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BRANDON: Congrats and more

by: COURTESY OF CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY - Midfielder Hannah Kimsey of the Concordia Cavaliers reacts to her winning goal in the NAIA quarterfinals.Congrats to:

• Hannah Kimsey

The senior midfielder from Columbia River High helped Concordia University win its first NAIA women's soccer championship last week.

Now she has been named NAIA player of the year.

Kimsey, a two-time All-American, ranked seventh in the nation with 14 assists and added seven goals, including the game-winner in the Cavaliers' 1-0 quarterfinals victory over Embry-Riddle.

She is the third Cav to be NAIA player of the year. Caitie Davidson got the honor in 2004, and Jackie Pronovost did it in 2008.

Fellow 2013 Cavalier Samantha Johnson, a senior defender, also earned All-America honors, with teammate Erin Huisingh, a junior midfielder, chosen for the third team and Concordia junior midfielder Jasmin Ayala being named for honorable mention.

• Christine Sinclair

The 30-year-old Portland Thorns striker of University of Portland fame notched her 147th career international goal in her 200th cap on Thursday, leading Canada over Scotland 2-0 in Brazil.

• Greg Biffle

The NASCAR driver from Clark County who honed his talents at Portland Speedway has long been an advocate of care for pets, and he and wife Nicole have produced the 11th edition of their pets calendar.

Proceeds go to the Greg Biffle Foundation to be used to promote the well-being of animals and to help humane societies and shelters across the country.

The 2014 calendar has photos of fellow drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Kyle Busch, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth, Kevin Harvick and Danica Patrick and others with their pets.

The calendars are $13.99 each. Go to gregbifflefoundation.com for more information.

  • Places to go, things to do, people to see

    Some places and dates to watch next year: Boston in April, Autzen Stadium and Bloomington, Ind., in May, and Jeld-Wen Field in August.

    Here's why:

    • The 2014 Boston Marathon is April 21. The world will be watching to see how the event comes off, one year after the tragedy of 2013.

    And Jacoby Ellsbury's first games back in Boston as a New York Yankees outfielder will be April 22-24.

    The former Madras High and Oregon State star, by the way, has a full-page ad in Friday's Boston Globe, thanking the fans for their support during his years with the Red Sox, the club he left last week to sign a seven-year, $153 million deal with the Yanks.

    • Only 141 days till the Oregon Ducks spring game. It'll be May 3 at Autzen Stadium, 11 a.m. start.

    The Ducks will need to give a lot of young players some experience, and show who is capable of playing quarterback behind Marcus Mariota.

    • Something called the American Track League is scheduled to start May 2 at Bloomington.

    It's a five-race track and field series being organized by agent Paul Doyle, who has decathlon star Ashton Eaton, the former UO great from Bend, as one of his top clients.

    Five meets are scheduled for May and June, with stops in Charlottesville Va., Atlanta, Austin (Texas) and Houston.

    Doyle is plugging the circuit as a "track meet within a rock concert," with a new format that includes one event after another, with no down time, and lots of music by deejays or a live band.

    Ohhh-kkkaay …..

    First-place prizes would be about $2,500, so no one will be getting rich. But the idea is to promote the sport and for athletes to get some competition.

    • The 2014 MLS All-Star Game is Aug. 6 at Jeld-Wen Field, but it will have more than MLS players. The best in MLS will play Bayern Munich.

    That will be a lot more entertaining than watching a Western Conference MLS team play an Eastern Conference MLS team — not the most exciting draw, especially not for TV partners.

  • Around the world of sports

    • I'm still in research mode, and my mind isn't made up, but I like the idea of some change in the rules regarding home-plate collisions in major league baseball. Maybe only contact below the waist should be allowed.

    It seems strange to me that a game that allows the "neighborhood" out umpire's call at second base to protect the infielder, and that ejects pitchers for throwing at a batter's head, makes it OK for a runner going at top-speed to barrel into any and every part of the catcher's body.

    • Has anyone been as injury-plagued (and is still in the NFL) as much as Jonathan Stewart, the ex-Oregon Duck running back?

    Seems like it's one thing after another for the Carolina Panthers player. Every week, there's a story about some ailment or how Stewart is progressing or that he has been able to play and make a few carries, only to get hurt again.

    The latest news is that Stewart suffered a partially torn MCL Sunday against New Orleans. He is expected to be out at least two weeks.

    Stewart tells the Charlotte Observer that because he's "never really had a knee injury," it's hard to forecast the rehab process.

    “Who knows? Some say 2-4 weeks, some say 4-6 weeks,” Stewart tells the Observer. “You Google it and it says 4-6 weeks. I don’t know.

    “(The trainers) are just waiting to see. Every person is different coming back from injury. We just have to see."

    • Kurtis Mucha, 24-year-old former Portland Winterhawks goalie, plays now for the University of Alberta Golden Bears.

    Mucha got to practice the other day with the Boston Bruins, who invited him after their starter, Tuukka Rask, came down with the flu.

    Mucha was Canadian Interuniversity Sport goaltender of the year last season.

    • Jerry Glanville, fhe former NFL and Portland State coach, hasn't landed a full-time head coaching gig again, as he says he would like to do, ideally at Eastern Michigan.

    But the 72-year-old quipster will be back at the East-West Shrine Game Jan. 18 at St. Petersburg, Fla., coaching the East.

    Romeo Crennel, former Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns coach, will lead the West.