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Timbers season to continue, but without fans; Pickles, Knights reach WWWL final game; NBA bubble race tightens

Timbers schedule update —  After playing on Tuesday, Aug. 11 for the MLS is Back tournament championship against Orlando City, the Portland Timbers will resume regular-season play on Aug. 23 with a home match against the Seattle Sounders.

No fans will be allowed at Providence Park for the Timbers matches.

Major League Soccer on Saturday, Aug. 8, announced the first phase of returning to regular-season play. Teams will play 18 more regular-season games, the first six of which were announced Saturday.

Here are the Timbers next six games:

Sunday, Aug. 23 vs. Seattle, 7 p.m. (FS1).

Wednesday, Aug. 26 at San Jose, 7:30 p.m. (FOX 12 PLUS)

Saturday, Aug. 29 vs. Real Salt Lake, 7:30 pm. (FOX 12 PLUS)

Wednesday, Sept. 2 vs. L.A. Galaxy, 7:30 p.m. (FOX 12 PLUS)

Sunday, Sept. 6 at Seattle, 7 p.m. (ROOT SPORTS NW)

Sunday, Sept. 13 at Los Angeles FC, 8 p.m. (ROOT SPORTS)

An additional 12 games will be announced later. The final day of the regular-season will be Nov. 8, followed by MLS Cup playoffs that will expand to 18 teams.

MLS will continue testing and safety protocols related to COVID-19. Teams will travel by charter flight or by bus and, in most cases, won't stay overnight on road trips.

The schedule for Canada's three teams has not been announced, due to travel restrictions between the United States and Canada.

FC Dallas and Nashville SC will play each other an additional three times to make up for the three counting games they missed by not participating in the MLS is Back Tournament.

• Wild Wild West baseball playoffs — The West Linn Knights and Portland Pickles, the top two teams in the standings, will play Sunday for the championship of the Wild Wild West League. The collegiate wood-bat league title game at North Marion High in Aurora.

Chad Stevens, a Portland Pilots infielder from Fox Island, Washington, hit two home runs and drove in four runs as the West Linn Knights beat the Portland Gherkins, 5-0, in the first semifinal game Saturday.

The Pickles used a seven-run third inning to wipe out a three-run deficit in their 10-3 win over the Gresham GreyWolves in the second semifinal.

Limited attendance is allowed. Visit PortlandPicklesBaseball.com for information.

The games are streamed live on Facebook and on YouTube.

• NBA Saturday — The Phoenix Suns (31-39) remained unbeaten in the bubble and moved within a half-game of ninth-place Portland (32-39) by beating Miami, 119-112. The Blazers suffered a loss to the L.A. Clippers Saturday morning and will try to bounce back at 3:30 p.m. Sunday against Philadelphia.

The race for eighth and ninth

Memphis 33-37

Portland 32-39

Phoenix 31-39

San Antonio 30-38

New Orleans 30-39

Sacramento 29-40

Blazers in the Bubble

Portland 140, Memphis 135 (OT)

Boston 128, Portland 124

Portland 110, Houston 102

Portland 125, Denver 115

L.A. Clippers 122, Portland 117

Sunday, Aug. 9. vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSNW)

Tuesday, Aug. 11, vs. Dallas, 2 p.m. (NBCSNW)

Thursday, Aug. 13, vs. Brooklyn, time TBD (NBCSNW)

Saturday scores: L.A. Clippers 122, Portland 117; Denver 134, Utah 132 (2 OT); Indiana 116, L.A. Lakers 111; Phoenix 119, Miami 112; Dallas 136, Milwaukee 132 (OT).

Sunday games: Washington vs. Oklahoma City, 9:30 a.m.; Memphis vs. Toronto, 11 a.m.; San Antonia vs. New Orleans, noon (KATU/ABC); Orlando vs. Boston, 2 p.m.; Portland vs. Philadelphia, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSNW); Houston vs. Sacramento, 5 p.m.; Brooklyn vs. L.A. Clippers, 6 p.m. (NBATV).

Monday games: Oklahoma City vs. Phoenix, 11:30 a.m; Dallas vs. Utah, noon (NBATV); Toronto vs. Milwaukee, 3:30 p.m. (ESPN); Indiana vs. Miami, 5 p.m.; Denver vs. L.A. Lakers, 6 p.m. (TNT).


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