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21 April

Local runners bring strong Oregon presence to Boston Marathon

A total of 463 runners from the state of Oregon are listed among the entrants for the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21.

The Oregon Relays was a good meet -- for the participants; Oregon track & field rundown

Source: OregonLive
There is a lot to like about the intensity and competitive spirit that Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen brings to the track. He won three events, and appears as if he will be a force once spring football practice ends and he can concentrate on one sport.

Photos: Outdoor track and field — Oregon Relays come to a close at Hayward Field

Source: Daily Emerald
The Ducks hit the road for their next competition at The 120th Penn Relays from Thursday, April 24 through April 26 in Philadelphia, Pa.

Playing the mental game, Oregon men’s golf hopes to channel its emotions heading into Pac-12 Championship

Source: Daily Emerald
The Oregon men’s golf team witnessed encouraging signs from its lone upperclassman, Jonathan Woo. Woo, a junior who had only one top-20 finish to show for the season as of last Sunday, led the team to a fifth place finish at the Western Intercollegiate behind a final scorecard that read 70-68-72-210.

When It Comes to Consecutive Sellouts, Oregon Ducks Football Will be in Third Place For a While

Oregon enters the 2014 season with ninety four consecutive sellouts at Autzen Stadium, but have two very prominent teams behind them in Notre Dame and Nebraska.

Oregon softball underclassmen poised for postseason run

Source: Daily Emerald
The Oregon softball team (40-5, 14-1 Pac-12) has arguably had its best season in program history. In addition to their first-ever No. 1 ranking, the Ducks have also picked up marquee wins against top five opponents.

20 April

What to remember about the Oregon Ducks' third week of spring football: Oregon rundown

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- Befitting a busy third week of spring football at Oregon is a loaded Saturday of events at UO to keep an eye on. But before we look completely to Saturday's schedule, here's what you might have missed this week from The Oregonian's coverage of spring football.

Defensive play becoming key for Oregon softball (Video)

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The Ducks haven't committed an error since becoming the country's top-ranked team. The gloves were stellar again on Saturday in Oregon's 7-2 win over Cal.

Oregon Ducks' multi-dimensional Oshay Dunmore hopes reunion with Erik Chinander ends in a breakout spring

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- As he glided from drill to drill during his grandfather's annual football camp on those hot, June days, Oshay Dunmore couldn't have known that his future coach, at a position he'd never even played, was making a mental scouting report.

Ducks finish sweep of Washington State with 2-1 win

Source: CSNNW
EUGENE, Ore. – Austin Grebeck didn’t start in Oregon’s 2-1 win over Washington State on Sunday at PK Park, but he ended the Cougars best chance to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Ducks.

No. 1 Oregon softball tries to remain grounded for final stretch of season

Source: Daily Emerald
The No. 1 ranked Oregon softball team (40-5, 14-1 Pac-12) picked up its third Pac-12 sweep of the season against California (22-20, 4-9 Pac-12) by a score of 7-2 in game three. This past weekend, the Ducks scored 31 runs and allowed just six.

Oregon Ducks Strike Gold, Earn Horton 700th Career D-I Victory in 6-3 Win Over Cougars

Jeff Gold(9-0) picked up the 6-3 Oregon win and becomes the pitcher with the best record in the NCAA and he is also tied for the led in victories. Gold threw seven innings giving up six hits and three runs, two of them earned.

Ducks Finish Sweep With 2-1 Win over WSU

EUGENE, Ore. – Austin Grebeck didn’t start in Oregon’s 2-1 win over Washington State on Sunday at PK Park, but he ended the Cougars best chance to avoid a sweep at the hands of the Ducks.

Sprinters Set Top Marks at Mt. SAC

WALNUT, Calif. – The Oregon sprinters and middle distance crew were in great form at the Mt. SAC Relays, Saturday, as a number of Ducks proved themselves among the elite of both international and NCAA competition.

Cheserek, Jenkins go 1-2 in UO debuts at Hayward Field

Two weeks ago, after making his outdoor debut in a 10,000-meter race at Stanford, Oregon freshman distance sensation Edward Cheserek returned to Eugene to watch his teammates compete in a dual meet with Arizona.

19 April

Council recommends transfer policy change

Some student-athletes who transfer schools as a result of difficult life or family circumstances should be allowed an extra year to complete their eligibility, according to a recommendation from the Division I Leadership Council.

Meet the Bag Man: A guide to buying college football players

Source: YouTube
Taiwanese Animation Takes on 'Dirty' SEC Programs Based on SB Nation Report

LaMichael James hints that he sees a trade coming

Source: NBC Sports
When news broke that the 49ers are shopping running back LaMichael James, it may have come as a surprise to some. But not to James.

The NCAA ends its food fight

Source: ESPN
We can all agree, as NCAA president Mark Emmert said Friday, that defining the difference between a meal and a snack is dumb. But the fact is, as the NCAA is structured, an athletic program can incur the wrath of NCAA enforcement if it subscribes to the wrong definition.

