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Jes Burns

The University of Oregon softball team ended their run at a National Championship on Sunday.  It was an up and down weekend for the Ducks at the women’s College World Series in Oklahoma.  Oregon won their first game against Florida State, then dropped their second to Florida.  That loss sent them to the loser’s bracket, where they faced and defeated last year’s national champion, the University of Oklahoma.  But Oregon wasn’t able to pull out a win against Alabama, and was knocked out of the tournament.
 

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The Prefontaine Classic just wrapped up at Hayward Field and there's more to come in Eugene for Track & Field fans.

Track town USA will live up to its nickname this summer.

The World Junior Championships is the marquee event in late July. It's the first time this competition has been held in the United States. The World Juniors coincides with the Eugene Marathon on July 27th.  

Kari Westlund, President and CEO of Travel Lane County says she thinks visitors will be able to find lodging in and around Eugene.

Jes Burns

One of the most storied professional track and field meets in the world turned 40 this weekend.  The best US and international athletes traveled to Eugene for the Prefontaine Classic.

Two American records fell at the 2014 Pre.  Shannon Rowbury set the record in the 2 mile distance.  And to the joy of his former home crowd, Galen Rupp broke his own national record in the 10,000 meters.

Karen Richards

They scheduled the best for last at “distance night” of the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene: the 10,000 meter race.

The crowd stayed until after 9 pm to cheer for Galen Rupp, a native of Oregon and former U of O star. Rupp reportedly asked for a fast 10K race.

The Nike Oregon Project runner hoped to break his own American record, set in 2011. As the laps ticked by, he remained in the lead group of four to six runners, holding a pace almost equal to his record time. But with two laps to go, he took the lead.

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Oregon State baseball will go into the NCAA post season as the number one seed in the country.  The bracket was announced Monday morning.  The Beavers will host a double-elimination Regional tournament in Corvallis, facing UNLV, UC Irvine, and North Dakota State in the first round.

The University of Oregon baseball team did not receive a high enough seed to host a Regional.  Instead, the Ducks will travel to Nashville to take on Vanderbilt, Clemson, and Xavier.  

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The University of Oregon softball team is on its way to the College World Series.  The Ducks defeated Minnesota in two games in this weekend’s Super Regional tournament in Eugene. Last year at this time, Oregon’s dreams of making the World Series were dashed in the Super Regional.  But things are different this time around.  The Ducks went into the post season the number one team in the country.  And on Sunday, they finished off the Golden Gophers of Minnesota.

Jes Burns

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team is hosting the NCAA Super Regional tournament this weekend.  In the opening game of the best-of-three series on Saturday, the Ducks defeated Minnesota 10 to 2 before a record crowd.  The Golden Gophers got on the board first with a two-hit, one run first inning, but then Oregon’s lead-off hitter Courtney Ceo homered to tie it up.

Number 1 Seeded Ducks Advance To Softball Super Regional

May 18, 2014
GoDucks.com

The #1 ranked University of Oregon softball team advanced to the NCAA Super Regions with a win Sunday over Wisconsin.  The Ducks won 6-0 in the Regional tournament final in Eugene. 

Now Oregon advances to the next round of the post season, which begins at 7pm Saturday at Howe Field on the University of Oregon campus.  They'll take on #16 ranked Minnesota.

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Oregon Ducks Softball Team Wins First Game In NCAA Post Season Play

May 16, 2014
Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

(Updated at 6:45pm 5-16)

The University of Oregon's softball team walked away with a convincing victory in the first game of the post season Friday. The Ducks defeated Utah Valley 12-1 at home in the NCAA Regional. The Ducks pitching staff struck out 11 of 18 batters they faced.

The Ducks entered the tournament ranked first in the nation. Before play began at the U of O's Howe Field, Head Coach Mike White said the ranking doesn't put any extra weight on the team's shoulders.

Dave Marcy

Next month, Boeing I-T analyst Bruce Stobie  is going to attempt an incredible feat. He aims to get to the top of North America’s tallest peak – Denali. That alone is impressive, but Stobie  faces an additional challenge. He’s blind.

