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Ok with Perry Jones III patterning game after Kevin Durant?

Ok with Perry Jones III patterning game after Kevin Durant?

ChrisHaynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider (@ChrisBHaynes)

PerryJones III out of the University of Baylor is an intriguing prospect beingthat he could be a lottery player or someone who falls in themid-20s.

This6-11, 220 pound, forward has unlimited potential to be a specialplayer in this league, but he might be focusing his potential in thewrong areas.

Knownfor his athleticism and his ability to finish around the basket,Jones tells CSNNW.com he thinks his game is similar to one of the bestperimeter players in the league.

Ipattern my game after Kevin Durant, Jones said. I'm someone wholikes to face-up and take my opponent off the dribble and I can shootthe outside shot, too. That's someone I pattern my game after.

Jonescan shoot the ball pretty good for someone his size. However, aDurant type of game might be a stretch considering Jones doesn't havethe ball-handling skills to play out on the perimeter against elitedefenders such as a LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, or Tony Allen.

Whenasked what he thought his position was at the next level, he includeda perimeter position.

Naturally,it's either a face-up four or three, Jones said. I pretty muchlike to have the ball in my hands. Especially in the mid-range area.

Jonessaid he's hearing he could land anywhere between the 9-12 pick.

Wouldyou mind if the Portland Trail Blazers selected Jones at No. 11? Ifso, could Jones and LaMarcus Aldridge coexist together on the courtif both of them are players who like to roam on the outside?

Despite the challenge that could bring if Jones landed in Portland, Jones would love to play with Aldridge.

"To be honest, I would love to play beside him (Aldridge) and he's a good Christian guy," Jones said. "He's somebody I would love to have on my team. Somebody that's a good dude, somebody that can probably be a mentor to me that can help me as I go through this process."

Joneswill be an exceptional player if he continues to expand his insidegame and he will bulk up over time. However, if he continues toconcentrate on being a guard, that might make a team think twiceabout selecting this near 7-footer.

Jonesis young and hopefully someone gets to him early on and explain tohim the opportunity he has presented to himself if he chooses tothrive at being one of the better power forwards in the game.

DirkNowitzki is the exception to the rule and guess what, there isn'tanyone else like him.

A projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck Joe Walker

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A projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck Joe Walker

From CSNPhilly, a projection of the Eagles' 53-man roster includes ProDuck linebacker Joe Walker, who was drafted by Philadelphia in the 7th round:

We won't have a true sense of what the Eagles' roster will look like until we see the team on the field this summer at training camp in full pads. But we've at least seen some football since the last projection, enough to change a few things. 

Because football never sleeps — and because things are a little slow right now, cut me a break — here is the latest Eagles 53-man roster projection: 

QB (3): Sam Bradford, Chase Daniel, Carson Wentz
No changes here. All three had pretty good performances this spring, but Bradford clearly separated himself. For now, he's the best quarterback on the roster. There wasn't anything these three could do this spring on the field to change the roster at this position. 

RB (4): Ryan Mathews, Darren Sproles, Wendell Smallwood, Kenjon Barner
No changes here either. The team would probably like to keep an extra spot here, but it's hard to cut any one of these players. If anyone went, it would probably be Kenjon Barner, but with Mathews' injury history, keeping four backs makes sense. 

WR (5): Nelson Agholor, Rueben Randle, Jordan Matthews, Josh Huff, Chris Givens
This is the same too. (I promise there will be some changes.) A little light at wideout, but who else would you keep? Maybe T.J. Graham? I wouldn't be too shocked to see him make the team over Huff, but for now, these are the five on the squad. I thought Givens had a really good spring. 

TE (4): Zach Ertz, Brent Celek, Trey Burton, Chris Pantale
It's hard to tell if a player can be a good fullback in spring practices, but the Eagles made it pretty clear they're at least going to take a long, hard look at Pantale for the position. The first three are set, but Pantale is an addition on this roster projection. He got first-team reps at fullback during the spring and if he looks good in pads, will make the team. 

OL (10): Jason Peters, Allen Barbre, Jason Kelce, Brandon Brooks, Lane Johnson, Dennis Kelly, Stefen Wisniewski, Isaac Seumalo, Matt Tobin, Big V
The only spot changed here from the last projection is that Tobin is now in for Andrew Gardner. This is just a change made after watching the way the team practiced this spring. I liked Gardner early last season, but he seems to be behind Tobin in order. I still think both draft picks make the team. 

