Sports Archives for 2015-06

Seahawks' Bennett Looking For New Contract

(Honolulu, HI)  --  Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett could miss the start of training camp.  Bennett signed a four-year, 28-point-five-million-dollar deal during the last offseason, and says he plans to honor it.  But he also told KHON-TV in Honolulu he hopes his agent can work with the Seahawks on altering the contract to put him among the top eight in the defensive end position.  Bennett also said he might stay at his home in Hawaii if a new contract isn't done by the time training camp starts next month.

Report: Knicks To Meet With Aldridge

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Free agent-to-be LaMarcus Aldridge is meeting with New York Knicks brass when he hits the open market this summer.  ESPN.com reports Aldridge will talk to Knicks president Phil Jackson, GM Steve Mills and coach Derek Fisher in Los Angeles.  "L.A." will also reportedly meet with the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks and Los Angeles Lakers.

Morgan, Team USA Battles Germany In World Cup Semis Today

(Montreal, Quebec)  --  Team USA goes head-to-head with Germany in the semifinals of the Women's World Cup today in Montreal.  Portland Thorns standouts' Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath are expected to be on the pitch.  The Americans moved on after a 1-nil victory over China in the quarterfinals on Friday.  The Germans beat France on penalty kicks to advance.

Timbers Meet Real Salt Lake Tomorrow

(Sandy, UT)  --  The Portland Timbers visit Real Salt Lake tomorrow in the Round of 16 of teh Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup.  The Timbers had a dramatic win over Seattle Sounders FC in the only matchup in the fourth round between the rivals.  This will be the second match between Real Salt Lake and the Portland Timbers in the last three years in the Open Cup tournament.   RSL topped Portland 2-1 in the semifinal round in 2013.  Kickoff from Rio Tinto Stadium at 8:00.

Hops Hammer Canadians

(Vancouver, British Columbia)  --  Jared Miller fired eight shutout innings as the Hops hammered the Canadians 7-0 in Vancouver.  Miller moved to 3-and-0.  Luis Veras homered and Dane McFarland drove in two runs for Hillsboro, which snapped a three-game skid.  The series wraps up tonight from Vancouver at 7:05.

Aldridge Says He's Not Leaving Blazers

(Portland, OR)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge is refuting an ESPN report that he's leaving the Portland Trail Blazers.  Aldridge reportedly told Blazers general manager Neal Olshey that the report isn't true.  Aldridge has said in the past that he won't sign a three-year deal to stay with Portland, but would instead sign a five-year pact.  ESPN.com's Marc Stein had quoted "league sources" as saying that the trade of Nicolas Batum to Charlotte was an indicator that Aldridge was on his way out.
 

Blazers Deal Pick To Brooklyn

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Blazers reportedly traded their only pick in last night's draft to the Nets.  Yahoo! Sports reports Portland shipped first-round pick Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Steve Blake to Brooklyn for Mason Plumlee and the rights to second-round pick Pat Connaughton.

Seahawks Training Camp Tickets Sold Out

(Renton, WA)  --  All 34-thousand tickets to the 14 Seattle Seahawks open training-camp practices are sold.  The team says the tickets went on sale at ten a.m. yesterday and sold out in less than 90 minutes.  The open practices will start on July 31st and run through August 19th.

Oregon's Young Selected By Pacers

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  Oregon guard Joseph Young was selected by the Pacers with the 43rd overall pick in last night's draft.  Young averaged 20.7 points and 3.8 assists in 36 games with the Ducks last season.

Report: Aldridge Leaving Blazers

(Undated)  --  LaMarcus Aldridge's days with the Blazers are apparently over.  ESPN cites a source close to Aldridge that says there's a "99.9 percent chance that he's out of Portland."  The four-time All-Star has spent his entire nine-year career with the Blazers.

Hops Knock Off Volcanoes

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hops scored all of their runs in the third inning in a 4-1 win over the Volcanoes.  Nate Robertson drove in two in the big inning for Hillsboro, which swept the three-game home series.  The Hops hit the road to take on Vancouver at 7:05 tonight.
 

Team USA Takes On China In World Cup Quarters

(Ottawa, Ontario)  --  It's win or go home as Team USA takes on China in the quarterfinals of the Women's World Cup tonight.  The Americans advanced in the knockout round with a 2-0 victory over Columbia.  The sides are meeting for the first time since the U.S. beat China in the 1999 Final.
 

Timbers Take On Sounders

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers will be back in action on Sunday when they square off with the Seattle Sounders at Providence Park.  The Timbers are looking to bounce back from Wednesday's 5-0 loss to the Galaxy.  Portland is fourth in the West with 25 points.

Report: Blazers Worried Aldridge Is Going To Leave

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers could have an entirely new look next season.  According to ESPN, the Blazers organization believes star forward LaMarcus Aldridge is going to sign somewhere else this offseason.  Aldridge is an unrestricted free agent.  The Spurs are the favorites for his services, but the Lakers have passed the Mavs as an option.  Portland traded small forward Nicolas Batum to the Hornets for Gerald Henderson and Noah Vonleh on Wednesday.  Center Robin Lopez and Wesley Matthews also join "LMA" as unrestricted free agents.

