Quick HitsSports

Quick Hits: Will Jim Leavitt revive Oregon’s defense? Edward Cheserek is the author of his final track season

– Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt has a storied history of building teams from nothing. Now, the 60-year-old will strive to lift Oregon’s defense from the ashes – all while chugging cans of Pepsi as early as 6 a.m. – After Edward Cheserek withdrew from the Bryan Clay Invitational, there were rumors …

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SportsWomen's Tennis

Oregon defeats UCLA for the first time in program history to progress to Pac-12 semifinal

After the Oregon women’s tennis team received a first-round bye in the Pac-12 Championships thanks to their fifth seed, they squeaked past No.4 UCLA to nail a victory of 4-3, earning a berth in the semifinal. It marked the the first time the Ducks have downed the Bruins in program history. The …

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LacrosseSports

Oregon lacrosse falls to San Diego State in final game of season

The Oregon women’s lacrosse team wrapped up its season with an 18-13 loss against San Diego State on Thursday in the first round of the MPSF Tournament. Head coach Katrina Dowd finishes up her first season with a 9-8 (5-3 MPSF) record. The Ducks were ranked No. 4 going into the tournament, …

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Men's TennisSports

Ducks eliminated from Pac-12 Championships after loss to Stanford

Oregon came into the Pac-12 Championships looking to punctuate their regular season performance. Instead, the Ducks will leave Ojai, California, after an early exit. On Thursday afternoon, the No. 4-seeded Ducks fell to No. 5 Stanford 4-2 in the quarterfinals after earning a first-round bye. Similar to their match on April 16 — …

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GolfSports

Ducks finish ninth at Pac-12 Championship, secure regional bid for tenth straight season

Oregon’s postseason got off to a shaky start earlier this week. The Ducks cut 15 strokes off their score in the final round of the Pac-12 Championships, which concluded play on Wednesday, to finish ninth overall. Cathleen Santoso delivered Oregon’s best performance as she finished tied for 19th overall. The final …

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SportsVolleyball

Beach volleyball bounced from Pac-12 Championships after losses to Utah, Washington

The Oregon beach volleyball team was eliminated from the Pac-12 Championships on Thursday after dropping both of its matches against Utah and Washington in Tucson, Arizona. The Ducks (2-9) battled hard against Utah, falling 3-2. Utah took an early lead after dispatching Lauren Page and Marine Hall-Poirier in the only match that didn’t …

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Acrobatics & TumblingSports

Ducks roll past King to reach NCATA semifinals

Oregon acrobatics and tumbling is onto the semifinals at the NCATA National Championships in Azusa, California, after beating King 278.800-257.260 on Thursday afternoon. The Ducks, ranked No. 1 in the field, took down No. 8-ranked King with ease to advance. Oregon will face either Azusa Pacific or Hawaii Pacific on …

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SportsTrack & Field

Preview: Oregon track and field heads to Penn Relays and OSU High Performance

Head Coach Robert Johnson still remembers hearing the announcer address the crowd, alerting them of Oregon’s presence one of the first times he brought the track and field team to the prestigious Penn Relays. “Here comes Oregon,” the speakers boomed.  “And they have sprinters!” Raevyn Rogers described the atmosphere of …

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FootballSports

Practice Report: Coaches are talking trash in preparation for spring game

The Oregon coaches want to see intensity and intelligence from the players during the spring game. It is no definite statement on who will become starters, and we won’t know the players who will be stars come fall. However, it is another opportunity for coaching. For the players, the spring …

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Cover StoryFootballSports

Leave it to Leavitt: The man behind Oregon’s defensive rebuild

Doug Brenner jokingly calls him a psycho. Troy Dye compares him to the Energizer Bunny. Juwaan Williams says his team’s new defensive coordinator is always loud. That is, when he’s had his daily dose of Pepsi, usually no less than three cans a day. But he only runs on original …

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FootballSports

Oregon’s offensive line fighting to get back with a vengeance

With four redshirt freshmen starting, Oregon’s offensive line last year was inexperienced to say the least. The unit took its knocks, allowing 24 sacks in conference play alone, and things only got worse after a season-ending injury to then-junior Tyrell Crosby. Oregon’s youthful offensive line was forced to step up on …

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FootballSports

Ducks coach Willie Taggart looked to connect with his seniors this spring

Before Willie Taggart bought a home and welcomed his family to Eugene, he made connections with Oregon’s 23 seniors. Taggart, who’s working to take the Ducks back to glory after last year’s 4-8 season, said the experienced Ducks will allow him to reset the tone. Plus, Taggart realizes he failed to …

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FootballSports

With spring practice winding down, Oregon’s freshmen have made their presence felt

In April, the Oregon athletic department declared that Duck football practices would be open to the media, which meant good news for local reporters. However, the newfound availability also came with a catch: UO also simultaneously stated that Oregon freshman would not be available for interviews throughout the year. Now, reporters …

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FootballSports

New coaches bring changes. Will there be a new quarterback?

