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Mentally Tough: A group of Oregon athletes is trying to normalize mental health conversations in athletics through their campaign, “Duck The Stigma.”

Apple. Elbow. Carpet. Bubble. Room. Saddle. Jenna Lilley will never forget those words. After being hit in the face by a rise-ball pitch while at bat, Lilley found herself in a training room at Jane Sanders Stadium going through a concussion protocol test. Her face was beginning to swell and …

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Damarcus Simpson continues to leave a lasting impression on Oregon track and field

Before Damarcus Simpson came to the University of Oregon, he wanted to be a football player, not a track and field athlete. It took him a few years, but eventually Simpson found his calling for the sport. After two years of competing for Chadron State, a Division III school in …

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DuckSeasonSportsTrack & Field

The mentors behind Cravon Gillespie and his stellar sprinting career

There is no doubt Cravon Gillespie is fast. In his first season as a Duck, Gillespie won the 100 meters in the Pac-12 Championships. He is already ranked in three events on Oregon’s All-Time lists: fourth in the 100 meters (10.18 seconds), sixth in the 200 meters (20.64) and a …

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SoftballSports

Oregon softball’s season ends with 4-1 loss to FSU in WCWS

Red eyes, choked-back words with disappointed faces and tears. It wasn’t the way No. 1 Oregon softball wanted to see the season end. It wasn’t the way the seniors wanted to end their career as Ducks. Oregon was eliminated from the Women’s College World Series Saturday, falling 4-1 to the …

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Oregon softball loses 6-2 to Washington behind poor fifth inning

Fresh off its best offensive performance in a Women’s College World Series game, the No. 1 Oregon softball team was silenced for the first six innings of its 6-2 loss to No. 5 Washington. Although Oregon swept Washington in the regular season, the Huskies won the game that mattered most. …

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Oregon track and field prepares for 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships

With just a couple days before this year’s NCAA Track and Field Championships — the last to be hosted in Hayward before the renovation — the Ducks are preparing for the sixth-consecutive tournament hosted by the Ducks at Hayward field. Both Oregon’s men’s and women’s teams are ranked fifth headed into …

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Advocates of preserving Hayward Field’s East Grandstand host a discussion to take action

A group of roughly 40 community members and University of Oregon faculty members who oppose the demolition of Hayward Field’s East Grandstand met in Agate Hall Thursday evening to share their concerns about proposed renovation of the historic site. The meeting was organized by East Grandstand Supporters, a group that …

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SoftballSports

Oregon wins first game of WCWS 11-6 against Arizona State

Prior to the first game of the Women’s College World Series, the Ducks talked about not just surviving and advancing, but thriving as well. They did just that, scoring the most run’s in team history. No. 1 Oregon put up 14 hits en route to a 11-6 victory against No. …

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Former Oregon men’s basketball player Tyler Dorsey arrested in Eugene

Tyler Dorsey, former Oregon men’s basketball player and a rookie for the Atlanta Hawks, was arrested on Saturday for DUII, driving without lights and an open container, which was first reported by KVAL and confirmed to the Emerald by Eugene Police Department spokesperson Melinda McLaughlin. Police say that Dorsey was pulled over in …

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SoftballSports

Oregon softball earns ticket to Women’s College World Series with 11-1 win over Kentucky

It took Oregon four innings to get pitcher Miranda Elish the lead last night. It was a different story tonight as the Ducks scored seven runs in the second inning, highlighted by Shannon Rhodes’ leadoff home run and a DJ Sanders grand slam. The inning’s seven runs were more than the …

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Ducks fall to Arizona on senior day and season finale

In the last game of the last series of the regular season for both teams, Arizona outplayed Oregon on senior day, outscoring the Ducks 11-4 in PK Park on a sunny Saturday afternoon. In the final game of an overall disappointing season — where the Ducks went 26-28 overall and …

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Former Ducks reflect after final Prefontaine Classic at Historic Hayward Field

Nearly one year ago, Raevyn Rogers sprinted over the finish line in the 4×400 at Hayward Field to earn Oregon women’s track and field the triple crown along with the outdoor national championship. At the 2018 Prefontaine Classic, it was just another day for her in Eugene, where she is …

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Yovan battled through dramatic ninth inning to pitch Ducks’ only complete game this season

Oregon sophomore starting pitcher Kenyon Yovan was in a bind. After allowing only two hits and one run through eight innings, Yovan put Arizona runners on first and second base with no outs in the ninth inning. He had just hit a batter, and his pitch count was well above …

