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Walk to end Alzheimer’s – Albany

Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, this inspiring event calls on participants of all ages and abilities to reclaim the future for millions.

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eUpdate – U.S. Women’s Amateur, Little League Softball, Big-time Golf and FAST Camp

History will be made this week as 156 women’s golfers from around the globe compete in the 115th U.S. Women’s Amateur Championship at the historic and challenging Portland Golf Club. The action teed off yesterday with stroke play and will transition to match play tomorrow through Sunday until a champion is crowned. Come see the future stars of golf up close as they pursue their dreams – admission, parking and…

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Cedar Creek Beach Challenge

An out and back course down the beach toward Bob Straub State Park, you are sure to be distracted by brown pelicans, eagles, seals and even whales in the shadow of the majestic Haystack Rock and beautiful Cape Kiwanda. Held as close to low tide as possible, the run is held on hard packed sand, but you many encounter pools of tidal water and uneven ground. After all, this is…

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View the Oregon Sports Authority Annual Report

Recap an incredible year of sports in Oregon, from the MLS All-Star Game to the Dew Tour and TrackTown Youth League, plus get a glimpse into future possibilities like the NBA All-Star Game. We are pleased to present the Oregon Sports Authority Annual Report – click the image above to view!

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Portland to Host 2013 USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympics National Championships

Portland will host its first ever USA Gymnastics national championship event next week as more than 1,000 gymnasts, coaches and family members descend on the Rose City for the 2013 USA Gymnastics Men’s Junior Olympics National Championships, May 1 – May 5 at the Oregon Convention Center. Hosted locally by Metro Gymnastics Center, the Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland, the Junior Olympics is a USA Gymnastics sanctioned event featuring…

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January North American Cup Brings Olympic Fencers to Portland this Weekend

More than 1,000 Olympic and Junior World Team hopefuls will compete at the January North American Cup this weekend in Portland. The four-day tournament begins on Friday and continues through Monday at the Oregon Convention Center. All events are free and open to the public. The tournament is a selection event for both squads that will compete at the 2012 London Olympic Games as well as the teams that will…

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Portland Timbers vs. Vancouver – Playoffs

The Portland Timbers open the postseason against the Vancouver Whitecaps in the first round of the USSF Division-2 Pro League playoffs this week. The two-game, aggregate-goal series begins Thursday in Vancouver, with the Timbers hosting the second game Sunday at Merlo Field on the University of Portland campus at 6 p.m.

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Bring the Beavers to Beaverton – Campaign Update, Aug. 27

Momentum continues to build following last week’s official launch of the campaign to bring the Beavers to Beaverton. Within days of the announcement, the Beaverton Area Chamber of Commerce and Washington County Visitors Association (WCVA) formally expressed their support, joining an already impressive list of campaign partners, advisory board members and supporters. Click below to view the entire campaign update.

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Volunteer at the Run Portland Run Half Marathon, 5K and 10K

The Run Portland Run Half Marathon, 5K and 10K is seeking volunteers to help with several aspects of the event on September 5 and 6.  Please see details below and e-mail info@usaproductions.org to sign up or request more info. Packet Pickup and Registration Saturday, September 5 Noon to 5:00 pm Fit Right Northwest 1207 NW 23rd Ave. Race Day Volunteer Needs Sunday, September 6 6:00 am – 11:00 am Duties:…

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Talks heat up over plan to bring baseball stadium to Beaverton

The hits for Triple-A Beaverton Beavers baseball – and the possible construction of a stadium – just keep on coming. This week saw the launch of the Oregon Sports Authority’s official campaign to bring the Beavers to Beaverton and a presentation at council that forecasted a new dynamic: a multi-use stadium as the central feature for wide-ranging downtown redevelopment. Opponents of a stadium at the former Westgate theater site, near…

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A lucrative finish line in sight

Building on the success of USA Cycling’s recent national championship event that pumped an estimated $1.5 million into the local economy, Visit Bend is in preliminary discussions with the cycling organization to host one of the organization’s annual national championship events in Bend each year through 2020, according to Visit Bend President and CEO Doug La Placa. In a board of directors meeting Tuesday for Visit Bend, the city’s tourism-promotion…

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Campaign for Beaverton baseball gains momentum, controversy

