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Emerald Downs Horse Racing: Washington Cup Live Sunday 2-6pm

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Emerald Downs Horse Racing: Washington Cup Live Sunday 2-6pm

Be sure to tune in to CSN Sunday beginning at 2pm for the Washington Cup. We'll have four hours of horse racing throughout Sunday afternoon. 

You can get more info on the event at the Emerald Downs website, especially if you want to head up and attend the event!

 

Hops win streak snapped in extra-innings loss

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Hops win streak snapped in extra-innings loss

The Hops entered Friday's series opener with the Boise Hawks on a season-long six-game winning streak. They looked good to push it to seven games, carrying a 4-1 lead into the late stages of the game. Unfortunately the bullpen stumbled late and Boise pulled even at four to send the game to extra innings. The Hawks pushed three more across in the top of the tenth, then shut Hillsboro down in the bottom half of the inning to claim a 7-4 win.

It wasn't all bad for Hillsboro. They entered the series with a magic number of four to claim a playoff spot. That means any combination of Hops wins and Salem-Keizer losses that total four would clinch a spot. The Hops didn't get a win, but Salem-Keizer dropped their game 6-4 against Eugene to reduce Hillsboro's magic number to three.

With Eugene's win and the Hops' loss, they extended their lead in the Northwest League South Division to two games over Hillsboro. If the Emeralds win both halves, the second playoff spot in the South Division goes to the second-best overall record on the season. Even after today's loss, Hillsboro has a comfortable seven game lead over Boise and Salem-Keizer in the overall standings with just ten games to play.

Oregon suspends Torrodney Prevot indefinitely

Oregon suspends Torrodney Prevot indefinitely

Oregon coach Mark Helfrich has suspended redshirt senior defensive end Torrodney Prevot indefinitely, according to statement released today by the athletic department. 

The statement reads: “Torrodney Prevot has been suspended indefinitely for a violation of University and Department of Athletics codes of conduct.  At the conclusion of the University process, his status as a student-athlete will be evaluated further.”

The Eugene Daily Emerald reported earlier today that Prevot is the subject of a criminal complaint filed against him by a former UO female student-athlete. 

According to the post, the case is being investigated by the Eugene Police Department's violent crimes unit. 

Prevot was not listed on the Ducks' initial two-deep depth chart released today after he had been projected as a potential starter before fall camp began earlier this month. 

Ducks depth chart: Prukop No. 1 QB, Herbert No. 2

Ducks depth chart: Prukop No. 1 QB, Herbert No. 2

Oregon released it's first 2016 depth chart today and the most surprising revelation is that freshman quarterback Justin Herbert out of Sheldon is listed as the No. 2 quarterback

Senior transfer Dakota Prukop being named the starter was pretty much a forgone conclusion. But the rise of Herbert is a surprise given that he had to beat out redshirt freshman Travis Jonsen, who entered camp being touted as a threat to win the No. 1 job, and freshman Terry Wilson Jr., who had the advantage of arriving to Oregon in time to participate in spring drills. 

Earlier this week, word out of fall camp made it clear that not only could Herbert be named No. 2 but he had already taken the reigns with the second team during practice.

According to coaches, Herbert has exceeded all expectations for a freshman quarterback. According to sources, Herbert has that "IT" factor that former Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota possessed. 

Of course it's premature to compare Herbert to Mariota as a player, but according to sources the 6-foot-6 freshman is very much like the former Heisman Trophy winner in terms of having a natural feel for the game and an aura of confidence. He's unflappable, according to some, and he processes information quickly, coaches have said. 

