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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Blazers add two forwards; Winterhawks lose two scouts to NHL; in soccer, U.S. men reach Gold Cup final, women face the Netherlands in World Cup final

HOPS

Hillsboro 6, Vancouver 0

Hillsboro (14-6) finished its second consecutive sweep.

The Hops have a six-game win streak and are first in the Single-A Northwest League South Division.

They have scored six runs in five of their last six games (with four runs in the other).

Hillsboro scored two runs in the first inning on Wednesday, added two in the fourth and got insurance runs in the eighth and ninth.

Outfielder Kristian Robinson led the way offensively. The No. 5-ranked prospect in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization according to MLB.com went 2 for 4 with two runs scored, three RBIs and a home run.

He started the scoring with a two-run home run off Vancouver starter Luis Quinones (0-1). It scored shortstop Steven Leyton.

Robinson scored the fifth run on a wild pitch and doubled home Leyton in the ninth.

A fielding error, walk, single and fielder's choice tacked on the third and fourth runs.

The Hops' league-best ERA got even better as Deyni Olivero, Erin Baldwin and Jake Polancic combined on a five-hitter with no walks.

The Hops' ERA is 2.22, well ahead of second-place Salem-Keizer's 4.58 in the NWL.

Olivero (3-0) allowed three hits in six innings. He lowered his ERA to 0.89, second-best in the league.

The Hops will open a six-game homestand with a 7 p.m. Thursday game against the Spokane Indians (10-9, first in the NWL North).

BLAZERS

Portland has signed 6-8 free-agent forwards Anthony Tolliver, a 12-year veteran, and Mario Hezonja.

This will be Tolliver's second stint with the Blazers. In 2009, he played in two games and totaled four minutes and 13 seconds before being waived on Dec. 29.

Tolliver, 34, played the 2018-2019 season for the Minnesota Timberwolves, averaging 5.0 points and 2.7 rebounds and shooting .377 on 3-pointers in 16.6 minutes per game.

Hezonja was the fifth pick in the 2015 NBA draft, taken by the Orlando Magic. He hails from Dubrovnik, Croatia.

In Orlando from 2015-2018, Hezonja started 41 games and averaged 18.4 minutes. Last season, Hezonja left Orlando for the New York Knicks, where he started 24 of 58 games played and in 20.8 minutes per game averaged 8.8 points, shooting .276 on 3-pointers.

MEN'S SOCCER

Two goals from Christian Pulisic lifted the United States to a 3-1 win over Jamaica in the Gold Cup semifinals at Nashville.

The USA will face Mexico on Sunday at Soldier Field in Chicago (6 p.m., FS1).

Weston McKennie scored in the ninth minute and the United States dominated the first phase of the game before a 90-minute lightning delay changed the momentum.

Jamaica, including former Timbers Darren Mattocks and Alvas Powell, had its share of chances.

Pulisic scored two rebound goals in the second half, his goal in the 87th minute clinching the win after Shamar Nicholson pulled Jamaica within a goal in the 69th minute.

• Timbers winger Andy Polo played the final 20 minutes as Peru upset defending champion Chile in the semifinals of the Copa America tournament.

Polo has played in four of Peru's five matches in the tournament. He has started twice, including the 5-0 loss to Brazil in group stage play. Peru will face Brazil in Sunday's final, a noon (Pacific) match that will be streamed by ESPN+ and televised by the Spanish network Telemundo.

WOMEN'S SOCCER

The Netherlands will face the United States on Sunday in the championship match of the FIFA Women's World Cup, a match that kicks off at 8 a.m. Pacific Time.

Jackie Groenen's goal in the ninth minute of extra time lifted the European champions into the World Cup finals for the first time. Groenen struck a hard, low shot from 23 yards for the goal that produced a 1-0 semifinal win over Sweden in a match that was scoreless through the regulation 90 minutes.

Sweden and England play for third place on Saturday.

WINTERHAWKS

Two scouts who have helped build Portland's roster for a number of years have accepted jobs with NHL clubs.

Josh Dye has been hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning scouting department, and Eric Fink has been hired as a scout by the Carolina Hurricanes.

Dye worked 10 years over two stints with the Winterhawks, most recently as the director of United States scouting and player development. He has been instrumental in identifying prospects in the United States and Europe.

Fink worked for the Hawks for six years. Based in Minnesota, he helped recruit players such as Kieffer Bellows, Keegan Iverson, Paul Bittner, Jack Dougerty and Clay Hanus.

COLLEGE MEN'S BASKETBALL

Concordia has hired former University of St. Francis (Joilet, Illinois) assistant Rock Allen as an assistant coach.

Allen, from Kent City, Michigan, will join head coach Rodrick Rhodes' staff as the top assistant.

Last season, Allen coached a St. Francis team that finished in the Sweet 16 of the NAIA tournament. The postseason run included a win over No. 1 seed Oklahoma Wesleyan.


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