Thorns trade Brazilian midfielder to Dash — The Portland Thorns have acquired Brazilian midfielder Andressinha from the Houston Dash in exchange for forward Savannah Jordan. Andressinha, 22, had two goals and three assists last season, her third with the Dash. She has made 21 appearances with the Brazilian national team, playing in both the 2015 Women’s World Cup and the 2016 Olympics. Jordan was the 18th overall pick in last year’s NWSL draft after a standout career at Florida.
Georgia QB may transfer to Washington — Quarterback Jacob Eason is leaving Georgia, an expected decision after he lost the starting job to freshman Jake Fromm. Eason announced his decision Friday on Twitter, thanking the Bulldogs for “an incredible two years.” Eason did not indicate where he intends to play next, but The Seattle Times reported this week that he is expected to transfer to Washington. Eason played his high school football at Lake Stevens, Washington, and would be in position to take over the Huskies’ starting job after sitting out a year under the NCAA’s transfer rules.
Women’s Cup races pushed back — Course conditions have forced organizers to swap the women’s World Cup program for this weekend at Bad Kleinkirchheim, Austria, with the first downhill of 2018 pushed back to Sunday and a super-G rescheduled for Saturday. Due to heavy rain this week and mild temperatures, the lower section of the Karnten-Franz Klammer course was still too weak Friday to stage the mandatory training for a downhill.
Frenchman gets 1st career win in Cup combined event — Victor Muffat-Jeandet rose from 27th place after the downhill run to win a World Cup combined event in Wengen, Switzerland, on Friday. The Frenchman got his first career win using the fastest run in slalom to finish 0.96 seconds ahead of Pavel Trikhichev of Russia. Trikhichev, who also got a career-best result, had been 29th after the morning downhill. Peter Fill of Italy was the best of the downhill specialists, placing third 1.15 behind Muffat-Jeandet.
MLS announces competitive gaming league — Major League Soccer is partnering with EA Sports to create a competitive league around the company’s FIFA 18 soccer game. The best 19 players from the United States and Canada will compete in the inaugural eMLS Cup to determine who will take part in the EA Sports Global Series Playoffs, and on to an eWorld Cup. To start, 19 MLS teams will participate and each club will select its own player from its region. The eMLS Cup will debut in April at PAX East, a gaming festival in Boston. “This step forward into competitive gaming is a key component in our partnership with EA SPORTS to promote deeper engagement and connections between MLS supporters and the millions of FIFA players around the world,” said Gary Stevenson, president and managing director of MLS Business Ventures.
— From wire reports