Blazers Deal Batum To Hornets

(Portland, OR)  --  The Trail Blazers are dealing forward Nicolas Batum after seven seasons with the team.  Yahoo! Sports reports Batum is heading to Charlotte in exchange for veteran swingman Gerald Henderson and forward Noah Vonleh.  The 26-year-old averaged 9.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game last season for Portland.  Henderson scored over 12 points per contest in his sixth season with Charlotte, while Vonleh was limited in his first season after being drafted ninth overall out of Indiana last year.

Timbers Crushed By Galaxy

(Carson, CA)  --  The Galaxy built a 3-nil lead in the first half and cruised to a 5-nil victory over the Timbers at the StubHub Center.  Portland remains winless in Carson, dropping to 0-5-and-2 all-time.  The Timbers now sit in fourth place in the Western Conference at 25 points. They return home Sunday to host the Sounders.
 

NBA Draft Takes Place Tonight

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The 2015 NBA Draft takes place tonight from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  The Trail Blazers hold the 23rd overall pick in the first round.  It will be the team's only selection pending a trade.  The Timberwolves hold the top overall pick, followed by the Lakers, 76ers, Knicks and Magic.

Hops Roll Past Volcanoes

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Stephen Dezzi went 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI to help the Hops beat the Volcanoes, 7-2, at Ron Tonkin Field.  Fernery Ozuna also knocked in two runs to help Hillsboro improve to 4-and-3.  Jared Miller fanned seven in six innings of one-run ball to earn his second win.  The Hops go for the three-game sweep tonight.

Mariners Stop Royals, 7-0

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to earn another series win when they play the Kansas City Royals at home tonight.  Seattle defeated KC last night, 7-0, with Mike Montgomery pitching a four-hit shutout.  Dustin Ackley and Logan Morrison each hit a home run for the Mariners.  First pitch tonight at Safeco Field is set for 7:10.
 

Afflalo Declines Blazers' Option

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Trail Blazers guard Arron Afflalo is headed for free agency.  Afflalo is opting out of his 2015-16 contract to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  The option was worth 7.75-million-dollars.  The 29-year-old was acquired at the trade deadline in February from the Denver Nuggets.  He averaged 10.6 points and 2.7 rebounds per contest in 25 games with Portland.

Mariota Not Worried About Contract Situation

(Nashville, TN)  --  Former Oregon Ducks quarterback Marcus Mariota is not concerned he remains unsigned by the Tennessee Titans.  Mariota tells SiriusXM NFL Radio he's "not worried about it at all," and is confident his agent and the Titans will get it done.  The Heisman Trophy winner was selected second overall in this spring's NFL Draft.

Blazers Select 23rd Overall Tomorrow In NBA Draft

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall selection in the NBA Draft tomorrow from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  It will be the team's only pick pending a trade.  The Timberwolves hold the number-one pick after winning the draft lottery.  The Lakers will select second, followed by the 76ers at three with the Knicks and Magic rounding out the top five. The T'wolves are officially on the clock at 4:00.

Timbers Visit L.A. Galaxy Tonight

(Carson, CA)  --  The Portland Timbers look to win their fifth straight MLS match on the road tonight at the L.A. Galaxy.  Following their victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, the Timbers are 7-5-and-4.  The club is enjoying its longest winning streak in their short MLS history.  The Galaxy are undefeated in their last four meetings with the Timbers, with two wins and two draws.  Opening kick at 8:00 p.m. from Carson.

Hops Rally Past Volcanoes

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Fernery Ozuna walked with the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth to lift the Hops past the Volcanoes 6-5 at Ron Tonkin Field.  Zach Nehrir scored the tying run in the ninth on a catchers interference play.  Dane McFarland drove in a run and scored twice for Hillsboro, which evened its record at 3-and-3.  The series continues tonight at 7:05.
 

Report: Afflalo To Decline Blazers' Option

(Portland, OR)  --  Trail Blazers guard Arron Afflalo appears headed for free agency.  NBA.com reports Afflalo is expected to opt-out of his 2015-16 contract, and become an unrestricted free agent this summer.  The option is worth 7.75-million-dollars.  The 29-year-old was acquired at the trade deadline in February from the Denver Nuggets.
 

Hernandez Hit Hard In Loss To KC

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to bounce back tonight from their 4-1 loss to Kansas City.  Felix Hernandez had a rough outing, allowing four runs on nine hits and striking out five.  Robinson Cano launched a solo homer in the first inning to account for Seattle's only run.  The M's and Royals will play again tonight at 7:10.

NBA Draft Takes Place Thursday

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall selection in the NBA Draft this Thursday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  It will be the team's only pick pending a trade.  The Timberwolves hold the number-one pick after winning the draft lottery.  The Lakers will select second, followed by the 76ers at three with the Knicks and Magic rounding out the top five.

Portland Misses Out On NBA 2017 ASG

(Portland, OR)  --  Charlotte not Portland will be hosting the 2017 NBA All-Star Game.  The "Charlotte Observer" reports the Hornets' Time Warner Cable Arena won the bid to host the event.  The 2016 All-Star game is scheduled to be held in Toronto. The Trail Blazers and Hornets both previously submitted bids to host the All-Star Game in 2017 or 2018 last June.  The league is expected to officially announce Charlotte as the host city today.

