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Alamo Bowl 2016: A Tale Of Whose Backup Is Better

Jan 3, 2016
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The University of Oregon Ducks couldn't hold off Texas Christian University's Horned Frogs Saturday evening in the Alamo Bowl. The game came down to "Whose backup quarterback was better?"

Portland Timbers Win First MLS Championship

Dec 7, 2015
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The Portland Timbers soccer club has won their first Major League Title, defeating the "Columbus Crew" 2-1 Sunday. The victory was a big win for the Northwest.

Ducks Defeat Beavers In 119th Civil War

Nov 27, 2015
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The University of Oregon Ducks defeated Oregon State 52 to 42 in the 119th Civil War football game Friday at Autzen Stadium.

Statesman Journal

Vernon Adams threw six touchdowns, leading No. 23 University of Oregon to victory against No. 22 University of Southern California Saturday. The  game was the 5th straight win for the Ducks.

Oregon Upsets Stanford, Beavers Continue Losing Streak

Nov 15, 2015
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The University of Oregon Ducks kept their Pac-12 North Title hopes alive with a big upset win over 7th ranked Stanford 38 to 36 Saturday night in Palo Alto, California.

Daily Emerald

Vernon Adams threw for 300 yards and 4 touchdowns, and the University of Oregon became bowl eligible with a 44-28 victory over slumping California last night.

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Next fall, Eugene area sports fans will have two new teams to follow. Lane Community College is adding men’s soccer and women’s volleyball to its roster.

LCC last had men’s soccer in 1986 and women’s volleyball in 2003. Lane Athletic Director Greg Sheley says bringing back the two sports is part of the school’s plan to increase enrollment, which has been down:

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The University of Oregon Ducks continued their winning streak against northwest rival Washington 26-20, Saturday night. The Ducks have now beaten the Huskies 12 times in a row. The game marked the return of quarterback Vernon Adams, who has been battling a finger injury, and wide receiver Darren Carrington, who missed the first 6 games of the season due to a suspension.

Head Coach Mark Helfrich says the conference win was huge.

Helfrich: "We've let a couple get away in our mind, which is unfortunate, but anytime you can win at Huskies stadium, that's good for a Duck."

Ducks Lose At Home Again, Beavers Shut Down In Arizona

Oct 11, 2015
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It wasn't a good day for college football in Oregon. The Ducks hosted Washington State Saturday afternoon, and after 8 straight losses to the Ducks, the Cougars finally won in double overtime, 45-38. This is the second home loss for Oregon this season. Head Coach Mark Helfrich denied the defeat was due to continued shuffling at the quarterback position.

Ducks Defeat Buffalos, Pay Tribute To UCC Victims

Oct 4, 2015
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The Oregon Ducks rebounded with a win against Colorado, following a blowout loss at home last week against Utah. The game in Boulder was delayed for about an hour due to lightning. Most of the early workload went to running back Royce Freeman, who rushed for 163 yards and scored twice. KLCC's Desmond O'Boyle says in addition to lingering problems on defense, the Ducks played carousel at the quarterback position.

Utes Trounce Ducks, 62-20

Sep 27, 2015

It was Oregon's worst loss at home since falling 54-0 to Washington in 1977. No. 18 University of Utah walloped No. 13 Oregon last night, 62-20. The Utes' 62 points were the most scored against a PAC-12 opponent since joining the league in 2011, and also the most the Ducks have ever allowed in Eugene.

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich says the loss is all on him, but he's looking ahead.

Junior quarterback Jeff Lockie made his first start for Oregon a winning one, throwing for 228 yards and two touchdowns in a 61-28 victory over Georgia State yesterday.

Lockie took over for Vernon Adams, who was out with a broken index finger on his throwing hand.

Lockie: "It was a lot of fun, finally getting a chance and you know to play in front of these fans who I'm getting to know over 4 years and you know, my whole family here and just getting your name called in the beginning that was, you know, that was special."

Ducks Fly Past Eagles, Adams Shines

Sep 6, 2015
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The University of Oregon Ducks entered the 2015 season with a 61-42 win against the Eastern Washington Eagles, Saturday.

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The University of Oregon's Vin Lananna will lead the U.S. men's track and field team at the Olympics in Rio next year.

Lananna has been instrumental in bringing the U.S. Olympic Trials to Eugene's Hayward Field in 2008 and 2012. He also successfully led efforts to bring the world championships here in 2021.

Lananna says being selected as head coach for the Olympic team is a huge honor. He sees it as his number one accomplishment.

Recorded on: June 26th, 2015

Air Date: June 29th, 2015

At the June 26th Friday Forum, Professor Bill Harbaugh and Professor Emeritus Dennis Howard will describe the benefits, challenges, and future of college athletics. They will talk about the future of funding and the impact of big time college sports on campus, in the local community -- even around the United States and the world.

Corinne Boyer

Hayward Field hosted the USA Track and Field Outdoor Championships this weekend. A heat wave pushed temperatures into the mid 90s making it even hotter for athletes on the track. KLCC’s Corinne Boyer was there.

Saturday’s early morning cloud cover provided some relief during the Track and Field Outdoor Championships. Sprinklers and misters were set up around to keep the crowd and athletes cool.  

Karen Richards

A busy season's wrapping up at Hayward Field Thursday through Sunday in Eugene. The USA Track and Field Championships will decide the team for the World Championships in Beijing. The USA Junior Championships determine the athletes under 20 for the Pan Am Games in Toronto. The dual events are poised to provide drama.

