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Student section better than press box

Walking towards the elevator marked “Press Access Only” in Autzen Stadium on Saturday night, I had to pause for a second. In my previous time at the University, I had attended games only as a student. To cover the game as a member of the press for the first time …

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Ducks have to keep pace with Beavers

The Oregon women’s basketball team scored 109 points in both of its exhibition games, an encouraging sign after scoring 56.6 points per game in the Ducks’ 30 official games last season. First-year head coach Paul Westhead has quickly endeared himself to the Oregon fan base with his up-tempo playing style, …

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Arizona State’s NCAA berth troubling

Earlier this week I read something that made me do a double-take to make sure what I was skimming through was actually legitimate. And after a little bit more research, I discovered that it was. The Arizona State women’s soccer team was selected to be one of the 64 teams …

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Loss shows Pac-10 race is far from over

It’s been a few days since the Stanford Cardinal ran roughshod over the Oregon Ducks, but there are still some intriguing things that have emerged from that game. I’m just now getting to these, because for me personally, I needed to decompress after 1,100 miles on the road from Eugene …

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History says Ducks should bounce back

If the Oregon Duck football team had to pick one game to lose between last week’s historic 47-20 win over USC and the end of the Pacific-10 Conference schedule, Stanford would have been it. The loss dropped the Ducks to 7-2 overall on the year, but their 5-1 Pac-10 record …

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Students, enjoy cheap tickets while they last

Being the sappy Bulls fan that I am, I’ve probably watched the ’90s championship DVDs hundreds of times. Each time I do, there’s one thing that makes me feel more nostalgic than anything else.   No, it’s not the sight of Jordan’s final shot over a helpless Bryon Russell to …

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How Oregon can go to the Title Game

Ranked eighth in the Bowl Championship Series standings and seventh in the Associated Press poll, Oregon has established itself as the nation’s top one-loss team in the eyes of the nation. Should the Ducks (7-1, 5-0 Pacific-10 Conference) hold serve in their remaining four conference games, they will be mortal …

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Longmire’s passion crucial for Ducks

When I was a senior in high school, I came to the University to visit a friend of mine for the weekend during winter term. That Saturday, the Oregon Duck basketball team played the Arizona Wildcats with superstar Jerryd Bayless and his sidekick Chase Budinger. Simply put, the game was …

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Ducks must continue to ‘win the day’

T.J. Ward stood on Halloween night amidst an onrush of fans and couldn’t help but smile. He had thousands of fans pounding on his shoulder pads and 10 microphones stuck in his face, but it didn’t matter. What mattered was that the Ducks had done something to the USC Trojans …

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Fans of the LA Lakers? Really good fakers

A funny thing happened last week when I turned on the Lakers-Mavericks game. There were eight minutes left in the fourth quarter, and Los Angeles was down 14. Kobe Bryant was fouled and stepped to the line. Inexplicably, the crowd at the Staples Center started an “MVP” chant.  Normally, this …

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It’s tough to be a fan and a writer

Daily Emerald Students who write for their school papers are in a tricky spot. On one side, you have being a reputable journalist and upholding certain expectations like being unbiased to worry about, while on the other, you have the fact that you’re reporting the news at the school you …

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NBA, we’ve missed you

Over the course of the past few days, I have spent my nights sitting on the couch, eating dinner and watching the opening week of the 2009-10 NBA basketball season. And I might add that it has been nothing short of what I had hoped for.   From LeBron and …

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Fantasy sports create a dilemma for fans

I sat at my computer Monday night in the library hitting the refresh button in Safari. I desperately watched as the status bar inched towards completion, and when the page finally turned, I held my breath in anticipation. What was I waiting for? Was I waiting to see whether I …

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Fans, save yourselves for the weekend

Jack Hunter The game some pundits and many fans have christened the “Game of the Year” in the Pacific-10 Conference is finally here. You’ve no doubt been patiently waiting to see the 10th-ranked Oregon Ducks take on the fourth-ranked USC Trojans at Autzen Stadium on Saturday night. The fact that …

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Ducks must focus on Huskies, not USC

The anecdote has made its rounds by now, and it never ceases to be funny. At a team meeting during this bye week, Oregon head coach Chip Kelly congratulated his players on becoming the first-half Pacific-10 Conference champions. He was met with scattered applause from his players. They then realized …

