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SUNDAY, JULY 17
Crouser wins world title — Boring native and Sam Barlow High grad Ryan Crouser won the men’s shot put gold medal on Sunday at the World Athletic Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene.
It’s the first world title for Crouser, the world-record holder and two-time Olympic champion.
Crouser’s winning throw came in the fifth round of the finals, a 75 foot, 3.25 inches effort that answered a throw of 75-1.25 by Joe Kovacs who had edged Crouser by one centimeter at the 2019 World Championships.
Kovacs took silver this time and Josh Awotunde completed an. American medal sweep with a mark of 73-1.75 for the bronze medal.
• Former Oregon Duck Devon Allen was disqualified from the men’s 110 hurdles final for a false start.
From the eye test, Allen did not appear to be first to react to the gun, but technology said differently. His reaction time was judged to be one one-thousandth of a second too quick.
Blazers win summer league — Portland won the NBA’s Las Vegas Summer League for the second time, beating the New York Knicks 85-77 on Sunday.
Trendon Watford had 19 points and seven rebounds and was a unanimous choice for the championship game MVP.
Jabari Walker had 14 points and 11 rebounds off the bench and helped the Blazers bench contribute 36 points.
Hjerpe to Cardinals — Oregon State left-handed pitcher Cooper Hjerpe was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals with the 22nd pick in the MLB First-Year Player Draft on Sunday.
A Capay, Calif., native, was named the 2022 national pitcher of the year by multiple organizations He went 11-2 and had a 2.53 earned-run average. He struck out a school-record 161 batters, which led the nation, in just 103.1 innings of work.
He is the 13th Oregon State player to be selected in the first round, and the first pitcher since Drew Rasmussen in 2017.
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Oregon shortstop Josh Kasevich with the 60th in the second round.
Oregon State outfielder Jacob Melton, the Pac-12 Player of the Year, was selected 64th by the Houston Astros.
Beavers outfielder Justin Boyd has been selected 73rd by the Cincinnati Reds.
Mariners 6, Rangers 2 — Seattle enters the All-Star break on a 14-game winning streak. Julio Rodriguez hit a two-run double, Cal Raleigh a two-run homer and Ty France hit a home run to lead the M’s attack.
Rodriguez and France both are headed to the All-Star Game, which takes place Tuesday at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles, for the first time.
The 14-game streak is the longest entering an All-Star Game in history and the second longest in Mariners’ history. Seattle has won 22 of 25 to improve to 51-42, only a half game back of Tampa Bay for the top AL wild card spot.
Canadians 8, Hops 2 — Vancouver scored three runs in the second inning and five in the fifth in its fifth consecutive home win over Hillsboro (37-48). The Hops managed only three hits, one of them a home run by Ramses Malave.
Pickles 9, Elks 6 — At Walker Stadium, Portland rallied from a four-run first-inning deficit to defeat Bend and win its 10th consecutive West Coast League game. Michael Campagna knocked in three runs and Even Leibl had two RBIs.
SATURDAY, JULY 16
USA sweeps Men 100m medals — Day two of the World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field in Eugene ended with USA sweeping the medals of the men’s 100 meter finals. Fred Kerley took gold with a time of 9.86 seconds, followed by Marvin Bracy at 9.874 and then Trayvon Bromell at 9.876.
The women’s shotput final also took place Saturday with American Chase Ealey taking home first with a mark of 20.49 meters.
In qualifying rounds, USA’s Grant Holloway posted the fastest heat time in the men’s 110 meter hurdles at 13.14. Khallifah Rosser did the same for USA in the men’s 400 meter hurdles with a time of 48.62. Twanish Terry (10.95), Melissa Jefferson (11.03) and Alecia Hobbs (11.04) all advanced for USA in the women’s 100 meter. And former Oregon runner Jessica Hull (4:01.81) qualified for the women’s 1500 final, along with Portland’s Union Athletics Club’s Sinclaire Johnson (4:04.51)
Sunday on TV: Men’s marathon final (6-8:30 a.m. CNBC), 400m qualifying, men’s 10,000 final (11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. NBC), Men’s 110m hurdles and 400m hurdles semifinals (5-7 p.m. CNBC) and women’s 100m final, men’s 110m final and men’s shotput final (7-8 p.m. NBC)
Seattle 3, Texas 2 (10) — Seattle (50-42) needed an extra frame to hold off Texas (41-48) on the road Saturday for the Mariners 13th consecutive victory. JP Crawford’s single in the 10th proved to be the game winner as Matthew Festa came in to close the game on the mound for his first save of the season. The M’s other runs came on a two-run home run from Carlos Santana in the third.