- OTHER DEPTH CHART NOTES - 

  • WR: Promising freshman Dillon Mitchell is not listed on the two-deep depth chart but seven other receivers are including walk-on redshirt sophomore Casey Eugenio.  Redshirt junior Devon Allen, fresh off his fifth-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles at the Rio Summer Olympics, is listed as a co-starter with redshirt senior Dwayne Stanford at one wide receiver position. 
  • TE: Senior Pharaoh Brown, who missed all of last season with a serious leg injury, is listed as the starting tight end with senior Johnny Mundt as the backup. 
  • RT: Redshirt freshman Calvin Throckmorton is the starter with senior transfer Zac Morgan listed as the backup. 
  • DT: Former offensive lineman, redshirt junior Elijah George, who switched to defensive line during spring, is the backup defensive tackle behind sophomore Rex Manu
  • DE: Redshirt sophomore Justin Hollins is listed as a starting defensive end ahead of redshirt sophomore Jalen Jelks after a fierce battle during camp. Look for both to play a lot. 
  • MLB: As expected, junior A.J. Hotchkins, a junior college transfer, won the staring job over redshirt junior Danny Mattingly Jr. They should make a good one-two punch this season. 
  • OLB: While senior Johnny Ragin III being named one of the two starting outside linebackers is no surprise, the other side has always been up for grabs. That job has been won by true freshman Troy Dye.  He had been a three-star recruit as a safety by Oregon defensive backs coach John Neal. Backing up Dye is redshirt junior Jonah Moi
  • CB: The transferring of Chris Seisay opened the door for freshman Brendan Schooler to slide in at No. 2 behind junior Arrion Springs. Schooler was a two-star recruit who didn't sign with Oregon until late June. He is a big corner at 6-2, 190. 

 

College football opens in Australia tonight? That's just wrong

College football opens in Australia tonight? That's just wrong

Yes, college football opens its season tonight in a matchup between California and Hawaii. And it's not enough to just play this game in Honolulu -- the teams must go to Sydney, Australia for this one.

Which is so totally unnecessary.

For several years now, it's been professional teams -- trying desperately to make their "brand" worldwide -- heading outside the country for games. In the beginning it was just non-counting preseason or exhibition games that went to Europe, Asia, Mexico or wherever. But now the NBA, Major-League Baseball and the NFL are moving regular-season, counting games outside the country.

And I don't think that's fair -- to players or fans. It's a hardship to players and so unfair to fans, especially in football where there are so few home games during a season. Why allow one of those to be played outside the country? It's a betrayal to loyal fans and a hardship for players because of the long travel and often sub-par condition of foreign playing fields.

And at the college level, it's ridiculous. There are reasons for doing this, of course. Most of them have to do with money, in one way or another And at the college level, it's simply unfair to unpaid players who have to make trips of that length to play in front of crowds that probably don't include their families or friends.

I can't really believe this is happening, actually.

The players at Hawaii this season ought to be allowed to accumulate frequent-flier miles for a schedule that is cruel and unusual punishment. They open the season in Australia, then next play at Michigan before finally getting a home game in the third week of the season. Then it's to Tucson, Ariz., for a game the following week before finally getting a bye week. But the Rainbow Warriors never get two consecutive home games during the entire season -- it's a constant zig-zag between the island and the mainland.

That's terrible. But of course, we're seeing the colleges chase the dollars just like the pros these days. And so it's no surprise they'd go all the way to Australia to chase a few more bucks.

 

Ducks' defense still struggling with "alignment and assignment"

Ducks' defense still struggling with "alignment and assignment"

EUGENE - Oregon defensive coordinator Brady Hoke appeared to be a bit irritated following the Ducks' final scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday. 

Once again, the defense looked more like the one that ranked 116th in the nation last season and not the more disciplined and potent version the Ducks hope to see under their new defensive leader. 

"We have a long way to go to be a defense that's going to be effective in this league," Hoke said. 

We won't truly know where the defense is until after maybe the third game of the season. Putting in a new scheme is never an easy transition. But the problems being revealed appear to harken back to last year's concerns. 

"We had a couple of missed tackles, a couple of guys late to get lined up," Oregon coach Mark Helfrich said. 

Those errors, some in the secondary, led to big runs from running backs Kani Benoit and Tony Brooks-James. Defensive backs missing tackles is not a sign of improvement for a team that allowed 35 touchdown passes last season.

When asked if the secondary had been responding to being held more accountable by Hoke, he said: "This isn't a good day to ask that question. I think as a whole we weren't very good."

Yikes. 

Hoke said he hoped the defense would be further along by now with the season opener just nine days away, Sept. 3 versus UC Davis. But maybe all isn't as bad as he made it appear to be. 

Helfrich said it was disappointing to see the defense perform poorly against an offense minus several key starters. However, he added that maybe their absence led to the defense letting up, which still isn't a good sign. 

But, the silver lining is that the shoddy showing could be blamed on a poor mindset rather than scheme and/or ability. Helfrich shrugged off the idea that the defense is struggling with grasping the nuances of the new 4-3 scheme, a switch from the 3-4 employed in years past. 

