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Practice Report: Coordinators and assistants react to Oregon’s scrimmage

On Wednesday, Oregon football’s coordinators and assistant coaches spoke to the media for the first time since Tuesday’s scrimmage. Defensive coordinator and inside linebackers coach Jim Leavitt said he and his staff examined film from the scrimmage for “about four or five hours.” “Had a good scrimmage yesterday, got a …

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Emeralds top Hawks 3-1, move into playoff picture

The Eugene Emeralds defeated the Boise Hawks 3-1 on Tuesday night, continuing their late season surge. The victory thrust the Emeralds into the Northwest League playoff picture. As of Tuesday night, the team holds a playoff berth, and with 11 games left, the Ems will need to close out the …

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Oregon holds second scrimmage, Taggart talks about upcoming season opener

Oregon’s open practice on Sunday at Autzen Stadium in front season ticket holders was originally scheduled to be the Ducks’ second scrimmage of the fall. Instead, Oregon held a regular practice. And this happened. Head coach Willie Taggart talked about that special moment before practice on Tuesday. “Kaulana, he earned …

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BaseballSports

Oregon extends head baseball coach George Horton’s contract through 2020 season

Oregon baseball head coach George Horton signed a new contract to remain head coach through the 2020 season, UO athletic director Rob Mullens announced through a press release on Tuesday. “We appreciate George’s leadership in building Oregon baseball, and we are excited about the future,” Mullens said in the statement. …

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Quick Hits: New football coaches utilize social media, women’s soccer season begins

Oregon Volleyball gets ready to start the 2017 season with new head coach Matt Ulmer taking over the program for Jim Moore who resigned in the offseason amid allegations of mistreatment and mental abuse. The team was picked to finish third in the Pac-12 this year. New Oregon football coach …

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Emeralds shut down Hawks in 6-0 victory

The Eugene Emeralds delivered a commanding performance Monday night, defeating the Boise Hawks 6-0 in a one-sided affair. With the season approaching its end, the win was key for the Ems. The team has twelve more regular season games, sits two games back of first-place Hillsboro Hops and it is …

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FootballSports

AP Poll: Oregon outside top 25, Washington at No. 8 in preseason poll

The first Associated Press Top 25 college football poll of the 2017 season is out and Oregon did not make the cut. It’s the first time since 2007 that the Ducks are absent from AP’s preseason Top 25. This does not come as a surprise as Oregon finished the 2016 season …

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Ducks hold practice in front on season ticket holders, award Apelu a scholarship

The Ducks lined up for an Oklahoma-like drill while they practiced in front of season ticket holders at Autzen Stadium. Right before the drill began, the team paused and began yelling in excitement and surrounded junior linebacker Kaulana Apelu. He was awarded a scholarship. A video of his mother congratulating …

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SportsWomen's Soccer

Ducks bounce back, defeat Wildcats 2-0

The Oregon women’s soccer team defeated the Kansas State Wildcats 2-0 at Papé Field on Sunday, moving the Ducks to 1-1 on the season. Junior Marissa Everett scored both goals for Oregon, one on each side of halftime. She scored one goal all of last season and four in her …

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New coaches, new culture: Ducks’ rebuild starts with a blue-collar attitude

University of Oregon defensive line coach Joe Salave’a wears the same shirt to practice every day. He runs around in the sweltering August heat, sweating, yelling, and celebrating when the defense makes a play. The shirt is blue and collared — just like one you’d see a mechanic wearing at …

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Highlighting the best units the Ducks will face this season

The Ducks have a difficult schedule in 2017. The Pac-12 always has tough opponents. Luckily, for the Ducks, they don’t face USC this season, and they miss out on Colorado, which will be a quality team. Oregon will also face solid nonconference foes in Nebraska and Wyoming. So here are …

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Oregon falls to NC State 4-1 in season opener

Oregon women’s soccer fell to the North Carolina State Wolfpack by a score of 4-1 in the first match of the 2017 season on Friday night at Pape field. NC State came out strong in the first half. Midfielder Paige Griffiths scored in the seventh minute to give the Wolfpack …

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FootballSports

Ducks will rely on youth to make an impact this season

When Willie Taggart arrived at Oregon in December, he had a message for all returning players: time to earn your spot. Taggart wasn’t about to let Oregon repeat its mistakes after a tumultuous 2016 campaign where a reported lack of leadership and accountability inevitably doomed the Ducks’ season. So far …

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SportsVolleyball

After a troublesome offseason, volleyball is ready for its team chemistry to take it to the top

Coming out of a transitional offseason, Oregon volleyball is eager and excited going into the 2017 season. “This is the closest team I’ve ever been on,” said  junior Lindsey Vander Weide. “On and off the court we have great chemistry and I think it’s something that’ll really show on the …

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FootballSports

Taggart wants to see team minimize penalties, blown assignments in Sunday’s scrimmage

As Oregon’s home opener on September 2 grows ever closer, Willie Taggart still has high expectations. The Ducks’ first scrimmage last Sunday highlighted an issue in discipline as penalties apparently were a major issue. Taggart and Troy Dye both said that the team responded well to those penalties and kept …

