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Kerry Eggers' Column

June 30, 2016

'Young guys' lead Galaxy to win over Timbers

by Ryan Clarke
Having 18,000 fans at a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match isn’t common in MLS, but the Portland Timbers achieved that much against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday. Unfortunately for most of the…
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…
Cliff Robinson, on the cover
June 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.
June 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…
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.
June 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.…
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…
FARAH
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…
TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - STOTTS
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…

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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…