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Kerry Eggers' Column

COURTESY: GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS - Former University of Oregon and Trail Blazers guard Jim Barnett has had a long and colorful game in basketball, including 32 years of broadcasting the Golden State Warriors.
April 23, 2017

A WARRIOR, AND A CHARACTER

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/How former Duck, Blazer Jim Barnett became a Golden State broadcasting legend
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Coach Terry Stotts and the Trail Blazers are down to their final 'out' in the first-round series with Golden State, but haven'r ruled out hope of a historic comeback versus the Warriors.
April 23, 2017

For Blazers, Game 4 is for pride

by Kerry Eggers
Meyers Leonard will be called on for help at center, with Jusuf Nurkic ruled out, as Portland tries to extend series against Golden State
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Stephen Curry enjoys a basket for the Golden State Warriors in Game 3 on Saturday night at Moda Center.
April 23, 2017

Curry heats up, and so do Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
'We had it,' Lillard laments, after Portland's 17-point lead turns into another playoff loss


WILL KEVIN DURANT RETURN FOR GOLDEN STATE?
April 21, 2017

Home cooking the recipe for Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
Game 3 gives Portland a chance to turn things around against Warriors -- but nobody said it will be easy
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - TERRY STOTTS
April 20, 2017

It's a clunker for Blazers, another win for Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
Portland shoots and plays poorly, trails 2-0 in series heading to Saturday's Game 3
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Former center Frank Brickowski (left), who lives in Lake Oswego, stays in the game as a regional director for the NBA Players Association. At Trail Blazers games, he chats with current players, such as Spencer Hawes of the Milwaukee Bucks.
April 20, 2017

'BRICK' BACK IN THE GAME

by Kerry Eggers
Ex-NBA player Frank Brickowski now advises players on variety of issues
COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - Brandon Eisert was a late bloomer out of Aloha High who has impressed Oregon State coaches with his even-keel nature in relief as a freshman for the No. 1-ranked Beavers.
April 20, 2017

OSU lefties show they know how to throw

by Kerry Eggers
Left-handed pitchers deliver the goods to No. 1-ranked Beavers baseball
HEALY
April 19, 2017

Healy goes for reset in second MLB season

by Kerry Eggers
Ex-Ducks slugger makes adjustments at plate, has potential long-term future with Oakland A's
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: GEROME WRIGHT - STOTTS
April 18, 2017

Durant down (maybe) -- Warriors, too?

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Portland's plan is to push tempo, even series
LILLARD
April 18, 2017

Blazers show Warriors they are a tough foe going into Game 2

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/McCollum, Lillard need team backing to beat Golden State
LOWRIE
April 13, 2017

Lowrie still living the dream

by Kerry Eggers
Oakland infielder from North Salem High sleeps better after surgery last year
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - To make a deep playoff run, the Golden State Warriors and stars such as Kevin Durant (left) and Klay Thompson first have to get by the Trail Blazers.
April 15, 2017

Warriors talk about themselves, Blazers, NBA playoffs and more

by Kerry Eggers
'We are better than we were a year ago' -- Golden State coach Steve Kerr
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Russell Westbrook and the Oklahoma City Thunder open the NBA playoffs against James Harden and the Houston Rockets.
April 13, 2017

NBA playoff predictions

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Picking the first-round winners and more, incuding this year's league champion
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Two of the biggest stars in the NBA playoffs, Houstons James Harden (left) and Damian Lillard for the Trail Blazers, won't meet in the first round but have aspirations of getting to at least the Western Conference finals.
April 13, 2017

BLAZERS, FANS READY TO SHOCK THE WORLD

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Portland gets first shot at cracking No. 1 Warriors
COURTESY: UNIVERSITY OF PORTLAND - Michail Pervolarakis has been a force at No. 1 singles for the Portland Pilots.
April 13, 2017

Cold calling Pilots dialing up wins

by Kerry Eggers
University of Portland men's tennis, led by No. 1 singles Michail Pervolarakis, in contention for elusive WCC titles
COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - Oregon State infielder Cadyn Grenier turned down a contract with the St. Louis Cardinals and is starring, and learning, while playing for the No. 1-ranked Beavers.
April 13, 2017

Grenier has no regrets settling into OSU role

by Kerry Eggers
Beavers infielder takes long view after declining St. Louis Cardinals
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER ONSTOTT - Nick Symmonds wins the 2012 Olympic Trials 800 meters at Hayward Field.
April 12, 2017

Team track and field returns to Portland

by Kerry Eggers
July 2 meet at Mt. Hood CC part of Lananna's TrackTown Summer Series
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DIEGO G. DIAZ - LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers has the defense to go with the offense in MVP consideration.
April 11, 2017

Making case for who deserves NBA honors

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Our picks for the major -- and some 'minor' -- 2016-17 season awards
HICKEY
April 09, 2017

