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•ÊUndisputed light-heavyweight champion Roy Jones Jr. is such a prohibitive favorite to topple challenger Clinton Woods of Britain on Saturday at the Rose Garden, Las Vegas sports books aren't taking bets on the World Boxing Council title fight. Las Vegas Sports Consultants suggests 15-1 odds favoring Woods, but the company said that as of Wednesday the fight wasn't being offered to Vegas wagerers.
The Jones-Woods fight is set for 8 p.m. The 7 p.m. co-feature will have International Boxing Federation junior middleweight champion Winky Wright facing Bronco McKart in a title bout.
•ÊThe Safeway Classic will have its strongest LPGA field ever Sept. 13-15 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. The tour's leading money winner, Annika Sorenstam, has entered the tournament, giving Portland nine of the top 10 money leaders, with only No. 2 Se Ri Pak uncommitted. Seventeen of the top 20 on the money list are expected to play.
• Who would have thought that after one week of college women's soccer, Portland State would be 2-0 and the University of Portland 0-2?
The revamped Vikings knocked off Colorado College 2-0 and Arkansas 3-2 last week at Tigard Soccer Complex. Forward-midfielder Katie Miyake, a sophomore transfer from Bellevue, Wash., was named the player of the week in the Big Sky Conference. The Vikings will play today at Oral Roberts and Sunday at Tulsa before a match at 4 p.m. Wednesday at PGE Park against Boise State.
The Pilots, who were ranked second in the nation, opened with road losses to Brigham Young 2-1 and Utah 2-0. They fell to No. 13 in the Soccer America poll. UP was without star forward Christine Sinclair, who was named the outstanding player in the Under-19 World Championships after leading Canada to second place. Canada lost 1-0 to the United States in the final. Sinclair, the top scorer in the tournament with 10 goals in six games, has rejoined the Pilots for a tourney at Notre Dame. UP will face Clemson today and the host Irish on Sunday.
•ÊForward Nate Jaqua was the Most Valuable Player in the Nike Portland Invitational last weekend and led the Portland Pilots to the title with a 3-0 win over Central Florida and a 2-0 victory over DePaul. Midfielder Jarrod Weis, also a junior, was the West Coast Conference player of the week. He broke the WCC record with four assists against DePaul.
•ÊThe Portland Fire are looking for a coaching staff and general manager. The Fire have decided not to bring back coach-GM Linda Hargrove, whose contract expired last week. Lin Dunn, who coached the Seattle team that nosed Portland out of the playoffs, has resigned from the Storm.
• The Portland Beavers won their final game Monday to finish the Pacific Coast League season 72-71. Alex Pelaez led the club in batting (.309) and RBIs (64).
Ñ Tribune staff