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PDX Sports

Tuesday, July 8

Class A baseball: In Northwest League action, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes play host to the Eugene Emeralds, opening a three-game series at Volcanoes Stadium, 6:30 p.m. ... The Hillsboro Hops open a three-game series at the Boise Hawks, 6:15 p.m.

Tennis: The Nike Tennis Championships of Oregon, which date to 1899, is a Greater Portland Tennis Council-sponsored tournament. The senior men’s division begins play today and continues through July 13 at Mountain Park Racquet Club.

Golf: The PNGA men’s amateur continues through July 11 at Palouse Ridge Golf Club in Pullman, Wash. ... The PNGA women’s amateur and women’s mid-amateur events also go through July 11, both at Lewiston (Idaho) Golf & Country Club.

Wednesday, July 9

Timbers: Portland plays the Seattle Sounders in a Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup match at Starfire Sports Complex in Tukwila, Wash. Kickoff is 7:30 p.m.

Thorns: Portland’s reigning National Women’s Soccer League champions take on the Chicago Red Stars for the second time in six days. This game is at the Village of Lisle-Benedictine University Sports Complex in Lisle, Ill. The match starts at 5 p.m. PT.

Class A baseball: Salem-Keizer welcomes Eugene to Volcanoes Stadium, 6:30 p.m. ... Hillsbor is at Boise, 6:15 p.m.

Sports birthdays

July 9, 1957: Jim Paxson (age 57), the former NBA guard who played for the Trail Blazers from 1979-88 was born on this day in Kettering, Ohio. The Blazers’ first-round pick (No. 12 overall) in 1979 made the NBA All-Star Game in 1983 and 1984. The 6-6 Paxson, from the University of Dayton, averaged 12.9 points per game with the Blazers, shooting .503 from the field.

He also served as assistant general manager in Portland before taking over as vice president of basketball operations and then general manager of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Paxson was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.

July 8, 1990: Varmah Sonie (age 24), defensive back for the Arena Football League Portland Thunder played college ball at Northern Iowa and was born on this day in Burnsville, Minn.

Oregon sports history

July 8-9, 1976

Kim Peyton, a 19-year-old David Douglas High graduate, swims legs on two American record-breaking relay teams as the U.S. Olympic team completes its training for the Summer Games at Montreal. Peyton won four Pan American Games gold medals in 1975, when she was named Oregon’s outstanding female amateur athlete.

At Multnomah Kennel Club in Fairview, hotshot P.L. Greer streaks to his 10th victory in 11 starts.