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Prukop accustoms to working with receivers, Benjamin present at practice

Dakota Prukop has never had weapons at his disposal like he does now. He managed to pass for 5,584 in two seasons as the starting quarterback for Montana State without any legitimate receiving threats to throw to. None of his pass catchers accumulated more than 632 yards or caught more than 52 passes in a season. …

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Women’s tennis stumbles after dismissal of three players, softball loses series to UCLA

— Three of the nine members of the women’s tennis team were dismissed from the program due to a “violation of team rules,” the Oregon athletic department confirmed Saturday. As a result, the team was forced to forfeit two singles matches in a 7-0 loss to Stanford Saturday. None of the three …

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Freshman pitchers can’t hold off Notre Dame in 6-3 loss

The Oregon Ducks (11-10, 2-4 Pac-12) lost 6-3 to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (13-10, 4-5 ACC) at Frank Eck Stadium in Indiana Thursday. The loss is their eighth of their last 11 games. In his first start and since the season-opener, Oregon freshman starting pitcher Isaiah Carranza lasted just …

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Oregon’s Dwayne Benjamin hints at a return to football on Twitter

It appeared Oregon basketball forward Dwayne Benjamin hinted at joining the Ducks football team in a tweet Thursday afternoon. Back to The Action 🏈🙏🏽#BlessUppic.twitter.com/iQHtYb8XEa — Dwayne Benjamin (@MadBuckets) March 31, 2016 The tweet comes about a week after Benjamin expressed interest in the idea of trading his sneakers for cleats. “It is …

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Q&A: Matt Lubick discusses distribution of quarterback reps, adjusting to new job

Offensive coordinator Matt Lubick met with reporters at Oregon’s second practice of the spring season Wednesday. He discussed the progress of graduate-transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop, the adjustment to his new role and the prospect of Oregon basketball player Dwayne Benjamin — an All-State wide receiver in high school — joining the football team. Now that …

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Dakota Prukop makes strong impression on first day of spring practice

Graduate transfer quarterback Dakota Prukop has been on Oregon’s campus taking classes since early January. Still, anytime he steps foot inside one of its world-class athletic facilities, he looks around and pinches himself. “Man, it’s such an amazing place,” he said following the Ducks’ first practice of the spring football season …

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Midway through season, Oregon hitters still searching for a ‘little spark’

When manager George Horton addressed the media at practice on March 16, Oregon men’s basketball was about to begin its historic Elite Eight run in the NCAA Tournament. The baseball team, meanwhile, had just been swept in three games by Mississippi State. “You guys just want to talk about our basketball team, right?” Horton …

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Kyle Kasser, Austin Grebeck deliver timely hits in 9-5 win over Utah

Playing nine innings is a struggle for any team whose offense isn’t scoring and the defense isn’t making plays. In their last four games — all of which they lost — the Oregon Ducks (9-6) scraped together just 10 runs on 22 hits, committed five errors and doled out 21 free passes to first base. There …

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Oregon hopes for “fresh start” heading into Pac-12 play

A superstitious practice of male athletes — particularly baseball players — is to shave one’s beard when on-field performance begins to worsen. Following a three-game sweep at the hands of Mississippi State last weekend, starting pitcher Matt Krook and multiple other Ducks got rid of their facial hair. “It’s kind of a ‘fresh start’ deal,” …

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Former basketball players Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson file lawsuit against University of Oregon

Former Oregon basketball players Dominic Artis and Damyean Dotson have filed a lawsuit against the University of Oregon seeking $10 million each, it was reported by ESPN on Tuesday. Artis, Dotson and fellow former player Brandon Austin were accused of raping a female student at an off-campus party in March 2014. The UO …

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Matt Krook gets battered early as Ducks fall to Mississippi State, 9-3

The Mississippi State Bulldogs (11-3-1) knocked Oregon starting pitcher Matt Krook out of the game before the end of the first inning in Starkville Saturday. It was the worst game of the redshirt sophomore’s stellar career, and it snowballed into a long day for the team. Oregon trailed 9-0 at one …

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Ducks pitchers shelled, offense struggles in loss to Mississippi State

The Mississippi State Bulldogs brought Oregon pitcher Cole Irvin back down to life in the Ducks’ 10-4 loss at Dudy Noble Field on Friday. Irvin, who entered the game with a pair of wins and a 0.82 ERA, struggled through 5.1 innings, allowing nine hits and five runs (three earned) …

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Vernon Adams, departing Ducks perform in front of scouts at Oregon’s Pro Day

Departing Oregon football players performed drills in front of professional scouts at the Moshofksy Center on Thursday during Oregon’s annual Pro Day. A handful of Ducks are expected to be selected in the 2016 NFL Draft. Quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. is one of those “fringe” players: projected to be a middle-to-late …

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Vernon Adams looks sharp at Pro Day, Dana Altman’s team overachieves again

– Dozens of NFL scouts evaluated Oregon’s departing football players during the Ducks’ annual Pro Day on Thursday. Quarterback Vernon Adams ran a 4.85-second 40-yard dash and looked sharp on his throws to Bralon Addison and Byron Marshall. Projected as a middle-t0-late round draft pick, Adams had this message for coaches and …

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Ducks down Gauchos on clutch defense and breakout seventh inning

A close game got out of hand on Friday as the No. 11 Oregon Ducks broke out for 13 runs on 12 hits against UC Santa Barbara at PK Park. A six-run seventh inning all but sealed the 13-1 victory. The Ducks (7-1) had hit just .211 through the first seven games of the …

