Updated at 7:21 PM

MANDEVILLE, La. — Saints safety Jairus Byrd has rarely been so eager to hit and be hit, if only to reassure himself that his surgically repaired back is a healed as doctors believe.Byrd, the top free agent acquisition by New Orleans this past offseason, was cleared for contact this week, allowing him to practice at full speed and with no limitations for the first time since signing a six-year, $56 million contract in March.His first significant collision in a...

Updated at 7:11 PM

There’s something stunning happening on Michael Vick’s head.You can’t see them from far away, but up close, tiny gray hairs are starting to emerge — color-sapped reminders that the New York Jets quarterback is...

Updated at 7:04 PM

ASHLAND — If it isn’t already, the Southern Oregon University women’s soccer program will soon be difficult to recognize in comparison to what it looked like at this time a year ago. And, as they prepare to open their 2014...

Updated at 7:02 PM

CORVALLIS — Oregon State freshman guard Chai Baker had passed all university-mandated heart screenings before collapsing during a men's basketball team workout Tuesday, a university spokesman told The Oregonian early Wednesday...

Updated at 6:58 PM

NEW YORK — The Dallas Cowboys are the first U.S. sports franchise to top $3 billion in value.For the eighth straight year, the Cowboys are worth the most of all 32 NFL franchises, according to Forbes. They’re valued at $3.2...

Updated at 6:41 PM

Chief Dan Marshall will retire in December after 30 years as Jackson County Fire District 5's leader. He has worked for the district for a total of 41 years.

Updated at 5:48 PM

Fire officials monitoring the Old Blue Mountain fire said they will remove the Level 1 evacuation advisory for homes on Humbug Creek Road at 6 p.m.

Updated at 5:35 PM

Thieves who steal a $1,500 Ashland Police Department bait bicycle could face felony charges.

Updated at 5:23 PM

Rock guitarist Peter Frampton’s Guitar Circus will feature performances by Rock and Roll Hall of Famer and blues guitarist Buddy Guy and pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph of The Family Band at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at the Britt...

Updated at 5:17 PM

Any fan of the Rogue Valley music scene is sure to have heard rhythms by bass player Jeff Addicott. He's the first-call bassist for more than a handful of local bands.

Updated at 5:14 PM

The sixth annual swap meet features vendors selling antiques, collectibles, funky junk, estate-sale treasures and handcrafted items from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 23-24, at Shady Kate's Boutique, 21584 Highway 62, Shady Cove.

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