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Jordan Kent is expecting baby No. 2

Jordan Kent is expecting baby No. 2

Former Oregon Duck and Seattle Seahawk Jordan Kent is expecting his second child! 

The Talkin' Ducks host and wife, Tiffany, announced the news on social media Tuesday evening. 

Baby Kent No. 2 will arrive in November.

Their first son, Calvin, was born on October 22nd, 2018 and is excited to be a big brother. 

Kent was recently announced as the interim play by play announcer for the Portland Trail Blazers when games resume on July 31st after Kevin Calabro stepped down for personal reasons. 

Why former Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is suing club's doctors

Why former Portland Timbers goalkeeper Jake Gleeson is suing club's doctors

As the Portland Timbers are currently in Orlando, Florida training ahead of the resumption of the MLS season, one former player has filed a lawsuit against two of the team’s doctors on Monday. 

Goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, who signed by the MLS Timbers on Feb. 17, 2011 after a standout 2010 season with the club’s development team, the Portland Timbers U-23s, made 67 appearances in all competitions for Portland and helped the club to an MLS Cup title in 2015.

Gleeson is seeking over $10 million in economic and noneconomic damages in a medical malpractice.

The defendants are Sports Medicine Oregon and Oregon Outpatient Surgery Center.

In an interview with ESPN, the 30-year-old, who is now retired, said the doctors named in the suit "took my life, took my livelihood, and what I dedicated my life to do, and kind of just left me there to pick up the pieces. It's been absolutely crippling, devastating. I wouldn't wish the last two years of my life on anyone."

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In summer of 2008, Gleeson suffered stress fractures in both tibias. The Timbers' team doctors recommended that metal plates be inserted into both shins.

Here is what the court filing stated:

- The plates weren’t properly sterilized before surgery

- “Breach of sterility” at Oregon Outpatient Center (Gleeson was unaware)

- The doctors selected “aggressive” and “risky procedures” without attempting more conservative therapies first

- “No clear orthopedic necessity to implant the devices”

In September, Gleeson had developed an infection in both his legs and both the metal plates were removed.

According to reports, Gleeson sought out new doctors and was diagnosed with necrosis and osteomyelitis in both of his shins, which meant that portions of the bone became infected and died.

“I’ve had my career taken from me, I’ve had the job that I love more than anything taken from me and a big aspect of my life taken from me,” Gleeson told The Oregonian/OregonLive. “I’m physically not the same. I’m emotionally not the same and I just would like to understand why and how someone could do this. I can’t go through my life not telling this story. (I need to bring) attention to this to prevent this from happening to anyone else.”

Seattle Mariners 2020 schedule released-- Five things you need to know

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Seattle Mariners 2020 schedule released-- Five things you need to know

Major League Baseball is one step closer to coming back! 

After the MLB and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) agreed to a 60-game season in late June, the framework led to Monday’s schedule announcement. 

The reigning World Series champion Nationals will host the New York Yankees on July 23 to kick off MLB’s mid-pandemic shortened 2020 season that will be held over 67 days.

Players have already reported for "spring" training on July 1. 

For the Seattle Mariners, they’ll begin play on July 24th against the Houston Astros. 

Seattle will play 40 games in their division, the AL West, and 20 games vs. the NL West. The Mariners regular season is expected to conclude on September 27th. 

Here are other things to know about the 2020 MLB season.

  1. Roster— Teams will begin with a 30 man roster for the first two weeks of the season. It will be paired down to 28 players for the next two weeks, and then 26 players for the remaining of the season. Players not invited to participate for the remainder of the season will still be paid.
  2. Universal DH— The MLB institute a universal DH, meaning pitchers will no longer be hitters. A designated runner will be placed on second base at the start of every half-inning during extra innings.
  3. Pitching in— Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, unless an injury occurs. This will speed up the game and will add more strategy. There are also no rules or restrictions on position players pitching in 2020.
  4. Trade deadline in August— It’s not a long season, but still one of the best parts of the season will happen. Instead of falling on July 31, the trade deadline will occur a month later on August 31, the theoretical midpoint of the season.
  5. Inactive list COVID-19 edition— The MLB will have a COVID-19-specific inactive list that players will be placed on if and when they test positive or show symptoms. There will be no set amount of time for the player to sit out, unlike the injured list, which requires hitters to miss at least 10 days.

