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After 40 games, one shy of the regular-season midway point, Portland was 16-24 (on pace for about 33 wins) and 10th in the NBA Western Conference, 2 1/2 games out of a playoff spot. … Season stat leaders include Damian Lillard (24.8 points, 7.0 assists per game, 88.1 percent free-throw shooting), Mason Plumlee (8.0 rebounds), Ed Davis (62.7 percent field-goal shooting), CJ McCollum (39.8 percent 3-point accuracy, 1.18 steals). … Next: Utah at Moda Center, 7 p.m. Wednesday, and then a three-game trip to Brooklyn (4:30 p.m. PT Friday), Philadelphia (4:30 p.m. PT Saturday) and Washington (11 a.m. PT Monday, Jan. 18)


Portland has four of its next five games at home. The Hawks will play host to Regina (7 p.m. Wednesday, Memorial Coliseum), Saskatoon (7 p.m. Saturday, Moda Center), Vancouver (3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, coliseum) and Seattle (7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, Moda), with a game at Spokane (7 p.m. Friday) in that mix. … Last weekend, the Winterhawks went 0-1, falling to 20-19-2-0 (42 points), in position for the eighth and final playoff spot from the Western Conference … Season stat leaders include Dominic Turgeon (42 points), Rihards Bukarts (21 goals), Caleb Jones (25 assists) and Evan Weinger (plus-9).


It’s been 37 days since Portland beat Columbus for the MLS Cup. It’s 19 days till the Timbers’ first 2016 exhibition (Jan. 31 vs. FC Tucson in Tucson, Ariz.), and 54 days till the MLS 2016 season opener against Columbus (March 6 at Providence Park).


Portland is expected to take Emily Sonnet with the No. 1 pick in the college draft on Friday. She’s a 5-7 defender/midfielder/forward, age 22, from Marietta, Ga., and the University of Michigan, with four apperances for the U.S. national team. The Thorns also have the Nos. 2, 10 and 21 selections in the 40-player draft.


The Arena Football League, down to eight teams and in no position to lose another, took over operations of the Portland franchise last week, after failing to agree on terms with Terry Emmert, who owned and ran the club its first two seasons. The Thunder are scheduled to begin a 16-game AFL regular season April 1 at Moda Center against the Arizona Rattlers.


Portland’s new college wood-bat summer baseball team, which will play in 2016 with Walker Stadium as its home base, signed two more players last week. Manager J.J. Altobelli’s roster will include University of Hawaii outfielder Marcus Doi, from Honolulu, and Loyola Marymount infielder Kevin Jordan, from Brisbane, Australia. Fourteen players have committed to play for the Pickles, who open June 3 and will have their home opener on June 10. … Also, the club has chosen a play-by-play broadcaster: Spenser Smith, 23, a native of Walla Walla, Wash.


Two-time defending Northwest League champion Hillsboro will return manager Shelley Duncan, who led the team to the title last year. Duncan’s new assistants for 2016 are pitching coach Mike Parrott and hitting coach Jose Amado. They replace Doug Drabek (promoted to Class AA Mobile, Ala., of the Southern League) and Javier Colina (promoted to Class A Visalia, Calif.). Also back on the staff is Ben Petrick, the former Glencoe High and MLB player who has been on the staff since the Hops joined the NWL in 2013. The Hops open June 17 at Salem-Keizer. The home opener is June 20 at Ron Tonkin Field versus Eugene.

College men’s basketball

Portland State is 2-1 in the Big Sky going into home games at 7 p.m. Thursday (Weber State) and Saturday (Idaho State). … The Portland Pilots are 2-3 in the West Coast Conference, with home games at 7 p.m. Thursday (San Diego) and 3 p.m. Saturday (BYU). … Washington leads the Pac-12 at 3-0, with USC 3-1, Oregon State and Oregon 2-1. … In the NCAA Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference, rebuilding Concordia is 2-4 (4-9 overall). … Lewis & Clark is 1-3 in the D-III Northwest Conference and 5-7 overall. Whitworth (4-0) and Whitman (3-1) have the top two spots. … Warner Pacific is 6-2 and tied for third with College of Idaho in the NAIA Division II Cascade Collegiate Conference. Northwest Christian and Southern Oregon are 7-1. Oregon Tech, playing a final season under veteran coach Danny Miles before he retires, is one of three teams sharing fifth place at 4-4. Multnomah is 1-7.

College women’s basketball

PSU and UP continue to have growing pains — the Vikings are 2-12 overall and 0-3 in the Big Sky, and the Pilots are 0-5 in the WCC, 2-14 overall. … Oregon State (3-1, 12-3) is in the Pac-12 title hunt with Arizona State (3-0), UCLA (3-0), Stanford (3-1), all ranked. Oregon is 11-4 overall but 0-4 in the conference after being swept by OSU over the weekend. … Concordia is 3-11 for the season and 1-5 in the GNAC. … Lewis & Clark is 1-12 (0-4 NWC). George Fox and Whitman lead the league at 4-0. … Warner Pacific is in a tie for third with Oregon Tech and Northwest Christian, all 6-2, in the CCC. The Knights are 11-3 overall. Southern Oregon (8-0) and Eastern Oregon (7-1) lead the conference. Multnomah is 1-7.

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