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Dudley touts a new tool

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by: , PAXSON

Portland's Chris Dudley will testify before Congress this week on the merits of the continuous blood glucose meter, which provides readings of blood glucose levels to diabetics.

'There are two issues - money for research and providing insurance coverage,' says Dudley, the former Trail Blazer who is diabetic and testified on Capitol Hill about stem-cell research two years ago. 'It's a privilege to get to speak about it. I'm honored.'

Dudley's annual Juvenile Diabetes Charity Poker Night, which raised several hundreds of thousands of dollars for research in its first two years, will not be held this fall.

'We're taking a year off to focus on other areas,' says Dudley, the former Blazer center who convened celebrities from the sports and entertainment world for the Texas hold 'em event. 'It takes so much time to organize. We'll get back to it at some point.'

• Jim Paxson has been hired as a consultant by the Chicago Bulls, where the former Blazer guard will work with his brother, General Manager John Paxson. Jim Paxson will continue to live in Portland and will carry out assignments with the Bulls throughout the season, including at training camp next month.

• Portland is one of six U.S. cities being considered as the site for a World Volleyball League playoff match between the U.S. and Italy May 25 through May 27. Portland's Global Events Group is negotiating to have the competition at the Chiles Center.

The top 16 Olympic men's volleyball nations in the world are divided into four four-team groups for the 2007 tournament. France and Egypt are the other teams in the U.S. group. After round-robin play, the top team in each group advances to the Final Four.

• Oregon State catcher Mitch Canham is participating in the Beavers' fall activities after undergoing arthroscopic surgery on his left knee three weeks ago. The junior from Lake Stevens, Wash., had a successful summer with the Falmouth Commodores of the Cape Cod League, ranking second on the Mashpee, Mass., team with a .300 batting average while carrying a team-best .388 on-base percentage.

Canham, a 41st-round draft pick of St. Louis, turned down a contract offer in the mid-six figures from the Cardinals.

'They offered a pretty high amount, but I wasn't interested,' says Canham, who will be the Beavers' team leader in 2007. 'I have a lot of stuff I want to take care of here. I care a lot about the program.'

• Other OSU baseball news: Pitching coach Dan Spencer is considering Joe Paterson, a key left-handed reliever last season, as a starter for next season. Right-handers Mike Stutes and Daniel Turpen and left-hander Anton Maxwell are the other prime contenders. … Maxwell underwent an emergency appendectomy three weeks ago but should return to the mound soon … Freshman left-hander Blake Keitzman from Roseburg, who had knee surgery this summer, should begin pitching in November. … Among pitching recruits who have looked good since the Beavers began workouts Sept. 8 are left-hander Kraig Sitton of McMinnville and right-hander Jorge Reyes of Warden, Wash. … Third baseman Drew George, a transfer from Lower Columbia (Wash.) College, has had a shoulder injury and won't play fall ball. … Other recruits who have impressed OSU coaches include catcher Ryan Ortiz from San Diego and second baseman Joey Wong from Sprague High. … The 2007 Beavers will stage an intrasquad scrimmage in Bend on Oct. 14. … Casey has reversed field again and decided to install FieldTurf on the infield instead of natural grass. 'In our climate, it makes the most sense,' Casey says. The project begins Oct. 15.