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Wednesday local sports news/Slama earns Cambia spot; NFL Chiefs sign veteran quarterback, ex-Beaver Moore

THORNS

Portland forward Midge Purce has been selected the National Women's Soccer League player of the week for Week 19. Purce scored two goals in Portland's 3-0 win over Chicago on Sunday and has eight goals on the season.

This is the first time Purce has been named player of the week, an award chosen by the NWSL Media Association, a group of journalists who consistently cover the league.

This is the third time this season a Thorns player has been selected player of the week. Tobin Heath was honored in Week 1 and Christine Sinclair in Week 2.

LPGA

Oregon State's Ellie Slama, from Salem, and Yealimi Noh of Concord, California, earned spots in this week's LPGA Cambia Portland Classic with 4-under-par 68s in a Monday qualifier.

The $1.3 million tournament is Thursday through Sunday at Columbia Edgewater Country Club.

They'll be in the 144-layer field that includes world No. 1 Jin Young Ko and five former No. 1s.

NFL

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed veteran quarterback Matt Moore, a former Oregon State Beaver, in the wake of an injury to QB Chad Henne.

Moore, 35, spent four years with the Carolina Panthers and seven seasons with the Miami Dolphins, where he replaced an injured Henne one year and passed for nearly 2,500 yards and 16 touchdowns while starting most of the season.

At Kansas City, Moore is expected to back up starting QB and NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes.

Henne 34, is awaiting ankle surgery.

Other Chiefs QBs are Chase Litton and rookie free agent Kyle Shurmur.

• Former University of Oregon defensive lineman Junior Siavii, 40, who played for the Seattle Seahawks, Dallas Cowboys and Kansas Chiefs has been charged with illegally possessing firearms in the Kansas City, Missouri, area after reportedly being twice stunned with a Taser during an incent with police. Prosecutors said he fought off officers after exiting a vehicle reported stolen, and was found in possession of a gun, ammunition, methamphetamine and marijuana.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Former University of Oregon coach Jim Haney announced plans to retire next year as executive director of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Haney took over that job in 1992, after serving at Oregon and as commissioner of the Big West and Missouri Valley conferences.


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