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Portland Thorns shine at Providence Park and at the Rose Bowl

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Portland Thorns shine at Providence Park and at the Rose Bowl

Portland Thorns players were on full display on Saturday night. 

Not only did the Thorns pick up another point with a draw (1-1) vs. New Jersey at Providence Park thanks to a Christine Sinclair penalty kick goal in the first half but fellow Thorns, Tobin Heath & Lindsey Horan, were busy scoring goals at the Rose Bowl where the Women's National Team was taking on Ireland in the first game of their post-World Cup Tour. The Thorns now sit in 2nd place in the NWSL standings just behind North Carolina. The two teams will face off on Sunday next week. 

Sinclair's goal for the Thorn's came after this foul:

Heath and Horan both knocked in pretty goals in the exhibition: 

The Portland Thorn's players making headlines Saturday night is no surprise. Both Heath and Horan were key pieces to the Women's National Team bringing home the FIFA World Cup and Christine Sinclair (who plays for Canada) has been holding down the fort with the Thorns and has now notched a goal in four straight games. 

The Thorns are back in action against the Reign on Wednesday at 7pm. 

The National Team tour picks back up August 29th vs. Portugal at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. 

To join Team USA, or not to join Team USA? That is Damian Lillard's question

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To join Team USA, or not to join Team USA? That is Damian Lillard's question

NBA stars are removing themselves from the pool for the U.S. FIBA World Cup daily. In roughly eight days, All-Stars Anthony Davis, James Harden, and Bradley Beal have withdrawn their name from Team USA participation. Over the weekend, Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum removed his name from consideration to wear red, white and blue. 

Sources told The Athletic that Damian Lillard, as well as Cavs forward Kevin Love, are on the fence to join Team USA. Lillard is expected to make his intentions known in the coming days. 

If Lillard doesn’t bow out, the All-Star guard could very well take the reins of Team USA. After being cut from the team’s final roster in 2014 and withdrawing in 2016, Lillard is unquestionably the best talent on the team. The Trail Blazer has cemented his status as a lethal assassin from behind the logo, earned consecutive All-NBA berths and consistently finished top-six in MVP voting over the last few seasons. 

Of the 20 NBA All-Stars this season who were eligible for USA Basketball service, only four remain: Lillard, along with Kemba Walker, Khris Middleton, and Kyle Lowry, who is recovering from thumb surgery and aiming for a return for Team USA minicamp. Here's a look at who's still in the mix

Despite losing a number of talented players, Team USA is expected to be favored win a third-straight FIBA World Cup.

Training camp starts on August 5 in Las Vegas and those selected have a busy month filled with practices leading up to the 2019 FIBA World Cup August 31-September 15. 

Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum withdraws from USA Basketball training

Portland Trail Blazers' CJ McCollum withdraws from USA Basketball training

A report coming from Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes indicates that Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum has withdrawn his name from Team USA Basketball's events this summer. 

Recently, James Harden also took his name off the roster, as did new Laker Anthony Davis

Team USA starts training camp in Las Vegas on August 5th and those selected have a full August filled with practices and games and eventually the 2019 FIBA World Cup. 

Team USA, led by Coach Popovich, has just five all-stars remaining in their pool of players to select from. Of course, this doesn't count talented players like McCollum who were not All-Stars but certainly could have helped Team USA in international play. The five remaining All-Stars under consideration are:


More to come from Team USA's events this summer as Dwight Jaynes heads to Las Vegas in August to follow Damian Lillard through their first training camp. 

 

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard to participate in USA Basketball training camp

CJ McCollum and Damian Lillard to participate in USA Basketball training camp

It’s official—Portland Trail Blazers star guards Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum will both be at Team USA Basketball training camp later this summer.

The roster will be eventually trimmed down to 12 players that will represent Team USA in China this September at the FIBA Basketball World Cup.

Damian Lillard represented Team USA in 2014 and was a finalist for the team in 2016, while McCollum was on the 2016 USA Select Team that trained against the 2016 national team.

Lillard and McCollum will be joined by Bradley Beal, Harrison Barnes, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Andre Drummond, James Harden, Tobias Harris, Kevin Love, Kyle Lowry, Khris Middleton, Myles Turner, Kemba Walker, Kyle Kuzma, Brook Lopez, Paul Millsap, Donovan Mitchell, Jayson Tatum and P.J. Tucker. 

The first half of USA Basketball training camp takes place at UNLV in Las Vegas from August 5th-8th, with a live scrimmage at T-Mobile arena on August 9th. The second half of training camp moves to Los Angeles from August 13th-15th.