Blazers waive three; another winning season for Linfield football
SATURDAY, OCT. 16
Blazers waive players — Portland waived Marquese Chriss, Quinn Cook and Patrick Patterson. All three players were signed to training camp contracts.
It means that guard Dennis Smith Jr., who also signed a training camp deal, made the club. Portland's roster stands at 14 roster players and two two-way players.
Pac-12 football — Washington State rallied past Stanford 34-31 and UCLA won at Washington 24-17, results that leave Oregon and Oregon State tied atop the North Division at 2-1. In a South Division showdown, Utah used a 28-0 second half to beat Arizona State 35-21. Also, Colorado blanked Arizona 34-0.
NWSL update — The Washington Spirit beat OL Reign 2-0 at Tacoma, Washington, opening the door for the Portland Thorns to clinch the NWSL Shield with a win on Sunday at Houston (4 p.m., Paramount+).
College volleyball — Portland State (13-6 overall) improved to 7-1 in the Big Sky Conference, winning 3-1 at Montana State to complete its first road sweep of the Montana schools. The Vikings fought off five set points to win the first set 34-32 and one set point in the third set.
Linfield football — With a 52-23 home win over Pacific, the Wildcats guaranteed their 65th consecutive winning season, a streak that dates to 1956 for the NCAA Division III program. Linfield (5-0, 3-0) is in first place in the Northwest Conference. Also Saturday, Lewis & Clark won 43-41 at Willamette, George Fox (3-2, 3-0 NWC) beat Puget Sound 49-28 and Whitworth beat Pacific Lutheran 31-17.
Kraken — Seattle (1-1-1) lost at Columbus, 2-1, as Patrick Laine scored in overtime for the home team. Brandon Tanev scored for the Kraken, but Eric Robinson's third-period goal tied it. Seattle plays at Philadelphia on Monday.
FRIDAY, OCT. 15
Blazers 0-4 preseason — Portland finished 0-4 in NBA preseason play, falling 119-97 at Golden State on Friday. Damian Lillard and several other players did not play; the Blazers open the regular Wednesday, Oct. 20 at Moda Center against Sacramento.
CJ McCollum had 26 points and Norman Powell 18, and Jusuf Nurkic had 11 points and 10 rebounds.
THURSDAY, OCT. 14
Kraken 4, Predators 3 — The first win in Seattle Kraken history came despite getting outshot 13-1 in the third period, the one shot an empty-net goal from Brandon Tanev that made it 4-2 with 1:21 left.
Tanev scored twice and Jared McCann and Alex Wenberg each had a goal and assist for Seattle. Philipp Grubauer stopped 27 of 30 shots in goal for Seattle (1-1-0-0, 2 points).
Former Portland Winterhawks Ryan Johansen and Cody Glass each had one shot for Nashville.
The Kraken visit Columbus at 4 p.m. Saturday (ROOT).
College men's basketball — The Portland Pilots were picked to finish at the bottom of the West Coast Conference — and (surprise!) Gonzaga picked to finish first in the preseason poll released Thursday.
Gonzaga received nine of 10 first-place votes, with BYU receiving the other first-place vote.
The Pilots have a new coach, Shantay Legans, who has almost completely turned over the roster with transfers. They play Lewis & Clark in a Nov. 1 exhibition game and open Nov. 9 at Arizona State.
WEDNESDAY, OCT. 13
NWSL moves championship game — The National Women's Soccer League is moving its 2021 championship match from Portland to Louisville, the league announced Wednesday. The move was made at the request of the NWSL Players Association.
The Nov. 20 match will be televised at 9 a.m. Pacific Time by CBS (KOIN 6).
The Thorns released a statement saying they support the move and that the club will reach out to fans who have purchased tickets. The Thorns statement indicated that Portland was initially the only bidder to host the game and was moving forward despite the inconvenience of a 9 a.m. start. The move means the game will be played at noon local time in Louisville.
Phoenix routs Portland — The Suns and Blazers played an afternoon preseason game at Phoenix, allowing for a WNBA Finals game to be played on the same court at night.
It didn't go the Blazers' way. Portland made 3 of 19 shots in the first quarter (0 of 9 on 3-pointers) and trailed by double digits and it only got worse, as the Blazers lost 119-74.
