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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”
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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