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The Portland Tribune and Community Newspapers are saying good-bye and wishing good luck to one of the state’s most familiar sportswriting figures, a longtime fixture in Clackamas County and a good friend, colleague and human being.DENNY

John Denny has retired as sports editor of the Clackamas Review, ending a newspaper career that spanned four decades.

Nobody covered the Milwaukie, Clackamas, Oregon City and Gladstone schools and area like Denny. His stories and sports sections brought positive press to thousands of young athletes, along with others in those communities. He was respected and appreciated by all — and a pleasure to work alongside, on top of that.

We look forward to still seeing him around and thank him for all his efforts over the years and for being such a dedicated and fun member of our team.

Olympic boost

It’s an Olympic year, and that can mean only one thing for certain Olympic sports.

“We expect a spike in membership,” says Jen Bolger of the Columbia Empire Volleyball Association.

CEVA had more than 5,000 boys and girls registered for USA play last year. “Our region is growing,” says Jeff Mozzocchi, executive director.

This year’s tryouts for club teams (girls and boys) are Nov. 6 for 12-and-under and 14-and-under and Nov. 13 for 16-and-under and 18-and-under.

For information, visit cevaregion.org.

Shead stands out

At Seattle Seahawks camp, former Portland State player DeShawn Shead is starting at right cornerback.SHEAD

Shead came to the Hawks in 2012 as an undrafted free agent and worked his way into consistent duty as an extra safety and special teams standout. He started six games last year, though, including five at cornerback, while seeing the field at basically every position in the secondary during the course of the year.

Seattle receiver Doug Baldwin raves about Shead’s upper-body strength and physicality at the line of scrimmage, and coach Pete Carroll tells the Tacoma News-Tribune the 6-2, 210-pound Shead “has had a fantastic offseason this year, the best by far he has ever had.”

Free to Breathe

A 5K run/walk and mile walk are set for Sunday, Aug. 21, as a benefit for the Free to Breathe lung cancer research and advocacy group.

The run/walk starts at 9:05 a.m. (7:30 a.m. registration, 9 a.m. kids dash) the Eastbank Esplanade Main Street Plaza, 5 S.E. Madison Street. Visit freetobreathe.org/portland for information.

Golf’s majors

The names of runners-up in this year’s men’s major golf tourmaments are more impressive than the names of the winners.

Masters — Danny Willett, winner; Jordan Spieth, Lee Westwood, runners-up

U.S. Open — Dustin Johnson, winner; Jim Furyk, Shane Lowry, Scott Piercy, runners-up

Open Championship — Henrik Stenson, winner; Phil Mickelson, runner-up

PGA — Jimmy Walker, winner; Jason Day, runner-up

Names and notes

• Former Jefferson High/Oregon State soccer forward Danny Mwanga, 24, continues to bounce around. Last week, he joined the Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League on loan from the Tampa Bay Rowdies.

• The Gonzaga men’s basketball team, with local products Silas Melson and Nigel Williams-Goss in the backcourt, have a couple of preseason games of note in 2016. They’ll face Arizona at Staples Center in Los Angeles on Dec. 3, and play host to Washington (Williams-Goss’ old school) on Dec. 7.

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