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The Portland Trail Blazers added a 10-time All-Star to their team on Tuesday, though the addition wasn’t enough to offset a four-time All-Star sitting out due to injury.

After sitting out for a full calendar year, 16-year veteran Carmelo Anthony made his debut with the Trail Blazers and started at forward in his return to the court. But with Damian Lillard sidelined with back spasms, the Pelicans were able to handle the Trail Blazers in the second half, givibng the road team a 115-104 loss in front of a crowd of 15,021 Tuesday night at Smoothie King Center.

The Trail Blazers are now 5-10 overall, 4-6 on the road and 1-2 three games into a six-game trip. Portland has lost eight of their last 10 games and currently sit in second-to-last place in the Western Conference standings after 15 games.

Coming off a 28-point win over Arizona that clinched the Pac-12 North Division crown, the Oregon Ducks remained at No. 6 in the third College Football Playoff rankings of the season unveiled on Tuesday.

The Ducks’ win streak now stands at nine games – good for fourth-longest in the nation – and they are one of three FBS teams (Clemson & Ohio State) to start 7-0 in conference play this season.

True to form this season, Oregon’s defense and offense provided big moments in the 34-6 win over Arizona on Saturday night in Autzen Stadium. It marked the sixth time this season that the Ducks have held an opponent to less than 10 points and the fifth time an opponent hasn’t scored a TD, both figures lead the nation.

Offensively, Justin Herbert put together his fourth four passing-TD performance of the season en route to Oregon’s fifth consecutive game with 30 points.

The strong night on both sides of the ball helped Oregon remain as one of just five FBS teams in the top 14 nationally in both scoring defense (14.8/10th) and scoring offense (37.9/14th), while the Ducks became the first Pac-12 team to start 7-0 since Stanford in 2015.

The 24th ranked Oregon Tech Hustlin’ Owls Women’s Soccer team will be headed to Santa Barbara, California to face off with the unranked Mariners of Marymount University (California) on Friday, November 22nd in the first round of NAIA Women’s Soccer National Tournament.

Oregon Tech is led by four Cascade Conference first-team selections in goalkeeper Jenna Stiehr (SR, Galt, CA), defender Amy Morikawa (JR, Yorba Linda, CA), midfielder Amanda Seward (SO, Molalla, OR), and forward Salyna Blue (SR, Beaverton, OR). 

The Owl defense is also currently ranked #2 in the nation for shutouts with 13, and ranked #12 in the NAIA for goals against at 0.63 per game.

The match is set to kick-off Friday at 11:00 a.m. at Westmont College in Santana Barbara. 

A stifling defensive effort helped the Oregon men’s basketball team remain unbeaten on the season Sunday evening, when the No. 14 Ducks held Texas-Arlington to 23 percent shooting in a 67-47 victory before 6,017 fans in Matthew Knight Arena.

Texas-Arlington was averaging 76.7 points entering the day, leaning on outside shooters who were putting up nearly 36 three-point attempts per game. The Mavericks put up 30 against the Ducks, making only six, but also were just 9-of-34 on two-point attempts, 26.5 percent.

The Ducks have to feel even better about their depth moving forward after the positive performances by the freshmen Sunday.

Up Next: The Ducks host defending American Athletic Conference co-champs Houston on Friday.

No. 2 nationally ranked Oregon Tech Mens Basketball team (7-0) flew past Antelope Valley (4-3) in the second after a tough first half to win 74-65. Senior Tyler Hieb put away 18 points in the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic matchup at Danny Miles Court Saturday night.

The Pioneers opened the first half 4-0, pressuring the Owls defensively and keeping them from scoring for the first three minutes. Two fouls gave Tech their first points as sophomores Matt Van Tassell and Lachlan McKimm downed 4-of-4 to tie the game. 

In Oregon Tech Women’s basketball play, Junior Amanda Constant scored a career-high 26 points on Saturday night at Danny Miles Court to lead the Lady Owls (2-4) to a 71-65 victory over Simpson University (1-7) as part of the Lithia-Oregon Tech Classic.  Tech opened the game 5-0 as Constant scored the first basket and sophomore Kristin Farrell sunk one from behind the arc. The team rode the boost to the end of the first stanza without a lead change, ending 18-12. 

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