"It was a frame-of-mind thing more than anything," Helfrich said. 

Something, he said, wasn't cause for alarm. 

"That's just urgency," Helfrich added. "Very, very very correctable things." 

New Oregon starting middle linebacker A.J. Hotchkins, out of Tigard High School, echoed Helfrich's sentiments and broke it down as such: "Alignment and assignment."

The Ducks struggled with both on Thursday. 

"Some guys need to spend more time, myself included, in the playbook and just get everything down," Hotchkins said. 

On one hand, hearing that the struggles of the defense could be fixed with tweaks is a good thing. On the other hand, didn't we hear that refrain several times last season while opposing teams were booking frequent trips to the end zone?

Suffice it to say, it's time to start hearing something positive about the defense before teams on the 2016 schedule start making similar travel plans through the Ducks' defense. 

"Everybody has been working hard," Hotchkins said. "We just have to get some little details down and I think we'll be pretty good."

Oregon State football to hold open tryouts

Oregon State football to hold open tryouts

CORVALLIS, Ore. – Are you ready to don the Orange and Black? Head coach Gary Andersen announced Wednesday a chance for Oregon State University students to give it a shot with a tryout to join the Beavers' football program next week.
 
Interested students can meet at the Merritt Truax Indoor Practice Facility Monday, Aug. 29 at 12:30 p.m. to put their football skills on display. Students should bring workout clothes and cleats (helmets and pads will not be needed).
 
Requirements to try out follow:

  • Must have physician completed physical exam, insurance and medical history form.
  • Must provide proof of sickle cell trait testing.
  • Must be a full-time enrolled student in good standing at Oregon State University.
  • Must have NCAA Division I eligibility remaining.

 
In order to participate, a scanned copy of your physical, insurance and medical history forms, along with a screen shot with your university status MUST be emailed to Vince Guinta (vince.guinta@oregonstate.edu) by 12 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26.
 
The Beavers open the season Thursday, September 1 at Minnesota at 6 p.m. PDT in a game that will be televised by the Big Ten Network. The seven-game home schedule starts Saturday, September 17 vs. Idaho State at 2 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

Single game tickets for the Oregon game go on sale to the general public Thursday at 10 a.m. Tickets start at $66.

For information on season tickets for the upcoming schedule, including access to The Terrace, please contact the OSU ticket office at 1-800-GO-BEAVS during weekday business hours or beavertickets.com

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Oregon WR Devon Allen swaps hurdles for helmet

Oregon WR Devon Allen swaps hurdles for helmet

EUGENE - Oregon wide receiver Devon Allen returned to football practice Wednesday, a week after placing fifth in the 110-meter hurdles during the Rio Summer Olympics.

The redshirt junior is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday afternoon. 

Allen's world-class speed makes him an instant vertical threat no matter what type of football shape he is in. However, he will need time to get his timing down with expected starting quarterback, senior Dakota Prukop, and recapture his ability to run precise routes. 

That shouldn't be difficult for Allen to regain given that this will be his fourth season in the program. 

"The thing about Devon, like a lot of our guys, is he's very versatile," Oregon offensive coordinator Matt Lubick said. "We can do a lot of different things with him right now. Right now we just want to kind of get him back into the football mode. Get the rust off, which for him is not going to take too long."

Allen's return, which some believed could be in doubt should he have chosen to accept endorsements for his track & field prowess, solidified an already stacked receiving corps. 

Right now the projected starters are Dwayne Stanford, Darren Carrington II and Charles Nelson, with Jalen Brown, Dillon Mitchell and Alex Ofodile as the primary backups. 

Toss Allen into the mix and Oregon will have some serious decisions to make regarding playing time. 

"We will kind of see how it goes, but we definitely plan for him to be a focal point," Lubick said. 

As a starter in 2014, Allen caught 41 passes for 684 yards and seven touchdowns before suffering a knee injury returning the opening kickoff against Florida State in the Rose Bowl. 

Allen returned last season but never quite got back to 100 percent in terms of fully recapturing his route running ability as he battled regaining his lateral movement. 

He was limited to six games, catching nine passes for 94 yards. 

Allen must practice without pads for three days, which means he will miss Thursday's scrimmage. 

Oregon begins the season Sept. 3 at home against UC Davis. 

Beavers players get first look at new locker room

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Beavers players get first look at new locker room

It has been nearly a year in the making, but on Wednesday the players on the Oregon State football team finally got to see their new locker rooms.