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Lananna must make choice soon

Time is not on Vin Lananna’s side. Next Friday, Oct. 30, is the Pacific-10 Conference Championships to be held at Skylinks Country Club in Long Beach, Calif. Two weeks later, on Nov. 14, the Ducks will return to Springfield Country Club as hosts of the NCAA West Regionals. The NCAA …

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Seniors are catalysts for historic weekend

These days, it is not uncommon for athletes with seniority to take advantage of their status. They might take a play or two off, miss a couple of practices (or an entire training camp in the cases of NFL players like Michael Strahan or Brett Favre), and nothing really happens …

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Oregon awash in uncertainty

Three Oregon women’s basketball players are gone from last year’s team: Guard/forward Rita Kollo graduated, center Ellie Manou left school and returned to her native Australia and guard Darriel Gaynor transferred out of the program. In their place are four new players — junior college transfers Kristi Fallin and Candyce …

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Celebrate the real stars, not athletes

In case you haven’t heard, Tim Tebow played on Saturday night against LSU. With a concussion. In other news, Brett Favre still loves football after all these years, as he showed last Monday night against his former team, the Green Bay Packers. Before you turn away from this column in …

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A Fein individual dies

As a college football fan, it’s slightly embarrassing to me that I’d only discovered Tony Fein this summer.   Fein received significant mention in Bruce Feldman’s book “Meat Market,” a chronicle of the Ole Miss Rebels’ recruiting efforts under then-coach Ed Orgeron, now the defensive line coach at Tennessee. The …

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A knee brace a day keeps the QB in play

Leslie Montgomery For those of you who don’t remember, and you probably don’t, because I barely did, I wrote a column after the spring game last year and the opening line read, “If I were Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly, I would make Jeremiah Masoli wear two, maybe even …

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Ducks’ slow start doesn’t show talent

The newest poll from the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association poll has been released, and the Oregon men and women did not come off favorably, to say the least. The Duck men fell from first to seventh in the national ranking, while the women fell from …

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Ducks face distractions

Ivar Vong It’s been a rough week or two for Oregon football.  Injuries. LeGarrette Blount. More injuries.  Jeremiah Masoli: knee. Walter Thurmond III: knee. T.J. Ward: ankle. Kenjon Barner: concussion. Willie Glasper: knee. C.E. Kaiser: shin.   The list of banged up players is seriously a mile long and with …

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Oregon needs to show it can contend

It was brutally efficient.   Six touchdowns in the first seven possessions. Ed Dickson had 103 yards and a touchdown by halftime. The Cougars had 51 total yards at the half. There are numerous other examples of how the Ducks were better than the Cougars on Saturday night, but it …

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Oregon need not fret despite setback

Blake Hamilton Minutes after the Ducks volleyball team lost a heartbreaking five-set match to Oregon State, I walked onto the floor to conduct interviews. There, I saw head coach Jim Moore staring expressionlessly at a court littered with excited Beaver fans and family members. His team had fought for more …

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There’s more than football at Oregon

After spending the past month with all my sporting attention dedicated to the Oregon football team, I finally got a reminder that there actually are other sports going on at the University of Oregon during the fall. So I spent an afternoon earlier this week at a cross-country press conference, …

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A questionable decision

Associate Director of Track and Field Dan Steele had a lot of people grasping for an explanation Tuesday. Why, after all, would any expert track coach want to leave Track Town USA and the Oregon program?  And for Northern Iowa, no less? A program that has never finished higher than …

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Hope remains for Ducks

Leslie Montgomery It happened in one violent collision. Oregon captain, defensive back and kickoff returner Walter Thurmond III took the 61-yard kickoff from California kicker Vince D’Amato and headed towards the right side of the field. It’s scary how much force players generate on kickoffs. One team is sprinting at …

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Sonja’s toughness rare

Jack Hunter If you were a star athlete and I told you that you had subluxed your patella, what would you do?   Well, first you might ask me what exactly it means to sublux a patella. In a nutshell, the subluxation of a patella involves the slight dislocation of a …

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Kelly shows class amid fan stupidity

If you are questioning why college football fans are some of the most overreacting bunch of people on the planet, look no further than the incident that happened in Eugene after the Ducks self-destructed against Boise State on Sept. 3.   Basically, one Tony Seminary — a 1996 graduate of …

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