TUESDAY SPORTS NEWS/USA ties Panama in soccer; Ducks rise to No. 1 in one softball poll, remain No. 3 in the other; UO's Brooks makes second-team AP; Portland State adds running back, receiver


The NCAA Division II women's track and field athlete of the week is — for the fourth time this school year — Concordia University's McKenzie Warren.

The senior from Sandy High won the honor three times during the indoor season, and captured her first national outdoors award on Tuesday, when the United States Track & Field Cross Country Coaches Association announced its pick.

Warren broke her Great Northwest Athletic Association shot put record last weekend, winning by more than nine feet with a throw of 56-7 1/2 at the Willamette Invitational in Salem. The mark is sixth all-time in NCAA D-II. The record of 59-0 1/4 belongs to Adriane Blewit of Ashland University and was set in May 2003.

Warren also won the hammer last weekend (175-6 1/4) and took second in the discus (175-8 1/4).

• The Concordia men rank 10th in D-II, three spots higher than they were a week ago.

The Cavaliers are 13th in the women's rankings.


Clint Dempsey scored a first-half goal and the United States played to a 1-1 draw with host Panama on Tuesday in a World Cup qualifying match.

The result, seen as a positive step, leaves the USA fourth in the CONCACAF World Cup qualifying standings, one point behind Panama and three points behind second-place Costa Rica.

Dempsey scored in the 39th minute off a beautiful set-up from Christian Pulisic, who spun free of a defender in the penalty area and sent a short pass to Dempsey for the finish.

The lead lasted four minutes as just before halftime the home side scored from a long throw-in. Gabriel Gomez beat goalkeeper Tim Howard after the ball bounced to him off of a pair of Americans.

Howard made three saves to secure the draw and an important point in the standings.

The Timbers' Darlington Nagbe started on the left side of midfield for the United States. He was replaced by Alejandro Bedoya in the 69th minute. Former Timbers left back Jorge Villafana played the entire match for the USA.

The next games in the six-team competition are in June. The United States plays host to Trinidad and Tobago on June 7 and faces first-place Mexico in Mexico on June 11.

The top three teams in CONCACAF qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia. The fourth-place finisher will have a playoff with Asia's fifth-place team for the final spot in the World Cup.

Also on Tuesday. Mexico beat Trinidad and Tobego 1-0, and Costa Rica and Honduras played to a 1-1 draw. Timbers midfielder David Guzman played the second half of the match for Costa Rica.

Guzman and Nagbe are expected to be available to play for the Timbers on Sunday when New England visits Portland.


Portland's No. 1 singles player, junior Michail Pervolarakis, has been named the West Coast Conference player of the week.

He swept two singles matches last week as UP defeated San Francisco and Santa Clara on the road.

Pervolarakis is ranked No. 114 in the nation. He's won eight singles matches in a row and is 12-1 this spring, leading the Pilots to a 12-1 record and 2-0 WCC mark.


Oregon's undefeated Ducks jumped from third to first in the Softball rankings, while remaining third in the USA Today coaches poll, behind No. 1 Florida State and No. 2 Florida.

The Softball tally had Oregon with 479 points, six ahead of Florida and 10 more than Florida State, with Arizona fourth at 456. Also from the Pac-12, Washington was eighth, UCLA 14th, Utah 15th and Arizona State 23rd.

Four teams received first-place votes in the Softball rankings — Oregon and Florida each got eight, while Florida State and Arizona had two apiece.

In the coaches poll, FSU (32-1-1) leads the Gators (29-1) by 10 points, 778-768, with Oregon (29-0) at 745.

The Ducks, who swept two games at Utah last week and had a third game washed out, received six coaches' first-place votes, as did Florida. Florida State got 18 first-place votes.

Arizona (32-1), coming off a sweep of then-No. 6 Washington, garnered the other two first-place votes and totaled 712 points to nab fourth in the coaches balloting.

Washington (26-6) slipped to eighth.

Also from the Pac-12, UCLA was 13th, Utah 15th and Arizona State 21st, after losing one of three at home to Oregon State.

• The Oregon State at Portland State softball game scheduled for Wednesday at Gordon Faber Recreation Complex

in Hillsboro has been moved due to rainy weather to Wednesday, May 3, starting at 5 p.m. at the same location.


Dillon Brooks of Oregon and Nigel Williams-Goss of Gonzaga (via Washington and Happy Valley) were named to the Associated Press All-America second team.

The first five: Frank Mason III of Kansas, Josh Hart of Villanova, Caleb Swanigan of Purdue, Lonzo Ball of UCLA and Justin Jackson of North Carolina.

Also on the second team: Luke Kennard of Duke, Malik Monk of Kentucky and Johnathan Motley of Baylor.

Third team: Josh Jackson of Kansas, Markelle Fultz of Washington, Bonzie Colson of Notre Dame, Ethan Happ of Wisconsin and Lauri Markkanen of Arizona.


Portland State has signed Beau Kelly and Amon Milliner.

Kelly is a 5-9, 165-pound receiver from Chaparral High in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Milliner is a 5-9, 195-pound running back out of La Salle High in Pasadena, California.

As a senior, Kelly caught 38 passes for 749 yards and eight touchdowns and returned kicks.

Milliner carried 301 times for 2,406 yards and 25 TDs last season.


Oregon State swept the Pac-12's weekly awards, with Bryce Fehmel named pitcher of the week and KJ Harrison voted player of the week, after the Beavers' three-game sweep of Arizona in Corvallis.


Lewis & Clark sophomore Robert Wang has been named Northwest Conference men's golfer of the week.

Wang, from Redwood City, California, led all NWC players in the Texas Cup in Allen, Texas. He tied for 14th out of 58 players with two rounds of 77 for a 10-over-par 154 total, eight shots out of first place, at The Golf Club at Twin Creeks.

The Pioneers placed seven out of 10 teams.


John Dowell, from Tigard Bowl, took the lead in Standard Singles at the U.S. Bowling Congress Open Championships in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The 38-year-old right-handed posted a 651 series at South Point Bowling Plaza, with games of 220, 255 and 176.

Dowell added 550 in team event for a 1,710 all-events total, which put him in the top 25 for 2017. Mike Thielen of Eagle Grove, Iowa, leads Standard All-Events with 1,801.

Standard Singles and Standard All-Events include bowlers whose averages coming into the tournament were 181-209.

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