Defensive back Sergio Gilliam has been named Arena Football League defensive player of the week.
Gilliam intercepted two passes Monday night and made five tackles in a 48-46 victory over the Los Angeles KISS at Moda Center.
Also, his one-handed pick in the second quarter was voted the AFL highlight of the week.
His play helped the Steel make four stops in their regular-season finale.
Portland will play at Arizona at 7 p.m. Saturday in the first round of the AFL playoffs.
Gilliam, 6-3 and 190 pounds, is a sixth-year arena veteran out of Clemson. He led the Steel this season with 55 tackles, including three for loss. He also forced a fumble and totaled five interceptions.
Bob Christensen, an amateur from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, took the first-round lead in the Wildhorse Senior Oregon Open with a 3-under-par 69.
With two rounds remaining, he is two shots ahead of six players, including past champions Jeff Coston and Todd Erwin, both pros from Washington, and two ams from Eastmoreland Golf Course, Jack Schneider and Joe Vaughan.
Eastmoreland pro Ray Comella was tied for 10th at 73 at Wildhorse Resort and Casino.
Portland further bolstered its defense with its second signing in two days, adding Nigerian Gbenga Arokoyo on Tuesday.
The Timbers acquired him from New York City FC for Targeted Allocation Money and a conditional third-round MLS SuperDraft pick in 2017.
Arokoyo, 23, turned pro in 2010 and played more than 90 matches in Europe. He's had two appearances with the Nigerian national team. He's 6-2, 180 pounds.
Also Tuesday, the Timbers waived defender Anthony Manning, 23, and received allocation money from from FC Dallas in exchange for the right of first refusal for defender Norberto Paparatto.
The Portland Pilots have a transfer first baseman.
Mike Hicks, who played as a freshman at Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona, is joining the UP program.
Hicks, a left-handed batter, is from Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, and was drafted in the 27th round out of high school by the New York Yankees.
The 6-6 Hicks hit .349 last season.
Jack Johnson hit a home run, but host Corvallis beat Gresham 3-2 in West Coast League baseball play.
Gresham starting pitcher Andrew Heideman gave up five hits and three runs in seven innings.
Corvallis is 30-19, and Gresham is 24-25.