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(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29, with rookies and veterans reporting to Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The first full day of practice is set for July 30.   The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13 with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.



(Undated)  --  In Minor League baseball action last night, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes were beaten by the Vancouver Canadians 8-3 in Keizer.  The teams resume the series tonight, 6:35 p.m. first pitch.  The Hops rallied in the ninth for a 6-5 win over Spokane in Hillsboro.  They play the second of a five-game series tonight at 7:05 p.m.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will look to snap their six-game winless streak when they hit the field this Sunday to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps.  Portland is coming off of a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake on Wednesday.  The Whitecaps have won two-straight and sit one-spot ahead of Portland in the Western Conference table.



(Portland, OR)  --  The ladies hit the pitch this weekend as the Portland Thorns welcome the Washington Spirit tomorrow.  Portland sits in fourth place with 22 points, Washington is in last with 12.  The Spirit did knock off the Thorns 1-0 in their last matchup on June 24th.



The 38th edition of the Cascade Cycling Classic got underway yesterday in the high desert with stage-1 of 5 and the McKenzie Pass road race. The Men’s winner was Alex Howes of the USA National Team, and Kristy Lay was the Women’s winner.

 

Defending Men’s Champion Robin Carpenter was third and former 2-time Champion Sergei Vetkov finished 20th.

 

Stage-2 today is the Skyliners Time Trials in west Bend starting at 10am on Skyliners road.



(Beaverton, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers are trying their best to make themselves players for Knicks star Carmelo Anthony.  Portland teammates Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum said at Lillard's basketball camp in Beaverton, Oregon on Wednesday that they've been talking to Anthony about the idea of joining up with them.  "Melo" has a no trade clause and has reported he wouldn't waive it to play for the Blazers, but their two top players said Anthony was "intrigued" at the option.  The only reported destinations Anthony has stated he would go are Houston and Cleveland.



The Bend Elks Westcoast collegiate summer league team resumed second-half League play last night after two days off for the W-C-L All Star Game, and the visiting Gresham Greysox outlasted Bend, 11-7.

 

Former local prep stars Colin Runge (run-gee) and Cal Waterman did their best to get the Elks what would have been their 7th win in the last 8-games.  Waterman hit a 2-run Home Run, and a Double, while Runge went

2-for-5 on the night fresh off playing in the All-Star classic last night in Yakima.

 

But, the Elks defense imploded committing 5 errors on the night leading to 3-unearned runs.

 

Bend is 19-and-21 overall and play the Grey Sox again tonight at Vince Genna Stadium in game-2 of the 3-game series.



(Undated)  --  In Minor League baseball action last night, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes edged the Spokane Indians, 3-2, on the road.  Jose Marte tossed five innings of one-run ball to earn the win.  The Volcanoes host Vancouver today.  The Hops visited Vancouver today and earned a 6-0 win on the road.  Hillsboro swept the Canadiens in five games and visits Boise today.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers' winless streak is up to six games after a 4-1 loss to Real Salt Lake in Portland on Wednesday.  Jack Barmby scored his first goal of the season in second half stoppage time to prevent the shutout.  Portland now has 27 points in the standings and sits in a three-way tie with Seattle and Vancouver for sixth in the West.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29, with rookies and veterans reporting to Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The first full day of practice is set for July 30.   The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13 with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.



Pizza Hut, owned by Yum Brands, plans to hire 14,000 delivery drivers by the end of 2017, or about 3,000 a month. The chain is adding a new technology system to improve delivery reliability and accuracy. (CNBC)

Business inventories increased 0.3% in May. At May's sales pace, it would take 1.38 months for businesses to clear shelves, up from 1.37 months in April. (Commerce Department)

The index of homebuilder confidence fell 2 points in July to 64, that was lower than expected. Anything above 50 is considered positive however. The new tariffs on Canadian lumber of up to 24% has caused the cost of framing lumber to spike in recent months, which only exacerbates already rising prices for land and skilled labor. (National Association of Home Builders)