The baseball grandstanding began today as a sports advocacy group and local politicians launched a campaign to move the Portland Beavers to Beaverton. But in the backdrop: Picketing small-business owners concerned that one possible stadium location could cost them their jobs. The dueling scenes played out under scorching conditions at the Beaverton High School baseball diamond, where the Oregon Sports Authority began rallying efforts to support moving minor league baseball…

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The Beavers’ future resides in Beaverton – Drew Mahalic

The recent resolution by the Portland City Council paving the way for the renovation of PGE Park and the acquisition of a Major League Soccer expansion franchise marked a tremendous accomplishment for the city — one that the Oregon Sports Authority is proud to be a part of. Now it’s time for us to ensure the future of the 100-year tradition that is Portland Beavers baseball. That future resides in…

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Oregon Sports Authority Launches Campaign to Bring the Beavers to Beaverton

Today the Oregon Sports Authority officially announced the launch of a public campaign to bring the Portland Beavers to Beaverton.  Backed by a 39-member advisory board composed of business, community and youth sports leaders, the goal of the campaign is to organize and activate support among both individuals and businesses to provide a coordinated voice for those who want to see Beaverton become the future home of the Beavers.  The…

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Tour’s Portland stop is big success to participants, officials, fans

For the fifth consecutive year, athletes, officials and fans labeled the Dew Tour’s stop in Portland, held over the weekend at the Rose Quarter, nothing short of a success. A total of 47,680 attended over the four days and watched top athletes competing in the action sports of BMX, freestyle motocross and skateboarding. The attendance was down slightly from last year’s total of 51,000 but compares to other stops the…

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Beaverton adds Oregon Sports Authority to its baseball lineup

Beaverton’s plan to bring the Portland Beavers to the suburbs is getting a big assist. The Oregon Sports Authority launches Tuesday a campaign to help the city attract the Triple-A baseball team. The statewide group hopes to keep the baseball team in the region, said Drew Mahalic, the group’s chief executive director. “The core of our mission is to make sure that we preserve Triple-A baseball in Oregon, and Beaverton…

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eUpdate – Dew Tour, Beavers to Beaverton, JELD-WEN Tradition, Safeway Classic

The Dew Tour is underway! Paul Rodriguez, Jamie Bestwick, Nate Adams and more than 140 of the world’s best athletes in skateboarding, BMX and freestyle motocross are competing in the Wendy’s Invitational at the Rose Quarter. More than 20 of the Dew Tour athletes are coming off of medal-winning performances at the X Games earlier this month. 15-year-old skateboarding phenom Chaz Ortiz took the lead in yesterday’s skate park prelims…

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Beaverton better than Lents, and may be only place for Beavers

If it were the film industry, you might call it “Romancing the Stone,” or something of that ilk. If you consider “stone” or “rock” a suitable synonym for a baseball, it works. And guess what? Beaverton has embraced them – or at the least the possibilities. “We’re making a serious effort to make (a move to Beaverton) happen,” Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle said Thursday. “We have to keep the Beavers…

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Paulson says Beavers will help bring identity to Beaverton

Portland Beavers owner Merritt Paulson broke his one-month silence Thursday about moving his baseball team to Beaverton, saying the potential partnership could help reinvigorate the city and give it an identity. “In my mind, unequivocally,” Paulson said, “the facility would be a grand slam for the city of Beaverton.” Yet from his office overlooking PGE Park in Portland, Paulson also said he has “not totally given up on Multnomah County,”…

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Softball World Series comes to Portland, as do tourism dollars

When the Little League Softball World Series gets under way Thursday at Alpenrose Dairy in Southwest Portland, it will mark the final chapter of this summer’s championship odyssey for 10 teams of 11- and 12-year-old softball players. For Portland, it could mean a boost to the economy, according to Drew Mahalic of the Oregon Sports Authority. “It’s hard to calculate an exact total, but with its strong attendance and teams…

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Local invitees announced for Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic

Behemoth, LLC today announced the list of this year’s local surfers invited to compete in the 2009 Nelscott Reef Tow In Classic and Big Wave Paddle Exhibition. The winner of the paddle in event, and their tow in partner, win a free seed to next years tow in contest. After the success of last year’s paddle in exhibition, contest organizers are going to again run the 2009 contest with a…

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Dew Tour announces athlete list

World class action sports athletes will be coming out for the third stop of the 2009 Dew Tour season, the Wendy’s Invitational, August 13-16 at the Rose Quarter. The Dew Tour returns to Portland for the fifth consecutive year and will feature BMX and skateboarding competitions, as well as an FMX jam session. Over 140 of the best action sports athletes in the world will be in Portland to compete…

