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Ducks basketball looks to improve on hot start over break

Seven wins, one loss. The Oregon Ducks men’s basketball team is off to its best start since the 2007-08 team that made the NCAA Tournament. The Ducks have blown by inferior opponents in blowouts wins, with a surprisingly easy victory over what was thought to be a tougher Vanderbilt squad, …

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Chip Kelly's visor could be filled by Mark Helfrich

Mark Helfrich. Not the most familiar name to casual Duck fans. He doesn’t roam the secondary or sack quarterbacks for the Ducks. He isn’t even on the sidelines for Duck games. But he is of the utmost importance to Oregon football, and his relevance is growing every day. @@http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=204770343@@ Helfrich, …

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Oregon's football transfers find success elsewhere

Some football teams struggle to find 11 capable players on each side of the ball. For the Ducks, the wealth is overwhelming at some spots, with quite possibly the nation’s most explosive player in De’Anthony Thomas not even listed at a top spot on the depth chart. Recently for the …

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Oregon basketball rolls over Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions in Matt Knight hoops

It wasn’t supposed to be close, and in the end it wasn’t. There were stretches in the first half when the visiting Arkansas Pine Bluff men’s basketball unit kept it close with the Oregon Ducks on Saturday afternoon, but the visitors were overmatched and bested by the Ducks, 80-59. @@http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=205819007@@ …

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Oregon's Arsalan Kazemi and Dominic Artis lead the way over UTSA

Arsalan Kazemi had his first big offensive output against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners in the Ducks’ 95-78 victory on Thursday night and was joined by Dominic Artis at the top of the scoring column. Both had season-high point tallies.

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Ducks v. Roadrunners at Matthew Knight Arena tonight

Men’s basketball looks to rebound from a loss tonight at Matthew Knight Arena against the University of Texas at San Antonio Roadrunners.

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Oregon football's top 10 moments of 2012

#10 — Will Murphy gets a touchdown A walk-on player from Albany, Ore., less than an hour away from Eugene, Will Murphy was a redshirt scout team member in 2008. In 2009, 2010 and 2011 he played minimal meaningful minutes. But in 2012, Murphy amassed 181 yards on 19 grabs, …

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Oregon football hopes for BCS disorder in waning weeks

The fast, sleek and uncatchable sports car that is the Oregon Ducks was humming along all season, up with the other leaders of the pack until it blew a tire. After a ruinous loss at the hands of a punishing Stanford team, the Ducks no longer control their own destiny. …

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Hardwood Ducks' defense continues to be stingy

The Ducks weren’t too hot with the basketball in their hands on Monday night, scoring only 67 points and turning the ball over 18 times, but on defense Oregon played in top form against the visiting Gamecocks of Jacksonville State (from Jacksonville, Ala.). @@http://www.goducks.com/ViewArticle.dbml?SPID=235&DB_OEM_ID=500&ATCLID=205752663@@ For the second straight game, Oregon …

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Missed kicks will haunt Alejandro Maldonado, Oregon

The pouring rain ceased just before kickoff, but the darkest clouds ever seen at Autzen hung over the stadium and cast shadows of misery on the faces of fans, players and coaches alike, following the toughest loss the Ducks have suffered since quite possibly the 2011 title game. Marcus Mariota …

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Balance is key to Ducks' win over Vanderbilt Commodores

The Oregon Ducks turned in a dominant, balanced and efficient performance against what many thought would be a very difficult test in the visiting Vanderbilt Commodores on Friday night. Inside-out play that began from the first possession on offense and a physical and stingy defense equated into an insurmountable Ducks …

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Arsalan Kazemi ruled eligible for Ducks basketball

The Oregon men’s basketball team just got a big boost. Senior transfer from Rice, Arsalan Kazemi has had his hardship waiver accepted by the NCAA, rendering him eligible to begin playing for Oregon.

