Thorns to be sold amid fallout from women’s soccer scandals


              FILE - Portland Timbers owner Merritt Paulson raises the trophy after the Timbers defeated the Columbus Crew 2-1 in the MLS Cup championship soccer game Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, in Columbus, Ohio. Merritt Paulson, also the owner of the Portland Thorns, announced Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, he is putting the club up for sale, the latest fallout from an investigation into misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League.(AP Photo/Paul Vernon, Fifle)
            
              FILE - Portland Thorns FC celebrates with the trophy after the won the NWSL championship soccer match against the Kansas City Current, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2022, in Washington. The owner of the Portland Thorns announced Thursday, Dec. 1, he is putting the club up for sale, the latest fallout from an investigation into misconduct in the National Women’s Soccer League. (AP Photo/Nick Wass, File)
            FILE - Portland Timbers team owner Merritt Paulson stands on the sidelines before the first half of an MLS soccer match against Orlando City, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. Merritt Paulson, also the owner of the Portland Thorns, announced Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022, he is putting the club up for sale, the latest fallout from an investigation into misconduct in the National Women's Soccer League. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)