Copper, the industrial metal known for its status as a primary indicator for future global demand growth, has quietly broken out from early year weakness and is poised to test new highs. Iron ore has also surged about 25% over the past month. Surging steel prices are propelling base metals, boosting both commodity currencies and emerging market stocks. (LPL Research)

With Northwest Quadrant Wealth Management, a Registered Investment Advisor I am Troy Reinhart.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers resume MLS play today at home against Real Salt Lake.  Portland has not played since July 5th and is coming off of three-straight draws.  They are winless in their last six.  The Timbers sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with 27 points.  Action gets underway at 6:30 p.m.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon's rebuilding defense is losing a promising young lineman.  Rutger Reitmaier, a freshman from Nashville, has decided to withdraw his commitment from the University of Oregon.  The 6-foot-3, 281-pound Reitmaier originally committed to the Ducks in June of 2016.  The Ducks have also lost defensive lineman Rex Manu for the year to an injury.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29th, with rookies and veterans reporting to Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The first full day of practice is set for July 30th.   The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13th with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.



(Portland, OR)  --  The ladies hit the pitch this weekend as the Portland Thorns welcome the Washington Spirit on Saturday.  Portland sits in fourth place with 22 points, Washington is in last with 12.  The Spirit did knock off the Thorns 1-0 in their last matchup on June 24th.



If you’ve seen a lot of cyclists on the roads of central Oregon, that is because tomorrow kicks off the 38th annual Cascade Cycling Classic presented by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield.

 

It all starts in the mountains tomorrow with Stage-1 of 5 and the McKenzie Pass road race. The Classic is the longest running elite stage race in North America and taking place during the Tour de France.

 

Robin Carpenter of the US is the defending Champion. For more information you can log on to ‘Cascade dash Classic dot Org.’



In the Westcoast League summer collegiate baseball where the Bend Elks have tonight off for the annual League All-Star game being held in Yakima.

 

The Elks roll back in to action tomorrow night when they host the Gresham Grey Sox at Vince Genna Stadium with first pitch set for 635pm. As always it’s ‘Free Kids Wednesday.’

 

Before the 2-day break, Bend had won 6 of their last 7 games to remain third place in the South Division just a game-and-a half out of first place. The Elks need to win the second-half of League play to make the Playoffs.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Lakers didn't need Lonzo Ball to beat the Trail Blazers, 110-98, and come away with the Las Vegas Summer League championship.  Ball was out with a mild calf strain.  Caleb Swanigan went for 25 points, 12 boards and seven assists in the loss.  Portland went 5-and-3.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State baseball might be getting a boost to its pitching staff for next season.  According to multiple outlets, MLB won't let starter Drew Rasmussen become a free agent.  He didn't sign with the Rays, who took him with the 31st overall pick.  Rasmussen has two years of eligibility left at OSU.
 



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon's defensive line is losing some of its depth.  The Ducks announced defensive tackle Rex Manu will miss the entire 2017-18 season due to "medical reasons."  Manu had 19 total tackles during the two seasons he's participated in.



The Bend Elks put together a 6-game win streak until that ended last night on the road in Walla Walla. Bend dropped the third game of a 3-game series with the Sweets in Walla Walla, 13-to-7.

The Elks will take the next two days off for the Westcoast League’s All Star Game in Yakima tomorrow night.

Bend has three players in the mid-summer classic. Colin Runge, a Ridgeview High graduate was selected along with outfielder Derek Chapman, and Pitcher Khalil Rivera.

The Elks resume league play Wednesday night hosting the Gresham Greysox in a 3-game set through Friday night.  635pm first pitch for each of the 3-games.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers resume MLS play on Wednesday at home against Real Salt Lake.  Portland has not played since July 5th and is coming off of three-straight draws.  They are winless in their last six.  The Timbers sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with 27 points.



