• Hossa to Hall — Former Portland Winterhawk Marian Hossa was one of five players elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was announced Wednesday.
A native of Slovakia, Hossa is the second full-time Winterhawk to enter the Hockey Hall of Fame, joining Cam Neely.
Hossa posted 1,134 points (525 goals, 609 assists) in 1,309 NHL games over 19 seasons. He played for the Ottawa Senators, Atlanta Thrashers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings and Chicago Blackhawks. Hossa contributed to three Stanley Cup titles for the Blackhawks (2010, 2013, 2015) and is the only player to play in three consecutive Stanley Cup finals with three different teams.
In 205 playoff games, Hossa had 52 goals and 97 assists.
"This honor means so much to me," Hossa told NHL.com. "I would like to thank everyone who voted for me. I have learned so much about life through the game of hockey and am very appreciative of this recognition."
Elected in his first year eligible, Hossa is joined in this class by NHL players Jarome Igilna, Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson and Canadia women's national team goalie Kim St. Pierre.
Hossa played one season with the Winterhawks and was a key member of Portland's 1997-98 Western Hockey League championship team that won the 1998 Memorial Cup. He had 45 goals and 40 assists in 53 regular-season games that year. He had 13 goals and six assists in 13 playoff games.
Hossa had five goals and four assists during the Memorial Cup. He suffered a knee injury during the third period of the championship game, which Portland won in overtime.
Hossa last played in 2016-17 before a skin disorder forced him out of the game.
Mark Messier is the other Hall of Famer with ties to the Winterhawks, having played seven playoff games for Portland as an 18-year-old in 1978.
• Timbers tourney slate — The Portland Timbers first game at the MLS is Back Tournament will be at 7:30 p.m. PDT on July 13 against the LA Galaxy. The game will be televised on FS1.
The Timbers second game will be at 5 p.m. July 18 against Houston (ESPN2 television).
Their final group-stage game is set for 7:30 p.m. on July 23 against Los Angeles FC (ESPN2).
The tournament, being held in Orlando, Florida, kicks off on July 8 with two games: Orlando City vs. Inter Miami at 5 p.m. and Chicago vs. Nashville at 7:30 p.m.
All 54 tournament matches will be live on the networks of ESPN, Fox Sports and Univision.
The top two teams in each of the six groups, plus the four best third-place teams will advance to the knockout phase, which begins with 16 teams.
The three group stage games count toward the regular season standings, which MLS is planning to continue after the tournament.
• Trail Blazers layoffs — The Portland Trail Blazers announced staff reductions on Wednesday related to the impact of the coronavirus.
The team released a statement saying: "Due to the global pandemic, the Trail Blazers organization has been substantially impacted in our ability to host live events for the foreseeable future. As a result of these unprecedented circumstances, the organization has instituted a series of measures to prepare including a reduction in our full-time workforce."
The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that the Blazers laid off 15% of their staff and cut the salary of every remaining employee by 5% to 15%.
The Blazers have had no live events at the Moda Center or Veterans Memorial Coliseum since the COVID-19 shutdown began in mid-March.
• Keanon Lowe to UCLA — Keanon Lowe has accepted a position as an offensive analyst on Chip Kelly's staff at UCLA.
Perhaps best known for disarming a student at Parkrose High, Lowe was entering his first season as head coach at West Linn. He never coached for the Lions, who now must find a new head coach less than three months before the start of the prep football season.
Lowe, 28, played for Chip Kelly at Oregon and coached with Kelly in the NFL with the Eagles and 49ers.
Even an analyst position with a major college football program pays considerably more than a high school position.
• Oregon Amateur golf — There were few upsets on the first day of match play at the 11th Oregon Amateur at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.
On the men's side, most of the higher seeds won in the round of 64. The exceptions: No. 58 Tanner Overby upended No. 7 Craig Ronne, 2 up; No. 56 Noah Yano defeated No. 9 seed Hunter Wescott, 4 up; No. 55 Ben Wanichek pulled away from No. 10 Mateo Fuenmayor, 3 up.
On the women's side, the top eight seeds all prevailed. The three upsets were No. 24 seed Aerin Song beating No. 9 seed Ellen Secor, 4 up; No. 18 seed. Sophie Dalfonsi defeating 15th seed Yvonne Vinceri, 3 up; and No. 19 Tannica Porter defeating No. 14 Jasmine Cabajar, 2 up.
Those tournaments run through Saturday, as does the 37th Oregon Senior Women's Amateur Championship, which began on Wednesday.
• PNGA Masters — Top seed Tom Brandes of Bellevue, Washington and No. 3 Dana Christianson of Tacoma won two matches Wednesday to reach the quarterfinals of the PNGA Masters 40-and-older Championship. But four of the eight quarterfinalists were seeded 11th or higher, including No. 29 Tom Greller of Newberg. The tournament is taking place at Salishan Golf Links in Gleneden Beach.
• Pilots add outfielder — Outfielder Briley Knight, a Corvallis native who began his collegiate career at Utah, is transferring to Portland and is expected to have three years of eligibility remaining with the Pilots. In seven starts for the Utes as a sophomore this spring, Knight hit .321 with four RBIs and five runs scored.
• Landy to Holboldt State — Longtime Concordia women's soccer coach Grant Landy is the new women's soccer coach at Humboldt State.
Landy went 389-86-36 in 23 seasons at Concordia, building the Cavaliers in to a NAIA power that won the 2013 NAIA national title before Concordia shifted to NCAA Division II in 2015. Concordia University ceased operations at the end of spring term.
Humboldt State is a NCAA Division II program that competes in the California Collegiate Athletic Association.
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