TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Ducks rise to 2/3 in NCAA softball polls; Tinkle gets extra year at OSU; Foushee leads golf qualifying; PSU volleyball adds ex-Ram Whitney Turner; Timbers forward headed to U-20 World Cup


Two-time Olympic gold medal-winning sabre fencer Mariel Zagunis announced Monday she and husband Mike Swehla are expecting their first child.

Zagunis, 32, says she still intends to compete to make the Olympics in 2020 at Tokyo. She earned a bronze in a World Cup in late March in her first competition in seven months. It was her 80th individual podium finish internationally. She added a sixth-place showing the following week in a Grand Prix in Korea.

Zagunis, from Beaverton, and Swehla, a local firefighter, were married in 2013. Their child is due in October.

Zagunis won Olympic gold individually in 2004 at Athens and 2008 in Beijing, where she also won a team bronze.

She was the U.S, opening ceremony flag-bearer at the 2012 London Games, where she placed fourth.

At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, she won a bronze in the team competition.

She has won 13 senior world championships, five as an individual fencer.

"As always, it's important to take it one season at a time, and one competition at a time," Zagunis told in March. "But my overall goal and expectation is to make the Olympic team for Tokyo 2020. I am fortunate enough to have great support from my sponsors and family in order to keep competing, fulfilling my dreams and making history.

"It's a long way off, and a lot has to happen before then, but I am now even more determined than ever to win an individual medal in Tokyo. We have team in Tokyo, too, so I would love to return to the podium with my teammates. There would be no greater feeling than to be on the Olympic podium again."


The 1996-97 NBA champion Portland Trail Blazers will be the grand marshal of this year's Portland Rose Festival Grand Floral Parade on June 10.

Players Bobby Gross, Lloyd Neal and Larry Steele are scheduled to represent the team in the parade, which begins at 10 a.m. at Memorial Coliseum, and goes along a 4.2-mile route through downtown Portland.


Tres Tinkle and Cheikh N'diaye of Oregon State each has received a medical hardship year from the Pac-12 Faculty Athletics Representative Committee.

Tinkle will be a redshirt sophomore next season. N'diaye will be a redshirt senior.


The Oregon Ducks, coming off a three-game sweep at home over Florida State, have moved up in the NCAA Division-I rankings to second and third.

Here are the top five teams in the two polls:

USA Today/NFCA Coaches — Florida (50-5), Minnesota (51-3), Oregon (44-6), Florida State (48-6-1), Arizona (48-7). Softball — Florida, Oregon, Minnesota, Florida State, Arizona.

Last week, Florida State was No. 2 and Arizona No. 3 in both polls, with Minnesota fourth and Oregon fifth.

Arizona clinched the Pac-12 championship last weekend, ending a four-year run by the Ducks.

Other Pac-12 teams in the rankings are Washington (eighth and ninth), UCLA (10th in both), Utah (13th and 14th) and Arizona State (22nd in both).

In the USA Today/NFCA Coaches poll, Florida received 22 first-place votes, with Minnesota and Oregon each getting five.

In the Softball voting, Florida had 12 first-place votes, with Oregon and Minnesota drawing four apiece.


Zach Foushee, from West Linn High, led six players who advanced to U.S. Open sectional qualifying out of a local qualifier Tuesday in Bend.

Foushee, who played for the 2016 NCAA champion Oregon Ducks and recently turned pro, fired a 4-under 68 at Pronghorn Resort.

Also advancing were ex-Duck Daniel Miernicki,Tigard's Arthur Kim and Lake Oswego's Riley Elmes, who shot 69; and Charlie Kem of Mercer Island, Washington, and Brian Humphreys of Washougal, Washington, who shot 70.

Miernicki plays on the Tour. Kim is a former UNLV golfer. Elmes plays for Loyola Marymount.

Kem played at The College of William & Mary, and Humphreys is a freshman at Boise State.


Former Central Catholic High middle blocker Whitney Turner and a teammate from the past two years at Central Florida are transfers to Portland State.

They'll be eligible to play next season as sophomores; both redshirted as freshmen.

Turner, 6-2, was second-team all-Class 6A tournament as a prep senior for the Rams.

Brooke Imirie is a 6-2 right-side hitter from Lago Vista, Texas.

The other PSU additio for 2017 is 5-10 setter Maddy Reeb, a freshman from Idaho Falls, Idaho.


Forward Jeremy Ebobisse, 20, has been named to the U.S. roster for this year's FIFA U-20 World Cup, May 20-June 11.

The U.S. will kick off its group competition on May 22 against Ecuador, then pay Senegal on May 25 and Saudi Arabia on May 28.

Ebobisse was the No. 4 pick in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

He played his first game for the Timbers Saturday at San Jose.

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