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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.

The wait is over! Oregon plays Ohio State tonight in the first ever national College Football Championship Game. Eugene area eateries are preparing for a big night.

What goes better with football than pizza? Pizza delivery drivers will be busy tonight.  Tim Hill is General Manager at Track Town Pizza. His crew was rolling out dough this morning in preparation. The restaurant near campus already has an order for 75 giant pizzas for a watch party on campus. Hill expects they'll make and deliver about 500 pizzas.

Tiffany Eckert

In a lead up to the first ever College Football Playoff National Championship Game, the Oregon Ducks gave members of the media some time. A few key players gave interviews then all mics pointed toward Heisman winner, Quarterback Marcus Mariota. KLCC's Tiffany Eckert was there and filed this report.

Mariota says as a boy growing up in Hawaii, he dreamed of winning a national championship game. Now he has the chance.

Mariota: "You know I'd trade the Heisman to win this. --no disrespect but it means a lot more because it's a team effort."

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Oregon's mountain biking trails are featured in a national magazine this month. Lane County tourism boosters hope the exposure will bring more visitors to the region.

Bike Magazine puts out its Bible of Bike Tests issue every January. In this month's issue, cyclists tested bikes on trails in Oakridge, along the McKenzie River, and in Central Oregon.
Kari Westlund is with Travel Lane County.

Mt. Hood, Mt. Bachelor Open For Holidays

Dec 22, 2014
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Oregon ski resorts are hoping for better weather than last year. Despite record low temperatures and snow throughout the state, snow in the high country had a hard time sticking.

Oregon Quarterback Marcus Mariota Wins Heisman Trophy

Dec 14, 2014
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University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota has won college football's most prestigious award, the Heisman Trophy.

Mariota is the first Oregon player, and the first Hawaiian native to win the award. Mariota was the definitive favorite to win. He accounted for a Pac-12 record 53 touchdowns and led the Ducks to a spot in the first College Football Playoff. In an emotional acceptance speech, Mariota thanked his team, his coaches and the Polynesian community.

Meeting Date: December 5, 2014

Air Date: December 8, 2014

The Future of Civic Stadium

Guest Speakers: Derek Johnson, local attorney; Kari Westlund, President and CEO of Travel Lane County; and Bev Smith, Executive Director KidSports
Program Coordinator: Brittany Quick-Warner

Riley Leaves OSU To Coach Nebraska

Dec 4, 2014
Oregon State University

Oregon State's longtime football coach Mike Riley has accepted the head coaching job at the University of Nebraska.

Riley is taking over for Coach Bo Pelini, who was fired over the weekend.  Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst announced Riley's hiring today. Steve Tannen is host of the daily sports radio show "Crunch Time" on 95.3 The Score in Eugene. He says Riley’s departure could affect recruiting.

Ducks Rout Beavers In 118th Civil War

Nov 30, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks continued their winning streak against in-state rival Oregon State in the 118th Civil War game yesterday (Saturday). The Ducks routed the Beavers 47 to 19 in Corvallis.

The Ducks went into Reeser Stadium focused on finishing the regular season with a victory against their arch-rivals. The Beavers needed a win just to be bowl eligible. Quarterback Marcus Mariota put on a show throwing for 367 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 39 yards and two more scores. The Heisman candidate praised his teammates for the season they've shared.

Heavy rain is falling in the Willamette Valley, and that means snow in the Cascades. That’s good news for skiers and snow boarders. Mount Bachelor opens Monday, with other resorts following soon.

Mount Bachelor will open one lift and the terrain park Monday. Resort spokesman Drew Jackson is optimistic this weekend’s forecasted snow will allow them to open more for the holiday:

Jackson: “Things are looking good for Thanksgiving weekend. We hope to have at least three lifts open, at least five kilometers in the Nordic Center.”

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Today (Tuesday), Doha Qatar was chosen over Eugene and Barcelona to host the 2019 World Track and Field Championships.

It took two rounds of voting for the 27 member IAAF council to reach a decision. After Barcelona was eliminated, Doha received 15 votes and Eugene, 12. Vin Lananna, President of Track Town USA, spoke from Monaco, where the announcement was made:

Lananna: “We appreciate all of the collaboration, the excitement, the encouragement, and having the guts to step forward and take it on the world stage.”

Beavers Upset 6th Ranked Arizona State In Corvallis

Nov 16, 2014
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The Oregon State Beavers upset number 6th ranked Arizona State 35 to 27 Saturday night in Corvallis. Quarterback Sean Mannion's 66-yard touchdown pass early in the fourth quarter gave the Beavers the lead. With 1:38 left, Michael Doctor's 35-yard interception return for a score sealed win. The Beavers snapped a four-game losing streak, while the Sun Devils snapped a five-game winning streak. The loss to the slumping Beavers hurt A-S-U's shot at a second straight berth in the Pac-12 championship game.

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The University of Oregon Ducks clinched the Pac-12 North Saturday night with a 51-27 win over 17th ranked Utah Utes. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another.

Oregon Defeats Stanford, Beavers Lose Third In A Row

Nov 2, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks Overcame their 2 season hump against Stanford, Saturday. The fifth-ranked Ducks routed The Cardinal 45 to 16 at Autzen Stadium. Quarterback and Heisman candidate Marcus Mariota threw for 258 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more scores.

Oregon climbed to No. 2 in the AP rankings this season but stumbled with a home loss to Arizona in October. The Ducks have since recovered and they're gunning for the inaugural playoffs.

