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PMG FILE PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER OERTELL - Might a NBAPA poll of players, including Damian Lillard, help the league plan a timeline for resuming games?How do NBA players feel about returning to play during the coronavirus outbreak?

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the NBA Players Association on Tuesday began polling its membership about whether or not to return. Each player was being asked to answer yes or no about his current desire to return.

The vote follows a Friday conference call involving the NBAPA and Adam Silver during which the commissioner discussed issues related to restarting play, player compensation and possible formats for completing the 2019-20 season.

According to an ESPN report, based on listening to audio of the conference call, Silver said the league does not need to make a decision in May about finishing the season.

During the call, Silver said 40% of league revenue is generated from games at arenas.

Silver suggested one way to complete the season might be to hold games at one or two sites so that players aren't forced to fly between games.

The commissioner said the NBA will need to be able to test players regularly for COVID-19 to return to play. He emphasized that the league will not restart before there is enough mass testing available.

"We won't be taking tests from needy people," Silver told the players.

• Blazers NBA 2K team — Blazer5 Gaming tips off its season in the esports NBA 2K League today with a 6 p.m. contest against Pacers Gaming.

The contest can be watched on Twitch or YouTube Gaming.

Teams of five players are playing the video game remotely. Each player controls one player on the court.

• PSU men's basketball — The Portland State men's basketball program has added transfer James Scott to its 2020-21 roster.

A 6-5 guard, Scott will be a senior with one year of eligibility.

He averaged 7.2 points last season at Temple last season. Scott played his first two seasons at Kennesaw State. He was a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference all-freshman team and was third in that conference in scoring (17.3).

"I like James' offensive abilities. He really has a nose for the ball and a good ability to score in many different ways," Vikings coach Barret Peery said. "His experience will be very beneficial to us, having come from a very good league.

"I also think his athleticism will fit us at both ends of the floor with what we like to do."

A native of Union, New Jersey, Scott was a first-team all-state player as a senior at St. Benedict's Prep.

Portland State has signed nine new players for the 2020-21 season, seven transfers and two incoming freshmen.

• Big Sky adjusting — The Big Sky Conference will allow each of its members to decide when its athletes will resume practicing and competition. Those decisions must follow local and NCAA guidelines for returning to participation.

The conference's presidents council also adjusted some schedules for the 2020-21 academic year in an effort to save money, for example by eliminating the women's soccer conference tournament.

• Pilots soccer adds forward — Last season's top scorer in the Ivy League will join the Portland Pilots men's soccer team as a graduate transfer. Miguel Yuste scored eight goals as Yale won the Ivy League title.

A native of Valladolid, Spain, Yuste was voted all-Northeast Region by United Soccer Coaches.

• WHL awards continue — Calgary Hitmen forward Riley Fiddler-Schultz is the winner of the Doug Wickenheiser memorial Trophy as the Western Hockey League humanitarian of the year.

Portland Winterhawks forward Jake Gricius was the Western Conference nominee for the league-wide award.

The Kamloops Blazers received the Jim Donlevy Memorial Trophy as the WHL scholastic team of the year. The Winterhawks have been the scholastic team of the year four times since 2000, including last season.

• Volleyball official honored — Alicia Provost has been named the 2019 National Federation of State High School Associations Officials Association Section Eight Distinguished Active Official Award.

A member of the Greater Portland Volleyball Officials Association, Provost as been a high school volleyball official for 23 years and has been selected to officiate 12 state championship matches.

She has served as a trainer of officials in Oregon. She has been a USA Volleyball since 1983 and a college volleyball official since 2004.

• Academic recognition for Beavers, Pilots — Four University of Portland programs and the Oregon State men's golf team received Public Recognition Awards based upon the NCAA's Academic Progress Rate.

The awards are given annually to programs that rank among the top 10% for their sport, based upon a four-year revolving score. The most recent numbers are for the academic years 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18 and 2018-19.

Pilots teams getting recognized are men's tennis, women's soccer, men's track and field and women's volleyball. This is the third year in a row that Portland men's tennis and beach volleyball have received this award.

For the APR, teams earn a point for each athlete on scholarship who stays in school and one point for staying academically eligible to compete. A team's total points are divided by the possible total points and multiplied by 1,000 to generate a score.

• Ducks lacrosse — Oregon women's lacrosse senior Maddie Clark has been named one of five Division 1 finalists for the 2020 Yeardley Reynolds Love Unsung Hero Award, announced recently by the One Love Foundation.

The award recognizes the accomplishments of men's and women's college lacrosse players from who demonstrate dedication, integrity, humility, hard work, community service, leadership, kindness and sportsmanship. 

A goalie from Maryland, Clark retired from lacrosse for medical reasons in 2019 but continued as the team's manager the last two years, assisting with daily operations including practices and travel.

• LPGA virtual golf series — LPGA eTour Live, an online matchplay competition featuring World Golf Tour will begin this week and continue through June 3.

Quarterfinal matches are May 13 (Jessica Korda vs. Nelly Korda), May 15 (Angel Yin vs. Lizette Salas), May 20 (Tiffany Joh vs. Jenny Shin) and May 22 (Jane Park vs. Lucy Li). The semifinals are on May 27 and May 29 and the championship match on June 3.

Matches are at 11 a.m. and will be streamed live on the social media platforms for the LPGA, World Golf Tour by Topgolf, GOLFTV and the Golf Channel.


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