No. 1 Beavers keep it going

by Kerry Eggers
Well-rounded club uses fundamental baseball to win 23 games in a row
COURTESY: CJ MICHAEL/GONZAGA BULLETIN - Silas Melson, from Jefferson High, could go from sixth man to starting guard at Gonzaga next season.
April 06, 2017

'Bitter pill to swallow,’ but Zags ready to regroup

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Gonzaga hungry for return to NCAA tourney next year
COURTESY: GONZAGA UNIVERSITY - SILAS MELSON
April 04, 2017

Everything but the title

by Kerry Eggers
Gonzaga's breakthrough season ends with crushing defeat, as Tar Heels pull out win in physical final
April 03, 2017

Mariners aim to show how the West is won

by Kerry Eggers
Good chemistry, four recruits could propel Seattle to playoffs; bullpen has opportunity to be 'electric,' but starters a question mark
OREGON-NORTH CAROLINA GAME STORY
April 02, 2017

Board, another board, and Tar Heels escape

by Kerry Eggers
Ducks can't make plays at end, fall to North Carolina in national semis
COURTESY: CJ MICHAEL/GONZAGA BULLETIN - KARNOWSKI
April 01, 2017

Gonzaga doing cartwheels over shot at national title

by Kerry Eggers
Williams-Goss, Melson help Zags turn back South Carolina in Final Four semifinals
March 31, 2017

Few's words on friend's book

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Gonzaga coach gets in a plug for motivational author from Oregon
KERRY EGGERS
March 31, 2017

The Final Four spectacle

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Ducks, Zags living the dream, with Oregon preps play key roles
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: KIRBY LEE - Underdog Oregon will rely on forward Dillon Brooks and the guidance of coach Dana Altman as the Ducks try to find ways to overcome North Carolina's resounding rebounding and experience in the NCAA Final Four.
March 30, 2017

Ducks will go for jugular Saturday vs. Tar Heels

by Kerry Eggers
When the horn sounds, Oregon will have earned a spot in the national title game
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Steve Blake, charging to the basket in a November 2009 game, had three stints with the Trail Blazers and chose to raise his family here.
March 30, 2017

EX-BLAZERS' HOME COURT: PORTLAND

by Kerry Eggers
A look at former players who have chosen to stay Rip City
SAM FORENCICH/GETTY IMAGES - Travis Outlaw was a softspoken, high-leaping 6-9 forward from Starkville, Mississippi who came to the Trail Blazers directly out of high school and found the city to his liking.
March 30, 2017

Family ties keep Outlaw living in metro area

by Kerry Eggers
Portland pace good fit for former Blazer from small town
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Former Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman still watches a lot of basketball, only now it's mostly games in the Portland area involving his grandchildren.
March 30, 2017

NBA’s Rick Adelman scores in retirement

by Kerry Eggers
Former Trail Blazers coach replaces court time with family time
BLAZERS-NUGGETS
March 29, 2017

Blazers get 'keys to the car'

by Kerry Eggers
McCollum, Nurkic drive Portland to key victory, eighth spot in NBA Western Conference
PORTLAND TRIBUNE: JOSH KULLA - The Trail Blazers have a new look and added presence inside since the arrival of 7-foot, 280-pound Jusuf Nurkic, who has won over teammates and fans and become a media darling.
March 28, 2017

BLAZERS' CENTER OF ATTENTION

by Kerry Eggers
'Bosnian Beast' captures fans' attention, re-ignites team vying for spot in playoffs
COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - Luke Heimlich has been part of a strong pitching staff for Oregon State this season, but it was hitting that helped the Beavers sweep Arizona.
March 26, 2017

Beavers live up to billing

by Kerry Eggers
No. 1 Oregon State shows offense to match its pitching
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: KIRBY LEE - Pollsters dropped coach Dana Altman's Oregon Ducks out of the national rankings early in the season, but now the team is in the NCAA Final Four for the first time since, well, the first time.
March 26, 2017

Best Ducks day ever

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Hard to top Saturday's NCAA basketball tournament sweep by Oregon
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Minnesota Timberwolves try to stop Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
March 25, 2017

Blazers hit stride, and lots of shots

by Kerry Eggers
McCollum gets 32 points on just 13 shots as Portland pounds Minnesota
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - JUSUF NURKIC
March 24, 2017

Blazers take a step toward the playoffs

by Kerry Eggers
Eight of 11 remaining games will be in Portland, lending hope in the pursuit of Denver
COURTESY: SCOBEL WIGGINS - OREGON STATE'S JAKE THOMPSON
March 20, 2017

Great pitching vs. great hitting -- just part of the Oregon…

by Kerry Eggers
Huge early Pac-12 series this week in Corvallis will pit two highly ranked teams: Beavers vs. 2016 NCAA runner-up Wildcats
COURTESY: BETH BUGLIONE - Cornerback Treston Decoud is the most likely player from Oregon State to be drafted into the NFL this season.
March 23, 2017

