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Quick Hits: Soccer takes down Arizona State 4-0, Vander Weide and Page win Pac-12 honors

— Oregon football lost a thrilling double overtime game at Cal on Friday. Quarterback Justin Herbert led the Ducks out of a 31-14 halftime deficit, but Oregon’s defense couldn’t stop the Golden Bears. Oregon has now lost five straight games as the Ducks look to re-group this weekend against ASU. — Arrion Springs is fighting …

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Quick Hits: Women’s soccer scores its first win in Pac-12 play, Royce Freeman set to return against Cal

– Oregon women’s soccer scored its first win in the Pac-12 conference win on Thursday evening against Arizona after tallying seven straight losses. They have four more matches left in conference play to improve on their standings. – Why is Oregon’s defense suffering so much? Out of the 20 players the football program signed in …

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Quick Hits: Football prepares for Cal’s offensive attack, women’s golf struggles in North Carolina

— Oregon football’s preparations for Friday’s game against Cal are in full swing after taking a few days off during the bye week. Justin Herbert says he has more confidence and Oregon is looking to squeak its way into a bowl game. Both Cal and Oregon a need win Friday …

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Quick Hits: Ducks confident in ability to bounce back, volleyball loses nail-bitter to UCLA

— Oregon football head coach Mark Helfrich spoke with reporters on Thursday, saying that the Ducks are confident in their ability to bounce back against Cal next weekend. Helfrich also said he feels he has the support of athletic director Rob Mullens going forward. — USA Today’s George Schroeder explored whether …

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Quick Hits: Rob Mullens asks Oregon football fans to stay calm

— As a guest speaker on Duck Insider, UO Athletic Director Rob Mullens said he’s “disappointed” in the start of Oregon’s football season, but expressed confidence in the players and Head Coach Mark Helfrich. Mullens called for calm from the fans. “We’re six games into the season and not where anyone …

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Quick Hits: Herbert, Prukop getting even reps at QB, Troy Dye to play against No. 5 Washington

– Following Oregon football’s debilitating loss at Washington State last weekend, questions arose over the quarterback position. Current starter Dakota Prukop has a performed well this year but a three game losing streak and 2-3 record have put his job in jeopardy. Pair that with the preseason hype surrounding freshman …

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Quick Hits: Ducks pick up the pieces after loss to Washington State, Ronika Stone earns Pac-12 award

— Washington football head coach Chris Petersen isn’t making players available for interviews this week and shying away from conversations around the Ducks. That didn’t stop offensive line coach Steve Greatwood from declaring after Monday’s practice that Oregon’s winning streak against Washington will continue. “The streak’s not going to end,” Greatwood said. …

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Quick Hits: Oregon shifts focus to Washington State after back-to-back losses

– Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal said after practice Monday the Ducks aren’t going to change their formula after consecutive losses to Nebraska and Colorado. Oregon faces a tall task in defending Washington State’s Air Raid attack Saturday. – Pass defense could decide Oregon’s road contest with Washington State …

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Quick Hits: First ever TrackTown Summer Series meet comes to Hayward, ICC soccer match attendance is far below estimation

—On Friday, American professional track and field athletes competed in the first inaugural TrackTown Summer Series. The event was created to provide a track and field competition in the United States during the summer, when normally athletes would travel to Europe to compete. Oregon standout Devon Allen competed in the …

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Women’s hoops lands top recruit Ionescu, Kirk Merrit to transfer

– Last week Oregon women’s basketball program landed the highest rated recruit in program history. After months of speculation and rumors, Sabrina Ionescu, the No. 3 overall prospect in the nation according to prospectsnation.com, drove to Eugene and signed her letter of intent to play for Kelly Graves and the …

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Quick Hits: Eugene Emeralds start season 2-0, Oregon hires new women’s lacrosse coach

— The Eugene Emeralds won their season-opener on “reverse the curse” night at PK Park Friday evening, and followed by topping the Boise Hawks 2-1 on Saturday. With a 2-0 start under their belts, the Emeralds will attempt to sweep the Hawks in the series finale Sunday evening. — The …

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Golf to play for NCAA Championship; basketball early favorite for Pac-12 crown

— As Oregon’s highest scorer during individual play, Sulman Raza knew he was going to have to step his game up when the Ducks began match play. He did just that. Raza defeated the top players from both LSU and Illinois in match play on Tuesday, helping send the Ducks to …

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Softball season ends at the hands of UCLA, Aaron Wise shoots 64 to lead individual field

– Heading into Sunday’s super regional game, five-seed Oregon held a 1-0 series lead over 12 seed UCLA. All Oregon had to do was beat UCLA once to end the series and earn a trip to the College World Series. UCLA had other ideas though. Down to their last two …

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Survey shows Oregon football uniforms are important recruiting tool; Brooks and Dorsey withdraw from NBA Draft

— Oregon football uniforms have become an important tool for recruiting, according to an informal survey by picksixpreviews.com. 72 out of 100 high school recruits answered ‘moderately true’ or ‘very true’ when asked whether uniforms have a great impact on their perception of a team. The prospects overwhelmingly agreed the Ducks had …

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Oregon women’s golf eliminated from NCAA Championships, Pac-12 plans to reduce night football games

– Oregon women’s golf’s season came to an end Tuesday, as it lost to UCLA in the match play portion of NCAA Championships at Eugene Country Club. The loss also meant the end to senior Caroline Inglis’s Oregon career. Inglis, a Eugene native and former Churchill High School golfer, played …

