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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Former Seattle Mariners star Ken Griffey Jr. will take time out from golf this week to be inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
July 19, 2016

THE HALL CALLS FOR GRIFFEY

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS It might surprise you to know that Ken Griffey Jr. will be the seventh Seattle Mariners player selected for the National Baseball Hall of Fame when he joins Mike Piazza…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jack Sock of the U.S. celebrates as the crowd goes wild Friday afternoon at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, where he prevailed in five sets against Croatia's Marin Cilic to open the weekend Davis Cup quarterfinals.
July 15, 2016

Portland loves Davis Cup tennis -- and Jack Sock's fortitude

by Kerry Eggers
U.S. leadoff man rallies for biggest win of his career/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Top-level tennis requires athletic ability and talent in handling a racquet, but there’s another element that…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - The new contract Kevin Durant got from Golden State - $54 million over two years - wasn't bad for the Warriors compared to some free-agent deals made by other clubs.
July 14, 2016

The sky's the limit for NBA free agents, who rake it in

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/KERRY EGGERS// Mamas, let your babies grow up to be NBA players. A twist to the old Waylon Jennings tune seems appropriate with all the money being thrown at free agents this summer.…


TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Matthew Centrowtiz (center) goes after Ben Blankenship (right), with Leo Manzano (left) in pursuit during the men's 1,500 meters Sunday at Hayward Field. Centrowitz won in U.S. Olympic Trials-record time, and Blankenship placed third and also earned a spot on the team for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.
July 11, 2016

Bragging rights for Centrowitz

by Kerry Eggers
EUGENE — Matthew Centrowitz Jr. figures his father no longer holds bragging rights in the family. “I was joking with my dad last night,” said Centrowitz Jr. after winning the 1,500 meters Sunday…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: GEROME WRIGHT - EZELI
July 09, 2016

What to know about Turner, Ezeli

by Kerry Eggers
Around the horn with Blazers' chatty new acquisitions Twenty things to know about new Trail Blazers Evan Turner and Festus Ezeli … • Turner’s four-year, $70 million contract is the second-most…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - BARRETT
July 09, 2016

A look at moves by Blazers, CSNNW

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Was glad to see the Trail Blazers re-up with Comcast SportsNet Northwest for an additional five years. The…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Bernard Lagat celebrates after winning the 1,500 meters Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene.
July 09, 2016

Lagat, 41, doesn't run like an 'old guy'

by Kerry Eggers
EUGENE — “Ageless” is a sobriquet bestowed upon many of the greats among the silver set in the sports world. Satchel Paige. George Foreman. George Blanda. Nolan Ryan. Allow me to present Bernard…
JAGER
July 11, 2016

Jager takes his fifth, now wants Olympic steeplechase medal

by Kerry Eggers
EUGENE — Evan Jager has taken care of the initial half of his mission list for 2016. Now comes the hard part. “The first goal was to qualify for the Olympics and make the (U.S.) team,” said…
COURTESY: MIKE FREY - Mike and Bob Bryan celebrate during their Davis Cup first-round victory at Melbourne, Australia in March 2016.
July 07, 2016

Life of Bryans: Esteemed doubles team just loves to play

by Kerry Eggers
THEIR FATHER WILL HELP VISITING JUNIORS HAVE 'EXPERIENCE OF A LIFETIME' AT TUALATIN HILLS DAVIS CUP MATCHES When identical twins Bob and Mike Bryan converge on the Tualatin Hills Tennis Center…
July 02, 2016

The good news: LPGA Tour stop looks secure for Portland

by Kerry Eggers
I was afraid one of my favorite events on the state’s annual sports calendar — the LPGA’s Cambia Portland Classic — was on life support. After speaking with tournament director Tom Maletis and…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - Natalie Gulbis acknowledges the gallery by the second green during her round Thursday to open the LPGA Cambia Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
July 01, 2016

Gulbis back in Portland, hurting but honored to still be in the…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS The best thing about Thursday for Natalie Gulbis was that she was at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, playing golf on the LPGA Tour. The rest of it wasn’t so positive.…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Damian Lillard of the Trail Blazers says his focus is getting completely healthy for next NBA season.
June 30, 2016

