Portland Tribune

Saturday TV, radio
Author: Portland Tribune
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of sports on the air locally on Aug. 24


Seattle at L.A. Chargers, exhibition, 7 p.m., FOX (12), NFL Network, KFXX (1080 AM)


Toronto at Seattle, 6 p.m., Root Sports NW, KUFO (970 AM)


Hillsboro at Spokane, 7 p.m., KPOJ (620 AM)

NFL ...

Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout
Author: Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Instead, Democrats will push bills to change the quorum requirements to a simple majority - rather than two-thirds - to stop future walkouts.

More than two months after voting to fine protesting Republican senators $500 per day for walking off the job, Senate Democrat leaders announced Friday they will not make ...

Saturday sports events
Author: Portland Tribune
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of games and happenings for Aug. 24


Neely Cup, Memorial Coliseum, third-place game at 3 p.m., championship at 5 p.m.


Seattle at L.A. Chargers, 7 p.m.

Hood to Coast Relay

38th annual 199-mile run for 12-competitor teams (1,050 teams in all) finishes in Seaside ...

Saturday TV, radio
Author: Portland Tribune
The Portland Tribune's comprehensive breakdown of sports on the air locally on Aug. 24


Seattle at L.A. Chargers, exhibition, 7 p.m., FOX (12), NFL Network, KFXX (1080 AM)


Toronto at Seattle, 6 p.m., Root Sports NW, KUFO (970 AM)


Hillsboro at Spokane, 7 p.m., KPOJ (620 AM)

NFL ...

Dems back off threat to fine Republicans for walkout
Author: Aubrey Wieber and Claire Withycombe/Oregon Capital Bureau
Instead, Democrats will push bills to change the quorum requirements to a simple majority - rather than two-thirds - to stop future walkouts.

More than two months after voting to fine protesting Republican senators $500 per day for walking off the job, Senate Democrat leaders announced Friday they will not make ...

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Mariners get past Blue Jays 7-4
Author: TIM BOOTH, Associated Press

SEATTLE — Omar Narvaez and J.P. Crawford homered, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday night for their fifth win in six games.

Narvaez led off the second inning with his 18th homer and Crawford did the same leading off the fifth, belting his sixth of the year.

Seattle took the lead for good in the sixth, scoring three times with just one hit as Toronto’s bullpen struggled to throw strikes. Toronto used five relievers and issued seven walks in four innings of relief.

Mariners third baseman Kyle Seager continued his hot August at the plate with doubles in consecutive at-bats along with a pair of walks. Seager started the day hitting .323 with eight homers and 18 RBIs this month.

Teoscar Hernandez had two hits and two RBIs and Bo Bichette collected three hits, but the Blue Jays were stymied by Seattle’s bullpen.

Five Mariners relievers combined to allow four hits and an unearned run. Matt Wisler (3-2) got the victory and Matt Magill worked the ninth for his third save.

Seattle’s bottom of the sixth took 30 minutes. It featured three runs, three Toronto pitchers, two run-scoring wild pitches and just one hit. Nine batters came to the plate and only a sliding catch by Hernandez in center field kept the damage from being any worse.

Sam Gaviglio (4-2) recorded just two outs. He walked three and was charged with three runs.

Seattle rookie Justus Sheffield struggled early in his first major league start. Sheffield allowed a pair of runs in the first inning as Toronto sent eight batters to the plate and left the bases loaded. Sheffield rebounded and allowed one run and three hits the rest of his outing, but his high pitch count ended his night after just four innings.


Manager Scott Servais said left-hander Yusei Kikuchi will move back into the rotation on Tuesday night when the Mariners host the New York Yankees. His opponent on the mound: fellow Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka in a matchup that is sure to draw plenty of attention back home in Japan.

Kikuchi was skipped this turn in the rotation in order for Sheffield to start. Kikuchi threw a two-hitter in his last start.

With Kikuchi returning to the rotation and the additions of Sheffield and Felix Hernandez, the Mariners will move lefty Wade LeBlanc to the bullpen.


Blue Jays: RHP Clay Buchholz is expected to be activated from the 60-day injured list to start Sunday’s series finale. Buchholz has not pitched for Toronto since early May due to a muscle strain in his upper back.

Mariners: OF Mitch Haniger has been slowed down by a sore back that popped up during his rehab assignment. Servais was unsure the severity but was hopeful Haniger would be able to resume playing soon. … OF Braden Bishop (spleen) will be transferred to Triple-A Tacoma to continue his rehab assignment this weekend. … RHP Chasen Bradford underwent Tommy John surgery last week.


Blue Jays: Toronto is expected to use an opener followed by RHP Brock Stewart (2-0, 7.43 ERA). Stewart allowed three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings in his last outing.

