Talking Points: Arena football coming back to Portland?

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Word is that Arena League football might be headed back to Portland.

Looking to book more events in the Moda Center, the Blazers are negotiating to bring a team to Oregon by next year. An announcement could come as early as today.

Arena football hasn't been in Portland since the Forest Dragons left in 1999. But we wonder whether lower-tier sports appeal to fans in the area. The Beavers never drew well, and even Timbers crowds didn't explode until the MLS arrived.

So, we say bring on the NHL.

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Arena League football fans get ready to rock `n roll all night.

The league is returning to the Los Angeles area with a new expansion team named after the rock band Kiss.

The expansion L.A. Kiss will begin play in 2014 with home games at Honda Center in Anaheim.

Founding band members Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley are fans of the league that features 50-yard fields and high-scoring offenses ... and now, face paint.

Talking Points wonders if the L.A. Kiss will use an offense that includes the "Love Gun" formation.

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Well, that was fun while it lasted.

Hudson's Bay High School graduate Steven Ames' first stint in the major leagues ended Wednesday when he was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans.

Ames was 0-1 with 4.50 ERA in four appearances since being first called up on July 28.

Look for Ames to return to the majors on Sept. 1 when rosters expand, if not sooner.