Timbers Visit L.A. Galaxy Tomorrow

(Carson, CA)  --  The Portland Timbers look to win their fifth straight MLS match on the road tomorrow night at the L.A. Galaxy.  Following their victory over the Houston Dynamo on Saturday, the Timbers are 7-5-and-4.  The club is enjoying its longest winning streak in their short MLS history.  The Galaxy are undefeated in their last four meetings with the Timbers, with two wins and two draws.  Opening kick at 8:00 p.m. from Carson.

Indians Hammer Hops

(Spokane, WA)  --  The Indians used a four-run second inning to beat the Hops 8-3 in Spokane.  Fernery Ozuna drove in two runs and Gerard Hernandez had the other RBI for Hillsboro, which is 2-and-3 to begin the season  Jefferson Mejia suffered the loss.  The Hops host the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes tonight in their home-opener at Ron Tonkin Field at 7:05.

Mariners Fall To Astros, 6-2

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will begin a three-game series at home tonight when they play Kansas City.  The Mariners won their series with Houston but lost the final game to the Astros yesterday, 6-2.  Nelson Cruz and Robinson Cano each had an RBI for Seattle.  The M's and Royals will get started tonight at 7:10.

NBA Draft Takes Place Thursday

(Brooklyn, NY)  --  The NBA Draft takes place Thursday from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall selection in the draft after finishing 51-and-31 this past season.  It will be the team's only pick pending a trade.  The Timberwolves hold the number-one pick after winning the draft lottery.  The Lakers will select second, followed by the 76ers at three with Knicks and Magic rounMariners Fall To Astros, 6-2
 

Thunder Rocked By Shock

(Portland, OR)  --  The Thunder suffered their fifth straight loss after getting out-gunned by the Shock, 69-54, at Moda Center.  Kyle Rowley tossed for 225 yards and five touchdowns while Jared Perry caught 12 balls for 170 yards and five scores.  Portland now sits at 3-and-9 following the defeat.  The Thunder head to Las Vegas next weekend to face the Outlaws.

Timbers Blank Dynamo

(Portland, OR)  --  Maximiliano Urruti and Gaston Fernandez each found the back of the net as the Timbers blanked the Dynamo, 2-nil, at Providence Park on Saturday.  Portland goes for its fifth straight MLS victory Wednesday on the road against the LA Galaxy.  The two clubs are tied in the Western Conference at 25 points.

Hops Doubled Up By Indians

(Spokane, WA)  --  Myles Smith gave up the walk-off two-run homer as the Hops fell to the Indians, 4-2, in Spokane.  Smith took the loss after Carlos Hernandez struck out seven in six innings.  Tyler Sanchez launched a two-run shot for Hillsboro, which is 2-and-2 to start the season.  The two-teams wrap up the series tonight.

Oregon State Names UCF's Stansbury New AD

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Todd Stansbury is the new athletic director at Oregon State.  The university announced Thursday that he will begin his new position August 1st.  Stansbury returns to OSU after spending the last three-plus years as vice president and athletic director at the University of Central Florida.  He served as executive associate athletic director at Oregon State from 2003-2012.  Stansbury replaces Bob De Carolis, who resigned in May after nearly 17 years on the job.
 

Thorns Host Sky Blue Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thorns host Sky Blue FC tonight from Providence Park.  Portland has not won since April 18th, but ended a three-game losing streak on June 6th with a nil-nil draw.  The team has waived midfielder Sarah Robbins, and are missing eight players that are participating in the Women's World Cup.  Opening kick at 7:00.

Spokane Slips Past Hillsboro In Season Opener

(Spokane, WA)  --  Dylan Moore singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift Spokane past Hillsboro 6-5 in the season opener for both teams.  Zach Nehrir had two hits and two RBI for the Hops.  Kevin Simmons suffered the loss.  The series continues tonight at 6:30.

Timbers Host Dynamo Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch tomorrow hosting the Houston Dynamo.  Portland defeated Seattle in the U.S. Open Cup 3-1 on Tuesday, and have won three straight MLS matches.  Houston defeated the Timbers 3-1 last month.  Portland is currently fourth in the MLS Western Conference standings at 6-5-and-4.  Opening kick from Providence Park at 7:30.

Thunder Take On Spokane Sunday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder will host the Shock on Sunday at the Moda Center.  Portland is coming off a 69-42 home loss to Arizona on Friday.  The Thunder are now 3-and-8 on the season.  Spokane is also 3-and-8.  Kickoff at 7:00 from the Moda Center.
 

Mariners Suffer 7-0 Loss To Giants

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will open a three-game series with Houston tonight, after dropping a 7-0 decision to San Francisco.  Starting pitcher Mike Montgomery gave up four runs on seven hits over seven-and-a-third innings.  Three Giants pitchers held the Mariners to five hits for the game.  Seattle and Houston will begin play tonight at Safeco Field at 7:10.

U.S. Open Begins At Chambers Bay

(University Place, WA)  --  The first U.S. Open golf tournament to be played in the Pacific Northwest will get underway today in University Place, Washington.  The Chambers Bay course near Tacoma, designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr., opened in 2007 and is considered challenging by many pros.  Rory McIlroy, Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, and Tiger Woods are among those scheduled to tee off today.

Mariners Shut Out Giants, 2-0

(Seattle, WA)  --  Felix Hernandez has his tenth win of the season on the books after pitching the Mariners to a 2-0 shutout over San Francisco.  Hernandez scattered four hits over eight innings and struck out five.  Austin Jackson and Robinson Cano each had an RBI for Seattle.  The Mariners and Giants will play again tonight at Safeco Field.

