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The Trail Blazers are falling apart. Here’s why it’s not as bad as it looks.

The next National Basketball Association season is still four months away. But the Portland Trail Blazers as you know them right now seem moments from vanishing.  July 1 marks the beginning of    More
Wednesday, July 1, 2015 CORBIN SMITH

Hotseat: Chris Borland & Todd Trigsted

The former NFL player and a local filmmaker discuss the violence in America’s Game.

Last month, Chris Borland shocked anyone who watches football by announcing he was walking away from a career in the National Football League—and millions of dollars—after only one year in t   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 ANNA WALTERS

Safe at Home

Fun, sun and slides at the 29th annual lesbian softball Tournament of Choice.

An LCP virgin—that’s what they call players like me. I’d never been to the Tournament of Choice, a lesbian softball competition held each year in southern Washington. It’s been going o   More
Wednesday, August 6, 2014 KATE WILLSON

Hotseat: Portland Thorns Goalkeeper Nadine Angerer

The reigning Women’s World soccer player of the year talks about playing goalkeeper for the Thorns and life in Portland.

If you were to pass Nadine Angerer on Hawthorne Boulevard, you might assume she’s another laid-back Portlander, out for a stroll in pegged sweat pants and fedora. Unless you’re a fan of the    More
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 KATE WILLSON

World Cup 2014 Scouting Report

The cast of characters in soccer’s biggest free-for-all.

The World Cup starts with two weeks of utter chaos. Called the group stage, teams compete within eight groups of four teams each. Each group plays a round-robin tournament. There are always multip   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

World Cup 2014: Early Boots (updated)

Where to watch the World Cup live in Portland.

21st Avenue World Cup Beer Garden 625 NW 21st Ave., 202-744-1496, facebook.com/worldcupbeergarden. 8:30 am-9 pm daily. Go for: Breakfast sandwiches with beer and bros. When it opened in 2011, the r   More

World Cup 2014: Soccer-Stat City

Sports cities are an interesting, albeit neurotic, lot. With one swish of the net as the buzzer sounds, the streets are filled with strangers hugging strangers. A blown lead can leave a pall over    More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 JOHN LOCANTHI

And For Downtime Between Games... A Special World Cup Crossword.

Print to play.

ACROSS 1 It is often followed by the word “number,” redundantly   4 Bikini tops 8 Amass over time14 Atilt  16 Two-time NBA MVP Karl   17 The theme of this puzzle—and this wee   More
Wednesday, June 11, 2014 REID SPOLEK

Yellow Card

It’s not too soon for a warning: The Portland Timbers, absent big change, are headed for trouble.

The Portland Timbers are supposed to be one of the dominant teams in Major League Soccer. The 2013 campaign saw the team soar to the Western Conference final after an abysmal performance a year    More
Wednesday, April 23, 2014 ALEX TOMCHAK SCOTT

The Second Season

The Blazers return to the NBA playoffs for the first time since 2011. Here’s how they stay there.

Last weekend, the Portland Trail Blazers played the best game of their surprisingly good season. Their April 13 overtime win over the Golden State Warriors and their crazy-hot shooting guard Ste   More
Wednesday, April 16, 2014 MIKE ACKER
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