DE (5): Connor Barwin, Vinny Curry, Brandon Graham, Bryan Braman, Marcus Smith
In the last projection, I had the team taking six defensive ends. Now, I think that might be too high of a number, so rookie Alex McCalister is gone; I think the team can keep him on the practice squad and work with him more this season. I don't think Smith is going anywhere, by the way. 

DT (4): Fletcher Cox, Bennie Logan, Mike Martin, Destiny Vaeao
Big changes from the last two spots. In the previous projection, I had Beau Allen and Aziz Shittu making the team. Last time, I left off Martin because I wasn't convinced, but the team thought enough of him to put him in Cox's spot while he was away. Martin doesn't just seem like a lock to make the roster, he seems like the first guy off the bench at DT. And Shittu, the undrafted DT from Stanford, has a shot but missed the spring because of the NCAA graduation rule. During that time, Vaeao impressed the coaching staff. Allen and Taylor Hart just don't seem like scheme fits. 

LB (5): Jordan Hicks, Nigel Bradham, Mychal Kendricks, Najee Goode, Joe Walker
No changes at linebacker, but the positional depth here is troubling for sure. Walker got a ton of reps this spring, which only convinced me more that the seventh-round pick will be on the roster. 

 

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CJ McCollum plays reporter, interviews NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

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CJ McCollum plays reporter, interviews NBA Commissioner Adam Silver

It is no secret that Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has long wanted to become a journalist one day. He graduated from Lehigh with a degree in journalism, has his own radio show in Portland, and has even launched a high school journalism program to help foster the next generation of sports journalist. This offseason CJ has devoted a lot of time to his post basketball goals, and all this practice paid off with the interview of a lifetime; A one-on-one with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Check it out in the video below.

Winterhawks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule

Winterhawks announce 2016-17 regular season schedule

The Western Hockey League has released the 2016-17 schedule, and the Portland Winterhawks will open the season hosting their long-time I-5 rivals, the Seattle Thunderbirds, on Saturday, September 24.

The team will play 30 of its 36 home games on weekends: eight Friday home games, 12 Saturdayhome games and 10 Sunday home games.  

The Seattle Thunderbirds will also be back for the annual New Year’s Eve tilt between the two teams. A full promotional calendar will be released closer to the season, and the venues for all games will be finalized later this summer after the Portland Trail Blazers’ schedule is released.

The longest road trip of the season will come early, as the team embarks on an eight-game trip fromOctober 1 – 15. They open the trip in Seattle, then head out for six games in the East Division, then take on Spokane on the way back. During the trip, the Hawks will take on the defending WHL champion Brandon Wheat Kings on October 11.

While the team is gone much of October, they will play just three road games in November. The team will be home for eight straight games from November 6 – 27. That stretch is one of six where the team has a homestand of at least three games (Sept. 24 – 30, Oct. 25 – 30, Nov. 6 – 27, Dec. 3 – 10, Dec. 31 – Jan. 14, Mar. 3 – 8).

Once again this season, all 72 games will be heard live on News Talk 860 KPAM. Todd Vrooman will have the play-by-play while Andy Kemper will provide commentary. A television schedule will be announced at a later date.

Timbers score three second half goals to beat Houston Dynamo

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Timbers score three second half goals to beat Houston Dynamo

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Timbers scored three second-half goals to erase a two-goal deficit and defeat the Houston Dynamo 3-2 before a sold-out crowd of 21,144 fans at Providence Park on Sunday. Midfielder Diego Valeri recorded a brace and an assist, while midfielder Lucas Melano scored for a second consecutive game, as the Timbers extended their unbeaten streak to five games in league play and six games across all competitions.

The come-from-behind victory marked the first time the Timbers (6-6-5, 23pts) erased a two-goal deficit to win a match in regulation across all eras in club history (since 1975). With the win, the Timbers are unbeaten in four consecutive games against the Dynamo at Providence Park, dating back to Aug. 6, 2013, producing a 3-1-1 all-time home record against Houston since 2011.

Trailing 2-0 at halftime, the Timbers outshot Houston 11-5 in the second half – including a 6-1 edge in shots on target – and battled back with three goals in the final 27 minutes of the game. In the 63rd minute, the Timbers pulled a goal back when Melano made a well-timed diagonal run in behind the Dynamo defense, running on to a carefully placed pass from Valeri before tucking his effort past Houston goalkeeper Joe Willis and into the back of the net. The finish marked Melano’s second goal of the season and Valeri’s fifth assist in 2016, which is tied for sixth-most assists in the league, as Portland extended its goal-scoring streak to 20 consecutive regular-season games dating back to the 2015 season.

