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WEDNESDAY LOCAL SPORTS NEWS/Oregon team from Lake Oswego drops its opener in Little League Softball World Series

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Former Beaverton High star Gigi Stoll is back in the Cambia Portland Classic.

Stoll, who recently helped the University of Arizona will the NCAA title, won a spot in the Aug. 30-Sept. 2 pro tournament at Columbia Edgewater Country Club with her victory in the Portland Classic Amateur Open at CECC.

She shot a 5-under-par 67, claiming first place in the Amateur Open for the third time (she also won in 2014 and 2015).

Stoll was four shots better than runner-up Olivia Benzin of Oregon State, who earned a spot in the Monday LPGA qualifier.

Also getting Monday qualifier berths were Sarah Rhee (University of Washington), who shot 72, and OSU's Nicole Schroder, who carded a 73.

The Cambia Portland Classic also has extended a sponsor's invitation to retired LPGA player Karen Stupples of England, who works for Golf Channel as an analyst.

LITTLE LEAGUE SOFTBALL

The Lake Oswego Majors team, representing Oregon District 4 in the annual Little League Softball World Series, dropped its opening game on Wednesday.

Lake Oswego fell 5-1 to the Southwest team from Eastbank Little League of River Ridge, Louisiana, at Alpenrose Stadium.

In other games Wednesday — the first day of the tourney — East (Tunkhannock, Pennsylvania) defeated Canada (Layritz of Victoria, British Columbia), 2-0; Central (Wheelersburg, Ohio) downed Latin America (Cuauhtemoc of Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico), 9-0; and West (Kirkland, Washington) bumped Southeast (Daniel Boone of Gray, Tennessee), 9-5.

Four pool-play games are on tap again Thursday, with Lake Oswego facing Asia-Pacific (Bacolod City West from the Philippines) at 4 p.m.

The second-day schedule begins with Latin America versus Southwest at 10 a.m. At 1 p.m., Southeast meets Canada. And, at 7 p.m., East will take on Europe-Africa (Northwest Czech Republic of Prague).

TIMBERS

Portland has sent defender Vytas to D.C. United and brought back defender Jorge Villafana, using Targeted Allocation Money in a transfer from Santos Laguna of Liga MX.

The Vytas deal gave the Timbers $50,000 in 2018 TAM.

The Timbers moved up from 16th to first in the MLS Allocation Ranking Order, using $100,000 in 2019 TAM and $75,000 in General Allocation Money.

Villafana played 2014-15 with Portland.

The Timbers also got $50,000 in GAM in a Thursday deal with the Montreal Impact, which received an international spot for the rest of this season.

PSU ATHLETICS

Portland State has named Matt Richert as play-by-play broadcaster for football and basketball, replacing Tom Hewitt, who recently retired after 20 seasons.

COLLEGE WOMEN'S GOLF

PSU has added Shweta Mansingh of Gurgaon, India. She will be a senior for 2018-19, after playing three seasons for Texas Rio Grande Valley. She was 20th in the 2018 Western Athletic Conference championships and averaged 77.96 strokes per round last season.

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL

Oregon is ranked 18th in the first American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.

Seven Pac-12 teams are in the top 20, with Stanford No. 1, USC No. 10, UCLA No. 11, Colorado No. 15, Washington No. 17 and Utah No. 19.

BLAZERS

The NBA began its multilayered announcement of its 2018-19 schedule with a list of opening-day and Christmas Day games. The fifth and final NBA game for Dec. 25 is Portland at Utah at 7:30 p.m. PT, and the Blazers' first game of the season will be at home against LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 7:30 p.m.

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