Mariners: Hernandez (1-4, 6.52 ERA) will be activated off the 60-day injured list to make his first start since May 11. Hernandez initially suffered a lat strain and had several setbacks in his recovery. He’s expected to throw somewhere around 70 to 80 pitches.

2020 Democratic field: Narrowing but unwieldy, unpredictable
Author: BILL BARROW, Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO — The Democratic presidential field is shrinking but not quickly enough to ward off the prospect of a long, bruising fight for the nomination.

Three candidates dropped out of the race over the last two weeks, and several others could soon follow. What remains will be a historically large, double-digit roster that includes an unusually high number of strong campaigns poised to go deep into the primary season plus a gaggle of others doing just enough to survive with less than six months before the Iowa caucuses.

It’s a scenario — on display Friday, as more than a dozen candidates addressed the summer meeting of the Democratic National Committee — that almost certainly will make it harder for Democrats to settle quickly on a nominee to take on President Donald Trump, and the process could create unintended consequences even as top Democrats frame the dynamics as an embarrassment of riches.

“They’re all good, but there’s just so many,” says Julie D. Soo, a San Francisco Democrat who serves on her state party committee. “It’s time for some narrowing.”

Some Democratic players even quietly bring up the possibility of going into the national convention in Milwaukee next July without any candidate having secured a majority of delegates required to win the nomination. “I’m the harbinger of doom and gloom who thinks we could have a brokered convention,” said Leah Daughtry, who chaired the 2016 Democratic convention. “People don’t want to talk about that, and I just think, um-hum, OK then.”

Party Chairman Tom Perez takes the optimist’s view, praising “a bumper crop” that will yield a strong nominee tested by a tough primary. He touts the rules he’s set for the primary process, particularly the debates, as ensuring a “fair shake” for all candidates. The chairman, however, also gives nods toward the possibility of fissures like those that cost Hillary Clinton votes on the left and contributed to her loss to Trump in 2016.

“The most important thing for us to remember,” Perez told the party gathering Friday, is “that every single one of these candidates would make a better president than the current occupant of the White House.”

Still, Perez catches arrows from multiple angles — those who blame him for cutting off access to the national stage afforded by debates and those who worry he hasn’t done enough to streamline an unwieldly field.

“If we wanted to be the party that excluded people, we’d be Republicans,” presidential candidate Michael Bennet said Friday at the DNC, with Perez sitting nearby. The Colorado senator is unlikely to qualify for the September debates.

On his way out of the race this week, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee criticized the party for setting a grassroots fundraising goal that he and aides said forced longshot candidates to spend disproportionately on expensive digital fundraising consultants — taking away their ability to spend on travel and grassroots efforts in early states.

Massachusetts Rep. Seth Moulton announced at the DNC gathering Friday that he was ending his bid for the presidency. And former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper dropped out of the 2020 race last week.

As of now, 10 candidates have reached the qualifying thresholds on polling (2 percent in at least four recognized polls) and grassroots fundraising (130,000 unique donors) for the September debate. If that holds, the September debate would be the first of the cycle held on a single night.

That would put all leading candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders — on the same stage for the first time, together with a handful of others vying for top tier status, including Sens. Cory Booker and Amy Klobuchar, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

If another candidate qualifies by Aug. 28, the debate will be spread over two nights.

Those candidates have been less likely to criticize the debate rules openly. Their quieter complaints are the long wait for a more quaint debate stage involving the strongest candidates. Perez’s rules could even expand the debate stage in October, since that round will have the same rules as September, giving candidates another month to qualify.

“The bottom line is you just cannot tell someone they can’t run for president,” says Christine Pelosi, a DNC member and daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, defending the party’s handling of the race so far.

The difference between 10 or 12 or 14 candidates debating in the fall likely doesn’t change the 2020 dynamic that is most distinct from recent Democratic primaries: There’s little chance this primary battle becomes a two-person battle before voting begins, like the Hillary Clinton vs. Barack Obama bout in 2008 and the Sanders vs. Clinton bout in 2016.

Party officials and campaign representatives in San Francisco this week agreed that Biden, Warren, Sanders, Harris and Buttigieg all have the combination of support, organization and money to go deep into the primary.

Sounders beat Timbers 2-1 for Cascadia Cup
Author: CAITLIN MURRAY, Associated Press

PORTLAND — Cristian Roldan and Raul Ruidiaz each scored to lift the Seattle Sounders to a 2-1 win over rival the Portland Timbers on Friday night and secure this year’s Cascadia Cup trophy.

Jordan Morris assisted on both goals as the Seattle Sounders (12-8-7) moved into second place in the Western Conference.

