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OREGON SPORTS HISTORY/2000: Portland Fire can't put out Sparks; QB Wilhelm sets league passing record

TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO: KYLE GREEN - Charles Barkley expresses his displeasure with a shot.June 14-18, 2000

Charles Barkley, Jim McMahon and numerous other sports celebrities are on hand for the Scott Thomason/Neil Lomax Quarterback Shootout at Heron Lakes Golf Course. McMahon, the former Super Bowl champion quarterback with the Chicago Bears, plays in bare feet and manages to dodge errant tee shots by Barkley, recently retired from NBA action at age 37.

• The Portland Fire believe they have the Los Angeles Sparks right where they want them when L.A. stars Lisa Leslie and DeLisha Milton get into early foul trouble, but the Sparks still prevail, 94-81, in the WNBA game at the Rose Garden. Attendance is listed at 8,703.

• Quarterback Erik Wilhelm passes for an Indoor Professional Football League-record 304 yards and a team-record eight touchdowns, leading the Portland Prowlers over the Omaha Beef, 67-54, before an announced crowd of 2,198 at Memorial Coliseum.

Wilhelm, an ex-NFL signal-caller, is an alum of Lakeridge High and Oregon State.

Former Portland State running back Glenn Vareen scores three TDs, and wide receiver Chad Carlson gets two.

The Prowlers (7-3) boost their lead over Omaha (5-4) in the IPFL standings.

• The CART Indy cars are headed to Portland next week, with Helio Castroneves (who has just changed the spelling of his last name from Casto-Neves) coming off a win in the Detroit Grand Prix. Paul Tracy is the series' points leader. Tony Kanaan is out after breaking his left arm and assorted ribs and suffering a concussion in a crash during qualifying at Detroit.

• Portland International Raceway plays host to the 40th annual Rose Cup Races, and Frank Emmett, in a Corvette, holds off veteran Monte Shelton for the title.

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