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SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By Chris Foster
UCLA's two best players couldn't play. The Bruins' top two scorers couldn't take shots. Their best rebounder wasn't around to rebound. Their best defender wasn't there to defend. Oddly it didn't seem to matter that guards Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson were suspended hours for Thursday's Pac-12 Conference game against Oregon. Sure the Bruins were handed the expected loss. But the Ducks had to extend themselves to the limit before taking an 87-83 victory in double overtime at Pauley Pavilion.
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SPORTS
February 27, 2014 | By James Barragan
Southern California got some rain, but the drought continued for USC's basketball team as the Trojans dropped their ninth consecutive game Thursday night at the Galen Center, 76-66, against Oregon State. The Trojans made a second-half push, going on a 14-2 run late in the game to cut their deficit to 70-64 with a minute left. But the Trojans (10-18, 1-14 in Pac-12 Conference play) could not overcome a 37.3% shooting percentage and saw the Beavers improve to 15-12, 7-8. Oregon State led the entire game, starting with a 6-0 run before the Trojans' leading scorer, junior guard Byron Wesley, got USC on the board with a jump shot.
SPORTS
February 25, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Oregon comes to town this week with something to prove. The Ducks have been through a tumultuous season. That continued last week, when 19-year-old Damyean Dotson sat out the Washington State game after being cited for using a fake ID in a bar. He will play against UCLA on Thursday. Earlier this season, guard Dominic Artis and forward Ben Carter were suspended nine games for selling team apparel that had been provided by the university. Oregon started the season 12-0 and was ranked 10 th   at the start of Pac-12 play.
NATIONAL
February 20, 2014 | By Matt Pearce
Oregon's attorney general will not defend the state's same-sex marriage ban in court, lending momentum to activists seeking to end the last such remaining ban on the West Coast. The announcement by Atty. Gen. Ellen F. Rosenblum on Thursday does not, however, make same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, and the matter will probably be defended in court by another group. But she is now part of a small but growing group of attorneys general who have decided to stop defending the law in the face of a recent judicial onslaught that has put the future of the nation's remaining same-sex marriage bans in serious doubt.
SPORTS
February 18, 2014 | By Chris Foster
Arizona's coronation may have been premature. Oregon's demise may have been exaggerated. And UCLA is . . . well, UCLA. People still aren't quite sure. The jury is also out on California and Arizona State, who lurk just off the pace in the standings. The Pac-12 Conference basketball regular season has three weeks left and a few things have changed since the start of league play in early January. Back then, Arizona was ranked No. 1 in the Associated Press media poll, Oregon was No. 10 and Colorado No. 20. Heading into this week's games, Arizona still sits at No. 4 - but has issues.
SPORTS
February 15, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Junior second baseman Ezra Steinberg of Harvard-Westlake has committed to Oregon, Coach Matt LaCour said. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
Two skiers injured in an avalanche in the Oregon backcountry were in "satisfactory" condition with broken bones after about 50 rescuers labored for 16 hours to save them, authorities said Thursday. Rescuers had to leave the bodies of two other skiers on the northeast Oregon mountain until the weather improves. Two to three more inches of snow were forecast for Thursday night. Those killed were Jake Merrill, a 23-year-old ski guide for Wallowa Alpine Huts, and Shane Coulter, a 30-year-old aerospace engineer from Seattle who had been on the multi-day trip with five others, the Baker County Sheriff's Department said.
NATIONAL
February 5, 2014 | By Ralph Vartabedian
A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast. The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would be the biggest demonstration of technology that places floating turbines on platforms in deep water, according to federal officials and executives at Principle Power, the developer. The turbines would be as tall as a 60-story building, vastly larger than typical turbines on land-based wind farms, and able to tap strong ocean winds that blow consistently in southern Oregon, said Kevin Banister, Principle's vice president for business and government affairs.
SPORTS
February 5, 2014 | By Eric Sondheimer
 Ariana Washington of Long Beach Poly, the state's top female sprinter, has signed with Oregon. Hurdler Kymber Payne signed with LSU. Oregon already has the state's top distance runner, Sarah Baxter of Simi Valley, headed to Eugene. Eric.sondheimer@latimes.com  
SCIENCE
February 4, 2014 | By Julie Cart
Twenty years of federal and local efforts to save the Oregon chub, a tiny minnow found only in the Willamette River Basin floodplain, have brought the fish to the verge of being taken off the endangered species list. If the effort is successful, the chub will be the first fish de-listed because its species is considered recovered. Chub thrive in habitats with little water flow and were imperiled by habitat loss and threats from nonnative fish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and private landowners collaborated to restore habitat and natural water flows.
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