The Timbers (11-11-4) have lost their last two games after falling last week 2-0 to reigning MLS Cup champion Atlanta United FC at home. The Timbers sit in seventh place, just above the playoff line.

The game was marked by a fan protest of MLS’s new policy that prohibits political displays at games. The Timbers Army and Emerald City Supporters fan groups remained silent for the first 33 minutes of the game due to a ban on flags showing the anti-fascist Iron Front symbol, which MLS says has become politicized.

When the clock hit 33:01, Timbers fans broke out into a chant based on “Bella Ciao,” an Italian protest song, and some fans for each team defiantly waved flags with the prohibited Iron Front logo.

Ahead of the planned fan protest, the starting players for the Timbers and the Sounders posed together for a pre-game photo with banners that said “anti-racist” and “anti-fascist.”

With the win, the Sounders secured their sixth Cascadia Cup, tying the Vancouver Whitecaps’ all-time record. The Timbers have won it four times.

The Cascadia Cup was created by supporters of the Timbers, Sounders and Whitecaps, and is awarded to the winner of the head-to-head matches between the three teams each season based on points.

In the 22nd minute, Morris crossed a ball into box that bounced off teammate Ruidiaz and into the path of Roldan, who tapped it past Timbers goalkeeper Steve Clark. It was Roldan’s fourth goal this season.

Two minutes into the second half, Morris tallied another assist, crossing the ball to Ruidiaz, who fired a shot from the middle of the penalty box for his 10th goal this year.

Diego Valeri scored for the Timbers in the 54th minute via a free kick that that ricocheted off Ruidiaz and into the goal.

Valeri, who has seven goals this season, is the only active MLS player and the sixth player league history to record 75 goals and 75 assists in league play.

The Timbers nearly equalized in the 58th minute when a Valeri strike and a Cristhian Paredes header forced two quick saves out of Sounders goalkeeper Stefan Frei.

In the 80th minute, the Timbers thought they equalized on a Brian Fernandez strike, but it was called back after a video review showed he was offside on the play.

The win was the Sounders’ first in five games. They had been winless and had allowed multiple goals in each of their previous four games.

Seattle has a 10-8-6 lead all-time in regular season meetings with Portland since the Timbers joined MLS in 2011.

Spanish midfielder Emanuel Cecchini made his debut for the Sounders in the second half. He was signed on Aug. 8 via a loan from Spanish second-division side Malaga.

The Timbers were without usual starting defender Larrys Mabiala, who injured his hamstring on Aug. 14 in a win over the Chicago Fire. The Timbers have not said when he is expected to return.

The Sounders were still without Victor Rodriguez, who has been out since July 6 with a hamstring injury.

Up next, the Timbers host Real Salt Lake on Aug. 31. Portland will play seven of their last eight matches of the season at home. The Timbers played their first 12 games of this season on the road due to an expansion of Providence Park, which added around 4,000 new seats.

The Sounders host the Los Angeles Galaxy on Sept. 1.


Seattle 1 1—2

Portland 0 1—1

First half—1, Seattle, Roldan, 4 (Ruidiaz), 22nd minute.

Second half—2, Seattle, Ruidiaz, 10 (Morris), 47th; 3, Portland, Valeri, 7, 54th.

Goalies—Seattle, Stefan Frei, Bryan Meredith; Portland, Steve Clark, Kendall Mcintosh.

Yellow Cards—Leerdam, Seattle, 53rd; Jones, Seattle, 65th; Abdul-Salaam, Seattle, 84th; Frei, Seattle, 90th+1.

Referee—Jair Marrufo. Assistant Referees—Jeff Hosking, Jose Da Silva, Edvin Jurisevic. 4th Official—Lukasz Szpala.



Seattle—Stefan Frei, Kelvin Leerdam (Saad Abdul-Salaam, 74th), Xavier Arreaga, Kim Kee-Hee, Joevin Jones (Emanuel Cecchini, 79th), Cristian Roldan, Gustav Svensson, Nicolas Lodeiro, Jordy Delem, Jordan Morris (Bradley Shaun Smith, 66th), Raul Ruidiaz.

Portland—Steve Clark, Zarek Valentin, Julio Cascante (Andy Polo, 80th), Bill Tuiloma, Jorge Villafana, Marvin Loria (Jeremy Ebobisse, 46th), Diego Chara, Diego Valeri, Cristhian Paredes (Tomas Conechny, 72nd), Sebastian Blanco, Brian Fernandez.

Work on taller border wall starts in Arizona, New Mexico
Author: CEDAR ATTANASIO and ASTRID GALVAN, Associated Press

SANTA TERESA, N.M. — Work crews in Arizona and New Mexico forged ahead Friday with construction of taller border fencing funded through a national emergency declaration by President Donald Trump.

