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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.

Scobel Wiggins/Oregon State Athletics

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.  

Eric Evans/goducks.com

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.

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.  

ESPN.com

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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