Winterhawks: Goalie Brendan Burke has allowed 18 goals in nine playoff games (eight wins). “I didn’t play my best for a lot of the (Victoria) series,” he says, but he finished strong in the 5-1 victory that put Portland into the WHL West finals opposite Kelowna. “You never want to go into the next series,” he says, “feeling you aren’t on top of your game. I left (Game 5 with Victoria) on top of my game.”

Timbers: Portland had less possession than Seattle and Chivas USA, in draws with both of its past two foes. “We have to do better with the ball,” Timbers coach Caleb Porter says.

Thorns: Portland won the NWSL title in 2013, but had only four players start in last week’s 2014 opening game who started in the franchise’s first match (April 13, 2013) or the championship game (Aug. 31, 2013): forward Christine Sinclair, midfielders Allie Long and Angie Kerr and defender Nikki Marshall.

Thunder: Portland’s continuing quest for a reliable QB led the expansion team to trade its leading receiver, Jeffrey Solomon, to the Orlando Predators on Monday for Kyle Rowley. The 6-0, 195-pound Rowley, 35, is from Brown University and Warwick, R.I., and has been playing arena football since 2003, including a stint in 2010 in Spokane with Portland coach Matthew Sauk.

Baseball: NAIA No. 1 Linfield (17-1) leads Willamette (13-4) and No. 19 George Fox (14-7) in the Northwest Conference. ... Concordia has clinched one of five spots in the NAIA West tournament, May 2-4.

Softball: No. 1-ranked Oregon bombed Oregon State 18-0 on Monday to sweep the three-game series at Corvallis by a total count of 38-7. ... Concordia (14-4 league) is second in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, trailing OIT (15-3) with 11 regular-season games remaining.

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