Miyazato captures Safeway Classic, No. 1 ranking

By Brian T. Smith August 23, 2010 6 a.m.

Ai Miyazato reclaimed the top spot in the world rankings, winning the LPGA Safeway Classic on Sunday for her fifth victory of the year.

Miyazato increases lead at Safeway Classic

By Brian T. Smith August 22, 2010 6 a.m.

Ai Miyazato stretched her lead to three strokes Saturday during the second round of the LPGA Safeway Classic.

Weighty rule DQs Inkster from Safeway Classic

By Brian T. Smith August 22, 2010 6 a.m.

Juli Inkster learned Saturday evening after walking off the Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek Course that she had been disqualified from the Safeway Classic.

Miyazato has first-round lead at Safeway Classic

By Brian T. Smith August 21, 2010 6 a.m.

Ai Miyazato shot 6-under-par 66 during the first round Friday at Pumpkin Ridge’s Ghost Creek Course, and leads the Safeway Classic by one stroke.

Hur, Kerr Lead Way at LPGA

By Brian T. Smith August 20, 2010 6 a.m.

M.J. Hur is eager to hold up and raise the Safeway Classic trophy again. Hur, who won the 2009 LPGA tournament at Pumpkin Ridge, referred to her first professional title as a once-in-a-lifetime event. The South Korean gained prestige and added newfound confidence.

Fernandez fined by NBA

By Brian T. Smith August 19, 2010 3:09 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers guard Rudy Fernandez has been fined $25,000 for public statements detrimental to the NBA, the league announced Thursday.

Fernandez finished with Blazers, NBA, agent says

By Brian T. Smith August 18, 2010 5:33 p.m.

Rudy Fernandez is "done" with the Portland Trail Blazers and the NBA, his agent, Andy Miller, said Wednesday.

Timbers crowd mixes together bit of everything

By Brian T. Smith August 13, 2010 6 a.m.

Always trust the ticket scalper. When you want to know the truth or feel the pulse, the scalper is the source.

Blazers’ front-office hires are now official

By Brian T. Smith August 13, 2010 6 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers officially hired Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry on Thursday as assistant general managers, Blazers general manager Rich Cho announced. The Columbian first reported the pending hires Tuesday.

Blazers officially name Branch, Rosenberry assistant GMs

By Brian T. Smith August 12, 2010 10:53 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers officially hired Bill Branch and Steve Rosenberry on Thursday as assistant general managers, Blazers general manager Rich Cho announced.

Blazers bolster front office with two new additions

By Brian T. Smith August 11, 2010 6 a.m.

One of the primary reasons the Portland Trail Blazers hired Rich Cho as the team’s general manager was because of the new-generation executive’s reputation for thinking outside the box. Cho has done just that with his first major move as GM while leading an organization that is attempting to take the next step in its evolution.

Why can’t it happen here?

By Brian T. Smith August 8, 2010 6 a.m.

The Triple-A Portland Beavers, who are set to leave Portland following the end of the 2010 season, could have soon belonged to Vancouver, Arch Miller said.

Wood bat baseball league looking at Vancouver

By Brian T. Smith August 5, 2010 6 a.m.

The Triple-A Portland Beavers will not be relocating to Vancouver in the near future. But that does not mean Clark County will not have an opportunity to add a new baseball team during the next two years. Ken Wilson, president of the West Coast League, said this week that the amateur baseball organization could have a franchise in Vancouver by the 2012 season. If a long-planned deal goes through, the club is expected to share a field with Clark College.

Leonard takes one more swing for Portland Beavers

By Brian T. Smith August 4, 2010 6 a.m.

Portland city commissioner Randy Leonard told The Columbian on Tuesday that he believes the Beavers have a chance to remain in Portland, and still regards land occupied by Memorial Coliseum as an ideal location for a new stadium.

Blazers sign rookie Johnson

By Brian T. Smith August 3, 2010 6 a.m.

After battling with Patty Mills during NBA Summer League action for a Blazers roster spot, Armon Johnson signed a contract with the team Monday.

Blazers, celebs turn out for fundraiser

By Brian T. Smith August 2, 2010 6 a.m.

Brian Grant's battle with Parkinson's disease was the centerpiece of a glitzy, Hollywood-like fundraiser that benefited the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's research.

Promise turns into ‘The Rudy Situation’

By Brian T. Smith July 30, 2010 6 a.m.

Rudy Fernandez's potential is up for debate and his image has fallen apart, breaking into sharp, jagged pieces.

