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  • Ducks tumble, eye redemption
    For the third consecutive Sunday night, Oregon and Florida State flip-flopped positions in the BCS standings. This week it’s the Seminoles’ turn to sit in the No. 2 position after an impressive 41-14 victory over then-No. 7 Miami on Saturda 
  • Man arrested for sexual harassment in Knight Library
    Thomas Matthew Jonas was arrested by the UOPD on Nov. 3 after being accused of sexually harassing three UO students. He has been charged with harassment and second-degree trespass. From the UOPD’s press release: “Three women reported t
  • Men’s tennis comes up short in finals of Easley Memorial Classic
    The Oregon men’s tennis team had two representatives in the finals of the Easley Memorial Class on the campus of UNLV, but came up short in both championship games. The Ducks were unable to win the three-set singles final and the doubles final ma
  • Oregon women’s soccer falls to No. 2 UCLA 2-0
    The Oregon women’s soccer team could not find enough to pull the upset over No. 2 UCLA, losing 2-0 on the road. At the conclusion of the game, the Bruins rushed onto the field in celebration while they dumped Gatorade on head coach Amanda Cromwel
  • SNAP cuts may affect students and families
    As of Nov. 1, the temporal boost agent for Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will no longer provide the same amount of assistance to families as it has been. Why the sudden change? Since 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
  • Recapping the Pac-12 in Week Ten
    Here at EDN, we give you a weekly rundown of what happened in the Pac-12 Conference the past weekend, highlighting the big moments that made it another exciting set of games.
  • Ducks Volleyball Captures Five Set Match Win Over Arizona
    It took a while to put away the unranked Wildcats, but Liz Brenner’s 28 kills led No. 23 Oregon (13-9, 6-6 Pac-12) to a five-set win over Arizona
  • Oregon Legislature Blocks Local Bans on Genetically Modified Crops
    Oregon Legislature Blocks Local Bans on Genetically Modified Crops … precluding efforts in Benton and Lane counties to restrict genetically modified crops

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Ducks Football Stays No. 2 in AP Poll, But Seminoles Gain Ground

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The Oregon Ducks and Florida State Seminoles, following a bye week and blowout win respectively, stay at their respective rankings at No. 2 and No. 3 in the Associated Press top-25.

The Alabama Crimson Tide receive 52 of the 60 first place votes, two to the Ducks and an incredible six to Florida State. However, Oregon’s collective second and third place votes were enough to keep them nine points ahead of the surging Seminoles.

Complete AP Poll for Week 11

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Alabama (52) 8-0 1491
2 Oregon (2) 8-0 1418
3 Florida State (6) 8-0 1409
4 Ohio State 9-0 1315
5 Baylor 7-0 1234
6 Stanford 7-1 1214
7 Auburn 8-1 1082
8 Clemson 8-1 1059
9 Missouri 8-1 956
10 LSU 7-2 863
11 Texas A&M 7-2 861
12 Oklahoma 7-1 816
13 South Carolina 7-2 769
14 Miami (FL) 7-1 737
15 Oklahoma State 7-1 662
16 UCLA 6-2 515
17 Fresno State 8-0 493
18 Michigan State 8-1 478
19 UCF 6-1 472
20 Louisville 7-1 385
21 Wisconsin 6-2 342
22 Northern Illinois 9-0 322
23 Arizona State 6-2 197
24 Notre Dame 7-2 164
25 Texas Tech 7-2 102

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November 3 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

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Trail Blazers Bounce Back With 113-98 Road Win Over Denver Nuggets

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DENVER – The story of the Portland Trail Blazers’ (1-1) 113-98 win over the hosting Denver Nuggets (0-2) is simply the win itself. Portland snapped a five year drought of failing to capture a victory in the mile high city, which dated back to the 2007-08 season.

“I remember it like it was yesterday,” Blazers’ forward LaMarcus Aldridge said of the win back in December of 2007. Aldridge missed the trip due to an injury at the time. “I stayed home and watched the game… in my theatre. And I haven’t won here since.”

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Portland Trail Blazers forward LaMarcus Aldridge posts up against Denver’s J.J. Hickson. Hickson was acquired by the Nuggets this offseason from the Blazers. | (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Aldrdige had himself an impressive game all around, finishing 12-of-26 with 25 points and nine rebounds. However, the star of the show was guard Wesley Matthews who finished with his first double-double of the season collecting 21 points and 12 boards. Most impressive was his 7-of-13 shooting and 4-of-4 from three point range.

“Top to bottom, solid win for us,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said.