Everything changed for Bruce Stobie on Nov. 5, 1983. He was one of nine college kids, packed into a truck, driving through the Cascades, when the driver lost control. The last thing Stobie ever saw was the truck flying into the air. He thought he was going to die. Stobie smashed face-first into the roll bar of the vehicle before being tossed out.

Oregon State University Athletics

Update at 5:00pm (5-5-14)

Oregon State University has fired Men's Head Basketball Coach Craig Robinson.  

Just two months ago OSU Athletic Director Bob de Carolis announced Robinson would remain in his position.  He addressed the recent change of heart at a press conference Monday afternoon.  

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Damian Lillard hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the Portland Trail Blazers stunned the Houston Rockets 99-98 to take their playoff series in six games and advance to the Western Conference NBA semifinals for the first time in 14 years.

In the raucous postgame celebration, Lillard took the public address microphone and shouted "Rip City!"

Portland, making its first playoff appearance since 2011, had been eliminated in the first round in its last six trips, and hadn't advanced to the second round since 2000.

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Saturday at 11, the Duck football team will win its first game of 2014. It will be Duck versus Duck for the annual spring game.

For the fifth straight year, the Duck’s Spring Scrimmage will honor the military. U of O spokesman Andy McNamara says players will wear specially-designed jerseys:

McNamara: “It’s a one-time only uniform that will be donated after the game. The players will give their uniforms to some service men and women that are down on the field.”

The high-tech uniforms are wolf grey with yellow highlights and olive green.

Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

The #1 ranked Oregon Ducks softball team completed their Civil War series with Oregon State Monday with a sweep.

In the final game in Corvallis, the Ducks crushed the Beavers 18-0, after winning games on Saturday and Sunday.

Over the course of the three-game series, Oregon outscored OSU 38 to 7.  The Ducks should stay at #1 in this week's national rankings.  
 

Oregon Softball Makes History With #1 Ranking

Apr 9, 2014
Eric Evans/GoDucks.com

The University of Oregon softball team hit a milestone this week.  For the first time in school history, they are the number one team in the country.

The top ranking comes after the Ducks won two in a three-game series against then-number-one UCLA.  After the final game Sunday, senior utility player Kailee Cuico told Oregon Sports Network the series showed what the team could do.

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Fans of both the U of O women's and men's basketball teams have something to celebrate. The women's team has a new coach.  Kelly Graves, 51, led the Gonzaga women Bulldogs for 14 years.  He took them to seven NCAA tournaments and three straight Sweet Sixteens:

"I'm absolutely thrilled and privileged to be here," Graves told reporters Tuesday.  He was asked about how he planned to work with Jillian Alleyne, the Ducks' honorable mention All-American:

Ducks Out of NCAA Tournament

Mar 23, 2014
GoDucks.com

The University of Oregon Men's Basketball team has won an NCAA Tournament game in consecutive seasons for the first time in program history. But, the University of Wisconsin Badgers ended the Ducks' season Saturday 85 to 77 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Ducks had a great first half despite Wisconsin's five offensive rebounds. Oregon went into the locker room with a 12-point lead and a lot of momentum.

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Gambling addiction is not new in Oregon. An estimated 2.7 percent of the State's population identify as having struggled with the issue at some point. For the first time, the U.S. government is bringing attention to the subject by highlighting March as Problem Gambling Awareness Month. That may be due to the millions of people filling out brackets for the NCAA's basketball tournament. Julie Hynes is Lane County's Gambling Prevention Coordinator. She says March Madness can exacerbate problems for recovering gamblers, but it's usually not an issue for the average person.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon women's basketball team opened the first round of the National Invitational Tournament with a 27 point win Thursday night in Eugene.

The Stockton, CA-based University of the Pacific had a nice season in the West Coast Conference going 12 and 6.  It was the exact opposite of the Ducks in the PAC-12. In fact, Oregon just barely had enough overall wins to even qualify for the NIT. 

