Timbers back to business

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The Portland Timbers return to MLS action at 1 p.m. today against the New York Red Bulls, playing on the road again as part of their five-week road trip to start the season.

Portland will be looking to bounce back from a 2-1 loss at the Los Angeles Galaxy last week against a team it beat 4-1 in the final week of preseason in Arizona.

The Timbers will also be aiming to give new coach Giovanni Savarese his first win.


The high school basketball season comes to an end today with title games for Class 6A and 4A boys and girls. Portland is buzzing after the girls team from Benson advanced to the title game - the first PIL team to go that far in 27 years - on a last-second lay-up for a one-point win over Beaverton Friday afternoon. The seventh-ranked Techsters meet top-ranked and defending champion Southridge at 3:15 p.m. in the title game at the Chiles Center, what observers are calling the U.S. vs. Russia in the 1980 Winter Olympics Gold Medal final for men's hockey at Lake Placid, N.Y.

On the boys side, No. 1 Jefferson meets No. 2 Grant at 8:30 p.m. in a game likely to fill the gym. Jefferson cruised past upstart Barlow Friday, while Grant battled through PIL rival Lincoln in its semifinal. Jefferson is the defending state champion, and has not lost to Grant in more than three years - this being the fourth time the teams will have met this season with all games decided by five points or less.

In the Class 4A finals at Forest Grove High School,No. 1 Marshfield will be looking to win its first girls title when it plays No. 3 Cascade at 3:15 p.m. In the boys final, Cowapa League rivals Seaside and Valley Catholic meet in the final at 8: 30 p.m. in a rematch of last year's final won by Seaside. Valley Catholic won the Class 3A title four years ago before moving up to 4A.

In Class 5A Friday, Thurston won its first boys title, while Marist won the girls title at Gill Coliseum in Corvallis.


The Wolves' men's team beat Point Loma, Calif., 73-66 Friday, and will play GNAC rival St. Martin's today at 7:30 p.m. in the NCAA Div. II West Regional in its home gym in Monmouth. WOU improved to 30-1 and has a 23-game win streak going.


The Hawks play host to the Tri-City Americans at 6 p.m. Saturday and will honor the '98 Memorial Cup champions squad with a Hall of Fame induction for five of the key members: Marian Hossa, Andrew Ference, Brendan Morrow, Todd Robinson and Marty Standish, who plan to attend. The Hawks play host to Everett Sunday at 5 p.m.

ALSO: Umpqua Community College's unbeaten women's basketball team advanced to the NWAC Final Four with a pair of wins at the conference tournament in Everett, Wash., Thursday and Friday. The men's portion of the 16-team tournament begins today in Everett.