Gary Andersen back in familiar spot
Well, not back at Oregon State, but Gary Andersen has resurfaced in college football.
The former Beavers head coach, who stepped down in midseason 2017, after a 1-5 start at OSU, is back in the Pac-12, as well.
Andersen has been named Utah Utes associate head coach and defensive assistant.
He will begin his third go with the Utes on Jan. 9, when the NCAA rule takes effect to allow schools a 10th assistant coach.
It will be Andersen's 12th season with Utah. He also served as head coach at Utah State from 2009-12, and at Wisconsin (2013-14) before taking the Oregon State job in 2015.
• Speaking of OSU football, Ryan Nall won't play for the Beavers again.
He's declared for the NFL draft, the school announced Tuesday.
The former Central Catholic High star from Sandy, who was a junior in 2017, ranks eighth on the Oregon State all-time rushing list with 2,216 yards. He's tied for first in yards per carry (5.8). He also is seventh in rushing touchdowns (24) and tied for seventh in 100-yard games (nine).
• The Portland Timbers have acquired 24-year-old central defender Julio Cascante from Deportiva Saprissa of Costa Rica.
The signing of Cascante, 6-2, 170 pounds, addresses the need to add depth and youth at central defender.
The returning center backs on the Timbers roster are Liam Ridgewell and Larrys Mabiala. Lawrence Olum also played the position last season.
Cascante, who has made one appearance with the Costa Rican national team, was likely added with an eye toward becoming a permanent replacement for Ridgewell (who turns 34 in July) in 2019 and beyond.
He is the third recent signing from Saprissa since the Costa Rican side eliminated the Timbers from the group stage of 2016-17 CONCACAF Champions League. Sebastian Blanco and David Guzman had solid first seasons with Portland in 2017.
Stay tuned, as President of Soccer Gavin Wilkinson looks to add another defensive midfielder and another proven goal-scorer for the 2018 season — with preseason training set to begin in three weeks.
• Tuesday was a big day for two Portland Winterhawks at the World Juniors Championships in Buffalo, New York.
It was heartbreaking for another Hawk.
Kieffer Bellows scored two goals, including the game winner as the United States beat Russia 4-2 in a quarterfinal game. Team USA advances to play Sweden at 1 p.m. on Thursday in the semifinals (NHL Network).
Canada and the Czech Republic meet in the second semifinal. The medal games will be played on Friday.
It was the third two-goal game of the tournament for Bellows, whose six goals through five games lead the tournament.
Bellows put the USA ahead 1-0 with a power-play goal 2:18 into the game. His one-timer on the forecheck broke a 2-2 tie with 7:29 left in the third period. Dylan Samberg sent the puck hard into the offensive zone. It bounced hard off the end boards and Bellows rocketed a one-timer just under the crossbar.
Winterhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju saw his tournament end on Tuesday with Finland losing a tie-breaking shootout to the Czech Republic. The Finns had a late lead, but an extra-attacker goal with 2:26 left in the third period tied it. The 10-minute overtime period was scoreless.
Jokiharju had two goals and two assists in five tournament games.
Winterhawks forward Joachim Blichfeld had two goals and one assist in Denmark's 5-4 win over Belarus in the first game of a best-of-3 series to determine which team gets to play in the 2019 World Juniors Championships.
Blichfeld's second goal of the day and third of the tournament tied the game with 34 seconds left and the goalie pulled. Denmark, which led 2-0 early then trailed 4-2, then scored the winner with 15 seconds left.
• Concordia University has chosen Kim Dehning as interim director of golf, replacing Adrian Burtner, who has been named head pro at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
Dehning will lead the Cavaliers' men's and women's programs. She has been the assistant coach for both teams since 2013, and played for the Cavs from 2005-09.
Her husband, Craig, who also is a CU alum and former Cavs golfer, will be the assistant coach.
• Concordia 6-1 junior post Bailey Cartwright is the Great Northwest Athletic Conference women's basketball player of the week.
Cartwright, from Pasco, Washington, averaged 12.5 points and 15.5 rebounds, shooting 46.7 percent from the field, as the Cavaliers beat Pacific, 85-51, and Central Washington, 93-89.
• Portland Community College plays host to Clackamas CC in a doubleheader at PCC Cascade. The men's game, at 7:30 p.m., pits two of the region favorites. The women's game is at 5:30 p.m.
• A light prep schedule in basketball includes St. Mary's Academy at the Tualatin girls at 7 p.m., along with Benson at Cleveland, and Beaverton at Jesuit, in girls hoops. Jesuit's boys have a key Metro League game at Beaverton at 7:15 p.m.