Hops Set Roster, Open Season Tonight

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hillsboro Hops are ready to open their 2015 season tonight in Spokane.  The 2014 NWL champions are led by first-year manager Shelley Duncan.  The team features 17 pitchers and 15 position players, including Oregon-native Nic Coffman.  Opening Night at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro will be Tuesday, June 23rd against South Division-rival Salem-Keizer.

Sounders' Dempsey May Face Suspension

(Tukwila, WA)  --  Seattle Sounders' Clint Dempsey may face suspension after ripping a ref's notebook in an Open Cup meltdown in their loss to the Portland Timbers Tuesday.  After receiving a yellow card, Dempsey grabbed what looked like the referee's notebook and threw it to the ground.  He then picked it up and tore it, flinging the pieces back to the ground.  He faces a ban of up to three months for referee abuse and "assault" according to the language of the rules, which includes "damaging the referee's uniform or personal property."

Nowitzki On Aldridge: "We'd Love To Have Him"

(Dallas, TX)  --  Dallas Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki says the team would "love to have," Trail Blazers soon-to-be free agent LaMarcus Aldridge.  Nowitzki praised "L.A.'s" mid-range game, defense and rebounding skills.  The Mavericks are considered the most likely landing spot if any franchise is going to pry the Dallas-born Aldridge out of Portland.

Thunder Prepping For Spokane

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are prepping for their game against Spokane.  The Thunder will host the Shock on Sunday at the Moda Center.  Portland is coming off a 69-42 home loss to Arizona on Friday.  The Thunder are now 3-and-8 on the season.  Spokane is also 3-and-8.

Thorns Well-Represented In Knockout Round

(Vancouver, British Columbia)  --  All eight of the Portland Thorns currently competing in the FIFA Women's World Cup are advancing to the knockout stage.  The USA, Canada and Germany, which feature a combined six Thorns on their respective rosters, advanced to the knockout round as the first place teams in their groups.  Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath are members of the U.S. Women's team.

Giants Defeat Mariners, 6-2

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The four-game series between the Mariners and the Giants will move to Seattle tonight.  The Giants won the second game yesterday, 6-2.  Brad Miller had two RBI for Seattle, including a solo home run in the fifth inning.  Felix Hernandez will start tonight for the Mariners, with the first pitch at Safeco Field set for 7:10.

Morgan, USWNT Defeat Nigeria 1-Nil

(Vancouver, British Columbia)  --  Abby Wambach hammered home the lone goal of the match as the U.S. Women's National Team defeated Nigeria 1-nil to finish Group D play in the Women's World Cup.  The USA had already clinched a spot in the knockout round heading into the match.  Portland Thorns stars' Alex Morgan and Tobin Heath each started their first World Cup Game.  The Americans will now travel to Edmonton Monday to face one of the four third place teams that advance to the round of 16.

Timbers Top Sounders In U.S. Open Cup

(Tukwila, WA)  --  The Portland Timbers are moving on in the U.S. Open Cup.  Rodney Wallace scored the go-ahead goal as the Timbers topped the Seattle Sounders 3-1 in extra time in Tukwila, Washington.

Thunder Gearing Up For Spokane

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are gearing up for their game against Spokane.  The Thunder will host the Shock on Sunday at the Moda Center.  Portland is coming off a 69-42 home loss to Arizona on Friday.  The Thunder are now 3-and-8 on the season.  Spokane is also 3-and-8.

D'backs Sign Coffman, To Join Hops

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  Former Wilson High School product and draft pick Nic Coffman will become the first Portland native to play for the Hillsboro Hops.  Coffman was drafted and signed with the Hops' parent club the Arizona Diamondbacks.  He played at Corban University in 2015, and hit .347 with eight home runs and 40 RBI.  Hillsboro opens the season next week in Spokane.

Mariners Thump Giants, 5-1

(San Francisco, CA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to pick up their second straight win over the Giants today, after last night's 5-1 victory in San Francisco.  Taijuan Walker earned the win, allowing one run on seven hits and striking out six.  Kyle Seager had his eleventh home run of the season, with a solo shot in the eighth.  The Mariners and Giants will play again this afternoon.
 

Trail Blazers Fans Organizing 'Stay LA' Rally

(Portland, OR)  --  Trail Blazers fans are organizing a rally to try and keep star forward and free agent-to-be LaMarcus Aldridge in Portland.  Blazers fan JoAnna Wulffenstein and the fan group Blazer Gang are organizing a 'Stay LA' rally on Sunday, June 28th.  The event will be held at Blitz Ladd, and the first 100 fans in attendance are promised a "Stay LA" t-shirt.

Timbers Take On Seattle Tonight In U.S. Open Cup

(Tukwila, WA)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch tonight.  Portland takes on the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup from Tukwila, Washington.  The Timbers have won three straight matches following a 2-0 victory over New England on June 6th.  The Timbers are 6-5-and-4 with 22 points this season.  Opening kick set for 7:30.

Thorns' Morgan, National Team Take On Nigeria

(Vancouver, British Columbia)  --  Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan and the U.S. Women's National Team will be playing for the top spot in Group D at the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup when it faces Nigeria tonight.  Team USA is 1-0-and-1 with four points following a draw with Sweden last week. Morgan has played 25 minutes so far in the tournament, coming off the bench in against Australia and Sweden for 12 and 13 minutes, respectively.  Opening kick from Vancouver at 5:00.

