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SATURDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Hops get winning runs in eighth inning to down Vancouver; Timbers 2 wins at Orange County on two lat goals


Portland defenseman John Ludvig was selected by the Florida Panthers and forward Reece Newkirk by the New York Islanders on the second day of the NHL draft.

Ludvig, a 6-1, 200-pound defenseman from Kamloops, British Columbia, went in the third round, 69th overall. A tough, defensive-minded player, Ludvig led all Winterhawks with a plus-38 rating last season.

Newkirk, a Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan native, went in the fifth round with the 147th overall selection. The 5-11, 170-pounder emerged as one of Portland's most versatile players last season.

Newkirk will be an 18-year-old for the Winterhawks next season, and Ludvig is entering his 19-year-old Western Hockey League season.

Four Winterhawks unsigned prospects also were drafted.

Defenseman Ryan Johnson was the final pick of the first round, by Buffalo. Forward Bobby Brink went to Philadelphia with the third pick of the second round. Defenseman Drew Helleson was the 47th overall pick, by Colorado. Forward Judd Caulfield was the 145th overall pick, by Pittsburgh.

All four are committed to play college hockey.

The Winterhawks have had 139 players drafted by NHL teams, 30 during Mike Johnston's time as coach.


HILLSBORO 3, Vancouver 1

The Hops pulled ahead in the eighth inning to get above .500 for the Class A Northwest League season (5-4) and get to .500 this year at Ron Tonkin Field (1-1).

Vancouver won 5-1 on Friday in Hillsboro's home opener.

Saturday's rematch was 1-1 when Hillsboro got an RBI single from Andy Yerzy and run-scoring double play.

In the ninth, Jose Cuas survived an error by third baseman David Garza that put Vancouver's leadoff man on base. Cuas then got a force out, fly out and strikeout.

The Canadians (3-6) had six hits to five for the Hops.

The win went to Trevor McKenna (1-1), the fourth of five Hillsboro pitchers. He got one out in the eighth.

Hops leadoff batter Ricky Martinez, their shortstop, was 2 for 4.

The teams will meet again at 4 p.m. Sunday and 7 p.m. Monday.

The Hops grabbed the lead Saturday on Steven Leyton's solo home run in the fourth inning. Vancouver got even in the fifth.


Portland 2, ORANGE COUNTY SC 0

Roy Miller scored in the 88th minute and Brayan Hurtado added an insurance goal in stoppage time as Portland pulled off a stunner in the USL Championship match at Irvine, California.

T2 improved to 7-2-6 (27 points) and were second in the Western Conference pending other weekend results. Orange County is 4-5-7 (19).

T2 absorbed a lot of pressure from OCSC, but turned a late corner kick into the go-ahead goal. Miller flicked a near-post header into the goal from a corner kick delivered by Cristian Ojeda.

In the first minute of stoppage time, Hurtado converted on a counterattack.

Aljaz Ivacic made four saves in his T2 debut.

Portland returns to Providence Park on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. game against Reno 1868 FC.


Three Portland Thorns players had their World Cup end in the round of 16 when Norway eliminated Australia on penalty kicks after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Forward Caitlin Foord played the entire match, which included 30 minutes of extra time. Defender Ellie Carpenter played all but the final seconds. Forward Hayley Raso played 74 minutes.

Australia star Sam Kerr, who plays for the Chicago Red Stars, missed an early scoring chance and missed the target when she took her team's first attempt in the tiebreaker.

None of the Thorns figured in the scoring, though Raso was Australia's most dangerous attacking player during her time in the match. Former Thorns Steph Catley and Claire Polkinghorne also played for Australia.

Norway will play in the quarterfinals against the winner of Sunday's game between England and Cameroon.

On Monday, the United States faces Spain, and Canada faces Sweden, in the round of 16.


First-year PGA Tour pro Wyndham Clark from Denver and the University of Oregon was tied for 10th going into Sunday's final round of the Travelers Championship at Cromwell, Connecticut.

Clark's 2-under-par 68 in the third round game him a 7-under total of 203.

Chez Reavie shot 63 to post 194 and lead his closest pursuers, Keegan Bradley and Zach Sucher, by six shots.

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