More importantly than snapping the mile-high drought, Portland captured its first win of the season. The Blazers now sit at the .500 mark with a tough remaining stretch ahead. Saturday the Blazers will host the San Antonio Spurs (2-0) then the Dwight Howard-led Houston Rockets (2-0) on Tuesday.

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November 1 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

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  • Ducks lucky No. 19 in AP poll
    Oregon was ranked No. 19 in the preseason Associated Press men’s basketball Top 25 released Thursday. That’s one spot lower than the Ducks were ranked in the USA Today coaches poll earlier this month. Oregon was picked to finish fourth in t
  • Van goes up in flames after tire blows, driver loses control
    A van caught fire after one of its front tires blew out, causing it to crash.The driver was not injured.The crash happened around 7:20 p.m. on Highway 99E near Old Highway 34 in Tangent.
  • EPD crime log from Halloween night
    The Eugene Police Department has increased security for the night of Oct. 31. Below is a list of some calls that the EPD has responded to throughout the night. Disorderly Subject, 330 W Seventh Ave., 7:34 p.m. Shots Fired, Arbor Drive  and &n
  • Overturned car disrupts I-105 west of Coburg Road
    An overturned vehicle disrupted I-105 westbound Thursday afternoon.No word yet on whether there were any injuries or what caused the crash.Traffic was backed up west of Coburg Road. The wreckage narrowed the flow of traffic down to one lane just befo…
  • 2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Ten
    Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.
  • Blazers Crushed 104-93 in Season Opener Against Suns
    After an incredibly exciting offseason, or so we thought, for the Portland Trail Blazers a 104-93 opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns has fans and analysts alike scratching their respective heads.
  • Jonathan Stewart Cleared to Play for Caronlina Panthers
    Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, has been cleared to play as soon as this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at 1 p.m. PST on FOX.
  • Ducks Women’s Basketball Put Away Western Oregon, 103-58
    It was a sloppy first half for the Ducks, but an excellent effort from freshman guard Chrishae Rowe was enough to put the Western Oregon Wolves away, 103-58.
  • Passing car hits truck pulling horse trailer
    As a truck pulling a horse trailer made a left turn Wednesday night, a car attempting to pass on the left collided with the rig, the Lane County Sheriff’s Office said

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2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Ten

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Pac-12 football is back and we at EDN Sports will do a weekly Pac-12 Pick’em. Each week we’ll give you our picks and track how we’ve done so far.

Season Pick’em Standings:

  • Alex Shoemaker: 53-11 (5-0 last week)
  • Ryan Beltram: 50-14 (5-0)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 50-14 (4-1)
  • Corey Buchanan: 49-15 (4-1)
  • Franklin Bains: 48-16 (4-1)
  • David Saez: 47-17 (3-2)

Thursday

Arizona State (5-2, 3-1) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3) 7:30 p.m. (ESPN 35)

Both teams have a lot riding on this game. With a win the Sun Devils maintain ts one-game lead over Pac-12 South foe UCLA. For the Cougars, a win moves them closer to bowl eligibility – needing six wins to reach that mark. ASU has dominated this series of late, winners of eight of the last nine. But this Cougs offense might just have enough fire power to keep it close.

X-factorConnor Halliday. Halliday and Mike Leach can start to breath deeply. After taking a 24-17 lead against Oregon State, the Cougs saw the full power of the Beaver State’s secondaries and threw 7 interceptions over the course of the next 5 quarters. Now they get a Thursday date with the Sun Devils and can put some distance between themselves and Steven Nelson, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell. That’s not to say that Halliday can’t throw picks to the Sun Devil defense, just that it’s not as likely as it would be against the Beavs and Ducks (first and second, respectively, in the conference in interceptions).

Alex: Arizona State  Isaac: Arizona State   Corey: Arizona State   Franklin: Washington State   David: Arizona State   RyanArizona State

Friday

USC (5-3, 2-2) at Oregon State (6-2, 4-1) 6 p.m. (ESPN2 36)

Friday’s showdown between the Trojans and Beavs is the best game of the week in the Pac-12 by most analysts. Oregon State looks to bounce back from a hard-fought loss to No. 5 Stanford on Saturday, while USC is 2-1 since the firing of then head coach Lane Kiffin and only a four-point loss away from being undefeated in that stretch. While neither one of these teams is out of the running for a conference title, it’d take a great stretch of luck in November. A win on Friday is a must.

X-factorOSU O-Line vs. USC D Front. Oregon State’s offensive line hasn’t exactly impressed through nine weeks. The holes haven’t been there for Storm Woods and so while the rushing game has gone away, the passing game has flourished. That’s not to say, however, that Sean Mannion hasn’t been running for his life at times. He has been. And USC has the athletes throughout the forest of its front 7 to get in Mannion’s head. For OSU to win, they’ll need their own forest to step up and protect.