Play ball!

Trail Blazers projected starting 5 should scare opposing NBA teams

Trail Blazers projected starting 5 should scare opposing NBA teams

When the Portland Trail Blazers take the court in Orlando, Florida at the end of this month, Rip City along with the rest of the NBA will likely see a new starting lineup. One that has never played together on the same NBA court.

Now you’re probably thinking, what a bad idea to introduce a new starting five with the playoff picture still taking shape and only eight games to make the postseason. However, the Blazers will finally be near full strength once play resumes at the end of the month. Head coach Terry Stotts will have more moving parts and talent to work with.

In a Zoom presser last Friday, Damian Lillard met with local members of the media and discussed his projected starting lineup when play resumes:

Damian Lillard

CJ McCollum

Carmelo Anthony

Zach Collins

Jusuf Nurkic

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon].

I like that lineup, don’t get me wrong. For me, their biggest questions is, is Zach going to defend the three-man? Is Zach going to defend LeBron [James]? Is Zach going to defend Kawhi [Leonard] or Paul George? I don’t know if Melo can do that and play starter minutes right now. You want Melo to be the scorer, but Melo as a defender right now, that’s a little tough. — Channing Frye

It has been 469 days since Jusuf Nurkic has taken the court after suffering that gruesome leg injury vs. the Brooklyn Nets back on March 25, 2019. It’s been 253 days since Zach Collins left the court with a shoulder injury against the Mavericks on October 27, 2019. Both Blazers big men are cleared for play.

Less than one month after Collins’ injury, the Blazers signed 17-year veteran Carmelo Anthony.

It will be the first time these three will take an NBA court together along with Lillard and McCollum.

[RELATED]: Trail Blazers seeding games: Key match-ups to watch

I love that Dame went with his ride-or-die guys. — Channing Frye

‘Ride-or-die’ is the perfect way to explain Portland’s situation. After the NBA Board of Governors were deliberating four possible scenarios to resume the NBA season after it was suspended in mid-March, Lillard shared his opinion on playing or rather not playing ‘meaningless games.’ The All-Star wanted something to play for or he wasn’t playing at all. Which is perfectly valid. 

Now, the Blazers have a shot at the playoffs, despite that road being rather tough.

[RELATED]: A healthy Zach Collins says 'We know we have a shot to win a title'

Will this brand new Blazers starting five give Portland that chance to break into the playoffs and make a splash in the postseason? We will soon find out on July 31 when the Blazers tip off against the Memphis Grizzlies for their first game in Orlando, Florida.

2020 NBA Season Restart: Teams, format, schedule, location, and odds

2020 NBA Season Restart: Teams, format, schedule, location, and odds

The Trail Blazers and 21 other teams will be back in action before we know it as the NBA prepares to resume the 2019-20 season in Orlando, Florida in its pursuit to crown a champion. 

The NBA's restart plan is slated for July 30th, as 22 of the league's 30 teams will head to Orlando later this month to continue a season that was halted March 11 due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Trail Blazers first game will be on July 31st vs. the Memphis Grizzlies. (See below for full schedule)

Here's what you need to know for the NBA's return:

When does the NBA season resume?

After what will be a four-month hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the NBA's schedule for restarting the 2019-20 season will begin July 30 with 22 teams competing for the NBA championship.

Seeding games will take place from July 30-Aug. 14. Play-in tournaments are scheduled for Aug. 15-16. The NBA playoffs will begin Aug. 17.

What is the return to play format?