Vancouver 12, Hillsboro 2 — The road trip to Vancouver (43-39) has gone from bad to worse for Hillsboro (37-47), dropping the fifth out of five games so far against the Canadians. The Hops gave up 11 hits and 12 runs while they scored only two on seven hits, both runs came on Lyle Lin ground outs.
Portland 6, Bend 5 — The Pickles (25-10) have won eight consecutive games now, holding off the Elks in the ninth for the one-run win. LeTrey McCollum hit a two-run home run in the second inning to give Portland a lead it never gave back.
FRIDAY, JULY 15
Crouser advances — Ryan Crouser advanced to Sunday’s finals of the men’s shot put with the best mark in qualifying on Friday as the World Athletics Championships opened at Hayward Field in Eugene. Crouser, a Boring native and Barlow High graduate, had a mark of 73 feet, 1.25 inches. American Joe Kovacs had the second best qualifying mark of 70-6.5. The men’s shot put final is Sunday evening.
• In the women’s 1,500, both former Oregon Duck Jessica Hull (representing Austrailia) and Sinclaire Johnson of Portland’s Union Athletics Club advanced to the semifinals with strong races.
• Allyson Felix’s storied track career ended with a bronze medal as part of the USA women’s 4×100 relay team. The Dominican Republic won the race and the Netherlands took silver.
Saturday on TV:
10:30 a.m.-noon on CNBC (features men’s 110 hurdles qualifying including Devon Allen); noon-2 p.m. NBC/KGW 8; 5-6 p.m. CNBC; 6-8 p.m. NBC/KGW 8 (features men’s 100 semifinal and final rounds).
Mariners 8, Rangers 3 — At Texas, Seattle’s 12th consecutive win featured 12 strikeouts from Robbie Ray and the first career grand slam for Julio Rodriguez, whose 16th homer came with two outs in the top of the eighth to turn a one-run game into the 8-3 win.
The 12 consecutive wins is second only to a 15-game run in 2001, the last time the Mariners made the playoffs. Only Atlanta, which won 14 in a row in June, has a longer string of wins this season.
Ray (8-6) went 6.2 innings, allowing six hits without a walk. Rodriguez also had a two-out RBI single in the fourth that put Seattle in front 3-0.
Mariners shortstop J.P. Crawford (bruised finger) missed his second game in a row and Carlos Santana was away for a family emergency.
Canadians 2, Hops 1 — At Vancouver B.C., the Canadians made two first-inning runs — scored without a hit — stand up for a win. Hillsboro was 1 for 10 with runners in scoring position and left eight on base. Hillsboro (8-11 second half) has dropped four in a row. First-place Vancouver (12-6) has won six in a row.
Pickles 4, Elks 1 — Five Portland pitchers combined to limit visiting Bend to three hits in West Coast League collegiate play in front of 2,817 fans at Walker Stadium in Lents Park. The Pickles (24-10) scored two runs in the fourth and single runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Evan Cloyd and Michael Campagna each had two of Portland’s 10 hits. The Pickles have won seven in a row and are 9-1, atop the South Division, in the second half WCL standings.
The same two teams play at 7 p.m. Saturday at Walker Stadium.
Oregon State baseball — Oregon State announced that head coach Mitch Canham has received a five-year contract extension through the 2029 season and that assistant coaches Rich Dorman and Ryan Gipson have received two-year extensions through 2024.
THURSDAY, JULY 14
Portland 85, Houston 77 — Portland moved to 3-1 in summer league play with the win over Houston. Keon Johnson poured in 25 points to lead the Blazers while recently signed rookie Jabari Walker had nine points and nine rebounds to give them a boost down low. Portland trailed 28-14 after the first quarter but chipped away until finally taking a lead in the third frame.
Seattle 6, Texas 5 — Despite trailing by four runs for most the game, Seattle (48-42) rallied late to steal a win on the road at Texas (41-46), marking a league-best 11 wins in a row for the Mariners with Baltimore off on Thursday. Seattle trailed 5-1 going into the seventh when Eugenio Suarez cut the deficit in half with a two-RBI single to left field. All-Star Julio Rodriguez wore a pitch in the eighth with the bases loaded to bring home a run, then Ty France single to left to score two more and give Seattle a 6-5 lead. Diego Castillo closed the deal on the mound for his sixth save as the M’s bullpen combined to pitch three innings and give up only one hit and one walk.
Vancouver 7, Hillsboro 6 — Hillsboro (37-45) tried its best to rally on the road at Vancouver (41-39) scoring five runs in the top of the ninth, but the rally fell one run short. Trailing 7-1, Cam Coursey hit a sacrifice fly to score one run. Channy Ortiz hit a double to center to score two more, following by Fox Semones reaching on an error to bring home one more and make it 6-5. Ryan Bliss tied the game on a double to left field to force the Canadians to come to the plate in the bottom half. Miguel Hiraldo hit an infield single to score a run however and cut the comeback short for the Hops.
