Hawks sign 16-year-old D-man from Minnesota

Defenseman Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks has been named Western Hockey League player of the TRIBUNE PHOTO: JAIME VALDEZ - DERRICK POULIOT

He had a plus-rive rating in victories over Moose Jaw (8-2) and Spokane (5-0), with one goal and four assists.

Pouliot is fifth among WHL defenders in scoring with 40 points (11 goals, 29 assists) in 36 games. He is first on the Hawks among D-men.

  • • The Winterhawks have signed 16-year-old defenseman Nick Heid, who has been playing this season for the Omaha Lancers, an AAA 16-and-under team in the North American Prospects Hockey League.

    The 6-4, 195-pound Heid will join the Hawks when the Omaha season ends and is eligible to play in six games for Portland this season.

    Heid has five goals and 22 assists in 20 games, ranking first in the league for D-men.

    He is a native of Fridley, Minn., and played last season with Spring Lake Park High in Minneapolis.

  • • The Seattle Reign will have forward Megan Rapinoe for the entire National Women's Soccer League season this year.

    Rapinoe, a former University of Portland star, has chosen to leave her pro team in Lyon, France. Last year, she came late to the NWSL, yet led the inaugural Reign squad with five goals in 12 appearances. The Reign posted a 5-5-2 record with her, after going 0-9-1 without her (and while goalie Hope Solo was recovering from an injury).

    Over two seasons with the French club, Rapinoe has scored eight goals in 28 matches.

  • • Chris Leben, 33, announced his retirement on Monday after 11 years as a professional mixed martial arts COURTESY OF UFC - CHRIS LEBEN

    Leben, who grew up in Portland and wrestled at Benson High, was 0-3 since returning from a year-long suspension.

    He had a 12-10 overall record in UFC bouts, after bursting onto the scene in the first season of The Ultimate Fighter reality show and training at Team Quest with the likes of Randy Couture and Matt Lindland.

    Leben, 5-11 and 185 pounds, fought a lot of tough guys, including Anderson Silva and Wanderlel Silva, during his controversial, outspoken and up-and-down career.

  • • After a strong tie for ninth at the Humana Challenge, PGA Tour pro Ben Crane of Beaverton played host to his annual children's charity event, joined by other pro golfers, at the Madison Club in La Quinta, Calif.

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