Four former Winterhawks in world championships, while another has a (long) shot at the Stanley Cup; Fighting Shockwave crush Seattle; Concordia hires hoops coach

Winterhawks: Former Portland players Henri Jokiharju (Finland), Rodrigo Abols (Latvia) and Marcel Noebels (Latvia) are representing their countries in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships, which are taking place through May 26 in Slovakia.

Abols scored a goal for Latvia on Saturday in a win over Austria.

The round-robin phase of the annual tournament runs through May 21, followed by elimination games.

Entering Monday, the United States and Canada each had one win and one loss.

The NHL Network is carrying games live daily at 7 a.m. and 11 a.m. PT.

•¬†Nino Niedereitter is the last former Winterhawks player with a shot at the Stanley Cup. His Carolina Hurricanes trail the Boston Bruins 2-0 in the Eastern Conference finals, with Game 3 on Tuesday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Niedereitter has a goal and three assists in 13 playoff games this season.

Women's football: Gabby Johnson continued to run wild and the Portland Fighting Shockwave returned to the win column on Saturday with a 56-6 victory over the Seattle Spartans at Roosevelt High.

Johnson totaled 234 yards rushing and receiving and scored five touchdowns — all in the first half — as Portland improved to 5-1 in Women's Football Alliance play.

The Fighting Shockwave started quickly. Rookie Tracy Walker gained 35 yards on a pass from Hollie Petrie on the first play from scrimmage. The second play was a 35-yard Johnson touchdown run.

After a goal-line stand, Johnson ran 96 yards for a score. She added runs of 5 and 10 yards and a 41-yard catch and run before halftime.

Petrie finished 8 of 11 passing for 204 yards and two touchdowns.

After a week off, the Fighting Shockwave play at Tacoma on May 25 before a June 1 home game against Southern Oregon.

College men's basketball: Concordia has hired its new coach Rodrick Rhodes, a native of Jersey City, N.J., who was an asisstant the past two seasons at Northwest Nazarene. He replaces Brad Barbarick, who was let go after 25 seasons.

Rhodes, 45, was a head coach at The Dordia High in Hazard< Kentucky, from 2011-17. A three-time prep All-American under coach Bob Hurley at St. Anthony High, he went on to play shooting guard and small forward for the Kentucky Wildcats and USC before being drafted in the first round, No. 24 overall, by the Houston Rockets in 1997. He played in the NBA forthree seasons, then played at various points internationally.

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