Portland 4, Springfield 0 — The Pickles (23-10) stayed hot with another win thanks to seven hits and their pitching staff only giving up three hits on the road at Springfield (14-22).
WEDNESDAY, JULY 13
Spencer Webb — Social media and news reports confirmed that Oregon tight end Spencer Webb has died.
The Oregonian reporter Aaron Fentress tweeted about 8:20 p.m. that his source told him that Webb had died in a tragic accident.
About 10 p.m., Oregon coach Dan Lanning tweeted this:
“So full of life in every moment of the day. Your smile and energy will be missed Spencer. I love you.”
There has been no official news release from the University of Oregon.
Webb was a junior from Sacramento. He was 22. In 29 career games, he had 31 receptions for 296 yards and four touchdowns.
Later Wednesday, the Sacramento Bee published an online story saying it was an accident in which Webb fell and hit his head, near Triangle Lake. Apparently he fell and struck his head, and ended up 100 yards down a steep trail, the Bee reported.
The Lane County Sheriff’s Office reported that a young man, later identified as Webb, had fallen and hit his head Wednesday afternoon in an area of rock slides just west of Triangle Lake.
The Bee said it was a “cliff-diving accident,” but there have been no other reports of what Webb was doing in the area.
Washington State coach Jake Dickert was among the many people to send condolences, via Twitter:
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to @CoachDanLanning and the whole @oregonfootball family. @WSUCougarFB sends our deepest condolences to all of Spencer Webb’s family and friends for a life gone too soon. #RIP”
On Thursday, the university released a short statement from Rob Mullens, athletic director:
We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Spencer Webb. Our hearts go out to his family, teammates, and friends at such a difficult time. We will miss Spencer greatly.”
Strickland back to Jeff — According to The Oregonian, Pat Strickland is returning as Jefferson High School boys basketball coach.
The Democrats struggled last year with another alumni, Thomas Gardner, as coach.
Strickland won five state titles as coach.
Mariners sweep doubleheader — Seattle beat host Washington in a doubleheader, 6-4 and 2-1, to move its winning streak to 10 consecutive games. The Mariners (47-42) are 18-3 in their past 21 games.
In the opener, Eugenio Suarez hit a three-run homer and Jesse Winker, Adam Frazier and Cal Raleigh hit solo shots. Chris Flexen gave up six hits and one run in six innings.
The Nationals’ Juan Soto hit a three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning to make it close.
In the second game, Tommy Milone and four other pitchers combined to give up six hits. Winker hit another homer, and Frazier hit a sacrifice fly.
Soto hit his 19th homer (again, in the bottom of the ninth).
The Mariners play four games at Texas, Thursday through Sunday, before the MLB All-Star Break.
Walker signs — An impressive rookie, so far in summer league, Jabari Walker has been signed by the Portland Trail Blazers.
The 19-year-old Walker, who’s 6-9 and 215 pounds, has signed a standard NBA contract. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
He was selected 57th overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. In three summer league games, he’s averaging 13 points and 8.3 rebounds in 19.6 minutes, while shooting .682 from the field.
Walker averaged 11.5 points and 7.2 rebounds in two seasons at Colorado. He’s the son of former NBA player Samaki Walker.
Petan signs — Former Portland Winterhawks player Nic Petan, 27, has signed a two-year contract with the Minnesota Wild.
In 154 career NHL games with Winnipeg, Toronto and Vancouver, he has six goals and 24 assists. The most games he has played in a season — 54 — came in 2016-17 with Winnipeg.
He’s played 184 games in the American Hockey League (the minors) since his rookie year 2015-16.
Portland Pickles 7, Springfield 6 — The Pickles (23-10) beat the host Drifters (14-21). The Pickles had 13 hits. Jacob Jablonski homered.
Vancouver 4, Hops 2 — The host Canadians (40-39) beat the visiting Hops (37-44), allowing just four hits. Damiano Palmegiani homered for Vancouver.
TUESDAY, JULY 12
Vancouver 10, Hillsboro 3 — The game got away from Hillsboro (37-43) late as Vancouver (39-39) scored eight runs between the sixth, seventh and eighth innings at home Tuesday. Neyfy Castillo stole home in the second for the Hops and hit a solo home run in the fourth, his fourth of the year. Ryan Bliss had a solo shot in the first inning, his fourth long ball of the season.
Mariners postponed — Rain postponed the opener of Seattle’s two-game set at Washington. The game will be made up with a double header Wednesday, game one at 9:05 a.m. and game two at 3:05 p.m.