Foot injury swayed Lillard from Olympics bid

by Kerry Eggers
Damian Lillard seemed in his element Thursday at the Beaverton Hoop, working his third annual kids camp, helping promote Special Olympics and meeting with friends in the media. OK, maybe not…
COURTESY: JERRY ALLEN - Jerry Allen, voice of the Oregon Ducks, says it's 'pretty cool 'to be involved in college sports.
June 30, 2016

ANSWERING CALL TO ACTION

by Kerry Eggers
Duck, Beaver on-air announcers bring color to games/ Jerry Allen and Mike Parker are legends in the state’s sportscasting lore. Allen, 68, has been the University of Oregon’s play-by-play radio…
TURGEON
June 30, 2016

Turgeon has much to say on Layman

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Maryland coach Mark Turgeon is hardly an unbiased observer. But if you’re asking for a read on former Terrapin…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Mike Johnston, who will be back behind the bench next season as coach and general manager of the Portland Winterhawks, says the team will need some retooling.
June 30, 2016

Winterhawks coach finds life after Penguins

by Kerry Eggers
Mike Johnston says his job now is about rebuilding Portland/ Mike Johnston admits to having had mixed emotions as he watched the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the San Jose Sharks in six games to…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - MCGOWAN
June 27, 2016

Blazers stay on Comcast - but for only one more year?

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • The Seattle Times has reported that the Trail Blazers will soon announce a partnership with Root Sports…
CAIN
June 25, 2016

Cain looks able; Rupp, too, on eve of Trials

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS I was at Mount Hood Community College Thursday night for the Stumpton Twilight distance-running meet, with particular interest in watching three of the competitors — Mary…
COURTESY: ALEX GREEN - His NFL career shortened by injury, running back Alex Green from Benson High focused on helping kids and now also plans to try coaching.
June 23, 2016

PORTLAND'S ALEX GREEN OUT TO PROVE THERE'S LIFE AFTER THE NFL

by Kerry Eggers
After pro career cut short, former running back finds purpose/ The NFL lifestyle is an adrenaline rush — glamorous, fast-paced and lucrative — addictive to the young athlete who has grown…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - After the surprise successes of 2015, 'Barney Ball' under Bruce Barnum is getting ready for 2016, with the Portland State football coach working on ways to continue strengthening the program.
June 23, 2016

TURNING THE PAGE

by Kerry Eggers
PSU football coach Bruce Barnum helps team overcome tragedy, forge ahead with high hopes/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS A head football coach spends many years preparing for the task at hand. In Bruce…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - JAGER
June 23, 2016

Biggest year of steeplechaser Evan Jager's life

by Kerry Eggers
It’s no stretch to say this is the biggest year of Evan Jager’s life. Three monumental occasions highlight what Jager hopes is the year that was: • An opportunity to claim a fifth straight…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Oregon Sports Awards host Neil Everett (left) of ESPN SportsCenter presents awards at this year's show to Tom Welter (center), executive director of the Oregon School Activities Association, and recently retired TV sportscaster Joe Becker.
June 21, 2016

ESPN's Everett embraces family aspect of Oregon Sports Awards

by Kerry Eggers
The theme of the 64th annual Oregon Sports Award — the 16th under the Nike/Etzel Agency umbrella — was “family.” Family, as in everyone who calls themselves Oregonians. ESPN’s Neil Everett —…
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS - CROUSER
June 23, 2016

Ryan Crouser ready for shot at Rio Olympics

by Kerry Eggers
There’s no better indication of Ryan Crouser’s readiness for the U.S. Olympic trials than his performance Sunday during a qualifying meet at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista,…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Sam Crouser won two NCAA javelin titles while an Oregon Duck.
June 21, 2016

Despite injury, Sam Crouser takes javelin aim at U.S. Olympic…

by Kerry Eggers
There is an element of both good and bad to Sam Crouser’s bid for a berth on the U.S. Olympic team that will compete at Rio de Janeiro in August. The good part is the national prep javelin…
COURTESY: FRANK PETERS - Local legend Frank Peters (left), with the help of friend and ex-teammate Ed Fredenburg, has created a baseball board game.
June 21, 2016

Peters pitches Pickles, board game

by Kerry Eggers
Portland icon to give 'Nickelball' to 50 fans at Walker Stadium Wednesday Reputations can soften as time marches on. “When I was younger, I was considered a pain in the pass,” says Frank “The…
CASEY
June 18, 2016