The 22 teams in Orlando will include the 16 clubs currently in a playoff spot -- eight from the Eastern Conference and eight from the Western Conference -- and six additional teams within six games of the No. 9 seed in their respective conference.

Each team will play eight "seeding games" to determine playoff seeding in each conference. Those games will be selected from each team's remaining regular-season matchups.

What does this mean for the Trail Blazers?

The Trail Blazers currently sit in 9th place in the Western Conference, 3.5 games behind the Memphis Grizzlies in the eight-spot. The Trail Blazers have the 5th toughest schedule among the 22 teams competing and the toughest among the teams vying for the 8th seed. Here’s how the Blazers schedule stacks up against the other playoff hopefuls.

The Trail Blazers schedule is tough, but they are hopeful with the return of Zach Collins and Jusuf Nurkic in the lineup.

Which teams will be playing in Orlando?

The Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers, Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets, Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards will represent the Eastern Conference.

In the Western Conference, it will be the Los Angeles Lakers, LA Clippers, Denver Nuggets, Utah Jazz, Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Dallas Mavericks, Memphis Grizzlies, Portland Trail Blazers, New Orleans Pelicans, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns.

For the Trail Blazers, both Trevor Ariza and Caleb Swanigan will NOT be joining the team in Orlando for personal reasons. 

To assist in their efforts, the Trail Blazers signed Jaylen Adams from the G-League.

2020 NBA League Schedule

Here is the Blazers’ full schedule 

for the team's eight seeding-round games, beginning with a July 31 matchup against the Memphis Grizzlies:

NBCSNW will carry all-eight seeding games

Updated odds to win the 2020 NBA Championship

L.A. Lakers: +240
Milwaukee Bucks: +250
L.A. Clippers: +333
Houston Rockets: +1200
Boston Celtics: +2000
Toronto Raptors: +2200
Denver Nuggets: +2500
Philadelphia 76ers: +2800
Miami Heat: +3000
Utah Jazz: +3300
Dallas Mavericks: +4000

Portland Trail Blazers +15000
All other teams have +10000 odds or worse

The New Orleans Pelicans are chosen as the team most likely to make the postseason as a team from the outside looking in at (+275). That's partially because the casino expects the public to want to bet on Zion Williamson, one of the league's most marketable young stars, and a much-easier strength of schedule. 

The remaining odds for the eighth seed in the West are the Sacramento Kings at (+1200) who are 3.5 games behind Memphis currently, San Antonio (+5000) who sits four games behind Memphis but lost LaMarcus Aldridge for the season, the Pheonix Suns (+20000) who are six games behind Memphis and the Dallas Mavericks (+50000) who are currently 7 games ahead of the Grizzlies in the standings. 

As for winning the NBA Finals, the Blazers are seen as an extreme longshot at +15000, which is twice as high odds than they had earlier this month at Ceasars Palace.

Galen Rupp excited for what's in store at Tokyo Olympics

Galen Rupp excited for what's in store at Tokyo Olympics

“It’s everybody’s dream to be an Olympian. Everybody’s hungry. Everybody’s trained a little bit harder and is going to be on their A-game.”

Those are the words of Galen Rupp, a Portland, OR native and University of Oregon alumnus who is one of the more recognized northwest Olympian names. 

The Oregonian attended Central Catholic High School where he won back to back cross country titles in 2002 and 2003 and three individual championships in track and field. Rupp attended the University of Oregon where he earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. And in February, Rupp won the US Olympic Men's Marathon Trials! 

Rupp qualified for his fourth consecutive Olympic Games after running 2:09:20 in the Atlanta qualifier. The two-time Olympic medalist won by 42 seconds. 

But his journey to Tokyo was abruptly halted by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has delayed the Summer Games until 2021. 

Rupp is among those featured in NBC Sports Northwest’s  campaign to honor local Olympians and Paralympians from the Oregon and Washington areas, which began yesterday on Father’s Day and runs through Saturday, July 4.

The multiplatform campaign will highlight local athletes through profiles and vignettes, which are presented by your local Northwest Toyota dealers. 