[Photo Gallery: Beavers New Locker Room]

The new state of the art locker room is just a small portion of the $42 million expansion of the Valley Center that was announced in early 2015.  The project was a long time coming for Beavers fans and players alike, as wide receiver Hunter Jarmon said during OSU media day, “about time.”

Yesterday afternoon coach Gary Andersen opened the doors to the locker room and let his kids in for the first time.  On cloud nine, the Beavers players took to social media to share their excitement for the new home.

We unveiled the new locker room in Valley Football Center tonight. Watch here to see what it really means for the Oregon State football program! Go Beavs!

Posted by Oregon State Football on Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The construction project is right on schedule, with the main entrance to the Valley Center projected to be finished in December, and the auditorium and final completion set for early February 2017. 

As for the Beavers players, they won't have to wait much longer to experience the new locker room at its finest; that would be on game day. The Beavers open up their home schedule September 17th against Idaho State.

Oregon Ducks unveil Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center

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Oregon Ducks unveil Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center

Marcus Mariota already supplantted himself as one of the greatest, if not the greatest, to ever put on shoulder pads for the Oregon Ducks. Though, his legacy at Oregon just got that much greater. 

The University's only Heisman Trophy winner, who holds records for career total offensive yards (13,089 yards), passing yards (10,801), passing touchdowns (105 TD), single season passing yards (4,454 yards, 2014), single season passing touchdowns, (42, 2014) and single game passing touchdowns, (6 TD, @California, 2012) has been honored once more.

His name is already adorns the 2014 Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, Manning Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award,  as well as the AP Player of the Year, Sporting News Player of the Year and Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year. Now, those awards will live under the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center, which opened Thursday ahead of the 2016 season. 

Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center

The latest cutting-edge facility: the Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center. #MahaloMarcus #GoDucks See for yourself. http://bit.ly/2biYGIo

Posted by Oregon Football on Thursday, August 25, 2016

From the release:

In the latest cutting-edge facility to open at the University of Oregon, science and sport converge to put student-athlete wellness first.

In uniquely Oregon style, the recently opened Marcus Mariota Sports Performance Center combines sports performance, sports science, sports medicine and technology in one efficiently designed space on the ground floor of the Casanova Center. Another part of the project, the overhaul of the equipment room, is a testament to style and function.

Entering from the west, student-athletes walk into a trophy lobby that is a stunning tribute to the Sports Performance Center's namesake. Trophies for the Walter Camp Player of the Year, Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, Davey O'Brien Award, Maxwell Award and Manning Award reside in the lobby. One wall has a remarkable transparent LED flat screen television that alternately shows highlights of Marcus Mariota, and then reveals a shadowbox with memorabilia of his from Hawaii. There is also a playful illustration of a Pacific Ocean scene, complete with the Duck on a surfboard.

This inspiring entrance leads to the junction under a new skylight at the heart of the MMSPC, where innovations and applied science truly become the focus for Oregon's student-athletes. Remarkable technology and efficiency of space in the 30,000 square-foot renovation are two of the most impressive byproducts of the MMSPC construction.

"The goal of this project was to create one space where we could utilize the most state-of-the-art technology to improve student-athlete wellness and emphasize our commitment to the health and safety of our student-athletes," said Oregon athletic director Rob Mullens. "Thanks to the incredible generosity of Phil and Penny Knight, we now have a world-class facility that is going to take the student-athlete experience at the University of Oregon to a level not previously seen anywhere on the collegiate level."

From that central hub off the trophy lobby, student-athletes will be just steps away from the new sport science and equipment areas, as well as the preexisting sports medicine facility and weight room.

"We focused on creating a space that would allow us to objectively measure a student-athlete's development and readiness," said UO director of athletic medicine Dr. Greg Skaggs, who was a part of two fact-finding trips to research the MMSPC construction, including one that took him to NASA as well as Australia. "This data will give us the best opportunity to individualize training to maximize performance and prevent injury.

"Unlike other university performance centers, this facility is designed to make real-time interventions into a student-athlete's training program and well-being," said Skaggs.

Sports Science

The sports science unit of the MMSPC contains a number of areas where the technology of the new facility truly shines. Motion capture cameras and force plates are located throughout the space. The cameras are used to capture a subject while performing virtually any movement, ranging from sport specific drills to more traditional weightlifting. Utilizing force plates, the MMSPC staff can perform strength diagnostic tests to profile and identify areas of opportunities for each student-athlete.

