FootballSports

As offensive leaders emerge, Ducks tell fans to keep faith

When Oregon trailed Purdue 20-6 going into halftime last season, the Ducks managed to rally behind running back LeGarrette Blount to pick up the come-from-behind 32-26 victory in double overtime. This year, Oregon will have no such luxury now that Blount has been suspended for the remainder of the season. …

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A rock-solid anchor

Leslie Montgomery It’s hard to describe how big Ed Dickson is. When you stand next to him, his height and chiseled mass loom above you, making you seem insignificant. His hands are like oven mitts and his broad shoulders stretch from a frame that boasts just six-percent body fat. Dickson …

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Getting to know Spencer Paysinger

When not playing football, junior linebacker Spencer Paysinger ? putt-putt golf extraordinaire ? enjoys hanging out with his roommate, cornerback Brian Butterfield, and fellow linebackers Riley Showalter and Casey Matthews.   Oregon Daily Emerald: What’s your major?   Paysinger: Econ, with a minor in business management. I only have two …

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Boilermakers’ running game explosive

Sophomore Ralph Bolden ran for 234 yards last week against Toledo in his debut at running back. He looks to do more of the same this week against a Duck defense that allowed 164 rushing yards to Boise State. In only his second game at the helm of the Purdue …

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Ducks take beating in Boise; Blount throws punches

 In five ugly minutes, No. 16 Oregon’s 19-8 loss to No. 14 Boise State went from a statement win for the Broncos to a blemish for Oregon.

After the final horn, as players and coaches mingled on the blue turf, senior running back LeGarrette Blount got into an altercation with a Boise State player, punching Bronco defensive end Byron Hout in the mouth. Footage also shows Blount hitting one of his own players during the confrontation.

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Blount suspended for season

Daniel Bachhuber Oregon head football coach Chip Kelly announced today that senior running back LaGarrette Blount is suspended from the team for the remainder of the 2009 season for his involvement in the post-game incident last night in Boise, Idaho. Kelly said Blount will stay with the Duck football team …

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Getting to know Ed Dickson

 Oregon Daily Emerald: Xbox 360 or PlayStation 3?

Ed Dickson: I’m not really a video game guy.

ODE: Then what do you do around Eugene when you’re not playing football?

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Young wide receiving corps must step up for Ducks to succeed

  The buzz going into fall camp for Oregon was whether the offensive line could replace two NFL draftees and continue to churn out 1,000-yard rushers.   However, another big concern was the relative inexperience at wide receiver for the Ducks. With no seniors slotted to start tonight (excluding Ed …

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FootballSports

One-two running back punch showcases different styles

Everyone remembers the 2006 game when Boise State running back Ian Johnson scored the winning points in the Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma. He romped into the end zone, and in the celebration, he asked his cheerleader girlfriend to marry him. But now Johnson has graduated, and highly touted juniors Jeremy …

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Leading the charge

Leslie Montgomery The hit came without warning. Jeremiah Masoli rolled to his left, all the time looking down the field to wide receiver Jaison Williams. Masoli reached back and threw across his body, and just as he released the ball (which Williams caught for an 11-yard gain), a white blur …

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FootballSports

Ready to run wild on the Smurf Turf

Kelli Curtis | Freelance Photographer It can’t get much bigger than this. Two ranked teams under the lights, on a Thursday night in front of a national audience. Expectations are high for No. 16 Oregon’s season opener in Idaho against the No.14 Boise State Broncos tonight, with tickets going for …

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Points of debate

Taylor Rutledge | The Arbiter ODE: Although the Broncos are close to unbeatable at home, the Ducks bring a completely different type of game to Boise than most do. The team is three deep at running back, and Ed Dickson is arguably the best tight end/athlete in the Pac-10 Conference. …

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Let the games begin

Central Michigan at Arizona(6 p.m. Saturday)The Arizona Wildcats will begin their 2009 campaign with a respectable matchup against the Central Michigan Chippewas, in what will be the first meeting between the two schools. With the departure of Arizona quarterback Willie Tuitama to graduation, the Wildcats will use their first few …

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Club SportsSports

Finding a long-term dynamic

Without question, the head coach transition from Mike Bellotti to Chip Kelly has required a leap of faith and trust. Without incident, a new regime has taken shape, and its earliest actions have been carried out judiciously, with long-term and short-term consequences considered.

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BaseballSports

Former Duck contemplating law, business school

Oregon Daily Emerald There are 590 people in the town of Tenmile, Ore., just south of Roseburg off of I-5. It’s one of those places, former Ducks baseball player Caleb Tommasini says, where if you blink, you’ll miss the town. The biggest store is the Chevron gas station and your …

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SportsVolleyball

Fab five hit hard

Leslie Montgomery The Aug. 22 volleyball media day at McArthur Court provided media outlets with a glimpse of the future, as freshmen teamed up with their veteran teammates in the first public inter-squad scrimmage of the season. Described as a bookend team, much of Duck volleyball’s success depends on the …

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FootballSports

Set for revenge on the Smurf Turf

The countdown has begun. 

Players and coaches still won’t dare mention it, but it looms like a rain cloud. Local radio shows discuss Boise State every day. The blogosphere is afire with talk of the biggest college football opening day in recent memory: a Thursday night on the blue turf where a non-BCS conference team will attempt to falter a Pacific-10 Conference team and earn another BCS bowl bid.

