Fighting Shockwave headed to playoffs
Gabriela Johnson ran for two touchdowns on Saturday, leading the Portland Fighting Shockwave to a 20-6 win over the Tacoma Trauma in a Women's Football Alliance game.
Portland's women's football team finished the regular season at 6-2.
Next for the Fighting Shockwave is a June 30 playoff game at the Los Angeles Warriors.
Johnson broke a 6-6 tie with a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Rebecca Dawson ran for the two-point conversion, putting Portland ahead 14-6.
The eight-point spread remained until the fourth quarter, when Johnson ran 15 yards for her second touchdown.
The other TD came on a 1-yard QB keeper by Veronica Ferguson in the first quarter.
The LA Warriors beat Portland 54-8 on May 5 at Roosevelt High. Injuries to key players hampered the Fighting Shockwave in that game.
Because of that loss, Portland enters the playoffs as the ninth-ranked WFA Division I team. The Shockwave and the No. 5-ranked Warriors (9-0) are the only two Division I teams in the WFA's Pacific Division.
The June 30 winner advances to face the winner between the Kansas City Titans and the Arlington Impact on July 14.
The WFA championship is July 28 at Atlanta.
The Fighting Shockwave are seeking donations to assist with travel costs to Los Angeles. To donate or to learn more, visit portlandfightingshockwave.com.
• The United States can thank the Oregon Ducks for its relative success at the FIBA 3v3 World Cup women's basketball tournament that concluded Tuesday in the Philippines.
All four members of the USA team — which lost in the quarterfinals to Italy — were Ducks: Sabrina Ionescu, Ruthy Hebard, Oti Gildon and Erin Boley. They qualified to represent the country at the 3-on-3 World Cup by winning a national tournament.
Ionescu and Hebard will be juniors next season, and Gildon is entering her senior season. Boley, a 6-2 guard who transferred to Oregon from Notre Dame and sat out last season, has three years of eligibility remaining.
Oregon, oops — Team USA — went 4-0 in pool play, including a 21-13 win over defending champion Russia.
The 17-14 loss to Italy put it in the final four with China, Russia and France. Upset-minded Italy beat China, 15-13 in overtime, and then Russia, 16-12, for the title.
Any potential recruits there for UO coach Kelly Graves?
The U.S. is 27-3 all-time in 3x3 World Cup play, with titles in 2012 and 2014 and a bronze medal in 2016 out of its other three appearances.
"We're really bummed," Hebard said.
Free throws and baskets from inside the 3-point line counted as one point, and baskets from beyond the arc counted for two points.
• IndyCar teams and drivers are getting a short break after an exhausting month of races, including the Indy 500.
The next race is June 24 at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. After that, IndyCar will race July 8 in Iowa; July 15 at Toronto; July 29 at Mid-Hio; Aug. 19 at Long Pond, Pennsylvania; and Aug. 25 at Madison, Illinois — before arriving at Portland International Raceway for the Grand Prix of Portland on Sept. 2.
Scott Dixon, winner last week at Fort Worth, Texas, is the points leader going into the June 24 Kohler Grand Prix. Alexander Rossi is second, and Indy 500 winner Will Power is third. Those three, along with fourth-place Ryan Hunter-Reay, 2017 series champ Josef Newgarden, and Sebastien Bourdais, have won this season.
Dixon drives for Chip Ganassi Racing (as does Ed Jones), while Rossi and Hunter-Reay (plus rookie Zach Veach and Carlos Munoz) are in the Michael Andretti stable, and Power and Newgarden (along with Simon Pagenaud) race for Roger Penske.
Dixon, 37, a four-time series champion, last week passed Michael Andretti for third on the all-time wins list. With 43, he trails only A.J. Foyt (67) and Mario Andretti (52).