SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Gulich, Wiese play supporting roles in WNBA exhibition games


Portland 1, SEATTLE 0

• Eryk Williamson's first professional goal came in the final seconds on Saturday and lifted Portland Timbers 2 to a 1-0 win over Seattle Sounders 2 in a United Soccer League game at Cheney Stadium in Tacoma, Washington.

Williamson ran unmarked down the center of the penalty area and drove home a cross from Victor Arboleda.

Portland improved to 5-3-2 and is tied for fourth in the USL Western Conference. Seattle is 2-6-1, 14th in the conference.

In the second minute of stoppage time, Arboleda was able to head the ball behind the defense and chase it down just left of the 18-yard box before whipping in the cross that Williamson volleyed home.

Williamson is a 21-year-old rookie the Timbers acquired before this season from D.C. United.

Portland goalkeeper Alex Mangels made two saves in the shutout win.

It was the third consecutive shutout for T2 and its fifth shutout of the season.

Next up for T2 is a day game against Los Angeles Galaxy II on Friday. Kickoff is at 11 a.m. at Providence Park.


• In an 84-61 exhibition loss at home to the Seattle Storm, rookie center Marie Gulich of the Phoenix Mercury had four points in 16 minutes. She was 2 of 6 from the field and added two rebounds.

And, for the Los Angeles Sparks, ex-Beavers guard Sydney Wiese came off the bench for five points in an 82-61 exhibition home win versus the China national team. Wiese played 12 mintues and was 2 of 5 from the field in the game, played at Pasadena, California.


• Will Power drove to the win in the IndyCar Grand Prix at Indianapolis Motor Speedway by 2.24 seconds over Scott Dixon.

Rookie Robert Wickens was third, followed by Sebastien Bourdais, Alexander Rossi, Helio Castroneves , James Hinchcliffe, Simon Pagenaud, Graham Rahal and Takuma Sato in the top 10.

Power, who started on the pole, led the final 35 laps.

The IndyCar series returns to Portland this year, with racing Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at Portland International Raceway.


• Rookie Wyndham Clark from the University of Oregon was tied for 18th after three rounds of the Knoxville (Tennessee) Open.

He shot a 3-under-par 68 on Saturday for a 6-under 207 total.

Scott Harrington, a veteran pro from Jesuit High, had a 73 and was tied for 55th at 1-under 212.

Daniel Summerhays and Will Claxton will take a one-stroke lead into the final round. They were at 12-under 201.


Orlando 2, PORTLAND 1

• The Thorns lost their second game in a row at Providence Park, with Orlando winning there for the first time.

Former Thorn Alex Morgan scored in the 11th minute, and Christine Nairn gave the Pride a 2-0 lead 10 minutes later.

Christian Sinclair scored off a feed from Tobin Heath in the 23rd minute.

Portland finished with a 24-13 edge in shots, but trailed 7-6 in shots on goal.

The Thorns fell to 2-3-3 (9 points). Orlando is 3-2-3 (12).

Attendance was announced as 17,115.


DETROIT 4, Seattle 3

Seattle 9, DETROIT 5

• The Mariners took the nightcap in a doubleheader that included a game rained out on Friday night.

In Game 1, the Mariners loaded the bases with two out in the ninth inning, but Dee Gordon hit a ground out to first base.

In Game 2, former Oregon Duck Ryon Healy hit his seventh home run and Robinson Cano hit his fourth HR of the season.

Healy and Cano both were 2 for 5 with three RBIs. Healy also doubled.

Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager each went 3 for 5 in the 12-hit Seattle attack.

The Mariners are 22-16. Detroit is 16-22.

Felix Hernandez (5-3) got the win, despite allowing five runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings, with seven strikeouts.

The final game of the three-game series is 10 a.m. PT Sunday, with James Paxton (2-1, 3.40) facing Tigers hurler Blaine Hardy (0-0, 2.70).

The M's are 1 1/2 games behind AL West leader Houston (25-16) and one game behind the second-place Los Angeles Angels (23-15).

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