Oregon State Hires Wisconsin's Gary Andersen

Wisconsin coach Gary Andersen has stepped down to become the head coach at Oregon State. Andersen, Wisconsin's coach for the past two seasons, informed the team of his decision on Wednesday afternoon, the school announced. Wisconsin (10-3) is scheduled to play in the Outback Bowl against Auburn (8-4) on Jan. 1. It was not immediately clear who would coach the Badgers in the bowl game. The team scheduled a news conference for later Wednesday. Oregon State did not immediately reply to a request for comment. Andersen replaces Mike Riley, who left the Pac-12's Beavers to accept the head coaching job at Nebraska after the dismissal of Bo Pelini. Oregon State finished this season 5-7 and had two conference wins, but one came at home against then-No. 7 Arizona State. Oregon – December 11, 2014

Presley Leads Washington St. Past Gonzaga 59-58

basketball genericFormer Gonzaga University women's basketball coach Kelly Graves never recruited Tia Presley, even though Presley starred at nearby Gonzaga Prep. "His loss, not mine," the fiery Presley once said. Presley reaped revenge on the Bulldogs on Tuesday night. Washington State's senior guard scored 18 of her game-high 21 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 35 seconds left,

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Timbers Shore Up Defense With Borchers

The Portland Timbers shored up their defense with the acquisition of veteran center back Nat Borchers and now wait to see the outcome of Wednesday's MLS Expansion Draft. The trade for Borchers was one of several player moves the Timbers made on Monday during the league's half-day trade window. Portland also signed Ghanaian goalkeeper Adam Larsen Kwarasey from the Norwegian Premier League, Colombian winger/forward Dairon Asprilla, and Brazilian defender Jeanderson Salvador Pereira. The Timbers sent allocation money to Real Salt Lake in exchange for Borchers, the bearded starter who was a key contributor to the 2009 MLS Cup-winning team. Borchers has started for RSL for the past seven seasons. He'll help a team that gave up 52 goals in 24 matches last season. Sports – December 10, 2014

Seattle Defense Returns To Form

hawks defenseThe run of stout defense started with slowing down Arizona, followed by the handcuffing of San Francisco on Thanksgiving night. But the best defensive performance of Pete Carroll's tenure came Sunday when Seattle ground Philadelphia's high-speed act to a halt that kept the Seahawks in the thick of the NFC West race. Shutting down Philadelphia and holding the Eagles to 139 total yards was the cap to a three-week run of defense by Seattle the NFL has not seen since 2011.

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Heisman Finalists: Mariota, Cooper And Gordon

Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, Alabama receiver Amari Cooper and record-breaking Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon are the finalists for the Heisman Trophy. Mariota is considered the clear the front-runner to win the 80th Heisman on Saturday night in New York. He would become the first Oregon player to earn college football's most famous player of the year trophy. Mariota and the second-seeded Ducks will face Florida State and last year's Heisman winner Jameis Winston at the Rose Bowl in the College Football Playoff semifinal on January 1st. Cooper helped Alabama earn the top seed in the playoff. The Crimson Tide plays Ohio State in New Orleans. The deadline for voting was Monday afternoon. Finalists are determined by percentage of votes received from 929 media members and former winners. NEW YORK (AP) - December 9, 2014