Alex: USC  Isaac: Oregon State   Corey: Oregon State   Franklin: Oregon State   DavidOregon State   RyanOregon State

Saturday

Arizona (5-2, 2-2) at California (1-7, 0-5) 12:30 p.m. (Pac-12 Network 420)

The Golden Bears and Arizona Wildcats have had one of the most competitive matchups in the league for years. At 14-14-2 all-time and 2-2 over the past four meetings, it wouldn’t be crazy to expect a close game. However, this may be the worst Cal team in a decade while the Wildcats are winners of their last two games and have an outside shot of winning the Pac-12 South. This could be close early, but Rich Rodrigues’ high powered running attack should tear apart the Bears’ defense.

X-factorB.J. Denker. The senior QB has the same amount of rushing and passing TDs (8) this year, and is starting to come into his own as the Wildcats field general. Against the Cal rushing defense though, his job early will be just to hand off to the conference’s best RB in Ka’Deem Carey. If the conference’s worst team by a margin makes a push for its first FBS win this season though, Denker has the ability to tuck and run and will use it.

Alex: Arizona  Isaac: Arizona   Corey: Arizona   Franklin: Arizona   DavidArizona   RyanArizona

Colorado (3-4, 0-4) at No. 20 UCLA (5-2, 2-2) 4:30 (Fox Sports 1 408)

On paper, the top-25 Bruins should have every advantage against a still rebuilding Buffaloes squad still looking for its fist conference win. However, with the Bruins looking to keep up energy after two loses to Stanford and Oregon its hard to say just what mindset the team will be in. This has textbook upset alert written all over it.

X-factorBrett Hundley. The last two weeks haven’t exactly been kind to the sophomore quarterback. Stanford (219) and then Oregon (136) held him to his lowest total yardage output of his career. Before the Stanford game, he had never been held to less than 250 yards in a game, and in 10 of 19 career games, he recorded over 300 yards. Colorado has nothing to lose this week, but they also don’t have the athletes to compete with UCLA’s skill position players.

Alex: UCLA  Isaac: UCLA   Corey: UCLA   Franklin: UCLA   DavidUCLA   RyanUCLA

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Blazers Crushed 104-93 in Season Opener Against Suns

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After an incredibly exciting offseason, or so we thought, for the Portland Trail Blazers (0-1) a 104-93 opening night loss to the Phoenix Suns (1-0) has fans and analysts alike scratching their respective heads.

“œThe Phoenix Suns outplayed us,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “They were ready from the get-go. They got out and ran. All the things that we were working on, we had a setback today. Transition defense; we were slow reacting to that. Their guards did a good job of penetrating.”

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Portland Trail Blazers big man Robin Lopez drives to the hoop in the team’s loss to the Phoenix Suns on Wednesday. Lopez finished the game 1-of-4 with three points and two rebounds | (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

As was the issue last season, the Blazers’ bench failed to help out and a lack of depth sill seems present. Only two Portland players scored in double-digits – LaMarcus Aldridge and Damian Lillard – and the collective bench only managed 12 points.

“We were not ready,” Blazers SF Nicolas Batum said. “We can talk about how much better we are and all the things we want to do, but we’ve got to be ready. We had a good preseason. We had a good training camp. But the preseason is over.

“œThat was a good warning for us.”

Batum was the next leading scorer for the Blazers behind Aldridge and Lillard with nine points on 3-of-9 shooting and seven rebounds.

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Blazers’ small forward Nicolas Batum dives for a loose ball against the Suns | (Christian Peterson/Getty Images)

But as has been mentioned, the two bright spots were Portland’s two stars in Aldridge and Lillard who finished with 28 and 32 points respectively. Should the Blazers find a way to get the rest of its players more involved, this team is talented enough to make a playoff push. It’s only game one.

“We have 81 more games — that was only one,” Batum said. “But we have to correct things now. We can’t wait.”

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Jonathan Stewart Cleared to Play for Caronlina Panthers

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Jonathan Stewart | AP
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Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart, now with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers, has been cleared to play as soon as this weekend’s game against the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday at 1 p.m. PST on FOX.

The news comes after Stewart participated in his first full practice of the season after suffering an ankle injury that has kept him out the last 11 months. In his return, teammates and coaches praised the bruising running back.

“He looked amazing,” fellow former Duck and teammate Kenjon Barner said. “That’s a big man moving and he was moving well.”

The Panthers are 4-3 on the season and on the outside hunt for a playoff spot. With nine games remaining, Stewart’s return could be just enough for the franchise to surge into contention with NFC South rival New Orleans.

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October 30 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines

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