Hillsboro Hops Open Season Next Week

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  A week from today the Hillsboro Hops will be playing baseball.  The team opens their minor league season on June 23rd.  The Hops were the 2014 Northwest League champions.  Hillsboro welcomes rookie manager Shelley Duncan.  The Hops visit the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to begin the year.

Thunder Gearing Up For Spokane

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are gearing up for their game against Spokane.  The Thunder will host the Shock on Sunday at the Moda Center.  Portland is coming off a 69-42 home loss to Arizona on Friday.  The Thunder are now 3-and-8 on the season.  Spokane is also 3-and-8.

Houston Pounds Mariners, 13-0

(Houston, TX)  --  The Seattle Mariners will visit San Francisco this evening, after losing two of three to the Houston Astros.  Yesterday's 13-0 loss saw the Mariners get only two hits.  Seattle starter Roenis Elias was roughed up for eight runs on seven hits over only three-and-a-third innings.  The Mariners and Giants are set to play tonight at 7:15.

Timbers Take On Seattle Tomorrow In U.S. Open Cup

(Tukwila, WA)  --  The Portland Timbers are back in action this week.  Portland takes on the Seattle Sounders in the US Open Cup tomorrow in Tukwila, Washington.  The Timbers have won three straight matches following a 2-0 victory over New England on June 6th.  The Timbers are 6-5-and-4 with 22 points this season.
 

Ducks Win NCAA Women's Track And Field Championship

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks won the Women's NCAA Track and Field Championship on Saturday at Hayward Field.  It's the women's first outdoor team title since 1985.  Jenna Prandini led the way with a victory in the 100 meters and a second place finish in the 200.  It gives OU its first ever sweep of the outdoor titles after the men clinched on Friday.

Hillsboro Hops Open Season June 23rd

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hillsboro Hops open their minor league season on June 23rd.  The team was the 2014 Northwest League champions.  Hillsboro welcomes rookie manager Shelley Duncan.  The Hops visit the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes to begin the year.

Thunder Gearing Up For Spokane

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are gearing up for their game against Spokane.  The Thunder will host the Shock on Sunday at the Moda Center.  Portland is coming off a 69-42 home loss to Arizona on Friday.  The Thunder are now 3-and-8 on the season.  Spokane is also 3-and-8.

Blazers License Plate Proposed

(Salem, OR)  --  There's a move in the Oregon Legislature to issue a license plate for Portland Trail Blazers fans.  The measure would allow the state to add a Trail Blazer plate to its list of available specialty license plates.  The bill is currently awaiting action in committee.  If it passes, the license plates would have to be approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation and Oregon State Police before being made available for sale.

Oregon's Weir Finishes Fourth At NCAA Track And Field Championships

(Eugene, OR)  --  Oregon Ducks' Jillian Weir finished fourth in the hammer throw at the NCAA Track and Field Championships from Hayward Field.  She was selected to finish fifth.  Weir's best mark came on her fifth throw, which went 218 feet, 11 inches.
 

Thorns' Morgan, USWNT Take On Sweden

(Winnipeg, Manitoba)  --  Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan and the U.S. women's soccer team resumes World Cup play tonight.  Team USA takes on Sweden in a Group D match at 5 p.m. at Winnipeg Stadium.  The Americans opened World Cup play with a 3-1 win over Australia on Tuesday.  Morgan returned from injury in the match after a two month lay off.

Thunder Host Rattlers Tonight

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are back home to host the Arizona Rattlers tonight.  The team is trying to bounce back after falling to the LA Kiss over the weekend.  The Thunder are 3-and-7 overall.  Kickoff from the Moda Center at 7:00.

Timbers Off Until Next Week

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are off the pitch until this time next week.  The team has won three straight matches following its 2-0 victory over New England.  The Timbers are 6-5-and-4 with 22 points this season.  Up next, Portland takes on Seattle in the US Open Cup.

Hillsboro Hops Open Season June 23rd

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hillsboro Hops open their minor league season two weeks from today.  The team was the 2014 Northwest League champions.  Hillsboro welcomes rookie manager Shelley Duncan.  The Hops visit the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on June 23rd.

Cleveland Shuts Out Mariners, 6-0

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners will visit Houston for a three-game series after a 6-0 loss to the Indians in Cleveland.  The Mariners were held to only two hits yesterday, and pitcher J.A. Happ got knocked out in the third inning after being shelled for four runs on six hits.  First pitch tonight in Houston is set for 5:10.

Mariners Smack Cleveland, 9-3

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try for a sweep today in Cleveland, after defeating the Indians, 9-3.  Kyle Seager connected on a grand slam home run in the third inning and ended up with five RBI.  Pitcher Taijuan Walker allowed a run on eight hits and struck out six to pick up his third win of the year.  Seattle and Cleveland will wrap up their three-game series later today.

Ducks, Beavers Well Represented In MLB Draft

(Undated)  --  Oregon and Oregon State had nine players combined drafted in the MLB First-Year Player Draft this week.  The Ducks had five players to the Beavers four.  OSU hurler Andrew Moore was selected the highest at 72nd overall by the Mariners, while UO lefty Garrett Cleavinger went 102nd to the Orioles.

