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VOTE: UCLA Players Dirty or Not Dirty Against Ducks (VIDEO)

Jordan Zumwalt
UCLA’s Jordan Zumwalt (35) tracks down Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas (left) | (Gary Breedlove/Eugene Daily News)

Many who watched Saturday’s showdown between the Oregon Ducks and UCLA Bruins believed that the later of the two teams had some questionable hits after plays with the bulk of the questionable calls were against UCLA defender Jordan Zumwalt.

“Anthony Barr said he heard (Marcus) Mariota tell refs on Saturday not to call a late hit on Jordan Zumwalt, and to let them play,” as was reported by Ryan Kartje of the Orange County Register. “Earned him respect.”

After the game, Zumwalt clarified on his actions.

“I was just caught up in the emotion,” Zumwalt told the Los Angeles Times. “It was nothing personal. I wasn’t trying to take shots or trying to celebrate. I was caught in moment.”

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October 29 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines


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October 27 – Eugene, Springfield and Lane County Headlines


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  • Beavers bowled over by Cardinal

    Tyler Gaffney ran for three touchdowns and No. 8 Stanford held off Oregon State’s fourth-quarter comeback bid in a 20-12 win Saturday night. Gaffney ran 22 times for 145 yards and scored on runs of 4, 9 and 32 yards to highlight
  • New-look Ducks welcome NCU
    Oregon is ready to break up its long preseason with an exhibition game. Dana Altman’s fourth team takes the floor for the first time when Northwest Christian and new coach Luke Jackson drive down Franklin Boulevard to face the Ducks at 5 p.m. tod 
  • Oregon Ducks Defense Steps up in 42-14 Win Over UCLA
    The Oregon Ducks (8-0, 5-0) defeated the UCLA Bruins (5-2, 2-2) 42-14 Saturday night at Autzen Stadium.
  • Oregon women’s golf shoot drop to 6th at Stanford Invitational
    The day after the Oregon women’s golf team shot one-under par as a team, not one of the five Ducks golfers even got to even par during the second round of the Stanford Invitational on Saturday. The Ducks also saw their seven-stroke deficit to USC
  • Police: Man booked for burglary after breaking 20 windows
    Police arrested a man accused of breaking around 20 windows out of a house off Main St. Saturday afternoon. The man is suspected to have broken other things around the house and thrown food from the refrigerator onto the kitchen floor, police said

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2013 Pac-12 Pick’em: Week Nine


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: 48-11 (4-3 last week)
  • Isaac Rosenthal: 46-13 (6-1)
  • Corey Buchanan: 45-14 (3-4)
  • David Saez: 44-15 (3-4)
  • Franklin Bains: 44-15 (3-4)
  • Ryan Beltram: 45-14 (4-3)

Utah (4-3, 1-3) at USC (4-3, 1-2), 1 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

USC and Utah meet as equals in an odd way. USC has improved from a pitiful start that forced Lane Kiffin’s exit, but seem to at least have found their way. Utah, however, stands among its conference opponents after a couple mediocre years to start their membership in the Pac-12, having toppled Stanford two weeks ago. Look for this one to come down to which team can establish the run.

X-factor: Travis Wilson’s Status. Wilson indicated he will try to play Saturday against the up-and-down Trojans, and he’s the biggest key to any game the Utes play this season. But especially now, as they take to the road against an angry USC team, Wilson will need to hit Dres Anderson and the other above average skill players to stay together against the streaky Trojans. The Utes front lines are underrated and they’ll test Silas Redd and Tre Madden, especially with USC missing the talents of Marqise Lee.

Alex: USC  Isaac: Utah   Corey: USC   Franklin: Utah   DavidUtah   RyanUSC

No. 12 UCLA (5-1, 2-1) at No. 3 Oregon (7-0, 4-0), 4 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

Oregon’s first big test will come a week after UCLA’s initial exam. Where the Bruins failed theirs, the Ducks are in prime position to excel. The Bruin defense might have a tougher task than the offense here, as stopping the Ducks — the Cardinal proved last year — takes a task of bringing the Oregon offense back down to earth. Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota will impress occasionally, but the defenses should pitch an impressive battle in this one.

X-factorDerrick Malone vs. UCLA Running Game. UCLA needs a strong push with its running offense to get the wheels spinning against the Oregon defense. If they can hold the ball and keep it moving without opening up chances against the Duck secondary — eager after some success in the INT category last week — they’ll have a chance to stay in the game, but the Ducks are just too good to be slowed down, even by the best linebacker in the country.

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

Arizona (4-2, 1-2) at Colorado (3-3, 0-3), 5 p.m., Pac-12 Network (Comcast 420)

Arizona is impossible to predict this year, which makes their game against the confusing Buffs all more confusing. B.J. Denker is a solid enough option threat, but that’s about it as USC proved his downfield threat pretty moot. Arizona has the athletes to put Colorado away, but Colorado has the excitement factor that might bring this one down to the wire.

X-factor: Ka’Deem Carey. The last time Carey played this team, he ran for a career high and 366 yards. This is a different Colorado team than it was a year ago, but it’s still one that’s giving up yards in bunches to FBS teams and that’s not going to work well against the nation-leading back (161 yards per game). Colorado has a couple good young linebackers, but they’ll be run over by the Arizona run game.

