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No. 16 Oregon beats Washington 81-76

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No. 16 Oregon beats Washington 81-76

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) E.J. Singler scored 18 points and No. 16 Oregon stayed undefeated at home with a 81-76 win against Washington on Saturday.

Arsalan Kazemi added 11 points and 11 rebounds, and Carlos Emory also scored 11 for the Ducks (18-2, 7-0 Pac-12).

Andrew Andrews scored 15, C.J. Wilcox added 14 points and Abdul Gaddy and Scott Suggs had 13 each for the Huskies (12-8, 4-3), whose season-high 21 turnovers contributed to their third straight loss after opening conference play 4-0.

Oregon led 37-33 at halftime but took control with a 7-0 run early in the second half.

Up 43-40, Willie Moore converted a three-point play after a layup in transition off a steal and assist from Singler, who then stole the inbounds pass and scored to make it 48-40.

Another Washington turnover led to a jumper by Singler and the Ducks took the first double-digit lead of the game with 14:22 to play.

Oregon would extend its lead to as many as 14 points before holding on from the free-throw line in the final minutes.

The Ducks were without point guard Dominic Artis, who is out indefinitely with a foot injury. The freshman had started Oregon's first 19 games and averaged 10.2 points and a team-high 3.8 assists. He was also leading the team with 26 3-pointers.

Junior Johnathan Loyd started in place of Artis and finished with nine points and five assists, including a half-court alley-oop pass to Emory for a dunk midway through the first half that put Oregon up 20-19.

But Loyd also had five of the Ducks' 23 turnovers, including seven by Singler.

The first half featured six lead changes and four ties before Emory streaked to the basket for a one-handed slam dunk to put Oregon up 30-28 with 4:12 to play.

Emory followed with a 3-pointer from the top of the circle right before the shot clock expired and then scored on a layup for his seventh straight point to keep Oregon ahead 35-31.

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Kris Bryant loses grievance against Cubs, chances of trade to Nationals slim

Kris Bryant loses grievance against Cubs, chances of trade to Nationals slim

Kris Bryant will remained signed with the Chicago Cubs for at least the next two seasons, although the team continues to field calls for trade proposals, ESPN reported Wednesday morning.

The Cubs have dangled Bryant in trade talks all offseason after the team signaled its desire to get under the luxury tax. Washington was rumored to have contacted Chicago about the third baseman earlier this winter, but those talks have “gone nowhere” according to The Athletic.

After incumbent third baseman Anthony Rendon signed with the Los Angeles Angels at the Winter Meetings, the Nationals pursued Josh Donaldson in free agency but ultimately refused to meet his asking price. Instead, the team re-signed infielder Asdrúbal Cabrera and will give top prospect Carter Kieboom the chance to compete against him for the starting job in spring training.

Chicago retaining two years of control over Bryant raises his trade value to the point where the Nationals likely wouldn’t be able to put together a competitive offer. Washington only has one consensus top-100 prospect in Kieboom and has been hesitant to deal him in past trade discussions.

The Atlanta Braves, who lost Donaldson to the Minnesota Twins in free agency, have been rumored to be interested in Bryant and would be in a much better position to make an offer enticing enough for the Cubs to trade him. The same goes for the Texas Rangers, who are moving into a new ballpark this season and would benefit from bringing in a star like Bryant to put fans in seats.

There’s also the likelihood that Chicago holds onto Bryant to start the 2020 season. The Cubs still have most of the core that led the team to its first World Series in 108 years back in 2016 and figure to be competitive in a wide-open NL Central. If they end up struggling to start the year, they could always field calls for him at the trade deadline when there might be more suitors.

Meanwhile, the Nationals appear content with the depth they’ve accumulated at third base. In addition to Kieboom and Cabrera, Washington also signed Starlin Castro and retained Howie Kendrick—both of whom have experience at third. With the team already projected to be close to the luxury tax threshold, a move for Bryant remains unlikely.

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Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne has successful surgery, should be ready for 2020 season

Elena Delle Donne had successful surgery to repair three herniated discs in her back, the team announced on Wednesday.

The "minor surgery" took place on Friday, Jan. 24 and was performed by Dr. Andrew Dossett in Dallas, Texas. Delle Donne's timetable is unknown but will be reevaluated around the Mystics training camp in May. She is anticipated to be available for the season opener on May 16.

The Mystics forward suffered the injury during the WNBA Finals. After only playing in the opening minutes of Game 2, she missed the rest of the game. An MRI revealed that she had a herniated disc in her back. It was her third injury in all of her three WNBA Finals appearances.

Still, through the pain, the 2019 WNBA MVP helped her team win their first title. 

Once the Mystics won the WNBA Championship, Natasha Cloud proudly announced that Delle Donne actually had three herniated discs

This surgery will likely limit her availability for playing with the U.S. Women's National Team as they begin their pre-Olympic training, exhibitions and qualifying events. She has yet to appear in any of the 2019-20 events due to her injury.

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