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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/2000: Trail Blazers' All-Star makes vow for NBA playoffs; City Council approval helps stadium project; PSU to WAC?

Feb. 7-11, 2000

Tacoma is poised to get a new professional soccer team.

The Portland Pythons of the World Indoor Soccer League want to move to the Tacoma Dome.

The Pythons drew a seven year-low average attendance of 3,164 in 1999, and a ticket drive for 2000 came up with only 35,000 single-game pledges, little more than half the goal.

Playing in Tacoma will cut the Pythons' rent in half from the $12,000 to $17,000 the club paid to play in the Rose Garden.

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: L.E. BASKOW - Bonzi Wells (left), with Rasheed Wallace• Rasheed Wallace, about to play in his first All-Star Game, vows to never be ejected from an NBA playoff game.

The Trail Blazers forward, who leads the league in technical fouls by a wide margin, says the regular season is different.

"The regular season, it's cool, it's all right. A lot of things go on in the regular season that don't go on in the playoffs. Right now, I could have a million techs. I don't care," he says.

They "don't bother me. It's no big thing. It's part of the game. Just fire, that's all. Just wanting to win. That's my bottom line. I have to be (that way). That's like, can you read or type without your glasses? I'm a fiery type of player. People say I've got an attitude problem, but I don't."

• The City Council approves a change to the Central City Plan that will keep Civic Stadium's redevelopment project on track.

• Portland State athletic director Jim Sterk says the Vikings football program might leave the NCAA Division I-AA Big Sky for the DI-A Western Athletic Conference, joining Boise State, Fresno State, San Jose State, Nevada, Hawaii, Rice, SMU, Tulsa, Louisiana Tech and Texas El-Paso.


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