McMillan finds new company on bench

By Brian T. Smith July 28, 2010 6 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ summer of change continued Tuesday. But instead of adding or subtracting a player or general manager, the team went for a somewhat more traditional approach by shaking up its coaching staff.

Raivio signs with Belgian team

By Brian T. Smith July 27, 2010 1:20 p.m.

Nik Raivio is heading to Belgium.

Familiar faces join Blazers’ coaching staff

By Brian T. Smith July 27, 2010 6 a.m.

Buck Williams, Bernie Bickerstaff and Bob Ociepka were officially added Monday to Nate McMillan’s coaching staff.

Comcast responds to Blazers' FCC filing

By Brian T. Smith July 23, 2010 12:10 p.m.

Comcast SportsNet Northwest has responded to a comment the Portland Trail Blazers recently filed with the Federal Communications Commission, The Columbian has learned.

Brian T. Smith: Matthews' fire burns bright

By Brian T. Smith July 23, 2010 6 a.m.

Part of what drives Wesley Matthews is an inner fire. One that has burned bright since the newly signed Portland Trail Blazers guard was a small child, when his mom pushed the 5-year-old to defend the best player on the opposing team. Part is the chip that Matthews openly acknowledges rests on his shoulder. It’s what happens when people who are supposed to believe in you don’t. When those who are paid to know, understand, and grade the game of basketball fail at their job, and a promising four-year standout from Marquette is suddenly erased from the picture.

Wesley Matthews ready to earn his keep with Blazers

By Brian T. Smith July 22, 2010 6 a.m.

PORTLAND — Wesley Matthews did not duck the question. Nor did he deflect it with misdirection or offer a soft, easy response. Instead, the newly signed Portland Trail Blazers guard did exactly what he has done since he entered the NBA last season as an undrafted rookie: He manned up and dealt with the issue head on.

Video: Blazers' Matthews speaks with the media

By Brian T. Smith July 21, 2010 11:39 a.m.

Video footage of Portland Trail Blazers guard Wesley Matthews being introduced to the media Wednesday in Portland.

Cho’s job has been a long time coming

By Brian T. Smith July 21, 2010 6 a.m.

Buried beneath Rich Cho’s rapid-fire mind and an overwhelming pile of statistics and numbers are old-school personal relationships.

Cho is front and center

By Brian T. Smith July 20, 2010 6 a.m.

Rich Cho was officially introduced as Portland's new general manager Monday, becoming the ninth person in the organization's 40-year history to hold the title.

Cho humbled by new role as Blazers GM

By Brian T. Smith July 20, 2010 6 a.m.

PORTLAND — Rich Cho searched for one word and then he found it. Cho was humbled. Completely and overwhelmingly humbled. All the years of hard work, perseverance and self belief had paid off. And the softspoken 44-year-old known more for his intelligence and business acumen than his flashy star power was now the general manager of the Portland Trail Blazers.

Video: Cho becomes Blazers' new GM

By Brian T. Smith July 19, 2010 2:41 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers general manager Rich Cho was introduced to the media Monday at the Rose Garden in Portland.

Allen, Miller discuss Cho hiring

By Brian T. Smith July 19, 2010 3:20 p.m.

Portland Trail Blazers owner Paul Allen and president Larry Miller discuss Rich Cho, who was named the team's new general manager on Monday.

Blazers expected to name Cho next GM, sources say

By Brian T. Smith July 19, 2010 11 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to name Rich Cho as the organization's new general manager, sources have informed The Columbian.

Paulson laments future of Portland Beavers

By Brian T. Smith July 18, 2010 6 a.m.

Portland Beavers president/general manager Merritt Paulson said he could envision the Triple-A baseball club being put up for sale by September at the earliest, but that a late-2010 time period was more likely.

Miller says Blazers are better off than in 2009

By Brian T. Smith July 17, 2010 6 a.m.

Blazers president Larry Miller said Friday that the Blazers are in a slightly better position now than they were a year ago.

Blazers set to add Matthews to roster

By Brian T. Smith July 15, 2010 6 a.m.

Wesley Matthews is expected to soon become a Portland Trail Blazer. Lance Young, Matthews’ agent, said Wednesday evening Utah will not match the restricted free-agent contract offer made to the second-year guard last Saturday by the Blazers.

Blazers pursue Comcast solution

By Brian T. Smith July 13, 2010 6 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers’ dispute with Comcast SportsNet Northwest has reached Washington, D.C. The Blazers filed a letter June 21 with the Federal Communications Commission, asking the government agency to allow the team’s basketball games to be broadcast on television in Oregon and Washington by distributors other than CSN, The Columbian has learned.

