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The University of Oregon Ducks clinched the Pac-12 North Saturday night with a 51-27 win over 17th ranked Utah Utes. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.

Oregon Defeats Stanford, Beavers Lose Third In A Row

Nov 2, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks Overcame their 2 season hump against Stanford, Saturday. The fifth-ranked Ducks routed The Cardinal 45 to 16 at Autzen Stadium. Quarterback and Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores.

Oregon climbed to No. 2 in the AP rankings this season but stumbled with a home loss to Arizona in October. The Ducks have since recovered and they're gunning for the inaugural playoffs.

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Eugene is in contention to host the largest sporting event in the world in 2019. International track and field evaluators visited Sunday and Monday. Next month, they'll choose the location of the 2019 World Championships.

The Evaluation Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federations has been to Barcelona, Spain. They travel to Doha, Qatar later this week. Eugene is the third contender for the competition. British politician and former Olympic middle distance athlete, Sebastian Coe, is the IAAF's Vice President:

Ducks Run Over Northwest Rival Washington

Oct 19, 2014
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The 9th Ranked University of Oregon Ducks routed their Northwest Rival, the Washington Huskies, 45 to 20 Saturday night. Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns, the most in a single game for a Duck since Kenjon Barner, who had five against USC in 2012.

The Ducks extended their winning streak over Washington to 11 straight games and celebrated the 20th anniversary of "The Pick." The interception turned touchdown against Washington in 1994 is considered by most Duck fans to be a pivotal shift in the football program, ushering in the current era of success.

Nick Symmonds represented the USA in the men's 800-meter at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. The Springfield resident has a new book out about his career on and off the track.

Ducks Rebound After Arizona Loss Against UCLA

Oct 12, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks rebounded after last week's loss to Arizona. The Ducks knocked off the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles 42 to 30, Saturday.

Quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more.

The Oregon State Beavers had a bye this week. They face Utah this Thursday night in Reeser Stadium.

Beavs Still Can't Win In Los Angeles

Sep 28, 2014
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The Oregon State Beavers struggled in its first serious test of the season, losing 35 to 10 against the University of Southern California Trojans Saturday night. The Beavs have now lost 54 straight games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 123 yards and two interceptions.

The University of Oregon Ducks had a bye this week. They face The Arizona Wildcats Thursday night at Autzen.

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Eugene is in the running to host the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2019. If it's selected, this would be the first time it's been has been held in the U.S. since the event began in 1983.

Ducks Survive Cougars, Beavs Handle Aztecs

Sep 21, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks survived the Washington State Cougars Saturday night 38 to 31 in Pullman. The Ducks were tied at 21 during halftime, but Quarterback Marcus Mariota was nearly flawless in the second half finishing 21-of-25 for 329 yards and five touchdowns. The Cougars did pressure the Heisman Trophy candidate sacking Mariota 7 times in the victory.

Mariota: "You know we knew that they were an aggressive defense and we were going to have to take a couple of hits, but we just had to keep chugging and guys up front, guys outside, we executed well."

Mariota Dives For A Touchdown As Ducks Beat Cowboys

Sep 14, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks defeated the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday in Autzen Stadium. Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more. The Number 2 ranked Ducks survived after falling behind 7 to zero in the first quarter. Mariota became the fourth Oregon quarterback to pass for more than 7,000 yards. He has thrown a school-record 71 touchdowns, with at least one thrown in all 29 games he's appeared in.

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The number 3 ranked Oregon Ducks settled criticism Saturday about the teams toughness on defense, as they defeated 7th ranked Michigan State 46 to 27. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen. The Ducks rallied after being down 24 to 18 at halftime. Mariota's three touchdown passes in what was considered a premier nonconference matchup gave him 69 for his career, a new Oregon record. Freshman Royce Freeman finished with 89 yards rushing on 13 carries.

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The University of Oregon Ducks kicked off the 2014 football season at home Saturday against the South Dakota Coyotes.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns then ran for one more before sitting out the second half, leading the third-ranked Ducks to a 62-13 victory. The Ducks have won 10 straight home openers.

Mariota's 62-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Stanford on Oregon's first series of the game gave him the Ducks' career record for touchdowns with 79, surpassing Joey Harrington.

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The University of Oregon Ducks have been close to a national championship for the last few years. The football program hosted media today (Monday) to preview the upcoming season.

Last year the Ducks finished 11 and 2, losing to rivals Stanford and Arizona. They won their bowl game against the University of Texas and conference media members picked the Ducks to win the Pac-12 this year. Second year head coach Mark Helfrich says it's great to talk in early August, but predictions don't really matter.

Ethiopian Runners Defecting To U.S.

Aug 2, 2014
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Police say the four Ethiopian runners who went missing during the IAAF Championships last week have defected because they fear returning to their home country. 18-year-old Zeyituna Mohammed says she and her teammates are too afraid to return because of widespread civil unrest.

The report confirms what many had suspected — that the athletes' disappearance was part of a plan to defect from Ethiopia.

Police say the athletes are permitted to stay in the U.S. under the terms of their visas. No time limit was given.

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The fourth Ethiopian track athlete who was reported missing from the World Junior Championships in Eugene has been found. Zeyituna Mohammed was found safe Tuesday evening in Federal Way, Washington. The 18-year old was contacted at the home of an acquaintance by Federal Way Police. The University of Oregon Police had been investigating a missing persons case since last Friday when four Ethiopian athletes were reported missing. Three of them were located in Beaverton, Oregon, Monday. Police say all four athletes are safe and the case is closed.