Less than 20 minutes later, the Timbers equalized after being awarded a penalty kick for handball inside the box in the 82nd minute of play. Valeri stepped up to the spot, blasting his attempt into the top left corner to record his sixth goal of the season. Eight minutes later, Valeri notched his second goal of the game from the penalty spot after Melano was brought down by Willis inside the area, with the midfielder chipping his effort down the middle from 12 yards away to give the Timbers a one-goal lead in the final moments of the match.

With the finish, Valeri’s seventh goal in 2016, the Timbers are the only team in MLS to have multiple players ranked in the top eight for goals scored in 2016, with forward Fanendo Adi ranked second in the league for goals (9). Additionally, Portland's nine shots on target were the most by the club this season.

Despite the Timbers creating several chances early in the first half, Houston (3-8-5, 14pts) managed to open the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing against the run of play when forward Andrew Wenger slotted his shot into the back of the net from the right side of the box. Two minutes later, Houston doubled its lead when forward Will Bruin latched on to forward Boniek Garcia’s pass into the area, tucking his effort inside the near post.

Next up, the Timbers return to U.S. Open Cup play on Wednesday, June 29, taking on the LA Galaxy in the Round of 16 at Providence Park, beginning at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific). The Timbers will return to MLS play on Monday, July 4, when they travel to face the Colorado Rapids at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. The match against the Rapids will feature a live broadcast on ROOT SPORTS with local radio broadcasts on 750 AM/102.9 FM The Game (English) and La GranD 1150 AM/93.5 FM (Spanish).

Portland Timbers (6-6-5, 23pts) vs. Houston Dynamo (3-8-5, 14pts) 
June 26, 2016 – Providence Park (Portland, Ore.)

Goals by Half                1          2          F
Houston Dynamo          2           0          2
Portland Timbers           0          3          3

Scoring Summary:
HOU: Wenger (Garcia), 28
HOU: Bruin (Garcia), 30
POR: Melano (Valeri), 63
POR: Valeri (penalty kick), 82’
POR: Valeri (penalty kick) 90+1

Misconduct Summary: 
HOU: Horst (Caution), 42
HOU: Alex (Caution), 90+2
POR: Adi (Caution), 90+4

Lineups & Stats:
POR: GK Gleeson, D Powell (Valentin, 66), D Borchers, D Ridgewell ©, D Taylor, M Chara, M Zemanski, M Melano, M Valeri, M Mattocks (McInerney, 70), F Adi

Substitutes Not Used: GK Hamilton, M Jewsbury, M Grabavoy, M Barmby, M Asprilla

TOTAL SHOTS: 18 (Valeri, 7); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Valeri, 4); FOULS: 16 (Chara, 5); OFFSIDES: 2; CORNER KICKS: 6; SAVES: 4

HOU: GK Deric (Willis, 46), D Jalil Anibaba, D David Horst, D DaMarcus Beasley ©, D Rodriguez, M Clark, M Warner, M Alex, F Garcia, F Bruin (Manotas, 83), F Wenger (Maidana, 76)

Substitutes Not Used: D Agus, D Williams, M Rocha, M Miranda

TOTAL SHOTS: 15 (Bruin, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 9 (Bruin, 2); FOULS: 11 (Rodriguez, 3); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 5; SAVES: 6

Referee: Hilario Grajeda
Assistant Referees: James Conlee, Anthony Vasoli
4th Official: Baboucarr Jallow
Attendance: 21,144
Weather: Clear, 87 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial

Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

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Thorns unbeaten streak remains intact with 2-1 win over Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. – Playing their second game in five days, Portland Thorns FC rallied in the final 10 minutes with a pair of goals from midfielders Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Lindsey Horan to remain unbeaten through their first 11 games this season, earning a 2-1 win against the Orlando Pride in front of 7,143 fans Sunday evening at Camping World Stadium.

Taking to the road for the seventh time – the most of any team in the league this season through their first 11 games – Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) kept their unbeaten streak intact, making it the second-longest unbeaten streak in NWSL history. In addition, Portland is now unbeaten in seven consecutive road games (3-0-4), setting a new club record for the longest road-unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history.

Portland registered its third straight win and handed Orlando (5-6-0, 15pts) its first loss of the season at home, battling back to score the equalizer after forward Jasmyne Spencer sent a powerful strike from distance into the top left corner of the goal in the 67th minute. Just nine minutes after entering the match as a substitute, Brynjarsdottir tallied her third goal of the season in the 80th minute to tie the game at 1-1.

Building from the back, defender Emily Sonnett delivered a pinpoint long-range pass to the head of forward Christine Sinclair, who flicked the ball on for Brynjarsdottir running towards the edge of the box. Brynjarsdottir was able to beat the Orlando defender to the ball and calmly chipped it past Pride goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris inside the right post.

