Scoreboard, D2 Prep sports, D5 Sports in brief, D2 NF L, D5 College basketball, D3 College football, D6 NBA, D4 THE BULLETIN • SUNDAY, DECEMBER 23, 2012
N.J. sued over sports betting?
Cowboysdominate at Lebanon tourney
Four major professional sports leagues andthe NCAA are poised to move forward with their legal fight over New
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Bulletin staff report LEBANON — Crook County coach Jake Huffman called it one of the better weekends the Cowboys have ever had. Eight Crook County w restlers went undefeated as the Cowboys went 6-0 and won the two-day Weisbrodt Invitational that wrapped up Saturday afternoon. The Cowboys defeated Dallas (52-15), Sweet Home (46-26),
Meeker, Ryder Shinkle, Dean Smith, Trey Shores, Gunnar Robirts, Alex Urrea and Johnny Avina each put together perfect resumes at the seven-team, dualmeet format invitational, something Huffman thought possible heading into the weekend. "We knew these kids had the potential to do that, but you never know how things are going to play out," said Huffman, whose team competes at the Free-BerLebanon (55-3), Hood River (65- ry Invite in Pendleton next Sat12), Estacada (70-3) and Silver- urday. "We're happy with how ton (64-9) en route to their per- things unfolded, but you can't fect record. be complacent." "Obviously it b u ilds confiHuffman said some of the dence in our team that we can bigger upsets Crook County compete with any team," Huff- recorded included Avina's 7-5 man said. "As a coach, you're defeat over Sweet Home's Any our toughest critic of y o u r thony Hardy as well as Hayden team, and you find anything Bates' pin o f S w eet H ome's that can be improved and can Colton Schilling, a t w o -time be worked on. We have a full Class 4A state champion who page of notes to work on." signed a National Letter of InGrayson M u nn , C o l l bran tent to wrestle at Cal Poly.
That comes after a
judge on Friday rejected arguments thatthe
leagues couldn't prove they would be harmed if the state proceeds with the plans. In denying the state's request to dismiss the lawsuit by the NBA, NHL, NFL, Major League Baseball and the NCAA, U.S. District Judge
Michael Shipp agreed that they have standing to file the suit because
expanding legal sports betting to New Jersey would negatively affect perception of their
games. In his ruling, Shipp cited studies offered by the leagues that showed fans' negative attitudes
toward game-fixing and sports gambling. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy declined to comment on the ruling, telling The Associated Press on Saturday that "the decision speaks for itself."
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Stacey Dsburn, director of public and media relations for the NCAA, said the as-
Bend's Hayden Crook has suited up for every Oregon home game this season.
sociation was"pleased with the court's ruling. The NCAA has long maintained that sports wagering threatens the well-being of studentathletes and the integ-
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By Aaron Beard The Associated Press
rity of college sports." — The Associated Press
NFL Week16 on TV 10 a.m., Cincinnati Bengals at Pittsdnrgh Steelers, CBS:The Bengals have won five
of six and canclinch a second straight playoff berth with a
win. Cincinnati hasn't made the playoffs in
consecutive years since
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1981-82. The Steelers need to win each of the final two games to make
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a third consecutive playoff appearance. 10 a.m., NewOrleans Saints at Dallas
At just 5 f e et, 10 i nches tall and 155 pounds, Hayden C rook is h ar d t o p i c k o u t g th f tb l l b h th on the University of Oregon
Saints have wonsix of the past sevengames in the series, but they
are trying to play spoiler against aCowboyteam that controls its playoff
destiny. 1 p.m., NewYorkGiants at Baltimore Ravens, Fox:New York has
dropped four of six to fall into a tie atop the NFC East. The Ravens,
who are already in the playoffs, have lost three straight, but can clinch
a second straight AFC
Mid-major starsskip NBA draft, thrive early inseason
participated in practice during the season,even the redshirts whohavenotplayedinagame and should not expect to, get to make the bowl trip and suit