(Portland, OR)  --  Hayley Raso headed in the game's lone goal in the 70th minute to lift the Thorns past the North Carolina Courage 1-0 at Providence Park on Saturday.  The win snapped North Carolina's three-game winning streak.  Portland snapped a two-game winless streak of its own and moved into fourth-place in the league with 22 points.  The Thorns welcome the Washington Spirit to town this coming weekend.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Blazers rallied from a 19-point deficit to clip the Grizzlies 87-82 and advance to the NBA Summer League Championship Game in Las Vegas.  Janell Stokes led the charge with 22 points and 15 rebounds.  Caleb Swanigan added 19 points and 11 boards in the winning effort.  Portland will face the Lakers in tonight's championship game.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29th, with rookies and veterans reporting to Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The first full day of practice is set for July 30th.   The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13th with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are off through the weekend, but resume MLS play this coming Wednesday at home against Real Salt Lake.  Portland has not played since July 5th and is coming off of three-straight draws.  They are winless in their last six.  The Timbers sit in fourth place in the Western Conference with 27 points.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Thorns are back in action tomorrow as they welcome the North Carolina Courage to Providence Park.  Portland has just one win and a draw in its last five matches.  The Thorns are in fifth place with 19 points while the Courage sit atop the table with 27.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Nick Johnson led the way with 17 points off the bench as the Blazers clipped the Raptors 91-85 in Summer League action in Las Vegas.  Caleb Swanigan added 13 points and 11 boards as Portland picked up its third victory in Vegas.  Jarnell Stokes also scored 13 with Jake Layman adding 12.  The Blazers will take on the Spurs in the quarterfinals of the Summer League playoffs tomorrow.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29th, with rookies and veterans reporting to Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The first full day of practice is set for July 30th.   The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13th with a road game against the Los Angeles Chargers.



We start with the Bend Elks where 3 Bend pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts, and every Elk but one player had a base hit on the night in which Bend pounded out 18 hits to double up Bellingham, 14-7.

It’s the second big win in a row for the Elks after the team returned home from a 6-game road trip and bombed Bellingham 10-zip last night.

Matt Kroon and Patrick Flynn homered for Bend, and former local prep stars Colin Runge, George Mendazona, and Cal Waterman combined for 6 of the 18 Bend hits in the win.

Bend finishes up the 3-game series and goes for the sweep tonight at 635pm at Vince Genna Stadium. The Elks have Thursday off and head to Walla Walla to face the Sweets on Friday night.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Zach Collins is out for the remainder of the NBA Summer League with a bruised right thigh.  Collins aggravated the injury Tuesday.  The seven-foot center was the tenth-overall pick in the NBA draft after leading Gonzaga to the NCAA title game.  Third-year guard Pat Connaughton has a left hamstring strain and also won't return for summer league play.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Jake Layman scored 22 points and hauled in seven rebounds to lead the Trail Blazers to a 88-76 victory over the Bulls in NBA Summer League play at the Cox Pavilion.  First-round pick Caleb Swanigan finished with 13 points and nine rebounds.  Free agent signee Jarnell Stokes was impressive with 16 points and 17 rebounds.  The Blazers will face the Raptors tomorrow



(Eugene, OR)  --  Deajah Stevens is bypassing her senior season with Oregon and turning pro.  She was a 2016 Olympic finalist and the 2017 U.S. 200-meters champion.  She announced her decision on Instagram.  She will race in the IAAF World Track and Field Championships next month in London.



(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State was honored with a team academic excellent award by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.  This award recognizes outstanding academic achievement by a team with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better for the 2016-17 season. Oregon State and Stanford are the only Pac-12 schools to earn the recognition.



(Keizer, OR)  --  Logan Baldwin hit a two-run homer in the Volcanoes eight-run eighth inning, but Salem-Keizer fell short in a 10-9 home loss to Boise.  The big inning also included a two-run Dalton Combs pinch-hit double.  Volcanoes center fielder Malique Ziegler had three hits to raise his Northwest League-leading batting average to .347.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Shortstop Yan Sanchez had three hits, including two triples, but the Hops fell to Eugene 7-5 in Hillsboro.  Reliever Cal Becker gave up three runs on four hits and a walk, while retiring only two batters in the Emeralds' four-run seventh.  The Diamondbacks' farm club fell to 14-and-13 in the Northwest League.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Zach Collins exited the Trail Blazers' 99-85 loss to the Spurs with a right quad contusion.  He played just 11 minutes, scoring four points, in the NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas. Collins was the 10th overall pick in the NBA draft.  In addition, third-year guard Pat Connaughton sat out the second half with a left hamstring injury.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hops will host the Northwest League vs. Pioneer League All-Star Game on August 1st at Ron Tonkin Field.  There will be a Home Derby prior to the game.  There will be three days of festivities, including Party at the Park the night before the All-Star Game.  The Hops are a Diamondbacks farm club.
 



