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SCORESHEET/Asprilla's bicycle-kick goal in USL Championship league game the early highlight of the season for Timbers

Golf: The 32nd annual Golf Antique Show returns to Riverside Golf & Country Club this weekend, under the direction of Pat Sutton, golf professional emeritus at the club.

Collectors from Phoenix, Palm Springs, Calif., Seattle, Vancouver, B.C., Bend and Spokane, Wash., will be on hand and manning 30 tables. Golf clubs and balls, books, programs, magazines, prints, trophies, advertisements, modern clubs and clubs dating to the 1800s will be on display and for sale. Experts will do free appraisals for anyone who wants to bring in their golf items. Admission and parking are free.

The show takes place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

Blazers: Portland's next four games are on the road: 5 p.m. PT Wednesday at Chicago, 4:30 p.m. PT Friday at Atlanta, 4 p.m. PT Saturday at Detroit and 5 p.m. PT Monday at Minnesota.

That will take the Blazers to their final five games of the regular season, which ends at home against Sacramento on April 10.

Winterhawks: Portland and Spokane, tied 1-1 in their best-of-seven Western Hockey League first-round playoff series, meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Memorial Coliseum. Total shots so far: Portland 71, Spokane 48.

n Rookie Cross Hanas of the Hawks had the regular-season Goal of the Year as judged by the WHL. In a Dec. 11 game at Victoria, Hanas carried the puck from his own zone up the left wing, eluding a series of Royals before circling behind the net to score on the wrap-around. It was the third career goal for the Texas native, who finished his 16-year-old regular season with eight goals.

Timbers: Dairon Asprilla has not produced many goals for the Timbers — at least in regular-season play. But it's doubtful there will be a better goal scored this season than the bicycle kick one he scored on Saturday.

Playing for Timbers 2, the Colombian forward delivered his heels-over-head goal to seal a 3-1 win over Las Vegas in a USL Championship match at Merlo Field — the first professional home game this season for any of Portland's clubs.

Asprilla had two goals and an assist, and his combination of speed and strength were a handful for the Lights' defenders. His first goal came on a penalty kick, and he got behind the defense to deliver a well-played cross that Foster Langsdorf converted.

Asprilla's bicycle kick was No. 3 on ESPN SportsCenter's Saturday top 10 plays (and should have at least been No. 2). With his back to goal, Asprilla used his chest to control a pass from rookie Ryan Sierakowsk,i then flipped backward to drive the ball off the post and in from 15 yards.

Asprilla, 26, has come up big in the playoffs a couple of times for the Timbers, but he has struggled to earn consistent MLS minutes. Saturday's performance demonstrated why the Timbers have stuck with Asprilla, who has a combination of size (5-11, 165) and speed that is hard to find.

T2 has started its second-division season with two wins and a draw. They are in a much better place than the big club, which has one tie in three games and has given up 10 goals heading into Sunday's 6 p.m. game at the L.A. Galaxy.

Thorns: Portland will learn about its depth over the second and third games of the Spring Invitational at Merlo Field, as many of the team's international players leave again this week. Portland will take on the U.S. Under-23 team at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, then wrap up the preseason at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Reign FC.

The Thorns beat Chicago 2-1 in their exhibition opener on Sunday at Merlo (Tyler Lussi scored early and Christine Sinclair broke a 1-1 tie with a goal in the 76th minute).

The Thorns, like the Timbers, are on the road until June. Their National Women's Soccer League season begins April 14 at Orlando. It's the first of six straight road games. They expect to have their full roster available for the opener.

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