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The major leagues could be coming to Portland ÑÊMajor League Lacrosse, that is.

Portland is one of six markets being targeted to join the league in 2005, when expansion could double the number of teams from six to 12, according to league founder and fitness author Jake Steinfeld, chief executive officer of Body by Jake Enterprises.

The league's third season starts May 31 with an ESPN2 broadcast deal. Member clubs are in Baltimore; Boston; Bridgeport, Conn.; Bridgewater, N.J.; Long Island, N.Y.; and Rochester, N.Y. Portland, Denver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Sacramento and Austin, Texas, are on the league's wish list for a Western division. Steinfeld says a new club would have to initially invest $1.5 million.

•ÊThe University of Oregon men hope to finish second for the second year in a row at the Pacific-10 Conference track and field championships Saturday and Sunday at Southern Cal. Oregon goes into the weekend leading with 19 points scored in last week's decathlon. The Ducks have No. 1 seeds in the javelin (Adam Jenkins), hammer (Adam Kriz) and steeplechase (Brett Holts). Host USC is favored to win the team title, with Oregon, Stanford and UCLA battling for second.

The Oregon women, sixth last year, have the nation's No. 1-ranked pole vaulter (Becky Holliday), but USC and UCLA are the strongest teams.

•ÊAs expected, University of Oregon guard Luke Ridnour is turning pro. Ridnour has hired agent Lon Babby of Washington, D.C., and hopes to be taken in the first round of the NBA's June 26 draft. Ridnour leaves Oregon after his junior season, ranked ninth in school career scoring, third in assists and second in steals.

•ÊModel problem: Greg Biffle, top rookie and 21st overall in the NASCAR standings, pulled out of a deal to drive for Ultra Motorsports in a truck race at Charlotte, N.C. Biffle drives a Ford for Roush Racing; Ultra fields Dodges.

•ÊThe USA Gymnastics Rhythmic Gymnastics Level 9 Championships are set for Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Stott Center on the Portland State University campus.

Athletes from throughout the U.S. will compete. Local qualifiers are Michelle Marx, Brittany McLean, Mandy Zibart, Rebecca Woolf, Trianna Brannon, Katelyn Webb and Jasmine Beatty.

•ÊFormer University of Oregon soccer player Kelly Gray, who plays for the Chicago Fire of Major League Soccer, scored the game's first goal as the United States' Under-23 team defeated Mexico 3-1 Wednesday at Zapopan, Mexico.

•ÊPeter Jacobsen and his design partner Jim Hardy broke ground this week for the Hammock Bay Sports Club at Marco Island, Fla. ... Former West Linn High quarterback Cade McNown is considered a long shot to stick with coach Dennis Erickson's San Francisco 49ers after this weekend's second spring mini-camp. ... Soccer standout Stephanie Lopez, a defender from Elk Grove, Calif., who recently signed a letter of intent to play for the University of Portland, has been named to the Parade magazine All-America team.

Where are they now in the WNBA

Charlotte ÑÊVanessa Nygaard, averaging 3.0 points in two exhibition games.

Cleveland ÑÊ Shaquala Williams, scoreless in 11 preseason minutes.

Houston Ñ Ukari Figgs, started in her one exhibition game, scoring two points.

Indiana Ñ Natalie Williams, started and scored seven points in one game.

Los Angeles ÑÊJackie Stiles, out indefinitely after foot surgery.

New York ÑÊLindsey Yamasaki, has yet to play.

Phoenix ÑÊEdniesha Curry, has yet to play; Tamicha Jackson, started and scored a team-high 16 points in Wednesday's 66-61 loss to Indiana.

Sacramento ÑÊChantelle Anderson, five points in 15 reserve minutes in pro debut Wednesday against Seattle; DeMya Walker, two starts, 12 points, 11 rebounds.

San Antonio ÑÊSyliva Crawley, started one game, getting five points and three rebounds in 23 minutes; LaQuanda Quick, 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench in one game.

Seattle ÑÊTully Bevilaqua, 14 minutes, five points off the bench in a 64-48 exhibition loss to Sacramento on Wednesday; Alisa Burras, started and had nine rebounds but made just 1 of 10 shots Wednesday; Stacey Thomas, eight rebounds, six points in 14 reserve minutes against Sacramento.

Washington ÑÊJenny Mowe, two games, 13 minutes, two points, five rebounds.