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  Caleb Swanigan scored 15 and hauled in nine rebounds in the first half in the Trail Blazers' 99-85 loss to the Spurs in a NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas.  Swanigan finished with 19 points and 12 rebounds for his second double-double.  The Blazers picked him 26th overall out of Purdue in the NBA draft.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers take a five-game winless streak into the MLS break.  The Timbers do not play again until July 19th when they host Real Salt Lake. They have draws with Kansas City and Chicago in their first two July matches.  Portland is fourth in the Western Conference standings with 27 points in 20 matches.



(Corvallis, OR)  -- Oregon State junior running back Ryan Nall is on the Maxwell Award Watch List, which is presented annually to the top collegiate player in the country.  Nall has 1,406 career yards rushing on 6.4 yards per carry.  He has 1,729 all-purpose yards with 18 touchdowns.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Trail Blazers tangle with the Spurs today in a NBA Summer League game at Cox Pavilion.  Portland has split its first two games.  Caleb Swanigan tops the Trail Blazers in scoring, averaging 14 points.
 



(Everett, WA)  --  Orlando Garcia and Logan Baldwin homered for Salem-Keizer, but the Giants' farm club lost 9-6 in Everett.  The Volcanoes' record dropped to 12-14 in Northwest League play



(Spokane, WA)  --  First baseman Pavin Smith had two hits and drove in a run as the Hillsboro Hops lost to the Spokane Indians 6-3 in a Northwest League game.  Smith was a first-round pick of the Diamondbacks in the June draft and is hitting .333.  Second-round pick Drew Ellis homered for Hillsboro and is hitting .314.  The Hops are 14-and-12.



The Bend Elks return to action tonight in the Westcoast League on the road after a day off and will look to snap a 3-game losing skid in Victoria, British Columbia.

Bend takes on the Victoria Harbor Cats for a 3-game series through Sunday after dropping its first three games of this extended road trip in Corvallis to the Division leading Knights.

The Elks are 12-and-18 overall, and 0-and-3 to start second half play in the W-C-L. The Division winners of each of half of the summer season make the playoffs, and Corvallis already punched its ticket claiming the first
27-games of the League.

Follow the Elks online at ‘Bend Elks dot Com.’ Bend returns home Monday night to meet Bellingham.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers will have to wait to make up ground in the Western Conference standings.  The MLS is taking a break for CONCACAF Gold Cup and US Open Cup action.  Portland will not hit the pitch until July 19th when they take on Real Salt Lake.  The Timbers are currently in fourth place in the West with 27 points.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29th at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13th with a road date against the Los Angeles Rams.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Blazers' Summer League squad opens play tomorrow in Las Vegas versus the Jazz.  Rookie big men Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan are both on the roster, as well as returning Blazers Pat Connaughton and Jake Layman.  Each team is guaranteed at least five games in Vegas.



We start with Westcoast League summer collegiate baseball where the Bend Elks dropped all 3-games in a series in Corvallis against the Knights to begin the second half of League play.

Last night, Corvallis came from behind twice to down the Elks 6-4 at Goss Stadium-Coleman Field, the home of the Oregon State Beavers.

Corvallis won the opening game of the series Monday night, 9-1, and scored an 8-zip shutout win on the 4th.

Bend finished the first half of the W-C-L League play 12-and-15, 5-games behind South Division winner Corvallis.

