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JONATHAN FERREY/GETTY IMAGES - The U.S. team celebrates its 2007 Davis Cup victory in Portland: (from left) Bob Bryan, Andy Roddick, Mike Bryan, captain Patrick McEnroe and James Blake.
May 23, 2016

Game, set, match! City gets Davis Cup

by Kerry Eggers
Tualatin Hills will host quarterfinal tie with Croatia/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS The Davis Cup and Portland are old friends. For U.S. tennis and the City of Roses’ tennis community, the 2016…
May 22, 2016

Farah only one of many stars coming for Pre

by Kerry Eggers
Long-range weather forecast for America’s premier two-day track and field meet: Not too bad, especially for Day 2. That’s music to the ears of Tom Jordan, in his 33rd year as director of the…
May 22, 2016

Stotts' deal good for Blazers

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Terry Stotts’ three-year contract extension with the Trail Blazers, which begins after next season, calls for…

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The Trail Blazers' management and coaches have some personnel decisions to make, after what fourth-year coach Terry Stotts called a 'great start' in 2015-16.
May 18, 2016

Blazers handle the how, but what about the who?

by Kerry Eggers
Free agency, trades could bring tweaks, although players like what they have in Portland/KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS In the aftermath of any NBA season, successful or not, comes a busy offseason.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: GEROME WRIGHT - Trail Blazers center Mason Plumlee soars for a two-handed dunk against Golden State during Game 5 Wednesday night at Oakland.
May 18, 2016

'Big-time' Blazers season ends against big-time MVP, Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
OAKLAND — The buzzer sounded, the game, the series and the season finally over. Damian Lillard’s first steps were toward the Trail Blazers bench. One by one, as yellow confetti streamed onto the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - TheTrail Blazers' collective effort, like from Mason Plumlee (left) and Gerald Henderson, have caused problems for defending NBA champ Golden State.
May 11, 2016

Blazers have earned respect -- and they'll make Golden State…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS OAKLAND — Stephen Curry turned the series and may have saved the postseason for the Golden State Warriors. In turn, he may have doomed the Trail Blazers to the end of The…
COURTESY: FIVA - For Portland native Kim Hill (right), MVP of the 2014 world championsips won by the U.S., next up is a tryout for the 2016 Olympic team.
May 11, 2016

Hill hopes to rally for Rio

by Kerry Eggers
Female professional volleyball players wear a cloak of anonymity in the United States. Even after the national team won the 2014 FIVB World Championships in Italy — the first time ever for a…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Klay Thompson (center) of Golden State struggles with the ball in Game 3 versus the Trail Blazers and Gerald Henderson (left) and Allen Crabbe.
May 10, 2016

Warriors pledge more resolve for Game 4

by Kerry Eggers
Steve Kerr got his message across to the Golden State Warriors during their video session and practice Sunday at Moda Center. One by one, his players parroted the instructions their coach…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard's 40-10 game (40 points, 10 assists) led Portland to a win in Game 3.
May 07, 2016

Lillard, 'Chief' lead way as Blazers make it a series

by Kerry Eggers
Draymond Green was the ultimate triple-threat, and Klay Thompson knocked down shots as if he were in a penny arcade. The Trail Blazers had more than enough, though, to thwart the Stephen…
COURTESY: SABBY PISCITELLI - Ex-Oregon State safety Sabby Piscitelli is scheduled to be part of a World Wrestling Entertainment NXT card on Saturday, May 14 at Moda Center.
May 11, 2016

Is WWE's next big thing former OSU Beavers football star Sabby…

by Kerry Eggers
'TINO SABBATELLI' TO WRESTLE IN PORTLAND During his time as a swashbuckling safety at Oregon State, Sabby Piscitelli was a physical specimen, with muscles in places where most people don’t have…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: GEROME WRIGHT - Shaun Livingston of the Golden State Warriors posts up Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during Game 2 of their playoff series at Oakland.
May 11, 2016

It's all a best-case scenario for the amazingly rebounded Shaun…

by Kerry Eggers
Shaun Livingston says he feels good about carrying a 2-0 lead into Saturday’s Game 3 of the Trail Blazers-Warriors series at Moda Center. “It’s the best-case scenario for us going on the road to…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: GEROME WRIGHT - The Golden State Warriors block a shot by the Trail Blazers' Mason Plumlee in Game 2 Tuesday night at Oakland.
May 04, 2016

All for naught: Blazers 'waste' good effort vs. 'bad' Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
OAKLAND — The citizens of California have experienced a drought for several years now, resulting in billions of dollars in agricultural losses. The Trail Blazers’ drought Tuesday night at Oracle…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Damian Lillard gets to the basket against the Clippers.
April 30, 2016

With Clippers dismissed, it's bring on the Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
There was nothing easy about the Trail Blazers’ close-out 106-103 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers Friday night in Game 6 of their first-round playoff series at Moda Center. A member of the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers pull away from the Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter Wednesday night at Staples Center to grab a 3-2 lead in their first-round playoff series.
April 28, 2016

One more win, and it's bring on the Warriors

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Those Trail Blazers who began the season focusing on development of all their young players, with the playoffs hardly on their radar? They’re a victory away from advancing to the…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Minus injured guard Chris Paul (above) and injured forward Blake Griffin, the Los Angeles Clippers have an uphill battle ahead of the against the Trail Blazers.
April 26, 2016

Jinxed or not, Clippers down to just a fighting chance

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS LOS ANGELES — The sky is falling in Clipperville, and there are storm clouds in Warrior World, too. Could the door to glad tidings be opening for the Trail Blazers? With…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Coach Doc Rivers and the Los Angeles Clippers will be shorthanded when they try to hold on to homecourt advantage Wednesday night against the Trail Blazzers.
April 26, 2016