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Vision for PGE Park: A place that says ‘soccer’

In 2011, soccer fans coming to PGE Park will be able to step off the MAX train and step through an expanded park entry. As they head to the new seats on the stadium’s east side, they’ll see the raucous Timbers Army partying on a new platform at the north end and other fans sitting in premium seats as close as 30 feet from the field. And when they’re hungry…

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Timbers, Vancouver Whitecaps meet on the way to MLS

The Portland Timbers and Vancouver Whitecaps game Thursday night marks the final meeting between the two teams during the 2009 regular season. However, off the pitch, the two teams will share many concerns over the next two years. Portland and Vancouver were awarded Major League Soccer expansion teams in March and both franchises are scheduled to join the league in 2011. Both franchises are racing to meet myriad deadlines, develop…

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Beaverton gets the ball rolling for Beavers’ baseball

The Beaverton City Council voted Monday night to spend nearly $100,000 to get the ball rolling to bring the Portland Beavers to town. With a 4-0 vote and one abstaining, the Triple-A baseball team is one step closer to calling Beaverton home. The issue at hand pending $90,000 in legal fees to explore whether Beaverton is a good fit for a minor league baseball stadium. One of the sites under…

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Bend cycling attracts top riders while boosting region’s economy

Although the sun set Sunday on two weeks of top-level bike racing in the high desert, Bend’s opportunity to lay claim to the title of cycling capital of the United States is just dawning. By seamlessly hosting the nation’s longest running stage race one week and the national championships for elite, under-23 and junior road racers the next, the city burnished its bike-haven reputation and boosted its faltering economy as…

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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.…

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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…

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Video: Portland and Paulson make Major League Soccer deal

Portland’s City Council signed on to a $31 million deal with Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson, taking PGE Park from the minor leagues to Major League Soccer. “Today, the city council scored a big victory for Portland, for soccer and for our economy,” Paulson said in a statement. Click here to watch the entire story on KATU.com.

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

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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…

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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…

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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.

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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…

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AC Green acquires the rights to a 3BA franchise for Portland

AC Green, author, speaker and successful businessman announced today he has acquired the rights to the Portland 3BA franchise team.  Green, a 3-time NBA champion with the Los Angeles Lakers and reigning “NBA Ironman” held a press conference at the Hotel Deluxe in Portland on June 29. 3BA basketball is a high-powered professional sporting event and a true entertainment experience for all fans. The concept requires superior athleticism and showcases…

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Portland still searching for just-right site for baseball stadium

It may take a little magic to find a big enough piece of property for a new minor league baseball stadium in Portland. The land must be large enough to accommodate a 6,500- to 9,000-seat stadium and at least 1,500 parking spaces, have access to light rail and other mass transit and be centrally located. If it’s owned by the city, all the better, because buying the 10 to 20…

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MLS plan still alive as Portland council endorses latest plan

Consider it a little necessary breathing room. That doesn’t mean the race to negotiate a complex set of agreements to remodel PGE Park for Major League Soccer while finding a new home for the Triple A Portland Beavers baseball team has the luxury of time. Merritt Paulson, who owns the Beavers and the Portland Timbers soccer team, must have a signed finance and construction deal with the city to renovate…

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Video: Soccer fans find inspiration in Seattle

Portland is working hard to bring Major League Soccer to the city in 2011.  The Timbers and their fans have great role models and a pretty tough act to follow already in the Northwest.  KGW’s Joe Becker traveled north to Seattle where MLS is already a pretty big hit. Click here to watch the entire story on KGW.com.

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$7.1 million Walmart FLW Series to visit Columbia River

The $7.1 million Walmart FLW Series will visit the Columbia River in Umatilla, Ore., June 24-27 for the second National Guard Western Division tournament of the season. The tournament, hosted by the City of Umatilla, is the first major bass-fishing event in the state of Oregon and will feature as many as 300 top bass anglers casting for top awards of $125,000 in the Pro Division and $25,000 in the…

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USGA championships awarded to Bandon Dunes for 2011

Bandon Dunes, the highly-regarded Oregon Coast resort, will be host to two United States Golf Association championships in 2011, the organization announced Wednesday. The U.S. Amateur Public Links and the U.S. Women’s Amateur Links championships will be held June 27-July 2. It will be the first time the tournaments are contested jointly. The Public Links championships are for golfers who are based at public courses. The men’s championship started in…

