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FRIDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Former Oregon Ducks star Wise flirts with lead at PGA Tour's Wells Fargo Championship



WINTERHAWKS

• The Portland Winterhawks have added a veteran defenseman, acquiring Jared Freadrich from the Victoria Royals.

Freadrich (5-10, 175 pounds) will be in his 20-year-old season in 2018-19.

He was the Royals' top scoring defenseman this season with 12 goals and 32 points. Nine of his goals came on the power play, which ranked fourth among Western Hockey League defensemen.

The addition of Freadrich means the Hawks could start preseason with four overage players. WHL teams are limited to three 20-year-old players.

Defenseman Brendan De Jong, forward Skyler McKenzie and forward/defenseman Conor MacEachern have not yet signed professional contracts and seem strong candidates to return as overage players for one more season in the WHL.

McKenzie is currently with the Manitoba Moose in the Calder Cup playoffs. He has played in two games and scored one goal for the Winnipeg Jets' American Hockey League affiliate.

Mike Johnston, the Winterhawks vice president, general manager and coach, said in the press release announcing the trade that Freadrich adds experience and a good mentor to what could be a young group of defensemen.

Portland sent a conditional pick in the 2019 WHL bantam draft to Victoria in the trade.

PGA TOUR

After two rounds of the

Wells Fargo Championship, former Oregon Ducks star Aaron Wise is a in a tie for second place with Jason Day, one shot behind Peter Malnati.

Wise shot a 3-under-par 68 on Friday to post a 36-hole 136, 6-under at Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, site of the 2017 PGA Championship.

"There's not many birdie chances out here; you've got to take advantage of them, and I think about was able to do that," Wise said.

In the second wave of golfers who teed off in the afternoon, Wise built a two-shot lead by the turn. Playing the back nine first, he had birdies on Nos. 11, 14, 15 and 18 to get to 7-under.

He fell into a tie for the lead with a bogey at No. 4.

The next hole, he hit his approach to within four feet of the cup and birdie to reclaim the outright lead.

A bogey on the par-5 16th, where he couldn't get up and down from just off the green, sent him back into a tie for first.

A par save out of a bunker on the 9th completed his day.

Malnati, 30, from Newcastle, Indiana, and the University of Missouri, birdied two of his final three holes (the 7th and 8th) to shoot 68 and get the lead to himself.

Day fired a 67 to pull even with Wise.

Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel were tied for fourth at 137.

Wise, from Cape Town, South Africa, won the NCAA individual title in 2016 with the team champion Ducks. He spent last year as a rookie on the Web.com Tour.

The 6-1, 175-pounder entered the week with a PGA Tour best finish of 13th, and ranked 112th in season earnings with $500,042, with four finishes in the top 25.

Others of note: Rockie Fowler, 141; Justin Thomas, 142; and Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods, 144.

LPGA TOUR

In a tournament cut to 36 holes because of high winds and rain, Portland's Caroline Inglis has yet to opened play at the Volunteers of America LPGA Texas Classic in The Colony, Texas.

Inglis, a former Pac-12 champion for Oregon, is scheduled to tee off Saturday morning six shots behind Sung Hyun Park, who was 6-under through 14 holes Friday and in the lead by two shots.

CHAMPIONS TOUR

Former Corvallis golfer Bob Gilder had a 1-over 73 and Brian Henninger of Wilsonville turned in a 76 in the opening round of the Inperity Invitational at The Woodlands, Texas.

Gilder was tied for 62nd, and Henniger was 76th.

Bernhard Langer was first with a 63, three ahead of Scott Dunlap and Jeff Maggert.

GOLF

• Team OGA, representing the Oregon Golf Association, posted its seventh win in the 13 years of the PNGA Cup on Friday, completing a two-day even at Seattle Golf Club.

The OGA team finished with 18 points. British Columbia was second with 12, followed by Idaho with 10 1/2 and Washington with 7 1/2.

MARINERS

L.A. Angels 5, SEATTLE 0

• Albert Pujols of the visitors got hits Nos. 3,000 and 3,001 in his career and drove in two runs.

Shohei Ohtani was 2 for 4 with a double and RBI for the Angeles (20-12).

The Mariners fell to 18-13.

Defending World Series champion Houston is 21-13 after Friday's 8-0 win at Arizona.

Mike Leake (3-3 PLUS, 6.28 ERA) plus started for Seattle and gave up seven hits, four walks and three runs in 5 1/3 innings.

The series continues at 6 p.m. Saturday and wraps up at 1 p.m. Sunday, when Felix Hernandez (4-2, 4.89) is slated to pitch for the M's, possibly opposite Ohtani.

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