With both teams pushing for the game-winning goal late in the match, Sinclair quickly switched the point of attack, finding forward Hayley Raso racing down the left side of the field. Raso dribbled into the box and cut back towards the middle, sending a short pass to the feet of Horan, who placed her shot perfectly into the right side of the net in the 90th minute for her team-leading fourth goal of the season to put Thorns FC in front 2-1.

Defensively, Portland remains the only team in the NWSL this season that has not conceded multiple goals in a match. Goalkeeper Michelle Betos made three critical saves, including a double save in the 28th minute as she made a kick save on a point-blank range attempt from midfielder Dani Weatherholt and sprung back to her feet to make a diving stop on Spencer’s shot off the rebound.

Thorns FC return to the Rose City for back-to-back home matches, starting with a game against Sky Blue FC on Saturday, July 2, at Providence Park. Saturday’s match kicks off at 7:30 p.m. (Pacific) with a live web stream at www.thornsfc.com.   

Notes:

  • Portland’s 11-game unbeaten streak is the second-longest unbeaten streak in league history, while the club also set a new record for the longest-road unbeaten streak in Thorns FC history (7 games).
  • Two of Lindsey Horan’s four goals this season have come against Orlando – both were game-winners that came after the 80th minute.
  • Dagny Brynjarsdottir and Horan scored in both regular-season matches against Orlando this season.
  • Portland has scored six goals in the final 15 minutes of matches this season.
  • Horan’s 90th-minute goal was the latest regular-season game-winner in Thorns FC history.
  • Midfielder Hayley Raso recorded her first career NWSL assist and point in the match.
  • Thorns FC have outscored their opponents 8-4 on the road this season.
  • Portland improved to 5-0-0 all-time against expansions sides in their inaugural seasons. Posting a record of 2-0-0 against Orlando this season and a mark of 3-0-0 against the Houston Dash in their first season (2014).
  • Defender Katherine Reynolds made her 70th career NWSL appearance in the match.
  • Defender Emily Menges earned her 50th career start in the match, becoming only the third player in club history to reach this milestone along with Christine Sinclair and Allie Long.
  • Forward Christine Sinclair has tallied a point in four consecutive matches (June 12-June 26)

Portland Thorns FC (6-0-5, 23pts) at Orlando Pride (5-6-0, 15pts) 
June 26, 2016 – Camping World Stadium (Orlando, Fla.)

Goals by Half                            1         2          F
Portland Thorns FC                   0         2          2
Orlando Pride                            0         1          1

Scoring Summary
ORL: Spencer, 67
POR: Brynjarsdottir (Sinclair), 80
POR: Horan (Raso), 90

Misconduct Summary
ORL: Alleway (Caution), 43
POR: Raso (Caution), 90+2

Lineups & Stats
POR: GK Betos, D Reynolds, D Sonnett, D Menges, D Klingenberg, M Henry (Weber, 90+2), M Horan, M Long, M Heath (Raso, 62), F Nadim (Brynjarsdottir, 71), F Sinclair ©

Substitutes Not Used: GK Franch, M Boureille

TOTAL SHOTS: 7 (Heath, 3); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Heath, 2); FOULS: 8 (Heath, Henry, 2); OFFSIDES: 6; CORNER KICKS: 1; SAVES: 3

ORL: GK Harris, D Bélanger, D Monica, D Alleway, D Catley, M Weatherholt (Witteman, 89), M Kyle (Edwards, 87), M Edmonds, F Spencer, F Morgan ©, F Burkenroad (Fields, 58)

Substitutes Not Used: GK Dorsey, D Pressley, M Evans, F Hagen

TOTAL SHOTS: 9 (Morgan, Spencer, 5); SHOTS ON GOAL: 5 (Spencer, 2); FOULS: 9 (Kyle, Spencer, 2); OFFSIDES: 1; CORNER KICKS: 7; SAVES: 3

Referee: Ekaterina Koroleva
Assistant Referees: Nick Uranga, Hayden Oscanoa
4th Official: Janessa Gunn
Attendance: 7,143
Weather: Partly cloudy, 93 degrees

All statistics contained in this box score are unofficial.

TrackTown Tonight, July 1-10 on CSN

TrackTown Tonight, July 1-10 on CSN

From July 1-10 the U.S. Track & Field Trials return to Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, deciding which U.S. athletes will compete for their country in Rio De Jenaro this summer.

