Portland's Rob Neyer, author and baseball analyst, will appear at O'Connor's Annex, 7850 S.W. Capitol Highway, for Game 3 of the World Series at approximately 5 p.m. Oct. 24.

• The Trail Blazers play the second of their eight preseason games at 7 tonight at the Rose Garden against Golden State. Portland will be at Utah on Thursday and at Seattle on Friday before returning for its final home exhibition at 7 p.m. Monday against Utah.

• Blazer scout John Gabriel will be inducted into the Kutztown (Pa.) University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday. Gabriel was a defensive specialist for the Golden Bears from 1976-78.

• Former Portland Fire/WNBA guard Jackie Stiles reportedly will attempt a pro comeback with the Canberra Cardinals of the Australian Women's Basketball League. Stiles, 27, had 13 surgeries in three years, forcing her off the court.

• Christine Sinclair, who led the University of Portland to NCAA soccer championships in 2002 and 2005, is one of 20 finalists for the FIFA women's soccer player of the year award.

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