EUGENE, OR - APRIL 27: Head coach Mark Helfrich of the Oregon Ducks watches the action on the field in the first half of the Oregon Spring Game at Autzen Stadium on April 27, 2013 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Ducks stir cautious optimism with competitive, ragged spring game

Sometimes the hype is real. Oregon’s Spring Game was a better-than-average show by spring game standards. The enthusiasm was high and there was a good crowd. The split squads played to a 21-20 finish with a failed two-point conversion at the end, Justin Hollins making his eighth tackle of the game to preserve the win. […]

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Ducks unveil new uniforms, and more importantly, new talent

Every you get reborn. Every year you have to. Kids graduate and stars move on to the NFL. The cycles of college football dictate a team has to find new leadership and shore up holes every single spring. This morning the Ducks will break out yet another set of new uniforms, this one to honor […]

From sweet to elite: Ducks dunk Duke, 82-68

Oregon dominated defending national champion Duke Thursday night in Anaheim with a high-flying display of dandy dishes and high-flying dunks, earning an Elite Eight berth opposite Oklahoma in the West Regional Final. The Ducks led 36-31 at the half but quickly grabbed the Blue Devils by the horns when play resumed. Casey Benson nailed a […]

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Hubba Hubba–here comes Chuba

There’s no under the radar anymore. With Youtube and Hudl videos and recruiting websites and combines and international all-star games, if a kid has football talent, the system will find him. Witness the latest internet football sensation, Chuba Hubbard, a 6-1, 190-pound running back from Bev Facey Community High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta, Canada. […]

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Prukop transfer renews optimism for new-look Ducks

KVAL reporter Preston Hiefield IV interviewed Dakota Prukop during a walk around campus, and a look at the interview is a burst of optimism for Duck fans as the team moves within three weeks of the start of spring practice. The brief conversation confirms what we’ve heard about the senior transfer from Montana State. He’s […]

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Ducks clinch share of PAC-12 title with road comeback at UCLA

[Editor’s note: Eric Sloat is on hiatus. I’m pinch-hitting.] Oregon closed in on its first conference title in 14 years with a 76-68 come-from-behind victory over UCLA in Pauley Pavilion Wednesday night. The #9 Ducks lead Utah by a game and Cal by a game and a half at 13-4 in the conference. They close […]

En Route To March Madness, Oregon Ducks Tickets Remain Very Affordable

The Oregon Ducks are relevant in men’s hoops again and by the time March Madness rolls around, they could be a fun sleeper pick to enjoy a long run in the tournament. A strong showing in a tough Pac-12 conference has attributed to their rise, as the Ducks have gone 10-4 inside the conference and […]

ANN ARBOR, MI - NOVEMBER 01:  Michigan Wolverines head football coach Brady Hoke watches the action from the sidelines during the game against the Indiana Hoosiers at Michigan Stadium on November 1 , 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The Wolverines defeated the Hoosiers 34-10.  (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

Brady Hoke and the rebirth of the fast, hard finish

What if Oregon had a defense to match its offense? Smart, prepared, aggressive, athletic, attacking and fast. What if the Ducks said good-bye to bend and don’t break, took the field with a clear understanding of what they were supposed to do, attacked the quarterback and the line of scrimmage with a simple, understandable mission: […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

POWER RANKINGS WEEK 8

      By Eric Sloat It was the “Lost Weekend” for the Oregon Ducks; dropping both games to Cal and Stanford; blowing their chance at a #1 seed in the NCAA’s. They do however stay in first place, Arizona joins them at the top off their sweep of UCLA & USC. Cal beat the […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Head coach Dana Altman of the Oregon Ducks points up court during the first half against the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

STANFORD 76 OREGON 72

      By Eric Sloat For 39:57, Stanford completely outplayed Oregon, so it was no surprise that the refs didn’t didn’t send Dillon Brooks to the line with a chance to tie the game; the Ducks having squandered so many on their own. After their 6 game winning streak the Ducks were the talk […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Dillon Brooks #24 and Chris Boucher #25 of the Oregon Ducks celebrate their 77-59 win over the Utah Utes at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

BEARS MAUL DUCKS 83-63

      By Eric Sloat After every game, Ducks coach, Dana Altman says that the team can play better. During their streak, that propelled the Ducks to # 11, it evoked some chuckles and grins; there was no laughing after this one. The assault started early, but after the Arizona game, there wasn’t a […]

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 01:  Running back Thomas Tyner #24 of the Oregon Ducks scores on a one-yard touchdown run against the Florida State Seminoles during the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2015 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Tyner walks out–for him the cheers died just in time

At Super Bowl 50 the NFL promenaded the MVPs of the previous 49 games, and the brief ceremony had some unintended consequences. Jet-setting Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who has won the award three times, resplendent in designer shades and suit, got lusty boos from the mostly pro-Broncos crowd. All but about six of the former […]

BOISE, ID - DECEMBER 12: Forward Elgin Cook #23 of the Oregon Ducks tries to grab a rebound during second half action against the Boise State Broncos on December 12, 2015 at Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 74-72. (Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images)

Ball with Royal Vegas and Basketball Star Slot game

Do you love the game of basketball but cringe at the thought of getting sweaty on the court? Don’t worry, there’s an easy way for you to enjoy your favorite game and possibly win some money at the same time. How is this possible? With the Basketball Star Slot machine of course. Interested in learning […]

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 17:  A PAC-12 logo is seen during the PAC-12 Men's Basketball Media Day on October 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Stephen Lam/Getty Images)

PAC-12 POWER RANKINGS VIII

      By Eric Sloat Oregon, fresh off their sweep of Colorado and Utah, their fifth win in a row and 23 in a row at MKA, stay at #1. Arizona welcomed back freshman, Allonzo Trier, and cut their way through Washington and Washington State. USC clobbered UCLA for the second time this season; […]

TUCSON, AZ - JANUARY 28:  Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks drives the ball past Ryan Anderson #12 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second half of the college basketball game at McKale Center on January 28, 2016 in Tucson, Arizona. The Ducks defeated the Wildcats 83-75.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

DUCKS STUFF UTES 76-66

       By Eric Sloat Utah head coach, Larry Krystowiak had it right after the game, “We didn’t have an answer for Dillon Brooks”. It isn’t just Utah of course; Brooks is making a serious case for Pac-12 Player of the year; leading the Ducks to a 9-2 record and first place. The Utes […]

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12:  Oregon Ducks mascot The Duck plays basketball before a quarterfinal game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the Colorado Buffaloes at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 12, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Oregon won 93-85.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

UTAH (6-4) 17-6 @ OREGON (8-2) 19-4

    By Eric Sloat So, after their game against the Beavers, when Jordan Loveridge sank 3 free throws to put the Utes up, 69-68 with 2.2 left in the game only to have guard, Brian Taylor foul Stevie Thompson, Jr. at mid-court with .1 to go, sending him to the line where he made […]

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - JANUARY 14: Elgin Cook #23 of the Oregon Ducks tries to drive past Kyle Kuzma #35 of the Utah Utes in the second half of the Ducks 77-59 win at the Jon M. Huntsman Center on January 14, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)

DUCKS STAMPEDE OVER THE BUFFALOES, 76-56

    By Eric Sloat Payback’s a B—-h for the Buffaloes. After being overmatched by Colorado in their place, the Ducks needed to take control of this one; the earlier and better. The Buffaloes did score first, but after Chris Boucher nailed one of his patented baseline 3’s, the Ducks took the lead and never […]

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