Updated at 8:34 PM

A subtle change to the NFL rulebook resulted in an 822 percent increase in illegal contact penalties through three weeks of the preseason.Now the key question is not whether those calls will continue to rise in the regular season, because NFL Vice President of Officiating Dean Blandino is sure they will. He also says that’s a good thing.“We don’t think this is a mistake at all,” Blandino said. “It’s going to provide more consistent...

Updated at 7:52 PM

NEW YORK — Acknowledging he "didn't get it right" with a two-game suspension for Ravens running back Ray Rice, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell announced tougher penalties for players accused of domestic violence, including six weeks for a...

Updated at 7:49 PM

ASHLAND — If the Southern Oregon University football team's offense gets the inordinate amount of possessions it wants — and has succeeded in creating the last two years — that'll mean more possessions faced,...

Updated at 7:47 PM

CORVALLIS — The feeling crept up on Storm Woods during late summer nights alone in Valley Football Center's running backs room.As the Oregon State Beavers junior reviewed last year's film, a pit formed in the bottom of his...

Updated at 7:44 PM

EUGENE — Devon Allen has quite a tale to tell about what he did over summer break.In June, Allen won the NCAA championship in the 110-meter hurdles. Two months later, he's won a starter's job at receiver for the No. 3...

Updated at 7:39 PM

City Manager Eric Swanson, left, and City Attorney John Huttl joined others throughout the Rogue Valley and the U.S. in taking the ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday. Swanson's aunt had ALS, a...

Updated at 7:29 PM

Property owners who have abandoned their houses or neglected them by allowing accumulations of trash or weeds could soon find themselves facing foreclosure actions by city officials.

Updated at 7:20 PM

GOLD HILL — The city with a history of write-in-only elections will see at least one candidate for every available position on the Nov. 4 ballot.The candidates' applications come on the heels of an unsuccessful recall election...

Updated at 7:16 PM

Local drug enforcement officers Wednesday arrested a Medford man to cap off a month-long investigation into him allegedly dealing methamphetamine.

Updated at 7:03 PM

The Medford City Council agreed to consider new rules requiring a longer period to hold items sold at pawn shops as well as to take require photos of all goods brought in for sale.

Updated at 6:54 PM

A tip about reckless driving on Interstate 5 near Salem led to the arrest of a Medford man who was allegedly driving a stolen sport utility vehicle.When another driver called police to complain about a reckless driver in a GMC...

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