Blazers: Five of Portland’s six remaining regular-season games are at home, and the road game is at Utah on April 11. The finale is April 16 against Golden State.

Winterhawks: Portland and Victoria open their WHL Western Conference semifinal best-of-seven at 7 p.m. Friday (Memorial Coliseum). The first four games will take place in a five-day span. The Hawks have won 11 games in a row (and 10 consecutive conference playoff series). Victoria and Portland are 1-2, in that order, in playoff penalty killing. The Winterhawks scored 100 more goals than the Royals in 72 regular-season games, but Portland allowed 26 more goals than Victoria.

Timbers: Portland meets Seattle at noon Saturday at Providence Park without two starters, both suspended for their recent red cards: goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts and fullback Michael Harrington. Ex-Timber Kenny Cooper got his first goal for Seattle last week, but the Sounders had only 27 percent of the possession and lost 2-1 at home to Columbus.

Thorns: Portland’s defending National Women’s Soccer League team looks loaded with even more firepower than last season, and star forward Alex Morgan is still nursing a sore ankle. Morgan, Christine Sinclair and Jackie Acevedo are key figures up front, and the midfield potential is massive with Meleana Shim, Allie Long, Amber Brooks, Angie Kerry, Courtney Wetzler, Sinead Farrelly and Jessica McDonald.

Thunder: Defensive back Varmah Sonie, an Arena Football League rookie, had a standout debut last week, making an interception and forcing a fumble. “We put him in the middle,” Portland coach Matthew Sauk says. “He takes the motion guy every play.” Overall, Sauk adds, “our outside cover guys and defensive line played well, and our edges on the offensive line did, too. We’re still trying to figure out the middle of the pocket.”

Golf: Beaverton’s Ben Crane has had one top-10 finish in 10 PGA Tour starts and has earned $262,197 this season. He is 135th in the FedEx Cup standings and No. 235 on the world golf rankings list.


Women’s basketball: Louisville senior guard Shoni Schimmel, from Franklin High, made the 10-player All-America team chosen by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.

Sand volleyball: Martenne Bettendorf, former Central Catholic High star, is 6-2 individually for the inaugural University of Oregon team. The Ducks are 1-7 with two matches remaining — they will play Washington and Boise State on Saturday, April 12, at Eastmoreland Courts.

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