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COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND TIMBERS - Jeremy Ebobisse arrives for his individual training session on May 8 at the Timbers Training Center in Beaverton.• Timbers workout — The Portland Timbers opened training for individual players this week, and it was a welcome sight. It was also a sign of the times to see Jeremy Ebobisse donning a face mask. Here are a couple images from the workouts (see accompanying photos).

The Portland Thorns, meanwhile, returned to voluntary individual workouts at Providence Park on Saturday. They'll train Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

COURTESY PHOTO: PORTLAND TIMBERS - Sebastian Blanco juggles the ball during his individual training period on May 8 at the Timbers Training Center.

• Herbert vs. Mariota? — So, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, will it be Justin Herbert versus Marcus Mariota in a battle of former Oregon Ducks quarterbacks leading their respective NFL teams?

Herbert's Los Angeles Chargers play Mariota's Las Vegas Raiders in Los Angeles, although it remains to be seen whether Herbert will be playing QB for L.A. rather than Tyrod Taylor and whether Mariota supplants Derek Carr as the Raiders' quarterback.

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Will former Oregon QB Justin Herbert be the starter for the Los Angeles Chargers?The NFL schedule came out this week, and it's an ambitious release, because with the COVID-19 pandemic and government restrictions limiting crowds, will the league play without fans? Or, will it play with a small number of fans? Either way, just by releasing the schedule, the NFL obviously has plans to play its season, starting Sept. 13.

PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Will Marcus Mariota, the former UO star and Tennessee Titans QB, be a starter for the Las Vegas Raiders?The Chargers and Raiders will meet again Dec. 17 in Las Vegas.

Meanwhile, the Seattle Seahawks open on the road for the 14th time in the past 21 seasons, Sept. 13 at Atlanta.

The schedule: Sept. 13, at Atlanta; Sept. 20, New England; Sept. 27, Dallas; Oct. 4, at Miami; Oct. 11, Minnesota; Oct. 18, Bye; Oct. 25, at Arizona; Nov. 1, San Francisco; Nov. 8, at Buffalo; Nov. 15, at Los Angeles Rams; Nov. 19, Arizona; Nov. 30, at Philadelphia; Dec. 6, New York Giants; Dec. 13, New York Jets; Dec. 20, at Washington; Dec. 27, Los Angeles Rams; Jan. 3, at San Francisco.

Single game tickets go on sale at a later date. Information will be announced on www.Seahawks.com and social media channels. Season tickets are sold out.

• College football — So much still needs to be decided in college football.

Will students be allowed back on campus at Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State, and small colleges?

With Gov. Kate Brown's ban on gatherings at sports events through September, will games be played without fans, or not at all?

No games would wreck a stellar home nonleague slate for Oregon: North Dakota State, Ohio State, Hawaii. Losing the Buckeyes on the schedule would hurt UO's chances, whatever they may be, at a potential College Football Playoff spot.

• Pickles — The Portland Pickles and the West Coast League plan to hold a 2020 baseball season with a lot of changes during the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis.

The target is a July opening of the season, postponed from early June.

Because of Brown's ban of gatherings on sport events until October, it has put the season in peril. Pickles games would be played without fans. In addition, British Columbia will unlikely allow games; the West Coast League anticipates that Bend, Corvallis, Kelowna and Victoria teams will join Bellingham in canceling their 2020 seasons.

The league's other teams, including Portland, continue to pursue all other options. The collegiate-level league could attract some top players, given that the Cape Cod League has been among the leagues canceling seasons.

For more: www.picklesbaseball.com, www.westcoastleague.com.

• Runner-up — Matt Bardsley, the former Portland Winterhawks' assistant general manager who actually grew up in Portland, is the general manager of the Western Hockey League's Kamloops Blazers. He was awarded the WHL Western Conference executive of the year honor.

But, Peter Anholt, Lethbridge general manager, was given the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy as the WHL executive of the year, with Bardsley the runner-up.

• Leipsic dropped — Former Portland Winterhawks player Brendan Leipsic has had his contract terminated by the Washington Capitals for misogynistic comments made on social media. He and Florida prospect Jack Rodewald had communicated on a private social media group chat and made disparaging remarks about the girlfriends and wives of other players.


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