Despite the efforts of Portland’s Kim Hill, third-ranked Brazil knocked off the No. 1 U.S. women’s team in the final of the 24th FIVB World Grand Prix at Bangkok, Thailand on Sunday.

Brazil won 18-25, 25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 15-9.HILL

Hill, from Portland Christian High, was named the No. 2 outside hitter in the tournament. She had 17 points in the gold medal match, notching 16 kills on 24 attacks. She also had three aces.

Hill had five points in a 9-4 first-set run. In the third set, her back-to-back kills helped give the U.S. a 22-20 lead.

The U.S. women now prepare for the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

"Congratuations to Brazil — they played a really nice match," U.S. coach Karch Kiraly said. "We learned some really valuable lessons — this was really good for us to face a strong opponent like that. We look forward to training and moving onto the tournament in Rio."


Portland has retained forward Meyers Leonard and guard Allen Crabbe with free-agent deals, both players said Sunday.

Leonard reportedly will get $41 million over four years, while Crabbe gets $75 million over four years, with the Blazers matching an offer to him from the Brooklyn Nets.

• Portland’s summer-league entry fell to 0-2 with its second loss in as many days at Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas, Nevada.

San Antonio beat the Blazers 85-69.

The Blazers started Pat Connaughton and Shabazz Napier at guard, Cliff Alexander at center and Vonleh and Luis Montero at forward.

Vonleh led Portland in scoring and rebounding, with 16 points and 12 boards. He also had a team-high six turnovers in 33 minutes,

San Antonio led 18-9 after one quarter and 48-33 at the half, with the Blazers shooting 31.2 percent from the field in the first two quarters.

Vonleh had 10 points and six rebounds at the break.

Portland shaved four points off its deficit in the third quarter but never made a run at the Spurs (2-0).


Six runs in the top of the ninth inning sealed a dominant 10-2 victory for the Hillsboro Hops (11-13) over the first-place Eugene Emeralds (17-7) on Sunday in Class A Northwest League baseball at PK Park.

The Hops got excellent production out of infielders Justin Chigbogu and Josh Anderson, who combined to drive in five runs.

Hillsboro right-hander Alex Gouin (1-0) allowed five hits and two earned runs in a seven-inning stint.

The rubber match of the three-game series is 7 p.m. Monday in Eugene.


Gresham apparently can't be beat in the second half of its West Coast League wood-bat summer season.

With a 4-3 road win over the Wenatchee AppleSox (10-22), the GreyWolves (16-16) are back at .500 for the summer — 5-0 in the second half.

Right fielder Josh Adams led Gresham at the plate, going 4 of 6 with two RBIs.

Game 3 is 7 p.m. Monday in Wenatchee.


Portland’s Philip Bagdade won the 28th Oregon Mid-Amateur on Sunday at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Course with an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole of the two-day tournament over the Ghost Creek layout.

Bagdade triumphed by one shot over Jonathan Romano of Vancouver, Washington, and Vincent Digiano of Portland, with Canby’s Robbie Ziegler taking fourth.

Bagdade finsished at 1-over-par 143 after a closing 72.

Ziegler, who just missed a 20-foot birdie putt moments before Bagdade’s final stroke, three-putted the final hole to slip to 145.

In the women’s division, Brie Stone of Veneta claimed her sixth Oregon Mid-Am crown in seven years with a 4-over 75 and 5-over 147 total, give ahead of runner-up Rosie Cook from Bend.

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