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The 2014 IAAF World Junior Championships came to a close Sunday. Fans, athletes, and coaches from around the world visited Eugene last week and set out to explore Lane County’s sights and attractions.

More than 51,000 people spent their free time perusing local stores or visiting natural landmarks. Molly Blancett from Travel Lane County said their booth at the meet saw more than 300 visitors.   

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A group of Ethiopian athletes in Eugene for the World Junior Track & Field Championships have been missing since Saturday.

The University of Oregon Police Department is leading the search for the three women and a 17-year old boy.  They're part of a 30 member team from Ethiopia. U of O spokeswoman Julie Brown:

Brown:"We have heard 2nd and 3rd hand, so indirectly from others, that the four athletes are safe and that they are with family and friends in other parts of the state. So at this point we don't have any reason to believe that they are in harm's way."

Special Olympics Torch Run

Jul 10, 2014

Police officers from all over Oregon are running a relay across the state to raise funds for the state's Special Olympics Summer Games in Newberg this weekend.

 

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After Friday night's fireworks, the patriotic weekend continued at Hayward Field. The country's best track and field athletes under 20 competed Saturday and Sunday for a chance to represent the United States at the World Junior Championships.

The U.S. has never hosted a world championship track meet. In two weeks, Eugene will welcome junior athletes from 212 countries. This weekend, several local competitors earned their right to compete for the United States at the event.

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Before the world comes to Eugene later this month, the U.S. has to select its athletes. This weekend, the best American track and field competitors under age 20 will compete at Hayward Field.

Only the top two U.S. finishers from this weekend will go to the World Junior Championships. There will be plenty of local talent to root for. Five current U of O athletes and five freshmen recruits will compete on their home track. One of the veteran Ducks is Maggie Schmaedick, a 2013 Sheldon High School graduate. She enters Sunday's 5K race with the country's fastest junior time.

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Now we’re going to take you to a small timber-town rodeo in Washington. In the town of Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up a bit from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. Correspondent Anna King was there, and has this profile of a young rodeo cowgirl.

Alexis Blakey knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.

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The University of Oregon men's track and field team ended a 30-year dry spell by earning the national title at Hayward Field Saturday. The Oregon women took third in the NCAA Championships held in Eugene.

More than 11,000 fans packed the stands at Hayward Field on the final day of competition. The crowd finally saw the sun break through the thick clouds in the men's 1500 meter; Oregon senior Mac Fleet won his last collegiate race.

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The wind whipped and the sun never really broke through on day three of the NCAA Track and Field Championships in Eugene.   Still more than 10-thousand fan flocked to Hayward field Friday to see who would be crowned collegiate champions in fifteen events.  

The only thing faster than the runners on the track were the black storm clouds speeding over, high above Hayward field.  But the rain held off.  Fans filed in, programs were sold, coaches coached from the sidelines, and the crowd cheered, loudest for the Ducks.

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It was a windy second day at the NCAA Track and Field Championships at Hayward Field. Many athletes have superstitions or rituals before they compete, and track is no different. KLCC’s Desmond O’Boyle went out in search of some of those stories and has this audio postcard.

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Eugene is used to hosting big track and field events. But what does coming to Track Town mean to the thousands of visitors here for the NCAA Championships?

The first day of competition was sunny and warm. Most newcomers to Track Town USA complemented Oregon's natural beauty:

Mareno: "Lavonne Mareno, I'm from Corpus Christie Texas. We love the trees. Eugene is awesome."

Hamilton: "Fisher Hamilton from Lake Charles Louisiana. It's beautiful. I didn't know it was going to be this pretty I knew it was going to be awesome but it's unreal, it really is."

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The best collegiate track and field athletes in the country are traveling to Eugene this week to compete in the NCAA Championships.  The 4-day meet opens Wednesday at Hayward Field. 

 

The University of Oregon Men’s track and field team got some big news last week.  The national rankings were released and the Ducks were on top for the first time since April.  Senior Trevor Dunbar is one of 21 U of O entries who hope to score points for the team.  Dunbar will be running the 5000 and 10,000 meters.   

The Future Of Track Town USA

Jun 9, 2014

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Eugene has a rich track and field history, and the speakers scheduled for June 6 are working toward a rich track and field future. Vin Lananna and Mike Reilly discuss their plans to bring to Eugene the best track and field athletes from the around the country and the world for many years to come.

Eugene is hosting the NCAA Division I National Championships in June and the World Junior Championships in July. Lananna and Reilly will talk about some ways that Eugene benefits from these events.

Beavers National Championship Hopes Dashed

Jun 3, 2014
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The hopes of the top-ranked Oregon State University baseball team were dashed Monday night after they were eliminated from the NCAA tournament.  The Beavers lost to UC Irvine 4-2 in the Regional finals.  A dejected Head Coach Pat Casey spoke after the game, the fifth of the weekend for the team. 

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Oregon schools sent dozens of athletes to the NCAA Western Preliminaries in Arkansas over the weekend, hoping to qualify for the national championships happening in Eugene in less than two weeks.  Perennial track and field powerhouse, the University of Oregon, qualified 39 individuals for the finals – 20 women and 19 men.
 

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Both Oregon and Oregon State’s baseball teams played in NCAA Regional tournaments this weekend.  
 

Because of Oregon State’s number 1 rank, the team hosted their post season regional.  But the home crowd couldn’t deliver a perfect weekend for the Beavs.  OSU won their opening game against North Dakota State, but then dropped their second to UC Irvine.  The Beavers came back and won their next two games against UNLV and UC Irvine.  

OSU’s Jeff Hendrix, a Corvallis native, went 4 for 4 in Sunday’s win.   

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