CSN will be on site to bring you TrackTown Tonight after each day’s action. TrackTown Tonights offers a look inside look the Trials featuring athlete interviews, event results and previews.

CSN will also present two specials: one dedicated to the athletes of the Trials, and one on Ashton Eaton’s quest for gold. 

And don't forget to check CSNNW.com for even more insights! We also will have a daily live show on Facebook!

Here is a schedule: 

Friday, July 1st, Tracktown Tonight 10PM

Saturday, July 2nd, Tracktown Tonight 3:30PM

Sunday, July 3rd , Tracktown Tonight 9PM

Monday, July 4th, Tracktown Tonight 6PM

Thursday, July 7th, Tracktown Tonight 8PM

Friday, July 8th, Tracktown Tonight 9PM

Saturday, July 9th, Tracktown Tonight 9PM

Friday, July 10th, Tracktown Tonight 8:30PM

If Blazers chase Whiteside, they're running with the big dogs

If Blazers chase Whiteside, they're running with the big dogs

The Trail Blazers are said to be among the teams that will be chasing Miami free-agent center Hassan Whiteside when free agency begins Friday.

But Portland better have its big-boy pants on when it walks into that competition. The other teams reportedly involved in that hunt are the Dallas Mavericks (where owner Mark Cuban's prepensity for treating his players well is legendary), the Los Angeles Lakers (good weather, Hollywood, Showtime, tradition), Golden State (a chance to play alongside some great players) and Miami (where Pat Riley says retaining Whiteside is a top priority).

That's a tough field to beat.

Whiteside is 27 and a max contract for him would be in the neighborhood of $22 million, so he'd possibly be cheaper than some other max players. And while people have a perception that another free-agent center, Dwight Howard, could be a locker-room problem, Whiteside's past isn't exactly spotless.

He came out of college with a reputation of being arrogant and over-estimating his own talent. One story, in fact, features a former NBA front office executive calling him a "jackass:"

Hassan Whiteside, for lack of a better word, was a jackass when he came out of college. He was delusional and would say things that were not commensurate with how great he was as a player.

“It turned a lot of people off. His work ethic wasn’t very good. He had to hit rock bottom and figure out that, ‘Oh my gosh, my approach in life has not gotten me where I want to go,’ and credit to him that he did that.”

Yes, credit to him. But if you're about to write a big check to a player with that reputation, wouldn't you worry about him returning to his previous self? When he gets that major deal, wouldn't you worry that his work ethic might return to its previous state?

But if the Trail Blazers and Neil Olshey could somehow figure a way to land Whiteside, it would certainly -- given the competition -- put to rest forever the idea that the Trail Blazers can't land a major free agent.

 

 

Trail Blazers' guard Pat Connaughton launches a football 80 yards

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Trail Blazers' guard Pat Connaughton launches a football 80 yards

Trail Blazers guard Pat Connaughton posted the video below on his twitter account this weekend, showing off an impressive arm while throwing a football. As the tweet indicates, the toss appears to be about 80 yards in length. In addition to playing for the Trail Blazers, the Baltimore Orioles control his contractual MLB rights. Connaughton was drafted as a pitcher in the fourth round of the 2014 draft by the Orioles.

 

Portland Winterhawks Rodrigo Abols selected by Vancouver Canucks in NHL Draft

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Photo courtesy Vancouver Canucks

Portland Winterhawks Rodrigo Abols selected by Vancouver Canucks in NHL Draft

Portland Winterhawks forward Rodrigo Abols was selected by the Vancouver Canucks in the seventh round, 184th overall, in the 2016 NHL Draft.

Abols had 20 goals and 29 assists for 49 points in 62 games this season after the Hawks selected him in the first round of the 2015 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft. He also represented his native Latvia at the 2016 World Championship and helped lead his country to a win in Division I A of the World Junior Championship, earning them a promotion to the top level of the tournament for 2017.

“Being drafted is the first step in a player’s goal of making it to the NHL, and we’re very excited for Rodrigo,” said Portland Winterhawks Vice President, General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “This is a great moment for he and his family as he begins the process of achieving his dream of becoming an NHL player.”

Prior to being drafted by the Canucks today, Abols had attended a prospects camp with them last summer.

The Winterhawks have now had players drafted in eight straight years, with 27 taken in that span.

Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

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Former Trail Blazer Brandon Roy to coach High School basketball in Seattle

Former Trail Blazers All-Star Brandon Roy will coach high school basketball in his hometown of Seattle, Wash. Roy will take over the head coaching position at Nathan Hale High School, according to Chris Fetters, editor of dawgman.com and Seattle Sports Radio 950 KJR contributor.