Portland 10, Springfield 1 — The Pickles (21-10) came on late, scoring seven runs from the sixth inning on to put away Springfield (14-20) on the road. Michael Campagna hit a three-run home run in the fourth and two run double in the ninth to finish 4 for 5 with 5 RBI on the night.
Seattle 83, Dallas 74 — Breanna Stewart had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Seattle (16-8) over Dallas (10-13) in the first game back from the WNBA All-Star Break. The Storm now sit half a game back behind Las Vegas.
MONDAY, JULY 11
Trail Blazers beat Knicks — Trendon Watford scored 18 points and Jabari Walker had 16 points, 13 rebounds and a plus-22 rating as Portland beat New York 88-77 in summer league play in Las Vegas.
The Blazers (2-1) play Houston on Thursday.
Coffey promoted — Portland Thorns midfielder Sam Coffey has been called up to join the U.S. Women’s National Team as a replacement player at the Concacaf W Championship.
She joins the team in Monterrey, Mexico ahead of the knockout rounds from July 14-18.
She’ll miss Portland’s match against NJ/NY Gotham FC on July 16. She has started all 11 games.
Coffey, 23, spent time with the U.S. team in its pre-tournament camp and games against Colombia in June.
Schumacher named — Jerry Schumacher has been named head track and field coach at the University of Oregon.
He spent 15 years at the helm of Nike Bowerman Track Club, establishing himself as one of the world’s premier distance coaches.
“Jerry Schumacher is a world-class track and field leader with a unique ability to build a dynamic team atmosphere to support a first-class experience for the athletes,” said Rob Mullens, UO athletic director. “He understands the modern athlete, the importance of building connection and developing young people to their fullest potential. His commitment to the athlete through his tireless work ethic is well known and we are excited that his leadership and passion will add to the tremendous legacy of the Oregon track and field and cross country programs.”
As director and head coach of the Bowerman Track Club, Schumacher has coached 28 Olympians, seen his athletes win 10 Olympic and World Championship medals, and was named the 2017 USATF Coach of the Year.
Schumacher jumps back into the collegiate ranks having spearheaded the University of Wisconsin men’s distance and cross country program between 1998-2008. During his time in Madison, the Badgers won two NCAA team titles—2005 cross country, 2007 indoor—and he was named the 2005 National Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year.
“Track and field at the University of Oregon is unique in so many ways, from its incomparable history of success to the unparalleled support of the TrackTown community,” Schumacher said. “Rob Mullens and I share a common vision for the future of the program, and I’m grateful that he and his staff trust me to execute that vision. I am humbled by the opportunity to lead the program into the future and can’t wait to start working with the incredible student-athletes at the University of Oregon.”
Savarese honored — Portland Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese has been named MLS Coach of the Week, and forward Jaroslaw Niezgoda has been named to the Team of the Week.
Goalkeeper Aljaz Ivacic was listed to the Team of the Week “bench” for his shutout performance.
Savarese led the Timbers to a 3-0 road win at Cascadia rival Seattle. Niezgoda had a goal and assist in the game.
The Timbers host Vancouver at Providence Park on Sunday, July 17.
Jablonski honored — The Portland Pickles’ Jacob Jablonski has been named as the West Coast League Moss Adams Player of the Week.
He went 12 of 32 with three homers. He plays collegiately at Chico State.
Timbers, Thorns home — Feeling good after beating rival Seattle 3-0 on July 9 at Lumen Field — and spoiling the Sounders’ celebration of their Concacaf Champions League title — the Portland Timbers are back at Providence Park on Sunday, July 17 looking to extend a five-match unbeaten run.
It’s another Cascadia battle, with the Vancouver Whitecaps visiting for a 7:30 p.m. match (Fox 12 Plus).
The Timbers are 5-0-2 in their last seven visits to Seattle.
Portland is 6-6-8 for 26 points. That’s still fewer wins and more games played than any team above them, but things are trending positively for the Timbers.
The Thorns also are home this week, hosting NJ/NY Gotham FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 16. Still missing six players to national team duty, Portland sits third in the NWSL at 4-1-6 (18 points) coming off a 2-2 draw on July 10 in Seattle with OL Reign.
Pro baseball — Winners of eight in a row and 16 of 19 through July 10, the Seattle Mariners (45-42) moved into a tie with Toronto for the third AL wild-card spot by sweeping four game from the Blue Jays. The Mariners jumped across the country to play Washington July 12-13, and then play at Texas July 14-17. The All-Star break follows the series with the Rangers, with this year’s summer classic being played at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles.
The Hillsboro Hops finished out their home series against Eugene on Sunday, July 10 and hit the road this week against Vancouver for six games July 12-17.
Pickles this week — Portland plays a three-game series at Springfield, through Thursday. Then the Pickles play three at home against Bend July 15-17 and then one more at home July 18 against Corvallis.
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