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Wednesday local sports news/Rose City Rollers get one-year permit, continue venue search; Chara plays for MLS All-Stars; PSU tight end on watch list


The Rose City Rollers will stay at their Oaks Park venue into next June as a result of a temporary permit issued by Portland fire marshal Nate Takara.

The flat track roller derby organization has adult and junior programs for female and non-binary gender individuals. Its all-star team, Wheels of Justice is the reigning world champion.

Since October of 2017, Rose City Rollers have been looking for a new home following a shift in building safety regulations.

In its 15th year, the organization has more than 600 skating members and 400 volunteers.

Even with this permit extension, the organization is seeking a permanent venue. This spring, Rose City Rollers teamed with Rock N Roll Camp for Girls, another local non-for-profit in search of a permanent home.

The space they are seeking is a building to buy or lease with at least 25,000 square feet to accommodate two tracks, or a plot of land large enough to build such a facility.

To learn more about the Rose City Rollers, visit


Timbers midfielder Diego Chara started and played the first half of the MLS All-Star Game in Orlando.

Athletico Madrid beat the MLS All-Stars 3-0 in steady rain.

Marcos Llorente scored late in the first half for the Spanish side and budding superstar Joao Felix had a wicked goal and a pin-point assist on a late goal for Diego Costa.

Felix, 19, was acquired this summer by Athletico from Benfica in his native Portugal for more than $140 million.

It was the first time in Chara's nine seasons with the Timbers that he has been named to the all-star team.

Chara will meet the Timbers in Minnesota, where Portland takes on Minnesota United in MLS play on Sunday then again on Aug. 7 in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Cup.


Portland State tight end Charlie Taumoepeau is one of 25 players named to the Walter Payton Award watch list ahead of the 2019 season.

The Walter Payton Award is voted on by media members and goes to. the FCS offensive player of the year.

A consensus FCS preseason All-American, the 6-3, 245-pound senior has 81 catches for 1,402 yards and eight touchdowns in his PSU career. Last season he had 28 catches for 580 yards and five TDs despite missing several midseason games with an ankle injury

Portland State begins its preseason camp on Monday at Camp Rilea in Warrenton and will have its first practice on campos on Aug. 8.

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