The Elks are off today traveling across the Canadian border where they will meet the Victoria Harbor Cats Friday night. Bend returns home Monday night hosting Bellingham.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  Blazers shooting guard Allen Crabbe is progressing nicely from foot surgery.  Crabbe went through shooting and dribbling drills at the team's practice facility Wednesday as he works his way back.  Crabbe had surgery to repair a stress fracture in his left foot on May 11th.  The team expects him to be 100-percent for training camp.  Crabbe averaged 10.7 points and shot 44.4-percent from beyond the arc in 79 games last season.
 



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Blazers' Summer League squad opens play tomorrow in Las Vegas versus the Jazz.  Rookie big men Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan are both on the roster, as well as returning Blazers' Pat Connaughton and Jake Layman.  Each team is guaranteed at least five games in Vegas.



(Renton, WA)  --  Training camp for the Seahawks is around the corner.  Camp kicks off on July 29th at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton.  The Seahawks open preseason action on August 13th with a road date against the Los Angeles Rams.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers unbeaten streak is now at three games as they played to a 2-2 draw with the Chicago Fire at Providence Park.  Fanendo Adi scored on a penalty kick in the 24th minute and Sebastian Blanco scored in the 70th goal.
 



(Keizer, OR)  --  The Hops piled up 25 hits as they destroyed the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes, 17-2, at Volcanoes Stadium.  Daulton Varsho finished 5-for-6 with a homer, a double, two runs and five RBI.  Eudy Ramos and Yan Sanchez also homered in the win.  The Hops visit the Spokane Indians today, while the Volcanoes travel to play the Everett AquaSox.



(Salem, OR)  --  The Hillsboro Hops scored four runs in the eighth to beat the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes 6-3 in a Northwest League game in Salem.  Diamondbacks first base prospect Eudys Ramos hit a two-run double in the eighth.  Ramos had three hits to boost his average to .321.  The Hops improved to 11-and-9.  The Volcanoes dropped to 8-and-12.



(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Timbers will be short-handed when they host the Chicago Fire tonight.  Captain Liam Ridgewell is likely out for six to eight weeks with a quad injury.  Right back Alvas Powell and winger Darren Mattocks have left Portland to play with the Jamaica National Team.  Portland is 7-and-7 and 5.  Chicago leads the MLS with an 11-and-3 and 4 record.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers held their initial NBA Summer League workout with first-round picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan participating.  The roster includes guard R.J. Hunter, who was a Celtics' 2015 first-round selection, and small forward Jordan Adams, who was a Grizzlies' 2014 first-round choice.  The Blazers will open play against Utah on Sunday.  All games are In Las Vegas.



(Las Vegas, NV)  --  The Blazers open NBA Summer League action next Saturday in Las Vegas.  The full roster has not been announced, but 2017 draft picks Zach Collins and Caleb Swanigan are expected to participate.  In other NBA news, free agency opens on Saturday.



(Undated)  --  In Minor League Baseball action last night, the Hillsboro Hops edged the Everett Aquasox, 5-4, at home.  Tim Susnara drove in the walkoff run in the bottom of the ninth inning.  The Hops host Everett again tonight.  The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes blanked the Tri-City Dust Devils, 2-0, in Pasco.  Heath Slatton earned the relief win as the series continues today.



(Kansas City, KS)  --  The Portland Timbers pay a visit to Sporting KC tomorrow in MLS action.  The Timbers are on a four-game winless streak.  Portland is in a three-way tie for second in the Western Conference with 25 points.  KC is first with 30 points.



(Oakland, CA)  --  Four Oregon Ducks players will suit up for the Golden State Warriors Summer League team.  Jordan Bell, Chris Boucher, Dylan Ennis and Elgin Cook will all be in Las Vegas next month representing the Warriors in Summer League action.  Bell was drafted by Golden State last week, while Boucher and Ennis each received Summer League invites.  Cook played for the Santa Cruz Warriors, Golden State's G-league franchise, last season.