East stars out-slug West in Freedom Bowl

By Brian T. Smith July 11, 2010 6 a.m.

The East Southwest Washington all-stars finally kicked through, defeating the West 14-6 in the eighth annual Freedom Bowl Classic on Saturday at Kiggins Bowl.

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By Brian T. Smith July 10, 2010 7:06 p.m.

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By Brian T. Smith July 10, 2010 7:06 p.m.

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Matthews signs Blazers' offer sheet

By Brian T. Smith July 10, 2010 8:07 p.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers are going hard after Wesley Matthews.

Johnson, Mills set to battle for roster spot

By Brian T. Smith July 10, 2010 6 a.m.

Patty Mills and Armon Johnson are young, talented point guards currently wearing Blazers uniforms. Yet there is no guarantee both will be employed by Portland when the 2010-11 season opens in late October.

Pfund next to interview for Blazers job

By Brian T. Smith July 9, 2010 6 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers are expected to meet with Randy Pfund to discuss the team’s vacant general manager position. Pfund, formerly the GM of Miami, will become the second person to officially interview for the job, following Danny Ferry.

Blazers seek new summer surprise

By Brian T. Smith July 8, 2010 6 a.m.

Jeff Pendergraph remembers the first go-around, and he remembers it well. The Portland Trail Blazers power forward was a young, untested rookie. His first taste of real competition — the 2009 NBA Summer League — was staring him directly in the face. So, Pendergraph went low key and played it straight. But he was also bug-eyed, nervous and naïve.

Raivio ready for chance

By Brian T. Smith July 8, 2010 6 a.m.

After running through a two-hour practice Wednesday morning during the Portland Trail Blazers’ first warmup session for the 2010 NBA Summer League, former Mountain View High School standout Nik Raivio had already developed the perspective of an eager but unsure freshman.

Blazers continue working to find GM, free agents

By Brian T. Smith July 7, 2010 6 a.m.

Portland Trail Blazers president Larry Miller said he spent part of the Fourth of July weekend in San Diego, enjoying a reunion with his grandchildren. But Miller spent most of his brief two-day getaway working, balancing the Blazers’ search for a new general manager with the ongoing process of evaluating potential free-agent acquisitions.

Volcanoes season ends with playoff loss

By Brian T. Smith July 4, 2010 6 a.m.

Easily outrun and outgunned by the completely-in-synch Albany Legends, the Vancouver Volcanoes were downed 124-105 Saturday in the finals of the National bracket in the International Basketball League playoffs.

Troupe keeps Volcanoes alive in postseason run

By Brian T. Smith July 3, 2010 6 a.m.

Porter Troupe's last-second field goal allowed the Vancouver Volcanoes to knock off the B.C. Titans 105-103 in the semifinals of the National bracket in the International Basketball League playoffs on Friday.

Blazers ready for free agent blitz

By Brian T. Smith June 30, 2010 6:01 p.m.

At 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Blazers are expected to start rifling through personal directories of NBA players and agents. By 9:01 p.m., the chase will be on.

Blazers waive Gomes to avoid luxury tax

By Brian T. Smith June 29, 2010 11:21 p.m.

Ryan Gomes spent less than five days as a Portland Trail Blazer. The Blazers decided to waive Gomes on Tuesday after acquiring the veteran forward in a draft-day deal last Thursday,

Blazers put focus on future

By Brian T. Smith June 28, 2010 10:39 p.m.

Everything was normal for 30 minutes. Portland Trail Blazers rookies Luke Babbitt, Elliot Williams and Armon Johnson stood tall, proudly holding up their new jerseys, smiling wide as camera shutters clicked and flashes popped.

Blazers notes: Blazers address perimeter needs in draft

By Brian T. Smith June 26, 2010 6:01 a.m.

The Portland Trail Blazers entered the 2010 NBA Draft hoping to improve the team’s perimeter shooting, which struggled at the end of 2009-10 due to the late-season departures of guard Steve Blake and forward Travis Outlaw. By the time a chaotic draft night was over Thursday, the Blazers felt certain that instant improvement was in sight.

Pritchard leaves with a flurry

By Brian T. Smith June 24, 2010 11:30 p.m.

TUALATIN, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers general manager Kevin Pritchard was fired Thursday. Longtime Blazers guard Martell Webster was traded away.