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Quick Hits: A look at the legacy of Edward Cheserek, two Oregon baseball players named All-Americans

— Emerald reporter Jack Butler takes a look at the legacy left by Oregon track star Edward Cheserek. He ran the Pac-12 Championships in what would be his last race due to a lower back strain that ended his final collegiate season early. Cheserek leaves Oregon with a total of 17 …

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Quick Hits: Baseball losing cash, softball preps for Super Regionals

— Oregon baseball is not only losing on the field, but the Ducks are losing in their bank account. Ticket sales are down while program expenses have increased. — However, pitcher David Peterson is one of the best players in the nation this season. He passed up playing professionally to become a Duck, …

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Men’s and women’s track snag Pac-12 titles, No. 3 softball set to begin postseason run

— Both the men and women of Oregon clinched the Pac-12 track and field championships Sunday in Eugene. Kyree King for the men and Deajah Stevens for the women swept the 100 and 200 meters, while Edward Cheserek pulled off yet another win in the 10,000 and Blake Haney returned …

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Quick Hits: The Oregon men’s basketball team signs top prospects

— Oregon men’s basketball standouts Chris Boucher, Jordan Bell, Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks led the team to its recent Final Four run. With all of them declaring for the NBA, as well as being invited to the combine, Dana Altman had his work cut out to fill those scholarship spots for next year. …

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Quick Hits: Softball sweeps past No. 2 FSU, Devon Allen returns to Hayward Field

— Hayward Field hosted the Oregon Twilight on Friday. Many Ducks got one final tuneup before the Pac-12 Championships. Cullen Prena, Cody Danielson and Cole Walsh each won their respective events. — Among the former Ducks to compete at Oregon Twilight, Devon Allen competed in the 110-meter hurdles, finishing in …

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Quick Hits: Peterson wins national award, men’s golf takes first Pac-12 title in 58 years

— Oregon baseball pitching ace David Peterson won the Collegiate Baseball national player of the week and Pac-12 pitcher of the week awards after throwing a program-best 20 strikeouts in the Ducks’ Friday win over Arizona State. The Ducks won the series 2-1. — Football is back as the spring …

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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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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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Quick Hits: Bigby-Williams may transfer, Modin gives inside access

— Mitch Modin, a decathlete on the Oregon track and field team, posts video blogs regularly. They detail the day-to-day activities of a Division I athlete. He has over 2,000 subscribers, spanning 50 countries. — Kavell Bigby-Williams has been granted permission to explore transferring. He and head coach Dana Altman will meet on …

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Quick Hits: Rogers breaks 27-year old NCAA record, football lands highly-sought transfer

— Oregon women’s track and field had quite the weekend at the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, California. Raevyn Rogers set a new NCAA record in the 800, while the 4×100 team comprised of Hannah Cunliffe, Deajah Stevens, Arianna Washington and MaKenzie Dunmore broke a collegiate record they set just a …

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Quick Hits: Dorsey, Brooks declare for the NBA draft, Jayson Amos makes school history

– After making the Final Four for the first time in 80 years, Oregon basketball is losing three of its players who were eligible to return. Tyler Dorsey and Dillon Brooks both declared for the NBA draft and chose to hire an agent, while junior Casey Benson decided to graduate early and transfer …

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Quick Hits: Men’s basketball gears up for UNC, softball improves to 30-0

— The men’s basketball team has arrived in Phoenix for the Final Four. The Ducks will have to get past UNC on Saturday to have a chance to play for a national title on Monday. Gus Morris went over the keys to beating the Tar Heels. Find all of the Emerald’s Final …

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Quick Hits: Women’s basketball’s historic run ends, while men head to Final Four

— Oregon’s historic NCAA tournament run came to an end with a 90-52 loss to undefeated UConn on Monday. Freshmen Sabrina Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard led the Oregon women’s basketball team to an upset of Maryland in the Ducks’ first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance Saturday, before falling to the Huskies, who were on a 110-game winning streak, in …

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Quick Hits: Oregon men and women’s basketball on to Sweet 16, softball stays perfect

— After Oregon women’s basketball won its first NCAA Tournament game in 12 years thanks to a late basket and block by Ruthy Hebard, the No. 10 seed Ducks beat No. 2 seed Duke in the second round on Duke’s home court, giving the Blue Devils their first loss at home …

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Quick Hits: UO volleyball head coach Jim Moore steps down; Oregon track and field wins multiple awards

– Following a record-breaking indoor season where the Oregon track and field women won their seventh title in eight years and broke the team scoring record at the NCAA indoor championships last weekend, Hannah Cunliffe was named the USTFCCCA Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, head coach Robert Johnson picked up his sixth …

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Quick Hits: Men’s and women’s hoops head to NCAA Tournament, softball stays perfect

— Oregon men’s basketball drew a No. 3 seed in the upcoming NCAA Tournament during Selection Sunday. The Ducks head to Sacramento to face No. 14 Iona in the opening round. — The Ducks will have to rely on Kavell Bigby-Williams for more minutes in the NCAA Tournament, writes The Register-Guard’s …

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Quick Hits: Ionescu earns national honor, two softball players tabbed for Pac-12 weekly awards

