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Beaverton mayor says city could pay for Beavers stadium

Mayor Denny Doyle on Tuesday said the city could afford to build a baseball stadium for the Portland Beavers, and is looking at two privately owned locations in addition to the publicly owned Westgate site.

“The whole idea is to make this pencil so that it doesn’t cost the taxpayers any money — at the end of 25 years,” said Doyle, who returned Monday night from a European business trip. “And that’s possible. But we’ll see what the numbers are.”

Beaverton’s front-runner status to land the Triple-A baseball team appears to be improving and will become clearer at the end of the week when owner Merritt Paulson and Portland leaders hit their Aug. 1 deadline to find a location.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, July 29, 2009

USA Cycling Road Nationals up next for top cyclists

Just two days after the conclusion of the 30th annual Cascade Cycling Classic, Central Oregon is back in the bike saddle with the USA Cycling Junior/U23/Elite/Paralympic Road National Championships, which will be staged in and around Bend today through Sunday.

Starting today at 9 a.m., national titles for multiple age groups in road races, time trials and criteriums will be decided. This is the first year the annual race series has been hosted in Bend and the first time in the Pacific Northwest since the Junior, U23, and Elite fields were combined into one event in 2005.

Unlike the Cascade Classic — a stage race similar to the Tour de France in which times in each race are added together to determine the overall winner — the USA Cycling National Championship events are stand-alone titles.

“Nationals are a completely different model and feel (from the Cascade Classic),” says Chad Sperry, the USA Cycling Road National Championship race director, who also directed last week’s Cascade Classic. “These folks are competing in individual races. There’s a stars-and-stripes jersey the winner (in each discipline and age group) gets to wear (as the national champion) for the next year.”

The three types of bike racing that will take place this week — road racing, time trials, and criteriums — feature different competition formats.

In a road race, all riders start together at one point and race a set distance and the first to cross the finish line win. Some road races are staged on a point-to-point course, while others, like those at this week’s national championships, are run on a circuit. Cyclists in a circuit race complete a loop route, usually multiple miles long, several times before finishing at the same place from where they started. Cyclists in road races can work in teams, and drafting strategy is crucial.

And then there are criteriums. Central Oregon race fans are probably familiar with the Cascade Classic’s annual crit in downtown Bend, during which riders blaze around and around on a short course — usually no longer than a mile — for a set amount of time. The goal is to finish with the most laps in the allotted amount of time. This week, advanced riders will compete on the same 1.3K-crit course used in last week’s CCC — the downtown loop on Wall Street, Minnesota Avenue, Bond Street and Idaho Avenue — while younger cyclists will traverse a 700-meter loop near McKay Park .

“You’ll see a lot more aggressive race (in the national crits),” Sperry explains. “At the Classic, a lot of the stars just want to sit in front and roll out easy. They don’t want to jeopardize anything (in the overall standings). But these crits are the last event of nationals. They’ll be throwing caution to the wind.”

The five-day national cycling event is expected to showcase some of the nation’s best up-and-coming cyclists. For example, Tyler Farrar, who has finished second and third in two different stages of this year’s Tour de France, won the USA Cycling Road Nationals U23 time trial and crit in 2004, when the races were held in Park City, Utah. And Dave Zabrinskie, one of only five Americans to ever wear the yellow jersey at the Tour de France, won the 17- and 18-year-old time trial national title in 1997 and the U23 time trial in 1998.

Another American rider in this year’s Tour de France, Danny Pate, who rides for Garmin-Slipstream and in 2008 finished third in a Tour stage, won the USA Cycling Road Nationals U23 road race in 1998 and 1999.

“This (the USA Cycling Road Nationals),” Sperry adds, “is a great opportunity to see the talent of the future.”

— Excerpt from the Bend Bulletin, July 28, 2009

Beaverton steps up to the plate

In case you haven’t talked to any baseball fans lately, take it from us: There are a lot of irritated followers of the Portland Beavers out there.

They are unhappy about any prospect that the team could move away from Portland, and almost as unhappy about any proposal to relocate the team to the farthest fringes of the region.

See, we have this habit here, bolstered by decades of regional policy, of collecting in the center.

Light rail whisks us to downtown Portland, and downtown has become the “meet in the middle” location. Practical reasons for this abound and — as Beavers owner Merritt Paulson understands only too well — there is a psychological advantage to keeping the Beavers in the center, too.

— Excerpt from The Oregonian Editorial, July 23, 2009

Bringing baseball to Beaverton might be a bit of a squeeze play

Long before anyone from this city began believing in minor league baseball, city leaders had big-league ideas for property next to the Round at Beaverton Central.

But now, all that’s on hold as officials hope to lure the Portland Beavers Triple-A franchise to their ‘burb, if Portland policymakers are unable to find a suitable location for a stadium by Aug. 1.

