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Ex-team owner forced to play ball

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Former Portland Beavers and Timbers majority owner Abe Alizadeh has had his troubles in recent years, and they have involved more than stolen bases and penalty kicks.

His 71-restaurant Jack in the Box empire and Kobra Properties development company collapsed, he lost a civil case for $8.5 million brought by City National Bank of Los Angeles, and he wound up facing 105 felony counts.

But the 54-year-old Alizadeh was released from jail last year on $1 million bail, and last week he struck a deal that could keep him from serving serious time.

Alizadeh pleaded no contest to one felony charge of grand theft and two misdemanors regarding misappropriation of sales tax and unemployment insurance payments. He was alleged to have diverted more than $5.4 million in sales tax payments and nearly $1.8 million in unemployment insurance payments.

The plea deal postpones any sentencing for four years — and, if he pays $300,000 each year toward the money he owes the state of California, he will receive three years’ probation. If he fails to pay, he could be sentenced for up to 52 months in prison.

Alizadeh and partners bought the Beavers and Timbers in March 2005 for a reported $7 million to $12 million. At the time, Alizadeh was the owner of select T.G. I. Friday’s restaurants in Portland, as well.

In 2007, Alizadeh sold the two teams to current owner Merritt Paulson and his group.

U.S. soccer star Megan Rapinoe from the University of Portland received the Board of Directors award Saturday from the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.

Roosevelt High graduate Terrell Malley, a junior at Willamette, was named Northwest Conference offensive student-athlete of the week for his play in a Nov. 3 football win over Pacific. Malley ran 12 times for 87 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 104 yards and another TD, as the Bearcats won 35-31 at Forest Grove.

Malley came back last Saturday with another big day, as Willamette pounded Puget Sound 55-0 to finish 8-2. He caught nine passes for 119 yards and three touchdowns and had one carry for 29 yards.

Alert readers note that I neglected to mention one local product last week in a list of players trying out for NBA D-League teams. Center Brian Barkdoll from Central Catholic is back with the Tulsa 66ers. The regular season starts Friday and runs through April 6.

Mt. Hood plays host to the 16-team Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges volleyball tournament today through Sunday. MHCC (10-0 league, 29-9 overall) is the defending conference champion.

Danny Brakebush, a freshman from Central Catholic, made a strong debut for Pacific University’s basketball team last week. The 6-3 swingman came off the bench for a game-high 19 points, making 8 of 10 shots, including 3 of 5 from beyond the arc, as the Boxers lost 77-58 at Portland State.

“We knew when we got him that we had a special player,” Pacific coach Tim Cleary says.

Happy birthday

Nov. 19, 1949 — Ahmad

Rashad (age 63)

Nov. 16, 1956 — Wayne

Cooper (age 56)

Nov. 15, 1983 — Sasha

Pavlovic (age 29)

Nov. 21, 1987 — Andrew Wheating (age 25)

Oregon sports history

Nov. 16, 1977 — Wilson and Aloha play to a 0-0 tie in the first state high school girls soccer championship game, held at Civic Stadium (now Jeld-Wen Field).

Nov. 19, 1994 — Danny O’Neil drives Oregon 70 yards for the winning score, with 3:43 remaining, as the Ducks rally to defeat Oregon State 17-13 and claim a Rose Bowl berth.

Tweet of the week

Doing it for the name on the front of the shirt. Glad I could be there for my team. #18strong

Erin Dees “@ErinDees

(after the Portland Pilots goalie made three penalty-kick stops with the season on the line in an NCAA playoff victory over Washington State, earning national player of the week honors from Top Drawer Soccer)

stevebrandon@portlandtribune.com

Twitter: @sbrandonsports