Zach Collins’ career with the Portland Trail Blazers at a pivotal point

The saga of Portland Trail Blazers forward Zach Collins’ development and future with the team is rapidly approaching a fork in the road.

a group of people riding on the back of a basketball game: The Portland Trail Blazers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at Moda Center on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Sean Meagher/Staff

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The Portland Trail Blazers face the Golden State Warriors in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals at Moda Center on Saturday, May 18, 2019. Sean Meagher/Staff

Entering his fourth season, Collins is either going to flourish and likely re-sign with Portland or continue to flounder and force the Blazers to make a decision with financial ramifications surrounding a promising but oft-injured talent that has yet to put things together in the NBA.

The potential dilemma ideally would have been put to rest last season when Collins became the starting power forward and appeared ready to establish himself as the team’s best option at that position since LaMarcus Aldridge departed for San Antonio as a free agent in 2015. Instead, Collins

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No. 10 Oregon Ducks advances to 2-0 with win over University of Portland

When the NCAA Tournament was canceled due to the coronavirus last March, it also eliminated the chance for the Portland Pilots and Oregon Ducks to have met in the first round.

On Monday evening, we got the matchup, albeit without Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard or Satou Sabally, with the No. 10 Oregon Ducks (2-0) winning 85-52 thanks to a strong third quarter. 

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The Pilots played the Ducks tough in the first half, trailing by just nine points after one quarter and 12 points at the half. But, Oregon outscored Portland by 18 points in the third quarter to put away the contest. 

Senior Erin Boley led the way for Oregon with 25 points on 11-17 shooting showing she takes on more of an offensive load this season. Before, she primarily spaced the floor but against Portland she took pull-up

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Portland Board of Education on cusp of new leadership

PORTLAND — The Portland Board of Education has informally chosen Emily Figdor as its new chairperson for the 2020-2021 school board year.

In a straw poll vote Nov. 17, the school board, including the soon-to-be sworn-in new members, informally voted to nominate Emily Figdor as the group’s new chairperson. A formal vote comes Dec. 7. Contributed / Portland Public Schools

A formal vote to chose a chairperson is scheduled for Dec. 7, when the board will hold an inauguration ceremony for Jeffrey Irish, Aura Russell-Bedder and Yusuf Yusuf, who were elected Nov. 3.

“Emily has years of experience doing work in the community, even before she joined the board, that has prepared her with skills that are transferable to the chairmanship,” board member Anna Trevorrow said in nominating Figdor Nov. 17.

“She is a natural leader and it has become very apparent over these last two years working with her

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Ali leads Portland over Northwest University 74-69

PORTLAND, Ore. — Ahmed Ali posted 18 points as Portland beat Northwest University 74-69 on Sunday.

Isiah Dasher had 14 points and five steals for Portland (2-1). Eddie Davis added 13 points and Mike Henn had 10 points.

Pa’Treon Lee had 15 points and 10 assists for the Eagles. Cesar Sandoval added 12 points and 12 rebounds, and J.R. Delgado had 11 points and eight rebounds.

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University of Portland and Portland State permitted to practice and play

Good news for Portland NCAA basketball programs. 

Oregon governor Kate Brown announced Wednesday that she has extended athletic exemptions to conduct full-contact practices to all Division 1 athletic programs in the state, not just Oregon and Oregon State like previously ruled. 

“I am extending the Pac-12 exemption for college athletics to all Division I schools in Oregon because it is only fair to give Portland State University and the University of Portland the same opportunity that Oregon’s Pac-12 schools have had,” wrote Brown Wednesday in a statement. 

She did this after some outcry about how the Ducks and Beavers could conduct

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Unlawful assembly declared at Portland State University; 2 arrested

Law enforcement authorities declared a gathering at Portland State University an unlawful assembly Monday night after a group of marchers broke windows at the university.

Police arrested two people.

In an earlier news release, police, working under a unified command structure, said they were concerned about a gathering at Director’s Park billed as a “direct action” event. Police said “direct action” events in the past have led to vandalism and other criminal behavior.

Police said at around 9 p.m., the group marched to Portland State University, where some members of the group broke windows at the school’s Public Safety Office and then shattered windows at the nearby Starbucks. Police said people also pour a flammable liquid inside the store.

Law enforcement ordered the group to disperse.

The unified command structure is made up of the Oregon State Police, Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office and the Portland Police Bureau. Law enforcement said

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Canzano: Oregon Gov. Kate Brown shoots back on basketball blockade of Portland State and University of Portland

Oregon Governor Kate Brown doubled down on her decision to shut out the men’s and women’s basketball teams at University of Portland and Portland State. She continues to refuse to grant either Division-I university the same exemption she gave to Oregon and Oregon State weeks ago.


A spokesperson for Gov. Brown’s office, said on Tuesday, “Here is where Governor Brown’s focus is: Getting kids back in schools who haven’t been in a classroom since last spring. Finding a way for families to safely visit the loved ones in long term care facilities they haven’t seen since early March. Making sure Oregonians who lost everything to wildfires have a warm place to call home before winter. Bringing case counts under control so that we can keep businesses open.”

All very important things. All deserving of focus and attention. Also, all emotionally loaded. It’s a smokescreen really. I also support kids

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NWSL Star Crystal Dunn Takes Control Of Her Career Narrative With Trade To Portland Thorns

Crystal Dunn smiled, but the power behind her assertion was clear when she was asked about what position she hoped to play for her new team, the Portland Thorns.

“I actually haven’t had a sit-down conversation with Mark [Parsons, Thorns head coach] yet, but I did voice to him that I don’t really want to play in the backline,” she said. “So if he has that idea lined up, I’ll deal with it, but I think he knows that I definitely want to pursue an attacking role.”

This is the new Crystal Dunn, now 28. She’s proved herself again and again, but so much of her career has been defined by making

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Canzano: University of Portland basketball programs preparing to hurdle Gov. Kate Brown and move out of state

The University of Portland is exploring out-of-state options that would allow its men’s and women’s basketball programs the ability to hold practices and host games, The Oregonian/OregonLive has learned.

I can’t say I’m surprised.

Also, not shocked that the State of Oregon won’t recognize the role it played in sweeping a couple of Division 1 college basketball programs across state lines.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown refused to grant UP the same exception that she gave to both Oregon and Oregon State last month. The Pilots submitted protocols and procedures that mirrored those of the Pac-12 universities, but were denied twice. The governor’s office said it simply isn’t issuing any new exemptions and asked the programs to try again in six to 12 weeks.

Basically, the governor would like UP’s athletes to go away. And it turns out, they are listening to her.

Again, you can ice skate and go bowling

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Portland Public Schools socks away $20 million in reserves, rural teachers call in sick after student tests positive for COVID: The week in education

Portland Public Schools spent some $8 million to provide Chromebooks for all of its students in the spring and another $10 million on coronavirus-related expenses so far this school year.

Still, the state’s largest district began this school year with more money than it anticipated through a mix of austerity measures and federal grants. And it’s putting away about $20 million as district accountants expect Gov. Kate Brown’s 2021-23 biennium budget may include cuts to state education funding.

The district doesn’t anticipate allowing students back into classrooms until at least late January. Because so many of Portland Public Schools’ employees live in Washington and Clackamas counties, the entire metro area will need to see a consistent — and drastic decline — in the number of new coronavirus cases health officials identify on a weekly basis.

Here are some of the other major education stories from this week:

Coronavirus update:


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