Matt Calkins

Sports Reporter

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SoCal team drops Columbia, 15-5

By Matt Calkins August 1, 2012 6 a.m.

Ten straight wins are nice. A 10-run loss? Eh, not quite as nice.

Vancouver's Ard 'was born to hit'

By Matt Calkins July 25, 2012 6 a.m.

Vancouver's Taylor Ard is learning that there is such a thing as a "good 0-for-6" when learning the ropes of becoming a professional baseball player.

Nicolas Batum signs contract, and answers some lingering questions

By Matt Calkins July 20, 2012 6:39 p.m.

It's rare that players interviewed at the Trail Blazers practice facility are sitting down during the Q&A. But Nicolas Batum likely needed the rest.

Calkins: Time for sorry comes too late

By Matt Calkins July 20, 2012 6 a.m.

It's true: The pros don't play good defense. At least they don't off the court. Seems whenever a PR bullet is moving in their direction, they offer the verbal equivalent of trying to block it with their skin.

'Skeet' O'Connell dies at age 96

By Matt Calkins July 15, 2012 6 a.m.

On the go for his near century-long life, Claude "Skeet" O'Connell is finally at rest.

Freeland climbs on board as Batum waits

By Matt Calkins July 14, 2012 6 a.m.

If Nicolas Batum does not end up in Portland next season, by no means will the Trail Blazers be short on foreign Blazers.

CALKINS: Batum shows short-sighted view of situation

By Matt Calkins July 13, 2012 6 a.m.

He stands at 6-foot-8. He has the wingspan of a 7-footer. Everything about Nicolas Batum says long, long, long. Except the way he's thinking. That couldn't be much shorter.

Smith is ready to challenge for position

By Matt Calkins July 13, 2012 6 a.m.

Nolan Smith's former college coach, Mike Krzyzewski, gave this advice to his former player: If you want to get even — get mad.

Blazer notes: Blazers add former first-round pick

By Matt Calkins July 12, 2012 6 a.m.

Three years after he was drafted by the Trail Blazers, Spanish forward Victor Claver will be coming to Portland this season.

Plot thickens with Blazers, Batum

By Matt Calkins July 12, 2012 6 a.m.

Blazers GM Neil Oshey says he will match any offer made to Nicolas Batum, but a trade with Minnesota is possible

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