Tuesday, March 18

Blazers: Milwaukee at Portland, 7 p.m., Moda Center (CSNNW). It’s the second of three straight home games for the Blazers. Do Brandon Knight, Ramon Sessions, O.J. Mayo and company — with the worst record in the NBA — scare you?

College basketball: Portland State at San Diego in the 32-team tournament,

7 p.m.

Prep baseball: A variety of nonleague games are on tap for the second day of the spring season, weather permitting. The list includes Grant at Clackamas, Madison at La Salle Prep, Cleveland at David Douglas, and Franklin at Milwaukie.

Prep softball: Nonleague games include Grant at Sunset, Lincoln at Southridge, Cleveland at Newberg, Milwaukie vs. Franklin at Clinton Park, Westview at David Douglas, and Corbett at La Salle Prep.

Prep tennis: The Portland Interscholastic League has boys matches at 4:15 — Benson at Cleveland, Roosevelt at Madison, and Wilson at Franklin. Girls teams have the same match-ups, with the home teams reversed.

College baseball: The Portland Pilots go back to nonleague play for one day, traveling to Tacoma to take on the Washington Huskies at 5 p.m. ... Concordia visits Willamette in a noneleague game, 3 p.m.

College golf: The two-day Corban Invitational for men and women wraps up at Creekside Golf Club in Salem, with Concordia and Warner Pacific in the field.

Wednesday, March 19

College basketball: The Radford (Va.) Highlanders (21-12) of the Big South Conference play at Oregon State (16-15) in round one of the 16-team College Basketball Invitational.

Prep baseball: Central Catholic plays host to Grant, Lincoln visits Jesuit, Wilson is at Sherwood, Franklin travels to Forest Grove, and Cleveland is at Parkrose.

Prep softball: Central Catholic has a home date with Jesuit, Grant takes on Lakeridge at Wilshire Park, and Roosevelt treks to Cascade.

Prep track and field: PIL meets are Madison at Cleveland, Franklin at Wilson, and Benson and Jefferson at Roosevelt.

Sports birthdays

March 18, 1925 — Don Paul (age 89). An NFL defensive back from 1948-55 with the Los Angeles Rams. He also was general manager of the inaugural (1975) Portland Timbers in their early days with the North American Soccer League.

March 19, 1976 — Andre Miller (age 38). The former Trail Blazers guard (2009-11) was born on this day in Los Angeles. Miller, traded from Denver to Washington last month, is with his seventh NBA club in a 15-year career.

Oregon sports history

March 18, 1989 — Legendary jockey Bill Shoemaker, 57, rides Present Value to victory in the $100,000 Coors Portland Mile, the richest horse race in Oregon history. After going off at 5-2 odds, the Canadian-bred horse overtakes the field down the stretch on a sloppy track at Portland Meadows, before a crowd of 5,882. Shoemaker, the all-time winningest jockey, with more than 8,000 victories, flew in and out of Portland that Saturday.

April 19, 2000 — Brandon Brooks, Jefferson High’s star basketball guard, signs a letter-of-intent with Arizona State. Brooks has just led the Democrats to the Class 4A (largest classification) state championship and a 28-0 season. The 6-0, 160-pound senior averaged 20.5 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 steals and 2.6 rebounds. USA Today ranks the Demos No. 4 in the nation.

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