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By The Numbers – The Portland Thunder Defense

While the Portland Thunder have struggled offensively to an 0-5 record in their inaugural season, one thing that has been overlooked is the increasingly impressive play of their defensive unit. In fact, especially considering the relative youth and inexperience of the Thunder team, it might be surprising to say that the defense is one of […]

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Portland’s LA Similar To California’s LA?

Fans of championship NBA teams know the true meaning of a victory in the first game of the playoffs. Business as usual is their attitude. Not in Portland. Trail Blazer fans don’t know business as usual. The first round of the playoffs might be the second season for good teams, but in Portland there’s only […]

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The Portland Trail Blazers Remind Us That We Remember The Great Ones

In sports, we live for the great ones. We remember the great ones. When did the Portland Trail Blazers’ game one broadside across the bow of the increasingly unlikable Houston Rockets become a great one? There are a lot of correct answers, as Terry Stotts said in his post-game press conference. But you knew for […]

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Introducing The Portland Stags

Non-stop action. Fast paced play. Impressive athleticism. Amazing plays. Absolutely a blast to watch. These are some of the adjectives of the most popular sports in the country. It also describes the game played by the Portland Stags, a team that just entered its second season. The league they play in? It is known as […]

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With 143 Games Left This Season, Is It Time For The Seattle Mariners To Panic?

Optimism from the Seattle Mariners’ 6-3 start has been stifled some by a subsequent 1-9 stretch, including 8 straight (losing 7-2 last night to the Houston Astros extended this streak), with three scoreless games.  Before everyone forgets it’s baseball season and starts fawning over Mel Kiper’s “big board” and who the Seattle Seahawks will pick […]

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Portland Thunder Heartbreak, Falls To San Jose 38-32

Recap During pre-game warm-ups it felt like deja vu all over again as the Portland Thunder played host to San Jose SaberCats for the second time in this still young season. And while the game unfolded in a completely different manner, unfortunately for the Thunder, the end result was the same. The Thunder fell to […]

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Another Failure – Portland Timbers Fall In Salt Lake

It wasn’t a bad performance from the Portland Timbers Saturday night against Real Salt Lake. Portland’s team generally played as well as they could and certainly better than expected in Sandy. The Timbers were beaten by a better team. A better team with Nick Rimando. But good teams are a reality in MLS, and Portland […]

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Seattle Mariners System Report – Pitching Depth Continues To Surprise

With teams trying to find their footing in the first month of the season, finding depth is crucial to long-term success.  The Seattle Mariners have watched a deep pitching staff get depleted by injury after injury, yet keep finding strong arms to step in. Despite being without last year’s breakout star Hiwashi Iwakuma, as well […]

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OSN World Cup Primer Part 4 – Ivory Coast/Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d’Ivoire’s national team, nicknamed Les Éléphants, currently ranks as the best in Africa. They boast Didier Drogba, one of the world’s finest and most fearsome strikers of the past decade, and Yaya Toure, one of the very best midfielders. Brazil 2014 is just the third World Cup they’ve qualified for- and it also happens […]

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MLB Power Rankings – Week Three

This column written by Kyle Bliquez, a writer for Oregon Sports News This may be week three of the Major League Baseball season but this is week one of my official Power Rankings.  Parity exists in baseball more than any other sport.  Evidenced by successful teams struggling out of the gate, (most notably the World […]