— Following being named Pac-12 freshman of the year at the end the regular season, Sabrina Ionescu was named national freshman of the year by espnW. Ionescu finished the regular season averaging 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds and 5.5 assists. The team is anticipating its first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2005. — Two-time U.S. 110-meter …

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Quick Hits: Reaves paid over $60,000 by Oregon, Brooks named Pac-12 POY

— The University of Oregon paid former assistant coach David Reaves over $60,000 for less than a month of work, The Register-Guard reported on Monday. According to public records, Reaves received $3,750 for 26 hours of work as a member of Willie Taggart’s staff. He also received a payment of …

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Sabrina Ionescu named Pac-12 freshman of the year, Thomas Laurent ties Oregon all-time men’s tennis win record

— Sabrina Ionescu was named the Pac-12 freshman of the year on Tuesday. She is the first Duck since Shaquala Williams in 1998-99 to earn freshman of the year honors from the coaches vote. Ionescu and Ruthy Hebard were also named to the all-league and all-freshman teams. Lexi Bando earned …

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Quick Hits: Oregon sprinters find motivation through friendly competition, Dillon Brooks hits game-winner

— Oregon track and field boasts one of the deepest groups of women sprinters in the country and has dominated meets throughout the indoor season. The Emerald’s Hannah Bonnie writes that the teams key to success for the Ducks is the friendly competition that takes place everyday at practice. — …

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Taggart fills out coaching staff, Ducks make offer to Justin Herbert’s brother Patrick

— Oregon football head coach Willie Taggart filled out his coaching staff with the hiring of former UCLA and 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Johnson as his wide receivers coach, according to Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman. Johnson, father of touted class of 2019 quarterback prospect Michael Johnson Jr., replaces Jimmie Dougherty, …

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Quick Hits: Basketball runs home-winning streak to 41 games, Pharaoh Brown lone Duck invited to NFL combine

— Oregon men basketball won its 41st consecutive home game Thursday night — defeating Utah 79-61. Dillon Brooks led the onslaught with a game-high 20 points, including a massive dunk in the second half that was featured on SportsCenter’s Top-10 plays, checking in at No. 2. Jordan Bell and Chris …

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Quick Hits: women’s basketball sweeps weekend series, lacrosse falls to Canisius

— Oregon guard Sabrina Ionescu was named the Pac-12 player of the week on Monday. The freshman averaged 16.5 points a game and 10.5 rebounds in the Ducks’ weekend sweep of No. 15 UCLA and USC. She made Oregon history with her fourth triple-double on Friday night’s win over the Bruins. …

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Quick Hits: Schyllander gets win No. 200, Oregon softball starts season 2-0

— Oregon men’s tennis head coach Nils Schyllander got his 200 career victory with a 4-0 victory over Fresno State. Oregon improves to 5-1 to start the season. —The No. 9 Oregon softball team won back-to-back games to begin the season. The Duck’s offense dominated in both games, scoring a …

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Quick Hits: Oregon men’s basketball jumps to No. 5 in AP Poll, David Reaves resigns following DUII

– The now former Oregon football co-offensive coordinator David Reaves resigned from his position on Friday. Reaves was on administrative leave and in the process of being fired after receiving a DUII on Jan. 22. – Former Oregon football defensive coordinator Brady Hoke is expected to become Tennessee’s defensive line …

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Quick Hits: Football has big signing day, men’s basketball squeaks past Arizona State

— Oregon football had a busy day on Wednesday during National Signing Day, which saw the Ducks bring in the nation’s No. 1-ranked athlete and sign Sheldon High School’s Cody Shear. — Oregon soccer also had an eventful National Signing Day by signing eight players as part of the class of 2021. …

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Quick Hits: Men’s basketball winning streak of 17 ends, Oregon track and field sets four records on the east coast

– The Oregon men’s basketball team suffered its first Pac-12 loss to Colorado on Saturday night 74-65, and the Emerald‘s Gus Morris explains why the team’s loss shouldn’t come as a surprise. – Oregon State’s women’s basketball team extended its Civil War winning streak to 13 after the Beavers defeated Oregon 67-60 on …

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Dwayne Benjamin signs contract with Australian team, Oregon football announces signing day plans

— Former Oregon men’s basketball player Dwayne Benjamin has signed a contract with the Geraldton Buccaneers of Australia. Benjamin, playing in his first year as a professional, began his post-Oregon career in the Danish Ligaen where he averaged 12.6 points a game and 4.0 rebounds. — The Register-Guard on Thursday reported that Oregon football spent …

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Quick Hits: Oregon men’s basketball wins 16th in a row, Duck assistant football coach arrested, fired

— Oregon assistant football coach David Reaves was arrested on charges of reckless driving, reckless endangerment and DUII. “The process to terminate his employment with cause has been commenced,” athletic director Rob Mullens said in a statement. — Men’s basketball won its 16th consecutive game on Saturday with a 69-52 victory over …

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Quick Hits: Irele Oderinde suspended, 2017 Pac-12 football schedule released

— The University of the Oregon has suspended newly hired football strength and conditioning coach Irele Oderinde for one month without pay after reports surfaced that three Oregon players were hospitalized following “military style” workouts. Previous strength and conditioning coach Jim Radcliffe will assume Oderinde’s duties during his suspension. Oderinde will …

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