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Oregon qualifies 12 in first two days of NCAA West Prelims

After the first two days of the NCAA West Preliminaries, at the Hornet Stadium in Sacramento, California, the Oregon Ducks have punched 12 individual tickets for the NCAA Championships. Oregon qualified eight athletes on Friday, with six from the women’s team and two from the men’s. In the 400 meters, …

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SoftballSports

With season on the line, Oregon softball delivers dominant 6-1 win

Oregon’s Shannon Rhodes singled off Kentucky pitcher Grace Baalman to load the bases in a scoreless, one-out top of the fourth inning. The Wildcats decided not to risk it and brought in pitcher Erin Rethlake to face freshman Lauren Burke. With a smooth stroke on a 3-1 count, Burke knocked …

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Oregon alumni return to Hayward Field for day one of the Prefontaine Classic

Three Oregon track and field alumni-turned-professional returned to Hayward Field for day one of the 2018 Prefontaine Classic on Friday night. Laura Roesler finished fifth in the women’s National 800 meters, while Eric Jenkins and Edward Cheserek finished seventh and 15th, respectively, in the men’s two-mile race. Roesler, who won The Bowerman …

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Former Ducks talk Hayward Field renovation ahead of Prefontaine Classic

Ahead of the final Prefontaine Classic at Historic Hayward Field, former Ducks Matthew Centrowitz Jr. and Phyllis Francis participated at the pre-meet press conference among many other athletes set to compete in this weekend’s Diamond League meet. “Not just being American, but a former Duck, it’s always exciting racing at …

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BaseballSports

Oregon baseball falls in opener against Arizona

After a few innings of Ducks baseball at Thursday’s opener versus Arizona, it was very clear that despite the pregame hopes, the Oregon seniors would not be starting off their send-away weekend on the high note they desired. “Yes, setting a tone for next year is a big thing,” sophomore …

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FootballSports

Fotu Leiato dismissed from Oregon football after April arrest

Following his arrest in late April, senior linebacker Fotu Leiato has been dismissed from the Oregon football team, as first reported by 247sports.com. 247sports.com confirmed the removal Thursday afternoon by Oregon’s senior associate athletic director of communications Jimmy Stanton, stating that Leiato was removed a day after his arrest on …

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SoftballSports

Oregon surrenders three home runs in upset loss of Super Regionals opener

Oregon entered the game with a 16-game winning streak, a 22-1 home-field record and as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Kentucky, the No. 16 seed, was the upcoming underdog. A team that swept the Lexington Regional last weekend with three consecutive run-rule games to earn a spot …

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SoftballSports

Preview: No. 1 Oregon softball prepares for another Super Regionals against Kentucky

There’s a feeling of deja vu for Oregon softball this weekend as the No. 1 Ducks host the No. 16 seed Kentucky Wildcats at Jane Sanders Stadium in the NCAA Super Regionals for the second straight year. Last season, No. 3 Oregon got by the No. 19 Wildcats in the …

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Ex-Ducks, world champions stack fields for Prefontaine Classic

Before Hayward Field gets its new look for the 2021 IAAF World Championships and possibly in time to host the 2020 United States Olympic Trials, some of the world’s best track and field athletes will compete one more time at the historic stadium for the Prefontaine Classic this upcoming weekend. …

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LacrosseSports

Oregon lacrosse looking to next season, hoping to find success in the small things

The end of the 2018 Oregon lacrosse season comes with an exodus of six starting seniors, including senior attack Jill Zubillaga, who earned All-Pac-12 first team honors and IWLCA All-Region second team honors, senior attackers Mariah Gatti and Cambi Cukar and senior goalie Brittany Read, who all earned Pac-12 second …

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BaseballSports

UCLA beats Oregon 10-2, sweeps series

Oregon baseball fell once again to No. 17 UCLA in Los Angeles. The Bruins won 10-2 in the final game of the series to complete the sweep. UCLA (35-17, 18-9 Pac-12) had 10 hits, no errors, and left five runners on base. Oregon  (25-27, 11-16 Pac-12) had six hits, two …

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SoftballSports

Oregon softball defeats Drake 3-0, advances to Super Regional

Just like the previous two games for Oregon softball, runs were hard to come by in Saturday’s Eugene Regional matchup against Drake. Oregon had not allowed a run in its previous 23 innings of play coming into Saturday’s match up, putting pressure on Drake’s pitcher Nicole Newman to be perfect. …

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