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THURSDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/NWSL adds ESPN games, including four featuring Portland Thorns

HOPS

Spokane 3, HILLSBORO 2

Before a Fourth of July fireworks crowd of 5,239, the visiting Chiefs made a 3-0 lead stand up and halted the Hops' win streak at six.

In defeat, Kristian Robinson hit his third home run of the Single-A Northwest League season. It pulled Hillsboro to within 3-2 in the sixth inning.

But Spokane allowed only four hits in all in raising its record to 11-10.

The Hops (14-7) also scored in the fifth on Steven Leyton's RBI single.

The Chiefs had six hits and took the lead in the first on a sacrifice fly by Blaine Crim.

Kenen Irizarry singled home a run in the third, and the Chiefs upped their advantage to 3-0 in the fourth on an RBI single by Max Morales.

Hillsboro starter Luis Frias (1-2) gave up one earned run in four innings, allowing four hits, walking four and striking out eight batters.

The Hops slipped into a tie for first place in the NWL South Division with the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (14-7). The Boise Hawks (11-10) and Eugene Emeralds (9-12) follow in the division.

Spokane has a one-game lead in the North over the Everett AquaSox and Tri-City Dust Devils, both 10-11, with the Vancouver Canadians last at 5-16.

Hillsboro and Spokane will go at it again at 7 p.m. Friday at Ron Tonkin Field for Game 2 of three in the series.

THORNS

The National Women's Soccer League announced an agreement with ESPN to air 14 matches on its networks.

Four Portland Thorns matches are among them: home matches July 14 against Orlando, Aug. 11 against North Carolina and Aug. 25 against Chicago each will be carried on ESPNEWS, with noon kickoffs; Portland's Sept. 29 match at Reign FC will start at 11 a.m. on ESPN2.

ESPN2 will carry the two semifinal playoff matches and the league championship game.

The Thorns are in first place in the NWSL entering a 8 p.m. Friday match at Providence Park against Reign FC.


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