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Eugene is in contention to host the largest sporting event in the world in 2019. International track and field evaluators visited Sunday and Monday. Next month, they'll choose the location of the 2019 World Championships.

The Evaluation Commission for the International Association of Athletics Federations has been to Barcelona, Spain. They travel to Doha, Qatar later this week. Eugene is the third contender for the competition. British politician and former Olympic middle distance athlete, Sebastian Coe, is the IAAF's Vice President:

Ducks Run Over Northwest Rival Washington

Oct 19, 2014
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The 9th Ranked University of Oregon Ducks routed their Northwest Rival, the Washington Huskies, 45 to 20 Saturday night. Freshman Royce Freeman ran for 169 yards and four touchdowns, the most in a single game for a Duck since Kenjon Barner, who had five against USC in 2012.

The Ducks extended their winning streak over Washington to 11 straight games and celebrated the 20th anniversary of "The Pick." The interception turned touchdown against Washington in 1994 is considered by most Duck fans to be a pivotal shift in the football program, ushering in the current era of success.

Nick Symmonds represented the USA in the men's 800-meter at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London. The Springfield resident has a new book out about his career on and off the track.

Ducks Rebound After Arizona Loss Against UCLA

Oct 12, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks rebounded after last week's loss to Arizona. The Ducks knocked off the UCLA Bruins in Los Angeles 42 to 30, Saturday.

Quarterback MARCUS MARIOTA threw for 210 yards and two touchdowns, and ran for two more.

The Oregon State Beavers had a bye this week. They face Utah this Thursday night in Reeser Stadium.

Beavs Still Can't Win In Los Angeles

Sep 28, 2014
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The Oregon State Beavers struggled in its first serious test of the season, losing 35 to 10 against the University of Southern California Trojans Saturday night. The Beavs have now lost 54 straight games at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Quarterback Sean Mannion threw for 123 yards and two interceptions.

The University of Oregon Ducks had a bye this week. They face The Arizona Wildcats Thursday night at Autzen.

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Eugene is in the running to host the World Outdoor Track and Field Championships in 2019. If it's selected, this would be the first time it's been has been held in the U.S. since the event began in 1983.

Ducks Survive Cougars, Beavs Handle Aztecs

Sep 21, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks survived the Washington State Cougars Saturday night 38 to 31 in Pullman. The Ducks were tied at 21 during halftime, but Quarterback Marcus Mariota was nearly flawless in the second half finishing 21-of-25 for 329 yards and five touchdowns. The Cougars did pressure the Heisman Trophy candidate sacking Mariota 7 times in the victory.

Mariota: "You know we knew that they were an aggressive defense and we were going to have to take a couple of hits, but we just had to keep chugging and guys up front, guys outside, we executed well."

Mariota Dives For A Touchdown As Ducks Beat Cowboys

Sep 14, 2014
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The University of Oregon Ducks defeated the Wyoming Cowboys Saturday in Autzen Stadium. Quarterback Marcus Mariota passed for 221 yards and two touchdowns and ran for two more. The Number 2 ranked Ducks survived after falling behind 7 to zero in the first quarter. Mariota became the fourth Oregon quarterback to pass for more than 7,000 yards. He has thrown a school-record 71 touchdowns, with at least one thrown in all 29 games he's appeared in.

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The number 3 ranked Oregon Ducks settled criticism Saturday about the teams toughness on defense, as they defeated 7th ranked Michigan State 46 to 27. Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 318 yards and three touchdowns at Autzen. The Ducks rallied after being down 24 to 18 at halftime. Mariota's three touchdown passes in what was considered a premier nonconference matchup gave him 69 for his career, a new Oregon record. Freshman Royce Freeman finished with 89 yards rushing on 13 carries.

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The University of Oregon Ducks kicked off the 2014 football season at home Saturday against the South Dakota Coyotes.

Quarterback Marcus Mariota threw for 267 yards and three touchdowns then ran for one more before sitting out the second half, leading the third-ranked Ducks to a 62-13 victory. The Ducks have won 10 straight home openers.

Mariota's 62-yard touchdown pass to Dwayne Stanford on Oregon's first series of the game gave him the Ducks' career record for touchdowns with 79, surpassing Joey Harrington.

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The University of Oregon Ducks have been close to a national championship for the last few years. The football program hosted media today (Monday) to preview the upcoming season.

Last year the Ducks finished 11 and 2, losing to rivals Stanford and Arizona. They won their bowl game against the University of Texas and conference media members picked the Ducks to win the Pac-12 this year. Second year head coach Mark Helfrich says it's great to talk in early August, but predictions don't really matter.

Ethiopian Runners Defecting To U.S.

Aug 2, 2014
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Police say the four Ethiopian runners who went missing during the IAAF Championships last week have defected because they fear returning to their home country. 18-year-old Zeyituna Mohammed says she and her teammates are too afraid to return because of widespread civil unrest.

The report confirms what many had suspected — that the athletes' disappearance was part of a plan to defect from Ethiopia.

Police say the athletes are permitted to stay in the U.S. under the terms of their visas. No time limit was given.

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The fourth Ethiopian track athlete who was reported missing from the World Junior Championships in Eugene has been found. Zeyituna Mohammed was found safe Tuesday evening in Federal Way, Washington. The 18-year old was contacted at the home of an acquaintance by Federal Way Police. The University of Oregon Police had been investigating a missing persons case since last Friday when four Ethiopian athletes were reported missing. Three of them were located in Beaverton, Oregon, Monday. Police say all four athletes are safe and the case is closed.

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