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Timbers look for a break against Blast, Riverhawks

Tribune staff

The Portland Timbers, off to an 0-2-0 start in A-League soccer, may get a breakthrough on the road this week.

Portland plays Friday at Indiana (0-3-0) and Saturday at Cincinnati (1-0-0). Neither opponent figures to be as strong as the Seattle Sounders, who whipped the Timbers 2-0 and 4-1 last weekend, knocking them out of the U.S. Open Cup, a tournament to determine the best pro team in America.

Former Timber Darren Sawatzky had one goal in each game as the other Pacific Division favorites Ñ Seattle (2-0-0, nine points) and Vancouver (1-0-0, four points) ÑÊgot the jump on the Timbers.

McKinley Tennyson scored Portland's lone goal. His second-half penalty kick tied Sunday's game at Seattle 1-1. But the Sounders pulled away with three goals in the final 15 minutes.

Ducks add forward

Oregon will have a new, athletic power forward next season in 6-8 Adam Zahn of Redondo Union High in Redondo Beach, Calif. Zahn chose Oregon over Pepperdine, Illinois and San Diego State.

'He brings a new dimension,' UO coach Ernie Kent says. 'He's an athletic big guy who can run the floor.'

Kent says Oregon should be the biggest and fastest team in the Pacific-10 Conference next season, with the versatility to play small and score from most any spot on the court. The Ducks do not plan to redshirt Zahn or their other newcomers: perimeter players Brandon Lincoln of Jefferson, Jordan Kent of Churchill and JC transfer Andre Joseph.

Elsewhere

University of Portland tennis star Travis Parrott has made the 64-player singles field for the NCAA Championships on May 22 at Texas A&M in College Station, Texas. É The University of Oregon women's tennis team, ranked 39th, opens NCAA Tournament play Saturday at Los Angeles against No. 18 Nevada-Las Vegas. É Seniors Sarah Walter of UP and Kathy Cho of UO are individual entries in the NCAA women's golf West Regional Saturday through Monday at Stanford (Calif.) Golf Course. ... The Pilots' volleyball team has added Sheena Surplus of Gresham High. Surplus, a 5-9 setter, was Oregon's Player of the Year last season. É The Oregon Twilight track and field meet will start at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Hayward Field in Eugene. Six national finalists from last year, including steeplechase champion Lisa Nye, are entered. É Portland State finished its softball season 22-35 (11-13 in the Western Athletic Conference). Junior Nichole Ivie pitched a 2-0 win Saturday over No. 14-ranked Fresno State, the Vikings' first victory in 12 games with the Bulldogs. É Oregon State swept host Washington State in baseball over the weekend, winning the third and final game 22-21 on Sunday. The Beavers will take an 11-3 record in their last 14 games into a three-game series that starts Friday at California.

The Portland Beavers are scheduled to open a six-day homestand at 6:30 tonight against the Nashville Sounds. É The Portland Fire's exhibition opener is Saturday at Sacramento.