Ducks Advance in NCAA Tournament

Mar 20, 2014
goducks.com

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team advanced to the field of 32 in the NCAA tournament Thursday.  They soundly defeated BYU 87-68.  Oregon’s Elgin Cook had a career high 23 points off the bench, playing in his home town of Milwaukee. Oregon will stay in Milwaukee to play Wisconsin Saturday.

Ducks Earn Reputation As "Track Town USA."

Mar 16, 2014
GoDucks.com

Eugene's reputation as "Track Town USA" was well earned Saturday. Both the women's and men's teams were crowned NCAA Indoor Champions. It was the men's first title since 2009. This was the women's fifth consecutive championship. They are only the second team to accomplish this.

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The University of Oregon’s bid to repeat as PAC-12 tournament champions was squandered Thursday night by the same team they defeated last year to win it all.  UCLA blew the game open in the second half to win by 19. 

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The game was a back and forth affair for most of the first half, but UCLA got hot shooting and opened up a 20 point lead with five minutes go.  They held on to win 82-63.  Oregon’s Joe Young scored a game-high 29 points, but no other Duck broke into double figures. 

NFL Teams Visit U of O, Scout Talent

Mar 13, 2014
Desmond O'Boyle

Football players from the University of Oregon had a chance to audition for a spot in the NFL today. 

Scouts and personnel held drills and took notes on current Ducks planning on entering the NFL Draft. Drills included the 40 yd dash, “shuttle” sprints," and passing exercises. Cornerback Avery Patterson said the drills can be a little nerve-wracking.

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It was a Civil War battle Wednesday night in the first round of the PAC-12 Tournament.  The number Ducks played the Beavers in Las Vegas, and the U of O walked away with the victory. 

Oregon and Oregon State had already met twice this season, with each team chalking a win.  The Ducks entered the PAC-12 Tournament with momentum though, having won their previous seven games.

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The Oregon State women’s basketball team made it to final of the PAC-12 tournament this weekend, only to fall short against the USC Trojans on Sunday. 

Oregon State was within five points with less than a minute to go, but ended up losing 71-62. 

The Beavers went into the tournament a number 3 seed, having won their final nine regular-season games.   But USC was even hotter in the tournament.  They defeated Stanford, one of the best teams in the country, in the semifinals. 

Big Day For Oregon Basketball

Mar 9, 2014
GoDucks.com and John Giustina

Saturday was a big day for Oregon basketball. The University of Oregon Ducks Men's Basketball team hosted a packed house at Mathew Knight Arena against number 3 Arizona. 

Jason Calliste made the go-ahead jumper and free throw with 4:22 left and finished with 18 points as the Ducks upset the Wildcats 64-57. Oregon's six-game winning streak keeps them eligible for a possible NCAA tournament bid and gave them their fourth straight season with at least 20 victories. Head Coach Dana Altman says fans energy was crucial to the victory.

The Olympics are compelling.  They're available on every media platform.  It’s the thrill of victory, agony of defeat, and, of course, the U.S. medal count.

Disc Golf Fundraiser For Food For Lane County

Jan 30, 2014
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Super Bowl Sunday ranks second among holidays for food consumption in the U.S. On Saturday, February 1, the Eugene Disc Golf Club is holding its Third Annual “Ice Bowl” to raise money for Food for Lane County.

Kansas City hosted the first Ice Bowl in 1987. Since then, the charity event has spread to all 50 states and several other countries. Coordinator Jim Johnson says unlike golf, disc golf can be played anytime of the year.

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This summer, elite young athletes from more than 200 countries will come to Hayward Field in Eugene to compete in a six day Track & Field event. TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna Wednesday announced a challenge for local youth.

Jes Burns

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team dropped in this week’s national rankings after chalking their first loss of the season on Sunday.  The Ducks lost to Colorado on the road.  They dropped from number 10 to 17 in Monday’s A-P top-25 poll. 

Before the loss, the Ducks were one of only seven still-undefeated Division 1 teams.  

Oregon plays again this Thursday at home against California.
 

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