2009: The year in Oregon sports

2009: The year in Oregon sports

Credit: AP

Portland Trail Blazers guard Brandon Roy, left, passes over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Thabo Sefolosha, of Switzerland, right, in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game in Oklahoma City, Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. Portland won the game 83-74. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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by David Krough

kgw.com

Posted on December 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 29 at 7:49 PM

The year saw victories, agonizing defeats and head scratching ideas in the world of Oregon sports. Here are KGW.com's top sports stories.

The Oregon Ducks were embarassed in their first game of the year against Boise State when LeGarrette Blount lost his cool and punched Byron Hout, then needed to be restrained by police and team staff to keep from going after fans. He later apologized, was suspended and came back to play in the Civil War.

In the biggest Civil War in Oregon history - the Ducks redeemed themselves to go on to win the Oregon Civil War against the Oregon State Beavers in November, earning them a trip to the Rose Bowl New Year's Day in Pasadena

 

For the second time in his young career, Trail Blazer center Greg Oden was sidelined for the remainder of the season after cracking his patella in half during a game against the Houston Rockets at the Rose Garden on December 5.


As if that wasn't bad enough news, the Blazers were crippled by injuries to Travis Outlaw, Rudy Fernandez and center Joel Pryzbilla, who went down against the Dallas Mavericks December 22.

The Oregon State Beavers jumped out to an early lead over Brigham Young University in the Las Vegas Bowl, but BYU surged back to seize control and dominate the game, 44-20.




The City of Portland was making big plans to strike a deal to bring Major League Soccer to town. But wrangling with developers put  the future of the Portland Beavers Triple-A baseball franchise in question.

A deal would also alter the look of PGE Park.
 


In other sports venue news, the city wants to know what to do with the aging Memorial Coliseum. One such proposal put forth by the Blazers and WInterhawks would update the venue to make it more modern and intimate, along with a revitalization of the Rose Quarter.

 

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