Tracking news and developments of interest to sports fans in the Portland market, June 14-20.


Olympic trials — Ryan Crouser got the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials off to a rousing start Friday at Hayward Field in Eugene.

The defending Olympic champion won the men's shot put with a world-record mark on his fourth attempt of the day. His mark of 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches broke the record set by Rick Barnes (75-10) in 1990.

A graduate of Barlow High in Gresham, Crouser appeared to know he had done something special, raising his arms in celebration almost as soon as the 16-pound shot left his hand.

The other Day 1 highlight was the men's 10,000-meter final, won by former University of Portland runner Woody Kincaid in 27 minutes, 53.62 seconds.

Saturday highlights include finals in the women's 100 meters and women's discus. The first round of the men's 100 also is Saturday (5:34 p.m.).

Television coverage Saturday is 5-7 p.m. on NBCSN and 7-8 p.m. on NBC/KGW 8.

Prep basketball — Jefferson's boys beat Grant for the second time this season, 60-53 Friday, as the PIL season came to a close.

The updated records: Roosevelt 12-2 (11-2 PIL), Grant 12-2 (8-2), Jefferson 11-3 (6-2), Cleveland 10-4 (8-3), Wells 6-8 (6-5), Benson 5-9 (4-8), Franklin 3-11 (3-9), McDaniel 3-11 (2-9), Lincoln 2-12 (1-9).

Girls standings: Benson 11-3 (8-0), Cleveland 8-5 (7-2), Wells 9-3 (6-1), Grant 6-6 (5-2), Jefferson 5-7 (4-5), Lincoln 5-8 (4-6), McDaniel 3-6 (2-6), Franklin 3-10 (2-9), Franklin 4-7 (0-7). Jefferson and Wells were scheduled to play Saturday.

Prep baseball —¬†The Richardson All-Star Baseball Series, featuring graduated seniors from Class 6A and 5A high schools, takes place June 19-20 at Oregon State's Goss Stadium in Corvallis. Saturday's nine-inning game starts at 3 p.m. and Sunday's at 11 a.m. A live webstream of both games is planned via the Oregon All-Star Series Facebook page.


Winterhawks open Oct. 2 — The Portland Winterhawks will begin the 2021-22 Western Hockey League season on Saturday, Oct. 2, at home against the Seattle Thunderbirds.

The WHL announced home openers for each of its teams.

The full schedule for the Winterhawks is slated to be revealed at 10 a.m. PT on Wednesday, June 23.

The WHL is planning a 68-game regular season to run through April 3, 2022. There will not be any games between Western Conference teams and Eastern Conference teams.

Portland will play in Seattle's home opener on Oct. 9 in Kent, Washington.

No Gonzaga visit for UP — Gonzaga will not play at the University of Portland during the 2021-22 West Coast Conference men's basketball season.

The conference announced opponents for a 16-game conference schedule. The Pilots will play at Gonzaga and will host Santa Clara and play the other seven WCC teams both home and away. Dates for games here to be determined, with conference play beginning Dec. 30, 2021.

The WCC adopted the 16-game schedule for men's basketball beginning with the 2018-19 season to allow Gonzaga and other NCAA Tournament contenders the opportunity to schedule a couple extra high-profile, out-of-conference games.

The conference still plays a full 18-game slate for women's basketball.


Lillard to Olympics? — According to multiple reports, Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard has made himself available to play for the United States in the Olympics.

Lillard declined the opportunity to play in the 2016 Games, where the USA went 8-0 and won the gold medal.

The USA Basketball camp for the Olympic team, coached by Spurs coach Gregg Popovich, is scheduled to open July 6 in Las Vegas. It is anticipated that the roster will be announced in late June.

The basketball tournament in Tokyo is scheduled to run July 25 to Aug. 7.

Lillard snubbed? — At least one observer thinks Damian Lillard should have been an all-NBA First Team selection instead of Dallas' Luka Doncic.

On TNT, Shaquille O'Neal said Lillard, voted to the all-NBA second team, should have been a first-team selection instead of Doncic.

The five first-team selections were: MVP Nikola Jokic of Denver, Giannis Antetokounmpo of Milwaukee, Stephen Curry of Golden State, Kawhi Leonard of the L.A. Clippers and Doncic.

Joining Lillard on the second team are Joel Embid of Philadelphia, Chris Paul of Phoenix, Julius Randle of the New York Knicks and LeBron James of the L.A. Lakers.

The all-NBA third-teamers are Utah center Rudy Gobert, Miami forward Jimmy Butler, Clippers forward Paul George Washington, guard Bradley Beal and Brooklyn guard Kyrie Irving.


Olympic Trials begin — The U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials begin Friday, June 18, and run through June 27, with rest days June 22 and 23, at Hayward Field in Eugene.

Television coverage can be found each day on NBC/KGW (8) or NBCSN.

Tickets are available, some in vaccinated-only sections, through

NFL preseason games — The Seattle Seahawks will play three AFC West teams during the NFL preseason in August. They play at Las Vegas on Aug. 14, then host Denver Aug. 21 and the Los Angeles Chargers on Aug. 28.

UP women honored — A pair of Sunset High grads, guards Maddie Mulheim and Rose Pflug, were Portland Pilots named to the WCC's women's basketball all-academic team for 2020-21. To be so honored, players must have at least a 3.20 GPA.

Big Sky moving to ESPN+ — Big Sky conference live streamed sports will be on ESPN+ beginning this fall, leaving Pluto TV. ESPN+ currently costs $5.99 month, but is a much more reliable outlet. Subscribers get access to a wide variety of live college and pro sports. For Portland State fans, the big plus will be improved quality and reliability of streamed events.

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