Culver girls win league opener — Culver outscored Central Linn 12-2 in the fourth quarter to top the visiting Cobras 44-35 on Wednesday in what was both teams’ Tri-River Conference league opener. Bulldog senior guard Lori Sandy led all scorers with 23 points as Culver (1-0 TRC, 3-8 overall) dominated the final period of a game they trailed 33-32 at the end of three quarters. Fellow senior Chantelle Seehawer added eight points and freshman Hannah Lewis chipped in six. “In winning time, the fourth quarter, we shut them down," Bulldog coach Scott Fritz said. Culver continues league play on Saturday with a TRC game at Waldport.
Culver boys fall — Clay Gibson and Joe Daugherty scored eight points apiece, but host Culver struggled offensively in the second half of its Tri-River Conference opener against Central Linn before falling to the Cobras 61-29. The Bulldogs trailed 33-18 at halftime before Central Linn outscored Culver 30-11 in the second half. The loss drops the Bulldogs to 0-1 in league and 5-6 overall. Warren Smith led the Cobras (1-0, 7-5) with a game-high 23 points. Culver is at Waldport on Saturday.
Races at Diamond Lake — The Nordic Ski Jamboree, an all-ages event supported by the Central Oregon Chapter of the Oregon Nordic Club, is set for Saturday at Diamond Lake. Start time is set for 12:30 p.m. for race options that include a 4-kilometer classic, a 4K skate and an 8K Hot Pursuit. For skiers younger than age 14, race distances are 2K and 1K. The event is free. For more information, call 541-389-2849 or email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ray Lewis to retire — Ray Lewis spent 17 seasons instilling fear in his opponents while serving as an inspirational leader for the Baltimore Ravens. Now he’s poised and eager to become a full-time dad. Lewis announced Wednesday he will end his brilliant NFL career after the Ravens complete their 2013 playoff run. Lewis has been sidelined since Oct. 14 with a torn right triceps. The 13-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker intends to return Sunday to face the Indianapolis Colts in what will almost certainly be his final home game. “Everything that starts has an end," the 37-year-old Lewis said. “For me, today, I told my team that this will be my last ride." Lewis is the only player in NFL history with at least 40 career sacks and 30 interceptions.
Bills to interview UO’s Kelly — Oregon coach Chip Kelly won’t have much time to rest after the Fiesta Bowl. On Friday, Kelly has an interview scheduled with the Buffalo Bills for their coaching vacancy, a person familiar with the coach’s plans confirmed late Wednesday night. The interview will take place in Arizona, a day after the fifth-ranked Ducks play Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the Bills and Kelly haven’t revealed the meeting will take place. According to the Bills’ website, the team interviewed Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Ray Horton on Wednesday, a day after meeting with former Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt, who was fired Monday. Kelly also has been reported as a top candidate for the Cleveland Browns (see story, C4) and the Philadelphia Eagles.
Cards, Chiefs target Reid — The Arizona Cardinals have completed an extensive interview that spread over two days with defensive coordinator Ray Horton in the search for a replacement for fired coach Ken Whisenhunt. Next up is Andy Reid, the longtime Philadelphia Eagles coach who was among seven NFL head coaches who got the axe on Monday. Reid’s interview, while not formally scheduled, could come today. Cardinals President Michael Bidwill has identified Horton, Reid and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy as candidates to replace Whisenhunt, who was dismissed after six seasons. Kansas City Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt was meeting with Reid in Philadelphia Wednesday, a person familiar with Reid’s plans told The Associated Press. Romeo Crennel was fired by the Chiefs this week.
Sides meet late — A federal mediator rejoined negotiations between the NHL and the players’ association that stretched into the early hours of this morning but still haven’t produced a deal to get hockey back on the ice. After a series of meetings during the day Wednesday in New York, the sides reconvened at night and were together until nearly 1 a.m. Eastern. The biggest news to come out of the talks was that the union apparently did not decide to disband before a self-imposed midnight deadline. Commissioner Gary Bettman has told the union that a deal must be in place by Jan. 11 in order for a 48-game season to be played beginning eight days later.
—From wire reports