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A.J. Balta has ‘something to prove’ in return from freak ACL tear

After missing the entire 2015 baseball season due to a knee injury, redshirt sophomore A.J. Balta said he had something to prove before the 2016 campaign began. He proved it. In Oregon’s first series of the season at San Diego State, Balta launched two home runs and a triple to help …

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Oregon takes series against Illinois State behind David Peterson’s eight-inning gem

David Peterson pitched an eight-inning gem against Illinois State Sunday, helping Oregon clinch the series in a 3-1 win. Peterson tied a career-high with nine strikeouts and retired 25 of the 28 batters he faced. He allowed just one unearned run on two hits and a walk. Peterson pitched himself into trouble a …

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Late walks help Illinois State defeat Oregon, 3-2

The Illinois State pitching staff shut down the Oregon bats Saturday, as the Ducks fell 3-2 despite a strong outing from Matt Krook in his first game at PK Park since March 22, 2014. Krook threw seven innings and allowed just two hits and one run on five walks and eight …

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Freshman Isaiah Carranza to start home opener against Illinois State

Although his collegiate debut did not go as planned, freshman right-handed pitcher Isaiah Carranza will make his first collegiate start in the Ducks’ (3-0) home opener Thursday. Carranza relieved Cole Irvin in the season opener at San Diego State after the senior pitched seven seemingly flawless innings. Manager George Horton said it …

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Club rowing meets goal of rowing 4.2 million meters in second Erg-A-Thon

The Oregon club rowing team set out to prove its commitment to the sport and the community. It accomplished just that. The team reached its goal of collectively rowing 4.2 million meters — the distance from Eugene to Gainesville, Georgia, the site of the 2016 ACRA national championships — on its rowing machines at the Student Recreation …

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A.J. Balta leads relentless attack in 10-5 win over San Diego State

Although Matt Krook didn’t have his best stuff in his return, the Oregon Ducks used an offensive outburst Saturday to beat San Diego State, 10-5. Austin Grebeck set the tone with a leadoff triple into the left field corner, and came around to score two batters later on a 4-6-3 double play. The …

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Men’s tennis finds its hype guy, club rowing to hold second annual Erg-A-Thon

– Sophomore Simon Stevens has embraced his role as men’s tennis’s hype guy. Head coach Nils Schyllander says Stevens “plays his best tennis when he plays with energy.” – Oregon rowing is holding its own against elite Division-I schools despite being a self-funded club team. It will hold its second annual Erg-A-Thon fundraiser on Sunday, …

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UO club rowing shows growth in anticipation of second annual Erg-A-Thon

In February 2015, the UO club rowing team successfully met its goal of collectively rowing one million meters—more than 600 miles—in one day, to raise funds for its trip to the national championships in Georgia. This year, it is upping the ante. The self-funded team plans to row 4.2 million meters—the …

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Brady Hoke brings new alignment and fresh perspective to Oregon defense

The Oregon fanbase was eager for change at the conclusion of the 2015 football season — especially after the Ducks squandered a 31-0 halftime lead at the Alamo Bowl and fell to TCU in triple-overtime. Oregon’s defense struggled all season long, ranking 116th in total defense out of 127 FBS teams. …

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Recruit Pursuit: Oregon spent the sixth-most on football recruiting, and that’s probably going up

College football teams go to great lengths to draw elite high school athletes to their programs. On National Signing Day Feb. 3, the day that recruits sign binding agreements to play for a college, University of Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh raised the bar. Harbaugh turned the day into a …

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Cole Irvin guarantees Oregon baseball will make College World Series

Redshirt junior pitcher Cole Irvin said with certainty the Ducks will make it to the College World Series in 2016, something they haven’t done in the seven seasons since the baseball program’s reinstatement. “We are going to Omaha this year,” Irvin said. “I want to make that statement clear.” Since 2009, …

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Jacoby: George Horton’s urgency to make deep postseason run greater now than ever

Should Oregon baseball fail to advance to a Super Regional in 2016, its season would be considered a disappointment, and manager George Horton, who has yet to reach a College World Series in seven seasons at Oregon, could find himself coaching for his job in 2017. Horton was an attractive hire when the …

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Oregon 2016 recruit wins Gatorade Player of the Year

Oregon cross country recruit Katie Rainsberger was named the 2015-16 Gatorade National Girls Cross Country Runner of the Year on Thursday morning. Rainsberger will join the Ducks on scholarship in the fall. Rainsberger was pulled out of her class at Air Academy High School in Colorado and taken into the locker room, …

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Quick Hits: Oregon’s top 2016 NFL Draft prospects, Jacinta Vandenberg plays key role for women’s basketball

– The Emerald examined the Ducks’ top prospects for the NFL Draft, as well as each one’s concerns, projected round value, and potential suitors. Defensive end DeForest Buckner tops the list, projected as a top-seven selection. – 6-foot-5 Australia-native Jacinta Vandenberg has played a key role for Oregon women’s basketball, …

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Oregon NFL Draft prospects: Concerns, projections and potential suitors

The Emerald examined the Oregon Ducks’ top five 2016 NFL Draft prospects, analyzing each one’s strengths and weaknesses, draft stock and possible landing spots. The draft begins on April 28 and runs through April 30. DeForest Buckner (DE) – 6-foot-7, 300 pounds The Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year will undoubtedly …

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