Portland welterweight Molly McConnell has turned pro, signing with famed boxing manager Jackie Kallen and Jeanne Miranda of Southern California. Kallen is the subject of the recently released movie 'On the Ropes.'

McConnell, a national Golden Gloves and Police Athletic League champion, has a verbal agreement to fight June 3 or June 4 at Chinook Winds Casino in Lincoln City. She also is looking into a possible pro debut in California in May.

'She is extremely dedicated and trains harder than a lot of the male fighters I have worked with,' Kallen says. 'She has a solid amateur background and a serious desire to win. The female boxing world is a small one, and at this point Molly has what it takes to go all the way in her weight class.'

Miranda says it probably won't take long for McConnell to work her way into the top 10 rankings.

'I don't think it will take her more than five to seven fights,' Miranda says. 'She's going to be noticed, believe me. She's as good, if not better, as a lot of females who have had eight to 10 pro fights.'


Spring practice for Portland State starts April 14, with the spring game set for May 7 at a site to be determined.

Key transfers are defensive tackle Chuck Jones (6-4, 275 pounds, Kansas University), offensive tackle Adrian Limbrick (6-3, 315, San Francisco City College), punter Jason Daily (6-2, 180, Michigan State) and linebacker George Quijano (Mt. San Jacinto JC in San Jacinto, Calif.).

The Viks also will get a look at fullback Allen Kennett, who missed last season with a broken wrist, and offensive lineman Antonio Narcisse, who sat out 2003 with a knee injury. Among the redshirt freshmen in line to play are former Beaverton High stars Peter St. John on the offensive line and Jordan Senn at free safety.


A source close to the negotiations says the Triple-A Portland Beavers' situation will be resolved as early as today with the Pacific Coast League either reclaiming the franchise or buying the club for $1 from former operator Portland Family Entertainment.

The Seattle Mariners are working toward their April 6 season opener against Anaheim at Safeco Field.

Spring training batting averages (through Sunday) of Seattle's probable starters:

1B ÑJohn Olerud, .333; 2B ÑBret Boone, .286; SS ÑRich Aurilia, .296;-3B ÑScott Spezio, .333; LF ÑRaul Ibanez, .306; CF ÑRandy Winn, .362; RF ÑIchiro Suzuki, .447; DH ÑEdgar Martinez, .425.


Beaverton's Ben Crane defends his BellSouth Classic title on the PGA Tour this week in Duluth, Ga. Crane is 51st on the money list this season with $385,320 and two top-10 finishes in eight events. É Peter Jacobsen is 90th with $221,801.


Cody Aker, a 6-4 guard-forward from Wilson High, has signed a letter of intent with Concordia Univeristy.

ÑSteve Brandon