"The facility is up there with the best in the world and will help us support our teams with better preparation and recovery for our student-athletes," said UO's new director of performance and sport science, Andrew Murray. "I look forward to having conversations with coaches and student-athletes around their performance questions and where we can support and impact their preparation with data-driven decision making."

There are three main components to the sports science unit, recovery, physiology and movement.

Recovery

The recovery area is a multipurpose space, with a gray Mondo floor inlayed with Oregon's well-known feather pattern, that focuses on recovery following a game or practice, be that via stretching or foam rolling. In addition, baseline measurements will be taken via a marker-less motion capture system to identify any deviations from a subject's normal range, which can help identify where intervention needs to occur prior to injury.

Physiology

The physiology area is the most eye-catching with a small boxing ring for shadow boxing, complete with overhead ring lighting in the shape of a glowing yellow "O." It is important to note that no sparring is allowed in the boxing ring; it is for exercise purposes only. The area also features heavy punch bags, speed bags, exercise bikes, antigravity treadmills and strength diagnostic areas in the form of instrumented platforms. The physiology area also contains a bone density scanner and an examination room, as well as a neurocognitive center, which in part will help diagnose and treat concussion symptoms.

Movement

The movement area has an open space with 16 motion capture cameras mounted in a square around the 19-foot ceiling. It is also equipped to accommodate mobile tripod-based motion capture cameras. There is also a 40-yard running track, which has its own set of motion capture cameras and force plates.

Perhaps the most critical component of the entire sports science area is that all of the information captured by the cameras and force plates will be fed into a computerized athlete management system that will provide data and feedback to staff and student-athletes on their progress. Using touchscreen technology located throughout the MMSPC, student-athletes will be able to track their workouts and see their results in real time.

Also located within the sports science space is a passive recovery area, where athletes can rest on recovery tables and utilize the popular pneumatic compression units, which assist the body's circulation in order to speed recovery and decrease muscle soreness following a competition or practice.

The most unique room in the sports science area is a small, warmly lit room with five sleep pods where student-athletes can come and rest in between practices or meetings. Recent studies involving members of the athletic department have highlighted the crucial role that sleep plays in performance.

New Equipment Room

The Ducks' rebuilt equipment room utilizes space in a way not previously done in college athletics, while at the same time providing visual fireworks that will catch the eye of student-athletes and fans alike.

The ingenious helmet wall, located in a room called the Armory, has the ability to display numerous helmets worn by the UO football team. But the hidden treasure is that the wall opens up into shelving that has room to store several hundred helmets, as well as facemasks and other parts. The Armory is also a helmet construction workshop with overhead pneumatic drills and easily accessible components, meaning a NASCAR-like repair or rebuild of a helmet is now possible.

Overall, the new equipment room has 2.5 miles of shelving, and makes the most of the area's 19-foot ceilings through the use of a customized shelving system built by SpaceSaver Inc. The 16-foot shelves that slide on a system of rails are the tallest, most distinctive customized system SpaceSaver has ever built for an athletic equipment room.

The new equipment room not only houses football gear, but also baseball, lacrosse, soccer and acrobatics and tumbling.

There are also lift systems for the storage of the equipment room's laundry baskets, as well as for the trunks that the equipment staff pack for each road football game. The laundry facility, called the Pond, has also been upgraded to allow equipment staff to complete up to 500 pounds of laundry at once.

"Previously, our staff was working out of multiple storage locations," said director of equipment operations Aaron Wasson. "This new space will streamline our equipment operation, allowing us to service the student-athletes and staff in a much more efficient way, while also highlighting the unique Nike product Oregon is known for."

The sizzle of the equipment room is a display area that features a wall of shoes, gloves and uniforms. Student-athletes can step into a sunken alcove where a one-of-kind mirror will digitally display their likeness in a variety of Oregon uniforms. Down the hall in the Haberdashery, there is an oversized armchair, complete with web foot legs – an Oregon spin on the traditional claw foot legs – with "fighting Ducks" attached to the ends of the arms, where student-athletes can test out the latest footwear offerings from the equipment room.

"Our hope was to recreate a Niketown-like atmosphere, with bright lighting and a lot of energy to showcase all of the unique features of our uniforms and other equipment," Wasson said.