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Thursday, April 4

MAIN EVENT

Lake Oswego takes on Central Catholic in a 4:30 p.m. baseball game at Concordia University. Lake Oswego is considered at least a co-favorite in the tough Three Rivers League, while the Rams are expected to battle for the Mount Hood Conference title.

Friday, April 5

MAIN EVENTS

The Houston Rockets meet the Trail Blazers at 7:30 p.m. at the Rose Garden (CSNNW, ESPN).

The Portland Winterhawks open the second round of the Western Hockey League playoffs with a 7 p.m. game at Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Elsewhere

Oregon State’s baseball team (5-1, second in the Pac-12) is at UCLA (6-3, third), 6 p.m., while Oregon (8-1, first) visits Arizona State (4-5, tied for seventh), 6:30 p.m.

In the four major NCAA Division I polls, OSU is ranked No. 8 and No. 6 (three times); Oregon is fifth, seventh, eighth and 11th; UCLA is 10th (twice), 11th and 13th; and ASU is 22nd, 23rd and 24th and unranked.

Portland State’s softball team returns home atop the standings in the new Big Sky softball conference. The Viks (5-1 league) play host to Northern Colorado (3-3) at 1 and 3 p.m., at Erv Lind Stadium. Both teams are 12-21 overall.

PSU swept the Big Sky awards for last week after sweeping Weber State in three games. Sophomore Brittany Hendrickson from Thurston High was player of the week after hitting .545 with two home runs. Senior Anna Bertrand from McMinnville went 3-0 with a 1.26 ERA.

The Portland Pilots baseball team welcomes Gonzaga to Joe Etzel Field for the 3 p.m. opener of a three-game series. UP is tied for second in the West Coast Conference at 4-2; Gonzaga is 5-4.

The Pilots were 11-17 going into a Wednesday non-league game at Seattle. In their last conference outing, they swept visiting Santa Clara. Senior third baseman Jeff Melby, from Bellevue, Wash., leads UP in batting average (.320 through Tuesday) and RBIs (12).

In NAIA baseball, Concordia (17-18) plays host to the No. 5-ranked team, Lewis-Clark State (27-8). The series opens with a 6 p.m. game.

In CCC softball, No. 26 Concordia (10-4) is tied for second with No. 13 Oregon Tech going into a 2 p.m. doubleheader at first-place and No. 8 Corban (13-1).

Corban’s ace is former David Douglas High standout Amy Greenough, a senior who was the league’s pitcher of the week last week.

Concordia’s Laura Luther is second in the conference in batting (.407), Taylor Copher leads in hits (48) and doubles (16), Katie Aden is first in triples (four) and Kate Santos is second in RBIs (33) and home runs (14).

Saturday, April 6

MAIN EVENTS

The Portland Timbers play their fifth of 34 MLS regular-season games, taking on the Houston Dynamo at Jeld-Wen Field at 7:30 p.m. (Root). Houston (3-1-0) is second in the Eastern Conference. Portland (0-1-3) is seventh in the West.

The Winterhawks play Game 2 of their best-of-seven WHL playoff series at 7 p.m. at the Rose Garden.

Elsewhere

The Oregon Ducks host the Pepsi Team Invitational track and field meet at Hayward Field. Texas A&M, Washington and Washington State also are in the field. The first event is at noon.

Among D-I women, Oregon is ranked second behind Kansas, with Texas A&M third and Washington 15th.

Texas A&M is No. 1 in the men’s rankings, and Oregon is fourth.

OSU baseball plays at UCLA, 2 p.m., and Oregon is at ASU, 6:30 p.m.

PSU’s three-game softball series with Northern Colorado concludes with a noon game at Erv Lind Stadium.

The UP-Gonzaga baseball series continues at 1 p.m. at Joe Etzel Field.

OSU’s softball team (0-5 Pac-12 going into a Wednesday game with visiting Stanford) has a 1 p.m. doubleheader at Washington (5-3 through Tuesday after back-to-back wins at UCLA), and Oregon (6-1 heading into Wednesday’s home game with Utah) battles at Cal (5-0 through Tuesday) at 1 and 3 p.m.

In the two NCAA polls, Oregon is ranked 10th, OSU is 24th and 27th, UW is 17th and 15th and Cal is fifth and fourth.

The NCAA West regional gymnastics meet is at Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum, 4 p.m. Fourth-ranked Georgia, No. 10 OSU, No. 16 Arkansas, No. 21 Boise State, ASU and Cal are in the field.

The top two finishers advance to the nationals, April 19-21 at UCLA. The Pac-12 champion Beavers are seeking their eighth consecutive trip.

Concordia’s baseball team has a 2 p.m. doubleheader at home against the Lewis-Clark State Warriors of Lewiston, Idaho.

A youth all-comers track and field meet starts at 10:30 a.m. at Roosevelt High. Registration starts at 10 a.m. Cost to enter is $3. Call 503-284-0345 for information.

Sunday, April 7

MAIN EVENT

The Blazers play host to the Dallas Mavericks at 6 p.m. (KGW 8, NBA TV).

Elsewhere

The Oregon State-UCLA baseball series ends with a 1 p.m. game in Los Angeles, and Oregon caps its trip to ASU with a 12:30 p.m. game.

Portland wraps up its baseball series with visiting Gonzaga at 1 p.m.

OSU softball caps a two-day series at UW with a 3 p.m. game, and UO softball finishes its road series at Cal at 1 p.m.

At Jeld-Wen Field, the Timbers Reserves (1-1) play a United Soccer Leagues club, VSI Tampa Bay FC, at 2 p.m.

Concordia winds up a four-game baseball series at home with Lewis-Clark State. First pitch is at 11 a.m.

The Bridge to Brews 8-kilometer and 10K run/walk starts and finishes at Widmer Brothers Brewing Company, 929 N. Russell St.

Tuesday, April 9

MAIN EVENT

It’s a non-league baseball game, but Oregon is at Oregon State, 4 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

Wednesday, April 10

MAIN EVENT

The Los Angeles Lakers invade the Rose Garden at 7 p.m. It’s the fourth of five in a row at home for the Blazers (KGW 8).

Elsewhere

PSU’s softball team plays a 2 p.m. non-league doubleheader at Seattle University.

The Northwest regional racquetball championships and 32nd annual Spring Open take place through April 14 at Cascade Athletic Club in Gresham.