The work on his hallmark campaign promise involves mostly replacement fencing along a 46-mile stretch of desert west of Santa Teresa, New Mexico, and on 2 miles of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Arizona.

At the New Mexico site, about 20 workers placed rebar frames for concrete footers along the path of the wall. A 50-foot crane towered over the site, standing out on the treeless brushland and cracked washes that stretch for miles in every direction.

Workers broke ground between Columbus and Santa Teresa — small towns near ports of entry along the border between New Mexico and the state of Chihuahua, Mexico.

In Arizona, crews were installing 30-foot steel fencing to replace older barriers next to a border crossing known as Lukeville Port of Entry.

Both projects are being funded with money initially allocated to the Defense Department that was redirected by Trump’s executive order.

Use of the money was previously frozen by lower courts while a lawsuit proceeded. Last month, however, the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for the use of about $2.5 billion.

A border wall was a keystone of the president’s 2016 election campaign, but Congress has resisted funding all of it. This year it allocated $1.4 billion, but the president wanted much more.

The administration has awarded $2.8 billion in contracts for barriers covering 247 miles, with all but 17 miles of that to replace existing barriers instead of expanding coverage.

Various forms of barriers already exist along 654 miles — about a third — of the border.

The construction comes as immigrant apprehensions have fallen sharply over the past two months due to the summer heat and a clamp down in Mexico.

Tens of thousands of people have come to the U.S. over the past year. Most are Central American families with children who turn themselves in to agents instead of trying to dodge them.

Environmentalists have sued over some of the construction contracts for the fencing, saying the government unlawfully waived dozens of laws so it could build on protected lands.

Conservationists say a wall — and its construction– would be detrimental to wildlife habitat and would block the migration of animals such as bighorn sheep and wolves.

With Inslee in governor race, others bow out
Author: David Gutman, The Seattle Times

Six months ago, when Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced he would run for president, he set down the first in what became an elaborate line of dominoes branching and meandering through the Washington political world.

If Inslee were running for president, then lower-ranking statewide officials would run for governor and so would the leader of the state’s largest county. Then their positions would open up, so a whole slew of other officials queued up to run for those spots.

But nobody knocked down that first domino.

And now the Washington political landscape, which had been set up for a radical reformation, looks like it could be largely frozen in place for the next four years.

With Inslee’s announcement Thursday that he will seek a third term as governor — the first time anyone’s done that in nearly half a century — several of the state’s leading Democrats put their personal ambitions on hold and stepped into line behind him. Democrats have dominated statewide offices for years — they’ve held the governor’s office for the last 35 years and currently hold eight of 10 statewide elected partisan positions.

Inslee not only announced his run for re-election, he also, temporarily, squelched speculation that he wanted to serve in a Cabinet position, should Democrats retake the White House in 2020.

“Yes, that’s my intention and that’s what I would do,” Inslee said when asked if he would serve a full four-year term if he is re-elected. “There was one position in Washington, D.C., that I thought I was interested in and I will not be serving in that capacity.”

He said his re-election campaign would focus on continuing the “incredible progress” that the state has made since his first election in 2012.

State Party Chair Tina Podlodowski said she was thrilled that Inslee would run again and was confident he would win another term.

Three prominent Democrats who had all expressed interest in running for governor over the last several months all said shortly after Inslee’s announcement that they would not challenge the governor — or didn’t plan on it.

“Jay Inslee has been a leader in tackling one of the biggest threats we face, climate change, and that’s why I support his re-election for governor,” state Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz said in a prepared statement, simultaneously announcing she would seek a second term in her position.

“I’m not planning on running against Gov. Inslee,” King County Executive Dow Constantine said. He said he was preparing for a 2021 re-election campaign, for what would be his fourth term, and “I’ll make that decision and announcement when the time comes.” He also expressed modest disappointment that his higher political aspirations are now on hold.

“Of course I was looking forward to the opportunity to get out there and debate Washington’s future with my colleagues, but we are doing a ton of important work here at home in King County,” Constantine said.

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson said he was neither disappointed nor surprised by Inslee’s decision and that the governor had told him months ago that he would likely run for a third term if his presidential push stalled out. Ferguson said he would seek a third term as attorney general.

“There’s no part of me that’s disappointed at all,” he said about not running for governor. “You need to have a reason for it, right, beyond one’s ambition to have that position. I don’t have that with Gov. Inslee. I support his work completely, I think he’s been a great governor. Beyond that, he’s someone I enjoy being with. I just wouldn’t run against a friend, I don’t want the job that bad.”