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On Doing, LO football, Arnie, NHL 2 Portland, and more

Photo Credit: TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - CHAD DOINGObservations about a number of national and local sports topics of the moment …

• ITEM: Chad "The Body" Doing leaves one "The Game" (750 AM, Portland) for another (95.7 FM, San Francisco).

COMMENT: Doing, who turned 39 last week, had served as a sports talk show host at the Portland station for 6 1/2 years, most recently commanding the 3-7 p.m. slot with his "Flight 750" production.

Doing's new company is the flagship station for both the Oakland Raiders and Oakland Athletics.

"It's a great opportunity to work in the fourth-largest market in the country, cover a host of pro teams and be in position to grow and learn from some veteran guys in the business," Doing says.

Doing's final week at 750 AM was a lovefest, with regular listeners calling in to thank him for his work. The Prairie High grad and longtime Portland-area resident has a self-deprecating and sensitive style that connects well with his audience. He has been an open book about his feelings and his personal life, speaking about things such as a past gambling addiction and serious thoughts about suicide. Listeners think of him as a friend as well as a source of entertainment.

"It's tough to leave," Doing says. "I've been here since 1987. The Northwest will always have a place in my heart. It's been difficult to say goodbye to people I worked with, my friends, everyone."

I watched Doing grow from a wet-behind-the-ears rookie to a true pro in the sportscasting business. I'm sure he'll make it big in the Bay Area. I wish him well, but I'll miss him, both personally and professionally.

• ITEM: Lake Oswego High coach Steve Coury goes into the season down 10 players -- nine of them starters -- after a mass suspension that will keep them on the sidelines for the first three games of the season.

COMMENT: Coury did the right thing, disciplining a group that broke the team's code of conduct by smoking marijuana during a preseason senior retreat at Welches.

But that's no surprise. Coury, one of the state's most successful prep coaches ever, is also one of the most principled. Even so, it wasn't an easy decision for Coury, who had suspended only three players in his 23 years had Lake Oswego.

Coury and his coaching staff considered an even stiffer punishment.

"We did a straw poll, and six of the eight coaches favored kicking the players off the team," Coury says. "But I've always been a second-chance guy. Kids make mistakes. What they got was a high penalty to pay."

Besides missing the preseason Three Rivers League jamboree and the first three games, the 10 seniors were suspended for the first three days of school. They must also fulfill community service on seven Sundays.

"I have no regrets whatsoever," Coury says. "The kids have been awesome about it. I asked the guys involved to stand up. They all admitted their guilt. They've taken accountability.

"At first, it was hard on everybody. The first couple of days, there were a lot of emotions. But we have pretty good team unity. Something like this could bring the group closer together. I'm really proud of them."

Another good thing has come out of it.

"It's been overwhelming how many people have reached out and told me, 'We respect what you're doing. You're doing the right thing,' " Coury says. "I knew that, but it's a breath of fresh air to hear that."

• ITEM: David Jacobsen spends a day at Latrobe, Pa., with Arnold Palmer.

COMMENT: Jacobsen, older brother of Champions Tour pro Peter Jacobsen and one of the area's premier amateurs for four decades, met Palmer when he served as caddy for the golfing legend during the 1983 U.S. Senior Open at Portland Golf Club. Beginning in 1986, when Peter founded the Fred Meyer Challenge, Palmer stayed with David's family during the tournament for 18 straight years.

"We spent a lot of time together," David says. "We got to know each other as human beings. And he would occasionally ask, 'When are you going to come see me?' "

After watching a three-night special on the Golf Channel entitled "Arnie," Jacobsen was duly motivated.

"I got in touch with his office and said I'd like to come to Latrobe and spend a day," he says.

Jacobsen and pal Tim Boyle flew to Latrobe over the Fourth of July weekend.

"We flew into Arnold Palmer Regional Airport," Jacobsen says. "We had a car waiting for us from Arnold Palmer Buick-Cadillac. We stayed at the Arnold Palmer Marriott, which was filled with memorabilia. It was four stories, and every floor had a different theme -- Augusta, Latrobe, Laurel Valley and St. Andrews."

Jacobsen and Boyle had dinner with Palmer and wife Kit that night. The next morning, they visited Palmer's office.

"I was in awe, looking at the pictures and trophies and memorabilia and medals from USGA championships," Jacobsen says. "He took us through the shop where he works on his clubs. His brother, Jerry, took us to a warehouse where he stores more clubs and memorabilia."

One item on top of one of the shelves caught Jacobsen's eye -- an ice cooler from the Fred Meyer Challenge with a photo of Palmer hitting a shot at the 18th hole at The Reserve. Standing next to him was his caddy, Jacobsen.

Then Jacobsen and Boyle played Latrobe Country Club. Palmer, who turns 85 on Sept. 10, has back issues and didn't play, but he and his wife drove a cart out midway through the front side and followed the group the rest of the round.

"We had an after-round beverage and dinner (with the Palmers) and then headed out of town," says Jacobsen, 61. "I'm so grateful for the experience."

• ITEM: You might have read that the Trail Blazers made a bid to move the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes to Portland this summer.

COMMENT: That was actually last summer. Nobody knows when the next viable opportunity will come along. In the interim, it would be nice to have an NHL exhibition game next summer at the Moda Center. It's been years since the big-leaguers skated in a preseason contest here. Mike Johnston's Pittsburgh Penguins against the Vancouver Canucks would be a non-counter worth watching.

• ITEM: The Blazers make a bid for a future NBA All-Star Game.

COMMENT: Portland was awarded an All-Star Game in the late 1980s. Before it happened, though, NBA officials decided to stage the midseason classic only in major markets.

Then, a few years later, they reversed field again, opening up the game to all cities. But Portland got bypassed and remains one of the few NBA cities never to have played host to the game.

It may take a few years, but Portland will get the All-Star Game, especially if the convention center Hyatt gets built as planned. Lack of a headquarters hotel has always been the NBA's major excuse for never having the game here.

But don't be fooled into thinking the hosting of Major League Soccer All-Star Game will "create momentum" for Portland's bid. The NBA and MLS are entirely different animals. There is tenfold more media and fan interest in the former than the latter.

• ITEM: Eugene's Vin Lananna, who brought Portland the 2016 World Indoor Track & Field Championships, hopes to stage the 2019 World Outdoor Track & Field Championships in his hometown. Lananna says the latter "will be the biggest sporting event in the world that year."

COMMENT: The Super Bowl might have something to say about that.

• ITEM: Kevin Love joins LeBron James and Kyrie Irving in Cleveland.

COMMENT: It may not result in an NBA championship the first season, but the Love-James-Irving triumvirate trumps the James-Dwyane Wade-Chris Bosh union that won a pair of titles in Miami.

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