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Oregon softball dominates NCAA regionals, Vernon Adams signed by CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

— After an 8-0 sweep of Fordham on Friday, No. 4 Oregon softball downed Baylor, 6-0, in the NCAA regionals to advance to the finals. On Sunday, the Ducks beat the Bears once more, 8-1, to claim the regional title.  “We had good film, we had good preparation and practices … we …

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Softball begins postseason, women’s golf starts NCAA Championships in Eugene

— Oregon softball begins its quest for a deep postseason run on Friday. The Ducks face Fordham at Jane Sanders Stadium for their opening game of the NCAA Tournament. First pitch is set for 8:30 p.m. with the game also televised on ESPN2. — Oregon women’s golf is looking forward to playing …

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Former Oregon offensive lineman sues NCAA, men’s golf enters final round of regionals in second

— Lawyers representing Daniel Cook, who was an Oregon offensive lineman from 1971-73 , are suing the NCAA and Pac-12 for concealing information about long-term effects of concussions, according to The Oregonian. The lawsuit is one of six filed against the NCAA and select athletic conferences by Edelson PC, based in …

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Aaron Wise prepares for NCAA Championship, track and field and softball earn Pac-12 titles

— Men’s golf star Aaron Wise has held a club since he could barely walk. It’s paid off, as he is the No. 6 ranked amateur in the world and preparing for the NCAA Championships here in Eugene. — After earning a fourth consecutive Pac-12 title, the women’s softball team …

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Softball looks to clinch fourth-straight conference title, decathletes start out Pac-12 scoring strong

— Oregon decathletes Mitch Modin and Joe Delgado started out Pac-12 Championship scoring strong for the Oregon track and field team. The Pac-12 Championships begin this weekend for the majority of the Oregon track team. The multi-event championships took place a week earlier, this past Saturday and Sunday in Seattle, Washington. …

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Baseball drops series to Gonzaga, Pre Classic announces world-class Bowerman Mile field

— Oregon baseball dropped back-to-back games to Gonzaga on Monday and Tuesday at P.K. Park. The Ducks lost 9-7 on Monday and 5-4 on Tuesday. — The Prefontaine Classic, set to take place May 27-28 at Hayward Field, announced the field for the Bowerman Mile on Monday. The world-class field …

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Women’s lacrosse coach steps down, top QB recruit decommits from Oregon

– Jen Beck, the women’s lacrosse coach, stepped down on Monday. Beck, the programs first coach, took the helm in 2005 and lead the Ducks to a 120-97 record during her time as a coach. The athletic department did not site a reason to her departure. – Oregon football commit …

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Softball shuts out Arizona in three straight games, Dillon Mitchell shines in spring game

– No. 5 Oregon softball swept No. 17 Arizona at home this weekend in three straight shutout performances. Cheridan Hawkins recorded her 1,000th-career strikeout Friday and Nikki Udria hit a pair of homers Saturday. The Ducks outscored Arizona 17-0 for the series. – Oregon wide receiver Dillon Mitchell caught two touchdowns …

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Helfrich discusses Oregon’s NFL draft prospects, lacrosse heads to MPSF playoffs

— With the NFL draft beginning Thursday, head coach Mark Helfrich discussed prospects DeForest Buckner and Vernon Adams.   “They’re great kids. DeForest is a great example of that — just a great person who will make your franchise better,” Helfrich said. — Oregon lacrosse is set to head to the MPSF …

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Oregon baseball suffers three game sweep, lacrosse falls to Colorado on senior day

— Oregon baseball appeared to have turned its season around a week ago when it rattled of five consecutive wins. But the Ducks took another step backwards as they suffered a three-game sweep to UCLA over the weekend. The ugliest segment of the series came when the Bruins pummeled the …

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Oregon baseball’s struggles on the mound persist, men’s tennis ousted in second round

— Oregon baseball’s awakened bats were a major reason why the Ducks won consecutive weekend Pac-12 series. However, as manager George Horton noted last Saturday, a surge in hitting has coincided with struggles on the mound. Matt Krook exemplified this Thursday, giving up four runs in the first inning of …

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Men’s, women’s golf and tennis gear up for Pac-12 Championships

— Men’s tennis looks to break through in the Pac-12 Tournament after a successful season. Today, The No. 36 Ducks take on the Arizona Wildcats in the first round, a team that they beat 4-0 earlier this season. Oregon enters the tournament as the No. 5 seed and will play No.4 …

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Oregon women dominate Mt. SAC Relays, baseball sweeps USC

— The women of the Oregon track team excelled at the Mt. SAC Relays in Norwalk, California this weekend. The 4×100-meter relay, made up of Jasmine Todd, Deajah Stevens, Hannah Cunliffe and Ariana Washington, won with a time of 42.68, the third fastest in NCAA history. That mark broke the previous school …

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Jillian Alleyne drafted by Phoenix, Dillon Brooks and Tyler Dorsey exploring NBA options

— Oregon women’s basketball product Jillian Alleyne was drafted by the Phoenix Mercury 20th overall in the WNBA Draft on Thursday night. With the selection, she became the highest-drafted Duck in history. — Oregon men’s basketball’s Chris Boucher and Jordan Bell will not declare for the NBA Draft this year, …

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Oregon baseball uses new approach on offense, women’s tennis moves forward with six players

— Oregon manager George Horton is known across the country as the manager who plays “small ball” on offense. Small ball typically refers to a combination of getting a runner on and sacrificing batters to move that runner into scoring position and hopefully, across the plate. However, small ball hasn’t …

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