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Friday local sports news/Miller returns to Costa Rican club; Portlan State drops volleyball exhibition

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OKC Energy 4, PORTLAND 2

The visiting Oklahoma City team scored three times in the second half to win the United Soccer League Championship league game before 1,546 fans at Providence Park.

T2 led 1-0 and 2-1 and was up by a goal at halftime.

OKC tied the score in the 53rd minute, took the lead on Christian Eissele's second goal of the game in the 56th minute and added a tally in the 86th minute.

Each team had 16 shots, with the visitors leading 8-5 in shots on goal. Portland had seven corner kicks to six for OKC.

Gio Calixtro, a Portland Timbes Academy forward from Cornelius, got the first goal of the night, scoring in the fourth minute off an assist from Foster Langsdorf, who headed the ball down to Caixtro after a cross into the box by Argentine midfielder Cristian Ojeda.

Eissele evened the count in the 20th minute.

Ryan Sierakowski put Timbers 2 in front in the 28th minute with a left-footed volley after a header by Ojeda.

Portland's Aljaz Ivacic, from Slovenia, finished with three saves.

T2 fell to 8-8-3 (32 points), while OKC Energ improved to 8-8-9 (33). Portland is tied for eighth out of 18 clubs in the USC Championship Western Conference, but is only thrree points behind the fourth-place Real Monarchs.

• Defender Roy Miller is returning to Costa Rican club Deportivo Saprissa nearly two years after an Achilles tendon injury threatened to end his career.

Miller, 34, has been released from his contract with Timbers 2 to rejoin Saprissa in his native Costa Rica.

Miller suffered a torn Achilles in November 2017 during a Timbers training session. It was one of several injuries that derailed Portland in the 2017 MLS Cup playoffs.

Miller signed with Portland before the 2017 season after playing two seasons with Saprissa. Prior to that, he played more than five seasons with New York Red Bulls in MLS.

Working his way back to full fitness, Miller played in 13 games this season for T2 (12 starts). His experience and leadership at the back helped Portland get off to a strong start to the United Soccer League Championship season.

In 2017 for the Timbers, Miller made 26 starts and had one goal and one assist.

Miller has played more than 50 times for Costa Rica's national team.

In making the announcement, Timbers GM Gavin Wilkinson called Miller "incredibly well respected" within the Timbers organization and that the club hopes Miller someday can return in a coaching or development role.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Corban 4, PORTLAND STATE 1

The visiting Warriors, who reached the NAIA Sweet 16 a year ago, took the exhibition opener at Viking Pavilion, 23-25, 27-25, 25-21, 25-22, 15-10.

PSU's Mary Jo McBride, a senior, had a match-high 29 assists with eight digs. Freshman libero Ellie Snook snared game honors in digs with 21.

WEST COAST LEAGUE

The Corvallis Knights took the first game in the best-of-three league championship series, beating the Victoria HarbourCats 14-8 at in Victoria.

Game 2 is 7 p.m. Saturday at Goss Stadium, with Game 3, if necessary, slated for Corvallis at 5 p.m. Sunday.

The Knights scored seven runs in the fourth inning on Friday to take a 10-1 lead.

They finished with four home runs, including one by the University of Portland's Jake Holcroft.

Oregon State's Jake Harvey had four hits and scored three runs for the Knights, who had the WCL's best record in the regular season.

PGA TOUR

Rookie Wyndham Clark was tied with Tiger Woods, Dustin Johnson and seven others in 48th place midway through the BMW Championship at Medinah, Illinois.

Clark had a 1-over-par 73 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 2-under 142.

The leader, Hideki Matsuyama, turned in a course-record 63 and was at 132, one ahead of Patrick Cantlay and Tony Finau.

KORN TERRY TOUR

Former Jesuit High golfer Scott Harrington, who earned a 2019-20 PGA Tour card last week with his runner-up showing at the WinCo Foods Portland Open at Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club, was tied for fourth after two of four rounds in the Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship at Columbus, Ohio.

The event is one of three in the Korn Ferry Tour playoffs.

Harrington, 38, fired a 4-under 67 in round 2 to get to 5-under 137.

Kevin Dougherty (66) had a 134 total and one-stroke lead on Brandon Hagy. Brendon Todd was third at 136 after a 64. Harrington was in a group with Ben Taylor, Viktor Hovland and Ben Martin.

Ex-Oregon Duck Ben Crane missed the cut by two strokes, shooting a 73 for a 145 total.


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