WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Timbers 2 post 3-2 victory over Rio Grande Valley; Pilots baseball loses lead in 9th at UNVL


Five Portland players will compete for American Hockey League teams in the playoffs, after the Hawks' second-round elimination from the Western Hockey League postseason.

The AHL playoffs begin Thursday.

Forward Cody Glass, drafted by the NHL Vegas Golden Knights, was recalled by the Chicago Wolves.

Defenseman Dennis Cholowski has joined the Grand Rapids Griffins, the AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings.

Forward Joachim Blichfeld has hooked up with the San Jose Sharks' AHL club, the San Jose Barracudas.

Forward Skyler McKenzie is with the Manitoba Moose, who are aligned with the Winnipeg Jets.

And goaltender Cole Kehler is with the Ontario Reign, the affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.


Houston 4, SEATTLE 1

• The visiting Astrois scored six runs in the seventh inning to break a 1-1 tie.

Seattle starter Mike Leake (2-1) was going along well until then.

Robinson Cano plated the Mariners' only run with a third-inning single that made it a 1-1 game.

Houston leads the series 2-1 going into Thursday's 12:40 p.m. final at Safeco Field.


PORTLAND 3, Rio Grande Valley 2

• Jeremy Ebobisse, Jack Barmby and Foster Langsdorf scored second-half goals on Wednesday as Portland Timbers 2 beat Rio Grande Valley FC, 3-2, at Merlo Field.

By winning their 2018 home opener, T2 (3-2-1, 10 points) matched the club's United Soccer League win total from last season and is in sixth place in the USL's Western Conference.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, Portland tied it with a volley from Ebobisse in the 56th minute. A Jack Barmby cross was headed by Victor Arboleda into the path of Ebobisse.

Barmby put Portland ahead in the 61st minute, converting a penalty kick after drawing a foul inside the penalty area.

Langsdorf, scoring in the second consecutive game, made it 3-1 in the 68th minute. The rookie Homegrown Player scored off a cross from Terrell Lowe.

Rio Grande Valley (0-3-2, 2) pulled within 3-2 by converting a penalty kick in the 81st minute.

Nine first-team Timbers played for T2 on Wednesday: Ebobisse, Barmby, Arboleda, Langsdorf, midfielders Dairon Asprilla and Eryk Williamson, defenders Modou Jadama and Julio Cascante and goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh (three saves) were MLS Timbers loaned to T2 for the match.

Announced attendance was 1,748.

T2 are back at Merlo Field on Saturday for a 7 p.m. game against Reno 1868 FC.


• The North Carolina Courage remained unbeaten with a 1-0 home victory over the Seattle Reign.

Megan Rapinoe, whose Sunday goal lifted the Reign to a 1-0 win over Sky Blue, missed Wednesday's game with a strained left hamstring.

North Carolina improved to 4-0-0 (12 points) and is first in the National Women's Soccer League. The Chicago Red Stars (3-1-1, 7) are second, with the Portland Thorns (2-1-0, 6) and Seattle (2-1-0, 6) tied for third out of nine teams.


UNLV 8, Portland 7

• With five runs in the bottom of the ninth inning, the host Rebels made it a two-game sweep of the Pilots.

UNLV improved to 28-12, while UP dropped to 13-22.

Ryan Kim homered for Portland in the nonleague game, and Beau Brundage had three hits, but the Pilots wound up losing on a bases-loaded walk.


• Western Oregon kicks off spring football on Monday, with 14 practices at 7 a.m., leading up to the noon Spring Game on Saturday, May 19 at MacArthur Field in Monmouth.


• Donte Robinson of Portland State was 11th with a personal-best first-day total of 3,523 points at the midway point of the Bryan Clay Invitational decathlon at Azusa, California.


• Jeff Coston of Blaine, Washington, won the PNW Senior Players Championship at Wine Valley Golf Club in Walla Walla, Wash.

He defeated Mike Gove of Kenmore, Wash., by one shot.

Coston had a final-round 71, 1-under-par, for a 145 total. Gove had a pair of 73s.

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