Nurkic likely to be game time announcement
A couple of days after his injury leg was re-evaluated, the Trail Blazers still aren't speaking definitively on the status of center Jusuf Nurkic for the NBA playoffs.
Eighth-seeded Portland's first game is 12:30 p.m. Sunday at No. 1 seed Golden State.
Nurkic has been out since with a March 31 with a non-displaced fibular fracture in his right leg. The 7-footer from Bosnia, whose arrival in a trade with the Denver Nuggets helped the Blazers turn around their season and make the Western Conference postseason, has been working out sparingly. He averaged 15.2 points and 10.4 rebounds in 29.2 minutes per game with Portland.
He said Friday that if it were up to him, he would play "right now." Coach Terry Stotts said Nurkic's condition has improved.
But indications are that a yay or nay from the Blazers will have to wait until Sunday.
TRACK AND FIELD
The IAAF World Championships in 2021 at Hayward Field will take place from Friday, Aug. 6 through Sunday, Aug. 15.
The 18th edition of the event is being called IAAF World Championships Oregon21, according to the IAAF Council.
Quarterback Terry Wilson, who figured to give Oregon returning starter Justin Herbert a run for his money under new coach Willie Taggart, instead plans to transfer, he said via social media.
Herbert and Travis Jonsen appear to be running 1-2 at QB in spring ball, with Wilson dropping a notch and true freshman Braxton Burmeister — a Taggart signee — in the wings and coming on with intensive video work.
Portland has given a contract to defender Meghan Cox, a former University of Virginia player, for her National Women's Soccer League rookie season of 2017.
The 5-6 native of Springfield, Virginia, had 11 goals and 10 assists in 67 college games, starting 50 times.
Beaverton native Ben Crane, who was three off the pace after an opening 66 at the PGA Tour's RBC Heritage, skied to a 2-over-par 74 in Friday's second round at Harbor Town Golf Links in Hilton Head, South Carolina.
First-round pacesetter Bud Cauley, after a 63, shot 72 in Round 2.
Crane, a former University of Portland standout, was tied for 48th at 2-under 140.
Canada's Graham DaLaet followed a 65 with a 67 for a share of the lead with England's Luke Donald (65-67).