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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Royce Freeman's running leads the Oregon Ducks, who are picked below at least one or two teams in the Pac-12 this season.
August 25, 2016

PICKING PAC-12 FOOTBALL

by Portland Tribune
Stanford has received the most love and is the only top-10 team going into the college football season. Washington is being thought of more highly again. Washington State remains scary. Oregon?…
COURTESY: MINNESOTA ATHLETIC COMMUNICATIONS - CLAEYS
August 24, 2016

Minnesota coach hopes Beavers are Gophers' first step on road to…

by Kerry Eggers
Tracy Claeys is single, so when asked, he says he can’t recall if he is 47 or 48 years old. “Don’t have anybody to remind me how old I am,” jokes Claeys, a Christmas Day 1968 baby. But Claeys is…
COURTESY: BEN VANHOUTEN - Former Oregon State baseball stars (from left) Kevin Gunderson, Jacoby Ellsbury and Andy Jenkins get together during batting practice at Safeco Field, where Ellsbury helped lead the New York Yankees in a series against the Seattle Mariners.
August 24, 2016

A night at Safeco with Ellsbury

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Running and gunning through the fast lane of sports … • I peeked in on a reunion of teammates from Oregon State’s 2005 College World Series team Monday night at Safeco…


COURTESY: CHARLIE CUTLER - Charlie Cutler is program director for the Border Youth Tennis Exchange, which will begin operation in October in Nogales, Arizona, and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.
August 23, 2016

World of possibilities unfolds for Cardinals alum Cutler

by Kerry Eggers
When inspiration meets need meets expertise, there’s no telling what great things might happen. That’s where Charlie Cutler comes in. Local tennis enthusiasts might recognize the name. Cutler,…
August 18, 2016

Special days for Schonely and some local legends

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS I was fortunate enough to be witness to a pair of sports happenings this week. To wit: • The first “The Schonz” Golf Tournament was held at Langdon Farms in honor of…
COURTESY: LEWIS & CLARK COLLEGE - Second-year Lewis & Clark College football coach Jay Locey says he wants the Pioneers to take the next step in their development and break into the winning column this season.
August 16, 2016

Pioneers coach Jay Locey: One lesson down, three to go

by Kerry Eggers
– Lewis & Clark's football team has eye on wins this season Building for the future requires patience and a positive spin, and Jay Locey is replete with both. “We had a lot of wins that…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: KERRY EGGERS - Super Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe is one of several former NFL and college stars on the coaching staff at Summit High.
August 16, 2016

Dream team props Summit football

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS BEND — As members of the Summit High Storm go through their drills at the team’s preseason football conditioning camp, the onlookers’ gaze shifts to a familiar figure…
August 13, 2016

Beavers show 'give and take' during first scrimmage

by Kerry Eggers
CORVALLIS — Some observations, from others and your faithful scribe, after Oregon State’s first scrimmage Friday night at Reser Stadium … • There were some wins on both sides of the balls, and…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - As an Oregon State Beaver, Sean Mannion set the Pac-12 career record for passing yards. Now, in his second NFL season, he is behind Case Keenum and Jared Goff, the No. 1 pick in the 2016 draft, on the Los Angeles Rams' depth chart.
August 12, 2016

Mannion works hard, likes being an L.A. Ram, but has uphill…

by Kerry Eggers
Much has changed in the life of Sean Mannion since his rookie season as an NFL quarterback. The Rams have moved, from St. Louis to Los Angeles. Starting quarterback Nick Foles is gone, and Jared…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: MICHAEL WORKMAN - BLOUNT
August 12, 2016

Local players abound in NFL camps

by Portland Tribune
As NFL training camps opened, 81 players with state-of-Oregon ties were taking part. The list included including 36 from the Oregon Ducks, 27 from the Oregon State Beavers and seven from the…
J. MERIC/GETTY IMAGES - Alex Rodriguez doffs his New York Yankees cap in 2009.
August 12, 2016

