Looking back at 2007

There were some incredible highs. The Oregon State Beavers repeated as College World Series champions. The Portland Trail Blazers landed the No. — draft pick. Oregon's football team looked unstoppable on a run for a national title.

And then there were some spectacular letdowns. The Blazers took 7-footer Greg Oden with the first pick, but his rookie season ended before it got started because of knee surgery.

Oregon's quarterback Dennis Dixon crumbled to the ground against Arizona, taking away his Heisman hopes and the Ducks' bid for a championship.

At least there's still the Beavers.

Oregon State's baseball team swept North Carolina in Omaha for a second straight national title. They became the first team since 1996-97 to repeat.

"How sweet it is," catcher Mitch Canham said in returning to Corvallis as a two-time champion. "How sweet it is."

The Trail Blazers beat the odds when they landed the NBA's top draft pick for the first time since 1978.

"Huge, unbelievably huge," general manager Kevin Pritchard said about this year's draft. "Franchise making. ... Rip City again, here we come."

The Blazers had the enviable task of choosing between two talented players &

Oden out of Ohio State and Kevin Durant, a forward named the AP's Player of the Year after a season at Texas.

When the Blazers selected Oden, a crowd gathered to watch the draft at the Rose Garden erupted with a spontaneous dogpile at center court.

But in early September, elation turned to disappointment. Oden underwent season-ending microfracture surgery on his right knee.

"To know that Greg wouldn't be with us, it was disappointing," coach Nate McMillan said when the extent of Oden's injury was announced. "I was really looking forward to working with him, and developing this team. You know we will still get that opportunity, but it will just come a year from now."

Earlier in the year, the Blazers were celebrating guard Brandon Roy, who was named the NBA's Rookie of the Year.

On draft day, the Blazers cut ties with forward Zach Randolph, one of the last remnants of the so-called "Jail Blazers" era. And off the court, team owner Paul Allen reacquired the Rose Garden.

As for the Ducks, it was one of the most confounding football seasons ever.

They were picked to finish sixth in the Pacific-10 Conference before the season started. Dixon had gone off to play baseball for the Atlanta Braves organization leaving some to question his dedication to the team.

But then the Ducks started racking up the wins. They plowed through a pair of worthy opponents, Arizona State and USC, and they became the second-ranked team in the country.

It fizzled quickly. Against unranked Arizona, Dixon's knee gave out. Turned out he had been injured the game before against the Sun Devils, but he decided to try and keep playing on it.

The loss of Dixon was insurmountable and the Ducks lost their final three games. But they will play in the postseason against South Florida in the Sun Bowl.

In men's basketball, Oregon finished 29-8 overall and 11-7 in the Pacific-10 Conference, reaching the NCAA Midwest Regional Final, losing 85-77 to eventual champion Florida.

Along the way, Oregon was the only school in the country to defeat three different top-10 teams: No. — UCLA, No. 10 Arizona and No. 9 Washington State.

The Ducks also announced that they would revive a long-dormant baseball program starting in the 2008-09 season. The school also said it would drop wrestling and add competitive cheer.

Portland State made headlines when it brought in former NFL coach Jerry Glanville to lead their team.

Glanville brought back former Vikings coach Mouse Davis as offensive coordinator. But the adoption of a new run-and-shoot offense and numerous injuries made it a bumpy season for Portland State, which finished 3-8, 3-5 in the Big Sky Conference.

The state grabbed international attention, too. Lorena Ochoa of Mexico claimed a third consecutive LPGA title of the season with a five-stroke victory in the Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Ochoa finished the year with eight tour victories.

The U.S. team of Andy Roddick, James Blake and Bob and Mike Bryan defeated Russia to win the Davis Cup. The final was played before a soldout crowd at Portland's Memorial Coliseum.

The United States had not won the team competition in 12 years.

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