Ducks win ÑÊBefore a season-low crowd of 2,956 in McArthur Court, Oregon beat Saint Mary's 72-61 Wednesday in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament. The Ducks won even though guard Shaquala Williams had the flu and went scoreless in eight minutes.

In the ring ÑÊPortland native Stephen '2 Pound' Forbes, the 130-pound International Boxing Federation champion, says his next bout will be a mandatory defense against Lamont Pearson. Forbes pulled out of a scheduled March 22 fight when promoters kept changing opponents. É Portland's Reggie Davis raised his record to 3-1 with a recent third-round TKO over Victor Branson of Willamina in Tacoma.

Hot recruit ÑÊPortland State football coach Tim Walsh calls recent signee Dominic Dixon of Seattle 'one of the most exciting all-around players we have recruited.' The 5-9 Dixon returns kicks and plays cornerback.

Tickets available ÑÊThe Portland Winter Hawks are selling tickets for their playoff openers, set for 7 p.m. both March 22-23 at the Rose Garden.

Softball showdowns ÑÊPSU (5-10) plays at 2 p.m. today and 4 p.m. Saturday at 14th-ranked Oregon State (24-9). OSU is at Oregon (14-8) at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Golf Show ÑÊThe ninth annual Subaru Portland Golf Show starts today and goes through Sunday at the Portland Expo Center. The show runs until 9 tonight and from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sunday. Individual tickets are $7. Children 12 and under are admitted free. Club testing on two 50-foot driving ranges is available. Seminars covering rules, swings, stances, driving, chips, short game and choosing the right teaching professional will be offered.

Pilot honors ÑÊSenior Joe Driscoll became the first University of Portland athlete to earn All-American honors in cross country, indoor track and outdoor track when he finished 10th in the 5,000 at last week's NCAA Indoor Championships. ... In tennis, Travis Parrott and Peter Malacek were named the Doubles Team of the Month in the West Coast Conference. They were 5-0 in February.