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Sports and entertainment attorney joins board of directors

Rosemary A. Colliver has been elected to the board of directors of the Oregon Sports Authority.  An intellectual property attorney with Tonkon Torp, LLP, Colliver focuses her practice on sports and entertainment.  She has represented various companies as well as individual athletes and celebrities in music, television and film.  Before moving to Portland, Colliver began her career with the Beverly Hills, California entertainment law firm of Freund & Brackley, LLP.…

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Beavers baseball may hinge on Lents decision

A decision is due this week on whether the Portland Beavers get a new baseball stadium in the Lents neighborhood.   If the answer is “no,” it’s starting to look like Portland will need to let go of the minor league baseball team.   In the event citizen advisors vote to block the new baseball stadium in Lents this week, only City Commissioner Randy Leonard has committed to keeping the Beavers in…

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eUpdate – Sports Medicine Conference, Run the Oregon Prelay, New Members

The Oregon Sports Authority and Travel Portland are pleased to announce that Portland has been selected to host the 2012 annual conference of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS). The annual gathering of representatives from the most prestigious sports medicine organizations in the U.S. and Canada will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in February 2012. Click here to view the entire Oregon Sports Authority…

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Introducing the $25,000 Aqua Zone Portland Mile

Organizers of the annual Freshwater Trust Portland Triathlon and Musselman Triathlon (Geneva, NY) announce the addition of a major open water swim race in downtown Portland slated for August 22, 2009. Four generous partners make this event possible: Aqua Zone, Pacific Power, Oregon Sports Action, and a gift from Bill and Julie Young. The Aqua Zone Portland Mile offers a $25,000 purse to competitors. A world-class field of professionals is…

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Major League Soccer sets its sights on the Northwest

While Women’s Professional Soccer its first season in seven years across the country, Major League Soccer has its eyes set firmly north and west. In March, MLS announced that its next two teams will play in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning in 2011. — Excerpt from SportsTravel Magazine, May/June 2009

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Portland selected to host sports medicine and science conference

Portland has been selected to host the 2012 annual conference of the Joint Commission on Sports Medicine & Science (JCSMS), Travel Portland and the Oregon Sports Authority announced today.  The annual gathering of representatives from more than 40 of the most prestigious sports medicine organizations in the U.S. and Canada will take place at the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in February 2012. “It’s fantastic that Portland has been chosen to…

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Rose Quarter plan shields coliseum

Memorial Coliseum is spared. The Rose Quarter is officially off the table as a possible site for a new Triple A baseball stadium, Mayor Sam Adams said Wednesday. The city and the Portland Trail Blazers are negotiating an agreement for redeveloping the area that would take advantage of the coliseum building, perhaps updating or redesigning it, Adams said. “Our goal is to keep it, at least the skin,” Adams said.…

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Video: Too many pro sports in Portland?

Portland’s professional lacrosse team is leaving town.  The Portland LumberJax owner told fans it was having a hard time selling tickets and getting corporate sponsors.  And in a town dominated by the Portland Trailblazers, some say there isn’t an appetite for much more.  KATU looks at how many pro sports teams can the Metro area really support. Click here to watch the full story.

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Jax’s exit opens door

You can have your indoor soccer leagues. You can keep your tractor pulls and motocross. You can have the WNBA, and the USFL, and the various and sundry minor league professional sports leagues that have attempted to make in Portland. All yours. Me? I’ll take the peace and quiet today. The Portland LumberJax indoor lacrosse franchise announced this week that they’ll cease operating and look for a new home. So…

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Cycling races a boon for Bend

Tucked along the Deschutes River on the eastern edge of the Cascades, Bend is surrounded by some of the West Coast’s most rugged, breathtaking and adventurous terrain. From skiing and boarding on Mount Bachelor (22 miles from downtown), to road cycling, kayaking, mountain biking, fly-fishing, rock climbing and hiking — it’s got a little something for everyone. Named “Best Adventure Town” by Men’s Journal in 2005 and one of Outside…

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Men’s college basketball in Oregon enjoys big season

Instead of the smell of bread permeating the area, University of Oregon students living in the dorms wake each morning to the unmistakable sounds of construction. The Williams Bakery, which resided near the northeast corner of the UO campus from 1908 until 2006, has relocated and been replaced by a $200 million basketball arena project that broke ground Feb. 7. Matthew Knight Arena is scheduled to open by January 2011,…