The stage is set and with less than two weeks until the first kickoff of the 2009 football season, things are coming to a head. But try as one might, you won’t get the No. 16 Ducks to bite when you ask them about their mega-season opener against the No. 14 Broncos.

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Sports

Cheerleading advisors unexpectedly let go

 The University athletic department told Duck cheerleading advisors Laraine Raish and Corine Lewis they were being let go at approximately 8:30 a.m. Monday. The mother and daughter were part-time advisors to the program and not full-time coaches, according to the athletic department.

According to the cheer team’s official Web site, Raish was head coach and Lewis was assistant coach and choreographer.

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GolfSports

Never resting on its laurels

 Now under the operation of golfing fanatics and professionals, the Laurelwood Golf Course at 2700 Columbia St. still transports its patrons to the well-manicured rolling countryside fewer than 10 blocks from campus.

Its history dates back to 1929, when designer Charles Sutton created the layout for one of the most topographically diverse 18-hole courses in the Eugene area. Eugene’s oldest course hit ups and downs over the years, garnering the nickname “Laurelweed” at times because of the low-quality greens and drainage issues. That never dampened public support, though, as generations of Eugene residents continued to pour in.

 

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Tough games at Autzen in Ducks’ favor

 While Oregon football coach Chip Kelly was sitting in front of the bright lights taking questions from members of the media Friday morning, I sat thinking about the possibilities this season holds. Sometimes it’s frustrating when players and coaches say they aren’t thinking about anything further than the next game, so I’ll take care of the rest for you.

Trust me, this could be a big season for Oregon football.

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Boise far from players’ minds as the Ducks kick off fall camp

 Lights. Cameras. Practice.

The start of the 2009 football season officially got underway Friday with media day, and the team is ready to make good on its No. 14 preseason ranking in the coaches’ poll.

“We’re excited,” said first-year head coach Chip Kelly. “Summer conditioning was good as it has ever been. The senior leadership was tremendous and now we’re going to see who can play some football.”

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QB Masoli leading Ducks by example

 With just 10 starters returning from both sides of the ball, casual football fans might think this is going to be a down year for the No. 14 Oregon Ducks. But ask anyone involved with the program, and the only thing you hear is talk of how promising this season looks. 
Most of the talk starts and ends with quarterback Jeremiah Masoli, who came into his own last year leading the Ducks to a 4-0 record down the stretch and a Holiday Bowl win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. He’s slated to be the No. 1 passer on opening day at Boise State, and head coach Chip Kelly is raving about Masoli’s calmness under pressure and leadership skills.

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SportsVolleyball

Oregon hoping for sweeter results in 2009 campaign

Strengthening in the gym and quickening on the asphalt all summer long, the Oregon volleyball team is preparing to go to the next level with the help of some inter-squad competition and a chip on its shoulder. Last season, the team bowed out of the Sweet 16 in a huge upset against Iowa State.

“Everybody perceived it as being good, but it’s probably one of the most disappointing seasons in my career,” head coach Jim Moore said of 2008. He was adamant that last year’s team was set up advantageously in the NCAA tournament and should have gone further.

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Integrity lost in steroid debacle

  I’m really not surprised by anything anymore when it comes to the steroids saga in Major League Baseball. I figured big names would continue to come out from the list of 104 from the 2003 “anonymous” testing. But I think it’s time for everyone to come clean in this matter. 

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Predicting the leader of the Pac in 2009

 The 2009 college football season officially kicks off Friday when Oregon takes the field for the team’s first practice. On Thursday the Pacific-10 Conference held its media day to ramp up the anticipation. A few key things emerged from the day: USC is favored to win the conference again, the Pac-10 has a lot of good running backs, and Duck head coach Chip Kelly feels right at home in his first season at the helm. The question is whether the Ducks will be able to navigate their toughest schedule in years to claim their first Pac-10 title since 2001. Here’s the Emerald’s prediction on how it will all play out. 

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SoftballSports

New assistant coaches bring Pac-10 experience to softball staff

The University’s softball team bolstered its coaching roster by adding Jessica Allister and Lisa Dodd this month to assist head coach Mike White in the program’s redemption. White made the final decision on the two new assistant coaches. “We took a poll of candidates and finalized it down to several …

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GolfSports

Ducks working non-stop to improve

Nothing says summer quite like long stretches of green grass waving in the breeze and blue skies overhead. For most college students, enjoying a day like that is scrunched in between days when they aren’t working or going to school. For the men’s golf team, on the other hand, it’s …

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Staying sharp over summer

Media Credit It’s only been a month and a half since the end of spring term, but members of the women’s golf team have already played a summer’s worth of golf. Junior Kendra Little has placed second in two tournaments and qualified for U.S. Women’s Amateur. Senior Felicia Eastick took …

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Club Sports

A cardinal ‘Holliday’ for St. Louis

It’s funny how one player can make all the difference between winning a World Series and finishing just out of the running. Well, this summer, I think one trade (barring whatever happens with Roy Halladay) has that sort of impact. The other “Holiday,” new St. Louis Cardinal Matt Holliday, is …

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SoftballSports

Ducks ready to soar under new head coach

In the high-profile coaching changes that happened at the University during the 2008-09 school year, one kind of went under the radar this spring. Former athletic director Pat Kilkenny announced on May 20 that softball coach Kathy Arendsen’s contract would not be renewed at the end of June.     …

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