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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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. …

READ MORE →
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, …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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, …

READ MORE →
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. …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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. …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Ducks champing at bit for Huskies

Jack Hunter Toward the end of Wednesday’s practice, the Oregon football team went through its clutch time drills. The starting offense goes against the starting defense, and it has to drive down the field in a minute and a half and with one timeout. It gets really heated out there, …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
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 …

READ MORE →
SportsVolleyball

The art of the spike

Ivar Vong and Jack Hunter Neticia Enesi watches Nevena Djordjevic set the ball and smiles inwardly. The ball has been perfectly placed, and the defense is out of position. Now, she just has to do what she does best: spike the ball right in the face of the helpless competition. …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

Washington won’t be easy for Oregon

Ivar Vong Did anyone else catch the end of the Washington-Arizona State game on Saturday night? If you were out and about like a lot of people were, you probably didn’t, but you sure missed one helluva finish. With five seconds left in a tied game, Sun Devil quarterback Danny …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

After a week off, Ducks renew rivalry

Dave Martinez There was a renewed sense of purpose yesterday in the Moshofsky Center. Fresh off a bye week in which injuries were given time to heal, the No. 12 Oregon Ducks entered the week refreshed and ready for their rivalry game this weekend with the Washington Huskies.   “We …

READ MORE →
FootballSports

OSU struggling to bring in revenue, Stanford reeling

Leslie Montgomery With the fall sports seasons heating up in the Pacific-10 Conference, here’s a quick look into the news-making headlines at the other nine schools in the “Conference of Champions.”  Oregon State  Oregon State Athletic Director Bob De Carolis said last Wednesday that he’s frustrated with attendance at home …

READ MORE →
Club SportsSports

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 …

READ MORE →
Sports

Little ignites Oregon’s early success

Adjusting to a new coach can be difficult, but the No. 32 women’s golf team has done so in stride as they have finished fifth, first and eighth respectively in their first three events. “I feel really good about (how we started the season),” senior Kate Hildahl said. “I think …

READ MORE →
SportsVolleyball

Cardinal crushed

Shawn Hatjes For weeks, head coach Jim Moore was forced to repeat the same lines regarding his team’s struggles. They were “out of rhythm” and “out of sync,” which explained their up-and-down play.   Now, after wins this weekend against No. 14 California and No. 5 Stanford, the women’s volleyball …

READ MORE →