What would Duck football players #AskEmmert? Two Ducks have different takes on pay-for-play debate

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- When the #AskEmmert call went out on Twitter Friday morning, social media gave the NCAA president the digital equivalent of an earful of scorn.

Mark Emmert, NCAA

ESPN, Mike & Mike
NCAA president Mark Emmert comments on scholarships' value, why it takes so long for the association to enact change, Northwestern's impending union vote, transfer rules and more.

PERS to pay former Ducks' defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti annual pension of nearly $250,000

Source: OregonLive
It's not quite a Mike Bellotti-level pension, but Nick Aliotti won't be shaking the sofa cushions in his dotage either.

Take a Knee: Arik Armstead discusses his offseason, basketball and Johnathan Loyd

Source: Daily Emerald
Armstead, who’s going into his junior season with the Ducks, talked with the Emerald after Friday’s practice about leaving the basketball team, his offseason and former basketball teammate Johnathan Loyd, who is now his teammate on the football team.

Midway point spring checkup: Oregon

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
We’re past the halfway point of Oregon spring football, so let's take a look at the biggest storylines of the spring season thus far.

Oregon softball scores 15 runs in fourth inning to win series over California

Source: Daily Emerald
After being held to one hit through the first three innings and falling behind 2-0, the Oregon softball team scored 15 runs in the fourth inning, cruising to a 15-3 run-rule victory over California. It was Oregon’s fourth straight victory ending in a run-rule fashion.

Oregon throwers dominate day two at Oregon Relays

Source: Daily Emerald
Day two of the Oregon Relays concluded Friday at Historic Hayward Field with plenty of strong showings from Oregon’s athletes.

De La Salle movie has strong Pac-12 ties

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog will focus heavily on the circumstances around the 2004 death of linebacker/running back Terrance Kelly, who was shot two days before he was set to leave to begin his college career -- along with De La Salle teammates Cameron Colvin, Jackie Bates and Willie Glasper -- at Oregon.

Receiver Allen hurdling challenge of two spring sports

During the fall, there are days the entire UO football team makes a quick pass through the ice baths under the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex following practice.

Ducks hand Horton his 700th D-I victory

Whenever he makes a start, Jeff Gold said, the UO senior right-hander tries to do "his best Tommy Thorpe impression."

Keys’ PR Powers Ducks at Oregon Relays

EUGENE – Dakotah Keys picked up where he left off during the second day of the decathlon, winning the event with a personal best of 8,027 points and setting the pace for a total of 11 event wins on day two of the Oregon Relays, Friday.

18 April

Oregon Ducks Wide Receiver Bralon Addison Is Done for the Year…Or Is He?

Source: Eugene Daily News
By now, we have all head that the Oregon Ducks Football team has suffered a loss at the Wide Receiver position for the upcoming season as it was reported by multiple sources that on Wednesday Bralon Addison tore his left ACL in a non-contact drill in Practice.

Who is a Sleeper Team to Watch in the Pac-12 in 2014?

Source: Athlon Sports
Can Oregon State surprise in 2014?

Is Oregon the Pac-12 Favorite? (video)

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples answers your questions about everything college football and anything else on your mind. This week, he dives into how former high school coaches are succeeding in college, the new SEC quarterbacks, and Oregon football.

Hitting the ground sprinting (Stanford)

Source: USA Today
PALO ALTO, Calif. -- The central question is one of sustainability. I imagine it's the kind of question that comes up often around these parts, in these times, in a region that's become an incubator for eight-figure ideas: How do we make this last?

Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich, left tackle Tyler Johnstone on unlimited meals for athletes: video

Source: OregonLive
Oregon left tackle Tyler Johnstone praised the proposed plan to offer unlimited meals to athletes, walk-ons included, saying that it would be "insane." In a good way, of course.

Oregon thrower Brittany Mann is poised to do some damage to the school record book

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE – Brittany Mann grew up near Detroit, three time zones away from Eugene. But that didn't prevent her from making a quick decision that she wanted to go to Oregon and compete for the Ducks..... When she was 10.

The Oregon Relays continue on Friday at Hayward Field

Source: OregonLive
EUGENE -- The three-day Oregon Relays track & field meet, which began on Thursday with first-day competition in the decathlon and heptathlon, will continue on Friday with a full slate of high school, college and professional action.

Oregon baseball throttles Washington State, 11-1

Source: CSNNW
The Ducks and Cougars entered the game tied for fourth in Pac-12 Conference, but Oregon capitalized on sloppy WSU errors and executed well at the plate and in the field.

Oregon track and field off to a strong start at Oregon Relays, lead decathlon and heptathlon

Source: Daily Emerald
The first day of the Oregon Relays is in the books after athletes from both Oregon and Wichita State competed in the decathlon and heptathlon at Historic Hayward Field.