[RELATED: Timeline of Historic Hayward Field through the years]

Athletes who will be highlighted throughout the campaign include:

  • - Long-distance runner and five-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp
  • - USWNT player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Shannon Box
  • - Decathlete and 1992 Olympic bronze medalist Dave Johnson 
  • - Fencer and four-time Olympic medalist Mariel Zagunis
  • - Sled hockey player and 2014 Paralympic gold medalist Rico Roman
  • - Goalball player and two-time Paralympic medalist Jen Armbruster

[RELATED: New Hayward Field is complete and it looks absolutely stunning]

And while Rupp’s 2020 dreams were delayed a year, he’s still excited about the opportunity to go to Tokyo. 

I haven’t spent a ton of time in Tokyo. I’ve been on the outskirts, so I’m really excited to see the city. But, I know it’s going to be an unbelievable event. 

“Every Olympics is different, but they’re all special. I’m excited to see what Japan and Tokyo has to offer.”

You can see more Olympic profiles and vignettes here

Let's re-live some of Kevin Calabro's most memorable play calls

Let's re-live some of Kevin Calabro's most memorable play calls

Portland Trail Blazers Television Play-By-Play announcer Kevin Calabro stepped down Wednesday after four years with the Trail Blazers. 

“It was a very tough decision,” Calabro told NBCSNW’s Dwight Jaynes Wednesday. “But all these years of travel, of being away, this is a good time to bring the focus back to my family.”

Calabro joined the Trail Blazers in June 2016 after spending 21 years as the longtime voice of the Seattle SuperSonics. 

While Calabro’s time on the Trail Blazers sideline was short, fans will always remember him for his legendary calls, including the Damian Lillard “bad shot” over OKC.

Let’s take a look back at some unforgettable calls from Kevin Calabro. 

WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE

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Former Duck Galen Rupp calls representing Oregon 'a tremendous honor'

Former Duck Galen Rupp calls representing Oregon 'a tremendous honor'

Galen Rupp's an Oregon boy through and through, and he's proud.

"I'm a proud Oregon boy," said Rupp. "I grew up here in Portland, went to the University of Oregon and Central Catholic High School. I've lived here all my life so it's a tremendous honor to represent this state and especially a state that has such a rich tradition in distance running."

The Portland native attended Central Catholic High School, where he led his team to back-to-back cross-country titles in 2002 and 2003. He also racked up three individual championships: the 300 meter in 2003 and 2004, as well as the 1500m in 2004. Rupp broke state records for the 1500 meter with a time of 3:45.30 and the mile 4:01.8. He received “High School Athlete of the Year” honors in 2004 by Track and Field news. 

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Ducks Podcast with host Jordan Kent and special guest Olympian Devon Allen].

Following his high school career, Rupp remained in state, attending the University of Oregon. He earned 14 All-American honors and five individual championships. He won the 10,000m in the 2009 USA Outdoor Track and Field championships with a time of 27:52.53, and was eventually awarded The Bowerman award in 2009, which is collegiate track & field’s highest honor. 

While attending college in Eugene, he continued a long legacy of elite track and field production from the state. 

"Steve Prefontaine. Bill Bowerman. Nike. They were all started here in Oregon and proud Oregonians," said Rupp. "It's really just an honor for me to continue that legacy and hope to inspire future Oregonians that they can be Olympians themselves one day." 

Rupp became the first back-to-back marathon trials winner since two-time Olympic medalist Frank Shorter in 1972-1976 when he crossed the finish line in 2 hours, 9 minutes and 20 seconds at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials. This is the third-fastest winning trials time in history. 

He was slated to run in the Olympic Games this summer but the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo got suspended until summer 2021.

Watch out for the kid from Portland running on the big stage next summer. 

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CJ McCollum unveils his first signature Heritage 91 pinot noir

CJ McCollum unveils his first signature Heritage 91 pinot noir

It is finally time to uncork CJ McCollum’s signature pinot noir!