Rivers, Clippers look at 10 possible lineups for Game 5 vs.…

by Kerry Eggers
'WE HAVE TO FIGURE OUT A WAY,' SAYS REDICK LOS ANGELES — The Los Angeles Clippers have taken a double whammy — maybe the biggest in a single day in NBA playoff history. Perennial All-Stars Chris…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Mason Plumlee puts up a shot in Game 3.
April 24, 2016

Keys to Blazers evening series with Monday win over Clippers

by Kerry Eggers
Five things the Trail Blazers will try to do at Moda Center in Monday night’s Game 4 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series with the Los Angeles Clippers … • Ride Mason Plumlee’s…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JOSH KULLA - Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers take Game 3 by eight points.
April 25, 2016

Blazers get things rolling, and it's a series again

by Kerry Eggers
Things were looking bleak for the Trail Blazers Saturday night at Moda Center after the Los Angeles Clippers — who had trailed most of the way — took an 85-81 lead with less than four minutes…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum is the third Trail Blazers player, joining Kevin Duckworth and Zach Randolph, to win the NBA Most Improved Player award.
April 22, 2016

Rewarded: Hard work, inner faith and family spur McCollum to NBA…

by Kerry Eggers
CJ McCollum won’t forget those days when, as a 5-2, 108-pound high school freshman in Canton, Ohio, friends scoffed at the notion he might one day play in the NBA. The underdog mentality is part…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Sharpshooting Trail Blazers guard Gerald Henderson is not afraid to take on a challenge at the basket or above the rim - or with the written word.
April 21, 2016


by Kerry Eggers
Academics matter for shooting guard with big year off bench/ LOS ANGELES — The Trail Blazers are a literate bunch — some of them, anyway. There is CJ McCollum, former sports editor of the Brown…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - Los Angeles Clippers guard jamal Crawford, the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year, tried to get around CJ McCollum of the Trail Blazers during Game 1 of their playoff series.
April 23, 2016

Clippers' Crawford takes the Sixth, again, and in style

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Doc Rivers was using a bit of hyperbole, but the coach of the Los Angeles Clippers was trying to get a point across about Jamal Crawford, who on Tuesday won his third NBA sixth man…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - Austin Rivers gets off a jumper against the Trail Blazers in Game 1.
April 23, 2016

Austin Rivers in the flow, as father-son combo clicks for…

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — A special synergy exists between Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers and a young guard he brings off the bench. After all, Doc has known the kid since, well, the day he was born.…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: EDDIE RUVALCABA - The Trail Blazers break a huddle during Game 1 Sunday night in Los Angeles, where they lost by 20 points to the Clippers. They plan various tweaks for Game 3 on Wednesday, including adjustments in their pick-and-roll game and with possible more minutes for center Chris Kaman.
April 18, 2016

Trail Blazers say no excuses, as they make adjustments for Game 2

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Through the final 26 minutes of Sunday night’s 115-95 loss to the Clippers in the opener of their first-round playoff series, the Trail Blazers were like a few blades of grass,…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Jamal Crawford, Los Angeles Clippers guard, puts up a jump shot in a game this season against one of his former teams, the Trail Blazers.
April 16, 2016

Blazers not his 'old team,' but Clippers' Crawford looks forward…

by Kerry Eggers
LOS ANGELES — Jamal Crawford smiled broadly when asked if there will be anything special about going against his “old team,” when Crawford and the Los Angeles Clippers face the Trail Blazers in…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum reacts after hitting a shot in a regular-season game.
April 15, 2016

NBA playoffs: Here's who wins

by Kerry Eggers
First round Western Conference No. 8 Houston vs. No. 1 Golden State The Rockets are dangerous, and with James Harden, they may be able to steal a game or two. But they won’t upset the Warrior…
April 14, 2016

A thankful Mark Mason, a battling Greg Ballard, and a football…

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • Mark Mason is “holding,” and fortunate to be alive. The long-time public-address announcer for the Trail…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The agent for Trail Blazers coach Terry Stotts is expected to seek a longer-term contract for his client.
April 14, 2016

Stotts a lame duck -- but probably not for long

by Kerry Eggers
As the Trail Blazers enter the NBA playoffs, Terry Stotts is on a short list of candidates for the league’s coach of the year award. Stotts is also — in a way — a lame-duck coach. The Cedar…
April 12, 2016

Playoffs? Mariners must get it going

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS SEATTLE — Search “Seattle Mariners playoff history,” and it’s almost like trying to dig up records of the Titanic. The Mariners last reached the postseason in 2001, losing…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - At Oregon City High, Trevon Bradford starred in various roles, including as a receiver getting behind opposing defenses. He's already showing some of those abilities as an incoming freshman in Oregon State's spring camp.
April 11, 2016

Portland base vital to OSU's Andersen

by Kerry Eggers
Beavers head into spring game with promising locals Reflections on Oregon State football as the Beavers prepare for Saturday’s spring game at Reser Stadium … • Coach Gary Andersen is very clear…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - On top of all the numbers, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors has the 'X' factor.
April 09, 2016

Meet NBA's most deserving for official, and other, awards

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON THE NBA With the NBA regular season concluded and the playoffs looming, my selections for the NBA’s official awards, along with a few extra offerings: Most Valuable Player…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Portland guard Damian Lillard says the Trail Blazers have come together as a team and this has been his best NBA season by far.
April 07, 2016


by Kerry Eggers
When the subject of Damian Lillard’s comportment is proffered, his coach is a willing witness. “I’m extremely impressed with how he handles everything,” Terry Stotts says of the Trail Blazers’…

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