The year saw victories, agonizing defeats and head scratching ideas in the world of Oregon sports. Here are's top sports stories.

The OregonDucks were embarassed in their first game of the year againstBoise State when LeGarrette Blount lost his cool and punched Byron Hout, then needed to be restrained by police and team staff to keep from going after fans. He later apologized, was suspended and came back to play in the Civil War.

In the biggest Civil War inOregon history - the Ducks redeemed themselves to go on to win the OregonCivil War against the Oregon State Beavers inNovember, earning them a trip to the Rose Bowl New Year's Day inPasadena

For the second time in his young career, TrailBlazer center Greg Oden was sidelined for the remainder of the season after cracking his patella in half during a game against the HoustonRockets at the Rose Garden onDecember 5.

As if that wasn't bad enough news, the Blazers were crippled by injuries to Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez and center Joel Pryzbilla, who went down against the Dallas Mavericks December 22.

The Oregon State Beavers jumped out to an early lead over Brigham Young University in the Las Vegas Bowl, but BYU surged back to seize control and dominate the game, 44-20.

TheCity of Portland was making big plans to strike a deal to bring Major League Soccer to town. But wrangling with developers put the future of the Portland Beavers Triple-Abaseball franchise in question.

A deal would also alter the look of PGEPark.

In other sports venue news, the city wants to know what to do with the aging MemorialColiseum. One such proposal put forth by the Blazers and WInterhawks would update the venue to make it more modern and intimate, along with a revitalization of the Rose Quarter.

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