The 2018 Pinot noir is McCollum Heritage 91’s inaugural wine, made in partnership with Adelsheim Vineyard. It’s pulled from three of Adelsheim’s most prized estate vineyards in the Chehalem Mountains, all planted on deep volcanic soil: Boulder Bluff, Quarter Mile Lane and Bryan Creek.

McCollum made the announcement on Instagram:

Without further ado I want to introduce you to the McCollum Heritage 91 in partnership with Adelsheim Vineyard. My own Pinot noir. A real bar if you will. Years of preparation and work went into this with a lot of moving parts and I’m thankful for everyone who helped bring this to life. Oregon is known for its Pinot noir and over the course of my career I’ve been blessed enough to explore so many different varieties. My love and understanding of wine has evolved just like my taste buds. Fortunate enough to bring my passion project to life. Hope you enjoy it as much as we do 🍷.

[Listen to the latest Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner with special guest Trail Blazers TV analyst Lamar Hurd].

This pinot is smooth and features a taste of cedar and cherry.

More details:

  • DESCRIPTORS: Smooth, Cherry, Cedar
  • COMPOSITION: 100% Pinot noir
  • APPELLATION: Chehalem Mountains
  • FERMENTATION: The hand-picked grapes were gently destemmed into a stainless-steel tank, where they sat for 4-5 days in cold soak. Fermentation commenced and lasted for 9-10 days. The wine was pressed then left to settle before racking into barrel.
  • AGING: The wine was aged in French oak barrels, 26% new, for 10 months prior to bottling.
  • ALCOHOL | pH: 13.5% | 3.55
  • PRODUCTION: 133 cases
  • HARVEST DATES: September 19 to 28, 2018
  • BOTTLING DATES: August 8, 2019

“I see wine as part of my journey. I am fascinated by it. With McCollum Heritage 91, I want to share my learnings and my love for wine, taking fans and wine lovers alike with me along the way,” says McCollum on Heritage 91 website.

It’s a perfect partnership between McCollum and Adelsheim Winery. The two share the same core values when it comes to wine: taste, approachability and experience with others.

The state of Oregon is known for the pinot noir. According to the website, when it came to McCollum Heritage 91’s inaugural wine, CJ wanted to choose vineyards that highlight the uniqueness that Oregon terrain has to offer. 

Adelsheim Winery have also partnered with the Trail Blazers organization for the franchise's 50th anniversary and have released a line of wines with the proceeds going to COVID-19 relief. You can find out more here.

McCollum joins a long list of NBA players who also have invested in the wine industry: Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Gregg Popovich, and Yao Ming to name a few.

Congratulations CJ, save a bottle for us!

Damian Lillard getting ready to deliver the knockout punch

Damian Lillard getting ready to deliver the knockout punch

When the NBA world shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic back in mid-March, players had to get creative with their workouts.

Portland Trail Blazers All-Star guard Damian Lillard is versatile, but we all knew that. He is a star on the court and on the mic, and now in the ring.

Instead of hitting three-point dagger after three-point dagger, Lillard instead hit the pads on Tuesday.

[Listen to the Talkin’ Blazers Podcast with hosts NBA Champion Channing Frye and Emmy Award winner Dan Sheldon and special guest Blazers TV analyst Lamar Hurd].

Footwork, agility, balance and coordination are just some of the many skills boxing has to offer and creates a solid foundation to build upon for any athlete in any sport.

Put these skills in the hands of Damian Lillard and that’s just unfair for the rest of the NBA.

As the Trail Blazers are beginning to make preparations for their NBA postseason run in Orlando, Florida in just a few weeks, Lillard has expressed before the NBA decided on this format that he wouldn’t participate if the Trail Blazers didn’t have a chance. He didn’t want to play in just ‘meaningless games.’

In this 22-team format, Portland does indeed have that fighting chance and Lillard is getting ready to deliver the knockout punch.