Thorns sign MF Amber Brooks

by: COURTESY OF KARL MAASDAM - Wide receiver Brandin Cooks has decided to leave Oregon State after his junior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft.Oregon State is saying good-bye to wide receiver Brandin Cooks.

The All-American and Biletnikoff Award winner has chosen to go into the NFL draft instead of return to OSU for his senior season.

Cooks will leave the Beavers with 226 career catches for 3,272 yards and 26 total touchdowns, 24 receiving (two rushing).

The draft is May 8-10 in New York City.

  • • Derrick Pouliot of the Portland Winterhawks scored his first goal of the tournament as Canada moved into the world junior hockey semifinals with a 4-1 victory over Switzerland in Thursday's quarterfinals at Malmo, Sweden.

    Three Winterhawks — forwards Nic Petan and Taylor Leier and defenseman Pouliot — are playing for Canada.

    Canada will play Finland in the semifinals. The Finns rallied to defeat the Czech Republic 5-3 on Thursday.

    Griffin Reinhart put the Canadians on the board 1:52 into the game before the announced crowd of 2,580 at the Isstadion.

    In the second period, Anthony Mantha added to the lead with a penalty shot at 10:56.

    The Swiss got a goal with one second left in the second period on a tip-in in front of the net that was reviewed for several minutes and upheld.

    Canada extended its advantage to 3-1 at 4:11 of the third period, though, on a four-on-four goal by Curtis Lazar, and Pouliot got the final goal on a wrist shot at 13:49.

  • • The Portland Thorns have signed midfielder Amber Brooks from Bayern Munich and waived midfielder Elizabeth Guess and goalkeeper Adelaide Gay.

    Brooks, 22, was a third-round Thorns draft pick last year who already had agreed to play for Bayern Munich. From New Hope, Pa., Brooks played for North Carolina from 2009-12. She was a captain with the U.S. under-23 team in 2012, and she scored four goals in 10 games for Bayern Munich in its 2012-13 season, then got five goals in nine matches in 2013-14.

    In a statement, new Thorns coach Paul Riley says "she has the ability to anchor a creative midfield and run the show. She is technical, intelligent and mobile."

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