Why Pat Casey talked to Texas -- and why he chose to stay at…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ On Wednesday, Pat Casey attended the Bothell, Washington, funeral of Chris Morrison, the father of Oregon State shortstop Trever Morrison, who died recently of cancer. On…
JEFF RANKLIN/GETTY IMAGES - CALABRO
June 18, 2016

Calabro: Blazers sought me out (and timing was right to take…

by Kerry Eggers
Kevin Calabro had hoped he would be back calling games for an NBA team again some day. His first preference was for that to happen in Seattle, where he served 21 years doing radio and television…
WILKINS
June 16, 2016

'Multiple Mac' Wilkins stays on career track

by Kerry Eggers
It’s been 40 years since Mac Wilkins began his run of making four U.S. Olympic teams by bagging gold at Montreal. The shaggy-haired, bearded behemoth from Beaverton High and the University of…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - Mike Barrett (left) and Mike Rice wont be back behind the mike as Trail Blazers broadcasters.
June 16, 2016

A dark day for Blazers; now, what's next?

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ After Wednesday’s somewhat stunning palace coup of the broadcasting team of the Trail Blazers, what next? And why? Let’s address the latter first. Television play-by-play…
COURTESY: UCSB - UC Santa Barbara coach Andrew Checketts (second from left), from West Linn High and Oregon State, has guided the Gauchos to a surprise appearance in the College World Series.
June 16, 2016

Checketts takes UC Santa Barbara on 'magical' ride to College…

by Kerry Eggers
Two days into his first visit to Omaha, Nebraska, for the College World Series, Andrew Checketts was having the time of his life. “It’s been just great,” the UC Santa Barbara coach said as he…
COURTESY: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY - STANSBURY
June 16, 2016

AD Stansbury on state of OSU athletics: 'It's important we stay…

by Kerry Eggers
Nearly a year ago, Todd Stansbury was hired to succeed Bob De Carolis as athletic director at Oregon State. After an official Aug. 1 start, Stansbury, 55, brought in three top-level…
COURTESY: CAMBIA PORTLAND CLASSIC - Defending champion Brooke Henderson of Canada will come to Portland this month with a head of steam after her playoff victory over Lydia Ko at the KMPG Women's PGA Championship last week at Sammamish, Wash.
June 16, 2016

Only 18, Brooke Henderson already a major deal in women's golf

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS If timing is everything, Brooke Henderson has a pretty good grip on it right now. As defending champion, the 18-year-old Canadian was scheduled to be in Portland on Monday…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Ariana Washington, an Oregon Ducks freshman, wins the NCAA 100 meters Saturday at Hayward Field.
June 16, 2016

A star is born on UO women's track team

by Kerry Eggers
EUGENE — Over the past few seasons, Oregon’s stable of women sprinters has been deeper than Hillary Clinton’s email woes. From Amber Purvis to Keshia Baker to English Gardner to Phyllis Francis…
COURTESY: USTA - COURIER
June 16, 2016

Captain Courier plans for 'very tough' Davis Cup match

by Kerry Eggers
U.S. lineup looks strong for Croatia at Tualatin Hills// Some rain fell — gasp! — in Portland last Friday morning. At Tualatin Hills Tennis Center, there was Jim Courier, digging in to help…
COURTESY: GODUCKS.COM - Devon Allen of the Oregon Ducks wins his second NCAA 110-meter hurdles title, beating the field Friday at Hayward Field.
June 16, 2016

UO's Allen back on track with another NCAA hurdles title

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ EUGENE — Great athletes come and go at Oregon, but few with the immense talents or mind-blowing versatility of Devon Allen. Allen is a Pac-12-caliber wide receiver, a…
DREXLER
June 16, 2016

Drexler swings with Obama, Portland stars' Ali memories, a new…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • After attending a pair of Democratic fundraisers, President Obama spent the rest of last weekend hitting the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Nate McMillan takes over as coach of the Indiana Pacers, saying hell be a different coach in some ways from when he ran the Trail Blazers.
June 16, 2016