Pro Day: Athletes audition for NFL

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Here's what takes place as college players try to impress visiting scouts
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - The Milwaukee Bucks defense tries to put the clamps on Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum.
March 22, 2017

A struggle for the Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
Milwaukee executes its game plan, and Portland shoots poorly and is 'disappointed to lose'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State players (from left) Kelbie Orum, Sydney Wiese and Breanna Brown acknowledge the crowd after Sunday's victory against Creighton.
March 20, 2017

Departing women hoopsters write storybook ending at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/'It will always have a special place in our hearts. It will always be home'

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Mar 23, 2017

Beavers' spring game analysis

by Kerry Eggers
Luton leads QBs, Nall can throw as well as run, Jarmon impresses, depth helps, and more
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Moments after No. 2 seed Oregon State's one-point victory over No. 15 seed Long Beach State, Beavers Sydney Wiese (left) and Marie Gulich show their relief at Gill Coliseum on Friday.
Mar 17, 2017

Beavers must play, score better

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Long Beach State finds ways to scare Oregon State; OSU finds a way to win
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KERRY EGGERS - Oregon State guard Sydney Wiese cuts down the net after the Beavers clinched the Pac-12 regular-season championship at Gill Coliseum.
Mar 15, 2017

OSU women get what they want

by Kerry Eggers
ON COLLEGE HOOPS/Beavers draw No. 2 seed, host first two tourney rounds
TRIBUNE PHOTO: TIMOTHY GONZALEZ - New Oregon State athletic director Scott Barnes is analyzing strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats in planning the Beavers' sporting future.
Mar 13, 2017

GETTING THE LAY OF BEAVERS' LAND

by Kerry Eggers
Scott Barnes settles in as Oregon State athletic director with 'listen and learn' approach
COURTESY: AL SERMENO/PORTLAND WINTERHAWKS - Portland Winterhawks defenseman Henri Jokiharju snaps a pass to a teammate in a game against the Everett Silvertips Sunday at Moda Center.
Mar 13, 2017

Hawks surprise even the coach

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Comeback vs. Everett shows team's competitive nature
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - DAMIAN LILLARD
Mar 12, 2017

OSU football will have early opener, and other column notes

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/NBA replay rules need work, Lillard adds an endorsement, Jefferson basketball makes a memory, Cliff Robinson is on the mend, and more
CASEY
Mar 11, 2017

Pat Casey's not done yet at OSU

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Baseball coach is at 800-plus wins at Oregon State -- and counting
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic piled up the stats as Portland beat Philadelphia in overtime.
Mar 09, 2017

A Beast of a game

by Kerry Eggers
Blazers big man Nurkic quietly modest after posting numbers that said a lot -- and beat 76ers
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Gerald Henderson goes up for two points in a Trail Blazers game against Milwaukee. Now he's playing for the Philadelphia 76ers.
Mar 09, 2017

Former Blazer Henderson says it's been a 'good year' with 76ers

by Kerry Eggers
ON THE NBA/Veteran guard stays in touch with some of his ex-teammates in Portland
MOORE
Mar 09, 2017

OSU star pitches to Mariners

by Kerry Eggers
Andrew Moore joins big-league camp with eye on majors, expanding his pitching repertoire
Mar 05, 2017

Loss leaves Beavers in need of Plan M.O -- more offense

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Oregon State needs more balanced scoring to make another long run in NCAA Tournament
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook (45 points) and Portland's Damian Lillard (33) combined for 78 points in the Blazers' 114-109 victory Thursday night at Moda Center.
Mar 03, 2017

Recharged Lillard, Blazers have big plans

by Kerry Eggers
Nurkic makes impact in home debut, as Portland steals Westbrook's Thunder
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOHN LARIVIERE - Life took a tragic turn in 2011 for budding broadcaster Brooke Olzendam, but she overcame it and has settled into a job the Trail Blazers created for her.
Mar 02, 2017

OLZENDAM BOUNCES BACK

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS/Tragedy doesn't sideline Blazers' reporter from dream job
Mar 02, 2017

Coach Gary Andersen on the state of the Beavers

by Kerry Eggers
Passing game improvement plan 'off to a good start,' and Oregon State has three-way battle at quarterback
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - WAYNE TINKLE
Mar 01, 2017

The lessons of a lost year for Oregon State men's basketball

by Kerry Eggers
'Our players are learning some valuable life lessons -- the staff as well. It's only going to help us moving forward'
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Oregon State's Gabriella Hanson hugs fellow senior guard Sydney Wiese (24) after the Beavers'  50-47 victory over Stanford on Friday at Gill Coliseum.
Feb 27, 2017

RISING TO THE OCCASION

by Kerry Eggers
ON COLLEGE HOOPS/After three-peat, Beavers hungry for Pac-12 tournament, NCAA Final Four