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Hotseat: Robin Lopez

The Blazers’ center talks comic books, The Goonies and his love of almost everything Disney.

Robin Lopez is, literally and figuratively, a giant nerd. That’s normally an ill-advised thing to say about someone built like a Greek colossus, but the Blazers’ 7-foot, 255-pound center wou   More
Wednesday, January 8, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team,    More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Playoff Contentions

Caleb Porter’s Timbers are having a breakout season. Here’s how they can keep it that way.

For Caleb Porter, there was nowhere to go but up with the Portland Timbers. The team’s new head coach took over a dismal squad from last year and appears on track to deliver on his promise whe   More
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 GEOFF GIBSON

Every Rose Has Its Thorns

Portland’s pro women’s soccer team strives to reach the playoffs in its first season.

It’s taken a few years, but Portland is finally back to living up to its nickname as Soccer City USA. In fact, it’s become the hottest place for soccer in the nation. A lot of the heat is    More
Wednesday, July 17, 2013 GEOFF GIBSON

Ticket Masters

Timbers Army members take the fight against scalping into their own hands.

Matt Braddock wasn’t about to let a fellow Portland Timbers fan pay $80 for a $25 ticket. Before the Timbers match against the San Jose Earthquakes on April 14, Braddock saw a scalper trying t   More
Wednesday, April 17, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE, AARON MESH

Timbers 3.0

Can a new coach with an aggressive scoring strategy give Portland a team that can win?

Portland Timbers striker Ryan Johnson’s second of three goals against the San Jose Earthquakes on Feb. 17 probably won’t show up on any highlight reels. But the buildup to Johnson’s scor   More
Wednesday, February 27, 2013 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

The Lost Boys

Only a miraculous turnaround can save the Timbers’ season. It’s not likely to happen.

Troy Perkins was tired of getting shelled. At the Portland Timbers’ practice July 16, the team ran a succession of Bugatti-quick six-on-six scrimmages. Perkins, the Timbers’ goalkeeper, trie   More
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Wide of the Net

With the Timbers’ offense gone sterile, fans debate John Spencer’s future.

The chants rose from Jeld-Wen Field’s Section 107 like steam.  On the field, an amateur soccer team from California had come to town and was in the process of beating a Major League Socce   More
Wednesday, June 6, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

How The Timbers Lose

The late collapses of last season return, dimming Portland’s hopes for a winning season.

After an optimistic start this season, the news is grim: The Portland Timbers have staked undisputed claim to Major League...   More
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE

New Bag Of Kicks

After a hopeful first season, the Portland Timbers field a roster of players to watch.

Let’s get the niceties out of the way: The Portland Timbers’ first season in Major League Soccer was a qualified success.  The Timbers missed the playoffs and turned in the 12th-best reco   More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MATTHEW KORFHAGE
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