WEDNESDAY SPORTS NEWS/Oregon to play in preseason WNIT; Concordia's Luebbert makes all-region softball team; Timbers 2 signs Lowe; U.S. women to play in Seattle; Patriots make move to re-sign Blount


It is looking likely that Diego Valeri will return to the Portland Timbers match on Sunday when Atlanta United visits Providence Park.

Less certain is the status of Darlington Nagbe, according to Timbers coach Caleb Porter.

At his midweek press conference, Porter said Valeri trained with the team on Wednesday and, baring a setback, should be available. Valeri missed the last two matches with a hip strain.

Nagbe, who missed last weekend's loss at San Jose with a sore hamstring, did fitness work on the sideline on Wednesday.

"On Darlington, we just don't know yet," Porter said, noting there are three more training sessions before the 1 p.m. Sunday match.


The University of Oregon will play in the preseason WNIT in 2017.WEDNESDAY SPORTS NEWS

Oregon in the only Pac-12 entry in the November tournament. The Ducks will have three WNIT games.

The field also has Louisville, Texas A&M, Michigan, Cal State Northridge, Drake, George Mason, Houston, Liberty, Louisiana, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Old Dominion, Saint Francis, Southeast Missouri State and Toledo.


Senior outfielder Meghan Luebbert of Concordia has been voted to the all-West region team for the second year in a row. Luebbert, from Sandy, led the Cavaliers with a .453 batting average, 41 runs scored and 13 stolen bases.


Portland has signed Timbers Academy midfielder Terrell Lowe, from the University of Virginia, for its United Soccer League team.


The U.S. women will play Australia, and Brazil wil face Japan, in a doubleheader at Seattle's CenturyLink Field on Thursday, July 27.

The matches are at the start of this summer's Tournament of Nations, a four-team tournament that ends Aug. 3.

The Brazil-Japan kicks off at 4:15 p.m. The U.S.-Australia match is set for 7 p.m.


Genzebe Dibaba, the 2015 Track & Field News Woman of the Year, will run in Friday's women's 5,000 meters at the 43rd Prefontaine Classic.

The two-day meet at Hayward Field is May 26-27.


LeGarrette Blount, a former University of Oregon running back, has received a May 9 tender from the New England Patriots.

The tender means if Blount remains an unsigned free agent, after July 22 he can sign only with the Pats for the 2017 season. The tender is worth 110 percent of a player's base salary from the previous season, so it would be a $1.1 million deal for Blount, 30, who ran for 1,161 yards and a league-best 18 touchdowns as New England completed another Super Bowl championship season.

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