The first time Willie Taggart spoke to the Oregon football team, he stressed that every position would be an open competition. A new coach brings a clean slate for every player at every position, including quarterback. Last season, Justin Herbert became the bright spot on what was an otherwise dark …

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Men's TennisSports

Ducks look to make some noise in upcoming Pac-12 Championships

With the Pac-12 Championships right around the corner, the Ducks still had one match left in their record-setting regular season — Washington. Because Oregon State doesn’t sponsor a tennis program, the Huskies are Oregon’s top rival in the Pacific Northwest. After waiting through an 80-minute rain delay to begin action, the Ducks went …

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Men's BasketballSports

Brandon McCoy commits to UNLV over Oregon, others

Brandon McCoy will not be an Oregon Duck after announcing his commitment to UNLV on Twitter. Blessd and truly thankful to say I’ve committed to UNLV !!! pic.twitter.com/w4aw8gFidU — Brandon McCoy (@flyguyfreddyy) April 26, 2017 McCoy, a five-star recruit from San Diego, California, had finalists of Oregon, Michigan State, Arizona and of course UNLV. …

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FootballSports

Practice Report: With spring game in sight, Oregon football looks back on its first practices under Taggart

As spring practices wind down and Saturday’s spring game approaches, Oregon football reflected on its spring process before its Tuesday morning practice. More improvement For the first time in years, media have been able to watch portions of practice. And for the players, spring practices brought extra scrutiny with a moving depth …

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PodcastSportsSports Podcasts

Podcast: Soccer Talk with Shawn and Will

After a hectic week in the world of soccer, Shawn Medow (@ShawnMedow) and Will Campbell (@wtcampbell) recap the action from MLS, the UEFA Champions League and Europa League, the English Premier League and FA Cup and discuss the three-nation bid for the 2026 FIFA World Cup. This episode was produced …

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Quick HitsSports

Quick Hits: Nikki Udria drafted by Scrap Yard Dawgs, men’s hoops lands verbal commitment

— On Monday night, Oregon senior short stop Nikki Udria was drafted by the Scrap Yard Dawgs in the fourth round (18th pick) of the National Pro Fastpitch Draft. Udria, who is batting .423 and has a team-high 10 home runs, will join former teammate Cheridan Hawkins on the roster. …

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Men's BasketballSports

After ‘a crazy two weeks,’ Dana Altman will now take on his biggest rebuilding project yet

With trips to the Elite Eight and Final Four notched in successive years, Oregon is now consistently competing with blue blood programs for the first time in school history. As Oregon head coach Dana Altman is finding out, those games in late March and early April come at a price. Over …

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Men's BasketballSports

Kenny Wooten Jr., 6-foot-8 power forward, verbals to Oregon men’s hoops

Kenny Wooten Jr., a 6-foot-8 power forward from Las Vegas, Nevada, has given Oregon men’s basketball a late 2017 verbal commitment. “With a lot of players leaving, they have a lot of minutes available,” Wooten said in a message to the Emerald. “The coaching staff is great. Great environment to focus. …

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ASUOClub SportsCover StorySports

Nationals in Jeopardy: Haaga’s veto leaves club sports scrambling for funds

Approximately 1,500 students participate in the 41 club sports at the University of Oregon each year, but funding issues this year mean many may not be able to attend their end-of-year national competitions. In early February, Club Sports requested $50,000 from ASUO’s surplus fund to subsidize various club teams’ trips …

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GolfSports

Postseason preview: Ducks ready for clean slate in advance of Pac-12 Championships in Tucson

Starting this week, the Ducks will get exactly what they need: a fresh start. Postseason play kicks off with regional tournaments two weeks from Monday but Oregon needs to take care of business in conference first. This week, Oregon competes in Tucson, Arizona, for the Pac-12 Championships, which kick off today and …

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BaseballSports

Oregon drops fifth straight as Stanford sweeps Ducks at home

After a short-lived stint in the Baseball America Top 25 rankings, it’s back to the drawing board for Oregon. The No. 25 Ducks fell 10-4  to the Stanford, marking their fifth straight loss. It is the first time Oregon has been swept at home in six years and the Ducks …

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LacrosseSports

Ducks take care of Saint Mary’s to close out regular season

Before heading down to Los Angeles for MPSF Tournament, the Ducks still had one last game on their schedule. On Sunday, the Ducks rolled by Saint Mary’s 19-11 in the team’s regular season finale. “We had some ups and downs, but we competed in every single game,” head coach Katrina …

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SoftballSports

Oregon avoids sweep with 4-3 win over Arizona

The Ducks needed a win. With Megan Kleist in the circle for the Ducks and Danielle O’Toole going for the Wildcats, a pitcher’s duel was a possibility. Instead, Oregon and Arizona teamed up to hit four solo home runs, and Oregon came away with a 4-3 win. Danica Mercado’s sister Mo Mercado hit an …

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