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Timbers keep playoff hopes alive

OS Pro Feed - Thu, 09/17/2020 - 10:30am
Portland's 1-1 draw with San Jose is frustrating, but not a loss Staff Report Yimmi Chara reacts to his scoring effort Wednesday. AP photo

In the long-term view, the Portland Timbers only have to qualify for the MLS playoffs to be a contender for the 2020 league tournament.

In the short-term view, though, the frustration from recent results leaves plenty of hardcore fans to wonder how the team will be competitive for any playoff results, especially after such a strong performance at the league’s MLS is Back tournament in August.

Portland struggled to a 1-1 draw with host San Jose Wednesday, earning one point in the Western Conference standings to remain tied for fifth with both Los Angeles clubs needing only to finish eighth to reach the playoffs.

The draw, however, came only a week after the Earthquakes lost 7-1 to Seattle, and days after the team failed to score against the LA Galaxy - in a 0-0 draw. San Jose has allowed three or more goals in three of its five games since the league returned to regular-season play. 

Yimmi Chara scored his first goal of the season off a feed from brother Diego to put Portland up 1-0 in the 33rd minute, but San Jose tied the match with a score by Vako off a feed from Chris Wondolowski.

San Jose dominated possession (63-37 percent) and shots (19-6), causing goalkeeper Steve Clark to make five assists, including a dazzing one in the final minutes. Most of San Jose’s possessions (75 percent) were spent in the Timbers side of the field.

The draw improved the Timbers to 1-3-2 since its return, but continued a familiar pattern of game-play where they create a lead, but cannot hold it. Portland has scored first in four of its six matches, including Wednesday’s match, but managed a win in just one. Those stats include giving up two goals in extra time in a 4-4 draw with Real Salt Lake two weeks ago.

Portland (15 points) plays at San Jose again Saturday with its final two matches at home against Seattle and Vancouver.

San Jose (12) and Vancouver (11) occupy the bottom two spots in the Western Conference standings.

Houston and RSL are tied for eighth at 14 points, with Colorado at 13.

 

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Blazers getting plenty of rest for next season

OS Pro Feed - Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:43am
Portland's playoff run gives it momentum in the off-season By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com CJ McCollum, Jusuf Nurkic and Damian Lillard remain the core of the Blazers. AP photo

Whenever the 2020-21 NBA season begins, the Portland Trail Blazers will likely have a key national commentator on their side - Charles Barkley.

Barkley famously predicted the Blazers, then likely the hottest team in the league heading into the playoffs, would sweep the league's top team, the Los Angeles Lakers, in their first-round match-up if they won the first game of the best-of-seven series, which they did.

The Lakers, however, spoiled that prediction by winning the next four games, thus ending the Blazers' season.

Portland, though, did reach the playoffs, and got more than three weeks of rest from when the deciding fifth game ended to when the NBA Finals will end.

The start of the 2020-21 season looms in either November or December, and Portland has a roster that appears capable of finishing in a variety of spots within the Western Conference, although topping the Lakers might be a stretch. The Blazers do, though, have one of the best players in the league - Damian Lillard - and that makes them a dangerous opponent for any team. The series with the Lakers showed off what the team needs to be dangerous for a series, not just a game.

As long as they have Lillard, though, they'll be attractive to television viewers and commenators, Barkley included.

 

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Remembering Rick Sanders

OS Clubs - Wed, 09/09/2020 - 7:09am
Oregon wrestling great was international star, Olympian By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

Rick Sanders put Portland and Oregon on the international wrestling map with national titles and a pair of Olympic silver medals before dying tragically at a young age.

Born in 1945, Sanders finished with a high school record of 80-1 and three state titles while at Lincoln High. He won at 98 pounds in 1961, 108 pounds in ‘62 and 115 pounds in ‘63.

After graduating from Lincoln, Sanders trained for the ’64 Olympics at a camp that included legend Dan Gable. Gable credits Sanders with teaching him specific moves that helped him finish his college career with just one loss.

After that intensive training, Sanders enrolled at Portland State and won national titles at the NAIA, NCAA Div. II and Div. I championship meets, earning the outstanding wrestler at each level.

Sanders qualified for both the 1968 and ’72 Olympic Games, and won silver in each. In between those Olympics, Sanders became the first American to win a title at the world championships, taking the 52kg title in 1969 just hours before American Fred Fozzard won at 82 kg. He won five U.S. freestyle titles, six international medals and is credited with having once beaten Gable 6-0 – the lone shutout Gable suffered in his career.

Following the ’72 Games in Munich, Germany, he was killed in an auto accident in Yugoslavia at the age of 27.

Sanders was inducted to the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 1983, and into the Portland State Athletics Hall of Fame as part of its inaugural class in 1997 – along with the ’67 national championship wrestling team.

He is a distinguished member of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame’s Class of 1987.

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Oregon championships don't disappoint

OS Clubs - Tue, 09/08/2020 - 7:12am
New winners take over in two finals in amateur event By Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com Bryce Wortman, Lara Tennant and Amanda Jacobs hold their event trophies while socially distancing Saturday. Photo by Cliff Pfenning, oregonsports.com

PORTLAND - Bryce Wortman and Amanda Jacobs dominated a series of holes in their title matches to claim the men's and women's titles at the 111th Oregon Amateur Championships Saturday at Columbia-Edgewater Country Club.

It was the first title in the event for each player, while Lara Tennant won the senior women's title for the fourth straight year.

Wortman, from Creswell, won five consecutive holes during the second round of the 36-hole final to beat Ben Wanichek 8-and-7, ending a dominating performance for the match-play portion of the tournament. In his seven head-to-head matches, he played the 18th hole just once - during the final.

"My putting was really good this week," Wortman, who plays for San Jose State, said. "That was a huge difference in all my matches."

Wortman, who grew up in Central Point and won three state titles for Mazama High, was one of the 50 players invited to the tournament.

Wanichek, from Eugene, was one of 58 players who played their way into the championships, reaching the final inspite of being seeded 55th for the 64-player match-play portion of the six-day tournament.

Both Wortman and Wanichek played nine rounds during the event, including 36 holes Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Event organizers said 375 players registered for the tournament - believed to be a record for the event that normally attracts around 275 players. 

Jacobs, of Portland, won four of five holes in the first 18 and never trailed on the way to a 5-and-3 win over defending champion Ellie Slama of Salem. Jacobs, who has won the Pacific Northwest Amatuer title twice in the past three years, lost to Slama in the final two years ago, but avenged that result on the course she grew up playing on.

"This is my home course, so I think that had a big part in winning," Jacobs said. "It feels really good to win here."

The women's match-play bracket began with 32 players.

Tennant, of Portland, dominated the middle portion of the 18-hole final, to beat top-seed Ginny Burkey 4-and-3 in their final.

The Oregon Golf Association schedule continues with stroke-play championships and neighboring Riverside Country Club Sunday and Monday.

Protocals for the event included players having only one spectator allowed to view their matches until the final, which had a dozen spectators for both men's and women's finals. Participants and attendees at the event were not tested for COVID-19, and only required to wear masks while in the clubhouse.

 

 

 

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