U.S. wins Women's World Cup
Four members of the Portland Thorns and former Portland Pilot Megan Rapinoe became Women's World Cup champions on Sunday when the United States beat the Netherlands 2-0 in the championship match at Lyon, France.
Rapinoe, who played at Portland 2005-08 and now plays for Reign FC in the National Women's Soccer League, converted a second-half penalty kick to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.
Rose Lavelle scored from outside the penalty area to make it 2-0.
Tobin Heath, who plays for the Thorns, started on the right wing and created several scoring opportunities.
Thorns Lindsey Horan, Emily Sonnett and Adrianna Franch did not play in the match.
Horan played in the previous six games and had two goals and two assists in the tournament, but coach Jill Ellis went with Sam Mewis and Lavelle in midfield. Horan might have been used as a substitute had the United States not needed to replace injured right back Kelley O'Hara at halftime.
This was the third World Cup and second championship for Heath. She played in six games and had one assist, though she also scored what became an own goal and created plenty of chances.
It was the first World Cup for Sonnett and Franch. Sonnett played eight minutes as a substitute defender. Franch did not play as Alyssa Naeher played every minute in goal.
The Thorns next play on July 14 at home against Orlando. There has been no announcement about when U.S. players will return to action for their NWSL teams, but it figures to come following a series of celebratory appearances.
Portland 97, Houston 87
Second-year guard Gary Trent Jr.'s shooting ignited the Blazers to a win in their second Las Vegas Summer League outing,
Trent finished with a game-high 31 points in 25 minutes. He was 10 of 12 overall, making 7 of 8 from 3-point distance, and 4 of 4 at the free-throw line. He also totaled six rebounds and five assists.
Portland had a 15-0 run in the first quarter, which ended with the Rockets trailing 29-23. The Blazers made 11 of 15 (..733) from the floor in the quarter, going 5 of 8 from 3-point range. Trent had 10 points, Simons eight of his 16 points.
Trent added 11 points in the second quarter to help Portland extend its lead to 56-40. At the half, he was 7 of 8 from the field, 5 of 5 from beyond the arc and had five rebounds and three assists in 14 minutes.
The Rockets made a run in the second half but never caught up to the Blazers at Cox Pavilion.
Houston's Isaiah Hartenstein tallied 22 points.
For the night, the Blazers shot .597 from the field and were 14 of 26 on 3-pointers (.538), while Houston hit .392, including x12 of 39 (.308) on 3's.
The Blazers opened with a 93-73 loss Saturday to Detroit.
Next for Portland is a 3 p.m. Tuesday game against Utah.
HILLSBORO 11, Boise 0
The Hops' 14-hit attack overwhelmed the visiting Hawks as Hillsboro ended a three-game skid before 3,106 fans at Ron Tonkin Field.
Six Hops had multiple hits, and four Hillsboro players drove in two runs.
Hillsboro scored one run in the first inning, one in the fourth, four in the fifth, three in the seventh and two in the eighth.
First baseman Tristin English was 2 for 4 with a solo home run in the fifth inning, two RBIs and two runs scored.
Leadoff man Ricky Martinez, a shortstop, went 3 for 5 with a double, one run and two RBIs.
In the 2 hole, third baseman Eddie Hernandez was 2 for 4 with a triple, one run and two RBIs.
Clean-up man Kristian Robinson, the center fielder, finished 2 for 5, tripled and scored a run.
DH Ryan January was 2 for 3, scored once and drove in two runs.
Left fielder Jesus Marriaga was 2 for 5 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI.
Wilfry Cruz (2-0) went the first five innings, allowing three hits and one walk, with three strikeouts.
Franklyn Soriano pitched the next three innings. He gave up one hit and one walk, struck out four.
Jake Polancic had one walk in the ninth.
In the Single-A Northwest League South Division, the Hops (15-9) are second in the South Division behind the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes (16-8).
Boise (12-12) is third in the South.
Hillsboro has a 2-0 lead in the series, which resumes at 7 p.m. Monday. The finale is 1 p.m. Tuesday.
Former Oregon Ducks golfer Wyndham Clark tied for fifth in the 3M Championship at Blaine, Minnesota.
Clark parred his final five holes and played the back nine in par 36 as he shot a 3-under 68 in the final round to finish at 17-under 267.
Bryson DeChambeau hit the par-5 18th in two and made a 6-foot eagle putt to finish at 20-under.
Matthew Wolfe then eagled as well, from 26 feet, to win at 21-under 263.
Collin Morikawa birdied the 18th to tie DeChambeau for second.
On Sunday, Wolff shot 65, DeChambeau 66 and Morikawa 66.
Adam Hadwin closed with a 67 to take fourth at 266.
Clark had a share of the lead most of the day. He and five others (Carlos Ortiz, Hadwin, DeChambeau, Wolff and Morikawa) were tied atop the leaderboard at 17-under, all with four or five holes to play.
Wolff birdied the 14th to take the lead at 18-under. He added a birdie on the 15th, and Morikawa birded the hole as well to claim sole possession of second at 18-under. DeChambeau dropped to 18-under with a birdie on the 16th. Morikawa caught Wolff at 19-under with a bird on the 16th, as Hadwin finished at 18-under.
Former Oregon State star Nick Madrigal started at second base for the American League team and went 2 for 4 in the MLB Futures Game before a crowd of 34,386 at Progressive Field in Cleveland.
The AL and National League ended in a 2-2 tie.
Madrigal, a 22-year-old in the Chicago White Sox organization, batted second on Sunday night.
He has hit .313 in the minors this year and is .392 in 25 games with the Double-AA Birmingham Barons since being promoted from the Single-A Advanced Winston-Salem Dash.
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