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From Track Town to Bean Town: Runners return to the Boston Marathon

From Track Town to Bean Town: Runners return to the Boston Marathon »Play Video
Jon Anderson of Eugene won the 1973 Boston Marathon. He keeps this photograph in his his office.

Craig Leon crossed the finish line at the 2013 Boston Marathon in 10th place overall, the 3rd highest American finisher.

He still remembers the horrifying moment when the runners behind him on the course were attacked in a bombing that stunned the nation.

Soccer fans buy Lane United Reds season tickets

Soccer fans buy Lane United Reds season tickets
Marketing Director Dave Galas explains the benefits of being a season ticket holder to a fan following their first transaction of the year. (photo by Hayden Kim)

Lane United FC Reds, the local semi-professional soccer team, offered fans 2014 season tickets for the first time at a launch party at a Eugene brewery Friday.

Ducks defeat Bruins 12-4 in 2nd series meet: 'We were relentless'

Ducks defeat Bruins 12-4 in 2nd series meet: 'We were relentless'
The Oregon Ducks meet player Kailee Cuico (#33) at home plate after her homerun in the second inning. Mary Jane Schulte, Oregon News Lab

After defeating the #1 ranked UCLA Bruins 9-7 Friday at Howe Field, the University of Oregon Ducks thumped them today, 12-4 in the second game of the three-game  series on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The game only lasted five innings due to the eight-run rule.

'I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story'

'I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story' »Play Video
Skateboarders got their first crack at the new skatepark Friday

Residents of Eugene are optimistic that the new WJ Skatepark and URban Plaza will change a part of town long blighted by drugs and violence.

"My very first experience when I lived here bringing my son out to that neighborhood, we actually saw needles," said Sara Puar. "So there were years that went by that I would not have my family in the park. But now, that's a different story."

'We did what we had to do, and came away with two wins'

The University of Oregon Ducks hosted the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, and defeated them in both games, 2-1 in the first and 10-4 in the second, making their season win-loss at 32-4.

Oregon won first-ever NCAA national title 75 years ago today

Oregon won first-ever NCAA national title 75 years ago today
People packed the streets of Eugene in March 1939 to welcome home the Tall Firs, the first-ever NCAA national basketball champions

They're all gone now, those Tall Firs.

But 75 years ago March 27, the University of Oregon basketball team made history.

The team from Eugene beat Ohio State 46-33 in the first ever NCAA championship game in 1939.

John Dick, one of three starters over 6-foot-4 and the team's lead scorer in the championship, shared his story in January 2011. He died the following September at the age of 92.

"People on both sides of the street, the whole way," Dick said of the response back home. "I couldn't believe it. I don't know where they all came from."

'To play under a legend like Coach Westhead was a great opportunity'

'To play under a legend like Coach Westhead was a great opportunity'
Oregon Ducks Head Coach Paul Westhead voices his displeasure at a ref's call during his last game coaching for the University of Oregon. Dan Morrison, Oregon News Lab

In what proved to be Paul Westhead’s last game as head coach at the University of Oregon, his Ducks fell to their arch rivals the Washington Huskies 93-85 after leading at half 46-34.

Westhead's Ducks win their way to another game in WNIT

Westhead's Ducks win their way to another game in WNIT
Oregon Ducks Ariel Thomas (#22) tries to find a lane to the basket around Pacific Tigers Erin Butler (#12). The Ducks won the game 90-63 and Thomas finished the game with 20 points. Elora Overbey, Oregon News Lab

In a game dominated by defense, the Ducks defeated the Pacific Tigers 90-63 in the first game of the WNIT.

Sweet 16? Elite 8? Duck fans optimistic

Sweet 16? Elite 8? Duck fans optimistic »Play Video
Watching the Ducks

Fans put on their colors to watch the University of Oregon Ducks take on BYU on Thursday.

"I've actually been the season ticket holder at their football for about the last 21 years," said Brooks Wakeland, who has "DUCKS" inked on the inside of his lower lip. "Born here in Eugene, now I go to the law school here, so I just love my Ducks."

The Ducks won. They play Wisconsin on Saturday.

Ducks win 24th consecutive acrobatics competition

Ducks win 24th consecutive acrobatics competition »Play Video
Oregon Ducks go through their team routine. The UO Acrobatics and Tumbling team continue their winning streak, a streak of 24 consecutive matches, with a score of 280.57, over Azusa Pacific's 278.45 and Quinnipiac's 270.18. Max Laenge, Oregon News Lab

The University of Oregon Ducks Acrobatic and Tumbling Team continued their winning streak with their 24th consecutive victory in a Tri-Meet against Azusa Pacific and Quinnipiac in Matthew Knight Arena Monday night.

Westhead won't return as UO womens coach

Westhead won't return as UO womens coach
Oregon Ducks head coach Paul Westhead argues with the referees during the Oregon Women Basketball's 88-78 loss against the Trojans on Friday night. Alan Sylvestre, Oregon News Lab

In 2009, then-athletic director Pat Kilkenny scored big when he replaced University of Oregon womens basketball coach Bev Smith with NBA and WNBA champion coach Paul Westhead.

But on Tuesday, the athletic department announced that Westhead's contract ends March 31 and will not be renewed.

9 escape injury when OSU crew team boat hits bridge pier

9 escape injury when OSU crew team boat hits bridge pier
The $35,000 boat was a total loss

An Oregon State crew team boat hit a bridge pier Monday evening, sending all 9 students aboard into the Willamette River. No one was seriously injured. The $35,000 boat was a total loss.

Team USA hopeful looks for Paralympic curling debut in Sochi

Team USA hopeful looks for Paralympic curling debut in Sochi »Play Video

Olympians competing in the sport of curling never fail to captivate viewers around the world in the Winter Games. 

Oregon's only dedicated curling facility is in Beaverton. That's where you can find Team USA hopeful Cathy Cummins, who has her sights set on next month's Paralympic Games in Sochi.

“It's just so difficult to do, it requires so much focus. On the other end there is a chess game going on,” said Cummins.