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Long: Ducks vs. Crimson Tide, the fight we wanted to see

Speed against power. Cutting edge meets tradition. Flashy versus methodical. New versus old. West Coast faces the Deep South. Visor takes on a polo. The prospect of an Alabama-Oregon BCS title game had all the makings of a fight to end all fights. This year, with Oregon’s offense in a …

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Clipped Wings: Oregon football loses key players to injuries as season goes on

A football season is a long and arduous process. You start out with players trained, conditioned and healthy, ready to go head-to-head to achieve an end goal. But as the schedule wears on, things can go awry, strategies aren’t up to snuff, leadership can be poor and casualties are suffered. …

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Ducks improve first half performance against PSU

It was a strong first half for Oregon against Portland State on Saturday night, as the mens’ hoops squad turned in a far better early performance against the Vikings than it did against Northern Arizona in Saturday’s season opener. @@http://www.goducks.com/SportSelect.dbml?&DB_OEM_ID=500&KEY=&SPID=235&SPSID=4294@@ Oregon led at intermission 51-33 against PSU, a slight improvement …

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Ducks No. 1 in AP and USA Today Coaches polls, No. 2 in BCS rankings

The beating hearts think Oregon is the number one football program in the country, but the computers aren’t as convinced, placing the Ducks second in the BCS standings. Kansas State claims the top spot in the race for the BCS National Championship after Alabama’s loss, with the Ducks checking in …

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What UO men hoopsters need to do to reach the NCAA Tournament

Oregon men’s basketball was close last season. Close to a long-awaited return to March Madness and even closer in the games it failed to win to secure a bid to the big dance. January 29, 2012. Down by three points at 73-70, with the ball, 45 seconds to play against …

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Oregon men's basketball struggles in season-opening win

A less-than-dominant start and a late charge from the opposition almost derailed a win for the Ducks in the men’s basketball team’s season opener against Northern Arizona in the first round of the Global Sports Classic on Saturday afternoon at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks started to pull away just …

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Will Cal's home magic help slow down the Ducks again?

The California Golden Bears must have the best defense in the entire country. At first glance, a layman might have made this deduction by seeing that California held the Oregon’s NASCAR offense to its lowest scoring efforts in the recent past — the most important being when the Bears kept …

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Long: Penn State pride is on the rebound

Jerry Sandusky got whacked in the face. He deserved it. Thirty to 60 years in prison isn’t nearly enough for what he did, but he will die in jail. And that is how it should be. Everybody who covered for him at Penn State got whacked in the face as …

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Long: For seniors, this Oregon football season is special

I avoid talking about football games in the month of January and the Oregon Ducks in the same sentence. To predict the future is to jinx it. When people ask me for an opinion on where the Ducks will play in the postseason I usually answer, but I look for …

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Oregon football safety Avery Patterson exemplifies a quick, stingy Duck defense

Yes, Avery Patterson​ was just a yard short of scoring off an interception for the third consecutive week (as if the offense wasn’t scoring enough points). But nobody is upset. In fact, Patterson has become a popular guy lately.

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Long: Lessons I taught my dad

I liked watching sports as a kid. Scratch that. I was obsessed with watching sports as a kid. My dad was worried for me. Not because I was some obese couch potato or airhead gamer, but because if I was talking, it was about sports.

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Ducks football still dominating despite showing mercy

Oregon football is in a rhythm. The Ducks are crushing everyone with the misfortune of being in their path this season and have viewers chuckling as they roll over opponents if they were middle school flag football teams. Last Thursday’s game was evidence of that. An early Oregon mistake and …

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Long: Mariota will see more success than Darron Thomas

The hoopla is over. The islander quarterback is in fact a human being. His five interceptions the past four games prove his mortality. Yet, despite Kilimanjaro-sized expectations coming into his premier season, Marcus Mariota has weathered the storm of the first half of his first college football season — and …

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Dion Jordan's life-threatening injury nearly derailed a promising career

A lot of things weren’t supposed to happen. The car wasn’t supposed to be out of gas. His skin wasn’t supposed to erupt into flames. He wasn’t supposed to recover. He wasn’t supposed to compete again. He wasn’t supposed to play defense. He wasn’t supposed to become one the best …

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Long: Striving to keep the journalist and fan apart

Being a student sports journalist in college is tough. And no, it isn’t because of the way we are belittled by media relations folk or scoffed at by our peers for thinking we could make a career out of what we are doing. The difficulty is not in the meager …

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Q&A with cornerback Dior Mathis

The Emerald caught up with Mathis to ask him some questions about his game and the Ducks’ defensive backs.

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Why the Ducks will — and won't — win the BCS Championship

The Oregon Ducks have never won a national championship in football. Ranked second in the nation with an undefeated record, only seven regular season games and potentially a Pac-12 Championship Game stand in the way of the Ducks’ second trip to the BCS National Championship in three years. There are …

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2011 football recruiting class making a difference already

A dynasty. It’s what every head coaches hopes to build. Victories are nice, but a tradition of winning, an expectation of excellence is what the men with the playbooks strive for.

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