On A-Rod, Blazers schedule, things to watch and read, and more

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Notes, quotes and observations about our sporting world … • There’s never been a more strange ending to a Hall of Fame-worthy career than that of Alex Rodriguez, who plays…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Former Seattle Seahawks great Curt Warner, now selling insurance in Beaverton, has fond memories of his running back days in the NFL and at Penn State.
August 09, 2016

Curt Warner still plays a good game

by Kerry Eggers
– Ex-Penn State, Seahawks running back finds new field in Beaverton/ Before there was Kurt Warner, the NFL quarterback, there was Curt Warner, the NFL running back. Warner with a “K” was a…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Oregon State receiver Jordan Villamin says having a week of football camp in Bend is like 'Remember the Titans,' and gives the Beavers an 'old-school feel.'
August 09, 2016

Beavers bolster team chemistry in Bend

by Kerry Eggers
Offense, defense mix as roommates, with positive results/ BEND — After a 2-10 inaugural season at the helm of Oregon State football, coach Gary Andersen figured change was necessary heading into…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - Seth Collins, former Oregon State quarterback, figures to add to the Beavers offense in other ways this season, and with a change in uniform number.
August 08, 2016

OSU's Collins stays true to his school, switches roles

by Kerry Eggers
Former QB adjusts to new position as Beaver receiver BEND — The quarterback number (4) has been swapped for No. 22. He looks natural, too, lining up at a receiver position, and catching the…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: DAVID BLAIR - The contract extension to guard CJ McCollum was the second biggest outlay of the offseason by the Trail Blazers.
August 11, 2016

BLAZERS' SPENDING SPREE: TEAM BANKS ON FUTURE

by Kerry Eggers
The NBA is handing out funny money these days. You know, those $1 million bills, with the face of Adam Silver on the front side and Alfred E. Neuman on the back. At least that’s the way it…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - ALLEN
July 28, 2016

Dear Paul Allen, here are two good ideas for you

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS Paul Allen owner, Portland Trail Blazers Dear Paul, To read the full version of this story...Click
HUNTER MARTIN/GETTY IMAGES - Ryan Armour nearly knocked off Tiger Woods in Portland in 1993. In a few weeks, he'll take aim at a Web.com Tour title in the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge.
July 29, 2016

From Tiger hunting to WinCo Foods Portland Open

by Kerry Eggers
RYAN ARMOUR'S JOURNEY OVER THE PAST 23 YEARS TOOK HIM TO THE PGA TOUR, AND NOW TO PUMPKIN RIDGE// Ryan Armour knows Portland a little bit. The 40-year-old pro on the Web.com Tour will be back in…
ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES - Wesley Bryan, the leading money-winner on the Web.com Tour in 2016, is expected to lead the entries at the WinCo Foods Portland Open, Aug. 25-28 at Pumpkin Ridge.
July 29, 2016

WinCo players to tee off for Tour cards

by Kerry Eggers
Pumpkin Ridge event likely to raise record cash for charity/Pros to give lessons to young golfers// Pro golfers are inherently gamblers. They are always betting on their talents, that they can…
TRIBUNE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Harvard grad John Collins, an Arena Football League veteran, is at the center of things for the Portland Steel offense.
July 29, 2016

Collins trades Ivy League for Arena Football League

by Kerry Eggers
KERRY EGGERS ON SPORTS He graduated from Harvard in government with a 3.5 grade-point average. He worked as a paralegal in a Boston law office after college. He is 25. The world, it would seem,…
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 - The Bryan brothers struggle to return a shot in their Davis Cup doubles match Saturday at Tualatin Hills Tennis Center.
July 29, 2016

Croatia stays alive in Davis Cup with Cilic-led doubles stunner

by Kerry Eggers
Beating Bob and Mike Bryan in Davis Cup play isn’t unthinkable, though on most occasions, it’s pretty near undoable. But Saturday’s do-or-die situation for Croatia doesn’t fall under the “normal…
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…

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