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Items include Trevor Ariza reportedly skipping NBA return; Timbers add rookie defender: Orlando Pride skipping NWSL event; golf events begin

PMG FILE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - Forward Trevor Ariza, pictured in a February game, will not play for the Blazers when the NBA restarts in Orlando• Ariza to skip restart — Portland Trail Blazers forward Trevor Ariza will skip the planned restart of NBA basketball next month at Orlando, Florida.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that Ariza will instead commit to a one-month visitation opportunity with his 12-year-old son.

Ariza, 34, has been a starter since coming to Portland in a February trade with Sacramento. Ariza started 21 games for Portland, averaing 11 points and 4.8 rebounds.

Not playing could cost him between $1 million and $1.8 million depending upon how far the Blazers go in the playoffs.

Players who opt out of the restart in Florida must inform their teams by Wednesday and teams must submit their travel party to the League by July 1.

Portland can sign a replacement player, but once they do Ariza would not be able to rejoin the team.

According to a Wojnarowski's report, Ariza was granted one month of time with his son at a time that falls during the league's quarantine period in Florida.

• Timbers sign McGraw — The Portland Timbers have signed 6-4 defender Zac McGraw.

A recent graduate of West Point, McGraw was a third-round pick, No. 68 overall, in the 2020 MLS Super Draft. He is the first player from Army to sign with a MLS club.

McGraw, 23, was a four-year starter for Army and a four-time member of the all-Patriot League first team.

• Orlando out of NWSL tourney — Announcing that six players and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, the Orlando Pride withdrew from the National Women's Soccer League Challenge Cup.

The tournament in the Salt Lake City area is slated to begin Saturday, with the Portland Thorns facing the North Carolina Courage in a nationally-televised opener.

As of late Monday, the NWSL had not released a new schedule for the tournament. Team rosters for the tournament have not been released as scheduled.

Meg Linehan of The Athletic reported that a trip to a bar in Orlando is the probable reason the coronavirus hit multiple team members.

• PSU football adds to defense — Portland State has added junior safety Xavier Bell, junior defensive back De'jon Fort and sophomore defensive tackle Serge Rusnak to its 2020 roster.

Bell, 6-2, 220, could make an immediate impact. He played two seasons at Arizona, appearing in 22 games and making 21 tackles.

• Oregon Amateur golf — Sixteen-year-old Sam Renner of Bend shot 6-under-par 65 on Monday to take the first-day lead in qualifying at the Oregon Amateur golf tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

Cody Roth of Bellingham, Washington was second at 4-under par and Portlanders Trevor Harding and Hunter Wescott were tied with Beaverton's Collin Hodgkinson three shots back.

Amanda Jacobs of Portlands and Lexi Perry of Rancho Murieta, California shot even-par 72 to lead the qualifying for the women's tournament. Defending champion Ellie Slamma of Salem and Oregon State is one stroke back.

Qualifying concludes on Tuesday with the top 64 men and top 32 women advancing to match play.

The 111th Oregon Amateur and the Pacific Northwest Master-40 tournament at that began Monday Salishan Golf Links in Gleneden Beach mark the return of tournament golf to Oregon for the first time since the coronavirus restrictions in March. Clare Langford of Bend shot 1-under 70 Monday to lead qualifying at the Pacific Northwest Golf Association tournament for men 40 and older.

Social distancing guidelines are being followed at both events.


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