Sports

Dirty Ducks may be young, but expectations are high

Blair Ryan Women’s club rugby is green. Not the color of their uniforms, but their experience with the game. Of the Dirty Ducks’ 37 players, 21 are new to the squad this year. And yet, the team has earned a bid in the top 25 national poll, and still have …

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SoftballSports

Athlete of the Week: Samantha Skillingstad

Jack Hunter Samantha Skillingstad is this week’s Athlete of the Week for her contribution during last week’s Fall Fest Tournament hosted by the University. Skillingstad was a part of two combined no-hitters, one against Southwestern Oregon Community College and another against Chemeketa. Skillingstad struck out 17 batters in three appearances …

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Sports

Split squads perform well in Chico Ultimate Tournament

Oregon Mens Ultimate Driving in and driving out of Chico, Calif., was easily the safest and most boring part of the trip for the Men’s Ultimate team this past weekend.  The Ultimate team left its mark at the Chico Ultimate Tournament, with the team ending with a 5-1 record and …

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Club SportsSports

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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SportsTrack & Field

Selection of new head coach expected within a week

Oregon head cross country coach and assistant athletic director Vin Lananna told reporters Tuesday that the coaching search to replace departed assistant director of track and field Dan Steele has been narrowed down to three candidates. “We’re not ready to make a decision (yet). We should be wrapped up by …

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Sports

The end of the beginning

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s soccer team (8-7-1 overall, 0-5-0 Pacific-10 Conference) has an emotional weekend coming up as they host both Washington schools in what will be the team’s final home series of the season. And for the team’s five seniors — Teresa Bowns, Adriana Montes, Dani Oster, Jessie …

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BaseballSports

Finally at home, Ducks preparing for next season

With the beeps and rumblings of construction all around them, the Oregon baseball team practiced this fall with a new sense of purpose. Finally home at PK Park and not at a high school field, the Ducks slowly worked on building a foundation for the 2010 season much like the …

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GolfSports

Oregon, Vijarro off to hot start

Geoff Thurner With about a month left in the fall season, the No. 19 men’s golf team is off to a strong start after placing in the top three in each of their first three tournaments. Still, head coach Casey Martin knows his team can play even better.  “We’ve done …

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FootballSports

Autzen atmosphere: ‘awesome’

Jack Hunter Media at Monday’s weekly press conference with Oregon head coach Chip Kelly were in for a surprise when the first 10 minutes were spent on a teleconference with USC Trojans head coach Pete Carroll. The ninth-year coach of No. 4 USC was nothing short of gushing about No. …

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SportsVolleyball

Oregon fine despite weekend sweep

In collegiate volleyball, it is difficult to put a positive spin on an 0-2 weekend. This is particularly true in the midst of the Pacific-10 Conference season, when every match counts as these immensely talented teams scramble to the top of the pile. This past weekend for the Oregon volleyball …

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SportsVolleyball

Ducks stumble against UCLA, USC

Momentum can be a fickle sort of thing, and the No. 12 Oregon volleyball team learned that the hard way this weekend on the road against No. 18 USC and No. 13 UCLA. Just a week removed from two important victories over California and Stanford, the Ducks fell in consecutive …

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Club SportsSports

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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Sports

Ducks lose two more, still winless in Pac-10

The Oregon women’s soccer team (8-7-1, 0-5 Pac-10) suffered two tough road losses this week as they fell 5-1 to No. 4 UCLA on Friday night and 1-0 to the No. 14 USC Trojans yesterday afternoon. The Bruins were able to find the back of the net three times in …

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FootballSports

Ducks trounce UW

Jack Hunter At the final horn of Saturday’s 43-19 win against the University of Washington, defensive tackle Simi Toeaina led a charge of Oregon players through the west end zone of Husky Stadium to the celebrate with the couple thousand Duck fans who stayed. The players jumped up and down, …

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SoftballSports

Five inning no-hitter highlight of Fall Fest

The Oregon softball team went 4-1 over the weekend at the Fall Fest, wrapping up a successful session of fall practices. The Ducks beat Southwestern Oregon Community College, the College of the Redwoods, Chemeketa Community College and Southern Oregon University. Their one loss was to Portland State on Saturday, 2-1. …

