Beavers keep streak alive — Trevor Larnach belted a three-run homer in the first inning, Adley Rutschman hit a tie-breaking two-run double in the seventh, and No. 2-ranked Oregon State improved to 13-0 with a 6-3 win over Portland on Tuesday night at Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Larnach’s home run, his sixth of the season, put the Beavers on top early. After the Pilots (4-8) tied it 3-3 with three runs in the fifth. Rutschman delivered his clutch double to put OSU up 5-3 in the seventh, and Andy Armstrong drove in an insurance run for the Beavers in the eighth. Four Oregon State pitchers combined on a three-hitter; Brandon Eisert (2-0) got the win with 3 1⁄3 innings of hitless relief, and Jake Mulholland notched his fourth save with a perfect ninth inning. The Beavers open a three-game home series against Cal State Fullerton on Friday night.
Prominent NFL refs retire — Veteran referees Ed Hochuli and Jeff Triplette are retiring from the NFL, and one of the replacements will be former back judge Shawn Hochuli, Ed’s son. The other is former side judge Alex Kemp. The two new referees both joined the NFL in 2014. Ed Hochuli, among the most recognizable of NFL officials because of his muscular build, joined the league in 1990. Triplette came aboard in 1996. Hochuli, a lawyer by trade, originally was a back judge and moved up to referee in 1992. He worked two Super Bowls and generally was considered among the league’s best officials. Hochuli’s lengthy verbal descriptions of calls were befitting an attorney.
Aldon Smith turns himself in — Former Oakland Raiders linebacker Aldon Smith turned himself in Tuesday to San Francisco police, who had a warrant out for his arrest over a domestic violence incident with his fiancee over the weekend. ABC 7 News, citing unnamed sources, was the first to report that Smith had turned himself in. Smith, who had reportedly checked himself into a rehabilitation facility, was released by the Raiders on Monday afternoon. Smith was then released on $30,000 bail late Tuesday afternoon. Smith, 28, was being sought by police after he fled the scene when his fiancee called 911 on Saturday night. She reported to a police dispatcher that Smith was beating her at her residence.
Arizona star lands top AP Pac-12 honor — Arizona freshman Deandre Ayton has been named player and newcomer of the year on the All-Pac-12 Conference men’s basketball team announced Tuesday by The Associated Press. Utah coach Larry Krystkowiak was named coach of the year. Ayton was one of the nation’s top incoming recruits when he arrived in Tucson and lived up to expectations during a stellar season with the Wildcats. The 7-foot-1, 260-pound big man from the Bahamas became the first Pac-12 freshman in 25 years to average at least 19 points and 11 rebounds, finishing with 19.9 points and 11.4 rebounds during the regular season. Among others receiving honors, Oregon State redshirt sophomore forward Tres Tinkle was named to the five-player all-conference second team.
Mavs owner Cuban denies sex assault allegation — Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is denying a 2011 allegation of sexual assault after an Oregon newspaper published details of a case that prosecutors did not pursue, saying they did not believe there was evidence to support the claim. The report in Willamette Week in Portland came two weeks after a Sports Illustrated account that portrayed a hostile work environment for women in the front office of the Mavericks. The woman claimed Cuban touched her inappropriately with his finger while they were taking a picture in a Portland nightclub. In an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday, Cuban wrote, “It didn’t happen.” In a report explaining why they were not pursuing the case, prosecutors wrote that “there is no evidence to corroborate the complainant’s statement and there is evidence contradicting the claim.” The report also said the woman did not want to proceed with the allegation.
— From staff and wire reports