Oregon Outlasts UC Irvine 69-67 In Overtime

Dwayne Benjamin scored 18 points and Joseph Young hit an insurance 3-pointer late in overtime to lead Oregon to a 69-67 victory over UC Irvine on Monday night. Dillon Brooks added 15 points and Elgin Cook had 14 for the Ducks (10-3), who closed out their nonconference schedule with their second straight overtime win. Alex Young led the Anteaters (6-6) with 12 points, and Travis Souza and Jaron Martin added 11 each. After Brooks made 1 of 2 free throws with 5.4 seconds left for the final point, Young had a shot at the win, but his pull-up 3 was long at the buzzer. Benjamin helped force overtime when his corner 3-pointer with 7.6 seconds left in regulation tied the score at 57. It was Oregon's fifth 3 of the game and its fourth of the second half. Young made the Ducks' final 3 with 23.4 seconds left in overtime to put them up 68-64 before Souza's 3 cut the margin to one with 6.0 seconds to play. EUGENE, Ore. (AP) – December 30, 2014

BYU Evens WCC Mark, Beats Portland 97-88

Tyler Haws, Kyle Collinsworth and Anson Winder combined to score 67 points as BYU knocked off Portland 97-88 in a West Coast Conference game Monday night. The Cougars (11-4) rebounded from a loss to Gonzaga in the WCC opener Saturday, evening their conference record at 1-1. Haws finished with 24 points on 8 of 20 shooting from the field and 7 of 8 from the line. Winder had 22 points, connecting on 10 of 14 from the field, and Collinsworth scored 21, shooting 9 of 13 from the free throw line, and grabbed eight boards. BYU shot 50.8 percent from the field on 33-of-65 shooting and was 24 of 31 from the line. Portland (10-4, 1-1) opened WCC play with a 61-58 win at San Diego on Alec Wintering's 3-pointer with 0.3 seconds left. Wintering scored 30 points to lead the Pilots, leading five players in double figure scoring. PROVO, Utah (AP) – December 30, 2014

Plum Leads Washington Women Past No. 5 Texas A&M

Kelsey Plum scored 20 of her 32 points in the first half, Talia Walton added a season-high 21 and Washington picked up its biggest non-conference regular-season win in nearly two decades with a 70-49 victory over No. 5 Texas A&M on Monday night. Washington (11-1) won its 11th straight, the longest winning streak for the Huskies since the 1989-90 season. Washington's last win over a ranked non-conference opponent came in 1997 when the Huskies beat then-No. 5 Vanderbilt. Plum nearly outscored the Aggies (11-2) by herself in the first half. The nation's leading scorer hit a trio of 3-pointers as the Huskies built a 40-22 halftime advantage. Aminah Williams added nine points and 15 rebounds. Williams scored seven straight in the second half after Texas A&M cut Washington's lead to nine. Courtney Williams led the Aggies with 19 points. Tori Scott and Courtney Walker added 10 apiece. SEATTLE (AP) – December 30, 2014

Seattle Signs Defender Tyrone Mears

Sounders logoThe Seattle Sounders have signed former Premier League defender Tyrone Mears in the hopes of adding depth to their back line. Seattle announced the signing on Monday. The signing is pending receipt of Mears' P-1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. Mears spent time training with the Sounders last summer. Mears, 31, has played professionally for 14 seasons, most of that coming in England. Mears played for Bolton from 2011-14. He also gained experience in the Premier League with Burnley, Derby County and West Ham United. Mears also spent one season with French club Marseille. Mears' addition will be a boost for Seattle's defense that saw DeAndre Yedlin leave for Tottenham after the season and that could be without centerback Zach Scott at the beginning of next season after offseason surgery. SEATTLE (AP) – December 30, 2014

Freshman Running Backs Seize Rose Bowl Spotlight

footballcollegeMarcus Mariota and Jameis Winston are the obvious stars of the Rose Bowl as two elite quarterbacks with Heisman Trophies and blazing futures. They'll have something else in common when Oregon meets Florida State on Thursday, though. They'll both spend their afternoon in Pasadena handing off to two tailbacks who show strong signs of being their schools' next big things. Oregon's Royce Freeman and Florida State's Dalvin Cook are two of the most talented freshman ball-carriers in the nation, and they both seized prominent roles for national championship contenders in their first year out of high school. While Freeman has seemed destined to join the Ducks' long line of star running backs from his first game, Cook seized opportunities created by injuries to take a major role for the Seminoles. LOS ANGELES (AP) – December 30, 2014