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Wednesday items include Thorns kits; OSAA prep sports update; Oregon Sports Awards; Timbers Asprilla has surgery; NCAA APR report; NASCAR on tap

COURTESY PHOTO; PORTLAND THORNS - The Portland Thorns unveiled new uniforms Wednesday.• Thorns unveil uniforms — There is much uncertainty about when — or whether — the Portland Thorns might play this season.

But if they do, they will look sharp when they take the pitch.

The National Women's Soccer League club on Wednesday, May 20, unveiled their hew uniforms … sorry, we meant "kits."

For the first time in the club's eight seasons, the primary jersey is black. Named the Dark Rose jersey, it includes vivid red lettering on the Thorns logo, and the logos for primary sponsor Providence Health and Services and the Nike swoosh. The jersey features images of a rose in bloom.

The secondary kit is gray and white with images of rose bush thorns. The logos and striping are black.

Both jerseys feature "BAON" on the inside back of the neckline, which refers to "By Any Other Name." That stems from a line from Juliet in the Shakespeare play: "What's in a name? That which we call a rose / By Any Other Name would smell as sweet."

The new jerseys go on sale Friday at www.shopthornsfc.com.

• OSAA statement about summer — The Oregon School Activities Association on Wednesday announced that individual schools will be allowed to decide when to reopen sports activities and facilities over the summer, as long as they follow state and local restrictions.

The OSAA executive committee said after meeting Wednesday that its moratorium banning coaches from interacting with athletes or from using facilities will expire at the end of the OSAA year on May 25.

However, the Oregon Department of Education has closed all school facilities through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.

Any summer school sports activities are voluntary under OSAA rules.

The executive committee will continue to meet in closed session over the summer and will announce policy updates as they are made.

Wednesday's statement included a list of recommended safety steps to be taken as sports start to return.

• Oregon Sports Awards, swimmers — The high school swimmers of the year were recognized Wednesday as part of the ongoing Oregon Sports Awards program.

Aloha High senior Kaitlyn Dobler, who in February broke the national high school record in the 100-yard breaststroke on her way to a state title, is the 2020 Prep Female Swimmer of the Year. Her national record time was 58.35 seconds. She also won the 6A 50-yard freestyle state title (state-record 22.3 seconds).

An Olympic hopeful, Dobler's times rank among the fastest in the nation in the breaststroke. She was second in the 100 breaststroke at the 2019 USA Swimming nationals and earned a silver medal in the event at the 2019 FINA World Juniors. She plans to swim for USC starting in the fall.

Newport High senior Luke Bachard is the 2020 Prep Male Athlete of the Year. Bachart is a three-time individual state champion. This winter he at the Class 4A-1A state meet, he won the 200 freestyle (1:45.64) and 500 freestyle (4:49.58) and was a member of winning teams in the 200 medley relay and the 400 freestyle relay.

Organized by Sport Oregon, 2020 Oregon Sports Awards winners are being announced through May 29 on NBC Sports Northwest and Rip City Radio's The Brian Noe Show on 620AM. The exclusive announcements take the place of the annual live event, which was canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday the prep soccer players of the year are scheduled to be announced.

Finalists were nominated and selected through a statewide voting panel consisting of local TV, radio and sports journalists, and respected sports professionals. To learn more about the vote, the event's history and each individual award, visit the event website at http://www.oregonsportsawards.com.

• Timbers Asprilla has surgery — Portland Timbers attacker Dairon Asprilla is expected to be sidelined five to six months after undergoing surgery for a left knee injury.

Asprilla, who turns 28 on May 25, underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair a complex tear in his medial meniscus. It is unclear when or how he suffered the injury.

In 114 matches across all competition, the Colombian attacker has 13 goals and 12 assists in six seasons with Portland.

He will do his rehabilitation work in Portland.

... In other news, Timbers coach Giovanni Savarese expects Polish striker Jaroslaw Niezgoda to be available when MLS resumes play.

The coach said on The James Crepea Show on Eugene radio station KORE AM 1050 that Niezgoda, whose Timbers debut was delayed by a heart procedure, has been doing individual workouts and is so far progressing well.

Savarese also said the club is working on a contract for Paraguayan right back Jorge Moreira. On loan from Arengine club River Plate, that agreement expires June 30.

• Solid APR rates in Oregon — Area Division I athletics programs scored well in the latest NCAA Academic Progress Rates (APR) report, released this week. To determine a team's APR, scholarship student-athletes earn one point each term for remaining eligible and one point for staying in school or graduating.

Portland State: Eight programs had perfect 1,000 scores for the 2018-19 academic year. They were men's cross country, men's tennis, men's track and field, women's cross country, women's golf, women's tennis and women's track and field.

Men's tennis at PSU had a perfect 1,000 for the four-year period from 2015-19.

All Portland State sports exceeded NCAA APR standards. To compete in NCAA postseason event s, teams must have an APR of 930 or better for both the one-year- and four-year periods.

Portland: Four programs had perfect 1,000 scores for the 2015-19 four-year window. They were women's soccer, women's beach volleyball, men's tennis and men's track. Ten teams posted perfect scores for 2018-19, including the above four and volleyball, women's track, women's tennis, women's rowing, women's basketball and women's cross country.

Oregon: Eight programs had perfect 1,000 scores for the 2018-19 academic year. They were women's basketball, women's soccer, women's cross country, women's golf, women's lacrosse and women's tennis, men's cross country and men's tennis.

Oregon State: Seven programs had perfect 1,000 scores for the 2018-19 academic year. They were men's basketball, women's basketball, women's softball, women's soccer, men's golf, women's golf and women's rowing.

• NASCAR Wednesday — The second NASCAR Cup Series race of the week happens at 3 p.m. Wednesday from Darlington, South Carolina. The race, weather permitting, can be seen on FS1.

NASCAR returned on Sunday with Kevin Harvick winning the Darlington 400.

Wednesday's race is the Darlington 310, one of four races planned over 10 days with no fans in the stands. The series moves to Charlotte Motor Speedway for races on May 24 and May 27.


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