Five prospects with a shot at the Mariner’s opening day roster

Danny Hultzen

NWSB insider and Mariners blog Jon Irwin reports on five impact prospects who could break Spring Training with the Seattle Mariners in 2013. Topping the list are well known top prospects such as Danny Hultzen and Nick Franklin. But if you don’t know the names of Carter Capps and Stefen Romero, it could be time to learn them.

Five fearless predictions for the 2012 Alamo Bowl

Jordan Poyer

NWSB Insider and Oregon State Beavers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the OSU vs. Texas 2012 Alamo Bowl matchup. He provides five fearless predictions for the game Saturday. With this marking the final game for seniors Markus Wheaton and Jordan Poyer, expect OSU to send their guys out with style.

Raul Ibanez: Reviewing Seattle Mariners free agent signing

Raul Ibanez

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the signing of Raul Ibanez. Returning for his third stint with the M’s, Ibanez brings much needed power to the lineup—just like the majority of Seattle’s signings this offseason. A big question is what does this mean for Justin Smoak?

Morales for Vargas: Reviewing Seattle Mariners trade

Morales will be a solid bat beyond Montero (Photo: Steven Bisig / USA Today)

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on the MLB breaking news this week on the trading of Jason Vargas for Kendrys Morales. It was inevitable that the M’s would cut ties with Vargas, and acquiring Morales is fantastic return. This is a win-win for both Seattle and Los Angeles.

Lillard’s game winning buzzer beat leads Portland over Hornets

The shot heard around Blazer Nation (Photo: Bruce Ely / The Oregonian)

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Hornets matchup. Hampered by a hip injury, Wesley Matthews has tried his best to get back in the game. He had yet to play since December 8th before starting Sunday. He also says the thing about this game—that seems to be getting buried—is how good Nicolas Batum was.

Devon Collier emerging as star for Beavs

Devon Collier has had an impressive start to his 2012-2013 campaign. (Photo: Jason DeCrow / AP)

Familiar face leading Beavers The Oregon State Beavers are off to a fantastic start to the season, currently tied for fifth in the Pac-12 at 6-2. Their lone losses on the season were close games to Alabama (62-65) and Kansas (78-84). OSU has a great group of athletes, and it’s by far Coach Robinson’s most […]

2012 PDX Trail Blazers quarter season report

Damian Lillard

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down Portland’s quarterly report. With a fourth of the NBA behind us, Portland’s performance is right about where it should be. The starters continue to push this team forward, while the bench continues to drag it back. After a torrid start to the NBA season Nicolas Batum’s production has taken a turn. There cannot be any doubt about Damian Lillard for rookie of the year.

What can Jason Bay bring to the M’s in 2013?

Jason Bay

NWSB Insider and Seattle Mariners blogger Jonathan Irwin reports on 5 things to expect from Jason Bay in the upcoming baseball season. The M’s signed the left fielder hoping for a big rebound season. Can the inconsistencies and injury history be overcome? Or will Bay be just another failed Mariner experiment?

How will Oregon State replace Markus Wheaton in 2013?

Markus Wheaton

NWSB Editor and Insider Jon Irwin takes a look into the future and tries to solve how the Beavers will replace senior Markus Wheaton. Oregon State’s go-to receiver will be graduating the program and heading for the 2013 NFL draft. How can the Beavers replace such an integral part of their offense? The obvious replacement for Wheaton in the offense would be sophomore Brandin Cooks.

Oregon State Beavers 2012 football season rewind

Sean Mannion

NWSB Editor and Insider Jon Irwin recaps what was Oregon State’s 2012 college football regular season. Leading the way are standouts Markus Wheaton and Rashaad Reynolds. But there were plenty of other highlights on this season and—with an invitation to the Alamo Bowl—more could be on the way.

L.A.’s fourth straight double-double puts away Raptors 92-74

LaMarcus Aldridge

NWSB Insider and Portland Trail Blazers blogger Jon Irwin breaks down the Blazers vs Raptors matchup. The Headline: playing without starters Nicolas Batum (back) and Wesley Matthews (hip), Portland comes up with a big win and halts their losing streak at two games. Aldridge and Hickson put together huge nights, and luckily it’s enough to outweigh disappointing games from Claver and Lillard.

Beaver 2012 hoops schedule: home cooking preview

Devon Collier

NWSB insider Jon Irwin gives us a preview of the Beavers upcoming seven game homestand. The series will be a nice mix of easy games before leading into Pac-12 conference play. Fittingly enough, the Beavs kick off conference play at home against in-state rival Oregon. But their biggest challenge comes at the end of the homestand against Pac-12 leading Arizona.

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