•ÊKansas University is looking for a new men's basketball coach now that Roy Williams has left for North Carolina. But Jayhawk players Aaron Miles and Michael Lee, both from Jefferson High, are expected to stay with the team, which has reached the Final Four twice in their two college seasons. Wayne Simien, Jeff Graves and other key Kansas players also are staying.
'First and foremost, that's the thing we all agreed on,' Simien told the Kansas City Star.
Asked about Williams' departure, Miles said: 'It doesn't matter. We're going to win the national championship next year, anyway.'
•ÊThe defending national champion University of Portland women's soccer team will play Oregon, Oregon State and Portland State in a five-day span in October. The games are scheduled for Oct. 3-8, when the Pilots could be without their top player, forward Christine Sinclair. She is expected to be with the Canadian national team in China for the fourth FIFA World Cup, which runs Sept. 24 to Oct. 11. Canada is one of 16 teams that have qualified for the tournament. Portland's West Coast Conference games will begin Oct. 12.
•ÊThe Portland Timbers' roster is coming together nicely for the A-League soccer season. The biggest signing came Wednesday, when the Timbers reached a deal with forward McKinley Tennyson, the league scoring leader in 2002. Tennyson will rejoin Fadi Afash upfront for Portland, which opens May 1 at PGE Park against the rival Seattle Sounders.
New Timbers who are expected to star: midfielder Jason Melendez, formerly of Nevada-Las Vegas, and defender Nick Downing, a two-time state of Washington prep player of the year who started part time for New England of Major League Soccer last season.
•ÊThe University of Portland has signed 6-5 forward Devin Peal and 6-9 forward Chris Jackson to letters of intent. Coach Michael Holton says Peal, a 200-pounder from Richmond, Calif., will strengthen the Pilots' defense and rebounding. 'We expect him to contribute immediately,' Holton says. Jackson, from Wollongong, Australia, weighs 240 pounds and 'has the potential to elevate our program,' Holton says.
•ÊMarla Runyan, the 2002 winner of the Harry Glickman Pro Athlete of the Year Award for women at the Oregon Sports Awards, is set to run her second marathon. She will compete Monday in the 107th Boston Marathon. Despite a degenerative disorder that makes her unable to recognize someone 10 feet away, the road and track star from Eugene was fourth in last year's New York City Marathon. 'I expect it to be a faster race. É I'm going into this with more time to prepare,' Runyan told The Boston Globe.
•ÊFamilies of 12 deceased amateur boxing standouts will receive plaques at a banquet set for 5 p.m. April 26 at the Matt Dishman Community Center. The boxers being honored: Pete Gonzales, John Howard, Joel 'JD' Stroud, Joe West, Sam Johnson, Pete Vastine-White, Tony Jacobs, Clyde Williams, Herb Le Seur, Marcellus Allen, Joe Hopkins and Joe Banks. Various other Knott Street Boxing Club teams and fighters also will be saluted. For information, call Halim Rahsaan, 503-281-2804, Ext. 115, or Lee Jenkins, 503-823-3631.
• Points leader Paul Tracy and 11 other Champ Car World Series drivers went through testing this week at Portland International Raceway. The Champ Car teams have four more races, including May 5 at Brands Hatch, England, before the G.I. Joe's 200 weekend at PIR, June 20-22.
Tracy has won the first three races, but he isn't making room in his trophy case in Las Vegas for the season crown. Tracy has 22 career wins and three third-place finishes in the series point, but has never won the championship.
'We still have five months to go,' says Tracy, 34, who has a two-year contract with Player's/Forsythe Racing. 'My feeling is (the title) will come when it comes. I can just do the best job I can do. If it doesn't happen, we'll try next year.
'I'm having a lot of fun. You join a new team and want to do well, the team wants to do well, it recharges everybody. I know it'll get harder.'