Pacers coach Nate McMillan says NBA game different this time…

by Kerry Eggers
Patience proved a virtue for Nate McMillan. After three years sitting on the Indiana Pacers’ bench alongside head coach Frank Vogel, McMillan now moves one seat over to assume his first head job…
COURTESY: ANDY MCNAMARA - Zach Foushee, former West Linn High star, tees off for the Oregon Ducks as they win the NCAA men's golf championship at Eugene Country Club.
June 16, 2016

Foushee's game peaks as Ducks win NCAA golf title

by Kerry Eggers
Forty-eight hours after the biggest moment of his golf career — and really, his life — Zach Foushee’s cell phone was still blowing up. “I had 80-some texts from family and friends the first…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Quarterback Shane Austin of the Portland Steel unloads a long touchdown pass to James Perry, just before taking a hit from the Tampa Bay Storm's Nick Addison, as Portland receiver Tyrone Goard runs a shorter route Friday night at Moda Center.
June 05, 2016

Getting a Feel of the Steel

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS The monkey the Portland Steel unloaded from their lumbar regions Friday night at Moda Center was rather large. “Felt like it was King Kong,” shrugged coach Ron James after…
COURTESY: ERIC EVANS - Oregon Ducks golfers give coach Casey Martin a celebratory shower moments after the U of O men claimed the national championship at Eugene Country Club.
June 05, 2016

Birdies, eagles, Ducks!

by Kerry Eggers
National title wows former Oregon golf greats When Sulman Raza’s final putt dropped to clinch Oregon’s first NCAA men’s golf championship, many of the program’s noted alums hoisted (at least) a…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jay Triano, who is leaving the Trail Blazers coaching staff to work under 36-year-old Phoenix Suns coach Earl Watson, says the two developed a good connection when the veteran point guard finished his playing career with Portland in 2013-14.
June 05, 2016

Triano, on leaving Blazers for Suns: 'I need to spread my wings'

by Kerry Eggers
FORMER PORTLAND ASSISTANT EXPLAINS WHY HE'S JOINED FORCES WITH PHOENIX COACH EARL WATSON/ Jay Triano can number his final days as a Portland resident. Next Friday, the former Trail Blazers…

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Jun 05, 2016

Notes on Durant, Uncle Spliffy, Kermit Washington, TrackTown…

by Kerry Eggers
Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Kevin Durant’s “I haven’t even thought about it” response to a question about where he will play next season after Game 7 of the…
COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - Travis Eckert and the Oregon State Beavers are going into the offseason instead of to the NCAA tournament.
Jun 05, 2016

NCAA selection committee swings and misses

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ For those in the Oregon State baseball program who were jilted Monday by the NCAA tournament selection committee, the reaction was all parts bitter and not a drop of…
Jun 05, 2016

Pre Classic highlights: Broken records, Gardner's fast 100,…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ EUGENE — The Prefontaine Classic is American track and field’s greatest smorgasbord, with delicasies to taste in nearly every direction. Saturday’s 42nd running at…
COURTESY: DAVE NISHITANI - Nick Madrigal of Oregon State follows his hit during Friday's game against UCLA.
Jun 05, 2016

Madrigal magical as Beavers beat UCLA, 1-0

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — When Pat Casey arrived at Goss Stadium about noon on Friday, Nick Madrigal was waiting with a message. “Coach, I’m cleared by the doctors,” said Oregon State’s freshman second…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Tres Tinkle (right) is one of the key returning players for Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, who expects to have a new contract agreed to soon with university officials.
Jun 05, 2016

Beavers' keys for Year 1 without GP2

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ CORVALLIS — At Oregon State, life without Gary Payton II began on March 19, the day after a 75-67 loss to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KERRY EGGERS - Two major figures in local tennis, Brian Parrott (left) and Harry Merlo, chat during the Celebration of the History of Tennis in Oregon at the Irvington Club.
Jun 05, 2016

Tennis titans talk history at Irvington

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/ If there is hallowed ground in the sovereignty of tennis in Oregon, it’s the Irvington Club. From 1898, when Irvington became the first tennis club in the state, until…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Oregon State football coach Gary Andersen gives an 'off-season' rundown of the Beavers, position by position, player by player, coach by coach.
Jun 05, 2016

Camp in Bend chance for Gary Andersen's Beavers to bond

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — At the west end of Reser Stadium, tractors and bulldozers and dozens of workers are going about their business toward completion of the $32-million Valley Football Center project.…