’s tenacity. His injury-plagued past isn’t just a part of who he is, but also who he's become. 

At the NFL Scouting Combine on Tuesday, Luton talked about how the game of football has taught him perseverance, something he has experienced first-hand in his collegiate career at Oregon State.

“I’ve had my share of getting knocked down,” Luton said. “I just keep getting back up. I keep fighting. I think that’s something that will help me in this process. I think team’s will see that and see that I have the ability to —I’m a fighter.”

In his “comeback kid” season in 2019, Luton started 11 games, throwing for 2,714 yards while completing 62.0 percent of his passes. He was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year on two occasions and appeared on the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm and Maxwell Award watch lists.

Luton completed his career at Oregon State playing 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards. 

He reflected on his final year with the Beavers and credited then second-year coach Jonathan Smith with the team's mounting success.

“He’s gonna turn that around,” Luton said of Smith. “I think we proved it this year. We kind of got the ball rolling. Would have liked to get a few more wins than we got, but just to make the strides that we did. They have a lot of great guys in that system. I think they’ll kind of keep taking that next stride and I’m excited to see them work.”

In his career at Oregon State, Luton played 23 games with 21 starts and finished his career fifth all-time with 42 passing touchdowns and 5,227 passing yards.

He is now ready to carve his path amongst the future of the NFL, starting at the combine. He'll use the pre-draft process to prove his rousing success in college can be carried into his professional football career.

The 6-6, 224-pound quarterback has already gained the attention of teams like the Texans and Patriots, who reportedly pulled him aside for informal interviews this week. Now, he just has to do what he's been doing since the 2017 season, be patient, trust the process and persevere.

And if Luton's name gets called in April, he will be ready. 

"I’m going to be prepared as best as I can be," Luton said. "I’ve never let any of the outside noise distract me, so I don’t think that would be an issue. I’d bring it every day and prove that I’m a leader, no matter if it’s a high or a low. Keep doing it every day, however that works out." 

"I’m not going to worry about filling anyone’s shoes. Just doing the best that I can do.”

Justin Herbert wants to prove he’s a competitor at NFL Scouting Combine

Justin Herbert wants to prove he’s a competitor at NFL Scouting Combine

Former Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert knows he has a lot to prove before the NFL Draft on April 23.

He needs to showcase his versatility at quarterback. He needs to demonstrate how quickly he can take information from his meetings to the field. And he needs to prove to teams that despite the fact he’s never been the prototypical natural-born leader, that won’t matter.

But of all the areas Herbert wants to show teams at the NFL Scouting Combine this week, it’s his competitive nature he hopes to put on full display.

“I want to come out here, I want to do everything,” Herbert told reporters on Tuesday. “Have fun, get better, learn, I think it’s all about the long haul. Anything that I can do to extend my game is what I’m going to do.”

On his list of “everything,” Herbert confirmed he will throw during NFL Scouting Combine Drills. This will give him an opportunity to showcase his robust arm strength and improve his draft stock in the pre-draft process.

Herbert won’t fit into the clichéd mold some teams are looking for at the combine, but he will likely be scooped up by a team looking for the next face of the franchise. His arsenal of skills and his high football IQ, however, won’t guarantee that he’ll start on an NFL team from Day 1. Herbert may not even be ready to play immediately.

"I've never played a down in the NFL,” Herbert said. “I couldn't tell you what the speed of the game is like. I've watched as much as I could and I feel confident with my abilities but I've never played in the NFL before, so to give you an answer whether I could play right now, I don't think that would be in my best interest."

Herbert played four years at Oregon, throwing for 3,471 yards, 32 touchdowns and six interceptions on 66.8 percent completion across 14 games for the 12-2 Ducks. His last game at Oregon was a 28-27 win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. He was recently named MVP at the Senior Bowl in January.

Herbert is currently projected to be the third quarterback taken off the board come April behind LSU’s Joe Burrow and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa, but when it comes down to it, Herbert says he'll just be satisfied to hear his name called. 

“Anywhere I go, I’ll be happy,” Herbert said. “I know that sounds cheesy and politically correct, but it’s true.”

Portland Thorns release schedule for 2020 NWSL season

Portland Thorns release schedule for 2020 NWSL season

We’re less than two months away from watching the Portland Thorns take the field at Providence Park!

Portland will kick off its 2020 season at home and host the Utah Royals FC on April 18 at 7:30 p.m.

The Thorns announced their full-24 game schedule on Tuesday, which includes three meetings a piece with each of their eight opponents.

Two of the more notable meetings this season are Portland’s two home matches against its Cascade rival Reign FC on May 16 and June 12.

For those interested in attending a Thorns game this season, single-game tickets go on sale March 12 at 10 a.m. A special presale will take place on March 11 for Thorns FC annual members, Timbers annual members and members of the Timbers annual membership wait list.

Here’s a look at full schedule below: 

2020 Portland Thorns FC Schedule 

Date

Opponent

Kickoff (Pacific)

 

Sat., April 18

UTAH ROYALS FC

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., April 25

@Chicago Red Stars

4 p.m.

