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Photo Credit: COURTESY OF PDGA - Paul McBeth, the eventual champion, launches a shot during the Professional Disc Golf Association World Championships last week at Blue Lake Park.

Disc golf

Paul McBeth captured his third consecutive PDGA (Professional Disc Golf Association) World Championship in dramatic style Saturday at Blue Lake Park, before what officials said was the largest gallery ever for a disc golf event.

McBeth, from Huntington Beach, Calif., forced a playoff with a 28 on the final nine holes of regulation, then sank a 20-foot birdie putt on the fifth playoff hole to defeat Ricky Wysocki of Fort Mill, S.C.

“It was without a doubt the most exciting finish to a world championship the sport has ever had, in front of the biggest gallery,” says Matt Gregoire, PDGA media manager.

The week-long tournament took place at five courses: Trojan Park, Milo McIver State Park, Pier Park, McCormich Park and Blue Lake Park. The semifinals and finals were at Blue Lake Park.

The final-round duo between McBeth and Wysocki featured all kinds of action: long, pressure putts made, twists and turns, shots going out of bounds, numerous birdies and one eagle.

McBeth trailed Wysocki by two shots going into the finals, but made up the deficit with birdies on the first and third holes. Wysocki went back in front by one on the sixth hole, but McBeth picked up two shots on the seventh hole to take the lead. Wysocki made a long

eagle putt on the eighth to even things up.

About 400 competitors came from across the United States, Japan, South Korea, Scandinavia and other parts of Northern Europe.

Catrina Allen of Madison, Tenn., claimed her first world title in the Women’s Open division, defeating Ohn Scoggins of Los Angeles by two shots.

Timbers

Portland salvaged a point at New England on Saturday, with Liam Ridgewell’s 65th-minute goal giving the visitors a 1-1 MLS draw.

The Timbers’ next league game is 2 p.m. Sunday at home against Seattle.

LPGA

The Portland Classic is looking for caddies. Anyone interested in working at the tournament next week, including the 72-hole tourney proper Aug. 28-31 at Columbia Edgewater Country Club, should attend a prospective caddies meeting at the CECC caddie tent at 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

Blazers

Portland’s seven-game NBA exhibition season will conclude with a Friday, Oct. 17, home game against Maccabi Haifa, a touring team that placed second in the Israeli Basketball Super League last season. Tip-off at Moda Center will be at 7 p.m.

College soccer

The University of Portland women dropped a home exhibition match 3-1 to Kentucky in the Pilots’ first outing of 2014. Freshman Madeline Dieker scored in the 78th minute for UP. The 11th-ranked Pilots open at 4 p.m. PT Friday at No. 2 Florida State.

Little League Softball World Series

Robbinsville (N.J.) defeated Bossier City (La.) 4-1 in the championship game of the annual tournament at Alpenrose Stadium. Tualatin City, the host team, lost 9-1 to Canada in the fifth-place game.