Damian Lillard played 24 minutes and scored 10 points. Portland had 21 turnovers and shot .298 from the field (making 6 of 39 3-pointers, .154). And, Phoenix was able to excel offensively in every way.
"It was a horrible effort for us," coach Chauncey Billups said. "We're trying to create a defensive mentality here. Our urgency on the defensive end from the very start of the game wasn't there.
"It takes time. You gotta keep improving."
"We were lost all over the place, defensively," Lillard said.
Portland closes out the preseason schedule Friday at Golden State.
Three Thorns get USWNT call — Portland players Lindsey Horan, Becky Sauerbrunn and Sophia Smith have been called into the U.S. Women's National Team for a pair of matches against Korea Republic on Oct. 21 at Kansas City, Kansas and Oct. 26 at St. Paul, Minnesota. Players will report to camp on Oct. 18, the day after Sunday's Thorns match at Houston.
College women's basketball — The Portland Pilots were picked to finish fifth in the West Coast Conference and senior guard Haylee Andrews and junior forward Alex Fowler were named to the 10-player preseason all-conference team. BYU (eight first-place votes) and Gonzaga (two) were picked to finish first and second, followed by San Diego, San Francisco and Portland.
Vegas 4, Kraken 3 — In the first National Hockey League regular-season game for Seattle, the Kraken fought back from a 3-0 deficit but lost to the host Golden Knights.
Ryan Donato scored the first goal in franchise history from in close on a rebound chance at 11:32 of the second period. Jared McCann scored 1:12 later for Seattle. Morgan Geekie tied it 7:58 into the third period, but Chandler Stephenson scored for Vegas 35 seconds later by directing the puck into the net with his skate.
Seattle goalie Philipp Grubauer stopped 18 of 22 shots. Both teams were 0 for 3 on the power play.
Seattle is at Nashville on Thursday (5 p.m., ROOT).
Winterhawks — Seth Jarvis will begin the season on the Carolina Hurricanes' roster. The 19-year-old forward can still return to The Portland Winterhawks this season. He can play in up to nine NHL games without starting the clock on his rookie NHL contract.
Jarvis is one of 13 former Winterhawks on an opening day NHL roster or injured list, more than any other Western Hockey League club. Among those with new teams, Seth Jones has joined brother Caleb in Chicago, though Caleb is out several weeks with a wrist injury. Cody Glass is with Nashville, joining former Hawk Ryan Johansen. Goalie Adin Hill is now with San Jose.
The list: Oliver Bjorkstrand, Columbus; Dennis Cholowski, Seattle; Matt Dumba, Minnesota; Cody Glass, Nashville; Adin Hill, San Jose; Seth Jarvis, Carolina; Ryan Johansen, Nashville; Henri Jokiharju, Buffalo; Caleb Jones, Chicago (injured list for up to six weeks, wrist); Seth Jones, Chicago; John Ludvig, Florida (injured list, undisclosed injury); Nino Niederreiter, Carolina
Nic Petan, Vancouver.
Pac-12 women's basketball — Defending national champion Stanford has been picked to win the Pac-12 women's basketball championship in a poll of league coaches. The Cardinal got 11 of 12 first-place votes and 121 points. Oregon (108) received the other first place vote and was picked second, followed by UCLA (101) and Oregon State (86).
Timbers Nov. 3 time change — Portland's Nov. 3 match at Real Salt Lake will now start at 7 p.m. and be televised by ESPN2 and ESPN Desportes.
Angerer staying with Thorns — As they seek their next head coach, the Portland Thorns have announced that goalkeeping coach Nadine Angerer, the former German international goalkeeper, has signed a multi-year contract extension.
College volleyball — Portland State junior Ellie Snook from West Linn was named Big Sky defensive player of the week for the third time this season. Her play has helped the Vikings win 10 of their last 12 matches.
College men's soccer — Portland Pilots Alejandro Pereira (offense) and Kevin Bonilla (defense) were named the West Coast Conference players of the week for men's soccer for their play in a 5-1 win over San Diego that included three Pereira goals.
Lewis & Clark adds two sports — Lewis & Clark College this week announced it will reinstate men's soccer for the 2022-23 school year and add a women's lacrosse team beginning in 2023-24. The additions will bring to 21 the number of sports offered by the Pioneers, who compete in the NCAA Division III Northwest Conference. Lewis & Clark eliminated men's soccer in 1990. It won NWC titles in that sport in 1979 and 1980.
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