Soccer: The Portland Thorns are in fifth place in the National Women’s Soccer League with 13 games remaining in the regular season, including a rematch at 3:30 p.m. PT Saturday at the Washington Spirit. Portland beat the Spirit 2-0 last Saturday at Providence Park. The top four in the NWSL are Seattle (9-0-2, 29 points), FC Kansas City (7-4-3, 24), Chicago (6-4-2, 20) and Washington (6-6-1, 19). Portland (5-4-2, 17) can overtake the Spirit with a road victory this weekend.

In MLS, the Portland Timbers are sixth out of nine teams in the Western Conference. The top five make the playoffs. Seattle (10-3-2, 32 points) has the West lead, followed by Real Salt Lake (6-2-7, 25), Colorado (6-5-4, 22), FC Dallas (6-7-4, 22), Vancouver (5-2-6, 21), Portland (4-4-8, 20), Los Angeles (4-3-5, 17), San Jose (4-5-4, 16) and Chivas USA (2-7-5, 11).

The Timbers’ U-23 squad is 2-4-3 after Sunday’s 3-0 road win against Seattle.

Baseball: The Seattle Mariners wrap up a three-game homestand at 12:40 p.m. today, facing the San Diego Padres. Then it’s Seattle at San Diego for games at 7 p.m. Wednesday and 3:40 p.m. Thursday. ... The Mariners were 35-34 through Sunday.

Hockey: The Western Hockey League has approved a new format for the playoffs, beginning in 2015. The top three teams in each division will qualify, with four remaining spots filled by the next two highest finishers in each conference

Basketball: In the WNBA, Atlanta Dream rookie guard Shoni Schimmel is averaging 8.3 points and 5.4 assists in 25.4 minutes per game. Through 10 games (two starts), she is shooting .392 from the field and .326 on 3-points (14 for 43). The Dream are 7-3 and leading the Eastern Conference by 1 1/2 games going into a Wednesday game against Washington. Atlanta has won four in a row.

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