Blazers Continue Pre-Draft Workouts

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers continue working out prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft.  The team is bringing another crop of players to practice at their facility Tualatin.  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall in the first-round of the upcoming draft.  Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Georgia State guard R.J. Hunter have worked out this week.
 

Portland Hires Loomis As Baseball Coach

(Portland, OR)  --  Geoff Loomis is the next head coach of Portland Pilots baseball.  He comes to Portland from Pacific Lutheran University, and replaces Chris Sperry, who parted ways with the school in May.  Loomis played for the Pilots from 1990-1992, and is a member of the UP Athletic Hall of Fame.

Thunder Host Rattlers Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are back home to host the Arizona Rattlers tomorrow.  The team is trying to bounce back after falling to the LA Kiss over the weekend.  The Thunder are 3-and-7 overall.

Timbers Off Until Next Week

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are off the pitch until this time next week.  The team has won three straight matches following its 2-0 victory over New England.  The Timbers are 6-5-and-4 with 22 points this season.  Up next, Portland takes on Seattle in the US Open Cup.

Mariners Top Cleveland, 3-2

(Cleveland, OH)  --  The Seattle Mariners will seek to clinch a series win tonight after defeating Cleveland, 3-2.  Robinson Cano broke a slump and had two doubles and an RBI in last night's contest.  Starting pitcher Roenis Elias allowed one run on five hits and struck out three.  The Mariners and Indians will play game two of their three-game series in Cleveland this evening.

Three Ducks Selected In MLB Draft

(Eugene, OR)  --  After two days of the First-Year MLB Draft, the Oregon Ducks have had three players selected.  The Baltimore Orioles selected left-hander Garrett Cleavinger in the third-round.  Righty Josh Graham was picked in the fourth round by the Atlanta Braves, while the Pirates selected third baseman Mitchell Tolman in the seventh round.

West Linn's Lindell Selected In Draft

(West Linn, OR)  --  Karsen Lindell of West Linn was the first Oregon high school player selected in the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft.  The Milwaukee Brewers chose the 6-foot-3, 190-pound right-handed pitcher in the ninth round, 271st overall.  He helped lead the Lions to a runner up finish in the Class 6A Oregon state playoffs.

Beavers' Moore, Hendrix Picked In MLB Draft

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State Beavers Andrew Moore and Jeff Hendrix have been selected in the first two days of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.  Moore, a right-handed pitcher went to the Seattle Mariners 72nd overall on day one.  The outfielder Hendrix went in the fourth-round to the New York Yankees.  The draft continues today at 9:00 a.m.

East Oregon Headline: 'Amphibious Pitcher'

(Pendleton, OR)  --  The editor at the "East Oregonian" says the headline calling an ambidextrous A's pitcher a "amphibious pitcher" was a "silly mistake."  The headline has gone viral, and was due to "confusion from the person laying out the page on Friday night."  The story was about Oakland A's pitcher Pat Venditte, who can throw with both his right and left arms.
 

Blazers Continue Pre-Draft Workouts

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers continue working out prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft.  The team is bringing another crop of players to practice at their facility Tualatin.  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall in the first-round of the upcoming draft.  Arizona forward Rondae Hollis-Jefferson and Virginia guard Justin Anderson have worked out this week.

2015 NCAA Track And Field Championships Begin Today

(Eugene, OR)  --  The NCAA track and field championships begin today at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon campus.  The host Ducks are in the 2015 title hunt.  The events begin today and run through Saturday.

Thorns' Morgan Out Of USWNT Lineup In Victory

(Winnipeg, Manitoba)  --  Portland Thorns forward Alex Morgan was out of the US Women's Team lineup during their 3-1 victory over Australia in the team's World Cup opener.  The speedy 25-year-old, who has 51 goals in 84 international appearances, has a bone bruise in her left knee and hasn't played in a match since Portland's National Women's Soccer League opener on April 11th.  Morgan sat out nine games with the Thorns last season because of a left ankle sprain.

Hillsboro Hops Open In Two Weeks

(Hillsboro, OR)  --  The Hillsboro Hops open their minor league season two weeks from today.  The team was the 2014 Northwest League champions.  Hillsboro welcomes rookie manager Shelley Duncan.  The Hops visit the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes on June 23rd.

Mariners Pick OSU's Moore In MLB Draft

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners' first pick in this year's Major League Baseball Draft is a right-handed pitcher from Georgia.  Nick Neidert was chosen 60th in the draft.  The Mariners lost their first-round pick after signing free-agent Nelson Cruz last winter.  Seattle's second pick was right-handed Oregon State pitching ace Andrew Moore.

Timbers Off Until Next Week

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are off the pitch until this time next week.  The team has won three straight matches following its 2-0 victory over New England.  The Timbers are 6-5-and-4 with 22 points this season.  Up next, Portland takes on Seattle in the US Open Cup.
 

Thunder Host Rattlers Friday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are back home to host the Arizona Rattlers Friday.  The team is trying to bounce back after falling to the LA Kiss over the weekend.  The Thunder are 3-and-7 overall.

Mariners Fall To Rays, 3-1

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are losers of nine of their last eleven games, after dropping a 3-1 decision yesterday to Tampa Bay.  Brad Miller had an RBI in the seventh inning to account for Seattle's only run.  Mike Montgomery took the loss, allowing two runs on five hits and striking out three.  The Mariners will begin an eight-game road trip, starting tomorrow evening in Cleveland.

