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Former Timber still gets his kicks

Former Portland Timbers forward Byron Alvarez continues to shine indoors.

Alvarez, 34, a captain for the Missouri Comets, was the Major Indoor Soccer League’s player of the week last week. Alvarez was the league MVP and led the MISL in scoring in 2010-11, then finished third in the league in scoring last season. He led the Comets to the semifinals both years.

He ranks second in MISL scoring this season.

Basketball center Michael Dunigan had a short-lived career at Oregon before leaving the Ducks early to turn pro, then didn’t stick in preseason with the Memphis Grizzlies. And he isn’t expected to stick with the Perth Wildcats — but not because he isn’t playing well Down Under.

On the contrary, Dunigan has been a smash for the Australian team, averaging 16 points and 11 rebounds in three games as an injury fill-in. The Wildcats say they can’t afford both players, so Dunigan soon may be looking for either a raise from another Aussie team or another step up, somewhere around the globe, in his development.

Portland’s Galen Rupp and running partner Mo Farah are expected to compete in the New York City Half-Marathon on March 17.

In the MLS re-entry draft last week, the New England Revolution acquired former Southridge High standout Chad Barrett, who has 42 goals and 27 assists in his eight-year MLS career. The Philadelphia Union picked ex-Portland Pilot Conor Casey (50 goals in six seasons), the San Jose Earthquakes tabbed former USL Timber Bryan Jordan (who has been tried everywhere from forward to defense), and Real Salt Lake took an ex-MLS Timber midfielder/defender, Lovel Palmer.

Taelor Ross, a 6-2 freshman center from St. Mary’s Academy, is getting 6.3 minutes per game with Seattle University. The Redhawks (3-5) nipped both Portland (63-61) and Portland State (72-59) in recent weeks. Seattle has former UO guard Shaquala Williams on its coaching stuff under head coach Joan Bonvicini.

Another SMA product, 6-1 freshman Andrea Gloss, is starting for Northwest Christian in Eugene and averaging 7.0 points for the Beacons.

Coming off the bench for Northwest Christian if 5-8 frosh Makenzie Endresen (2.2 points) from Columbia Christian.

Portland State has signed Lincoln High softball outfielder Jenna Stanford to a letter-of-intent. The 2012 PIL player of the year hit .409 last season.

PSU coach Tobin Echo-Hawk worked with her when she was in seventh grade.

“To see where she started, and now to see her coming to play for me, it’s special for both of us,” Echo-Hawk says.

The Harlem Globetrotters have booked the Rose Garden for appearances at 2 and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 23. Tickets start at $18.

Happy birthday

Dec. 26, 1946 — Claude English, former Trail Blazers guard, a seventh-round pick (110th overall) out of Rhode

Island who played 18 games for the inaugural, 1970-71 Portland team. English is in his 18th year as athletic director at NAIA Park University in Parkville, Mo. He led the Pirates to 227 wins in 15 seasons as men’s basketball coach.

Dec. 23, 1969 — Greg Biffle, stock-car driver with Portland Speedway/Clark County roots (age 43)

Dec. 20, 1970 — Travis Green, Winterhawks assistant coach/assistant general manager (age 42)

Oregon sports history

Dec. 21, 1989 — The NBA files suit against Oregon Lottery Sports Action in U.S. District Court of Eugene, attempting to stop the addition of NBA games to the state’s betting on NFL games.

Dec. 20, 1992 — Blazers forward Buck Williams becomes the 20th NBA player to have 10,000 points and 10,000 rebounds. Portland beats visiting Golden State 130-114 and is off to a 15-7 start.

Dec. 23, 1992 — Portland State hires Tim Walsh, 38, coach at Sonoma State, as its football coach. He succeeds Pokey Allen and agrees to a three-year contract with a base salary of $55,000. Allen had resigned to become coach at Boise State. Offensive coordinator Al Borges accepted the PSU head coaching job, then decided to become Boise State’s offensive coordinator.

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