OSU women top Oregon — Freshman guard Jamie Weisner had 22 points and Oregon State held off a late rally by rival Oregon for a 63-53 victory on Tuesday night in Eugene. Oregon State (8-9, 2-3 Pac-12) led by as many as 24 points, but the Ducks pulled to within 54-45 with 4:41 left on Jordan Loera’s 3-pointer. Sophomore Liz Brenner got Oregon closer with a pair of free throws before Weisner hit a jumper. Amanda Delgado’s 3-pointer for the Ducks again narrowed it to 57-50, but Patricia Bright’s jumper for Oregon State with 1:52 left all but sealed it. It was the seventh straight loss for Oregon (2-15, 0-5). The two teams play again on Sunday.
Sacramento mayor to counteroffer for Kings — Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says he has received approval from NBA Commissioner David Stern to present a counteroffer to the league from investors who would keep the Kings in California’s capital city. The league’s deadline for teams to apply for relocation is March 1. People with knowledge of the situation said last week that a group led by investor Chris Hansen, who wants to return the NBA to Seattle, has contacted the Maloof family about buying the Kings.
Love’s hand surgery goes as planned — Kevin Love is expected to return sometime in March after undergoing surgery on his broken right hand. The Minnesota Timberwolves announced Tuesday that the operation to repair Love’s third and fourth metacarpal bones was successful. The procedure was done by Dr. Michelle Carson at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. Love was hurt during the Jan. 3 game at Denver, after suffering the same injury in a workout at his home on Oct. 17.
Riley promotes Locey, Bray on staff — Oregon State coach Mike Riley has promoted assistant head coach Jay Locey to chief of staff and graduate assistant Trent Bray to linebackers coach. Locey, in his seventh season as coach, will add fundraising, alumni engagement, high school and community relations, player leadership development and team building activities to a list of duties in his new role. A graduate assistant coach to be named later will assume Locey’s responsibilities over the team’s tight ends. Bray, who started at linebacker for the Beavers from 2002-05, returned to Oregon State as a graduate assistant last year after two seasons as linebackers coach at Arizona State.
Chargers hire McCoy as new coach — Mike McCoy is the new head coach of the San Diego Chargers. McCoy had been the offensive coordinator for the Denver Broncos. The 40-year-old McCoy replaces Norv Turner, who was fired along with general manager A.J. Smith after the Chargers finished 7-9 and missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
Nats, Soriano agree on $28M deal — Reliever Rafael Soriano and the Washington Nationals reached agreement pending a physical on a $28 million, two-year contract that includes $14 million in deferred money, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Tuesday.
Iditarod training slow going — Unseasonably warm weather in parts of Alaska has complicated training for some mushers already signed up for the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It has also forced the cancellation of several qualifying races for future rookies of the famous 1,000-mile trek to Nome. But there’s still plenty of snow along much of the route, Iditarod officials said Tuesday. There’s no need yet to worry about drastic changes to the race, which will start March 2 with a ceremonial run in Anchorage. The competition begins the following day in Willow, 50 miles to the north.
— From wire reports