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FootballSports

ESPN GameDay coming to Eugene

Jack Hunter For the third time in three years and the fourth time in school history, the Oregon Ducks will host ESPN College GameDay. The host quartet of Chris Fowler, Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit and Desmond Howard will be in Eugene to broadcast ESPN’s college football pregame show from 7 …

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FootballSports

No. 12 Ducks prevail over Huskies

Jack Hunter Containment of Jake Locker and a third-quarter offensive outburst helped the No. 12 Oregon Ducks overcome a lackluster start to beat the Washington Huskies 43-19 Saturday, in front of nearly 68,000 at Husky Stadium. “They compete no matter what the situation is,” head football coach Chip Kelly said …

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Club SportsSports

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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FootballSports

No. 12 Ducks to face much-improved rivals in Seattle

UW Daily During Oregon’s bye last week, junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger, junior cornerback Brian Butterfield and a few other players went up to Seattle for the Jay-Z concert. It was a good opportunity for the athletes to forget about football for a while and relax. But Paysinger wasn’t allowed too …

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Sports

No relief ahead for struggling Ducks

Jack Hunter The Oregon women’s soccer team (8-5-1 overall, 0-3-0 Pacific-10 Conference) will hit the road to take on two of the top caliber teams in the nation this weekend, as they face No. 4 UCLA tonight and No. 14 USC on Sunday. The Bruins (12-2-1, 3-1) are led by …

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FootballSports

Points of Debate

Jarod Opperman Lucas Clark: Over the past 14 years, Oregon has accumulated a 15-2 record when coming off of a bye week, and this year it could not have come at a better time. The Ducks have suffered a plethora of injuries this season to some of the big-name players, …

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SoftballSports

Fall Fest to kick off season for Oregon squad

With everyone focused on the Oregon-Washington football game on Saturday, it would be easy to miss the Fall Fest Tournament hosted by the Oregon softball team at Howe Field. It’s a small, five-team round robin event set for Oct. 24 and Oct. 25 in which teams will play shortened, one-hour-and-15-minute …

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FootballSports

Stopping Locker could be difficult for Duck defense

UW Daily Earlier this week, Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly said University of Washington junior Jake Locker is the best quarterback in the Pacific-10 Conference. And the 6-foot-3 inch, 226-pound signal caller has shown Kelly’s bold statement to be true throughout the first seven weeks of the 2009 season. …

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FootballSports

2009 reminiscent of 2007 for football

As I’ve said before, I am not generally a person of superstitions. But as the Oregon Duck football season progresses, I can’t help but compare this year to the almost-epic 2007 campaign. I’m sure there are those of you out there who don’t even want to acknowledge the similarities, but …

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Sports

Kerwin returns to Oregon

Ivar Vong Correction Appended The Oregon men’s club lacrosse team finished the spring season last year ranked in the top 25 nationally, and lost only three seniors to graduation. With 33 players returning from last year’s squad — including four of the five leading scorers — head coach Joe Kerwin …

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Sports

Proulx makes surprising comeback

Oregon Athletic Media Sevices Last Thursday, Oregon women’s soccer coach Tara Erickson announced the surprising return of Jessie Proulx. Not as a mentor or coach, but as a player. Proulx, who spent most of the 2008 season as an undergraduate assistant coach, still retains one final year of eligibility and …

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Sports

Gerwin returns to Oregon

Ivar Vong The Oregon men’s club lacrosse team finished the spring season last year ranked in the top 25 nationally, and lost only three seniors to graduation. With 33 players returning from last year’s squad — including four of the five leading scorers — head coach Joe Gerwin is optimistic …

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Club SportsSports

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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SportsWomen's Basketball

Shifting into high gear

Tristan Coolen Oregon women’s basketball head coach Paul Westhead was asked at last week’s media day how long, in his estimation, it would take the Ducks’ current players to fully adjust to his fast-breaking offensive system.  “A day, a week, (or) a lifetime,” Westhead said. “It’s really hard to predict. …

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GolfSports

Athlete of the Week: Kendra Little

Geoff Thurner Junior Kendra Little is the Athlete of the Week for her dominating play early in the women’s golf season. She has been the Ducks’ top finisher in each of their first three tournaments and placed first overall in two of them. In the team’s first tournament in New …

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