McCollum to miss Blazers' four-game road trip

Portland will continue to determine its postseason seeding without its second-best player.

Blazers coach Terry Stotts told reporters on Monday that CJ McCollum will not accompany the team on its upcoming four-game road trip due to a lingering left knee strain suffered on March 16. The road swing includes stops at Chicago, Atlanta, Detroit and Minnesota.

Terry Stotts says @CJMcCollum will NOT go on the team’s upcoming four-game road trip.

— Casey Holdahl (@CHold) March 26, 2019

McCollum is averaging 21.3 points while shooting 46.3 percent from the field, including 38.0 percent from 3. The Blazers’ offensive rating drops from 114.5 to 103.6 when McCollum sits, a mark worse than the league-worst Knicks (104.4).

Portland currently sits fourth in the West, two games ahead of the Clippers and one game behind third-place Houston.

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MLB Opening Day 2019: Previews, depth charts and schedules for all 30 teams as baseball season approaches

The 2019 Major League Baseball season is nearly here. Opening Day is slated for Thursday, March 28 and there’s plenty of intrigue all around baseball. To get you ready for the upcoming season, we’re previewing each team with projected rosters, storylines and more.

We’re keeping all of those previews, as well as each team’s schedule and depth chart below in this handy post so you can stay up to date with everything you need to know before your favorite team throws its first pitch of 2019.

USMNT vs. Chile: Friendly prediction, pick, TV channel, live stream, watch online

The United States men’s national team plays its second friendly of the month on Tuesday as it hosts reigning Copa America champion Chile in Houston. The U.S. is coming off a 1-0 win over Ecuador last week, while Chile fell to Mexico 3-1. This is the second match for new USA coach Gregg Berhalter with a full player pool, but his squad took a bit of a hit after last week’s match with two key players out.

Here’s how you can watch the match and what to know:

Friendly: USMNT vs. Chile Date: Tuesday, March 26
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston
TV channel: ESPN2 and Univision Deportes
Streaming: fuboTV (Try for free)  Odds: USA +190 / Chile +140 / Draw +240 Storylines

USA: The U.S. lost Weston McKennie to a ruptured ankle ligament that will keep him out

PJ Washington injury update: Status of Kentucky star remains unclear with Sweet 16 looming

The status of Kentucky star forward PJ Washington remains unclear as No. 2 seed Kentucky prepares for its Sweet 16 matchup on Friday against No. 3 seed Houston in the Midwest Regional. Washington has missed the last two games while recovering from a sprained foot he suffered against Tennessee in the SEC Tournament. Last week, Kentucky confirmed he was in a walking boot for precautionary reasons but he was spotted at Kentucky’s game on the bench wearing a hard cast as a result of a specialist’s recommendation.

Wildcats coach John Calipari said on his weekly radio show Monday that he is still unsure about Washington’s status this week, but did add that he’s expected to shed the cast on Tuesday to determine how far he has recovered to this point.

“We don’t know if PJ is going

Fantasy Basketball: Week 24 Waiver Wire

It all happens so fast. There are 17 days left in the NBA regular season. Many head-to-head leagues will appoint their champions this week. Another Fantasy season nears its end.

But it’s not over yet. And with every addition to the growing OFS (out for the season) list, the waiver wire adds a new wrinkle. Each of the following names were marked OFS just over the past week: Tim Hardaway Jr, Kelly Oubre, Derrick Rose, Jeff Teague, Wendell Carter, Chandler Hutchison.

And that doesn’t include the dozen or so players who had already received the designation, nor does it include players like Nikola Mirotic, who may miss the rest of the regular season but expect to return during the playoffs.

If, by some miraculous fortune, your team has not been impacted by the growing list of the infirmed, then

Brandon Clarke may be the best two-way NBA prospect in March Madness

By: | March 25, 2019

Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke has been one of the most exciting prospects in the NCAA Tournament, which should help his draft stock.

He did not appear on our aggregate mock drafts before December but has ranked as a late first-round pick in each of our last four aggregate mock drafts since December while Bleacher Report and The Athletic both view him as a lottery pick. His ridiculously high floor could give him even more of a bump given the success he has had during the tournament thus far averaging 29.5 points, 8.0 boards and 4.0 blocks per game en route to the Sweet 16.

The San Jose State transfer actually led the NCAA in field goal percentage (69.9 percent) during the regular season. In fact, through his three years in the NCAA, Clarke ranks as one of the 10 most

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Hang Time Podcast: Playoff races, Rookie of the Year + latest Power Rankings

John Schuhmann joins me to break down this weekend’s action and analyze how it all affects the playoffs races in the East and West.

Then we dig into the Rookie of the Year battle between Luka Doncic and Trae Young, the latest NBA.com Power Rankings, and much more.

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Subscribe to the Hang Time podcast on Apple Podcasts or Spotify for a new episode every Monday and Thursday this season!

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Power Rankings, Week 24: Playoff chase gets a little clearer

Every week, the playoff picture is becoming a little more clear.

In the Eastern Conference, we can be pretty sure that the Milwaukee Bucks, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers will be the No. 1, 2 and 3 seeds, respectively. We can also be pretty sure that the Indiana Pacers and Boston Celtics will play in the No. 4 vs No. 5 series, even if we don’t know where that series will start.

After that, things aren’t so certain. The Orlando Magic (winners of four straight games) and Charlotte Hornets (winners of three straight) have kept it a five-team race for the final three playoff spots.

In the West, we know the eight teams in the postseason. The Sacramento Kings haven’t been eliminated, but are now six games in the loss column out of eighth place. But no seed in the West is nearly as locked up as the top three

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Supreme Court passes on Jordan logo dispute

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Associated Press

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court said Monday it won’t step in to referee a copyright dispute between Nike and a photographer who took a well-known image of basketball great Michael Jordan. That means lower court rulings for the athletic apparel maker will stand.

Photographer Jacobus Rentmeester sued Nike after it used an image he took of Jordan in the 1980s as inspiration for a photograph it commissioned for its own ads. The company’s photo, which was used on posters and billboards, then became the basis for the “Jumpman” logo for Nike’s Air Jordan shoes. Rentmeester sued Beaverton, Oregon-based Nike in 2015 saying both the Nike photo and logo infringed on his copyright image.

Rentmeester’s original photo of Jordan was taken for Life magazine in 1984, while Jordan was a student at the University of North Carolina. It shows Jordan holding a basketball