 Temperatures are forecast in the high 90's for the weekend, unusual for Hayward Field. As Track Town USA's Vin Lananna says, in 10 years in Eugene he has yet to apologize for the weather:

Oregon Women Join Male Teamates, Take NCAA Title

Jun 13, 2015
Desmond O'Boyle

The University of Oregon women's track and field squad followed in their male teammates' footsteps from the day before with a victory at Hayward Field Saturday.

It was the second time the women's track and field team has won the national championship and a repeat victory for the men's. The spotlight was on favorite Jenna Prandini, who despite a team disqualification in the 4 x 100 relay, bounced back to win the 100 meter dash.

Karen Richards

The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship is halfway done. The last two days feature nothing but finals. Both the University of Oregon’s men and women finished their first day in the lead.

The Duck men are looking to repeat last year’s title win. They performed well, as they were expected to, on Wednesday. Senior Sam Crouser won the javelin for the second year in a row and has high hopes for the team:

University of Oregon

The NCAA track and field championships take place this week at Hayward Field. For the first time ever, the men's and women's teams will compete on different days.

The coaches and administrators decided early this year to separate the competitions. Shortly after, ESPN announced plans to expand its TV coverage of the event, including airing Friday's men's championship on ESPN and Saturday's women's championship on ESPN 2. Some athletes are less than enthusiastic.

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More than 13,000 fans were at Hayward Field this weekend for the Prefontaine Classic.

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Millions of people around the world will be watching Eugene this weekend. This year’s Prefontaine Classic track and field meet takes place Friday and Saturday at Hayward Field.

Friday night’s free program includes the men’s 5,000 and 10,000 meter races. Local favorite Galen Rupp will run the 5K and Olympic champion Mo Farah is entered in the 10K. Prefontaine spokesman Jeff Oliver says the entire meet will be outstanding:

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Track Town USA is hosting a big party in Portland Wednesday afternoon. Here are some details about the countdown to the 2016 World Indoor Track and Field Championships.

Vin Lananna is used to working with stakeholders in Eugene and Springfield on big track and field events. Speaking from Portland, the TrackTown USA President says there’s been plenty of enthusiasm for track in the Rose City:

Lananna: “The city the mayor, the commissioners here, in this community, the local people, the businesses, have been just fantastic.”

Karen Richards

Soccer has been growing in the United States for years, and the number of professional teams is exploding. Fans in Eugene and Springfield are beneficiaries of the expansion. The Lane United Football Club begins its second season Friday.

Lane United is a semi-professional team. Most of the athletes are current top-tier college players. This year, there’s also a group of club players from Spain. Spokesman Chris Burke says the mix makes for a quality game:

Jes Burns

Monday the final closing on Civic Stadium and the surrounding property was completed. The nonprofit group Eugene Civic Alliance and more than 120 private donors, raised 4 million dollars to purchase the site from the city.

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Eugene, Oregon has been awarded the 2021 World Track and Field Championships after many weeks of quiet negotiations.

Eugene earned a close second in last fall’s bid for the 2019 World Championships. In February, organizers appealed to IAAF president Lamine Diack, and were encouraged to campaign for the 2021 event. Track Town USA President Vin Lananna says he wasn’t feeling confident until this week. He spoke from Beijing after the council meeting: 

Ducks Play Wisconsin Next In NCAA Tournament, Again.

Mar 21, 2015
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The University of Oregon Men's Basketball team stays alive in the NCAA tournament. The 8th seeded Ducks defeated 9th seeded Oklahoma State 79-73 Friday night. Dillon Brooks had 17 points for the Ducks. Head Coach Dana Altman got the win in his return to Omaha in the same building where he once coached Creighton. Oregon Guard Joseph Young was asked about playing Wisconsin next, the team that ousted the Ducks in the tournament last year.

U of O Economics Professor Bill Harbaugh has been in the news recently for his controversial acquisition of internal administrative U of O communications.  Tuesday he chimed in on football coach Mark Helfrich's new five-year, $17 million contract.

Harbaugh says the U of O's success in football comes at the expense of the University as a whole:

Harbaugh: "It's probably a mistake for the University to be so invested in big-time sports, particularly college football.  The University as a whole would be better off with a team that won half the games and had half the budget."

Eugene, Cascades & Coast

Eugene and Springfield are holding two weekend-long volleyball tournaments for USA Volleyball Junior Girls Club Teams. Organizers expect these tournaments will attract thousands of athletes, coaches and college recruiters.  

Mike Gaffaney  is with the Eugene, Cascades and Coast Sports Commission. He expects many participants will be from out of town and will bring business to the Eugene-Springfield area.  

Gaffaney: "Everybody's staying in hotel rooms. They're eating at restaurants. They're spending money on flights, car rentals, those kind of things."

Duck Fans Deflated After Loss To Ohio State

Jan 12, 2015
Desmond O'Boyle

Oregon fans were deflated following the 42 to 20 loss to Ohio State in the National Championship Monday night.

Trailing 35 to 20 halfway through the fourth quarter, the Ducks began playing desperate football. The defense was unable to stop Ohio's running game, and the offense couldn't find their rhythm. When a comeback was obviously out of reach, people began closing their bar tabs and the sour taste of defeat was pasted on everyone's faces. Oregon student Enrique Munoz describes the loss.

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