WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Asprilla opens scoring for Portland's USL team, which earns its fourth victory of 2018


PORTLAND 2, Sacramento Republic 0

• First-half goals from Dairon Asprilla and Modou Jadama lifted Portland Timbers 2 to a 2-0 United Soccer League win over Sacramento Republic FC on Wednesday in front of 1,937 fans at Providence Park.

The win improved Portland to 4-3-1. With 13 points, T2 are fourth in the USL Western Conference. Timbers 2 have already surpassed last season's win total.

It is the first loss of the season for Sacramento (4-1-3, 15), which is in second place.

Asprilla finished off a 16th-minute cross from left back Lamar Batista. The cross deflected off of Asprilla and a Republic defender and fell in front of Asprilla for an easy finish.

In the 38th minute, Jadama scored from a corner kick with a lunging header that met a low corner kick delivered by Eryk Williamson.

Goalkeeper Kendall McIntosh made five saves in the fourth shutout of the season for Portland.

Five players from the Timbers' MLS roster participated in the match: Asprilla, Jadama, Williamson, McIntosh and Victor Arboleda.

Villyan Bijev, who spent the previous three seasons with T2, was the most consistently dangerous player for the Republic. Bijev took six shots (two on target) and created two scoring chances.

Wednesday's game was the last of three in a row at home for T2. On Saturday, Portland travels to take on Saint Louis FC. The next home match for T2 is a May 18 visit from Los Angeles Galaxy II.


Ellen Secor, from Sunset High, won the U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball on Wednesday with her playing partner and Colorado State teammate, Katrina Prendergast of Sparks, Nevada.

The event took place at El Caballero Country Club in Tarzana, California.

They defeated Yachun Chang and Lei Ye, 1-up, in the 18-hole final.


Sophomore outfielder Macy Besuyen of Concordia was voted to the all-Great Northwest Athletic Conference second team.

Teammates Elena Cook, a sophomore outfielder, and junior pitcher Mckenzie Smith were honorable mention.


Oakland 3, SEATTLE 2

• Former Oregon Duck Ryon Healy hit his fourth home run in the past four games, and Seattle starter James Paxton struck out a career-high 16 batters, but it wasn't enough as the Athletics evened the three-game series 1-1 at Safeco Field.

Oakland overcame a 2-0 deficit with two runs in the eighth inning and one in the ninth.

The A's improved to 15-15, while the M's fell to 17-12.

Seattle closer Edwin Diaz gave up a leadoff homer to Mark Canha in the ninth and dropped to 0-1.

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