Corvallis will host first track meet since 1988

Corvallis will host first track meet since 1988

CORVALLIS — Oregon State will hold a pair of track and field meets this spring, the first such events at the school since 1988.

The Beavers will debut their new Whyte Track and Field Center on March 23 with a meet that will include fellow athletes from the University of Portland and Willamette University.

The Beavers will also host the inaugural OSY High Performance meet April 26 for regional college athletes as well as open and club qualifiers.

Oregon State has not hosted a meet since the Oregon Senior The Athletics Congress (TAC) Championships in June 1988. The last collegiate event was the Beaver Twilight that May.

Oregon State has worked to rebuild its track program under coach Kelly Sullivan since 2004. The Beavers' discontinued the sport after the 1988 season.

Lance Armstrong to give interview with Oprah

LOS ANGELES — Lance Armstrong has agreed to a rare televised interview with Oprah Winfrey that will air next week.

According to a release posted on Oprah's website on Tuesday, Armstrong will address allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career.

Armstrong has strongly denied the doping charges that led to him being stripped of his seven Tour de France titles, but The New York Times reported Friday he has told associates he is considering admitting the use of PEDS.

The newspaper report cited anonymous sources, and Armstrong attorney Tim Herman told The Associated Press that night that he had no knowledge of Armstrong considering a confession. Oprah's interview with Armstrong will air on Jan. 17.

BCS title game's TV rating hurt by rout

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. — The BCS title game's television rating was up from last season, but the lopsided score kept viewership down.

Alabama's 42-14 rout over Notre Dame drew a 15.1 fast national rating Monday on ESPN, the network said Tuesday. The 26.4 million viewers were up 9 percent from last year's game, another blowout Crimson Tide victory, 21-0 over LSU.

But that's down from the 27.3 million for ESPN's first BCS championship two years ago, Auburn's win over Oregon that was decided in the final seconds. This year's game posted the second-largest audience in cable history behind the 2011 championship.

The matchup between traditional powerhouses in Alabama and Notre Dame created the potential for a record-setting audience. But once the Crimson Tide went up 28-0 by halftime, viewers had reason to skip the second half. Ten previous BCS title games drew a higher rating.

SPOKANE, Wash. — A Pac-12 investigation found no evidence of physical or mental abuse of players in the Washington State football program under coach Mike Leach, the league said Tuesday

The findings of the independent review mirrored the findings of Washington State's own internal review of the allegations, which was released last month.

Former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson contended near the end of last football season that players were suffering physical and mental abuse at the hands of coaches. Wilson, who quit the team, subsequently recanted his allegations.

Compiled from wire reports