by: TRIBUNE PHOTO: JONATHAN HOUSE - Ron Plath (right) of Lake Oswego listens to a GPS device to determine yardage to the pin during last weeks United States Blind Golf Association national championship at Stone Creek Golf Club in Oregon. Stone, with coach Regi Christensen (left) won one of the division titles and was inducted into the USBGA Hall of Fame.Thursday, Aug. 29

Golf: The LPGA Safeway Classic begins its 72-hole run at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. A field of 144 of the top women golfers in the world goes in search of $1.3 million in prize money. The LPGA has been playing every year in Portland since 1972, and the event has raised more than $17 million for local children’s charities (Golf Channel, 3:30-5:30 p.m.).

College football: Portland State plays Eastern Oregon, 7 p.m., Jeld-Wen Field.

Hops: The resurgent Hillsboro Hops are challenging for the second-half flag in the Class A Northwest League South Division. Less than a week remains in the regular season, so tonight’s 7 o’clock game against the Eugene Emeralds at Hillsboro Ballpark could be critical to the Hops’ chances of making the league playoffs.

Friday, Aug 30

Golf: It’s the second round of the LPGA Safeway Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club (Golf Channel, 3:30-5:30 p.m.).

Timbers: Portland battles MLS Western Conference leader Real Salt Lake at Rio Tinto Stadium in Salt Lake City, 7 p.m. (NBC Sports Network). The Timbers (9-4-12) have 39 points in 25 games, while RSL (13-8-6) has 45 points in 27 games.

Prep football: The high school season kicks off with nonleague games throughout the metro area. The slate includes Grant-Central Catholic at Oregon City Stadium (5:30 p.m.) and (all 7 p.m.) Wilson at Lincoln, Scappoose at Roosevelt, The Dalles-Wahtonka at Madison, St. Helens at Cleveland, Jefferson at Woodburn, Franklin at Parkrose, Benson-Forest Grove at Marshall, Lake Oswego at Jesuit, and Salem Academy at Portland Christian.

Hops: Hillsboro’s Single-A baseball team plays at home for the final time in its maiden regular season. The Hops take on the Eugene Emeralds at Hillsboro Ballpark, 7 p.m., to wrap up the teams’ three-game series.

College volleyball: Portland State’s season begins at home with the Northwest Challenge, a two-day, four-team tournament. The Vikings play Gonzaga at 4 p.m., with Boise State taking on Washington at 6 p.m. ... At UP, coach Joe Houck begins his sixth season with four returning starters and seven letter winners as the Pilots play Kansas State, 4 p.m., at the UNLV Invitational. ... Lewis & Clark’s season begins with a match against Chapman (Orange, Calif) at the Pacific Coast Classic at Pomona-Pitzer. ... Warner Pacific plays host to Mills College (Oakland, Calif.), 11 a.m.

College soccer: The PSU women (0-2 after losses of 3-0 at Oregon and 3-2 at home to Marquette) are at the Nevada-Las Vegas tournament, facing UNLV at 7 p.m. ... The Portland Pilots men begin their season with a 7 p.m. home match against UC Davis that is part of the Nike Portland Invitational at Merlo Field. UP has 12 newcomers joining 12 letter winners, six of them 2012 starters. ... At Concordia’s Tuominen Yard, the NAIA No. 5-ranked women Cavaliers (2-0) will play host to No. 18 Westmont College from Santa Barbara, Calif. ... Warner Pacific College’s women (1-0) have a 4 p.m. date with Linfield at McMinnville. ... The WPC men open at Pacific University in Forest Grove, 6 p.m. ... Lewis & Clark’s women kick off their season at home against Hamline (Saint Paul, Minn.), 7 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 31

Golf: The LPGA Safeway Classic’s third round takes place at Columbia Edgewater Country Club (Golf Channel, 3:30-5:30 p.m.).

College football: No. 2 Oregon plays host to Nicholls State, 1 p.m., Autzen Stadium (FOX Sports 1), while No. 25 Oregon State is at Reser Stadium to take on visiting Eastern Washington, 3 p.m. (Pac-12 Networks).

Thorns: The Portland Thorns FC plays the Western New York Flash for the National Women’s Soccer League title. The Flash’s higher regular-season standing gives them home-field advantage. The teams drew in both meetings before the two-round league playoffs. Kickoff is 5 p.m. PT in Rochester, N.Y., at the 13,768-capacity Sahlen’s Stadium (FOX Sports 2).

Timbers Reserves: Portland’s backup squad takes on the Real Salt Lake Reserves, 9 a.m. at America First Field, the RSL training field in Sandy, Utah.

Hops: Hillsboro visits Boise for the final series of the Northwest League regular season. First pitch against the Hawks is 5:45 p.m.

College soccer: The University of Portland women, who knocked off Marquette 1-0 and Oregon 2-1 in overtime last week, try to stretch their season record to 3-0 when they face No. 2-ranked Stanford at 7 p.m. at Cagan Stadium in San Jose, Calif. ... Concordia’s 11th-ranked NAIA men are at No. 13 Hastings (Neb.), 3 p.m. PT.

College volleyball: PSU’s Northwest Challenge wraps up with Boise State-Gonzaga at 10 a.m., PSU-UW at noon, Gonzaga-UW at 5 p.m., and PSU-BSU at 7 p.m. ... UP meets UNLV at noon and Cal State Fullerton at 5 p.m. in the Runnin’ Rebels’ tournament. ... Lewis & Clark takes on La Verne in a road match at the California school. ... Concordia (2-2 through last weekend) has a 7 p.m. home match with Lewis-Clark State.

Sunday, Sept. 1

Golf: The final round of the LPGA Safeway Classic is at Columbia Edgewater Country Club (Golf Channel, 4-6:30 p.m.).

Hops: Hillsboro plays the Boise Hawks at Memorial Stadium in the Idaho capital, 5:45 p.m.

College soccer: The UP men tackle Cleveland State, 1 p.m., at Merlo Field. ... PSU’s women end a two-game trip to Las Vegas with a 10:30 a.m. tournament game against New Mexico State.

Monday, Sept. 2

Horse racing: Portland Meadows’ biggest race of the year — featuring the $35,000 Portland Mile — begins with the first post at 1:45 p.m.

Hops: Hillsboro’s regular-season finale in Class A NWL play is a 4:30 p.m. game at the Boise Hawks.

Tuesday, Sept. 3

Prep volleyball: Two of the state’s top programs open their seasons when Central Catholic travels to Clackamas for a 6:30 p.m. match.

College volleyball: Portland State visits Oregon, last year’s NCAA Division I runner-up, for a 6 p.m. match at Matthew Knight Arena.

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