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"It's going to be an awesome «egonvs experience," says Crook, who sideline. Karisas State And as a redshirt freshman almost certainly will not play and the third-string kicker, he Whe n:Jan, 3, in t he Fiesta Bowl but plans to has not exactly been making 5 : 30 p.m. enjoy the trip nonetheless. headlinesfor the Ducks. Crook, 18, is the only play• TV:ESPN But the walk-on from Bend er from Central Oregon on has been in uniform for every the Ducks' roster. He was a Oregon home game this seafirst-team all-state kicker as a son and for the Civil War at Oregon s e n ior at Bend High, as well as an allState. Crook will make the trip to Ari- l e a gue point guard for the basketball zona with the 11-1 Ducks (No. 4 BCS, t e am. He was also a midfielder on the No. 5 AP) to play I 1-1 Kansas State (No. L a va Bears' soccer squad. 5 BCS, No. 7 AP) in the Fiesta Bowl in Cu rr e n t ly, the Ducks are mostly inGlendale on Jan. 3. The team leaves on t e rested in Crook for his kickoffs, as he Wednesday for its 10-day stay in the h a s b eenkickingoffto thereturnteam Phoenix area. in practice this season. At Oregon, every player who has SeeCrook/D6
Murray State's Isaiah Canaan, Lehigh's C.J. McCollum and Creighton's Doug McDermott are making headlines for mid-major programs instead of trying to find supporting roles as NBA rookies. The three Associated Press preseason All-Americans all returned to school instead of entering the NBA draft. They knew there was a good chance they could have fallen out of the first round, making it even harder tosucceed inthe league without a g u a r anteed contract. Instead, they're focused on helping their t e ams t op last year's runs to the NCAA tournament — w h i c h c o uld ultimately help their pro prospects, too. All three are averaging better than 21 points per game, while theirteams are a combined 294 to start the year before Satur-
"I don't regret not going to the NBA," Canaan said. "I've
got five young guys with me and I know it's not going to be the best early, right now. But we're not worried about early. We want them to be at their best in the later part of the season. I'm trying every day to make them better because I'm
"My philosophy is if you're projected as a low first-round or
second-round (pick), that meansyou may not get drafted. That's how the variable is in the NBA — especially in last year's draft." — Ryan Blake, senior director of NBA scouting operations, saying that some top mid-major players could have slipped out of the first round if they left college early
going to need them, we're going to need them." Ryan Blake, senior director of NBA scouting operations, said the odds of a player making an NBA roster drop significantly if he slides out of the first round and misses out on the guaranteedthree-year contract that comes with that perch. Blake said Canaan and McCollum, now seniors, would have fallen into the risky latefirst/early-second category in a strong draft after last season. NBA rules prohibit Blake from talking about McDermott, who is a junior. See Stars/D6
North title with a win.
5:20 p.m.: San Francisco49ers at Seattle Seahawks,
NBC:The49ers clinch a second straight NFC West title with a win.
They have not won consecutive division titles since 1994-'95.
Riley namesVazasstarting QB for OregonState in Alamo Bowl
The Seahawks clinch at least a wild-card berth with a victory and keep alive hopes of a division
title (see story,DS). —TheAssociated Press 49ers QB Colin
By Cliff Kirkpatrick
A Sean Mannion or Cody Vaz decision was needed one more time this year. And the answer is Vaz. Oregon State football coach Mike Riley named Vaz as his starting quarterback Saturday for the Alamo Bowl against Texas after the last practice in Corvallis before the team left for San Antonio. "It was a tough decision, but that's a good thing," Riley said. "You try to mix everything that separates it. We not only used two weeks of bowl practice but mixed in what we thought went on in the season. I have tostress we are choosing between
Alamo Bowl, Oregon State vs.
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good, not good and bad." Vaz began the season as the backup, but he and Mannion traded starts due to injury.
Texas • When:Saturday, Dec. 29, 3:45 p.m.
• Radio: KICE-AM 940 Mannion finished the season starting the last three games, while Vaz healed from an
"I'm just really excited," Vaz said. "I'm looking forward to the opportunity. It's a big-time bowl and a great opponent." Mannion didn't stick around after practice for comment, but Riley said he was naturally disappointed. See VaziD6
Dave Weaver I The Associated Press file
Creighton's Doug Mcoermott, left, is among a number of mid-major players having outstanding seasons so far.
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