 

Wed., April 29

@North Carolina Courage

4 p.m.

 

Wed., May 6

ORLANDO PRIDE

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., May 9

HOUSTON DASH

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., May 16

REIGN FC

1:30 p.m.

 

Fri., May 22

@Utah Royals FC

7 p.m.

 

Sat., May 30

SKY BLUE FC

7:30 p.m.

 

Fri., June 12

REIGN FC

7 p.m.

 

Sat., June 20

@Washington Spirit

4 p.m.

 

Sun, June 28

@Houston Dash

4 p.m.

 

Sun., July 5

@Orlando Pride

2 p.m.

 

Sat., July 11

SKY BLUE FC

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 1

@North Carolina Courage

4 p.m.

 

Sun., Aug. 9

CHICAGO RED STARS

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 15

ORLANDO PRIDE

7:30 p.m.

 

Sat., Aug. 29

@Reign FC

12 noon

 

Wed., Sept. 2

@Chicago Red Stars

5 p.m.

 

Sun., Sept. 6

NORTH CAROLINA COURAGE

1 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 12

@Washington Spirit

4 p.m.

 

Sat., Sept. 26

@Sky Blue FC

4 p.m.

 

Sat., Oct.3

WASHINGTON SPIRIT

7:30 p.m.

 

Fri., Oct. 9

@Houston Dash

5:30 p.m.

 

Sun., Oct. 18

UTAH ROYALS FC

12:30 p.m.

Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

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Greg Olsen couldn't pass up opportunity to sign with Seahawks

Greg Olsen had several options upon his release from the Carolina Panthers: He could retire from football and pursue his broadcast career or he could suit up in a uniform, join a contender, and give it a go one more time. 

The three-time Pro Bowler had visits with the Washington Redskins and Buffalo Bills, before arriving in Seattle to meet with the Seahawks, his eventual choice.

"It was just too good of an opportunity to pass up," Olsen told Seahawks.com. "Their track record of success, consistency of winning. I've played in this city many times, and just the fanbase, the excitement, that stadium is one of the more unique venues in all of sports. And obviously Coach (Pete) Carroll, playing with somebody like Russell (Wilson), it just checks so many boxes I was looking for, and I'm confident I can just come in and do my part and help try to put (us) over the edge."

The veteran tight end signed his one-year deal reportedly worth $7 million with $5.5 million in guaranteed money on Monday.

For Olsen, the opportunity to play alongside quarterback Russell Wilson and under head coach Pete Carroll is something special. But at 34, Olsen is also determined to add Super Bowl champion to his lengthy list of accomplishments.

"I’ve seen you guys from the other side of the field, numerous times over the last few years,” Olsen told fans in the video above. “I’m glad to join you guys and try to bring the Super Bowl back to Seattle.”

And hopefully Olsen will get his opportunity to play for a championship in 2020. The Seahawks have been in the playoffs eight times in 10 seasons, and are coming off an 11-5 season that ended in a loss to the Green Bay Packers in the Divisional Round. Hampered by injuries at the tight end position, Olsen will have the opportunity to make an impact immediately as one of Russell Wilson's top targets. 

Former Oregon WR Juwan Johnson gets married to Chanen Raygoza in Las Vegas

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Former Oregon WR Juwan Johnson gets married to Chanen Raygoza in Las Vegas

What happens in Vegas, doesn't always stay in Vegas. 

Congratulations are in order to former Oregon receiver Juwan Johnson, who tied the knot with longtime girlfriend Chanen Raygoza!

The Johnsons nuptials were captured on video and shared on Youtube late last week, and it seemed like quite the Vegas adventure.

Their trip included everything a trip to The Strip should: a decked out suite, a hotel pool with a slide that goes through a fish tank, a wedding with a Las Vegas twist and of course a trip to “Canes,” which we can only hope to be Raising Cane’s.

Johnson penned this post to his wife after the two tied the knot on February 15. 

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❗️Follow our Joint Channel where we both said “I DO!”❗️People who like heartfelt message, this is for you...People who don’t just like and move on Chanen, We were always different. Different point of views. Different upbringings. Different States. Different time zones. Different interest in music. We even look different lol. But what we have in common that trumps all is that we love God. We are like the pieces to the jigsaw. Never the same but it happen to fit together. I knew 2 1/2 years ago that eventually you’ll be my wife. The road wasn’t easy but I’d rather take the journey with you because it’s worth it. You helped me grow, discover and build who i am as a man. You truly seen me grow from a boy to a man. (Literally tho i met you at 20 years old). I want to take every bump, every challenge and every milestone with you. Thank you God that i can call you Mrs. Johnson. Love you @chanenjohnson Feb. 15, 2020.

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The two reportedly met in 2016 when Raygoza was a gymnast at Penn State. He popped the question to her earlier this month

Just days after Johnson made the biggest catch of his life, he departed for the NFL Combine in Indianapolis. Johnson is one of seven Ducks preparing for the NFL Draft in April. 

He underwent measurements, a hospital pre-exam, and interviews with interested teams on Monday. The 23-year-old topped all NFL Combine wide receivers with largest hands, longest arms and longest wing span.