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Vote on stadium delayed; Lents Park site back on the table

Mayor Sam Adams and sports team owner Merritt Paulson agreed Thursday to indefinitely delay a City Council vote on where to put a new minor league baseball park so they can explore the once-discarded option of Southeast Portland’s Lents Park. In an effort to save Memorial Coliseum, Adams and his planning team have been trying all week to squeeze the baseball stadium into a parcel just north of the coliseum.…

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Talk of compromise, new deal delays vote on Coliseum’s fate

The fate of the 48-year-old Memorial Coliseum will wait another week as Portland’s City Council considers alternatives to a plan that would demolish the building to build a new baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter. Portland’s City Council has postponed for a week its decision on the proposed Major League Soccer deal, including the site of a new Triple-A baseball stadium. The council was scheduled to approve Wednesday morning a…

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Bring the Beavers to the Rose Quarter

As Portland finalizes a decision on the specific Rose Quarter site to build a new and better home for the Portland Beavers, let’s first remember what the team already means to Portland and acknowledge the many benefits that will result from retiring Memorial Coliseum and building an intimate new stadium with downtown views for Triple A baseball, outdoor summer concerts, youth sports and other events. Since 1903, the Beavers have…

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Memorial Coliseum advocates weigh their options

The talk of tearing down Memorial Coliseum is still just talk. People who regularly use the arena for sports, trade shows and graduations say they’re not panicking because nothing’s final yet. Still, resignation has crept into their voices. “We see there’s a lot of momentum,” said Doug Piper, president of the Portland Winter Hawks hockey team, the coliseum’s major tenant. “How much momentum it has, and how much political will…

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$1 million might get park on track

A private backer has pledged $1 million to help build a new destination bike park in a 35-acre no-man’s land between Interstates 84 and 205 near the former Rocky Butte jail. For now, the supporter wants to remain anonymous, but the promise of money gives the “Gateway Green” project a much-needed push, said developer and area landowner Ted Gilbert, a major supporter of the plan. “Momentum is building, but I…

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Learning to play, an important lesson for schools

What is the most basic thing that kids should learn in school? How to read? How to do math? What about — how to play? In a time of extremely tight budgets, the Oregon school district with one of the  tightest budgets of all, may shell out for a program at the playground. Rob Manning saw that program in action in the Reynolds school district in east Multnomah County. You…

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eUpdate: a historic week, MLS tickets, Sports4Kids, hoop summit

One of the most exciting and meaningful weeks in the history of Oregon sports culminated on March 21 with the thrilling drama of March Madness, just one day after Portland was named the future home to a Major League Soccer expansion franchise. Both the long-awaited return of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament and the MLS expansion announcement represent landmark achievements for the Oregon Sports Authority. Click below to view the…

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Portland area schools make recess fun, safe

Deadra Hall is holding kids back — literally. Her arms splayed, the assistant principal blocks fifth-graders from entering the crowded playground. She makes them do multiplication tables, count by sixes and even spell a few words before lifting her arms and letting them pass in small groups. This is one of Hall’s many attempts to make recess at Woodlawn School more peaceful and organized. Kids seem to play instinctively and…

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BMX invasion

The races were staged one right after another, each lasting barely a minute. A spectator could blink and miss some of the action. Parents cheered on their children. Children cheered on their parents. The quick, relentless pace of national BMX (bicycle motocross) racing, with its familial atmosphere, hit the Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center Friday night. The American Bicycle Association’s BMX Great Northwest Nationals is being staged in Central…

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Soccer decisions coming up fast

The City Council must sign its first agreement on the Major League Soccer deal in less than three weeks, according to new franchise owner Merritt Paulson. The council must by April 15 approve the pre-development agreement to renovate PGE Park for the incoming MLS team and build a new Triple-A baseball stadium in the Rose Quarter, Paulson said. After that, Paulson said, the council must approve the designs for the…

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Roadblocks remain for IRL

After he worked in operations for NHL teams Edmonton and Carolina, and before he took the job as president of the Portland Winter Hawks last fall, Doug Piper inquired about bringing an Indy Racing League event to Portland International Raceway. “We found the IRL people to be really professional, on top of it and really interested in Portland,” says Piper, who worked in conjunction with former Blazers executive Marshall Glickman…

