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Status Report

First-time winner

Austin Ernst, a 22-year-old from LSU via Greenville, S.C., captured her first LPGA title on Sunday, defeating I.K. Kim in a playoff for the Portland Classic at Columbia Edgewater Country Club. Ernst won with a par 4 on the first extra hole, the 18th, as Kim missed a 7-foot par putt after a chip from just off the green. Ernst came into the tourney ranked No. 69 on the LPGA money list, with $104,658 this season, after finishing 72nd in her rookie year (2013) with $142,002 in earnings. She pocketed $195,000 for the win.

Ernst shot 69-69-69-67 for a 14-under 274 total. Kim went 65-67-74-68—274, and led after the first two rounds.

Timbers move up

Portland’s MLS playoff chances got a lot brighter Saturday with a 3-0 victory at the Vancouver Whitecaps.

Alvas Powell, Maxi Urruti and Rodney Wallace scored in the second half as the Timbers raised their point total to 34 (8-8-10), one better than the Whitecaps (7-6-12, 33), who still have a game in hand on them as the two clubs battle for the fifth and final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The teams will meet once more in the regular season: Sept. 20 at Providence Park.

Winterhawks 3-0

Portland swept its first preseason weekend with victories of 7-5 against Spokane, 5-2 over Tri-City, and 4-2 against Everett, all at Everett, Wash. Oliver Bjorkstrand (five points) and Nic Petan (four) led the offense, both playing in only the latter two games. In goal, Adin Hill made 31 saves versus Tri-City, and Michael Bullion had 32 stops against Everett. Portland killed 15 of 16 penalties.

College rankings

Division I

Football: Oregon, 3rd

Men’s cross-country: Oregon, 3rd; Portland, 7th

Women’s cross-country: Oregon, 2nd

Volleyball: Oregon, 22nd

Women’s soccer: Portland, 14th

Division III

Football: Linfield, 5th

NAIA

Women’s soccer: Concordia, 1st

Men’s cross-country: Concordia, 8th

Women’s cross-country: Concordia, 17th