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

No. 6 Stanford (6-1, 4-1) at No. 25 Oregon State (6-1, 4-0), 7:30 p.m., ESPN (Comcast 35)

A top-10 opponent, strolling into Corvallis to improve on their national championship hopes, while an angry Beaver squad is licking its chops. Stop me if you’ve heard this one. It’s a popular pick for everyone’s upset bids this weekend, and for good reason. The Beavers can score in bunches, but have some sneaking suspicions on defense and that ominous FCS loss hanging over them. Don’t be surprised if Brandin Cooks starts knocking on the door of 1,500 season receiving yards as he enters the weekend with a ridiculous 1,176.

X-factorEd Reynolds vs. Sean Mannion. Let’s state some things that are facts: Oregon State’s near-league-worst rushing is not going to be effective against Stanford’s near-league-best rush defense. The Cardinal’s rushing attack is going to be very effective against the Beavs’ tacklers. Kevin Hogan is not a good quarterback. This game will come down to how many times (not if) Mannion can connect with his All-American split end Cooks. If Reynolds can keep the ball in front of him, Stanford can choke out the confusing Beavers.

Alex: Stanford  Isaac: Stanford   Corey: Stanford   Franklin: Stanford   DavidOregon State   RyanStanford

California (1-6, 0-4) at Washington (4-3, 1-3), 8 p.m., Fox Sports 1 (Comcast 408)

One of these things is not like the other. Despite the fact that Washington is looking a four-week losing streak straight in the face, the chances of them blinking against the winless-against-the-FBS Cal Golden Bears is not likely. Washington still has the athletes, still has the prestige, but now they have the anger and something to prove that should give them the edge over conference-worst Cal. (Psst, Sonny Dykes, you can’t draft Andrew Wiggins after the season in college football.)

X-factorBishop Sankey. Sankey did not have a very good week last week as the Huskies got pounded for their third loss in a row — the second-straight by at least 21 and third of the season. After scoring the first points of the game, putting the Huskies up 7-0, Sankey added just 13 more rushing yards and one catch for 26 yards. Washington needs a big statement against a bad Cal team to avoid continuing to swirl the drain in the direction of a seven-win season. That starts with a big day for Sankey.

Alex: Washington  Isaac: Washington   Corey: Washington   Franklin: Washington   DavidWashington   RyanWashington

Oregon’s Joseph Young Granted Immediate Eligibility by NCAA

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Joseph Young

The University of Oregon men’s basketball team received some good news on Friday when junior guard Joseph Young was cleared by the NCAA to play for the 2013-14 season. The 6’3″ transfer from Houston requested a hardship waiver after his father was let go by the school’s athletic department.

“The NCAA just cleared me to play this year lets go Ducknation,” Young tweeted Friday morning. His account is set to private.

Young redshirted his first your with the Cougars, then started the proceeding two years. Young averaged 18.0 points and 2.5 assists per game in his last season in Houston while shooting 42.0 percent from the field. His strong efforts earned him 2012-13 C-USA All-Conference Third team.

With two seasons of eligibility remaining, Young can develop with Oregon’s deep backcourt and adds a much-needed perimeter shooter to the rotation.

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Dense Fog On My Street  | Image by Tim Chuey
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EJ Singler to Play for Portland Trail Blazers D-League Team

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E.J. Singler | (Jim Taylor)

Former Oregon Ducks basketball star E.J. Singler, despite recently being cut by the Portland Trail Blazers, will continue to play professional basketball. Singler will play for the Idaho Stampede as part of the NBA Development League.

“I really liked E.J.,” Blazers head coach Terry Stotts said. “He was really good to have in camp. He was there every day early, he worked hard, he made our practices better. He can shoot the ball, he’s a smart player.”

Stotts and the Blazers staff chose to invite Singler to compete in training camp after being undrafted in the 2013 NBA Draft in June. Singler, caught in a numbers game, was dropped as the Blazers need to trim their roster to 15.

“I think the experience of the D-League will do him well,” Stotts said. “As a two-guard, working on his ballhandling will probably be a help. Getting his shot off a little bit quicker, maybe.”

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Colt Lyerla Arrested for Possession of Cocaine

Colt Lyerla Mugshot
Colt Lyerla Mugshot

Former Oregon Ducks tight end Colt Lyerla has been arrested for suspicion of unlawful possession of cocaine and interfering with a police officer. The arrest comes just weeks after Lyerla elected with leave the team to pursue an NFL career.

“Lyerla was contacted by police and admitted to using and possessing cocaine,” Sgt. Steve French said in the official release.

Officers addressed Lyerla when they appeared to see the ex-Duck snorting a white substance. The report continued to say that Lyerla admitted to possession and use of cocaine, resulting in the arrest.

Lyerla played two and a half seasons with the Ducks, excelling as a sophomore with 25 receptions for 392 yards (15.7 YPC) and two additional scores on the ground. However, the troubled star struggled with consistency and only recorded two catches for 26 yards in his last year in Eugene.

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