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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/2002: Blazers fall to Lakers in NBA playoffs; first night baseball game at OSU; Fire deal for point guard

HARRINGTONApril 18-22, 2002

The Detroit Lions take Oregon quarterback Joey Harrington with the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft.

The Lions are coming off a 2-14 season, and they haven't had a Pro Bowl QB since Greg Landry in 1971.

"The kid has leadership skills; the kid has a presence. He's got all the things you look for in a quarterback," says Matt Millen, Detroit's president and chief executive oficer. "Are you going to find a guy with a stronger arm? Yes. Are you going to find a guy who is faster? Yes. Who can escape better? Yes. There are those people out there, but he has a good combination and he has the intangibles."

• The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Trail Blazers 95-87 at Staples Center in Game 1 of their best-of-five NBA Western Conference first-round playoff series. Kobe Bryant (34 points) and Shaquille O'Neal (25 points, nine rebounds and gets Blazers center Dale Davis to foul out in 24 minutes) lead the Lakers. Rasheed Wallace has 25 points and 14 points for Portland, but makes only two shots in the fourth quarter. The Lakers will sweep the series 3-0.

• Oregon State baseball is set to play the first night game in the 96-year history of Coleman Field. Coach Pat Casey has just won his 400th career game. Junior Brian Barden has set a school record with his 207th career hit.

• The Portland Fire of the WNBA trade draft pick Nikki Teasley and veteran Sophia Witherspoon to the Los Angeles Sparks for Ukari Figgs, a point guard who led L.A. to the league title in 2001. The 2002 season will be the third and last for Portland in the WNBA.

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