Portland team draws women’s record crowd — A National Women’s Soccer League record 25,218 fans watched the Portland Thorns beat the North Carolina Courage 2-1 at Providence Park on Sunday. The game featured numerous stars from the U.S. national team that won the Women’s World Cup this summer in France. Among them was Crystal Dunn, who scored in the fourth minute to put the Courage on top early. The Thorns evened it on a North Carolina own goal in the 56th minute and went ahead on another own goal in the 82nd. The game was a rematch of last season’s NWSL championship, which the Courage won 3-0. The NWSL is in its seventh season. The previous league-record crowd was 23,403, set at a match between the Orlando Pride and Houston Dash in 2016.
California boy, 14, signs pro contract — A 14-year-old soccer player has signed a professional contract with USL Championship club Orange County SC. Francis Jacobs is the youngest male player ever to sign a pro soccer contract in the U.S., according to the club. Jacobs is from Laguna Beach, California. He was 14 years, four months and 29 days old when he signed his deal last month. That is less than a month younger than Freddy Adu was when he signed with Major League Soccer’s DC United in November 2003. Jacobs has been training with Orange County SC’s first team since May. He has trained at Bayer Leverkusen and Koln in Germany, but the midfielder is starting his pro career near his hometown. Jacobs could play for Orange County later this season.
Ex-Blazer sentenced in NYC gun case — Former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was sentenced Monday to 31⁄2 years in prison in his New York City gun case. Telfair, 34, had been convicted earlier this year of carrying a loaded handgun in his pickup truck. Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez said that a jury heard testimony describing how at 2:50 a.m. on June 11, 2017, officers in an unmarked police car spotted a Ford F-150 parked on a center median in Brooklyn with Telfair at the wheel. The officers stopped the truck after it made a U-turn in front of them and drove off with no headlights on. Seeing a lit marijuana cigarette in the console, they said they searched the vehicle and found a loaded .45-caliber pistol inside. The Brooklyn-born Telfair was a first-round draft pick out of high school in 2004. He began his NBA career in Portland, starting a combined 56 games for the Blazers in the 2004-05 and 2005-06 seasons.
Filly dies at Del Mar — A horse suffered a catastrophic injury Monday morning in training at Del Mar in Southern California and had to be euthanized. Trainer Jim Cassidy said the unraced 3-year-old filly, Bri Bri, suffered a broken pelvis during a scheduled 3-furlong workout out of the starting gate under exercise rider Abel Hernandez (who was not injured). Bri Bri was prepping for an upcoming race at Del Mar, Cassidy said. The death is the fourth since the start of the summer meet at Del Mar on July 17, and all have been in training. The first two came July 18 when horses collided, and the third was a breakdown July 29 on the main dirt track. There have been no deaths in 171 races. Del Mar is the first major Southern California race meeting since 30 horses died during the winter/spring meet at Santa Anita.
Oregon team advances in World Series — Oregon District 4 (Willow Creek Little League of Portland) defeated the East Region 2-0 on Monday to advance to the semifinal round of the Little League Softball World Series, taking place at Alpenrose Field in Portland. The Oregon squad takes on the Southeast Region representative at 4 p.m. Tuesday; the Europe-Africa Region faces the Southwest Region in the other semifinal at 6:30 p.m. The weeklong, 10-team tournament is scheduled to conclude Wednesday with three consolation games, followed by the championship final at 7 p.m.
Raiders’ Brown loses helmet grievance — Oakland Raiders wide receiver Antonio Brown lost his grievance against the NFL, a person familiar with the case said. Brown had asked to be allowed to wear a helmet not approved by the league. The arbitrator ruled in the NFL’s favor Monday after conducting a hearing Friday, the person said. Barring an appeal to federal court, Brown must wear an approved helmet or remain on the sideline. Brown suggested in a social media post that he intends to rejoin the Raiders. He reportedly had previously told the team that he would not play football again if not allowed to wear his preferred helmet.
— From wire reports