Nanchoff signs deal to play for Timbers
• The Portland Timbers signed midfielder Michael Nanchoff, adding another player who played for new Timbers coach Caleb Porter at the University of Akron.
Last week, the Timbers acquired former UA midfielder Ben Zemanski from Chivas USA. Portland midfielder Darlington Nagbe also played for the Zips.
Nanchoff played the last two seasons with the Vancouver Whitecaps. He was selected with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft.
The Timbers on Thursday also announced that they have acquired second-round picks in both the 2014 and 2015 MLS SuperDraft from the Whitecaps in exchange for the first right of refusal to English midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.
The Whitecaps in turn signed Reo-Coker, who has played for several English Premier league sides including West Ham United FC, Aston Villa, and Bolton Wanderers.
• Late goals by Tottenham’s Mousa Dembele and Chelsea’s Eden Hazard advanced the English clubs to the Europa League’s third round, while Newcastle also reached the final 16 and Liverpool and defending champion Atletico Madrid were eliminated. Dembele scored on a 25-yard shot in the 90th minute, giving Tottenham a 1-1 tie at Lyon for a 3-2 aggregate win. Maxime Gonalons beat goalkeeper Brad Friedel of Cleveland with a header in the 17th minute, tying the total-goals series 2-2 and giving the French club a 2-1 advantage on away goals. American midfielder Clint Dempsey entered in the 66th minute for Spurs, who next face Inter Milan. Hazard scored in the second minute of injury time to give Chelsea a 1-1 tie against Sparta Prague at Stamford Bridge and a 2-1 aggregate win.
• U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo will miss next month’s Algarve Cup because of a wrist injury, and 18-year-old forward Lindsey Horan could make her national team debut at the prestigious women’s tournament in Portugal. Solo has been playing with damaged ligaments in her right wrist, and the U.S. Soccer Federation said she might need surgery. Horan last year became the first American woman to bypass college soccer and sign with a foreign professional club. Raised in Golden, Colo., she played for the W-League’s Colorado Rush last season and signed with Paris Saint-Germain in France. While Horan led the U.S. under-20 team in scoring last year, she missed the FIFA Under-20 World Cup because of a knee injury.
Kvitova knocks off Radwanska in Dubai
• Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova overpowered defending champion Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-4 Thursday to set up a semifinal against Caroline Wozniacki in the Dubai Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Wozniacki, once ranked No. 1, defeated Marion Bartoli 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, capitalizing on 14 double-faults and 46 unforced errors by her opponent. Two double-faults cost Bartoli games in the second set.
• Nicolas Almagro of Spain and Federico Delbonis of Argentina won second-round matches Thursday and will meet in the quarterfinals of the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The second-seeded Almagro defeated Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia 7-6 (5), 6-2. Debonis beat Albert Montanes of Spain 6-1, 6-4.
• Russian qualifier Dmitry Tursunov upset fourth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (4), 6-2 to reach the Open 13 quarterfinals in Marseille, France.
Winnipeg rookie has surgery on leg
• Winnipeg Jets rookie defenseman Zach Redmond underwent surgery to repair a laceration to an artery in his right leg after a teammate accidentally stepped on him during the club’s morning skate on Thursday. The injury occurred near the end of practice when Redmond tripped and landed on his back. The teammate then stepped on Redmond with his skate, opening a sizeable wound in Redmond’s mid-thigh region — cutting the femoral artery. Redmond was rushed to the hospital and underwent a three-hour operation, the team said.
• Marit Bjoergen of Norway won the third individual sprint world title of her career and Nikita Kriukov of Russia matched his Olympic gold at the Nordic world championships in Val Di Fiemme, Italy.
— From wire reports