Oregon softball’s offense continues to pound opponents, beats California 9-1

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon softball (38-5, 12-1 Pac-12) wasted little time jumping all over California (22-18, 4-7). The Ducks put up five runs in the first inning en route to a 9-1 run-ruled victory over the Golden Bears in the first of a three game series.

Ducks start key conference series vs. WSU with a victory

The Pac-12's baseball standings showed Oregon and Washington State to be on level ground at 7-5 entering a three-game series to close out this week.

Keys, Crockett Lead After Day One of Oregon Relays

EUGENE, Ore – The Oregon Relays began with the first half of the heptathlon and decathlon, Thursday, and while the competitors who found themselves at the top of the leaderboard for the respective events have vastly different backgrounds in the combined events, the link they share is the donning of an Oregon uniform.

17 April

SN's top quarterbacks: Elite group filled with Heisman candidates

Source: Sporting News
The rest of the Pac-12 was not happy when Mariota — a likely top-10 pick in May’s NFL Draft — said he was returning for another year in Eugene.

NCAA approves rule protecting QBs from low hits

Source: Sporting News
College quarterbacks just got a little more protection. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Wednesday approved a rule that protects passers from low contact at or below the knee.

Quick facts about the Oregon Relays track & field meet, which begins tomorrow at Hayward Field

Source: OregonLive
The meet includes both high school and college events. Some of Oregon's top individuals will be at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.

Oregon Ducks baseball not looking past Washington State in pivotal Pac-12 series

Source: OregonLive
The Oregon Ducks welcome the pesky Washington State Cougars to PK Park for a three-game set starting Thursday, and Oregon coach George Horton isn’t taking the team from the Palouse lightly.

Canzano: Pac-12 football coaching rankings throw water on Ducks, Beavers

Source: OregonLive
Well, it's official at least. Ducks football coach Mark Helfrich has managed to do the one thing nobody believed possible --- turn the guy with Phil Knight backing him into an underdog.

Johnathan Loyd talks about spring football (Video)

Source: CSNNW
Loyd, who played point guard for the basketball team and won more games during his four-year career than any player in program history, is trying out as a wide receiver with the football team in hopes of contributing next fall.

Video: DC Wilcox on USC's spring

Source: ESPN Pac-12 Blog
Kevin Gemmell talks with Trojans defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox about how the players have responded to the new coaching staff and their expectations moving forward.

Drawn & quartered: Pac-12 scoring check

Source: ESPN
Former Oregon coach Chip Kelly was at his snarky best -- even as he was being flattered -- when asked about "halftime adjustments." Kelly, however, would admit that the occasional slow start by his offense was due to a feeling out period, where he and his assistants were taking the measure of what a defense was trying to do. That's the nature of football -- punching and counterpunching, reading and reacting. •Oregon was dominant in all four quarters and, despite that, posted the best fourth-quarter margin of 78 points (137-59), suggesting the Ducks enjoyed producing a large margin of victory.

Former Oregon Ducks Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata Close to Long Term Deal with Baltimore Ravens?

A players success in the NFL is greatly dependent on their durability and how they take care of themselves. The perfect example of this type of player is former Oregon Ducks Defensive Tackle Haloti Ngata who has spent his entire eight year career with the Baltimore Ravens.

Walk-ons will benefit most from unlimited meals, Oregon football coaches and players say

Source: Daily Emerald
The NCAA Legislative Council approved a rule on Tuesday that would allow student-athletes to receive unlimited meals and snacks. The rule can be finalized next Thursday when the Division I Board of Directors meets.

Emerald Quick Hits: Oregon softball remains No. 1 after sweeping Oregon State

Source: Daily Emerald
- Following the easy sweep of Oregon State, the Ducks remained the No. 1 team in the nation, according to both ESPN and USA Softball.

Prospect Analysis: Kyler Murray

...who will be Oregon’s Quarterback of the Future? It just may be Kyler Murray(Allen, Texas), a dual threat signal caller. His height may be a question at five feet eleven inches and 170 pounds, but the young man can run a 4.52 forty yard is pretty high on this young man.

Brittany Mann talks Oregon track season goals and being part of ‘solid group of young throwers’

Source: Daily Emerald
Oregon track and field redshirt freshman thrower Brittany Mann took time away from celebrating her 20th birthday to talk to members of the media about her season so far Wednesday afternoon.

High Five: Coolest baseball venues

The #3 must see college ballpark in the country. Quite an honor for a venue that is just five years old.

Bar raised as Ducks cross halfway point in spring drills

Among the notable periods in Wednesday's football practice, the eighth of this spring for the Ducks, was a full contact, one-on-one special teams drill that emphasized blocking on one side, and defeating blocks and tackling on the other.

Tolman rounds into form as UO baseball welcomes Cougars

When Mitchell Tolman stepped to the plate for his first at-bat against San Diego on Monday, he saw the first baseman creep in, as if anticipating a bunt.



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