Thursday, July 17

Thorns: Portland hits the road for a game at the Chicago Red Stars, 5 p.m. PT.

Baseball: The Hillsboro Hops play host to the Tri-City Dust Devils at Ron Tonkin Field, 7 p.m. ... In other Class A Northwest League action, the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes are at the Everett AquaSox, 7 p.m.

Golf: The Rosauers Open Invitational, which began Wednesday, goes through Sunday at MeadowWood Golf Course in Liberty Lake, Wash.

Friday, July 18

Timbers: The Colorado Rapids play Portland in an MLS match at Providence Park, 5 p.m. (NBC Sports).

Baseball: A five-game homestand between Tri-City and Hillsboro concludes with the Hops playing host to a 7 p.m. game at Ron Tonkin Field. ... Salem-Keizer ends a five-game stint at Everett, 7 p.m.

Cycling: The 16th annual Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge hits the 43-degree banked track at Alpenrose Dairy for a three-day run. The event draws cyclists from around the world who compete on the 268-meter velodrome for cash and glory. Friday’s sessions are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Highland Games: The event, which began in 1952, takes place at Mt. Hood Community College. The athletic challenges are from noon to 7 p.m., with piping competitions from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Saturday, July 19

Cycling: The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge continues at Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland. Sessions start at 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Baseball: It’s Hillsboro at the Eugene Emeralds in the first of a three-game set, 7 p.m. ... Salem-Keizer arrives in Boise for the first of three games, 6:15 p.m.

Highland Games: Doors open at 8 a.m. at Mt. Hood Community College.

Australian Rules Football: The Stumptown Throwdown is today and Sunday at Northgate Park

Golf: The 104th annual Oregon Coast Invitational runs through July 26 at Astoria Golf and Country Club.

Sunday, July 20

Thorns: Portland, coming off a 7-1 blistering of FC Kansas City, returns to Providence Park for a National Women’s Soccer League matchup against the Boston Breakers, 2 p.m. (ESPN2).

Cycling: The Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge’s final day starts at 10 a.m., with the sixth and closing session beginning at 3 p.m.

Baseball: Hillsboro is at Eugene, 5 p.m. ... Salem-Keizer is at Boise, 6:15 p.m.

Monday, July 21

Baseball: The West Coast League All-Star Game is at Kiger Stadium in Klamath Falls, 6:30 p.m., after the 5:10 p.m. home-run derby. The All-Star Game pits the North Division against the South Division. The North roster includes first baseman Gabe Clark of Oregon State, and the South squad has pitchers Jackson Lockwood and Billy Sahlinger from the University of Portland and outfielder Steven Packard from Oregon. ... In the Class A Northwest League, Hillsboro wraps up a series at Eugene, 7 p.m., and Salem-Keizer finishes its three-game series at Boise, 6 p.m.

Sports birthdays

July 18, 1954: Wally Walker (age 60), the Trail Blazers’ first-round draft pick in 1976 was a small forward born in Millersville, Pa.

July 17, 1967: Kevin Pritchard (age 47), the former Blazers general manager was born on this day in Bloomington, Ind.

July 18, 1974: Derek Anderson (age 40), the Louisville, Ky., native played 11 NBA seasons, including from 2001-05 with the Blazers.

July 19, 1985: LaMarcus Aldridge (age 29), Dallas, Texas, was the birthplace of the Blazers’ All-Star forward.

Oregon sports history

July 17-21, 1988

Arvydas Sabonis, Soviet basketball star from Lithuania, is in Portland to rehab a ruptured Achilles tendon, and he takes time out for an appearance at the Larry Steele Basketball Camp at Chiles Center. Sabonis wows the young girls in attendance with a dunk, his smile and his willingness to pose for photos. Through an interpreter, he is a guest lecturer, and adds that he is growing used to Portland.

Meanwhile, at Indiana University, 25-year-old Brian Crouser of Gresham earns a spot on the U.S. javelin team for the 1988 Seoul Olympics, as he throws 260 feet, 8 inches at the Trials.

And Mary Slaney, 29, wins the Trials women’s 3,000 meters to also earn a place on the U.S. Olympic team.

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