Thunder Downed By Kiss

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  The Thunder fell for the sixth time in seven games after a 52-40 loss to the L.A. Kiss in Los Angeles.  Kyle Rowley tossed for 233 yards and four touchdowns as Portland dropped to 3-and-7 on the year.  The Thunder return home Friday to face the Rattlers.

Timbers Blank Revolution

(Portland, OR)  --  Fanendo Adi scored a pair of second-half goals to give to Timbers a 2-nil victory over the Revolution at Providence Park on Saturday.  The win was Portland's third in-a-row and moved it to 6-5-and-4 on the year.  The Timbers are now off until June 20th when they play host to the Dynamo.

Blazers Hold Third Pre-draft Workout

(Tualatin, OR)  --  The Blazers worked out six more NBA hopefuls in the team's third pre-draft workout at their practice facility in Tualatin on Saturday.  The group included Utah point guard Delon Wright, North Carolina wing J.P. Tokoto and LSU forward Jordan Mickey.  Portland holds the 23rd overall pick in this years draft.
 

Matthews' Recovery Following Surgery Going Well

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews, who underwent surgery in March to repair a torn Achilles tendon, is back on the court.  Matthews posted a video on Instagram that shows him shooting at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.  The video also shows him without a walking boot that he had removed on May 12th.  Matthews will become an unrestricted free agent this summer.
 

Tampa Bay Defeats Mariners, 2-1

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners' losing streak is now at six games, following a 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay.  Starting pitcher Roenis Elias allowed two runs on five hits and struck out six.  Robinson Cano had his 18th RBI of the year.  The M's and Rays will play game two of their four-game series tonight at Safeco Field.

Ducks Break Ground On Softball Park

(Eugene, OR)  --  The Oregon Ducks are breaking ground on their new softball park, Jane Sanders Stadium.  The plot of earth which was once Howe Field.  The new facility is being called one of the best in the country.  Alumnus Bob Sanders donated 16-million-dollars towards the park, which is named after his late wife.

Blazers Continue Pre-Draft Workouts

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Trail Blazers continue working out prospects for the 2015 NBA Draft.  The team is bringing another crop of players to practice at their practice facility in Tualatin.  The Blazers hold the 23rd overall in the first-round of the upcoming draft.  LSU big man Jarell Martin and Florida forward Chris Walker have worked out this week.

Timbers To Host New England Tomorrow

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch tomorrow to host the New England Revolution.  Portland improved to 5-5-and-4 overall after beating D.C. and Colorado last week.  The Revolution are 5-3-and-6 this season.  Opening kick from Providence Park on Saturday at 7:30.
 

Mariners Swept By Yankees

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are on a five-game losing streak after yesterday's 3-1 loss to the New York Yankees.  Dustin Ackley had an RBI in the third inning to account for the Mariners' only run.  Taijuan Walker picked up his sixth loss of the season after allowing three runs on five hits and striking out seven.  Seattle will host Tampa Bay tonight to begin a four-game series.

Mariners Receive Trumbo In Six-player Deal With Arizona

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are adding power to their lineup with the acquisition of Marc Trumbo in a six-player deal with Arizona.  Also heading to Seattle is left­-handed pitcher Vidal Nuno, with reliever Dominic Leone, catcher Welington Castillo, and two minor leaguers going to the Diamondbacks.  Trumbo is batting .259 with nine home runs and 23 RBI in 46 games for Arizona.
 

Titans' Mariota Has Top Selling Jersey For May

(Undated)  --  Tennessee Titans rookie quarterback and former Oregon Duck Marcus Mariota has the best-selling jersey in the NFL for the month of May.  Mariota beat out fellow rookie signal-caller Jameis Winston of Tampa Bay in sales from the NFL's online store from May 1st through the 31st.  The Titans selected the Heisman Trophy winner second overall in the NFL Draft this past spring.

Blazers' Matthews Back On The Court

(Los Angeles, CA)  --  Three months removed from having season-ending surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon, Blazers guard Wesley Matthews is back on the basketball court.  Matthews posted a video on his Instagram account of him shooting three's at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles.  The six year veteran is heading for unrestricted free agency this summer and early signs suggest he could be ready for the start of next season.

OSU's Lees Hired As Washington State Baseball Coach

(Pullman, WA)  --  Oregon State assistant Marty Lees is the new baseball coach at Washington State.  Lees replaces the fired Donnie Marbut and is the 15th head coach in program history.  He spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at Oklahoma State and the previous 11 at Oregon State.  He helped the Beavers to two national championships in 2006 and 2007.

Timbers To Host New England Saturday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch this weekend to host the New England Revolution.  Portland improved to 5-5-and-4 overall after beating D.C. and Colorado last week.  The Revolution are 5-3-and-6 this season.  Opening kick from Providence Park on Saturday at 7:30.

Mariners Lose Again To Yankees

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are assured of a series loss, after dropping a 5-3 decision last night to the Yankees in eleven innings.  Garrett Jones hit a three-run shot in the eleventh to assure the win for New York.  Nelson Cruz, Austin Jackson, and Robinson Cano each had an RBI for the Mariners.  The two teams will wrap up their three-game series this afternoon at Safeco Field.

