Beaverton golfer Ben Crane didn't make the British Open cut, but he was thrilled to have qualified two days before the tournament started.
'He really wanted to play in the British Open,' says his mother, Katy Crane. 'And he knew his dad really wanted to walk that course (Royal St. George's). He said, 'Dad, I did it for you.' '
So giddy was Crane to be at the British Open, he had his photo taken with Lee Janzen, David Toms and Stewart Cink after a practice round and felt star-struck around all those who have won majors, according to his mom.
nÊTeam reports: The Trail Blazers are off to a 1-1 start in summer league play in Salt Lake City. The Blazers opened with a 95-90 win over Phoenix on Saturday, then lost 81-67 to Dallas on Sunday. After two games, the Blazers' leaders are Qyntel Woods (37 and 23 points, 24 of 44 from the field), Zach Randolph (27 and 14 points, 18-for-28 shooting), Ruben Boumtje Boumtje (a team-high total of 19 rebounds in 63 minutes) and Ime Udoka (a team-high eight assists in 60 minutes, plus 26 points and 16 rebounds). First-round draft pick Travis Outlaw has come off the bench for nine points, three rebounds and one assist in 20 minutes, making 4 of 8 from the field. Second-round pick Nedzad Sinanovic, 7-foot-2, has yet to play. Portland has four games remaining.
• The Portland Beavers are on the road till July 29 and are struggling to stay in the Pacific Coast League's North Division race. The Beavers fell 5 1/2 games behind first-place Edmonton and into third place Sunday when they lost 6-2 to Salt Lake City. Portland dropped all four games in the series. The Beavers haven't won a home series since May 6-9 and are 21-29 at PGE Park this season. Phil Nevin, on rehab assignment from the San Diego Padres, batted 1-for-12 in the four games.
nÊResults: Brian Hughes of Eastmoreland Golf Club was the runner-up in the Pacific Northwest Amateur Championship. Nick Flanagan, the 2002 Australian Junior Player of the Year, beat him 2-up in the 36-hole final at Royal Oaks Country Club in Vancouver, Wash.
nÊEvents: The first of three Women's World Cup soccer doubleheaders at PGE Park will be Sept. 28, with China vs. Russia and Ghana vs. Australia. Quarterfinals play is set for Oct. 2, with the semifinals Oct. 5.
nÊTransactions: Former Portland Fire player Vanessa Nygaard has been named an assistant women's basketball coach at Long Beach State University. É Ex-University of Oregon guard Edniesha Curry has averaged 7.0 minutes in five games since signing with the WNBA's Phoenix Mercury on July 2.