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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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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

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Soto makes debut in Nationals loss to Dodgers

WASHINGTON  -- Kike Hernandez and Yasiel Puig each hit two-run homers, and the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Washington Nationals 7-2 on Sunday to complete a three-game sweep.

Hernandez's blast off Stephen Strasburg in the fifth inning put the Dodgers up 3-2. Yasmani Grandal also homered off Strasburg (5-4), who allowed three runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings with seven strikeouts.

Alex Wood (1-4) pitched six innings, allowing just three hits and two earned runs. Wood came out to start the seventh, but returned to the clubhouse after showing some discomfort during his warm-up tosses.

Trea Turner homered for Washington, which swept Arizona last weekend and then went five days without playing a full game because of rain before getting swept by the Dodgers.

Los Angeles, after losing six consecutive games, has now won four straight overall and five of six over Washington this season.

Washington's Juan Soto, at 19 the youngest active player in the majors, made his debut in the eighth as a pinch-hitter and struck out against Erik Goeddel.

The Dodgers added two runs in the ninth. Josh Fields recorded the final four outs for his second save of the season.

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

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George McPhee's Vegas Golden Knights advance to Stanley Cup Final

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Ryan Reaves scored the winning goal, Marc-Andre Fleury made 31 saves and the Vegas Golden Knights pushed their remarkable expansion season into the Stanley Cup Final, beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on Sunday in Game 5 of the Western Conference final.

Alex Tuch also scored for the Knights. They lost Game 1 in Winnipeg before winning four straight to become the first expansion team since the 1968 St. Louis Blues -- when the six initial expansion teams were put alone in the West -- to get to the final.

Vegas will meet the Tampa Bay Lightning or the Washington Capitals in the final. Tampa Bay leads the Eastern Conference final 3-2, with Game 6 set for Monday night in Washington.

Josh Morrissey scored for the Jets, and Connor Hellebuyck made 30 saves.

Reaves, the bruising Winnipeg native acquired from the Pittsburgh Penguins before to the trade deadline in February, snapped a 1-1 tie with 6:39 left in the second period when he tipped Luca Sbisa's point shot past Hellebuyck for his first goal of the playoffs.

Winnipeg got a power play early in the third, but couldn't muster much of anything. The Knights smothered much of the Jets' attack for the next 10 minutes, with Hellebuyck having to come up with big stops on William Karlsson and Eric Haula to keep his team within one.

The Jets pressed with under 4 minutes to go, with Fleury stopping captain Blake Wheeler on the doorstep, but it wasn't nearly enough as the Knights closed out their third straight series on the road.

The Jets beat the Knights 4-2 in Game 1, but Vegas snatched home ice with a 3-1 victory in Game 2 before picking up 4-2 and 3-2 wins at T-Mobile Arena.

The Knights, whose jaw-dropping inaugural 109-point campaign included a Pacific Division crown, swept the Los Angeles Kings in the first round, and knocked out the San Jose Sharks in six games.

The Jets had the NHL's second-best record with 114 points in the regular season. They advanced to the first conference final in city's history with a five-game victory over the Minnesota Wild in the opening round before topping the Presidents' Trophy-winning Nashville Predators in Game 7 on the road.

The usual raucous, white-clad crowd at Bell MTS Place -- not to mention the thousands of fans outside the arena attending a street party on a sun-drenched spring afternoon -- were silenced just 5:11 into Game 5 when Tuch jumped on Morrissey's turnover and fired his sixth past Hellebuyck.

The Jets were tentative to start and it got worse after the opener as Vegas dominated the next couple of shifts, forcing some good saves from Hellebuyck before Winnipeg got its feet moving.

After being outshot 7-1 in the first 7 minutes, the Jets finally pushed back and turned the tide with the next nine attempts on goal, culminating with Morrissey making amends for his early gaffe with 2:46 left in the period.

Bryan Little won a faceoff in the offensive zone straight back to second-year defenseman, who blasted his first career playoff goal past Fleury's glove.

One of Winnipeg's downfalls in the series through four games was an inability to maintain momentum. The Knights scored within 1:28 of a Jets' goal in each of the first four games -- a crushing 12 seconds after Winnipeg tied Game 3, and an equally gut-wrenching 43 seconds after the Jets knotted Game 4 -- but they managed to take the game to the locker rooms tied 1-1.

Both teams had chances in the second period before Reaves made it 2-1, with Jets center Mathieu Perrault just missing on a pass from Little that had too much speed.

Right after Reaves scored the second playoff goal of his career -- and first since 2015 with St. Louis -- Winnipeg's Nikolaj Ehlers rang a shot off the post on Fleury.

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