(Kansas City, KS)  --  The Portland Timbers pay a visit between Sporting KC on Saturday in MLS action.  The Timbers are on a four-game winless streak and look to get in the win column.  Portland is in a three-way tie for second in the Western Conference with 25 points.  KC is first with 30 points.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers subtracted from their roster via trade on Wednesday.  Portland dealt guard Tim Quarterman to the Houston Rockets for cash considerations.  Quarterman averaged 1.9 points in 16 games for Portland last year.  He also spent 22 games in the NBA Development League.



(Seattle, WA)  --  The 40th anniversary of the Seattle Mariners is being celebrated with a new airplane.  Alaska Airlines  unveiled a new Mariners-themed Boeing 737 at the Seattle-Tacoma Airport yesterday.  The plane features the Mariners logo and the 40th anniversary design across the fuselage.  The plane's first flight was to Orange County yesterday morning and everyone on the flight got a Mariners hat.



(Undated)  --  In Minor League Baseball action last night, the Hillsboro Hops fell 8-3 to the Eugene Emeralds on the road.  Mitchell Aker was charged with the loss, his third.  The Hops host the Everett AquaSox today.  The Salem-Keizer Volcanoes also fell 8-3 to the Hawks in Boise.  The Volcanoes gave up four first-inning runs and never recovered.  They'll visit Tri-City today.



(Portland, OR)  --  With draft in the rear-view mirror, the Blazers are now preparing for free agency that opens with the moratorium period on Saturday.  Portland boasts the third-highest payroll in the NBA and already feature 15 players under contract.  They are not expected to be major players in the market.



(Eugene, OR)  --  The Ducks are welcoming another highly-touted recruit to campus.  Oregon landed a commitment from four-star athlete Tre'Shaun Harrison.  The 6-foot-2, 190-pound prospect out of Seattle is rated the nation's number-14 athlete and number-264 overall in the country by Scout.  Harrison also held offers from USC, Washington and Michigan among others.  He joins fellow local recruit, linebacker M.J. Cunningham, who committed over the weekend.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are looking to move closer to the top of the table as they prep to visit first-place Sporting Kansas City this Saturday.  Portland sits in third place in the Western Conference with 25 points.  Sporting KC is on top with 30.  The teams met one previous time this season, in April, with Sporting Kansas City prevailing 1-0.



(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Former University of Oregon football player Colt Lyerla is facing more jail time.  Lyerla was ordered by a Washington County judge on Tuesday to serve another 30 days in jail after escaping from custody last month.  Lyerla was serving a six-month sentence for first and second-degree forgery.
 



(Omaha, NE)  --  The Florida Gators are the 2017 national champions.  Florida topped LSU, 6-1, in Game Two of the College World Series finals in Omaha.  Florida won the three-game series 2-0 to capture its first national championship.



(Portland, OR)  --  With draft in the rear-view mirror, the Blazers are now preparing for free agency that opens with the moratorium period on Saturday.  Portland boasts the third-highest payroll in the NBA and already feature 15 players under contract.  They are not expected to be major players in the market.



(Omaha, NE)  --  The Florida Gators clipped LSU, 4-3, in Game One of the College World Series finals in Omaha.  Game Two of the best-of-three set is tonight.  Florida can capture its first national championship with a victory.



(Portland, OR)  --  The Timbers are adding some reinforcements to their back line.  The team has officially signed Congolese center back Larrys Mabiala.  The Timbers have been shorthanded since staring center back Gbenga Arokoyo went down with a season-ending injury in preseason.  Mabiala has made 201 professional appearances for four different teams since 2007.  He also has nine appearances for the Democratic Republic of the Congo National Team.
 



(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers expect a fully healthy roster by the start of training camp at the end of September.  Ed Davis, Allen Crabbe and Jusuf Nurkic are expected to be fully recovered by the time camp rolls around.  Davis underwent shoulder surgery in March, Crabbe had foot surgery in May and Nurkic is still recovering from his leg fracture.



(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon won an in-state recruiting battle over Oregon State.  Linebacker M.J. Cunningham is joining new head coach Willie Taggart with the Ducks.  He's the 14th commitment to Oregon's 2018 class.


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