Thunder make playoffs

Portland will be part of the Arena Football League postseason.

The Thunder clinched a spot on Saturday, when the Los Angeles KISS fell to the San Antonio Talons 72-65.

Portland lost 66-55 Sunday at the Arizona Rattlers.

But the expansion Thunder (5-12) will be the No. 4 seed in the Western Conference playoffs, as the KISS (3-14) are too far back with only one game left in the regular season.

The Thunder will visit Arizona (15-2) on Aug. 3 to open the AFC postseason.

Portland’s final regular-season game is 7 p.m. Saturday at Moda Center against the Spokane Shock (9-7).

Thorns move up

Portland’s defending National Women’s Soccer League team improved its playoff hopes on Sunday, pulling away from the Boston Breakers for a 6-3 victory at Providence Park.

Christine Sinclair’s hat trick, the first in Thorns history, ignited the club, which surpassed last year’s marks of 32 goals and 25 assists and has 36 and 29 with five regular-season games to go.

Sinclair tied Sunday’s match at 2-2 and 3-3 with late first-half goals, then put the Thorns ahead for good with her goal in the 46th minute.

Alex Morgan had two assists and set up a 21st-minute penalty kick by Allie Long that tied the game at 1-1. Long has a team-high nine goals this season.

Portland (8-6-5, 29 points) is third in the NWSL, behind Seattle (13-1-4, 43) and FC Kansas City (10-5-4, 34).

The top four teams make the playoffs, and Portland plays 4 p.m. PT Wednesday at the Washington Spirit, who are tied for fourth in the standings (8-8-3, 27) with the Chicago Red Stars (7-6-6, 27). Also in the race are the Western New York Flash (7-9-3, 24).

Schimmel stars

Rookie guard Shoni Schimmel, from Franklin High, earned WNBA All-Star MVP honors Saturday, leading the West to a 125-124 overtime win over the East.

The 5-9 Schimmel poured in 29 points, an All-Star record, and added a game-high eight assists. Voted by fans to start even though she has been coming off the bench for the Atlanta Dream, Schimmel sank seven 3-pointers, also an event record.

Masoli starts, loses

Former Oregon Ducks QB Jeremiah Masoli got his first Canadian Football League start Friday at Calgary, but the Stampeders kept him in check and beat the Hamilton Tiger-Cats 10-7.

Calgary improved to 3-0, and the Ti-Cats dropped to 0-3.

Masoli got the call in place of injured Zach Collaros. The ex-UO star ran only three times, for nine yards, and was 9 for 20 passing for 107 yards, with one interception.

Blazers open Oct. 7

Portland will play exhibition home games on Thursday, Oct. 9 against Utah and Sunday, Oct. 12 against the Los Angeles Clippers. One more home preseason game has yet to be announced.

The Blazers’ seven-game preseason begins Tuesday, Oct. 7 at Utah. Portland will finish the exhibition slate with games Oct. 21 at Denver, Oct. 22 at the L.A. Lakers and Oct. 24 at the Clippers.

Danny Miles sets 2016 retirement

Legendary Oregon Tech men’s basketball coach Danny Miles, with more than 1,000 victories over 43 years, will step down after the 2015-16 season.

Miles ranks No. 2 in the nation in career wins, totaling 1,004, with 14 conference titles, 17 national tournament appearances, five Final Fours, four championship game berths and three NAIA crowns (2004, 2008, 2012).

Carr tears ACL

David Carr, senior guard for the University of Portland men’s basketball team, will miss the 2014-15 season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament in a workout last week. Carr, who tire his right ACL in January 2013, played in 24 games for the Pilots last season, making four starts.

“It is such a shame,” UP coach Eric Reveno says, “because David has had a fantastic summer after overcoming the injury last year and pushing through the season. He got all the way back to 100 percent this summer and was looking great.”

Carr, a 6-3 Central Catholic High grad, was one of eight players returning next season who had averaged 10 minutes or more in 2013-14.

“David has been a vocal leader, a stud in the weight room, and was playing really well in workouts. ... I’m sure he will battle and recover from this as well.”

PSU picked 8th in football

Coaches and media are forecasting an eighth-place finish for Portland State in the 2014 Big Sky football season.

Eastern Washington is the consensus No. 1. Montana, Montana State, Cal Poly and Northern Arizona are predicted to finish 2 through 5, by both the coaches and media, in the 13-team football conference.

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