Beaverton’s proactive pitch to Beavers’ owner Merritt Paulson may have pushed it to front-runner status among suburban cities. But with no list of locations, no project team, no financing plan — or even the discussion about whether to invest public money — everything remains preliminary.

“There are other communities interested in accommodating a stadium facility, so I think we’re very early in the process,” Don Mazziotti, Paulson’s development consultant, said Wednesday. “The Beaverton discussions are certainly promising.”

— Excerpt from The Oregonian, July 23, 2009

Beaverton in running for new Beavers baseball stadium

Beaverton has entered the picture as the possible new home for the Portland Beavers.

Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle is pitching his city as an ideal setting for minor league baseball when the Beavers leave PGE Park. And team owner Merritt Paulson is interested.

“I believe a Beaverton home for the Beavers could present a tremendous fit for both the local community and our organization,” Paulson said in a July 13 letter to Doyle. “The venue impact both from an economic and community perspective would be significant for Beaverton.”

Conversations between Paulson and Beaverton became formal last week, when Doyle expressed Beaverton’s interest in writing. Beaverton leaders say the site of the former Westgate Theatre, now owned by Beaverton and regional government Metro, has emerged as a possible location.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, July 21, 2009

eUpdate – USA Cycling, Facebook/ Twitter, Portland Mile, Playworks

America’s road cycling culture will converge in Bend later this month for the USA Cycling Road Racing National Championships on July 28 – August 2. Six days of world-class cycling will decide the national champions in road racing, time trial and criterium for elite men and women, U23 men and women, and junior men and women.

Click here to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority eUpdate!

Oregon Sports Authority launches Facebook and Twitter pages

The Oregon Sports Authority today announced the launch of Facebook and Twitter pages to provide frequent updates about upcoming sports events, franchise campaigns and many other developments relating to the future of sports in Oregon.  Both pages will also feature the latest information on Oregon Sports Authority event bids, volunteer opportunities and special ticket offers.

“We are very excited to officially enter the realm of social networking,” said Oregon Sports Authority CEO Drew Mahalic.  “It’s a fantastic way for us to keep everyone posted on the future of Oregon sports.”

The Oregon Sports Authority’s Facebook and Twitter pages were created by three summer interns, Kailee Crawford, Meagan Kalez and Taylor Hinshaw, who also prepared a report detailing the benefits of a social networking presence and developed a proposal for its implementation.  Key findings of the report include the potential to improve awareness of the organization’s activities among the general public, as well as the opportunity to increase attendance and participation at Oregon Sports Authority events.

“It really opened our eyes to the long-term potential of an active social networking presence,” said Drew Mahalic.  “Ultimately, we hope it will significantly increase our volunteer base, as well as introduce the organization to potential new supporters.”

Oregon Sports Authority on Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Oregon-Sports-Authority/137195479568

Oregon Sports Authority on Twitter:
http://twitter.com/OregonSports

City, Paulson strike deal to revamp PGE Park

Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, Mayor Sam Adams and Commissioner Randy Leonard emerged from their final negotiating session just before 2 p.m. today after finalizing a $31 million deal to renovate PGE Park for the team’s 2011 Major League Soccer debut.

And just in time.  The City Council’s 2 p.m. meeting includes measures that would exempt the project from the city’s competitive bidding requirements and give Paulson and his company full authority to hire designers and builders for the project.

The long-awaited deal scales back the changes from what was previously envisioned by $6 million to fit within the available budget. The details on the changes are not yet available.

— Excerpt from OregonLive.com, July 9, 2009

Video: Soccer’s future looks bright

It was a big night over at PGE Park — the Timbers hosted the Seattle Sounders, a Major League Soccer team.  It’s been advertised as a preview of what’s to come when our very own Major League Soccer team begins playing in 2011.  There wasn’t a seat to be had.

Click here to watch the entire story.

Playworks to expand to Portland

Playworks will bring its trademark brand of safe and inclusive play to eight Portland Public Schools when classes start up after the summer break. The debut marks Playworks’ entry into the Pacific Northwest, where its team of trained, caring program manager “coaches” will lead recess and class game times, and very likely support a considerable amount of indoor recesses.

Formerly known as Sports4Kids, Playworks provides coaches to support play and physical activity at recess, during school and after school.  The non-profit organization has transformed more than 170 schools across the country by providing safe, healthy playtime to create a positive learning and teaching environment.

Playworks is operating in the following Portland City Public Schools: Bridger School, Grout Elementary School, King Elementary School, Jason Lee Elementary School, Markham Elementary School, Rigler Elementary School, Rosa Parks Elementary School and Sitton Elementary School.

Click the link below to learn more about Playworks in Portland.