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Timbers prepare for quarterfinal; Ionescu injured; NHL hockey returns; NBA restart continues

• Timbers in quarterfinal — The Portland Timbers take on New York City FC at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the quarterfinal round of the MLS is Back Tournament near Orlando, Florida. The game can be seen on FS1.

The winner advances to face the Philadelphia Union in a semifinal match Wednesday, Aug. 5.

The Timbers have two wins and two draws in four matches at the MLS is Back Tournament, including the round-of-16 match with FC Cincinnati that Portland won via penalty kicks.

NYCFC struggled early in the tournament, but advanced to the knockout round as a third-place team from Group A. It then rolled past rival Toronto FC, winning 3-1 in the Round of 16.

One advantage for the Cityzens, they played on Sunday, while the Timbers last game was Tuesday.

Saturday's match will be televised by FS1.

At 5 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2, Minnesota United and San Jose battle for the chance to meet Orlando City in the other semifinal. Orlando City surprised Los Angeles FC on Friday, scoring a tying goal in the 90th minute and prevailing on penalty kicks to eliminate the tournament favorites.

• WNBA update — The third game of the WNBA season took vastly different turns for the top two picks in the draft.

Sabrina Ionescu left her third professional game with a left ankle injury.

Satou Sabally had 23 points, 17 rebounds and a series of key defensive plays in a win for the Dallas Wings.

The No. 1 pick of the New York Liberty had to be helped off the floor after stepping on a defender's foot while dribbling the ball up court in the second quarter of a Friday game won by the Atlanta Dream,84-78, at Bradenton, Florida.

Ionescu had 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting before the injury. The young Liberty fell to 0-3. There was not an immediate report about the severity of the injury.

Ionescu's Liberty face Phoenix at 10 a.m. Sunday on ESPN.

During her career at Oregon, Ionescu missed only four games in four seasons, and none during her final three seasons.

Sabally was 7 of 15 from the floor and made all nine of her foul shots, including two with 8.9 seconds left to stretch the lead to three points. On the previous Indiana possession, Sabally blocked an inside shot.

Sabally's Wings are back in action at 3 p.m. Sunday against Las Vegas on ESPN2.

• NBA weekend slate — Saturday games: Miami vs. Denver, 10 a.m. (ESPN); Utah vs. Oklahoma City, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN); New Orleans vs. L.A. Clippers, 3 p.m. (ESPN); Philadelphia vs. Indiana, 4 p.m.; L.A. Lakers vs. Toronto, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN).

Sunday games: Washington vs. Brooklyn, 11 a.m.; Portland vs. Boston, 12:30 p.m. (KATU/ABC); San Antonio vs. Memphis, 1 p.m.; Sacramento vs. Orlando, 3 p.m. (NBA TV); Milwaukee vs. Houston, 5:30 p.m. (KATU/ABC); Dallas vs. Phoenix, 6 p.m.

• Hockey season arrrives — It's Aug. 1, so of course that means playoff hockey. Saturday is the first day of the Stanley Cup best-of-5 qualifiers in Toronto and Edmonton.

Saturday's schedule: New York Rangers vs. Carolina, 9 a.m. (NBCSN); Chicago vs. Edmonton, noon (NBC); Florida vs. New York Islanders, 1 p.m. (NBCSN); Montreal vs. Pittsburgh, 5 p.m. (NBC); Winnipeg vs. Calgary, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN).

Sunday's schedule: Arizona vs. Nashville, 11 a.m. (USA); Philadelphia vs. Boston, noon (NBC); St. Louis vs. Colorado, 3:30 p.m. (NBCSN); Columbus vs. Toronto, 5 p.m. (NBCSN); Minnesota vs. Vancouver, 7:30 p.m. (NBCSN).


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