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March Madness returns to Oregon

It’s been 44 years since the Final Four was played in Portland, Oregon, and 26 years since the state hosted any round of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.  But thanks to the recent removal of state-sanctioned sports-betting game, March Madness returns this month to the Portland Rose Garden for first- and second-round games. — Excerpt from SportsTravel Magazine, March 2009

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Timbers announce MLS 2011 ticket details

The Portland Timbers today announced additional details regarding the priority system and the deadline for the first round of 2011 Major League Soccer (MLS) season-ticket procurement. The Timbers, who were awarded the MLS’ 18th team Friday, are offering fans a number of options to secure season tickets for the team’s inaugural MLS season in 2011. Fans are encouraged to secure their 2011 MLS season tickets as soon as possible, as…

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Ready for more Madness?

The man in the Washington Huskies hat on the No.77 bus was a tourism director’s dream. “I’ve sure enjoyed my stay out here,” Tim Carey, a doctor from Seattle, told his friends as they rode the packed bus to the Rose Garden. “I’ll definitely come back.” Carey and thousands of fans like him spent last weekend in Portland watching the first and second rounds of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament.…

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Timbers go big time in 2011

You can reserve tickets to the Portland Timbers’ first Major League Soccer season in 2011 by putting down a $50 deposit. If you buy tickets for the 2009 minor-league season, you are in the front of the line for 2011. And, yes, the team will still be called the Timbers when it goes big time. But let’s back it up. As expected, Timbers owner Merritt Paulson was awarded Major League…

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NCAA basketball universe revolves around Portland for a few days

When a dozen towering young men in dark blue warm-up suits with orange trim settled beneath the chandeliers and ferns of Mother’s Bistro in Portland for breakfast, the onlooking coffee sippers knew this was no ordinary Wednesday. The NCAA men’s basketball tournament, the economic engine of college sports’ governing body and a favorite office gamble, is back in Oregon after a 26-year hiatus. Eight of the nation’s top teams will…

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March Madness, welcome back

A respected economist recently criticized Oregon lawmakers, saying they were “stupid” to do away with state-sponsored sports gambling. That potshot, in our view, was the equivalent of an air ball. Thursday, thanks to the 2005 Legislature’s willingness to scrap the state’s Sports Action lottery game, the Big Dance finally returns to Oregon. It means thousands of fans from eight universities have flocked to Portland, along with a small army of…

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New MLS team coming to Portland

Major League Soccer will award an expansion franchise to Portland on Friday, sources close to the deal said Wednesday. Although the league would not confirm an announcement was scheduled, owner Merritt Paulson, the sources said, will be granted a team in the top tier of U.S. professional soccer to begin play in 2011 in a renovated PGE Park. Friday’s announcement will come two days after Vancouver, B.C., won a team…

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March Madmen

If you have no interest in teenage pituitary cases wearing baggy shorts, suck it up: This week you are outnumbered. March Madness. The Big Dance. One Shining Moment. Call it what you will, but the three weeks in March when 65 college basketball teams compete in a national single-elimination tournament may just be the most riveting, exhilarating, electrifying sporting event ever. Forget the corporate trough that is the Super Bowl.…

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NCAA ticket chances are rated slim to none

There remains a chance for fans to buy tickets to the NCAA Tournament subregional that begins Thursday at the Rose Garden, but their odds might be longer than a No.16 seed winning a first-round game. Officially, the first and second rounds in Portland are sold out and have been since tickets were sold through an online lottery last year. There is, however, a chance that one or more of the…

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eUpdate – March Madness, City Backs MLS Bid, BMX Nationals

The first round of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship tips off Thursday at the Rose Garden, officially marking the end of the tournament’s 34-year absence from Portland and 26-year absence from the state of Oregon. The excitement began yesterday as the teams competing in Portland were announced. Gonzaga and the University of Washington headline the group, along with Big Ten stalwarts Purdue and Illinois, while upset-minded Western Kentucky,…

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Video: Portland to cash in on NCAA Tourney action

It’s a big week for basketball in Bridge City. For the first time since the 1970s, Portland will host NCAA tournament action at the Rose Garden. City hopes to cash in on hoops Portland is one of eight cities hosting first and second round games in the tournament. Games are scheduled for Thursday and Saturday. Oregon Sports Authority and the University of Oregon are co-hosting the tournament’s first and second…

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