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New coaching staff hits the virtual recruiting trail

If you follow almost any member of Oregon’s new coaching staff on Twitter, their tweets probably light up your timeline when a new recruit commits or a player makes a highlight play in practice. Don’t forget Willie Taggart’s ringing recruit phone, Marcus Arroyo’s seemingly infinite amount of hashtags or Jim …

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It will take time to improve the defense, but the Ducks feel ahead of schedule

Defensive coordinator Jim Leavitt answers questions from the media with speed and efficiency. He stands in the scrum looking ancy, clearly wanting to be on the field. He even ends media himself by announcing he only has time for one more question. Then he runs to the practice field. I …

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Practice Report: Ducks continue to grind as fall camp hits halfway point

Oregon football is now halfway through fall camp. With two and a half weeks until the Ducks play Southern Utah, the team enters an important stage of development. It’s either “push through” and improve or stay complacent with the status quo. “Three weeks now and we’re kind of in hump …

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Ducks picked to finish third in Pac-12, Agost, Vander Weide and Stone name to all-Pac-12 team

This post previously referred to the players as being named to the preseason All-American team and that Taylor Agost was an All-Pac-12 player last season. These statements were incorrect and have since been corrected.  With the Oregon volleyball team set to start the 2017 season on August 26, the Pac-12 …

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Practice report: Taggart, coaching staff building trust throughout fall camp

The Ducks are in the dog days of fall camp now. Entering week three, with the first game just over two weeks away, Willie Taggart and Oregon’s coaching staff want to make sure their Ducks are in a row. “I want the execution to be second nature for our guys,” …

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Emeralds lose 2-1 to Spokane because of a late rally

The Eugene Emeralds and Spokane Indians Monday game ended up being a near reversal of Sunday night’s game. This time it was Spokane finding runs late in the game for the 2-1 win. The Indians, who were held scoreless until the ninth inning, scored a pair of runs to win …

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SportsWomen's Soccer

Takeaways and top quotes from women’s soccer media day

Oregon’s women’s soccer team ended the 2016 season one game short of an NCAA tournament berth. With returning veterans and new freshmen talent, the Ducks are hoping to rebound and make their first tournament. Head coach Kat Mertz and senior defender Caitlyn Wong spoke about the team’s upcoming season on …

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Taggart believes Royce Freeman compares to another Pac-12 great he coached at Stanford

The Ducks enter week three of training camp ready to build from a scrimmage on Saturday. By head coach Willie Taggart’s account it was good, but there were some things that needed to be fixed before the season starts. “We had a lot of penalties with the refs being out …

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Players to watch in 2017: Freeman, Griffin can be explosive weapons for Taggart’s offense

In 2016, the Oregon Ducks might have been the most talented 4-8 team in the country. The athletic potential of the Ducks was, and still is, tantalizing. Willie Taggart has some talented players to work with this season. Here are four players to watch in 2017. Taj Griffin: Griffin was …

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Oregon soccer draws Portland in exhibition match

In an exhibition match, the Oregon Ducks played to a 1-1 draw with the Portland Pilots in Portland this weekend. The Ducks were the first on the board, with their strike coming in the 51st minute from freshman Eden Hardy. After a corner kick from senior Abby Morrow, Hardy scored …

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Emeralds exit 12 inning game with a 2-1 victory over Spokane

The Eugene Emeralds played a long game on a Sunday afternoon at PK Park, winning a defensive battle 2-1 in 12 innings over the Spokane Indians for their third win in a row. Rafael Narea was the hero for the Emeralds. The 12th inning started with back-to-back singled. Then, Zach …

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OlympicsSportsTrack & Field

IAAF World Championships: Phyllis Francis wins second gold medal on final day

The IAAF World Athletic Championships in London wrapped up on Sunday with the women’s and men’s 4×400-meter relays. The women’s event featured former Duck Phyllis Francis, who anchored the United States three minute, 19.02 second-winning run, beating second-place Great Britain by six seconds. That gold medal was Francis’ second of …

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Practice report: Players address Taggart’s loss, veterans praise freshmen

Willie Taggart’s father, John, passes away at 70  While originally scheduled to address the media before Friday’s practice, head coach Willie Taggart was instead absent — and understandably so. He tweeted last night that his father, John Taggart, had passed away. John Taggart was 70. “I know coach Taggart — …

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Brenden Schooler is ready to take on the challenges of a new position

Head coach Willie Taggart asked sophomore Brenden Schooler to transition from defensive back to wide receiver during last week’s practice. Schooler’s response? “Alright, bring on the challenge.” Schooler finished last season as third on the team in tackles with 74 total tackles, which ranked in the top-10 in the nation …

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Practice report: Ducks working on special teams, getting physical in week two

The Ducks focused on special teams during the midday heat of Thursday’s fall practice. In the 20-minute open period, the entire team began with an Oklahoma-like drill that featured layers of one-on-one blocking. It may be week two of fall camp, but there is no time like the present to …

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