Timbers To Host New England Saturday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Timbers are back on the pitch this weekend to host the New England Revolution.  Portland improved to 5-5-and-4 overall after beating D.C. and Colorado last week.  The Revolution are 5-3-and-6 this season.  Opening kick from Providence Park on Saturday at 7:30. 

Three-Star Linebacker Commits to Oregon

(Eugene, OR)  --  Three-star linebacker Hunter Kampmoyer is committing to the Oregon Ducks.  Kampmoyer becomes the eighth pledge in the Ducks class of 2016.  The 6-foot-4, 235-pound originally committed to Arizona State, but de-committed at the end of April.
 

Thunder Wideout Lacey Earns Catch Of The Week

(Portland, OR)  --  Portland Thunder wide receiver V'Keon Lacey hauled in the Cutters Catch of the Week in the AFL last week.  Lacey made a spectacular one-handed touchdown catch between two SaberCat defenders in the fourth quarter of Portland's 42-61 loss to San Jose in Week 10.  The third-year wideout led the Thunder with five receptions for 59 yards and a touchdown in the game.  He will receive a Cutters hat and shirt in recognition of the catch.

Thunder Visit L.A. Kiss Sunday

(Portland, OR)  --  The Portland Thunder are on the road this weekend at the L.A. Kiss.  The Thunder are 3-and-6 this season, with two of their three wins against Los Angeles.  The Kiss are 0-and-9.  Kickoff set for 3:00 this Sunday.

Ducks Set Kickoff Times For Five Games

(Eugene, OR)  --  The kickoff times for five Oregon Ducks football games are set.  UO is set to open the season against Eastern Washington at home at 5:00 p.m. on September 5th, while the Ducks welcome Georgia State at 11:00 a.m. on September 19th.  Oregon's game at Michigan State on September 12th is at 5:00, and 7:30 at Arizona State on October 29th.  The Civil War game against Oregon State on November 27th is at 12:30 or 1:00 p.m.
 

Yankees Roll Past Mariners, 7-2

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners will try to regroup tonight, after losing to the New York Yankees, seven-two.  Felix Hernandez had a rough outing, allowing seven runs on six hits over four-and-two-thirds innings.  Seth Smith and Austin Jackson each got an RBI for the Mariners.  The two teams will play again tonight at Safeco Field.

Beavers Release TV Info For Four Games

(Corvallis, OR)  --  Oregon State is releasing the television networks and times for four of their games this fall.  The Beavers open the season at home against Weber State on September 4th at 5:00 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on Pac-12 Networks.  Their September 19th matchup hosting San Jose State is at 5:00 on Pac-12 Network, while the next week against Stanford is at 7:00 p.m. on FOX Sports.  The Civil War is set against Oregon at 12:30 or 1:00 on FOX or FOX Sports 1 on November 27th.
 

Oregon State A.D. Job Posting Closes Sunday

(Corvallis, OR)  --  The job posting for the soon-to-be open Oregon State athletic director position closes Sunday.  OSU president Ed Ray tells the "Oregonian" the search is still in the "information-gathering stage."  The school is trying to fill the position before current A.D. Bob De Carolis officially resigns on June 30th.

Win Totals Projected For Oregon, Oregon State

(Las Vegas, NV)  --  An online sportsbook is releasing its projected win totals for the upcoming college football season.  Betting website 5Dimes projects the over/under for Oregon wins at nine and-a-half, while just four wins for Oregon State.  The Ducks won 13 games last season, but have key losses on their roster including Heisman Trophy winning quarterback Marcus Mariota.

Mariners Lose In 12 To Cleveland

(Seattle, WA)  --  The Seattle Mariners are getting ready for a three-game series with the New York Yankees after losing three of four to Cleveland.  The M's lost to the Indians last night, 6-3, in 12 innings.  Nelson Cruz and Seth Smith each had an RBI for Seattle.  The Mariners and Yankees will begin their series tonight at Safeco Field.

Oregon Softball Team Sent Home

(Undated)  --  The second-seeded Oregon softball team was eliminated in the Women's College World Series.  The Ducks lost 7-1 to the Bruins to head to the loser's bracket and then their season came to an end with a 2-1 loss to Alabama.  Michigan and Florida are meeting in the championship series.

Oregon State And Oregon Eliminated

(Undated)  --  The local teams didn't have much luck in the NCAA Baseball Tournament.  Both Oregon State and Oregon were eliminated in the regional round.  The Beavers beat Texas in their opener and then dropped consecutive games to VCU and Dallas Baptist to be sent home.  The Ducks split their first two games, beating Iowa and losing to Canisius before having their season end with a loss to the Hawkeyes.

SaberCats Drop Thunder

(Portland, OR)  --  The Thunder fell at home to the SaberCats, 61-42 at the Moda Center on Saturday.  Portland couldn't pull out the win despite two kickoff returns for touchdowns from Duane Brooks.  Kyle Rowley made his first start since Week 6, completing only 9-of-21 passes for 75 yards, a TD and two interceptions.  The Thunder are 3-and-6.  They are at the LA Kiss this weekend.

Timbers Defeat Colorado, 2-1

(Commerce City, CO)  --  The Portland Timbers are up to sixth place in the MLS Western Conference, after defeating Colorado, 2-1.  A stoppage time goal by Jack Jewsbury made the difference for visiting Portland.  Gaston Fernandez scored in the 38th minute to put the Timbers on the board.  Portland will host New England Saturday night.
 

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