Trail Blazers send two players down to D-league
PORTLAND — The Trail Blazers have assigned rookies Will Barton and Victor Claver to Portland's development league affiliate, the Idaho Stampede.
Barton has played in 16 games for the Blazers this season, averaging 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 8.8 minutes per game. The guard was the 40th pick in the June draft out of Memphis.
Claver, a 6-foot-10 forward from Spain, was selected by the Blazers in the 2009 draft and signed with the team this summer. He has appeared in four games this season, averaging 5.8 minutes with 0.3 points and one rebound per game.
Portland Timbers wrap up busy week of roster moves
PORTLAND — The Portland Timbers made a flurry of moves this week as the team prepares for next season under new head coach Caleb Porter.
Heading into its third Major League Soccer season, Portland signed goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, defender Ryan Kawulok and midfielder Rodney Wallace to new contracts. Additionally, the team exercised contract options on eight players from last season's roster, and declined the option for defender Steven Smith.
The moves came in advance of the league's re-entry draft. As expected, Portland passed on its pick in the first stage on Friday, and will have the third pick for the second stage next Friday.
Earlier this week, the Timbers acquired defender Michael Harrington from Sporting KC and midfielder Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake in other moves.
Portland is re-tooling its roster after finishing up the season 8-16-10, ranked second-to-last in Major League Soccer's Western Conference and falling far short of the team's goal to reach the playoffs.
Man falls from upper deck at Oakland Raiders game
OAKLAND, Calif. — A football fan appeared to deliberately jump from the upper deck at the Oakland Coliseum during an NFL game between the Raiders and Denver Broncos, police said Friday.
Police initially called the Thursday night fall an accident. But a preliminary investigation revealed the man either jumped or climbed over a wall on the third deck and fell to the concrete of the lower concourse moments after kickoff, Oakland police Sgt. Chris Bolton said Friday.
The man was treated at the scene by emergency personnel and taken to a hospital where he was listed in serious condition with non-life threatening injuries, police said.
Eyewitness accounts were inconsistent, but Bolton said the incident was not the result of foul play.
"This is not a criminal investigation, and no follow-up is being done in connection to a criminal case," Bolton said.
The man's name has not been released. It is also not known if alcohol may have been a factor.
Compiled from wire reports