These four big names in state of Oregon sports all have reason to celebrate this week


Otis Davis (age 86)

The former University of Oregon track star won gold medals in the 1960 Rome Olympics (400 meters and 4x400 relay). His 44.9-second open 400 and the relay time were world records.

Davis was born in Tuscalooosa, Alabama. He came to the U of O after four years in the Air Force and service in the Korean War. He majored in health and physical fitness, and the university honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Award for various philanthropic and other contributions.

July 14, 1971

Giovanni Savarese (age 47)

From Caracas, Venezuela, the 6-0 forward played for the MLS New York/New Jersey MetroStars from 1996-98, New England Revolution in 1999 and San Jose Earthquakes in 2000. He became coach of the North American Soccer League New York Cosmos in 2013 and took over as coach of the Portland Timbers in 2018.

July 14, 1984

Jordan Kent (age 34)

The Saudi Arabia-born Kent is now known for his broadcasting on NBC Sports Northwest, but he was an outstanding athlete at Churchill High and the University of Oregon. The 6-4 Kent was an 11-time state champion in high school in track and field and basketball. He participated in both sports with the Ducks and played in the NFL from 2007-10 with Seattle and St. Louis.

July 15, 1990

Damian Lillard (age 28)

The 2018 all-NBA first team guard for Portland was born on this day in Oakland, Calif. At 6-3, he has been to the NBA All-Star Game three times in three seasons, while carving out a niche as a rapper (see The 2012-13 season NBA Rookie of the Year played four years at Weber State, then was drafted No. 6 overall by the Trail Blazers. He's averaged 23.7 points per regular-season game and led the Blazers to five playoff appearances.

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